Local Chop & Grill House
Local Chop & Grill House

Local Chop & Grill House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.localchops.com/
  • Phone: 5408010505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Zale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Noll
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet parking
A word from Local Chop & Grill House
Massive wooden door, old bricks and rustic beams of Harrisonburg’s old City Produce Exchange building, the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience at The LOCAL Chop & Grill House. Bring your friends and savor the atmosphere, food and drink that set us apart from other restaurants. Our menu features fresh, hand-selected, LOCAL and seasonal foods prepared with a progressive flair by Chef Ryan Zale.
Farm to Table is the mainstay of our eating philosophy. That’s why we work with community food producers to support organic, sustainable, LOCAL farms, and put the finest, freshest foods on the table for you. We’re serious about making choices that are environmentally sound, from the food we carefully hand-select to the aprons our kitchen and wait staff wear.

Casual and fun, The LOCAL Chop & Grill House brings you world-class dining with a decidedly LOCAL flavor.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Local Chop & Grill House reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (96)romantic (66)fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (54)notable wine list (51)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (24)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Over Price and Salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    12 dollars for a shot (not a jigger) of Glenlivet scotch is what I would expect to pay in Manhattan or London not Harrisonburg. Also the entrees are too expensive, and the sodium content of the meal was overbearing, and I am a salt-aholic. The service was impeccable and the meat and side dishes were cooked to perfection (except the salt).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Anniversary Dinner Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Having eaten at The Local Chop & Grill House numerous times, I was pleased that the overall high quality of the food still exists. Cheese plate appetizer was interesting, peach salad was unfortunately just okay (greens were bitter and peach slices were super thin with little flavor), petite filet was delicious as were the mashed potatoes and asparagus sides. No room for dessert; however, I would have been tempted if there was something light and different on the menu; but same offerings of Crème Brulee, ice cream, cheesecake, etc. I really like this restaurant for 'special' occasions as it is a bit on the pricey side but if the food is high quality, worth the money. I would like to see a bit more variety though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    OTvipNdcVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife & I have been to the Local Chop House each year for the past 3 years. The quality of the food has remained uniquely consistent, which is to say it's awesome. For seating, if you are a party of 2, ask for a table on the 2nd level by the windows. It is quieter, more romantic, w/ a view. For appys, the charcuterie plate is excellent--all local meats & homemade sauces. For the entrée, you must choose steak. It's a chop house, after all. The 12 oz rib-eye is a favorite. Select the House rub, for a nice, flavorful seasoning. Don't worry about the chef not cooking the steak to your liking. They get it right every time. The dipping sauces are all safe bets but my fave is the duck demi. For sides, go w/ the duck fat fries and asparagus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Valley Favorite
    valleyfox8
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We found this place by accident a couple of years ago and have loved it ever since for anything remotely resembling a special occasion. Fantastic food, great variety, and the wait staff is so knowledgeable about the menu- they are always able to make recommendations for gluten-free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Harrisonburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Without a doubt, Local is the best restaurant in Harrisonburg. The quality of the food and service is on a totally different level than anywhere else in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Murph
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants. I make reservations every time I am in Harrisonburg. Food is delicious and service is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing food, fantastic wait staff and beautiful ambiance. Would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still my favorite place to eat.
    JMYowell
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were driving through Harrisonburg, VA again and I just had to stop here for dinner. We ate here in 2011 when we were down visiting JMU on out way farther south (we are alumni). It was just as good as I remember. We eat out a fair amount in Northern VA and I still tell people this is my favorite place to eat! It is almost worth the 2 hour drive just come here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excited to return
    dougkerr49
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I ate at Local on the way back from a trip. I couldn't wait to take my wife there. It took a year to get back but it was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local gardens and farms
    gfdining
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food!Farm fresh and plenty of gluten free items to choose from. Attentive service, just by far the best restaurant in the area!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    exserver
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We came in to celebrate a very special occasion and were not impressed at all. Our server was almost non-existent and trying to get her attention was nearly impossible. She ignored us completely after our dinner was served and we had to flag her down to get our bills, even though we would have preferred to stay for dessert and after-dinner drinks. During dinner, refills on sauces took over 20 minutes and beverage refill orders never showed up. Service in the bar after dinner was much better than service in the restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful first time dinner. Peach salad was excellent. All the Steaks were great and frozen mousse was very tasty. We booked our reservation for JMU parent's weekend already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCELLENT
    Zman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great restaurant and bar area. First rate entrees and service Harrisonburg's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service. Nice oasis.
