The service, food and setting couldn't have been better. I made a reservation for 11 people, they took it upon themselves to dedicate the private room for the birthday dinner. Unexpectedly, they took care of several things "on the house". Really an exceptional time, and I will be referring everyone I know there - the food is outstanding and the staff is gracious, patient, and completely "on it". Unpretentious yet elevated experience. This place is a rare find!
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place rocks for Happy
This place rocks for Happy Hour and since we are local to the area ( 3 blocks away), we are lucky enough to go there several times a month for dinner. Franz, the owner, is very accomodating. The space is great for groups, whether seating 8-10 at the high center table or booking the cool wine room all to yourself.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great experience. Waitress
Great experience. Waitress was a bit odd and at times rude. I've been here many times so I will just consider her an aberration, since the other waiters/waitresses I have had were amazing.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place but loud
Only knock I have is that it's super noisy, so hard to have a conversation. I came to catch up with old friend, so not ideal, but otherwise a great spot.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a wonderful return visit.
Had a wonderful return visit. The food was great, especially the scallops. The only drawback was the noise level, which made it necessary to speak very loudly! Kind of tiring after a while. I should say that this level of din has not always been my experience there.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Pizza, Wonderful Service
Beautiful quality ingredients and a wood-burning oven always make for the best pizza - and this is exactly what we got at Local Kitchen. The service was great as usual and the atmosphere is lively and fun. If you are looking for high quality comfort food and excellent wine in a relaxed setting look no further. We will definitely be back.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Something always stands out.
We have eaten at Local Kitchen a number of times and the food is always great. Nothing I have ever eaten there was even just OK.
The best part is that there will always be at least one dish that you walk home talking about. We still talk about a particular gnocchi
that we had at Local Kitchen maybe 5 years ago. A great wine list as well.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A solid dining experience
Local is a beautifully designed restaurant with simple, delicious food, and warm friendly service. I've driven by it a hundred times on my way to the Bay Bridge but never noticed it before the other day. Even though it's on a busy street, as soon as you pass through the colossal glass doors, you find yourself in a serene setting full of customers who, you get the feeling, have known this place for years and feel at home. The delicious pizzas come from a wood burning oven which is the centerpiece of the open kitchen which warms the entire space. The dishes are not overly intricate but are are prepared carefully and with attention to the presentation. Everything we ordered (as a party of 6) was excellent and I will go back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had reservations but not sure what was going on downtown, there was a ton of traffic and sirens almost on every street I turned to. I called to give them a heads up that I would be running late. I ended running 30 mins late and they were able to seat me right away! The staff was friendly, the food was good. Overall, great experience! I would recommend this place and come back!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local is the spot!
Local was a my go-to spot when I was in SOMA. The Burrata is a must-have!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It pays to go ahead of the noon rush. Service was professional and timely. Meals were served promptly and nice presentation.
Good follow up by the server.
I had the chicken panini which was delish, served w/fries of course. Fries not as good as in the past, but still good.
Friend had crab sandwich which also looked scrumptuous. Portions ample, pricey's a tad high for a sandwich, but I'll go back.
Nice wine list as well.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were staying south of Market and were fortunate to stumble onto the Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant. Simple, delicious food paired with excellent wine.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent local restaurant..
Glad this place showed at the top of the list when I used OpenTable. We had a group of 5, and all of us were praising the quality of the food. I had the scallops, and they were some of the best that I've had in a long long time. Hoping to get back here again the next time my travels take me to SFO.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We finally dined here on a Friday night and had a great time. We were looking for a new wood-fired pizza location and were not disappointed. Salad was also terrific.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couple of days in the city...
Spent a few days in the city for some medical appointments. Discovered it was impossible to get a cab from our condo in SOMA at 6 pm so we walked across the street to a place called Local after waiting over an hour for a cab that never showed up. Needless to say, happy we stumbled upon this place. Had a very personal experience with our waiter and the owner while sitting at the serving bar where you can watch the cooks prepare your meal. Liked the food so much we decided to come back the second night!
