The Tailor and the Cook

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1904 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.
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SP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent the dinner was a complete disappointment.

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P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great. Ambiance warm. Staff attentive and efficient. Would recommend this restaurant especially for special occasions.

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CK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cheese plate, service from everyone- so friendly! We will be back for sure!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling through the area and wanted a nice place to have dinner with the family.

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c
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. I had the venison & my friend had Shrimp & Scallops. Excellent food. Amazing service.

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AR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were immediately created by the host as soon as we walked in the door. He was very gracious and very friendly and quickly showed us to our table. We had the tasting menu with wine paring. The food was excellent. Wine pairings were very good. The service was excellent too. Tim and Devon were professional and very attentive. The aesthetic of the restaurant was very comfortable with exposed brick and wood finishes, beautiful flower rangement’s and artwork. Just a lovely meal in a fun environment with very nice people. We will definitely go back.

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LK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here. Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Vibrant! Farm to table - great,

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RF
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tailor and the Cook sets the standard for the Utica area. We have been there many times, and it has always been extraordinary. This time we had a scallop appetizer followed by the roast beef tenderloin, and they were cooked perfectly. Our server was friendly, courteous, and helpful. We'll be back.

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always an excellent experience from our server Eileen to the food. I do not see a way you could come away from here with anything less that full satisfaction.

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JT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have been to Tailor and Cook several times. This experience was different than the rest. Overall I felt like because we had an early reservation we were under constant observation because the table would be needed. Our table was near the waiters stand where orders are placed in the computer. There is a 3/4 wall serving as a divider and servers were reaching over the wall to remove plates , fill water glasses etc. We ordered 2 appetizers. While the flavor was there, it looked hastily thrown together. The main courses were delicious all though we constantly being asked if anything could be cleared when we obviously still eating. Our party actually skipped coffee and dessert as we felt it would disrupt the flow. Not our best experience there.

The Tailor and the Cook
Responded on April 18, 2019

Hello Jeff - I am so sorry to hear that you felt rushed. This is never the intention, or the feeling we wish to create for our guests. I am thankful for your feedback, and will discuss it with our management team. You mentioned that you have dined with us before, and i certainly hope that you will visit us again. I trust you will find that we always aim for a top notch experience for each and every guest. Please accept my apologies for a less than stellar evening. Cheers, Tim

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon entry we had a welcome greeting, we asked to sit at the bar prior to sitting for dinner and they happily obliged. The bar tender and waiters were great, the service was great and the food with wine pairing was excellent! We were impressed that our dinner choice had part of the proceeds going to our local Kelberman Center! Great job, see you soon!

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k
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was delicious. Charcuterie appetizer had some wonderful choices. We had a picky eater with us and our server did an amazing job fulfilling his requests without any visible signs of irritation (not easily done).

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GV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Meredith, was phenomenal, the entrees and amuses bouches were exceptional. The Tailor and the Cook never disappoints!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All staff were amazing and look to make our visit special every single time.
Wife and I do not go out to dinner often so when we do it’s worth the money to make it a special experience.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing evening! Patrick our bartender very friendly and made a great Cosmo ( I am very picky on how they are made). Dinner was outstanding!!! Our waitress Taryn recommended a great wine from New York state, and I don't like wines from New York as they are generally not a full bodied wine. Taryn also recommended the cheese platter which was just simply mouth watering! Next we had the Tandoori half chicken and the Roast Beef medallions. The food was full of flavors that just exploded in your mouth. Hands down best food in New York! We travel a lot and dine in 5 star restaurants. Honestly, the waitress was extremely knowledgeable and friendly! Food was just amazing!

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is out of this world! The staff is so attentive. It’s the best restaurant around. Always a wonderful experience!

