Motus

4.9
215 reviews
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$31 to $50
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mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be offering a Mother's Day Brunch Tasting Menu for $45 per person, with optional pairing for $20. A child's tasting menu will be offered for $25 for children under 12. Seatings will be at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Menu will be posted on Facebook.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 215 People Are Saying
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LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent gem in Utica. Motus is a fantastic fine dining restaurant rivaling anything you would get in a big city. The best part is that everything is locally sourced. So as good as it tastes, it also makes you feel good for supporting local. Everything was excellent, but especially the scallops, you have to try them.

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GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Motus. Always something new to try and we’ve yet to be disappointed. The staff are excellent, friendly and well informed. Great wine and beer menu.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Motus exceeded our expectations. Will be going back.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, not too loud at bar. Never disappoints!

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RE
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motus is a gem. Lovely service, beautiful space, interesting menu and wallet-friendly wine list. Cooking is top notch. Can't wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice presentation, beautifully prepared and inventive food. A real gem. Drink prices a little high, but they are everywhere!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere, impeccable service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick is a great bartender and Nicole is equally as good as a server. They were extremely attentive as always and the food was excellent. Yet another wonderful dining experience.

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LK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Beautiful food - presentation was stunning. Oh, and the taste was just as amazing. I was so impressed with this restaurant. It gets good reviews but they didn’t do it justice. FANTASTIC!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food,cocktails and staff were incredible. Great night.

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N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was just ok. For the price (almost $200 w/tip) I want to be wowed. My steak was over cooked (my husbands was cooked to order) potato rounds dry, and carrots quite Al dente, sausage and beans on the tasting menu were not very flavorful, parsnip chips with romesco sauce were amazing. Wine was good. Dessert was very good. Honey ice cream was the favorite of the desserts. Server was friendly.

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience for my sister's birthday. The food was superb. I got the Prix Fixe menu. So good! Local ingredients and plenty of options. This is a fine dining gem in Utica.

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n
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and we were really impressed with the attentive and friendly service, the music and low volume din, and especially the incredible entrees. We will be back!

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RA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent farm to table restaurant in Utica. Great atmosphere. Fantastic service. Excellent food.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent experience overall. The desserts were especially good. Their work with beets is incredible.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alicia made our first visit extremely enjoyable. She provided my wife and I with prompt friendly service. The atmosphere was great. The food was amazing and we I will definitely be back!!! Great work team, you knocked it out of the park!!! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! Food was fabulous! The atmosphere was very comfortable.

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great cocktails, and delicious food. We told them we had a movie to go to and they made sure we got out of there to make our movie on time.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always an amazing experience here. The food is top notch and the service is impeccable. The cocktails are honestly something special so don’t be afraid to pair one or two with dinner.

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LH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place. The staff is excellent and well versed in menu and drinks. I had the cod off the menu and it was perfectly prepared and had a nice presentation. All of the meals were served fresh and hot.

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TR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here at Motus and it did not disappoint! Fresh and local ingredients mixed with the friendly staff equals a great dining experience!

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and service. Glad we had a booth in the back. Cozier; more private. Wouldn’t like to sit in open area. Expect privacy/intimacy at high end restaurants.

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VM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I just moved to Utica and Motus has become one of our go to dinner spots. We had the scallop appetizer and it was to die for. The service is tremendous and the ambiance is perfect.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars across the board....a little more costly than most restaurants in Utica, but the superior quality still makes it an outstanding value. Will definitely be back...

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RZ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and the service was awesome. A bit noisy, though. It was our first time there, and I was expecting a quieter atmosphere for conversation. It is a bit pricey for the portions.

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us had dinner at Motus on Friday night. Everyone enjoyed their meals and Nicole took fabulous care of us. Food was presented beautifully and was delicious. The Backpacker's Lunch starter deserves a special mention and we fought over the churro dessert. :) We had a delightful time and will definitely be back!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Our favorite place

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CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful meals. Perfect start to the New Year!

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience. Drinks were a bit pricey. Food was excellent.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. After living in NYC, Chicago and Boston, we miss the big city dinning. Utica has amazing Italian food, but this place has very unique dishes. We love it !

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very quiet early but as the tables filled up, the sound level increased , however was still able to converse.

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite place to eat in Utica, NY. This restaurant has an ever changing menu that shows that the owners love what they do, and think about what their patrons would enjoy. I highly recommend this place. It’s not inexpensive, but it’s worth it.

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TB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here. Great atmosphere and food!

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DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! I would not hesitate to recommend Motus to friends or business associates.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as usual!!!!

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E
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! The prix fixe menu provides 4 courses of scrumptious discoveries. A delightful evening!

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The service was prompt, non intrusive and the food was delicious. The serving sizes were just right. We were full from dinner but our waiter came out with two tiny chocolate chip cookies with a candle for the birthday. It was just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experience last night. The food came at a timely manner and was done extremely well, hats off to the chef. Can’t wait to go back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beverage. Nicole was great. Food was spot on a usual. Really like the way they do the food tasting. Having choices is awesome.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was fantastic, but the service was extremely slow. We went on an evening when many patrons were trying to make a show at the Stanley, and I think they didn’t even think about our order until all those patrons had gone. We waited about an hour just for bread!

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