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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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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Good Food, Lively Atmosphere

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
2Travelers11
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Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Farmington, Michigan, United States
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Authentic Italian food, unlike many chains that claim to know what real Italian food is supposed to taste like. Intimate setting with great staff.

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Albany, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Chocolate crepe with raspberry cream cheese inside and fresh whipped cream and galato on top. OMG! Oh, the chicken soup was excellent too!

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Utica, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had dinner just before a Broadway production next door and were pleasantly surprised. Even though we came early and knew we had to wait a little for dinner since the restaurant was full, it was worth the wait. The dinners were tasty and hot with portions moderate. I enjoyed several drinks and the waiter was very accommodating. The tables... More 

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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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