Local 121
Local 121

Local 121

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.local121.com/
  • Phone: 4012742121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm



    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm



    TAPROOM
    12pm-1am, Monday - Thursday
    12pm-2am, Friday
    10am-2 am, Saturday
    10am-10pm - Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tyler Demora
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our "Speakeasy" is a private space for dinners, meetings and events that can accommodate up to 60 people. Please call or email with an inquiry for the space and to discuss needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Carpentieri 4012742121x10
  • Entertainment: DJ Series Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10pm - close, Friday and Saturday 11pm - close. No cover, 21+.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mathewson St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have complimentary valet parking from 5pm at the front entrance on Washington Street.
A word from Local 121
Local 121 believes that seasonal, regional, organic sustainable cuisine is not a trend - it is a method of creating beautiful, responsible, delicious dishes. By building relationships with local farmers and suppliers, we ensure not only that your food is fresh and healthful, but that it has been harvested in a way that pays respect to land and sea. When that food is combined with the exceptional efforts of local wineries and breweries, the result is a completely satisfying dining experience.
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Local 121 reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)romantic (41)special occasion (36)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (16)good for groups (16)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Disappointing This Time
    Joan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have eaten at Local 121 many times since they opened. The food has always been outstanding, except for September 27, 2014. My Mahi Mahi was disappointing, served at room temp with an unimpressive presentation. My dining companion ordered the pork. She was told that the dish was made with pork tenderloin which could not be accurate given the amount of tendon, fat and gristle that was obvious is the pork. The meat was not thoroughly cooked and she had to send her dish back for the raw center to be addressed. The smoked potatoes where a hit. Overall this experience was not a good example of what we know Local can produce. Will visit again in the future and hope we will be wow'ed similarly to the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local 121
    Jrabbit
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I went on a Friday night. The space is great and I found the waitstaff and hostess very friendly and accommodating. The food and wine were nicely presented. The only criticism is that the food was not served hot. Our calamari was very good but room temperature. I had the rabbit, which was also not hot enough. We didn't complain or send the food back because the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable!
    elptee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Visiting Providence for the first time and found this gem in downtown! Great food, great service from Emily our waitress who was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    LuvnewplacesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always rely on Open Table when we travel. Local 121 had great reviews and did not disappoint. We will definetly go back the next time were in RI. Our waitperson - Emily was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Rbradfo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When I arrived I noticed that the dining room was a bit too cozy for a table for one, so I opted to site at the bar and had a great dinner. The clam chowder soup was delicious (but almost a little too thick - flavors were spot on though and there were lots of clams) and the hamburger was unbelievably flavorful (although the patties may have been a little over worked in their preparation). Overall, these are minor issues for what was a solid meal in a nice space downtown. It should definitely be on the dinner to do list when in Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    FunandDining
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We celebrated out 26th Wedding Anniversary at Local 121 and had a wonderful time. The food was outstanding, the ambiance was terrific, our server, Emma, was attentive w/o being intrusive. Overall we had a WONDERFUL time. We loved the food. Portion sizes were perfect (not large, but enough to make us happy). The food, full of flavor (which is an understatement). We felt like we had an opportunity to try things that we'd never put together, which worked so perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Providence Perfect
    1050Lynn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Local 121, with its emphasis on local products and California inspired Nouvelle Cuisine and presentation delighted us. The simple yet refined salad dressing, fish, accompanied by a cream mustard sauce, chicken,cheeses and vegetables were prepared beautifully. While we rarely eat dessert, the star of the evening was the Chocolate Pave : rich, velvet chocolate , dark and not sweet. Perfect! Chef Ryan stopped by to accept our compliments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Wonderful
    MommaSiefert
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We loved everything about our visit to Local 121. The food was not only locally sourced but also absolutely delicious. Try the calamari - the tomato butter sauce it comes in was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anna
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I visit Local 121 each time I'm in downtown Providence and love this restaurant. The food and service never disappoint. The restaurant is elegant and romantic and it's a very special place. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special night
    EverettCHoneyworth
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The menu, drink list, and service were all above expectations. It's a very quiet, so it's a great place to go with your significant other or small group to simply enjoy each others company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service A+ Food C
    PVSBVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Local 121 was a mixed dining experience for us. The complimentary valet parking was appreciated. The service was simply outstanding. I loved the Velvet Jone srum cocktail. Where we came up short was with the food. The scallops appetiser was terrific but the other three small plates we order, zucchini soup, calamari and foie gras where, at best, adequate. We did not walk away dazzled by the culiary prowess in the kitchen. A shame given how well the front of the house was managed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • August 4, 2014
    nhdiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We found the host very friendly. Both brunch dishes were delicious. We had the Eggs Benedict with smoked trout and the Pork Belly with grits and cheese. It was our anniversary, and even though the eggs came out at room temperature, it was replaced as quickly as possible, and we were rewarded with a wonderful blueberry dessert personally delivered by the pastry chef and no additional charge. The English Muffins used in the Eggs Benedict are made in the restaurant, and we were later given a hand-written copy of the recipe with the chef's personal phone number in case we had any questions. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work lunch
    AS2222
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    In the past, my (brunch and dinner) experience at Local 121 had been great, but this (lunch) time it was mixed. The portion sizes were inconsistent -- some sandwiches required extra large plates, but the pasta and quiche were starter-size, even though there is a separate "small plates" section. When we asked about the tossed greens that were supposed to come with the quiche, we were brought two small plates with just green lettuce leaves, after we had finished the quiche. The quiche was quite tasty, but the presentation was disappointing and the portion left one of us hungry, while some of the sandwiches were not finished.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went on the recommendation of a friend and it was a great recommendation. Fresh food, friendly service, great atmosphere. Went on a first date and they gave us plenty of time to talk, peruse the menu and had helpful hints about what would be the better choice. Food came quickly and was amazing. My date just kept saying how nice the place was, how delicious the food was and how great of a time it was. Made breaking the ice that much easier for me. Would recommend again and again to anyone looking for a fresh, locally grown meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful yet a bit pricy
    Aljackdon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant was great, much more classy than what we expected from the pictures! Perfect for romantic dinners. Price vary from 15 to 30+ $ so be careful what you order
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Local 121, and it did not disappoint. We brought out of town guests for the first time. All concerns for us were exceptional.....atmosphere, service and food. This restaurant is a gem....from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted with a friendly smile, until you are so satisfied at the completion of your meal, and YOU walk out with the smile! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely night
    LocalLady
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Another lovely night in Providence at a neighborhood anchor. Delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Rob1764VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Everything from the appetizer to the pork tenderloin to the dessert was outstanding...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mqwfVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Initially we were a bit reluctant because the restaurant was noyt rated at all. However, we decided that this is neither good nor bad news. The place was really nice and cozy and the food was absolutely delicious. Definitely ready to come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was excellent. My only complaint was the limited menu, but I understood going in that the menu would be limited because they serve only locally sourced food. Preparation was outstanding. I had the rabbit which was juicy and delicious. My wife had an the marinated squid and shellfish appetizer as her main course and loved it. The dining room has white table clothes and the bar is old mahogany - reminder of the fancy restaurants of years gone by. Now added to my favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    RK17VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    All the dishes we had were delicious and very well presented. The portions were the right size and the desserts outstanding. The service was quick and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food, Great Ambience
    GJE1
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Local 121 is another of Providence's great culinary gems. The food is delicious, creatively developed, with excellent artistic plating. A night at Local 121 is one that should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long time patrons very disappointed
    121diner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food quality has fallen dramatically. It's like the kitchen doesn't care any more, very sad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Standout
    BillinVA
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    local 121 is very close to the convention center. We chose it for that reason but frankly expected to trade a quality experience for that convenience. We were wrong. It was a unique and varied menu, a lovely, elegant setting, with very good service and reasonable prices. They handle couples and large crowds equally well. Our group had pasta, two types of seafood, and vegitarian- everyone was delighted with their choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Experience
    JoJO
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The tempura beans were very greasy, the calm chowder too salty, the service mediocre, the ambience very loud next room, out of Monk Fish early on a Monday evening... Bad choice... very pretentious... boss must have been out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    MacPac
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed local 121. Staff, food and chef are great. It truly is a treat as the menu is unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RIPharmie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My last visit here was over 5 years ago and I remember a delicious fresh local menu and great service. Sadly none of that was here anymore. We were conveniently seated quickly thanks to our reservation, however that might have been the only plus. The menu was strange and didn't have really anything exciting... The service was slow and messy (ie beer spills and fork dropping). Way too overpriced for a half non-edible monkfish and boring cod. Just a sad experience. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Place to go!
