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Nostro Restobar and Lounge, Utica, NY

Nostro Restobar and Lounge

4.7
4.7
429 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Nostro connects our approach to modern Italian cuisine with the nostalgia of mid-century modern design. The Oneida National Bank lobby delivers a stylish scene starring simple, user-friendly dishes paired with classic cocktails and prosecco. Our spacious yet intimate dining room mingles alongside the lively energy of the lounge; offering cozy seating for a perfect social setting. With an atmosphere constructed of rich leathers, cherry woods, terrazzo, and a scenic backdrop of a museum-worthy bronze mural, Nostro provokes your senses and fuels your desires to make 268 Genesee St. your new gathering spot.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 4:30 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (315) 735-2583
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Francis Pezzolanella
  • Neighborhood
    Utica
  • Cross street
    Genesee Street, Court Street
  • Parking details
    Nostro features a private parking lot on premises. There is also ample on-street parking on Genesee Street.
  • Public transit
    Centro Bus Stop

What 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Innovative

  • Upstate New York

    Lively

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Overall

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Food

  • Mohawk Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for groups

  • Mohawk Valley

    Healthy

  • Mohawk Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Mohawk Valley

    Romantic

  • Mohawk Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Mohawk Valley

    Lively

  • Mohawk Valley

    Most Booked

429 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing drinks, amazing food and amazing atmosphere

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  2. JamieB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All made in house, fantastic food. Very helpful staff with recommendations, food and wine.

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  3. Jena16

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and gracious service — delicious, homemade food !

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Easter brunch! Options were plentiful and delicious. Service was prompt & friendly. Nostro continues to be one of our go-to spots for dining in Utica. The fresh pastas are my favorite!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal with friends here. Interiors were nicely appointed and interesting. The bathrooms were delightful. So happy they repurposed parts of the bank. Food was tasty and well pared. Will come back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meals, fantastic cocktails! I would go back over and over. Very impressed with everything from the food to the decor to the service and even the bathrooms!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful place. The food was delicious, but something about the energy of the service wasn't even comparable to their sister company, Ocean Blue @10 stars. I will try them again this summer. Cheers.

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  8. AmeetaG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love going to Nostros, I just like the vibe of the place, the ambiance is amazing. Drinks and food are always consistently great!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    They need to turn the lights up a bit, too dark ..

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  10. BetsyM

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    5 of us for an early dinner before the theater. Waitress was awesome. We sat there for over 2 hours enjoying our girls night and never felt rushed. Everyone was very satisfied with their food and cocktails. Thanks so much for helping make it a great evening.

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  11. PatriciaS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I was here and I was sorry I waited so long to get here. The service is beyond reproach. Other servers were happy to assist if your server was busy. The food was delicious. It was served piping hot and stayed that way while dining. I wish I could accomplish that at home!! I had the lemon sorbet for dessert. It was perfect. No overly sweet with just enough tart to that made you wish you ordered two! The music was slightly loud, but not obnoxiously so. The entire meal and ambiance made me feel like I was in NYC, in a good way. Hopefully no offense is taken by downstate dwellers. I happen to love NYC!

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  12. DanaS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The salmon was a bit too rare for my taste, not sure if it was supposed to be like that. The kids menu was small but there was good choices for food. No drinks or deserts listed on the kids menu though. The spaghetti and sauce was nice, my husband enjoyed the pork chop. The restaurant is very nice and modern looking, my kids got a kick out of the bathrooms. Overall we had a nice meal, but the food and service could be better to justify the cost.

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  13. JoeB

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was very courteous. Bar was backed up for a little bit so they gave us our cocktails for free. Also gave us a complimentary appetizer. Ambiance was great. Food is pricy, but we were prepared for that, so no shock there. The food was VERY good. It was a fun time. A little fancier than we're used to so we had to ask what a few menu items were. Ask to see photos of every dish. They have a QR code you can use, which was really helpful. It was great for date night. Be prepared to spend $100 or more on two people. It's worth it for the experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend to check this place out. P

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  15. FrancesG

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time there. I would definitely go back.

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  16. Jamie

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful. Our waitress was amazing super fun and knowledgeable. Would absolutely recommend to family

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  17. Sidelined

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Just really did not like sitting in the semi private dining area, especially as we were there for a special occasion. We couldn’t feel like we were out and people watching, it was like eating in the overflow closet. At times it felt like service in our area was an afterthought, took 20 minutes for my husband to get a beer? And we couldn’t flag a server since they couldn’t see us back there. Disappointing. Food was decent. Price was high. Experience was meh. We made it a fun time but overall disappointing. Looked like people were having fun in the main dining area, we just didn’t feel part of that, so what’s the point in going out. Could barely hear the music, so we made it a game to listen hard to make it out. Sigh.

