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317 Montgomery

Innovative, fresh, and simply delicious. These are the words that best describe a dining experience at 317 Montgomery. 317 is located in downtown Syracuse at 317 Montgomery Street. The restaurant, located on the street level in one of Syracuse’s historic buildings, is the perfect mixture of vintage elegance and modern simplicity.


The antique ceiling and the exposed brick walls are perfectly complimented by the wooden chairs and white linens. The décor is spot on for a relaxing midday lunch with friends, colleagues, or clients or for a perfect night out with friends or an intimate date night. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 to 2:30. They serve dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. To make reservations call 317 at (315) 214-4267.IMG_0849

What really sets 317 apart from others is the use of Executive Chief Rich Kinter’s use of fresh local ingredients. As a matter of fact, he actually hand selects the ingredients at the farmers market and from local farmers. He masterfully uses these local ingredients to create new and inventive flavor combinations that are sure to excite and delight any diner! They have lunch and dinner specials that change daily depending on what the chef creates! Their lunch menu includes fresh salads such as the Beet & Microgreen Salad (With Fig Goat Cheese & Citrus White Balsamic Reduction) and sandwiches like the 317 Chicken Salad (Chef’s Famous Chicken Salad with Leaf Lettuce, Beefsteak Tomatoes, and served on a Multi-Grain Roll) and the Steak & Potatoes (Petite Filet Mignon, Field Greens & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes). Be sure to pair your lunch with their mouthwateringly delicious Rosemary Fries. When you are having dinner at 317 you have to start with one of their outstanding appetizers like Goat Cheese Plate (Lively Run Goat Cheese infused with Buckwheat Honey, Fig & Lively Run Finger Lakes Gold, served with Artisan Crackers), the Wagyu Beef Ravioli (with Black Truffles, Mushrooms and Demi Glace), or Tuna Tartare (Sushi Grade Yellowfin Tuna lightly marinated in lime juice with English Cucumber & Avocado and garnished with Wasabi and Crispy Shallots). Entrees include enchanting selections such as 317 Pot Roast (Slow Roasted Pot Roast with Port Wine Demi-Glace, Roasted Potatoes, Shallots, Carrots, Celery & Parsnip Puree), Duck (Duck Leg Confit with Marinated Roasted Bell Peppers & Shallots. Served with our 20 Grain Rice Pilaf and Shaved Asparagus), and Pasta (Fresh Lobster Claw Meat & Jumbo Shrimp tossed with Fresh Homemade Pasta and lemon white wine sauce)

IMG_0847My friend Keri and I went to 317 on a sunny Friday afternoon. Although some diners were enjoying lunch at the charming tables on the sidewalk, we decided to dine inside. We were promptly seated at a cozy table next to the large window overlooking the sidewalk. We decided to start our meal with an order of 317 Kettle Chips (Purple Potatoes, Gorgonzola, Bacon & Chives and served with a side of Ranch) They were crispy and delicious! I decided to have a cup of the soup of the day, a tasty vegan vegetable soup, and a House Salad (Field Greens tossed with Blueberry Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Cranberry Goat Cheese, Almonds, Golden Raisins & Grape Tomatoes). To make things more interesting I had the salad topped with calamari. This was an excellent option that I would not have thought of before! Keri also wanted to try something a little different so she went with the Duck Bacon “BLT” (Duck Bacon with Leaf Lettuce, Beefsteak Tomatoes & Basil Aioli) and rosemary fries. The duck bacon added a new element of innovation to an old classic favorite and the rosemary fries alone were worth the trip!

317 is the perfect place to enjoy a nice bottle of wine. They boast an impressive list of wines from all over including local selections of New York State wines. For the red wine lovers the selections include Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Shiraz, Petite Sirah, Garnacha, Rioja, Amarone, Brunello, Barolo, Chianti and Zinfandel. They also have a fantastic selection of white wines including Sparkling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Riesling, Gavi, and Gewurztraminer. They also have an impressive selection of craft beers including options from Ommegang, Hoegaarden, Bells, Southern Tier, Dosfish, and Lagunitas to name a few.IMG_0846

Executive Chef Rich Kinter and The 317 proudly support local growers, producers, and vendors and he menu changes with the season so as to incorporate the best fresh and local ingredients. Keep 317 in mind when booking your upcoming holiday parties. If you are searching for a private dining event with food that is sure to impress your guest, the Montgomery Room is the perfect place for up to 25 guests. For details or to make your reservations today, call 317 at (315)214-4267. If you are looking for a dining experience that will leave your tastes buds doing a happy dance then look no further than 317. Check out their website at http://www.317syr.com/ or on facebook to see their specials

Nadine Vandewalker