6/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local is a place that will tantalize you with its intoxicating wines and even more intoxicating ambiance. The food is good enough...and the service often leaves a lot to be desired. (On a recent trip - where we had reservations - we were ok'ed to wait at the bar for table on a particularly crowded Saturday night; 1.5hrs later we come to discover they simply forgot about us...no offer to make up for it, barely an apology.) Each time I have been there, our server takes half the table's order and skips others, is generally nowhere to be found for the duration of the meal. Desserts are also consistently unmemorable. So why 4 stars? It's a gorgeous place, great ambiance, wonderful wines... and some darned cute bartenders :)
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great meal
There is nothing else within a few blocks that offers the great ambiance and culinary style that you can find at local. Great job guys.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good friend introduced me to this restaurant for a lunch getaway during our work week, and it was a very pleasant surprise. I will definitely go back. The food was great (had the heirloom tomato salad and chicken panini) and ambiance was not ordinary - reminded me a bit of Foreign Cinema in the Mission, but with it's own SOMA feel. Definitely cool and worth a visit!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here on a first date
Went here on a first date and it was really fantastic. Would recommend it.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great neighborhood restaurant
Very cool ambience and decor inside. A nice private area for small groups can be reserved, you will be surrounded with wine bottles in there. Great food and good drinks. The pizza and burrata is real good. They are a wine bar but they have a pretty decent selection of cocktails and spirits at the bar. Overall, a very nice restaurant to have a date or just have dinner with friends on special occasions.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lamb pasta dish was so big and the best i've had. Normally it's a lamb ragu but this was chunks of grilled lamb with fresh made pasta.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing service, fun place
food isnt the best here, but the portions are large, the ingredients are fresh, the service and atmosphere are AMAZING, and we will be back!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a little hard to find but we are so glad we did. The food was fabulous. The ambiance is upscale, but it is not too pricey. My husband said it was the best pasta bolognese he has ever had. Our server, David, was friendly, knowledgable, and made our dining experience a pleasure. This restaurant is the best. We will be back.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food, Good Service
The roast chicken here is great. The pizza is usually great, though it was a little overdone recently. The staff reduced our bill because the pizza was overdone; I'd certainly give them another chance on the pizza. Great salads, great spot in the neighborhood.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to return
I went here for brunch and was very impressed with the food, the service and the overall experience. I look forward to returning!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Local
As usual the food was wonderful and the service was evn better. A great neighborhood bistro with a touch of class.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had lamb and chicken, both dishes were tasty; generous proportions. The mussels were also very good, unfortunately, they were out of the beverage I had selected.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great as always.
The food was great as always. However, the service was incredibly slow. I know the ambience is geared toward a slower pace, but it is frustrating to sit for 15-20 minutes waiting for our waiter to just bring the bill, and then wait again for another 15 minutes for them to bring back the paid bill. Since I was with a group of co-wokers we all needed to get back to the office... we don't have all day to sit around while our waiter ignors us. Pretty frustraitng.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food goodness in easy environment
This was a solid experience in SF dining. Not pretentious but enough ambiance to feel like an top-ranked place to be on any SF foodie's list. Menu was attainable, with just enough to not overwhelm and the bar selections were plentiful and of high quality. Service was steady and well-paced. Not an enormous wine list but plenty of good tastes for any palette. This is one of those places I've never been to and had no expectations going in, but boy, what a pleasant surprise.
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent informal spot
Very attractive, contemporary place with a nice wine list, healthy entrees, and memorable wood fired pizza. Great wine bar and private group dining room.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice out of the way spot
Nice spot for a casual dinner, good food, nice wine and liquor selections, wood fired pizzas and nice main dishes. Good friendly service. We were not rushed, had a very enjoyable evening. We would definitely return!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Go-to biz lunch
Local Kitchen is the tucked-away spot where I take colleagues and visiting friends and family for a nice lunch during the work day. Consistently delicious food over the years, across all menu options. Even New Yorkers are impressed with the pizza. Upscale fare in a casual atmosphere. Ridiculously heavy door. Downside is that the restaurant stopped serving its house made breadsticks.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was the first time dining at Local Kitchen. The atmosphere is casual, the bar friendly and lively and the food was excellent. In particular we loved the Brussels sprouts and the chicken was the best I've ever had.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Spot for a later bite
We found this place on OpenTable and enjoyed it a lot. I had sides and she had an entrée. We were both impressed. Truffle fries were wonderful!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM