This is where food s going
Farm to table. I don't think anything from this menu except maybe the salt comes from outside the new england area. This is the future of food and to go against the grain will ensure failure. The local cheeses. Beef and chicken frok acquidnick island. Local produce. It is all wonderful. Try the hand made caveitelli with confit egg. The menus change by what's available so go often. The chef is beyond talented. As an industry man, this place gets high marks as a place chefs love to eat.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice this place was decorated, super comfortable. The hostess, waitress and busboy were all very friendly and the service was impeccable.
The food was amazing with flavors I have never had before. You could tell everything was super fresh.
We will be heading back to Local 121 soon.
Thank you for making a great weekend even better!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
As a farm-to-table restaurant on the upper end of the spectrum, Local 121 did not dissapoint. Sweet potato pierogi's were lovely although certainly different from what my Polish grandmother would serve. The strawberry salad had a layer of ricotta under it with the crunch of chopped pistachios hiding in there. You have to love small surprises and great textures together. My wife's littlenecks with chorizo was the standout surprise - its a bit of a staple in RI, but the execution of it here was as good if not better than I've had before. My bomster scallops were very good and plentiful. The polenta under it was a tad plastic in texture but tasty. Desserts looked handmade but not revolutionary. Great meal.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time eating
This was my second time eating at Local121 and it did not dissaapoint. The food was cooked to perfection , beautifully presented , and the atmosphere fantastic.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique spot even in Providence
My wife and I enjoyed truly local meat, seafood and vegetables from RI and MA over a bottle wine with a very friendly waiter. This is a great restaurant to have in Providence, bar as well is separate from the dining room with friendly prices and convenient distance to Lupo's without getting an after show crowd. Definitely a keeper.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exquisite food and service puts this wonderful restaurant at the top of Rhode Island's must go to places for any serious fine dining aficionados.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Save Room for Dessert
Our entire meal was fabulous. The smoked bluefish was a perfect starter on the crisp crostini and the pickles added the perfect balance. The pasta of the day was delicious with season veg. But what blew my mind was the ice cream with fresh herbs on the strawberry tart. The distinct basil flavor in the ice cream was balanced and simply delightful. Brilliant!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think the restaurant dining area is very over dressed and somewhat stuffy. Good food though.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food preparation was unusually slow on this occasion. We have eaten here before and never run into this problem previously.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was creative and attractively presented. All products were very fresh.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious at a good price
My husband and I as well as our friends enjoy fine dining experiences, but that can get expensive very quickly. Local 121 has just enough of a gourmet touch that a foodie would be pleased without breaking the bank. We were very happy.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went here for a girl's night out. The portion sizes were perfect and the food delicious. The waitstaff knew the menu and were able to offer their opinion and suggestions which is always a bonus for the indecisive. We went for an early dinner and it was a little quiet and stayed for quite awhile and did not feel rushed at all. The calamari, pierogi, and scallops were all excellent choices and the rhubarb cocktail "Little Devil" was a popular choice at our table as well.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impressive local selections
This was a good find in Rhode Island. The menu is farm to table focused so very fresh and tasty. The cheese plate was outstanding. The duck was also very good. Wine list was reasonable and had a very good variety of options in different price ranges including 1/2 bottles. The restaurant is set up to be more formal but there were people in golf shirts and shorts. I was in a collared shirt and jeans and took my kids. Atmosphere was fine and not stuffy.
Service was good and our water glasses stayed full.
I would certainly come back.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun for groups
The food is outstanding, eclectic and locally sourced. The decor of the restaurant is very fun, and comfortable. We had a group of 6 tucked into a round, cozy booth, and it was great to be able to see everyone and actually get to talk to them because of the set up. We all loved your meals. We came here for my bachelorette last year, and a group of us came back with our husbands for waterfire and I'm really happy we did. Brunch is next on my list.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One-of-a-kind and unforgettable
From the eccentric (but elegant) decor to a staff that treats you like a member of their family, this was a near-perfect experience. I made up a full, satisfying meal from the small plates alone -- one for an appetizer, two as a combo main course, and one small cheese plate to finish. (The particular dishes vary, because the chef puts a premium on seasonal, local ingredients, which change regularly.) The wine list is extensive and very good, including some good half-bottle options and a great selection by the glass. Whatever you do, arrive half an hour early so you can spend some time at the bar. It's beautiful, and the bartender really knows her stuff.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I stayed in Providence for the last night of our vacation. The hotel recommended this restaurant and they accepted our 10pm reservation. Every course was perfect; we couldn't think of one thing we'd change. We eat out a lot and always have at least one criticism of a restaurant...couldn't find any here.
