Motus

4.8
203 reviews
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mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

A tradesman's gastropub with an undeniable message of purpose.
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and we were really impressed with the attentive and friendly service, the music and low volume din, and especially the incredible entrees. We will be back!

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RA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent farm to table restaurant in Utica. Great atmosphere. Fantastic service. Excellent food.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent experience overall. The desserts were especially good. Their work with beets is incredible.

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EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alicia made our first visit extremely enjoyable. She provided my wife and I with prompt friendly service. The atmosphere was great. The food was amazing and we I will definitely be back!!! Great work team, you knocked it out of the park!!! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable! Food was fabulous! The atmosphere was very comfortable.

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great cocktails, and delicious food. We told them we had a movie to go to and they made sure we got out of there to make our movie on time.

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always an amazing experience here. The food is top notch and the service is impeccable. The cocktails are honestly something special so don’t be afraid to pair one or two with dinner.

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LH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place. The staff is excellent and well versed in menu and drinks. I had the cod off the menu and it was perfectly prepared and had a nice presentation. All of the meals were served fresh and hot.

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TR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here at Motus and it did not disappoint! Fresh and local ingredients mixed with the friendly staff equals a great dining experience!

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and service. Glad we had a booth in the back. Cozier; more private. Wouldn’t like to sit in open area. Expect privacy/intimacy at high end restaurants.

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VM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I just moved to Utica and Motus has become one of our go to dinner spots. We had the scallop appetizer and it was to die for. The service is tremendous and the ambiance is perfect.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars across the board....a little more costly than most restaurants in Utica, but the superior quality still makes it an outstanding value. Will definitely be back...

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RZ
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and the service was awesome. A bit noisy, though. It was our first time there, and I was expecting a quieter atmosphere for conversation. It is a bit pricey for the portions.

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us had dinner at Motus on Friday night. Everyone enjoyed their meals and Nicole took fabulous care of us. Food was presented beautifully and was delicious. The Backpacker's Lunch starter deserves a special mention and we fought over the churro dessert. :) We had a delightful time and will definitely be back!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Our favorite place

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CB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, wonderful meals. Perfect start to the New Year!

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience. Drinks were a bit pricey. Food was excellent.

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. After living in NYC, Chicago and Boston, we miss the big city dinning. Utica has amazing Italian food, but this place has very unique dishes. We love it !

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very quiet early but as the tables filled up, the sound level increased , however was still able to converse.

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down my favorite place to eat in Utica, NY. This restaurant has an ever changing menu that shows that the owners love what they do, and think about what their patrons would enjoy. I highly recommend this place. It’s not inexpensive, but it’s worth it.

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TB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here. Great atmosphere and food!

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DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way! I would not hesitate to recommend Motus to friends or business associates.

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f
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time as usual!!!!

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E
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! The prix fixe menu provides 4 courses of scrumptious discoveries. A delightful evening!

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KE
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The service was prompt, non intrusive and the food was delicious. The serving sizes were just right. We were full from dinner but our waiter came out with two tiny chocolate chip cookies with a candle for the birthday. It was just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experience last night. The food came at a timely manner and was done extremely well, hats off to the chef. Can’t wait to go back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and beverage. Nicole was great. Food was spot on a usual. Really like the way they do the food tasting. Having choices is awesome.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was fantastic, but the service was extremely slow. We went on an evening when many patrons were trying to make a show at the Stanley, and I think they didn’t even think about our order until all those patrons had gone. We waited about an hour just for bread!

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Somehow the food, while complex/fit for foodies, is never snobby and always has a “fun” element to it. Also love the frequency of change to the menu. Another Utica gem. The more the merrier.
PS: More of a value if you can avoid the delicious cocktails...but you won’t.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience.
Great menu with interesting dishes. Highly recommended.
We will be back

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PL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Motus before the recent Bob Dylan concert at the Stanley. They offered a special 4 course pris fixe “pre theater”menu that included several entree choices, salad and a froup of dessert options. Everything was impeccably prepared and served and we were out in plenty of time to walk to the theater. There is no question that we will be back for a future dining experience.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, but pricey. A lovely place that I would describe as fine dining...but not pretentious. Food is wonderfully creative. Great for a special occasion, but too expensive for a regular destination.

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M
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is excellent! Wonderful, thoughtfully prepared food. Good portions and fun accompaniments. I had the squash ravioli and my companions all had the grilled salmon. Everyone loved their food. Service was good and I even enjoyed the local wine. Will definitely go back next time I’m in Utica.

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M
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was yet another excellent dinner at Motus. I believe that this was our fifth or sixth visit. We've gone for casual nights out, and I've taken business associates on occasion. This time is was a celebration for a party of four friends. The food was great at every stage. This is one of the only places in the area that knows how to make a steak medium rare (heading toward rare). It also offers excellent vegetarian options on every menu. Our waiter, Brent, was outstanding--attentive to detail, knowledgable, and very personable. Basically, it was a wonderful evening.

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FD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. This restaurant never disappoints!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here and right after we walked in we fell right in love with the look and feel of the place we were treated to a complimentary champagne toast at our table for our special occasion we had the prefix menu and it was out of this world the staff was very friendly and helpful checked in on us through out the night if I could I would give Motus a 10 star rating! Definitely will be back on multiple occasions

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DR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment with drinks or food. Just great fun

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Intimate setting, great service and inventive food for downtown Utica. It's a 'gem' in Utica, NY. Bottles of wine were very reasonably priced as was the food given that it's upscale dining. The only issue I had was the cocktail prices --- ordered an old fashioned with Whistle Pig and received a glass 1/4 full (?) and the price was $18. The price was a bit steep for what I received and especially for Utica.

Really, the service and attentiveness from the staff was exceptional and really made the visit worthwhile. I think the only downside was the challenge of finding a dish that we really craved or wanted. I knew from looking at the menu beforehand that the selections and choices were limited (in that nothing really caught our eye). Perhaps given that the menu changes with seasonal variations, different items will come about in the future which are a bit more interesting. Either way, it was a fun place to be but I'm not sure it's a place that I would plan on returning to frequently.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, excellent, warm service, cozy surrounds.

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EZ
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous find during our parents’ weekend at Hamilton College. Great, unique cocktails (try the Smoking Jack o lantern with rum and pumpkin) and fabulous meals. We tried the lamb, pork shank and the ravioli. Each was wonderful and very uniquely prepared using local ingredients. Worth every penny.

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