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Ancora

261 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501-3402
315-724-4815
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Ranked #13 of 143 restaurants in Utica
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Dover, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

One word sums up this Italian restaurant - Fantastic! I've eaten at many Italian restaurants throughout the country and this one truly ranks among the top five. The food was incredible, the service was spot on, and the drinks were hefty. I enjoyed a calamari and shrimp dish (with risotto) that was literally to die for (my taste buds are... More

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Syracuse, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Decent food and service People are friendly Place seemed clean and bathrooms too. I would come back and try it again

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Utica, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Last week me and group of 9 other people ended up at Ancora because another local Italian eatery in Utica does not take reservations and told us we would have to wait over an hour. We did not want to wait so one member of our party called Ancora to see if they could accommodate our party of 10, they... More

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Utica, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

There is not a week that goes by where I don't think about Ancora! and that is probably because my friends and I ARE there every week! The food is phenomenal and the service and are great. The appetizers are always the beginning of a wonderful meal and evening. You can also just stop in for a drink at their... More

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upstate new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Wow, great to the the start of the rebirth of Downtown Utica. This restaurants location and decor compliment a night at the historic attached Stanley theatre. The Italian style pork with kidney beans was a reminder of trips to gramma's house in old east Utica. The pasta dishes were equally delicious and all of my out of town guest loved... More

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Portland, Maine
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Ancora is a delightful bit of class in downtown Utica, right on Genesee Street and next door to the Stanley Theater. It's perfect for dinner before the show, drinks after the show, a date night or a get together for a birthday or shower. There's outdoor seating in good weather that's great for people watching and there's an intimate bar... More

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new york and south carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We have eaten here several times since the new owners have taken over. the food is delicious. The restaurant has been enlarged. Service is very good. I noticed many of the bad reviews were written when Ancora was under the old owners. I suggest you give it another try.

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Buffalo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The best thing about Ancora is the parking lot. It’s large and since the restaurant adjoins the Utica’s beautifully preserved Stanley Theater it’s convenient for both. The staff is friendly and efficient, particularly when it comes to handling the crowd that arrives for a pre-theater dinner. The food? Well, it’s mediocre, good tries at dishes that were trendy a year... More

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Utica, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I are local Uticans, but have never gone to Ancora's. We had attended a Utica Comets hockey game on a Friday night and wanted somewhere to go after the game that had a smaller, intimate atmosphere while supporting, "the little guy" so to speak. Upon entering, we immediately fell in love with the upscale lighting and decor... More

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Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

While in Utica my family met at Ancora's for dinner. We were a party of 15 and had the best meal . The service was wonderful and the swordfish and steak were hot and prepared to everyone's liking. The desserts where excellent so save some room. Would definitely make it a point to go back and enjoy another meal there.

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