The Tailor and the Cook

4.9
2331 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 2331 people are saying
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PatrickG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service as always. They were very accommodating in showing us customer service for our anniversary.

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Carolita
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique presentation. Fresh food. Small plates..reminds me of tapas. Staff work together flawlessly.
Definitely would return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely unforgettable meal! Everything was fresh and amazing. Staff was attentive, explained dishes well, and answered any all questions well. The shareable design of the menu made it fun and allowed us to enjoy so many things that caught our eye on the menu.

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MHarrington
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the Greetings at the Door, to the Server(s) that tirelessly strive for ( & deliver ) Perfection. The Presentations are an Art Form and Your Palette will be Delighted!! A True Gem.

JH
JenniferH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Utica, New York!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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EmilyW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were promptly greeted and seated. Outstanding service. The cocktails were inventive and delicious, the food was extraordinary!

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TimF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary dinner. First time since they’ve switched over to the small plates format. I was unsure what to expect, but the portions were still plenty and the quality, as always, was outstanding. Service was also excellent, as always.

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Lyman
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The staff were always willing to do things off menu and really talented chefs made our experience truly wonderful. At our request they paired our wines with each course and did so with amazing thought. We always enjoy our time there and are treated like family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience as always! Tim and his team go above and beyond to create delicious food and a spectacular atmosphere. If you’ve never been then you need to go now...like right now...go

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LindaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the tapas format - allows the diner to experience a variety of flavors, and accommodates a wider range of budgets and culinary preferences. T&C continues to knock it out of the park with innovative cuisine and excellent value. Hard to find quality like this at any price. VERY highly recommended!

LB
LoriB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Many gluten free choices.

DE
DanielEsq
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely exquisite locally-sourced restaurant, with the best tasting and presented food in NYS.

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MichaelC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and extremely interesting food. Best restaurant I’ve ever been to in Utica. Wonderful service. The chef himself stopped at our table and asked how the food was. Nice touch. A not to be missed experience in Utica.

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delpi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem! Innovative dishes you'll never find elsewhere. Knowledgeable, courteous, professional wait staff bar staff etc. As a bonus, Head Chef Tim Hardin visited with us for a few minutes. Don't hesitate to make a reservation!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The service and ambiance was wonderful but the food was highly disappointing and highly overpriced. I did not care for these smaller portions and having to get several dishes to have a complete meal. The steak was chewy and hard to swallow and my shrimp was over cooked.

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ReneeV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I’ve gone to Tailor & The Cook several times . The food is always consistent and I’ve never had a bad experience here . On last nights dinner , a new server was on and he forgot our entrees! After he brought the dessert menu over , I said I will get that after I eat ! He apologized and we had a good laugh over it

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ThomasK
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic small plates menu. Excellent selection of NYS wines and beyond. Attentive and knowledgeable wait staff.

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Satisfiedcustomer
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic. We each had small plates of lamb ragout over polenta that we definitely would order again! My husband added a plate of smoked trout (that was to die for) and an order of asparagus risotto (again, delicious). My dinner was supplemented by dumplings and roasted baby carrots (both winners). We shared a pot de creme topped with candied olives. I know, it sounds strange, but it was a grand finish. The olives were dehydrated, minced, then candied, giving the chocolate a smoky, salty taste. Service by Blair was attentive without being interfering. Overall, a grand experience. Thank you T & C for another fine dinner.

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit! Loved it. Enjoyed sharing our food, plenty to choose from, and the service at both the bar and the table was excellent!

JA
JimandAlison
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Tailor and the Cook because they consistently crush it! Food, service, atmosphere…they never miss. Jared greeted us and sat us like we were royalty. Todd took great care of us at the table, and Joseph and Patrick behind the bar were amazing mixologists. This is world class dining right here in Utica. Thanks for another great meal for my daughter’s birthday.

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Revenstock
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The restaurant changed to a tapas theme. I preferred it the old way . Food was good. Service was very good. Martini was spot on .

