If there's one thing that Utica does REALLY well - it's food. We're not talking about chain restaurants, we're talking about those one of a kind spots that you just can't miss.

Personally, I'd find it hard to rank which is the best restaurant in Utica. Sometimes, the best food can be found at a spot no one really knows about...yet. Plus, what I like, you might not enjoy.

If I want to know what the crowd thinks, I can always turn to Yelp. Yelp compiles the reviews of its users, and then calculates which is the 'best' restaurant - based on used reviews. Now look, I know sometimes a restaurant can get bad reviews because someone doesn't like their policy or even politics...but Yelp's ranking here seems to jive with what I've heard from a lot of diners. So according to Yelp users, these are...

The 10 Best Restaurants in Utica

  1. The Tailor and the Cook

  2. Motus

  3. Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse

  4. Zeina's Cafe

  5. Trattoria Calabria

  6. Bella Regina

  7. John Devereux’s Tavern

  8. Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar

  9. Tavolo

  10. 72 Tavern & Grill

  11. (I'm throwing this one in because it is SO good)

    Pho Mekong House of Noodles

So, how many of these have you been to? I've gotten to 8 of them (okay, I admit it, I'm not a great cook!)

Is there another restaurant that HAS to be on this list? Email me at beth@lite987.com