Local Chop & Grill House
Local Chop & Grill House

Local Chop & Grill House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.localchops.com/
  • Phone: (540) 801-0505
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Local Chop & Grill House reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)fit for foodies (78)romantic (67)neighborhood gem (56)notable wine list (36)hot spot (24)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (19)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great find!
    winelover
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first visit & we were delighted with everything! Our server, Chris, was very knowledgeable, friendly & attentive. Atmosphere is exceptional, love the exposed brick & wooden beams. Menu choices varied & excellent. Our group had steak, salmon & tofu steak. Everyone chose a different rub & sauce, we were all very pleased with our choices. Next time we're in Harrisonburg, we will definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and beyond
    highexpectations
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We started in the bar as we awaited our table. The attentiveness of the bar staff was remarkable. The wine list included local wines. Our reservation was for 7:30 and we were seated on time. The waitress was knowledgeable and immediately attentive. The food was prepared perfectly. It was one of the best experiences we have had in a long time. Would return when in the area and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Brannells59
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Took my girlfriend out for a special night. Absolutely perfect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always LOVE dining here.
    lovethemountains2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Just celebrated our daughter's 21 bday here for dinner. As always, loved our food and experience. Our waiter was awesome. Great staff as well. Filet mignon, trout, and scallops were our entrees and they were fabulous. They also offer a delightful brunch. Look forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great in all aspects!
    EsurfVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Casual but high class environment. Not a place for children. Food very creative and fresh using local sourcing mostly. Server Chris was knowledgeable and helpful without being obsequious. Great drink list! Old Fashioned was excellent. Ambience just right, lively but you can easily have a quiet conversation. What a great rehab of an old building! Would definitely be a regular here if we lived closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    180Grain
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was fantastic just like it always is. The special appetizer was especially nice. Our waitress was very good. Harrisonburg really does have a gem in the Chop House!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    phineas
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restaurant was very well run. Our server was prompt and attentive, the food was excellent, and the table pleased my wife. We had come in from a long day on the road and had a relaxing and delicious meal. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Chop & Grill House is a MUST!
    ShelbysMom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    When in Harrisonburg, VA the Local Chop & Grill House is a MUST for dinner. The restaurant building is unique and the valet parking is great since parking is limited in the area. The food is outstanding, especially the steaks. The appetizers and desserts are just as outstanding and the bartender will not disappoint. We have had the best meals here and excellent service too. Whenever we are traveling in the area we always make sure to spend a night in Harrisonburg so we can have dinner at Local Chop & Grill House. We will return again and again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 44 Years
    AnniversaryVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was an anniversary dinner and it was very good. We have a timeshare in the area and have made it a point to eat here every time we are in the area. There use of local products is very inventive and their dishes are unique. Our waiter did overlook the soup and salad we ordered and brought the entrees first. He was beside himself and apologized profusely. But we decided to still have, so since he knew our intent was to share each, he had them split when he brought after the entrée. We would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good!
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We enjoyed another wonderful dinner on Thursday night and will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    One of our best dining experiences ever. Food was outstanding. Our server Devon was knowledgeable and offered helpful suggestions with our selections of preparation and sauces for our steak choices. We drove almost 12 hours to dine here because we had enjoying an equally wonderful dinner a year ago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    Particular
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Have been to Chop House many times and have never been disappointed. An out of town business relationship asked to take me to dinner and I selected Chop House. He was from Dallas, travels a lot and has many fine dinners but was so impressed with Local Chop House food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Dinner with the Family
    Farknight
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I were visiting our daughter and her boyfriend who live in Harrisonburg. Our son from Richmond had come over as well. We heard the Local Chop & Grill House was excellent and the restaurant did not disappoint. The main dining area is up a small flight of stairs, it is located in a well-restored historic building that is impeccably maintained. Being a Chop House the menu features a wide variety of fine prime meats; one picks their steak, then a rub (3 excellent choices) and then a sauce to be served on the side, two sides are also included. I also noticed U10 scallops on the menu as well but I was there for a steak. The service was excellent, the water glass never empty, the meal timed perfectly. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors
    MountainSoul
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It is obvious that a great deal of attention goes into the preparation and presentation of the meals served. We had two different entrees and sides, and everything was cooked properly and tasted great. I had the 12 oz Ribeye with the house rub, and my wife had the Rainbow Trout, which she said was the best Rainbow Trout she had ever tasted. We eat Rainbow Trout often, and she cooks it well herself, so that is saying a lot. Our server and all of the wait staff were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4 pieces of asparagus
    jmubabs
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The side portions are stingy. I had five pieces of asparagus, my husband was only given 4. My "macaroni and cheese," also a very small portion, was cooked pasta on top of an oily, white liquid of some kind, no cheese to be found. While my steak was good and I enjoyed the filet, overall, the meal was just overpriced. Things like having our water glasses refilled or having the check and credit card retrieved took about 15 minutes each, which did not add to the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, but...
    peteVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our second visit after we loved the fist one last year. Had a reservation for Sat night for a long time, and earlier on Saturday I Gave them heads up that we are 4 instead of 3. We were told that they have to move us outside as we would not fit. I don't know what kind of table that fits 3 does not fit 4... The problem with outside was that our corner table had no lighting, so soon after we finished appetizers the lighting was not adequate. Shame, as the food was really good. Disappointed. That table should not be used during dinner service, or guests should be advised to bring their own lighting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Classic food prepared to perfection!!!! Everything we had was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was pleasently surprised to find such a gem in a small town. Fantastic meal ! I would be a regular if only I lived closer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Bathkamikaze
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was excellent. Service was prompt and polite. I felt the quality for value was excellent as well. I would recommend Local Chop House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truely wonderful
    Southernbound
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Local fare had rib eye steak cooked perfectly, the wife had scallop (u10) cook perfectly. The menu is unquie that you pick a potien, then a preparation, then a sauce and two sides. The pace was just right and the Waite staff was there when needed but overbearing. Plates where cleared timely give time in between courses to cleanse the palette with a little wine and conversation ( which could be done at or below a moral voice level. Thank for a wonderful eating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very nice evening
    Cliff
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In a city with few really nice restaurants the Chop House is a winner. The menu is well thought out and quite complete. (Something for all) I have dined at the Chop House a number of times and was very happy to see that the over quality has been maintained at a very high level.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Local Chops is always good for a yummy meal and a special night out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • greatfind
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were on vacation. Wonderful experience. Food and service were great. Definetly recommend. I had never had duck. Ordered it and enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as usual.
    Rock
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Tried the salmon for a change - herb rub with horseradish sauce - yummy!!! Mac 'N cheese and mushroom and spinach sides. Everyone else's sides and entrées were amazing. Never disappointed at Local Chop and Grill. Highly recommended. (Make reservations so you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Devon is the Best
    MikeB22801
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Devon has served us twice. She is attentive without being overly "hovering." She has a very pleasant personality and knows the menu - including the wines. The filet was wonderful, as always. One person in our group ordered the Sirloin and said that it was very tasty. As a long-time resident of Harrisonburg, I feel so pleased that we can support a restaurant at the level of Local Chop & Grill House. I look forward to many more special dining experiences here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    sojourner2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed the always wonderful food at Local Chop to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The desserts were so intriguing that we both ordered two desserts because we couldn't decide. I had the scallops with the citric sauce which is my favorite entrée here, and my husband had the strip steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall the Local Chop & Grill House was wonderful. The service was excellent, the atmosphere was perfect and the food (mostly) was delicious. We started our meal and I ordered the Bacon and Eggs - it was really good! We all had beef - I had the ribeye with the horseradish sauce, my daughter had the filet mignon with a garlic sauce, my husband had the ribeye as well and my son had the strip steak. We all loved the meal and the accompanying sides (smashed potatoes, duck fries and asparagus). The only item not enjoyed was the caesar salad but it's a steakhouse so we'll return and just not order it. It was a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Visit of Many
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Read about the restaurant in Shenandoah Valley Electric Living publication of all places. Have been looking for a special place to eat since coming to the Valley six years ago. Local Chop House and Grill is by far the best we've found. Menu was easy to follow and quite comprehensive (although I don't remember seeing any lamb dishes on it!) and the sides were delicious - not your usual green beans and cole slaw. Dinner for two with bottle of wine and one dessert came to $120 which we thought was good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have always enjoyed the Local Chop & Grill House, as a couple, with friends and the service and food choices, presentation and preparation are consistently superior. It is a superior dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    RxcomputeVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful Birthday dinner for a party of 3 on a Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Great waiter service. Excellent Filet Mignon and Trout and Sirloin. Excellent Sticky Toffee Cake for dessert (we checked out this dessert all over Scotland and this equals the best there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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).
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  • Nice Anniversary Dinner Choice
    AriesEater
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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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
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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.
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    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.