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Ancora

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261 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501-3402
315-724-4815
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Another Gem of a find

This place reminded me of The Vault 244 and Frankies in Albany Oregon (see separate reviews). I was here on a Monday night and seated on the bar area. Not at the bar but a table near the bar. It was relatively quiet and peaceful. The wait staff we're very attentive and polite. I never went... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
Trafcon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Binghamton, New York
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I like Ancora. When I had to chose a restaurant to go to for my birthday, this was my first choice. We also have eaten at Ancora before performances at the Stanley Theatre. Utica has many fine restaurants and several finer dining venues. I put Ancora at the top of my list. It's easier to get a reservation for Ancora... More 

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New Hartford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

We held a family adult birthday celebration at the restaurant. The upbeat atmosphere is fun and makes a visit seem special. However this favorite restaurant has not kept its standards. It was agreed later that the appetizers and desserts were very good but the entrees were lacking in preparation and flavor. Attractive meat and cheese plate - excellent Potato Gorgonzola... More 

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This place reminded me of The Vault 244 and Frankies in Albany Oregon (see separate reviews). I was here on a Monday night and seated on the bar area. Not at the bar but a table near the bar. It was relatively quiet and peaceful. The wait staff we're very attentive and polite. I never went wanting anything and they... More 

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Farmington, Michigan, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I visited on a Thursday evening alone. I sat at a high rise in the bar area which was packed. The noise level started high and increased well beyond the thresh hold of pain. I ordered the shrimp and calamari off the menu. It took a while to arrive. It was served hot and was average, not a lot of... More 

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Massachsetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Downtown Utica NY is not exactly a booming area. Our SIL found Ancora! on Yelp - what a great find! Food was interesting and prepared with care. Much of it is made on site and of excellent quality. Portions are HUGE - attempted to share an appetizer and ended up canceling our main course because we were too full. Being... More 

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Connecticut
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We've been to Ancora 3 or 4 times and the food has been consistently good. The wine list is not long but decent - maybe not any 93 pointers from Robert Parker, but very good value. The only negative was the service this most recent time. They were very busy, and the kitchen must have gotten a bit overwhelmed -... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Good service on a night with no theatre happening. Presentation of all the meals looked terrific. I LOVED my fig, prosciutto, arugula, gorgonzola, & balsamic reduction flatbread. Other diners didn't enjoy their meals nearly as much... I would definitely go again to try some other options on the menu. Be aware that not every dish is a home-run.

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Utica, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Decided it was a great day for an extra special lunch, so stopped in to check it out. Got there late, the place was empty, so enjoyed a most indulgent filling lunch in peace! The shrimp bisque was amazing!!! Perfectly toasted crutons, floating in this delish cup with a yummy huge shrimp besides!! Then, slid into a shrimp and lobster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Don't live in Utica, stopped in on a whim when traveling through the Utica area.We had fried meatballs/ filet tips/ shrimp and calamari dish. All were excellent. The risotto was cooked well. The sautéed spinach was freshly made. The homemade marinara was yummy with fresh ingredients. I will gladly drive the hour from Syracuse to go back to this restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

DELICIOUS!! Perfect For a business lunch or intimate dinner. Friendly, knowledgeable, unobtrusive staff. 5 Stars- I highly recommend saving room for desert- the crepes are are to die for!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 261 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501-3402
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: 315-724-4815

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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