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Motus, Utica, NY

Motus

4.9
4.9
496 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

A tradesman's gastropub with an undeniable message of purpose.

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2 people

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (315) 624-9090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Petronio & JD Smith

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Cross street

    Bank Place

  • Parking details

    Washington Lane parking garage and on street parking available

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Old World Italian Tasting Dinner

    $85.00 per person

    Jun 26, 2022 only
    Join us for our tasting dinner exploring the flavors of Old World Italian Cuisine on Sunday June 26, 2022. Each course is completed with wine pairing. $85.00 per person. Dinner begins promptly at 5:30. We hope you'll join us!

Popular dishes

What 496 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central New York

    Best Overall

  • Central New York

    Best Food

  • Central New York

    Best Service

  • Central New York

    Best Ambiance

  • Central New York

    Best Value

  • Central New York

    Fit for Foodies

  • Central New York

    Healthy

  • Central New York

    Notable Wine List

  • Central New York

    Romantic

  • Central New York

    Special Occasion

  • Central New York

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy our selves when we dine here. Friendly, helpful staff and fabulous food!

  2. LD

    LeslieD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    The dining room was small and dark. We had table near a window that looks into the kitchen, which was a nice touch. Food was delicious but expensive. Menu had limited items. One time dining there is enough. Every one should try it once.

  3. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always excellent

  4. SF

    SueF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Price menu is the best! Spend every birthday here. Best meals.

  5. MD

    MaryD

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Motus continues to be by far the best dining experience in the Utica-Rome area.

  6. AV

    AndiV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food all around. Fit for foodies. Interesting wines. Great service. Really loved it

  7. J

    Janice

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous! Food was delicious, service just right!

  8. LG

    LaurieG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous every time we dine. Couldn’t be better.

  9. F

    Frank

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Attended the mothers day brunch 5-course meal. Didn't realize this was going to be the case when I made the reservation as the website wasn't up-to-date. My mother has a gluten sensitivity, so it was unfortunate that there wasn't many things that catered to her diet, but she did her best to enjoy what she could without over-indulging and feeling sick later. The food was well-curated and portions were fair, but it was a bit different than what I had expected after reviewing the brunch menu on the website.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Really great experience! Small but diverse menu and the food was very impressive. The sauce on the filet was one of the better things I've tasted in some time. Better than the food were the cocktails. Extremely delicious and unique cocktail menu. Can't wait to go back!

  11. c

    cdm99

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding...best meal we've had in a long time! Creative cuisine, everything was done perfectly, and the service was impeccable. And the little treats before and after the meal were a nice touch. Highly recommended!

  12. AM

    AbbyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly attentive service and delicious food in relaxed contemporary atmosphere. A Utica gem!

  13. MH

    MichelleH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing fresh unique food, great atmosphere, great service before a show at The Stanley. Very accommodating. Will visit again and again! Thanks Motus for another great meal.

  14. JM

    JohnM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Went to Motus for a Spring Tasting menu. Restaurant is clean, tables are spaced apart and comfortable. Staff is friendly and attentive to customers. Food is always exciting and cooked to your liking.

  15. MF

    MeganF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed the 6 course set dining experience for spring. Every course was fantastic and the portions were just right for so many courses. Our servers were very attentive and did an excellent job of checking on our drinks and clearing the table. We plan to do other set dining experiences and also to return for dining Ala carte.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal as always

  17. t

    trishd

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Fantastic gem in downtown Utica. Food never disappoints and ambience is awesome as well. Friendly service.

  18. S

    Suzanne

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Motus never disappoints! We had an exceptional meal with great service. We can't wait for the next time!

  19. JA

    JoshuaA

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had yet another great meal at Motus.

  20. G

    Goodeats

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is so thoughtfully prepared every time. It was absolutely fantastic and the service does not get any better than Alisha! Always a treat at Motus!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Short rib special was amazing one of the best meals I have ever had

  22. s

    susant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stellar evening with great food and service. The local menu is excellent and the drinks are sublime.

  23. H

    Hannah

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Motus never disappoints. The quality of locally-sourced ingredients, pairing of unique flavors, and professionalism of kind staff are consistent every time we go. It is well worth the price.

  24. NR

    NfromRomeNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was excellent. Hummus was a little on the salty side, which we aren't used to. Salad was really fresh and crispy. Lemon amuze was great to cleanse the palet.

  25. KK

    KittaKat

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food, wonderful service.

  26. SA

    ShoeAddict

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time there and we will be back again soon! Food was outstanding. Loved the prix fixe menu option where you can select each course. Good vegetarian selections as well. Cocktails were also very good and the restaurant itself was a really cool atmosphere with some great artwork. Loved it!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous dining experience! Food was extraordinary.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing date night and Motus staff made sure it was memorable!

  29. T

    Tracey

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner at Motus was exceptional as always. We truly feel so welcome every time we go. From the service, the staffs personality, the food (omg the food), the ambience and all the little touches in between. Excellent!!

  30. j

    jmaxcourt3490

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    I first must say I have been to Motus several times previously and had spectacular meals of exceptional quality. The service here is excellent our server on our recent experience (Jenny) was simply awesome and could not have done a better job. These experiences led me to book this for a larger group for a birthday. Our experience other than service and environment was far short of expectations and some food was nearly just bad, overly salted, poorly plated and frankly not the quality expected at a restaurant of this caliber. This is not an inexpensive restaurant and at this level excellence should be expected and I was let down. I talked this place up to our group that had never been there and no one was impressed and we wished we had chosen differently. Not sure if it was a busy night or the normal chef was out but something went very wrong. I will likely go again and give them another opportunity but it will be sometime before I book a larger party and recommend this restaurant to others

  31. VF

    VickiF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are looking for a great night out, with farm to table menu, local beer and wine, excellent service, this is your place.

  32. M

    Marb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for valentines dinner! And it was perfect! Service was great! Drinks were delicious! Food was phenomenal!

  33. JM

    JoeyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is amazing. It is a bit pricey so we only go a few times per year but when we do go they always nail it!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is by far the best restaurant in Utica. We go there monthly, and are greeted with warm welcome, and open arms every time we do. The staff are amazing, the food is out of this world. 10 of 10 would absolutely recommend

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All around great experience as always. Food, service and drinks were outstanding!

  36. MA

    MAC13440

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Experience, would recommend and definitely go back

  37. TR

    TomR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The only reason I didn't score the ambiance higher was our seat next to the window seemed colder than the rest of the restaurant.

  38. R

    Revenstock

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Busy Saturday night. Were seated and took our drink order quickly. A little bit of a wait for the food but better than I expected considering jow busy they were . The food was delicious and eye pleasing from start to finish. Scallops were cooked perfectly as well as the filet. I recommend the Brown Ale (copper city ?) Flowing teamwork from start to finish. Great staff . Highly recommended.

  39. c

    cdm99

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Motus continues to knock it out of the park. The menu is deceiving, in that the food is even better than it sounds! Very creative, recently expanded wine list was an extra bonus. Charming ambience as well. Fine dining at its finest!

  40. FM

    FarmerMatt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Delicious drinks. My wife and I don't go out to eat often. When we do, we try to support restaurants that support the community and serve locally sourced food. Motus is one of only a few places in the area that check all the boxes for us.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Motus offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 624-9090.

Motus is rated 4.9 stars by 496 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Experiences are available.
Google Map for Motus

234 Genesee St Utica, NY 13502

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bank Place

  • Neighborhood

    Utica

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Washington Lane parking garage and on street parking available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Petronio & JD Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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