The Tailor and the Cook

4.9
2354 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2354 people are saying
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Swb17
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful experience - amazing food and perfect service.

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DonnaT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service (Blair was amazing), the food, and the ambiance. The scallops were seared perfectly, the figs were sweet and every dish had a combination of amazing flavors and presentation. Love it!

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MaryroseR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was amazing and the service was impeccable! We look forward to getting the NYS cheese board to start, and we love to share a variety of the small plates which change for the seasons. This time we tried the shrimp fried rice, the steelhead trout, the pork schnitzel and the scallops - all were outstanding. Highly recommend for an amazing dining experience!

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SJINS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both food and service were outstanding! This is a gem any where and unexpected in Utica. Appreciate the outdoor dining options.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from Syracuse to try the restaurant and had a great experience. Cocktails were good and the wine selection from the finger lakes was varied and plentiful. Loved our food, scallops were well seared, tomatoes were so fresh and juicy, pork schnitzel was crunchy and salty in all the best ways! We will be back! :)

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vipGinaN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and everything was incredible! The food is so fresh and the portion size was perfect! Can’t wait to go back!

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ReneeV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a great dining experience at Tailor & The Cook . My server Blane is the absolute best , the scallops are the best you’ll find , and the steak head trout has so much flavor . This restaurant is my all time favorite . Tim runs a top notch establishment, Jared the host is very attentive and accommodating

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JimandAlison
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jarod, Meredith, Tim, and Joseph always make us feel like we are royalty. The food is beyond awesome. This place is a home run every time. Best in Utica, by leaps and bounds.

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Foodies
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had reservations for the evening of my wife's birthday (noted on the reservation). No mention was made of the special date. Not a huge issue, just an observation for those who may want the special date marked. Be sure to verbally say something and don't leave it to the reservation.

The service was absolutely incredible. Our server, Jessica had complete knowledge of all the items and provided excellent suggestions. The other team members were responsive and careful to keep our party of two well served.

We chose four small plates, the scallops, shrimp fried rice, beets, and bean salad. The scallops were so delicious and perfectly prepared we ordered a second portion! Trust your server and get the large portion (we ordered two small portions). The shrimp friend rice, albeit creative (as you would expect from this lovely restaurant) was our least favorite. In part, it was very dark black on one side, and the shrimp patty (it was not individual shrimp) was a bit rubbery and salty. We preferred the delicious freekah salad with the scallops over the rice in the shrimp fried rice dish. We love beets so there is no contest there! The bean salad was nice, too. The Utica Bread is wonderful, but we prefer plain butter to the sweetened honey butter. That's simply a personal preference and not a criticism.

We shared the blueberry buckle for dessert. The highlight of that dessert is the fabulous syrup.

My wife had the NYS wine flight and enjoyed each selection.

We sat indoors (no outside tables available, but we'd have chosen indoor seating anyway) and found it to be pretty loud.

All in all, a nice evening.

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DavidT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by a busy but friendly waiter on the outside patio, before we got to the front door. He ushered us in, helped find a table and introduced us to our waiter.
We watched the barman energetically prep a really cold martini, which he replicated on request down to the blue cheese olives. Yum! Our waiter guided us through menu choices. We had 3 dishes, all done to a high level of skill and delight on our palates. Dessert of the day, a Blueberry Buckle, paired beautifully with ice cream and an espresso.

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JoniZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique & delicious! Very romantic. Great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a great culinary experience!! Presentation presentation presentation!! Highly recommend! Make sure to make reservations!

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EddieB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The T&C excels on every level!!! In my opinion, there is not an establishment that comes close to hitting the mark on food, service & overall value. This Utica gem is hands down world class. Keep up the great work T&C!!! You head and shoulders above the rest!

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Bistate8
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always, the food was excellent and the service good. It was noisier than I remember from other times, though.

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Woollyhighness
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tailor & The Cook always delights us. They have mastery over every detail of the dining experience. The cuisine is wonderful, creative, and surprising, and the fact that they use locally/regionally produced foods in their cooking raises it to an even higher level of excellence. The ambiance is simultaneously classy and cozy. Very welcoming and very tasteful. That goes for how the staff present themselves, too. The customer service at The Tailor & The Cook is simply the best we have ever received anywhere. Flawless. We have been going to the Tailor & The Cook for years and we have never had anything less than a truly wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go there again!