JL
JuliaL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as always.

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RevRandy
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a 7pm reservation, I arrived at 6:50pm and was immediately seated with a banquette seating and a view of the whole restaurant and the chefs at work. I immediately felt at home, not at all awkward dining solo. The staff, the atmosphere, the milieu all work to make it a homey place.

The bread and amuse-bouche arrived: a delightful spoonful of roasted beets and chevre with a hint of vinaigrette and an early summer green gazpacho.

I began with the seared scallops, small version - scallops cooked to perfection. The course was complemented with a Anthony Road Wine Company Bubbly from the Seneca Lake region - I will look for this one again.

Next course was my starch course: an asparagus risotto (smaller portion) which included some roasted vegetables and as an add-on a Jones Family Farm Chevre fritter. The risotto was cooked properly, both creamy and toothsome. The star of the plate, however, was the fritter, or should I say the chevre in the fritter - best goat cheese I have tasted since my days as a cheese maker in the Loire Valley region (Ste. Maure) in another life. This course was paired with a Red Newt Cellars Riesling, which was a great complement to the risotto and cheese.

For my entrée, I chose the sirloin over the creamy rutabaga puree, cooked to rare perfection. I liked that I was given a reasonable portion of sliced sirloin and not a larger, whole steak. By this time I had moved to a Chateau Lafayette Reneau Cabernet Franc, a wine with character but also subtlety, which did not overpower the beef but seemed to walk hand-in-hand with it.

I followed the beef with the hydroponic lettuces, a delightfully light salad course.

The evening was capped off with the Pots de Creme Chocolat which comes with a most delicious churro. A Prejean Late Harvest Vignoles worked well with the dessert.

So, an evening of culinary delights, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, served by a more-than-competent staff, leaving me looking forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal service was just as great highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Taylor & The Cook. The food is spectacular and the staff is amazing! Many thanks to our server Meredith who is friendly and great at her job!

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and delicious food! Staff is very friendly and you can tell they want you to enjoy your experience. They have an impressive wine list & cocktail menu. Started out with amuse-bouche, which is always a lovely surprise! The house made maple butter was divine! I’m a huge fan of small plates and they did not disappoint! I had the chick pea gnocchi, asparagus risotto & the scallops. I love that they use local, seasonal ingredients!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, good food and good service. Modern feel.

CD
ChrisD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire team at Tailor and the Cook goes out of their way to provide an amazing dining experience every time we visit. Our go-to location for anniversaries or birthdays.

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BarbaraK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Seated quickly and had several folks clear dishes as we finished and others brought our order. Perfectly presented and prepared.

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AmyW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and amazing service. Will definitely go back the next time we are in town.

KC
vipKCSherrill
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Love the new small plate (Tapas) menu. So good to be back!

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GregO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the small plate venue. Food delicious. Waitstaff friendly and very knowledgeable. Price very reasonable. Definitely a mainstay for us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great double date, awesome dinner options and an ever changing menu. Worth the hour and a half drive in from Albany. Best farm to table we have ever been to.

CB
vipCharleneB
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu and atmosphere. Servers care a lot. And each dish was beautifully executed. Highly recommend this gem.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique food from local farms. Service was friendly and helpful. Passing through the Utica area, but will certainly stop again when going that way.

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jmaxcourt3490
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just simply awesome with no other area establishment close to this level of dining experience from the food to the service. I eat here often and for good reason I expect excellence and it is always delivered.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience dining at The Tailor and the Cook. Each member of the staff was wonderful, the ambiance was very nice, and the food was amazing. It was awesome
knowing the food you were eating was very fresh & sourced locally and that you are supporting all sorts of local businesses.

AM
AnnMarie
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent and imaginative food. Small plates were a wonderful way to sample many of the enticing dishes.

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EricaH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at The Tailor & The Cook is such an experience! From the service to the food to the ambiance, this restaurant remains unmatched in quality and aesthetic. Will definitely dine here again.

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 2331 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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