    Suzeq27
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My friend and I go to Local 121 every time we have tickets to Trinity. There is valet parking that keeps our car for the entire evening. Our table is always ready. The food comes in a timely fashion so we can enjoy a leisurely meal and get to the play on time. Food is all fresh, creative, and proportionally perfect. I HIGHLY recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Presentation & Delicious
    Friarj
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Local 121 still has the most unique menu around with local produce and dishes. I loved the Hudson Valley Foie Gras! I was especially impressed this time with the elegance and artfulness of the dishes presented, and of course the food was very tasty as well. Service was very attentive. The round booths feel like a fun retro throw back, and I will want to sit in them again. But there is a large distance between the booth and the table that makes it a tad uncomfortable. Wonderful dinner experience overall and hope to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 799 reviews are from the Local 121 reviews archive.
  • Great dinner
    MaryBVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were a group of 6 with 4 vegetarians. Menu has a lot of choices for all diets. I love the fresh local flavors. The service was just right -attentive but not overbearing. A nice wine list and excellent cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My one complaint...
    SweetandSavory
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    ...was that I asked that my steak be cooked medium (hot pink center) and it came out rare (bright red, practically still mooing). They took it back, cooked it to my liking but did not offer any kind of discount which I think is unusual for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Love4Food
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My fiance and I came here for dinner for her 27th birthday. It was a Tuesday so the restaurant wasn't too busy but that did not take away from our experience. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was great, get the charcuterie plate! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always the best
    acwpvdVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    there is simply no comparable experience in PVD to dining at Local 121
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our second visit
    NICKIE
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Our second visit and we will be back.....great place for post theater dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at 121
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had mothers day brunch. The setting is nice and comfortable. Friendly service. Different and tradtional foods locally sourced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding!
    krtsphd
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    So impressed with our latest experience at Local 121! Great service, delicious food, and amazing cocktails (the bartender deserves an award)! 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Birthday Dinner
    VictoriaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Once again, our meal was flawless. Love the ambiance -- low-keyed elegance, tasteful music at just the right decibel level. Kayla was, once again, our server and was, once again, absolutely superlative. And the food was beyond description -- beautifully presented, perfectly cooked, creatively conceived. We will return again and again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Andy
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My wife and I had been here for lunch, but this was the first time for dinner. We came for a pre theater meal...had 2 appetizers and split an enter. Everything was fantastic. The server count not have been better
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect before a PPAC show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This was our second visit to this restaurant. Once again my girlfriend and I were having dinner before a show at the PPAC. We like the local aspect at this establishment. The dining room is elegant, the service is friendly and the prices are affordable for fine dining. They knew we were headed to the show and accomodated us without feeling rushed. We had the cheese plate as an app. Three cheeses were served, each with it's own complementary side that I never would have guessed go together. I recomend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been here before.
    DHZK
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Very good food. Fit for foodies and others. Very good service. Open early on Sunday for brunch. Convenient downtown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.