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CindyH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was outstanding! The noise level was high and the lighting too dim to read menus and see the beautiful food presentations.

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FernandaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, decor, drinks and food..Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great night out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cordial staff made a dining experience that could have easily felt pretentious a truly lovely experience. I was skeptical that I’d be satisfied at the end of the meal (what I mean is full), as the menu was focused towards small plates. I was pleasantly surprised at just how filling and well executed each dish was. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others. I have no complaints and only a fond memory.

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RocDiner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Wish we lived closer. Would be there often. The food was wonderful and great service from everyine.

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Garmer
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed all of the food that we ordered with the exception of the sirloin which was tough. We do not particularly like the small plates concept.

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vipAdrianneW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal in every way!

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DeniseZ
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The overall creativity of the dishes and freshness abound, however, the servings are more like tapas than 'small plates.' And, with the regular serving price tag, you're looking at 50-60$ per person minimum. Nonetheless, what I had was very good. Couple of notes. The beet risotto was creamy but I felt it needed seasoning. The scallops over freekah was my favorite dish of the evening. The cheese was salty and complemented the entire dish into a perfect bite. I also enjoyed the wine menu which featured some highlights from the Finger Lakes.

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EvanP
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing as always! love eating at Tailor and the Cook when I am home in Utica!

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AprilC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the dining experience at Tailor & the Cook. This visit we were sat next to the wait station and found that to be busy and distracting. Otherwise everything was fantastic.

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ThomasK
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Pork tapas was over cooked. The duck, fried rice, beet greens Utica, smoked trout were excellent

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Grey
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, new items I haven’t tried before likes pickled celery. Portion sizes were medium to small.

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SandyK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so so good!! Looking forward to another visit. The staff was awesome, especially our server (because I had a lot of questions 😂).

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StephenT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I liked the old menu more than the new menu - more variety needed...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food as always!

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NolanM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The ingredients were directly "farm to table," and the menu was imaginative and innovative. The "small plates" format was difficult to manage -- what would go with what, etc. Nothing was more than warm -- but that's perhaps a good thing in the summer. Best to go with a group and order lots of plates to share. Really top of the line wine list. Restaurant is spooky dark -- we weren't alone in using the flashlight on our phones to read the menu. But the wait staff is exceptional.

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RobertaB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was culinary and well prepared. Small plates needed several dishes each to have enough. Wine list was impressive. The restaurant had a charming atmosphere. Service could have been more attentive to our needs. We enjoy fine dining and will go again.

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marykay5
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son took me for Mother’s Day although it took 3 months to get there, we ended up celebrating my sons new job as well.
Always consistent. Delicious food, excellent service overall wonderful experience.
Can’t wait for the fall menu!

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JulieB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded my expectations. Look forward to returning!

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Bill
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I chose to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary by dining at The Tailor and the Cook. We asked for a table for two outdoors as the weather was beautiful. We ordered the Local Chanterelles and The Butchers Board. Both were exceptional. As I was driving, I ordered a couple Coffee Cappuccinos to drink, which were the best I have ever tasted. For dessert, we ordered Grandma Hardiman's Blueberry Buckle for two. The service was the best. We look forward to the next time we dine at The Tailor and the Cook.

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SusanH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was delicious! The scallops were amazing and melted in your mouth.

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RedFishFan
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Taylor and the Cook. All of the small plate dishes were excellent, and the service was first-rate. We always look forward to eating there!

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Clay
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates, but worth the price. Everything is tasty and cooked perfectly. I think it's fun with a moderate size group of people so you can enjoy almost everything.

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Eileen
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Philly, first time dining here and reviews were on target. Outstanding food and service. Emily explained everything and gave excellent recommendations. 5 *

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MichaelG
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. First since pandemic. Fantastic meal. Not a bad dish. Good cocktails and quality local wine. A gem hidden in Utica.

FAQs

The Tailor and the Cook offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (315) 624-3663.

The Tailor and the Cook is rated 4.9 stars by 2354 OpenTable diners.

The Tailor and the Cook does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/772/the-tailor--the-cook.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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