Restaurant Review: Historic Hotel Utica’s Lamplighter Pub & Grill

by Joanne on September 26, 2009

Hotel Utica was built in 1912.  It survived the threat of demolition after 1972 when it closed its doors.  In 2001 it was reopened and renovated to the beautiful facility it is today with rich mahogany interior, high ceilings.  The beautiful crystal chandeliers light the ornate and spacious lobby.  The Hotel is featured in “Historic Hotels of America”.  













The Shultz & Dooley collection in the lounge.
I put on my little black dress with the little white hole in the side (oh how riskAY!)….

DSCN1943 and then we were off to eat at the Lamplighter Pub & Grill.  The Grill is located at the far right end of the lobby if entering through the front main doors.  It was quiet.  The staff were very friendly.  I began enjoying the ambiance with a nice glass of Yellowtail Pinot Noir (photo taken with my cell phone…I was foolin’ around   ).

hotel utica wine  We moved to a table in the lounge area instead of the dining room because it was nice and quiet and there was a cute little table just for the two of us. 

The menu is limited but offers something for everyone.  Ted’s words were “there aren’t a lot choices on the menu”.  I said “Is what you ordered really what you wanted or did you have to make do?”  “I got what I wanted”.  “Then don’t complain”.  “If this was our first date, you’d be done.  Don’t be such a downer”.  I was kidding of course.  Ted’s no downer and if I remember correctly, I was love struck on our first date.

Most importantly about this restaurant is the more than reasonable pricing.  I’ll show your our over abundance of a meal which cost a mere $19.12 per person.  Note that!   1912.

The bread with red pepper hummus, sliced cheese in olive oilThe bread: Simple toasted crusty bread with olive oil, red pepper hummus, thin sliced Swiss cheese.








Ted’s appetizer:  Beef and potato spring rolls, lightly fried.









Joanne’s appetizer:  Meatless greens







A gorgeous, crisp, green salad with black olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, shredded cheddar cheeses, toasted croutons.








Ted had the Surf and Turf.  2 jumbo shrimp and a beautiful 8 oz steak cooked to perfection in a peppery cream sauce. 





 Joanne chose the tuna fra diavolo.  The sauce was sweet – hot.  Chunky tomatoes, cherry pepper halves, thinly sliced swiss, all coming together to create a tuna to perfection.


A reminder…all that for only  $19.12 pp ..the year the Hotel was built. Perfect!

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  • At 2009.09.27 10:08, Jinny said:

    Hi, I have already seen it somethere…

    • At 2009.10.02 10:56, Nancy Jean said:

      Thanks for the reminder about the Hotel Utica. We took Mom there last night before David Copperfield and had a fabulous dinner. Mom had the portabello mushroom to start and it was yummy, while I had THE best brushetta I’ve ever tasted. The salad was delicious, and by the time our entrees arrived we were nearly stuffed! Couldn’t believe the amount of food for that $19.12 price. I thought surely the appetizers would be pint-sized, but they were not! Mom had the haddock and I had the vodka riggies, with Bob enjoying a perfectly done steak. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GIVING IT A TRY! There aren’t too many menu choices, but a good variety and I’m sure you will be able to find something to enjoy. Bon Appetit!

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