    Vermontski
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were driving north and our route took us through Harrisonburg, VA. Found Local Chop & Grill House online, and it turned out to be the perfect spot for a cocktail and meal after 11 hours of driving. The service was prompt and courteous. My wife ordered the small filet, which was a good cut of beef cooked perfectly. My chili was nice and spicy, with good chunks of beef inside. My only disappointment was their chopped salad. First, it didn't come chopped. Second, I thought it was a little light on all of the ingredients other than the mixed greens. All in all, though, a nice oasis in an unfamiliar town.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to the hype!
    Jesse
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We visited Local Chop & Grill while staying at Massanutten Resort about 30 minutes away. The option to choose your protein, rub and sauce looked intriguing and we could not have been happier! My husband had the ribeye and I had scallops - both were so delicious you didn't even need the sauces! Sides were delicious and so were the desserts - cheesecake and chocolate mousse. Our server Jill was great and had excellent recommendations for what sauce paired well with each entree. I wish we lived closer so we could come back! Great diverse wine selection and craft been selection too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harrisonburg's Best
    PKDIEM
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chef Ryan continues to prove that he is one of the best chef's in all of Virginia and this is Harrrisonburg's standout restaurant by far. Outstanding quality ingredients, many sourced from the extensive local farming in the area. The regular menu is simple and features great apps and a 'select a protein, preparation, sauce and sides'. The bar menu is fantastic small bites, and the special 'farm to fork' meals are Ryan's specialty when his creativity shines the brightest with prix fixe using a few local farms and wineries to build a multi-course feast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 year Anniversary
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Made reservations, could not have been more impressed and satisfied with the quality of food, service, and overall ambience in the setting. We will return again AND more frequently . Wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, open environment
    Mrodgoo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I just dinner at the Local Chop House in celebration of our one year wedding anniversary. We had a marvelous dinner in a great atmosphere. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the Chop House!!
    skigirl17
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Chop House is one of my favorite restaurants in Harrisonburg! If you're looking for the perfect place to have a nice meal the Chop House is the place to come. Their tasty food and classy ambiance makes it the best fine dining experience in the area. I have nothing but good things to say about all of my visits. The food is superb and the service is excellent! In addition, if you're looking for something a little more casual, their bar area is a great place to relax and grab a drink with friends. A very laid back atmosphere with live music and performances.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must try
    Summervisitor
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrate our anniversary at Local Chop and Grill. Never disappointed, always amazed at the menu; the mixture of textures and flavors. If you want a true, high end, dining experience, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing place for great food & wine
    bronxboy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    One of the best places we have ever eaten at. Food is awesome and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved every second there
    KAM08
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food, atmosphere and service was phenomenal! There was not a single monlent that we were displeased in any way. My husband and I agree, we would drive 4 hours from our home in Maryland back to local chop house just to come there for dinner. Thanks to everyone there for a unique and memorable time :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great night with above average service, food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Theo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner at Local Chop & Grill House. We were warmly greeted, our table was ready, and we were seated immediately. Our server explained all the menu options and made recommendations. The food was prepared perfectly and the service was excellent. This was our first time at the Local Chop & Grill House, but it won't be our last. The whole experience was top-notch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem in Harrisonburg VA
    MUGger
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Local Chop & Grill was a vacation find for us! My wife & I enjoyed the "DIY" menu - pick your meat to have grilled (or seafood or tofu or cauliflower), choose from 3 rubs, & add one of 12 sauces to go with your entree. Then pick two of the 8 sides available, and you've got a chef to put it all together for you. Our meal - Oysters Rockefeller, steak, duck breast, polenta with roasted tomatoes, mushroom spinach gratin, creme brulee & blackberry sorbet, along with great cocktails and wine - was first class & expertly prepared. All in all, the ambiance (a former poultry & egg exchange building), food & price were right. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative and rustic
    ortleyites
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Awesome food and nice atmosphere. If ever in this area again, its a must do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    LovestoTravel
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have been to the Chop House several times before. On this night, the NY Strip Steak and the scallops were terrific. The sides were very good. Service was quick and professional but he was a bit too sarcastic with his humor. Not a big problem. I had talked to the restaurant the day before, explained it was an anniversary meal, and asked what they could do for me. The told me what they usually do (pretty simple, but nice) and I agreed. When desert arrived, they had done exactly what they said without me needing to remind anyone. I like that level of service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Merfish
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for a date night, and we were impressed (as usual). Service is great, food is wonderful. Definitely cannot pass up the duck fat fries with peach ketchup (we always get as an appetizer)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good find!