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  18. Dbomber

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When you walk into Nostro for the first time, the room is the size of a bank! (in fact, it was a bank!). The atmosphere is truly impressive with a long bar that sit in front of the massive wall to ceiling map of NYState with Utica and busts of Indian Chiefs highlighted. It very comfortable and private feeling however once seated. Service is second to none as there is always someone smiling or asking if they can get you anything. Although we did not order mixed drinks, it was apparent that they specialized in their bar service with pro bartenders working their magic. Our server Danielle was exceptional, friendly, we were surprised to learn she was a new server, so professional! We ordered white truffle garlic bread, Buratta Caprese salads, grilled pork chop, brussel sprouts and pasta as sides. This ricotta stuffed garlic bread was a master piece of texture and flavor. Crispy exterior with velvety richness inside, there is nothing like it, amazing! The Buratta salad was with pesto and tomatoes. The Buratta was butter rich with a milky flavor and a subtle sweetness. The pesto could not have been better made, so creamy with extreme basil, cheesy nutty flavor. Tomatoes tasted quite nice although out of season at this time of year. The pork chops were ordered slightly pink on the medium side. They were a bit over cooked yet still juicy. The meat lacked flavor as the fig coating tried to make up for it, but fell short. The brussel sprout side was tasting, slightly oily and salty, but cooked correctly. Pasta is home made and delicious with a zesty red sauce. Dessert was Vanilla Meringue Cake with was very tall and masterfully baked. It was light, creamy and oh so delicious! Its pricy as this was for 2 people, with a carafe of red wine($21) total was $160 before tax, however we would go back as this is a special restaurant with exceptional service and creativity, next time to try what they specialize, home made pasta dishes!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The volume of customers was seemingly overwhelming. However, it was the collective effort of bartenders, cooks and servers that got the food out in a timely manner. Impressive for the volume of consumer vs the quality of the food. To maintain such a high degree of fine dining with such high volume speaks to the management of Nostro and the executive chef. Well done.

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  20. Amanda

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated my 30th birthday dinner at Nostro with some friends and had the best time! Excellent cocktails and great wait staff!

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  21. UNY9006

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. This former bank was perfectly decorated as a modernist restaurant. It is a bit on the expensive side, but nice for a special occasion. Much better than their 2 related restaurants.

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  22. RichardW

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe. Loved seeing the bank I knew from way back. So glad the map was still on the wall. Lighting and tables were great. Not on top of one another. Drinks are a bit pricey but to be expected in a place like that. You have to get the Truffle Garlic Bread! Food was good. Vanilla meringue cake was an excellent dessert. Waitress was very nice. We will return.

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  23. EileenA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Great vibe and energy. Swoon-worthy bar. Delicious food. Definitely returning.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s expensive. There should be 4 dollar signs. However, it’s super delicious with good service. We have been several times and each time was as good as the last. It’s my favorite restaurant in Utica.

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  25. KarenG

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it here. Great food and service. I always find the music a bit loud but it does make for a party ambiance.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as usual and the service did not disappoint!

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  27. Karina

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, atmosphere is a fun vibe, will be back

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  28. markb

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good and the service was absolutely fantastic!!

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  29. MichaelB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere with friendly and courteous staff. Great for casual dates or business dinners.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly impressed with this restaurant! We dined with our family and 2 children and considering it’s challenging to find top notch restaurant in Utica this hit the mark. We arrived early to have a cocktail prior to dinner and I asked for a skinny spicy margarita which was not an option on the menu and the bartender delivered! Every single bartender was attentive and I observed each of them making drinks with precision and skill. I requested our dinner table be located in an area to our preference and it was prefect. Honestly I was enamored by the history of the building and the design integrity that was kept when creating the restaurant. Not many places know how to execute this and the vibe was fab while paying homage to what once was. We ordered multiple appetizers and a good selection of entrees off the menu and each dish was excellent. The only one off was when we ordered pasta with clams for our daughters the waitress stated they only have mussels not clams which was odd. They have listed on their menu Bucatini alle Vongole which clearly has clams but I didn’t persue the issue further however note to make in the future. Service from our waitress, manager etc was excellent even though the restaurant was becoming quite busy. In essence, we are looking forward to returning on our next trip up north to explore the menu further!

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  31. Karina

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has a very cool vibe, food was fantastic and we enjoyed our experience

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  32. SoniaB

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Deliciously good food- top notch! Drinks were good- noise level a bit high. If you want a wonderful meal this is this place!!

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  33. ErickP

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Arrived 10m before reservation, and they refused to seat us despite many open tables. Another party arrived without a reservation and were seated immediately. Truly bizarre. Carbonara was served with uncooked egg whites. Disgusting. We've enjoyed Nostro in the past, but it has declined in quality of service and food. Unlikely to return.

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  34. AmandaD

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect! Stopped here on a whim while visiting from Rochester. The food was outstanding and the drinks were strong. I wish it was closer to Rochester!!!

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  35. ChristopherC

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They did a great job with the creative conversion, looks great but depending where you are seated you might not feel too private. Service was great. Food was great. Menu design where you could search on your phone and actually see photos with the narrative was great. Prices a little up there for the drinks and meal across the board. We has 2 drinks each, split a salad then each had our meal total of $145.00. Luckily I had a gift card for $75.00. Still left balance of $70.00. Overall great place but not a place you can go except on a special occasion due to cost. Glad I didn't bring my whole family.

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  36. RobynBSK8R

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks, great atmosphere, service and food. Came in for holiday happy hour with work collegues!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was amazing and very attentive. One of our meals was very good but just like warm. All of the food was wonderful but they definitely have to work on getting the meal out when It is warmer. Everything else was definitely delicious and wonderful!

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  38. Ciana

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were from out of town and were shocked how good the food was, amazing!

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  39. CynthiaB

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant! The filet mignon was very good. The crispy potatoes (which are my favorite) were not cooked through so that was a disappointment. Will still return, love the ambiance.

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  40. gary

    Atlanta Metro

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love it there. Best drinks around and bartenders are excellent. Food never disappoints and ambience is phenomenal!!! We go every time we are back in town.

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FAQs

Nostro Restobar and Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 429 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Nostro Restobar and Lounge

268 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Genesee Street, Court Street
  • Neighborhood
    Utica
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–12:00 am Sat 4:30 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Nostro features a private parking lot on premises. There is also ample on-street parking on Genesee Street.
  • Public transit
    Centro Bus Stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Francis Pezzolanella
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