Motus

4.9
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308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

A tradesman's gastropub with an undeniable message of purpose.
What 308 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.9
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.6
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've enjoyed many wonderful meals at motus and this meal included my sister & her friend visiting from Baltimore -- we all had a great time with excellent food & superb service.

M
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The roasted chicken was great. This is the second or third time that I’ve ordered it. Very consistent. The bar featured an very good viognier—both for taste and value. I hope that they keep this or another viognier on the list. I appreciate how the restaurant is diversifying and experimenting with its wine list.
Another excellent dinner at Motus.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great restaurant in downtown Utica. I am looking forward to trying other foods on the menu

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.

IB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The suggested wine was fantastic and beer selection was exceptional.

Every course my wife and I tasted was well thought out and delicious. The sauces that went with the main dishes were pungent and blasting with flavor.

Music playlist was nothing too old and every song was enjoyable.

The full body espresso shot to top the night off was potent and packed a delicious punch.

We loved just about everything about our experience.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We visited for the valentines pre fix menu. A few things, the waiter wasn’t the best. Forgot my wine that I had to later ask about, forgot to bring us back a butter knife and then took the bread, the oyster app was only 3 oysters, salad had literally 5 leaves and the my filet was way over cooked. The manager only took off my wine... won’t be visiting or recommending to anyone. This was our third lackluster visit.

TB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. 5 courses that were perfection. Great ambiance and service. You can’t go wrong.

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is attentive and welcoming. The food lives up to it's advertising with clean flavors cooked to perfection. The Bar also provides creative and refreshingly new twists on old classics. I look forward to the next opportunity to visit.

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience. Phenomenal food, attentive and friendly service, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and drink, both the selection and quality. Service was great. Highly recommend

MD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Motus was FANTASTIC! Loved the vibe of the restaurant. Each course was delicious; plus, the chefs spoiled us with a few extra tastings. The team who took care of us were great — attentive but they allowed us to thoroughly enjoy our evening and didn’t try to rush us. Highly recommend Motus!

SZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Waitress explained everything to us. As dinner progressed , we had more questions about what we were eating. I had the price fix menu. I expected each course to be small then that off the menu. Not so. My salad was “better” than theirs. Surprise a pickled green bean on mind. The beet napolian with balsamic reduction wonderful. My pork chop & bread pudding outstanding plus my pineapple upside down cake for dessert,I shared with my husband. Cannot wait to go back & I will order off that menu again. Each category had many choices.

ML
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had drinks and appetizers before a show-everything was fantastic!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wife’s birthday

MB
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal. Beautiful space. My only hope is that they diversify the menu a bit seasonally. I would also like to see a few more choices (challenging & unique) for dinner specials.

RT
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional !

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Patrick the bartender was positively amazing and very knowledgeable! We had a couple servers help us but all were phenomenal! Now to the food, there are no words to describe how positively scrumptious the food was!! The flavors were on point! The portions fill you up but don’t stuff you so there is plenty of room for dessert.

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great night visiting motus. We sat at the bar and chat with the bartenders who are very personable even on a busy night. We all wished for the burger and we were not disappoint at all. Everything was delicious rt down to the espresso martini for dessert. Service is always stellar.

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Motus and we loved it. Great high quality food, thoughtfully prepared and served. Loved the farm to table modern feel to the overall vibe.

p
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The quality, uniqueness and value of the food speaks for itself. Dine at Motus once and you will understand; it is the reason I keep gong back. So I wanted to take this opportunity to call out my server this time, and many other prior - Alisha. She is absolutely amazing. Very attentive and focused on individual diner expectations, likes/dislikes, etc.. Alisha is also very knowledagle when it comes to the menu; offering perfect recemmondations from wine selection to the preparation/cooking level of the various meat options. All recommendations were spot on!

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only issue with eating at motus is the size of my stomach. I never have enough room to fit all the tasty food and drinks.
Such a great restaurant. Staff is amazing as well!

CW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great night and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend

JD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for New Years Eve and could not have been more pleased. Food was fantastic & our server was very accommodating It was probably a little noisier than usual due to the day, but we have been there before and have had no problem carrying on a on conversation.

MD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Motus has slipped somewhat since first opening but is still my top choice for contemporary fine dining in Utica. I would advise against the beef tartare which we found to be flavorless. Vietnamese Chicken is excellent.

JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've had great meals at Motus each time we have gone. We arrived 20mins prior to our reservation and sat at the bar. The bartender created her own cocktail that appealed to our taste. The table service was fantastic.
We didn't feel rushed and each course was timed perfectly.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at Motus. Perfect evening. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and different and perfectly presented. Great attention to detail!

JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time having dinner here and we loved it! The food was done to perfection! Would highly recommend everyone try this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent flavor and portions

CM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE this space. Great food and fair prices. The atmosphere is open and the wait staff is exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From the appetizer to the salad to the main course to dessert, this was one of the best meals I've ever had. It's pricey, to be sure, but worth every dollar. We will be back!

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Highly creative and delicious meal! The menu is fresh and perfect for the season.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience and delicious food!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Motus, a hip vibe, nice lambience, and wasn’t noisy on a Saturday night. Their one vegetarian entree, a root vegetable dish, was delicious. And yummy drinks. Reliably great place for a special occasion.

FB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Talented chefs create amazing locally sourced dishes in a kitchen which is viewable from the bar/dining room. Each course, each was perfectly prepared, seasoned and presented. The staff in the front of the house were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The bar also features locally sourced spirits, wines and brews. Our cocktails were perfectly crafted and balanced. My wife and I had an amazing, enjoyable evening. Thank you Motus.

DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience always!

F
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Motus has become one of our staple dining spots over the past two years. The drinks and food are always high quality. The service to match. You will spend about $70 per person with appetizers, main course, and drinks. Although on the higher end of the scale for our area, I feel it’s a value for the money. The ambiance is great and is great for special occasions or a date to impress as well. We are always satisfied and highly recommend the restaurant.

f
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal!

MP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal and new experience at Motus!! All the little extras in between meals and the thoughtfulness of the dishes cannot be understated. Amazing eat!