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Dominique's Chesterfield Restaurant
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Ranked #19 of 183 Restaurants in Utica
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We have eaten here before and have had wonderful meals, but last night was a complete disappointment. The four of us were ready to enjoy another great Italian meal in the cozy atmosphere complete with gas fireplace warmth adding ambiance as well as taking the chill out of nasty night. Our shared antipasto was smaller than we expected and looked more like a blend of chopped up ingredients than a true salad. Even the cheese and salami were in tiny chunks; the only "normal" appearing pieces were the tomato slices. But it was tasty and served with their signature warm garlic bread. The calamari was just okay -- some of the pieces were rubbery from overcooking. In the past, the calamari has been superb.

The Utica greens were large enough to share, but we couldn't find the hot peppers in it and it was warm, not hot (temperature-wise) when brought to our table. The hit of the night was chicken francaise which was served hot with sides of sliced roasted potato and four asparagus spears. The sauce was light and lemony --delicious and exactly what we had anticipated. However, another entree which came with meatballs was cold. The meatballs were barely lukewarm....that seemed unforgivable since couldn't meatballs sit in the kitchen stewing in sauce to keep them piping hot??

Prices were reasonable. Perhaps we made a mistake expecting a real meal and should have gone with their signature pizzas. Service was good except for one point when the antipasto that we weren't finished with was almost taken from the table --we had all been polite the first time it went around the table so it was just a matter of who would weaken first to finish it up :)

So the three stars is a result of mixed experience that had some highs and lows. Perhaps our expectations were too high?

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Thank Katherine C
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We asked at the grand old Utica Hotel where to have dinner and they suggested this favourite Italian.....we didn't get there til lunch the next day, but were we ever glad we went! We drove down Bleecker St. (a bit bleak!) and though we had missed it, but then there it was, rather unassuming, rather quiet (we were early). Starting with the super friendly waitstaff and guy at the wood pizza oven, and ending with warm good-byes, the people were exceptional. And they were this way with everyone who came in, whether they were grabbing a takeaway lunch or sitting down. The margherita pizza was comparable to our favourite in England (always our comparison), with the Basil soaked in basil oil with a touch of salt a tasty addition. Nice salads, tasty homemade pastas, and husband had a nice glass of wine. We are not big fans of American Italian as a rule, but this meal harked back to REAL ITALY and we were delighted!

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Thank GlobalCanadian
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We have dinner at Chesterfields about once a month and always enjoy the experience. It's classy, the kind of place Tony Soprano would have told someone to take off his ball cap at the table, and the food is always superb. We had my wife's birthday party there last spring and it was first rate with terrific service. The updated decor is great...

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Thank TravelingToosome
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Our earlier visits to Chesterfield's made for tales of awesome dinners, that we recommended to everyone we knew. It's been a few years since I've been able to return, but when I did: I found that the take out dinner I brought home---none too inexpensive--was missing half the order. What was left was not what I remembered....just barely average Italian fare, not the quality that Chesterfield's had. A big disappointment, and appears to go along with the negative reviews that appear here. A few years ago, I wouldn't have believed a downer review of Chesterfield's...but now: yes, I would. It's a crap shoot--your dinner might be wonderful, or it might suck. Consistency is a good business idea.......

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Thank Kevin L
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Had dinner at Chesterfield for a dinner celebration. We had a reservation that fluctuated in number repeatedly over the week beforehand, and the staff was very accommodating. Our table of 10 was a little cramped, but did not hinder our dining experience. Leo was entertaining and knowledgeable regarding the menu and was attentive to all our requests. The food was very tasty, and the calamari some of the best I've ever had. All in all a very nice dinner experience.

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Thank Allie_Zoe
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