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Local Seasonal Kitchen
Local Seasonal Kitchen

Local Seasonal Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.localsk.com
  • Phone: (201) 962-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Santoro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We can offer two smaller semi-private dining areas in the restaurant. The restaurant can also be purchased for an entirely private affair.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Greenberg (201) 962-9400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Central
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the lot in front of the restaurant and the commuter lot behind the restaurant
A word from Local Seasonal Kitchen
Located less than a half a mile away from Steven’s grandfather’s farm estate where his culinary journey began over 25 years ago, Local - Seasonal Kitchen offers an intimate New York style dining experience showcasing Chef Santoro’s award winning contemporary American cuisine and creative use of seasonal, farm fresh ingredients, local markets and long time trusted purveyors.

We will take great pride in serving sustainably grown and harvested produce, meats and wild seafood at Local. We aspire to leave our planet better for future generations and because food simply tastes better when its ingredients are cared for by hand in a responsible way.

Our menu changes daily (sometimes at the very last moment) depending on availability of ingredients so please note that menu items are subject to change.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Over and over again the food here shines bright. We have never had a dish that we haven't liked. The service is perfect the decor is cozy and welcoming. The owners pride shows in the restaurant and we are lucky have this little gem so close to home. We can't wait till we return again to have another outstanding dining experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "If their brazed short ribs were the last thing I ate in my life I would die a happy man. Everything else was exceptional too, but the BSR's defy a word high enough to describe them. Make sure to ask the chef how he prepares them, it will blow your mind."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Several of our friends had dined at Local and gave it great reviews so we had to try it for ourselves. Instead of going to our previous favorite restaurant, we decided to try Local. It was a Tuesday evening so I can't vouch for how busy it can get on the weekends. Even on a Tuesday, the restaurant was active but in a good way. The decor is tastefully done and the service was perfect. The food was amazing. Everything we ordered was delicious. Prices seem a little high but considering that I can't find any other place that sells grass-fed rib eye, I'll happily return for the special occasions."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Second visit here. This time, felt service was somewhat rushed. Main course arrived as we were just finishing appetizer. Food was excellent but timing was off."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had my Birthday dinner here and enjoyed every minute of it! Loved the menu choices and the presentation of the dishes was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had heard great things about this restaurant but it just didn't stand up to all the hype. Everything was good, but nothing special or note worthy. Kind if expensive for a BYOB."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "food was excellent but expensive! appetizers for $25 is a bit excessive"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Phenomenal food, prompt and attentive service, made a birthday celebration very special."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Every time I go I am never disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious, fresh and enjoy each bite. It is a must to go and one of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Local and we have yet to be disappointed. The dishes were very well described, prepared perfectly and presented in a lovely fashion. While I was somewhat hesitant about the Sweet Corn Gelato, it turned out to be delicious! It was very creamy with a hint of corn. Definitely a stretch but very tasty."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Been there numerous times and sent many friends as well. Usually a local jewel, but hit an off night unfortunetly while there to celebrate my daughter's bday. They just couldn't get the food out of the kitchen and service was way off."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great dinner. Second time at Local, both times very good."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I spent out 17th wedding anniversary there. The service is okay but nothing special. Ambiance is FAR from romantic and cozy. My spaghetti appetizer was tasty yet the half order was literally two fork twists. We both ordered soft shell crab that arrived on corn kernels (from a can?) and had almost no taste. Dessert menu is limited. By the way, so is the Dinner one. Our usual anniversary dinner is in Manhattan but we choose LOCAL due to its close proximity to where we live. Unfortunately, we walked away very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Took my wife here for our 10th anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised: nice ambience, great service, and incredible food! Everything I ate was delicious, and I only wish I could have eaten more! I will return to this gem!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Expensive but so worth the experience. Awesome combinations of ingredients, blended flavors with over the top presentation. Excellent! I never had such delicious bread in my life."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's birthday on 7/11 and food was delicious. Will be back again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazzzzing! Can't be beat!!! The menu is like no other and I dream about their ravioli appetizer! The service is so professional yet so welcoming! My favorite restaurant in Bergen County!!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Outstanding menu, service and food. All way above most "A" restaurants we've been to run by top chef's in the NY/NJ area. The specials, appetizers and entrees, were terrific as we selected those items for our dinner. While i understand that the restaurant isn't that big and the items on the menu were very creative, they are VERY pricey. In addition, they don't offer the prices of the specials unless you ask. Special appetizers were $25 for a relatively small dish. Tea was $6. However, we will definitely go back. Just not as often."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Bergen County. ll the dishes are done with care and all fresh ingredients are used."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a great, busy restaurant but they need to work on the acoustics--WAY too loud!