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Focus is on local
The food was delicious and there was a lot of variety on the menu, practically something for everyone.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and local food
We dined here to celebrate our anniversary while traveling to our summer home. The food selections ere varied and creative. The striped bass was tasty as was my wife's vegetarian plate. We enjoyed an inexpensive bottle of rosé and a wonderful dessert.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Atmosphere, food, and service were outstanding! I felt like I was in a prohibition era supper club! It was fantastic.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey nice atmosphere and service
I found my meal to be overpriced for what it was. I had the catch of the day which was good, but slightly over-cooked. Serving size was extremely small and left me still hungry. If I spend that much to go out to eat, I want it to be something better than I can make at home, this wasn't. Very neat atmosphere and super friendly staff. I'll return for drinks, but probably not to eat again.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Take someone special here
My husband and I had our last dinner in Providence here based on Omni Hotel concierge recommenation. Be sure to arrive early so that you can appreciate the gorgeous dark woodwork and leaded windows in the bar area that on the night we vistited was glowing with tea candles.The dining room is equally beautiful and our meals did not disappoint. My husband had the rabbit and I the sea bass and both were perfect and artistically presented. The chick pea crusted calamari as a shared appetizer was outstanding and we both would recommend this dish that is so often offered but rarely done so well done. We felt we could linger over our expressos and grand marnier and savor the meal we had just enjoyed. Wouldn't change a thing here.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, the ambience, and our server Kayla were all amazing! Thank you Kayla for being so sweet and attentive! We will be back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
All the elements of the breakfast sandwich (housemade sausage, cheese, good eggs, biscuit, crisp arugula) combined splendidly, home fries done just right, good coffee, a blueberry muffin to die for - I'd go out on a limb and say that whatever their Pastry of the Day is when you go, it shouldn't be missed. Service was well-informed, friendly and fast.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding. The tomatoes in the heirloom tomato salad melted in your mouth. The scallops wrapped in bacon were some of the best I've ever had. The homemade garden mint ice cream tasted like real mint, not the fake mint extract. I would go back to Providence just to return to this restaurant.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
the entire experience here make this the best restaurant in pvd. greatest waitress ever: Emily. fantastic food, perfect ambiance and warm yet disciplined service.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fine Dining Experience
Interesting choices, Nice presentation, Well-sized portions, Delicious taste, Attentive service.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
everything was perfect. Our waitress Emily is simply one of the warmest and most knowledgeable servers we have ever encountered. eating with her is better than dining at home. combine the terrific food and sauces of chef dave, the beautiful style and decor of the space, and the tremendous service, this is definitely the best restaurant in town.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got dinner before a show at Trinity and it was spectacular! No complaints.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, wonderful
Excellent service, wonderful food and ambience.....moderately priced.....bar resembles Campbelll's Apartment in Grand Central Station...a big plus......makes for a great evening
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Pre-theater dinner choice
We enjoy Local 121 every time we go before a performance at Trinity Rep, just up the street. Delicious food, excellent service, lovely setting.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten at Local 121 several times and have always been well-pleased with the excellent food and service as well as the elegant decor. Early dinner prior to Waterfire and the next day's half-marathon event. Had delicious Lamb Sausage Merguez - spicy Moroccan-style sausage with tender grilled eggplant and the Catch of the Day, Cod Fish and Chips. The fish was lightly-battered and not the least bit greasy; the frites were perfect! Local 121 is a consistently good choice for well-prepared creative dishes. Already looking forward to the next time!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique dishes, great ambiance
Went here for dinner during a work conference and LOVED it. We opted to pick a bunch of the small plates so we could try several things and we were not disappointed. I had a delicious glass of wine and we loved the decor/feel of the restaurant.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was very flavourful. The duck breast was amazing - juicy, not too fatty, bigger portion than expected.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a really lovely time at Local 121. They present a really nice seasonal menu with a fine selection of alternatives to appease any palate; including cocktails, wine, and beer. The restaurant is comfortable with a pleasant ambiance and the waitstaff is attentive. I enjoyed my Stracciatella, and our party enjoyed the bluefish pate. Our steaks were cooked as ordered, well seasoned, and the accompanying sauces were well balanced. The Milk Chocolate Mousse was delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you live in Providence or are just passing through.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tremendous on all fronts! You will love this restaurant!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
121 is cool!