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best of everything in a restaurant- excellent service, delicious menu and wonderful ambiance. Nothing but positive experience every visit!!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service -

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Super atmosphere and food is amazing. Staff is on point. Clearly see why place is packed all the time.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Maybe we are jaded. Wanted to love this experience, but didn’t. The service was great and the ambiance was fine, but the food just didn’t meet up to expectations. The chef sent a couple of treats, to begin with, which were a pleasant surprise. We tried a a clam chowder, that came as a generous dish of steamed clams, some potatoes with a bit of broth underneath. Cute. A deconstructed chowder, but it wasn’t the “chowder” we expected to get. Maybe it was in the fine print, but we didn’t catch it. We had two other appetizers, which all agreed, were the highlights of the meal. Mushroom toast with a poached egg was cool, and a pate dish was interesting and tasty. Our salads were a fresh assortment of various greens, but the house dressing was so subtle in flavor and in quantity that it came as almost greens served wet. The scallops and shrimp on soba noodles, was very subtly flavored with lemon grass and coconut, but one had to really pause and concentrate to really taste those flavors. The proteins were properly prepared and not over cooked, as scallops and shrimp often are. A duck dish was nicely prepared and cooked to the medium rare, as ordered. Two other lamb dishes and a braised veal dish were ordered, but all three were flavored in a similar manner (we shared). It almost seemed that in trying so hard to be locally sourced, the available ingredients limited their creativity. In the same vein, the wine list was full of NY wines, which is nice, but, in our opinion, NY reds struggle to keep up. For a restaurant of this caliber, we felt the red wine list could have been more robust. The cappuccinos were very good and the cheesecake dessert was very good at the end. We did leave full. All and all, it was okay, but not special.

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G
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best culinary experiences that Utica has to offer. Pleasant staff, unique dishes, and an aesthetically pleasing environment.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, however, the tuna (main dish) was not even close to rare and the scallops (appetizer) were too wet and a bit mushy. Besides those things, the food was amazing and the cocktails, delicious!

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Veal Briscuit. Perfect portion. Melt in your mouth. Any marbled fat was perfectly accomplished by a lovely crisp sear. Wouldn't change a thing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous! Dinner, drinks, specials—all delicious.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a date, food outstanding and service impeccable. Be prepared to spend some money

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and unique. I am just glad we got a reservation on the same night as it’s usually booked up!
It was a little noisy since it’s so small but well worth it.
Can’t wait to go back!

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h
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

menu was diverse but not overwhelming. food was delicious!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My only complaint would be that we had a reservation for 7pm and were not seated until almost 730. Not a huge issue but was a little annoying. Everything else was amazing and I will definitely go back and recommend it highly.

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DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. It was a busy night do we appreciated our waiter checking in with updates about the food and bar orders. Local cheese platter was a nice plus for our table. While it was a little noisy, the service and food made up for it.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn’t have had a better dining experience!! The staff was friendly and very accommodating!! The food tasted fresh and was cooked to perfection!!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal and amazing ambience to match!!!!

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SV
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd trip and the food was amazing! I’m from out of town but will definitely come back when we pass through.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, the overall presentation, the knowledge of the different items on the menu, the atmosphere is absolutely mind blowing. i Took my mother for her birthday and it’s certainly a memory we will look back on. I will certainly find reasons to make
Reservations again. For Utica NY, this could easily be the nicest dining around. Highly recommended!

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WB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent!!! No complaints whatsoever! I needed 50 characters so I added this!lol

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and we absolutely loved it!

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SR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, if I could give it another star I would... so so good, going back for my birthday in two weeks!

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m
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at The Tailor and The Cook since it opened. We keep coming back because everything
is perfect. The food, staff, drinks and atmosphere is superb. This place will take any day and make it great. We will be eating there for many more years.

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RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were informative and were conscientious regarding food allergies in our party. We had the duck and braised beef shank which were both delicious and memorable. It was a great place for a nice evening out with friends.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Just a great overall experience. From cocktails to Desert couldn’t avast for a better meal highly recommend !

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening could not have been better. We were seated on time, served promptly and all for dinners were great. We ordered a cheese plate to share the each ordered a different entree. We were all pleased with our meals. We shared cheesecake for dessert. When we finished, it was almost three ours after our reservation time and no one rushed us. It was a great meal. Many thanks to Chef Hardiman for all the little extra touches.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dining experience! The food was amazing and I loved the whole experience! Staff was very attentive and friendly. Will go back

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