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Celebrated wife's birthday- excellent all around- ambiance, food, sevice noise level all just simply great"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed our meal! The clams and mussels were served with a wonderful broth and the soft shell crab was perfect! Our entrees did not disappoint and the flour less chocolate dessert was a great ending! Service was attentive- tables are large- would not mind being a bit closer to my date!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Never disappoints. 5th time here. Been outstanding each time"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everything I ordered at Local Seasonal Kitchen was incredible! The Raviolo appetizer was incredibly delicious. My salmon special was wonderful, and the green beans were perfect. And the roasted seasonal vegetables - excellent! The dessert I ordered a Honey Pine Nut Tart; I have to say that it was SOOOO incredibly delicious that I was still dreaming about it the next day! I will definitely be going back to try other things on the menu. They even serve gluten-free bread if you need it! If you go, it's good to know that it is in a strip mall, and the only word you can see on the sign from the street is "Local," so keep your eyes open for it. Just don't miss going for an exquisite meal!! (It's not inexpensive, though, and it is BYOB.)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food at Local Seasonal Kitchen is excellent. The menu is interesting and varied. But this restaurant is very pricey and the portions are just a little too small. I had duck breast the other night and I thought it was very tasty and there was plenty of duck breast on my plate. But it was served with Brussel Sprouts and there were only 5 tiny ones hiding under the duck. Come on! I go to Local Seasonal Kitchen because I want a dining experience with fresh ingredients. You don't need to ration the vegetables. I was also disappointed in the desert selections. There was no deserts made with fresh fruit and at least half the possibilities had coffee flavoring of one kind or another. I dislike the taste of coffee so this was no go for me."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The soft shell crab appetizer special that night was really quite tasteless and extraordinarily expensive at $24 for such a tiny portion. The other dishes we had, also expensive, were fine. We were not impressed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've been to Local Seasonal Kitchen 3 times and all 3 times it was perfect. This time, I took my wife for our 15th anniversary. When I made the reservation online, I added a note mentioning this. When we arrived, they took us to the "anniversary" table, a quiet little table in the corner. The food, service and ambience were all exactly as we had hoped, as usual. For us it's not cheap, so it's a special occasion restaurant, but oh so special. Definitely coming back for our next big event."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Interesting use of seasonal ingredients. One of the best soft shell crab dishes. Appetizer portions can easily serve as an entrée."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Steve Santoro has done it again with Local Seasonal Kitchen. Absolutely wonderful food. We have been following Chef Santoro for years and he never disappoints. Can't wait to dine here again."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "it was amazing. we would totally go back. loved it"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food is Good. It's a bit pricey! I'm not to thrilled with the location. It was our second time there we had a blast the first time it was just okay this last time. Don't know if would go back right away. Thank you"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "From the day this restaurant opened, it has been an exceptional place to eat. We have never had a bad meal or a bad time! We will return again, and again, and again, etc."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food and service is excellent, but doesn't match the ambiance. Even farm tables would look better the fabrics and decor look like a nice diner. I like the wood piece at hostess station though. The food was great. Had the scallops and tey were in a pumpkin risotto- def a fall dish- not summer. Great flavor but heavy for summertime. My husband enjoyed the shortrib rigatoni- again seems like a fall/winter item. (Only saying this because it's seasonal menus)... Overall we would go back"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Hands down best food I have eaten in jersey! Very creative and each course progressed with perfection. From apps to dessert was amazed! Truly fit for foodies. Kitchen staff deserves to be put in the spot light."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When you step foot thru the front door it feels like you are stepping thru the closet into narnia- the food journey begins the moment your server begins to describe the specials until you take your last creatively presented bite- luv this place!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent flavors in all the dishes. Wonderful presentation of the meals. Not inexpensive, that's for sure; but I guess it costs to utilize local suppliers. But if the growers are local, the restaurant shouldn't be paying a lot to get the food items to the restaurant. That would be the only down side of this great restaurant. Even with bringing our own wine, it was a very expensive meal. It would keep us from going back on a regular basis; we would save it only for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "There are tons of options in the area that serve high-quality ingredients at lower prices. Cafe Panache (in the same town) and Cafe Matisse, 10 miles south provide comparable quality. And $5 for a cup of coffee just adds to the feeling."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We returned to LSK for a 3rd visit – and brought friends. Again, excellent. The menu changes and everything has been delicious. They are organized, prompt, and do everything with a smile. Complaints are simple and easy to combat: The food sometimes takes a while to come out. So either have a lot of wine or tell them that you don’t want to wait 2 hours to get your main. They are in a strip mall. Look beyond the chances that the place is good – it’s awesome. They pushed us a little to do a tasting menu – we’re going to do that next time. I really love the tables – they’re huge – and the set-up inside is very well done. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Delicious but very expensive for a restaurant in a strip mall."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is the fifth time in the past year we have dined at Local Seasonal Kitchen and it continues to delight. The ingredients are always fresh and the sauces are the perfect touch (save some bread for dipping!). We have noticed their dishes getting smaller so the prices may seem a bit high for what you are getting but overall, it is worth it. The service is excellent and very professional. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014