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Nail Creek Pub

) #11 of 151 Restaurants in Utica $$ - $$$ American, ,
720 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4043
+1 315-793-7593
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“poutine” (10 reviews)
“sandwich” (10 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
720 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4043
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the recommendation of my sister (who lives locally), my husband and I took my mom to Nail Creek for lunch a couple of weeks ago. Based on what we had heard, we expected there might be fish and chips on the menu, since "British"...More

Thank Lori12309
Reviewed 29 May 2017

My husband and I stopped here for lunch when we were in Utica and had really good food. He had a burger and fries, and I had a Vietnamese sandwich. I lived in Vietnam for 4 years, so am always a little skeptical about Vietnamese...More

Thank Tara_M_Aruba13
Nail C, Owner at Nail Creek Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks for the review and I'm glad you had such a great experience. We just added the "banh mi" this spring. Its been a real crowd favorite. We do all of our own pickling in house. The secret to our burger is that we use...More

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Situated right next to large brewery the Nail Creek pub is a great place to get a light meal, meet friends, sit out on porch, or watch a game on tv

Thank rose4718
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The menu items sound great, but the actual meals are disappointing. We tried two different meals and both lacked flavor. Not bad, but also not very good flavor either. So I wouldn't ever eat here again. Too much money for too little flavor.

Thank calmdude
Nail C, Owner at Nail Creek Pub, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

We are very sorry about your disappointing experience. Please see the message we just sent you so we can learn more about what happened and grow from it.

Reviewed 31 March 2017

Had lunch with colleagues there and had the best Shrimp Po Boy! The prices were reasonable, atmosphere was welcoming and the service was great. I don't drink beer but the beer selections were unique and plentiful. Will definitely return!

Thank LPWNewYork
Reviewed 14 March 2017

While in Utica to see Riverdance at the Stanley Theater, our group decided to make it an Irish themed night and ended up at the Nail Creek Pub. This was definitely out of the norm for this group of teachers. We were pleasantly surprised at...More

1  Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

So so. Food was cold and not what we expected. Poutine was not authentic. The cheese curd wasn't even melted and was too minimal to qualify as a main component.

Thank jchis123
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

This little hide-a-way offers a warm, Inviting ambiance with great beer selections. The menu is limited but offers unique options with a local twist. No matter what you choose it will satisfy your taste buds. If you want a taste of Utica, give this place...More

1  Thank Travel-in-excess58
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Good selection of draught beer. Limited menu, but very good quality. The four of us had different selections, each were very good. I'm glad we stopped there.

Thank G B
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

So we needed to stop and eat before "the big storm" hit, or be left facing mini mart nuts and crackers. The reviews are great- #7 of 148 for local bar food? Sign me up. So I was a bit surprised that there were 4...More

Thank CJF53713
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19 March 2016|
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Response from Nail C | Property representative |
I could certainly stand to be there more often. No one is going to argue that. However, I very strongly feel that the General Manager Mike (the big guy) has an excellent run of things. We have been in business for eight... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$8 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 720 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4043
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: +1 315-793-7593
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Hello and welcome to Nail Creek Pub & Brewery. We opened our doors in March of 2008 with the intent of bringing craft beer to the Mohawk Valley. At that time, most people said that the areas citizens didn't want craft beer. They told us that nobody would buy it. Luckily we proved them wrong! Its been a fun ride and only getting better. Although we are mostly known for our large beer selection, we take out food VERY seriously. Our menu has evolved over the years from basic pub food to a perfect mix of comfort and contemporary foods. We decided to go with a smaller menu that we could perfect and keep absolutely fresh. If you haven't had our burger you are in for surprise. We use locally pastured grass fed beef and Utica Bread Brioche to deliver the freshest and highest quality burger possible. Be sure to check out our mussels and frittes available Thursday night through Saturday. The Prince Edward Island Mussels are steamed and served in a white wine, garlic, butter sauce. They are served with grilled bread, frites and two homemade aoili's. On Wednesday nights we offer a gourmet dinner. The weekly dish is always a surprise! Regular Menu also available. Every Sunday we offer Utica's best brunch. Our brunch menu is ever evolving and will always excite and please. Sunday's in Utica are alive and well, and we would be honored to have you spend yours with us.
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