The Tailor and the Cook

4.7
1660 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Tailor and the Cook is a unique, Farm to Table restaurant in Downtown Utica, NY. Nestled in the heart of the historic Bagg’s Square neighborhood, The Tailor and the Cook is one of many great restaurants in Utica.
Attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere support provocative cuisine produced with the finest local ingredients.
The management of The Tailor and the Cook is devoted to offering their guest delicious and uncomplicated food and a path to the farmers and producers who make it happen.
The Beverage program at The Tailor and the Cook spotlights craft producers and interesting offerings not found in other establishments. Guests may choose from the country’s most diverse and well-curated list of New York State wines. Artisan spirits, craft beers, and exciting mixology offer guests a wide variety of beverage selections.
Join us at The Tailor and the Cook for a memorable experience focused on local fare.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(315) 624-3663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Hardiman
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Catering
At this time, we do not offer any catering services.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oriskany Boulevard
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Parking details
There is ample parking on Genesee Street in front of The Tailor and the Cook. Also much street parking can be found on Hotel Street, just around the corner.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1660 People Are Saying
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
2.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have eaten dinner there twice before and had wonderful experiences. This time was different-unfortunately. We went to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary.
Waitress was very busy, to the point where a drink order retrieval had to be asked for after a noticeable delay.
My entree of Roast Leg of Veal was not as expected, with small medallions of meat. My wife’s appetizer of Lamb and Rye meatballs was over salted. Her entree of Brazilian Moqueca stew sauce had an unlikeable flavor. Not sure if it was due to the whey or mizuna.
However, the green house salad was exceptionally delicious.

Since it takes us an hours drive to get there, I doubt we will ever be going back.

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RR
San Francisco
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in San Francisco and were specifically interested in what local seasonal ingredients were being featured. Having grown up and left the area over 40 years ago, we we pleasantly surprised. This place is a diamond in the rough. The cheeses were excellent from local artisans. The Hermann Reisling had a dry and smooth bright finish. I wish I could have tried more. The greens and vegetable sides were well spiced and so dress. The servers were knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant. Great job everyone. Much success to you and your community of artisans. This would be the reason we would return!

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UD
New York Area
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always creative and delicious! They never disappoint.

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C
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ITS ALWAYS TOP NOTCH. OUR WAITER BLARE WAS AMAZING

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TM
New York Area
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in just about every way. Welcome, service, timing were impeccable. Food itself was simply outstanding. The menu draws from local farmers and is seasonal. Only drawback was it’s a little noisy, but happy diners all having great meals and a great time! We were a bit concerned about the New York wine list but no need to worry. The wines went beautifully with the courses. Can’t wait to go back!

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V
New York Area
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Tailor n Cook. Top notch in service, food, drinks! We always try a couple different appetizers n entrees and of course the incredible dessert choices.

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B
New England
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The neighborhood aside, this nice good setting to spend an evening out with close friends. Menu is creative and a genuine attempt was made to incorporate ingredients & recipes from multicultural sources. For that I give credit, but the outcome, unfortunately, was only mediocre. The pork Katsu, for instance, was below what most oriental restaurants, and the clam was on par with only those seafood restaurants on the lower end. What the tastes of dishes lacked, nonetheless, was far more than being made up by the exemplary services of the waiting staff. They are well trained, courteous, considerate. Our waiter taking the order was circumspect and inquisitive without being impolite, and attentive without being intrusive. That's why I would give the overall experience a very good one. If I am passing by the area, I will not mind returning to eat again - as long as I find safe parking within the restaurants immediate neighborhood.

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AJ
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old friend was visiting so a great occasion to show her this gem in Utica. I don't normally splurge on meals, but the Tailor and the Cook is so worth it. Our food was excellent, beautifully plated, and with fresh local ingredients so felt really healthy. We had a table for two in the corner, which was perfect for long, quiet conversation. The atmosphere was also really fun, and our waiter was well-informed and had a great sense of humor. Just an all-around great, leisurely, and creative meal!

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GV
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there, disappointed in not recognizing our Anniversary.

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VT
New York Area
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We're originally from the area and great food in Utica was always an Italian option. The Tailor and Cook is as good as any of the trendy restaurants in Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, NYC, Vegas or Portland.

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RV
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dining experience at Tailor & the Cook was truly amazing .The food and service Saturday night was excellent, as always . The scallops are the best you'll find anywhere . For the entree , I ordered the trout . It was s new menu item and I would definitely order it again . I have tried the chicken , lamb , the risotto . Anything ordered from the menu does not disappoint . Thank you once again , Tailor & the Cook

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G
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was ultra-fresh and unique! Service was exemplary!

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T
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and the service was so attentive. Very enjoyable.

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Miami
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard great things about this place from family members and friends, which led us to try this place. But I didn't expect it to be as GREAT as it really is.

Wow, from the service to the ambiance to the insanely good food, this is a place with no flaws. And it wasn't like one person or one meal... every person, from the maitre'd to the bartender to the water person to the server, was spectacular at his/her job. The food, every appetizer, every salad, every entree, every dessert was just incredibly delicious.

