Utica is well known for its food, especially the many Italian restaurants that boast the fact that you'll never leave hungry.

But, what kid of restaurant are you looking for?

Here's a new list of some amazing options in downtown Utica (near Nexus) that will give you the best sampling of what Utica - a culinary destination - has to offer.  For the record, there are plenty of chain options in and around Utica and none of those will be included in this list for obvious reasons. The restaurants on this list are unique to Utica, NY.

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There are plenty of amazing restaurants in surrounding areas like Rome, New Hartford, Verona (home of the Turning Stone Resort and Casino) but these are restaurants close to the action downtown.



72 Tavern and Grill (located at the entrance of the Adirondack Bank Center) 

400 Oriskany St. W.
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.801.7272


 Swifty's (located up Genesee Street near the Stanley Theatre)

257 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.507.3011


The Tailor and the Cook (Bagg's Square) Call for Reservations

94 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.793.7444


Ancora! (Near the Stanley Theatre) Call for Reservations

261 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.724.4815


Babe's at Harbor Point

80 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.735.0777


Chesterfield Tavolo Call for reservations

131 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.732.9356


Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse Call for reservations

147 N. Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.732.2300


Gerber's 1933 Tavern (walking distance of Nexus)

16 Liberty Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315 534.4835


Joey's @ 307 Restaurant Call for reservations.

307 Mohawk Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.864.3527


The Ambasador Restaurant Call for reservations.

537 Albany St.
Utica, NY 13501

Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar Call for reservations. Great view of the city.

Landmarc Building
118 Columbia Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.735.2583


Tiny's State Street Grill

1014 State Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.732.9497


Trackside Restaurant Call for reservation. At Utica Train Station 

321 Main Street
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.316.0228


The Willow's of Utica Call for a reservation.

900 Culver Avenue
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.765.0271


Ventura's Italian Restaurant  An original East Utica Restaurant

787 Lansing St
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315.732.8381


Nostro Resto Bar & Lounge  Across from Stanley Theatre, inside former historic bank

Oneida National Bank Building
268 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502


Iconic by Chesterfield Inside Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica

102 Lafayette St
Utica, NY 13502


Shade Bar and Grill Inside Delta Hotel by Marriot

200 Genesee St.
Utica, NY 13502

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