Motus

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253 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasions
  • Local Ingredients
mōtus (Latin); movement, progress, passion, revolt

A tradesman's gastropub with an undeniable message of purpose.
What 253 People Are Saying
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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motus was the perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. They made us feel special and were extremely attentive while not intrusive. Every course was amazing and perfectly timed. Great cocktails and specials, very fresh and delightful!

TV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and cocktails were top notch!

JS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing very fast and very friendly. Food was very good and reasonably for the cost. I was definitely check this place out.

BE
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sausage app was terrific. Loved the pork chop swathed in a wide variety of local produce wonderfully prepared. The hanger steak was delicious and just as well accompanied.

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stayed overnight in Utica on way to Adirondacks. Found Motus down street from hotel. Fresh quality ingredients , prepared well. Nice wine and beer list. Overall very good and would recommend. It is a little on expensive side for the environs, I've seen similar prices for a few dishes in NYC area. Still you get what you pay for.

AS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cute place.Very friendly.Great menu.Good burger!Would reccomend and would return.

TS
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motus was a super experience. Was great to see that the food was as good (if not better than) as some of the reviews. Setting was great and service was spot on - from our outstanding waitress to the killer drinks served by someone who treated the bar as a profession. A super bonus was seeing them use food from the local farms where ever they could.

F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Creative cuisine and presentation was awesome. A true farm to table dining experience. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. This place is a gem.

AM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!! The antipasto poutine, scallops w pasta, and the burger were all cooked to perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

N
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic and it’s always so pretty inside. We enjoyed our evening. Steak and pork were great. Could have lived without the scallops on the plate. Service was great too. Best mojitos!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable! Super server and service, great seating!

L
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

What a great find! Food was sustainable and locally sourced. Loved the ambiance- cool vibe meets farm to table. Highly recommend if you are looking for great food in Utica.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Unique offerings and the staff was suburb!

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Motus made dinner with friends extraordinarily fun and memorable. Most had the prixe fix, which had wonderful selections with beautiful visual appeal. The wine and beer pairings were great!

s
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great overall dining experience. Menu is varied and interesting, and every course - from the bread to the dessert - was great. Slightly pricey, but well worth it.

MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Try the pork chop. Great service. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m not sure Utica knows what they have here. Fantastic food, service and drinks. Couldn’t recommend this place higher

L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The very best. Food was great. Service outstanding. Their hospitality knows no bounds. I can’t say enough good things.

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated my 30th with close family. Food and service were top notch as always!

PO
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Motus! The food was amazing and the martinis were delicious! Thanks to Vince and Emmie for a special night for my birthday celebration! I highly recommend Motus for a wonderful, organic dinner experience!

MA
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quality of food, presentation, and service were all top-notch! The bartender also offered to make me a specialty cocktail that they were working on adding to the menu, which also matched a request I had made. It was delicious! Can't wait to come back!

JR
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Motus was exceptional! We chose Motus for a special celebration dinner and the food and service were outstanding. We can't wait to return!

t
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great selection on menu.
We brought our guests from Delaware and they said Motus is a keeper and will return when visiting the area. Great selection of local farm to table

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was great. Each food item brought to the table was explained in detail. The service was very good. I also like the timing between items. There was enough time to enjoy each food item and a little time in between. It was an enjoyable experience.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never a disappointment
Awesome food and great service
Our favorite restaurant

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my third time at Mōtus and each time it's been fantastic. This was my second time doing the prefix menu - each course was fantastic, from salad & bread to dessert. You can tell there is a lot of though put into each dish, & each cocktail. Our server Nicole was great, she's been our server each time. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Mōtus!

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent.
Food service ambiance was all amazing

VF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By vicki, always excellent, very welcoming, very delicious, even the mixologist has specials. You must try them.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went to Motus for a 5 course food and beer pairing. Each course looked wonderful and tasted delicious. Beer was supplied by Copper City Brewing and complimented each course. We will definitely go there again.

DF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great small restaurant - the food was fantastic and the service was great. Our entrees took a little long to come out, but honestly we didn't even notice given that we weren't in a rush and enjoying conversation. Highly recommend!

t
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good wine selection. Nice prixe fix options. Delicious meal. Nice quietly hip vibe.

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Cocktails, apps, and dessert were amazing. The main course fell short.

NH
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a nice meal, the burger was delicious! We were served champagne for our anniversary which was a nice touch and our waitress was very nice!

T
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Four of us dined at Motus last night. Since we had a hard time deciding what to order, we ended up trying 6 entrees. We started with the rabbit, then shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles, pork chop and two filets. They were all outstanding. Salads were fresh as could be with housemade bread and butter. We had the creme brulee, dark chocolate cheesecake and bananas fosters bread for desert. So delicious. Nicole and Patrick were our servers and both deserve kudos for their knowledge of the food and drinks and their superb service. All in all a perfect dining experience.

M
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm not sure how many times we have eaten at Motus, but it has been many. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and experience...again. The menu featured rabbit, which which excellent. As usual, the service was also excellent, and our table of four enjoyed a relaxing mid-week dinner.

LA
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is an excellent gem in Utica. Motus is a fantastic fine dining restaurant rivaling anything you would get in a big city. The best part is that everything is locally sourced. So as good as it tastes, it also makes you feel good for supporting local. Everything was excellent, but especially the scallops, you have to try them.

GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Motus. Always something new to try and we’ve yet to be disappointed. The staff are excellent, friendly and well informed. Great wine and beer menu.

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit to Motus exceeded our expectations. Will be going back.

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