    Greenvillians
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had been hearing about the Local Chop & Grill for several years and so arrived with high expectations for our 33rd anniversary celebration. We were not disappointed. Everything was great and local, which made it even more impressive. Our only regret is that after the local cheese plate, the lamb soup, and the delicious entree and sides that we were not able to save room for desert! We will be back. And we will bring friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    NJeater
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent in every way. Between us we had three entrees and everything was spot-on. Entrees, sides, sauces, appitizers, bread, drinks, service, atmosphere, price. Above and beyond. Very appreciative of a great meal well served. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Anniversary
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding food and service! There were 8 of us including 2 children and each dish was superb. The waiter was informative , attentive and was able to have a special sauté spinach dish prepared for us, which my husband said was the best he ever had.The entire staff was friendly and helpful,great food and great ambiance! A must if you're looking for that special meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have never had a filet as fresh and flavorful! This restaurant is a must go to! Service was excellent, Rob was our waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprised
    Surprised
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Truly surprised after many years away from the area. A cool place to relax, enjoy great food. No negatives from our experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    bonlom
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Picked this restaurant strictly from its online reviews. Was not disappointed. Large list of appetizers...all were great except the "bacon and eggs"...pork belly was overcooked and dry. The rest of the menu was great...pick a protein, decide on the rub you like, decide on the sauce you want with it, and decide which two sides you prefer. Gives the diners a lot of flexibility, especially good for picky eaters and those with restrictions. Desserts didn't disappoint, either. We were seated in a great little enclosed area, perfect for our party of 5 to talk and laugh openly. Our waitress was a pleasure...informative, helpful, and accommodating.Definitely plan on eating here again when in Harrisonburg and would definitely recommend it to others.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining
    ChrisL
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Had a really great meal at this restaurant. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food and service. And to top it off free valet parking with the car ready for you right after dinner. Very attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary spot
    ADS720
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place was very professional and had gourmet everything. Unique menu where u can choose the spices/rubs the sauces along with the meat. Everything was so delicious
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many times a customer
    Cliff
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our experience Saturday night was very nice as usual. We took guest that had never experienced the Chop House thought the restaurant was great also. The menu you offers a good variety of main courses and side dishes. The dessert selections are much better than most restaurants. We will surely visit again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Awesome
    smiley422
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I travel to Harrisonburg a couple of times each year. As its name implies this restaurant always presents the best of local, fresh produce. The restaurant is fairly small but if you can't get a reservation, the food in the bar is essentially the same. We four diners raved about the salads and felt that we would have been totally satisfied with this opening course alone but we did have awesome local trout and beef. An excellent meal with a terrific bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    gooseprod
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were on vacation at Massanutten and found this through a quick Internet search. We were not disappointed. I, who love to try new foods and flavors, and my wife, who likes familiar foods and flavors, were both completely happy with our meals. Our server was terrific: gave us time when we wanted it and gave us attention when we needed it. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Santa
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We have had both private and family group celebrations and have been pleased every time with menu choices, food quality and service. We enjoy the complete experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet