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Diners' Choice: Good for business meals restaurants in Upstate New York

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for business meals in Upstate New York? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Ancora! restaurant
4.8
4.8 (558)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Utica
About the restaurant
Italian for encore, Ancora! is located adjacent to the historic Stanley Theatre and is one of the area’s premier dining establishments.

With its concrete-exposed high ceilings, stage lighting, custom-designed wine tower bar, open kitchen, colorful, local artwork and seasonal outdoor seating, Ancora! is the perfect blend of rustic old-world and urban design.

Featuring Mediterranean-inspired, mouthwatering cuisine, including a signature select tapas menu, Ancora! will have you begging for more.

Shared with friends or cherished alone, Ancora! is the ideal compliment to any evening, conversation or show.

Top review
AJs1st
Dined 7 days ago
Always a great choice for dinner. Paella, the best in the area. All tapas are a hit and can't miss with any choice, but whatever you do, save a little room for dessert. Get a crepe!
A photo of Next Door by Wegmans restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2079)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Rochester
About the restaurant
At Next Door by Wegmans, we pride ourselves on providing an unmatched dining experience. Our world-class chefs start with the freshest and best ingredients, using sustainable, organic, and local items whenever possible to create innovative menu selections. We combine great food and drink with cosmopolitan ambiance and outstanding service. Whether you’re looking for a unique dining experience or a fun place for a celebration, you’ll find it at Next Door.

Our chefs hand-select the best seafood (everything from wild salmon and scallops to sustainable farm-raised tuna when available), combining it with authentic Koshihikari rice that’s milled fresh every 3 days for us, real Japanese wasabi, and gluten-free soy sauce that’s custom-brewed to our special standards. Chefs Loi is a master with ingredients like this.

Top review
SMSSarah
Dined 6 days ago
Outstanding service and unique, creative, and well-executed food and drink options. Great spot for special occasions! We had the nigiri entree as an appetizer and bolognese and salmon for out actual entrees - all were fantastic. Staff was knowledgeable about food allergens and accommodating.
A photo of Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2740)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Bacchus wine bar and restaurant is located in the historic Calumet building in the heart of Buffalo's entertainment district. A seasonal menu highlights the best available ingredients from local and regional farms. Together with our Wine Spectator award winning wine list, this elegant yet casual restaurant has continually been ranked as one of Buffalo's best.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a table outside in the lovely courtyard. Our server, Indigo, was wonderful. Highly recommended!
A photo of dp An American Brasserie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (618)
$31 to $50
American
Albany
About the restaurant
dp An American Brasserie, is a signature restaurant by Dominick Purnomo. It offers a menu of imaginative and inventive cuisine, a dozen small plates, traditional favorites and signature menu items.

At just under 2000 sq ft with 18 foot ceilings and an abundance of natural lighting from six oversized windows, dp is a room that demands attention. Our dining room offers a mix of table & banquette seating in a decidedly more casual atmosphere than Yono’s.

It features a 25 foot custom mahogany and granite bar stocked with a full array of spirits, cordials, and of course myriad wines by the glass. We pride our beverage program on fresh, seasonally inspired cocktails, & by the glass wine program, ever-changing, that rivals any in the region. Guests are also invited to peruse the 1,000 selection Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” winning Yono’s wine list.

Top review
PatrickSvip
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
Best food in Albany. Try the banana foster, it takes a few minutes to prepare but it is amazing.
A photo of Taverna Banfi restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1321)
$31 to $50
Italian
Ithaca
About the restaurant
A Tuscan Inspired Italian Restaurant In Ithaca, NY
Tuscan culture embraces a cuisine that is inspired by availability and accessibility. At Taverna Banfi, our seasonal menus reflect this attitude. Located at the heart of Cornell University campus, our casual fine dining atmosphere is perfect for entertaining family, friends, and clients visiting Cornell University and the Finger Lakes region.


Top review
PJWinnervip
Dined 6 days ago
The views are fabulous, the tables are comfortably spaced and the food is quite good.
A photo of Grappa - Rochester restaurant
4.2
4.2 (995)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Rochester
About the restaurant
Grappa: WHERE NOSTALGIA meets NOUVEAU

Italian Nouveau is a modern approach to traditional Italian cuisine, merging the past with the present. Dustin Muroski, Executive Chef, carefully crafts a modern Italian dining experience perfect for a night out, a lively dinner with friends or a quick bite.

The bar at Grappa:

Elevate your tastebuds with the perfect cocktail to turn any ordinary night into an extraordinary one. Choose from a perfect glass of wine, a craft beer or try one of our unique signature Grappa cocktails.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Marla was a great server. She moved us to the side away from the bar, which was noisy. We loved the bruschetta app. We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. It was a fun evening!
A photo of Albany War Room Sushi & Steakhouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (129)
$30 and under
Sushi
Albany
About the restaurant
The Albany War Room Tavern is Albany's finest sushi and steak restaurant located in a political-themed historic tavern in downtown Albany. Award winning Japanese sushi by Chef Saso. Where Albany's A-list celebrities and politicians like to dine. Voted best sushi North of New York City. Nightly entertainment with a hip bar scene. Located across from the Albany Capital Center and the Renaissance Hotel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Sushi was excellent! Would definitely go back.
A photo of The Cove restaurant
4.2
4.2 (169)
$31 to $50
American
Canandaigua
About the restaurant
Now Open!

The newest hotspot on Canandaigua Lake.

The Cove Restaurant and Bar inside The Hotel Canandaigua.

Elevated cuisine in a casual waterfront atmosphere.

Chef Dan Hixon has created a seasonal menu to highlight the bounty of the Finger Lakes and delight locals and travelers alike.

Enjoy the beauty of Canandaigua Lake as you enjoy your meal in our dining room with expansive views of Canandaigua lake, or enjoy a meal al fresco in the warmer months on our wrap around patio.

Enjoy the bounty of the Finger Lakes, both on your plate and in your glass.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The cove is an excellent location, and it would've been an amazing experience. However, the food was subpar, there's a lot of room for improvement
A photo of Johnny D's restaurant
4.2
4.2 (26)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Buffalo
About the restaurant
Johnny D's Restaurant is the perfect choice for locals and travelers alike, offering a dining experience that caters to all audiences, within the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, makes us an ideal spot for business travelers, traveling sports groups, and anyone looking to enjoy a meal that embodies the spirit of Buffalo.
Top review
RayB
Dined 4 days ago
My group and I loved it. The service and the food were excellent. The ambience was top shelf all the way. Can’t Waite to get back there.
A photo of Wellington's @ The Renaissance Hotel - Albany restaurant
4.0
4 (345)
$31 to $50
American
Albany
About the restaurant
A local contemporary dining experience with fresh and healthy options. Conveniently located inside the new Renaissance Hotel, our restaurant features a historical yet modern feel with a spacious restaurant and lounge where you can grab a quick breakfast before you start your day, or relax and enjoy your evening. Wellington's Restaurant will offer much to savor and discover with small plates, contemporary American flare, engaging staff, and crafted libations.
Top review
zehman7
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Good food great view. Service and atmosphere were very good.
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