I could go on and on about this place... but sufficed to say, it's fantastic. If you find yourself in downtown Utica, don't miss it.

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OT
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Food and wine are always excellent

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AR
New England
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely outstanding.

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CB
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. The food and service are amazing.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant, even though it's hours from my home. I go there whenever I get a chance. It never disappoints. Awesome menu & all locally sourced & seasonal.

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RR
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, great menu. Too noisy for older persons trying to converse.

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C
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and experience as always! Whenever we have a special occasion we go here and it never disappoints!

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RE
Tampa
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered this restaurant via an online search of restaurants on our route on I 90 from Maine to Buffalo. Our timing worked out for a stop in Utica so we made a reservation. So glad we did! We had one of the best meals either of us has ever had. Very interesting, extremely tasty, intriguing, gourmet very interesting, extremely tasty, intriguing, gourmet dishes the light at our pallets. Everything about this place was on a par with the best restaurants in New York City. And at a lower price tag. We encourage everyone who has the opportunity to eat here as often as you can.

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F
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High expectations for this restaurant after reading reviews and our experience exceeded them. Do make reservations and prepare to be wowed! Waitperson easily guided to gluten-free choices and even double checked with the kitchen to verify. Nothing cliche about this farm-to-table gem.

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DR
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delightful culinary experience. Everything we both had for dinner was excellent. Our server, Trevor, was friendly and attentive. Such a treat having Tailor & the Cook right here in Utica!

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CD
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard about this restaurant from local friends. Set a date and so pleased that I did. Good was truly wonderful Food not good lol

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c
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. We will definitely return. Everything was exceptional. Highly recommended. It was a nice way to celebrate a birthday but you don’t need a reason to eat here. You will enjoy your evening.

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NC
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in town to celebrate an anniversary. Staff was attentive. Service timing was very good. WE LOVED EVERYTHING from the amuse bouche to desert as well as the complementary sparkling wine and brownie after dinner. We’ll return next time we are in town.
NYC foodies

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L
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there.
Had a wonderful meal. Great service.
Loved the ambiance!
Will recommend to friends and family.

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PH
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love the place. Only mini-negative was my choice of fare. I got the veal leg. Knowing that it wasn’t braised, I took a gamble on the meat being tough, and it was. Tasty, but the need for healthy back teeth, and patience with swallowing, was at a premium. My wife got the filet, and it was awesome. The homemade coconut, lemon, almond sorbet, was intense in a refined kind of way. Despite the tough veal, I’d go again, and will.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tailor & the Cook is such a gem! I now and then drive from Hartford, Ct to Syracuse NY for work and whenever i have a chance, I stop at Tailor and the Cook for dinner. This time I had the roasted Veal leg and it was phenomenal. Very flavorful and tender and served with a creamed kale. Perfect portion size and nicely plated. I so wish i could find a place like this in Connecticut. Its almost worth a 3 hour one way drive to eat here...

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PL
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, world class. On the other hand, the food was flavorful but inconsistent, especially in temperature. A steak entree was served with cold peas, warm asparagus, lukewarm meat, it tasted great but was strange, as if it came out in stages. Other entrees were similar. For the price, they can do better.

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ML
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have not gone...go! One of the best meals ever. Yes pricey so a very special occassion will be worth it. Staff was amazing. Ambiance perfect. Just go! You won't regret it.

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TB
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just can’t say enough good about this place. I’ve been here three times and it’s been amazing every time! The service is fantastic, it’s prompt and curtious with out hovering. The timeing of the courses is near perfect and spacing spot on. This is class a dining with out the stuffy atmosphere.

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l
New England
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. My spouse chose better -- her ordered the trout. I had gnocchi because it came with fiddleheads and ramps, but the sauce wasn't very saucy. Service was awesome. Wine list amazing. Would definitely return

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PS
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nostalgic place. Great service. Felt a little uncomfortable with some of the names of the food choices, especially the pairings. I was not sure what to order. A little out of my price range. It would need to be an extremely special occasion.

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M
Denver
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Many creative Meal options to choose from.

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TS
New York Area
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was the second time we visited T & C...the first time was really great - good food, excellent service - but this time the food was poor and the service, while still good had lost some luster after the awful meal. The breaded pork was cold and tasteless. The waiter took it back to warm it but the damage was already done. My duck was simply a dry mass of shredded poultry. Flavors of black beans and rice were ok. We were disappointed. Maybe the menu will change and we'll return but not for some time.

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NC
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time eating here it was an anniversary gift from our daughters and were so happy they did it loved the restaurant the food and the waiters were excellent very friendly told us about what the food was that we were going to eat . We definitely will be back !

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VB
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a first rate, exceptional restaurant. The menu is exceptional and the food lived up to the description. I would recommend The Tailor and the Cook to everyone looking for a fine dining “foodie” experience.

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B
New York Area
1.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was the best meal I have had there! OUTDTANDING!!!!!!

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C
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is pricey but very good. We had a great waitress and really enjoyed all of our food. I had steak and my wife had fish. Both dishes were cooked well and to our specification. Presentation, etc... was beautiful.

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