We have made this a RISD college tradition with our son and his friends. A real treat and it always a terrific evening. Look forward to our next visit to Providence.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local 121 has become our favorite go-to restaurant for weekend outings; it's great for a dinner date, to impress visitors from out of town, or to celebrate a birthday, etc. Food and service never disappoints!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a night!
Took my parents there for their 62nd wedding anniversary. Emma, our waitperson, was perfect - she answered questions, listened to my dad, and delivered everything with a smile. The food, as usual, was great - with the exception of the over-fried pierogies. My parents felt very special and that was the point.
Thank you Local 121!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful except for poor table
Overall we had a lovely experience at this farm to table restaurant in Downcity Providence. We took my daughter and her friend who are culinary students at JWU and we had a great time talking about and tasting all the food. The service was very good as was the food. My only complaint was our table location. We were seated at a four top right by the door and maitre d' station. It was obviously the worst seat in the house. We asked for another but were denied. I find this frequently when I book through open table that we are seated in obviously poor seating. What was even more discouraging was that there were obviously plenty of other 4 tops available.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow - Excellent dining experience
Local 121 was fantastic and beyond. The ambience was lovely and the food was delicious and the dishes were thoughtful. Our server was pleasant and well informed. I'm looking forward to my next visit.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server was outstanding
Emily, our server, was funny and patient with our group. She made the night even more fun!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic, as always!
Love this place! Food, ambiance and service is tops!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here our first night
Came here our first night when we arrived. Food was delicious, we had the scallops as an appetizer, the pappardelle and braised beef as our main course. Only criticism was that the food was too salty for our taste, a comment we saw many times on reviews on yelp. Overall good experience!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent spot for lunch
Took my sister and niece here for lunch when I went to visit her at school. We started off with the clam chowder which was very flavorful and not too thick as it can sometimes be. Had fried calamari which were tender and delicious and for lunch I had the scallop dish, which was light, but the waitress had forewarned me. They were great, however, and I would get them again.
Overall, wonderful ambiance, and very good food in the heart of Providence.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice find in Downtown Providence
Somewhat eclectic, LOCAL121 delivers a really nice dining experience. The duck was fabulous, steak perfectly cooked and clam chowder beautifully prepared. Decor is a little odd, but otherwise very comfortable and very "warm". Nice wine list and very friendly service.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
In a word.... Brilliant
We enjoyed a great meal and cocktails enjoying a lovely interior. We will be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Farm to table at its finest
Food is delicious and perfectly prepared. Presentation was beautiful. Service is attentive and pleasant. We did not feel rushed. Local 121 is a great place to unwind.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Local 121
Old world, dark wood sumptuous feel. Staff very welcoming and attentive. Ordered calamari. Had to ask for lemon.
Ordered RI black bass (2 men each had this), an orange-ginger laquered duck breast cooked medium, and a phyllo and kale crusted albacore tuna. Everything was cooked to perfection. No vege/carb included. Bass was 4-5 small pieces of fish. Tuna was better size and delicious. Duck was three pieces cooked perfectly at medium. So my only gripe would be that giving the eater a complimentary vegetable would be a great addition.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have eaten here several
We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. It is in an ideal location. The food is good. The wait staff is excellent. A must if you are going to a show downtown. They also have a brand new menu that includes many of their specials. I do miss the scallops wrapped in bacon thou.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice experience before a PPAC show
Enjoyed a nice dinner before phantom at PPAC. Our bartender was friendly for our before dinner cocktails. Our server was great. (Looked like Kirsten Dunst) Food was delicious (calamari, hangar steak, Brussel sprouts, rabbit and bass) and timed well to get us to show on time yet not feel rushed. We had a lovely time and would go again.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM