The Local House
The Local House

The Local House

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.localhousesofi.com/
  • Phone: 7862308396
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Monday - Sunday: 8:30am - 5:00pm.
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, International
  • Executive Chef: Guily Booth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is also street parking available.
A word from The Local House
We are a Raw Bar &Grill featuring fresh, mouth-watering cuisine with a Latin twist. Come and enjoy our daily brunch with unlimited mimosas on our beautiful veranda or in the dining room. For dinner, we offer freshly prepared seafood dishes, delicious buffalo sweet & sour pork wings or lamb sliders, as an example of what's on our menu. We are located in the Sense Beach House hotel on South Beach.
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The Local House reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (13)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (7)romantic (6)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Guest
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great place. We had an amazing dinner with a group of friends. Nice atmosphere, great service and the food was really good. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find at end of South Beach
    VicinVAVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant was a wonderful surprise - great food, expertly prepared. We had several appetizers during the happy hour and everything was perfect. I would love to go back again for the brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch!
    Loribob67
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Came here for a late lunch at 2 pm on a Sunday - they have an excellent brunch with bottomless mimosas but we didn't have it. Tuma appetizer is delicious, grouper sliders and mussels were also delicious. I would highly recommend! Our waiter Jose was a delight as well. Sit outside for fun people watching.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Steven
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went to local house based on reviews with four buddies while on vacation. Worst dining experience in terms of food quality I have ever had. We ordered 7-8 items from the menu to share. Lamb burger- dry, fries prepared in burnt oil Calamari- prepared in burnt oil Watermelon salad- pathetic Shrimp risotto- bland Crispy octopus- cooked well Fire sliders- not bad; very average Oysters- tasted good but not cleaned properly I dine very often and this is the first bad review I have ever left. Chose the restaurant based on the reviews so I wanted to share my experience to help out any unsuspecting individuals. I recommends to avoid. Many more choices in south beach.
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  • Great Find in SoFi
    RRD001
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent restaurant, so much we ate there twice. Branzino and polenta fries were excellent. Get the lemon aioli with the fries. Service was excellent. A nice change from the South Beach scene of plastic printed menus, assertive hostesses, absurd prices and marginal food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed and overpriced
    shores
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Main reason for going was to get oysters on the half shell. They were over priced and they add some type of special additive to them. Needless to say I did not like what they put on them especially at that price point. I do not recommend it for small children. Server was good and knowledgeable.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • loved it!
    srock
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    nothing more to say. :) we did a stay cation there. the brunch was great. the nite caps we had were chill. the service was warm and friendly and timely! we are excited to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YESSSSSS!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Went for the $19 mimosas on my birthday! OH EM GEE! The waiter was amazing (fast and courteous as well as funny) and consistent! I never had to ask for a refill or anything. He even gave me a tiramisu for my birthday! My sorority sister had steak and eggs and I had the eggs benedict with the crab and we split a serving of French toast. Food and mimosas were so good I wanted to shove the whole restaurant into my luggage and bring it back to Orlando with me! My goodness it was EVERYTHING! Definitely where you HAVE to go to get some FANTASTIC food and really ENJOY Miami's class and sophistication . We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great addition
    topcat
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    to a great neighborhood, with good specials and a nice bar scene, never too busy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood gem
    SoFiNicky
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great to have such a pleasant place south of Fifth. Very welcoming and some interesting food and drink offerings. Always a good sign when the least expensive wine on the menu is excellent. Seating at the outside tables is a little tight and someone is going to hit their head on the low-hanging lamps!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the The Local House reviews archive.
  • valerie14101973
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very good dinner and food ; An exception on Ocean road !
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    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the worst dining experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and the place was empty. The waiter was rude and had horrible energy. We ordered Entrees and several sides. Minutes later, several large parties came in and we thought we were lucky .He came back 45 min later and asked us what we ordered.. He never put our order in. After apologizing and explaining that their computer wasnt working, he promised our food would be out in 5 min. Another 35 min later the whole restaurant was eating except us. We were ready to leave and the food came out unfortunately, it was not worth the wait. The Branzino lacked any flavor and the lamb sliders were flavorless as well. We read the negative reviews and wanted to give them a shot. I will heed the warnings in the future.
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  • Would go back
    Curly
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had the ceviche and tuna sliders. The ceviche was tasty and had a slight spicy flavor, which was appealing. The sliders were prepared in two styles -both were tasty yet lacked enough tuna. Too much bread for the quantity of protein. The grilled octopus was spectacular - incredibly moist unlike most attempts to serve this mollusk. Prices were reasonable, outdoor setting very pleasant while the weather stays springlike.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pros and cons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Local House has a beautiful, intimate dining room and a nice small outside area as well. We chose to be inside, unfortunately there is one large round table in the middle of the room where a very noisy, and inconsiderate, party of people were dining which made it hard to hear each other. Outside also had a noisy party. So, would we return? Maybe we would give it one more try. The service at first was non-existent, then our particular server was ok.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    melanieVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great restaurant. Enjoyed our breakfast went back twice. Excellent coffee
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Ambiance, Poor Food
    YUMMYTUMMYVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    How Local House made Eater Miami's 38 essential list is a mystery to me. First courses of fried calamari (an unappetizing color and a small portion) and arugula salad (flavored with dill - odd and not mentioned on the menu) were passable, but entrees of branzino (overcooked, dry and unseasoned) and seafood stew in a saffron broth (overcooked, tough seafood and no taste of saffron) were not. Service was a mixed bag. Ambiance and wine (suggested by server) were the best parts of the meal, but not enough to warrant a return visit.
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  • Tourist trap on Ocean Drive
    Joe3
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Good wine list. Friendly but unprofessional staff. The real let-down is the food however. The sashimi tastes ok, but is sliced translucently thin, so you can see through (and is about 5% of the slice photographed for their website). The menu promises various dressings on the salads and dishes, but basically everything gets soaked in some mayo-concoction. Scallops seared at low heat in lots of butter, so they soak up all the fat. Yuck. My wife's salad was an enormous pile of arugula, with ONE strawberry, ONE walnut and a tiny morsel of goat cheese. We know you shouldn't eat in these Ocean Drive things (we were the only locals during the time we were there), but against better judgment we tried this one. Never again.
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  • TriciaVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The salad I had was not over dressed it was light and refreshing. The mussels were tasty and the broth was very good. The bread pudding for dessert was delicious. The tiramisu was also excellent it was light and refreshing. I also had a drink and it was very well made.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Come for meal, stay a few nights.
    Neilgulfcoast
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We discovered the local house while walking around the South Beach area and made a reservation for dinner that night – a good move. The staff is very friendly and we had a couple of cocktails with served by Jessica the bartender who was fun and informative – gave us the recipe for one of their signature drinks which I want to take home to Maine. The food was outstanding – I had a Chilean Seabass and my wife had scallops. We were completely pleased by the experience. And they have a boutique hotel in which the restaurant is launched and we hope to come back and stay there next year. Local house is a winner – close to South Beach but far enough away that you don't have all the craziness. M
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy lunch
    MariellaDans
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I went with a group of 7 girls for my sister's bachlorette. They gave us a lovely table outside, and were very accommodating to a picky group of girls. We had the seafood dish for 4 and lots of other small plates and everyone was extremely happy with their food. The oysters and clams were incredibly fresh. I highly recommend the truffle fries, they are super skinny and crunchy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quiet beautiful spot in Miami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This place was a welcomed change from the other resturants in Sobe..no blaring music! Just beautiful tasteful decor. The entree portions are small...you will have enough room for one if thier wonderful homemade desserts.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Would definitely dine here again
    KellyLVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner here. Nice night so we dined outside with view of Ocean Dr (always good people watching). Fun drinks--hubby loved the oyster martini. Good wine list. Best bacon wrapped dates I have ever had. Pan seared Branzino was delicious. Hubby had the sea bass special and loved every bite. Service was excellent. Very friendly staff and warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20 minutes without a hello
    Babsbunny77VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    SO this review is basically about the start of the experience, bc after 20 minutes of not being greeted, given water, or any sort of apology.... we gave up and went down the street to Prime Italian, who graciously sat us and fed us immediately. This wouldn't have been so horrendous if not for fact that they sat a large party inside after us, took their drink order, and after only part of the group had arrived, continued to take their order, give them bottles of water on their table... and ignore us. They table next to us, who had arrived prior to us, also was completely ignored. Open Table forces you to review food and ambience... but I'd refer more to my ratings on Overall and service, since Food was really N/A.
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  • Really great hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The Local House is just past the "hustle strip" of Ocean Drive. There's no one there pushing a plate of lobster and a big drink in your face. They do have spectacular, well made food - try the coconut milk ceviche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place, very nice, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Cute place, very nice, friendly and attentive staff. Food very so so, extremely small portions and not very exciting.
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  • Best service in South Beach
    SheilaT
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The Local House in South Beach is a lovely spot with very nice indoor and outdoor seating. The food was excellent but the service was even better. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid experience with warm service
    CuriousCat
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    From hostess to bartender to server, we received lovely, warm (if somewhat slow) service. We asked to be seated outside at the last minute and it was no problem at all. Great chic-beachy-casual atmosphere. Solid food and drinks -- nothing amazing, but tasty enough & reasonably priced for South Beach. I had oysters to start -- fresh and plump, but 1 was shucked poorly (part of the top shell had splintered off and was still attached), and the bottom adductor muscle was not cut on any of them. (I hear this is typical in Europe though -- shows the oyster is fresh -- so it may have been intentional.) Bolognese was ok, would have preferred more salt and/or cheese. BF wolfed down his salad & sliders, so I assume they were good. :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and good food
    MIchelebVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great service and good food for brunch! Sat outside in the patio for Sunday brunch- very relaxing
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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  • Very average
    agl1VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service was friendly and the decor was pleasant. The tables on the terrace were well spaced out and the atmosphere was quiet. The main issue was the food, which was under-seasoned and boring. It was also not worth the money.
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  • Just prefect
    Vmatz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Favorite dining spot on the beach. Love that it's just off the main strip so it's quiet and much calmer than most other places on Ocean. Great food, great drinks, amazing atmosphere!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for large party!
    designgirl
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Went for dinner and had 12 people---they put together a long table and were ready for us as soon as we arrived. Service was excellent and attentive and the food was wonderful. They really made the night fun and comfortable!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true Mami Beach gem
    ElBostoniano
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The best dining experience I had in Miami Beach over 5 days, by far. Excellent food and service, beautiful space, and an atmosphere that combines warmth, casual and chic without pretentiousness. I loved that there was no loud music, only good background music -- a rare fact in Miami Beach that makes this place well suited for good times with good friends and conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Arrived 20 minutes early . Told no seats were available. Once seated no waiter arrived. Cocktails were slow to arrive. Food was marginal . Waiter was very inattentive. We felt like our business was unimportant to the restaurant. Too much attitude without cause.Many new great restaurants south of fifth much better choices.
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  • This is a small, intimate
    Rhonda
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is a small, intimate place. Food and service all adequate. Pasta bologna se and Mac and cheese and tuna not seasoned well enough. The Chilean sea bass however was very nice. With so many places to choose from, there was nothing special here to recommend.
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  • Brunch spot
    Juan
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great way to spend a Sunday. Brunch in South Beach.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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  • birthday gone wrong
    bdaygonewrong
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    I went for my birthday with a small group of 5. the place itself is very beautiful but thats about it. The service took forever I feel they dont have enough servers. The waiter came over once to take our drink orders brought the drinks and we didnt see him for about another 20 minutes and then the food took another 30 minutes. The food portions are not worth the price. I understand its ocean drive but i live in Miami and have been to numerous food spots and never once did i pay 26 dollars for a seafood stew where the plate was twice the size of what was actually in the plate. The appetizers seemed to be more filling then any of our main courses. honestly there's nothing that would make me go back there.
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    scenic view
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  • Late Night Find
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Fresh Food but there was a very limited menu. One or two salads, chees plate, one choice of fish appetizer and only one cooked. Ingredients were however very fresh.
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    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inattentive service slow slow
    phillynladudeVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Inattentive service slow slow food no management presence. Server was friendly but clueless
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  • Many Other Better Options in Sobe
    suzieq13
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The outdoor table was fine. It was a lovely evening. However, from the unusual type of hard bread to the spinach that was too bitter to even eat, this restaurant is not on the top of my list. The shrimp with garlic appetizer had no flavor at all. The 3 scallops for the entree were tasty, but overpriced, even for South Beach. There are much better restaurants in the immediate area with comparable prices. We decided to try this one as it was a newer one to the area. However,we were greatly disappointed, and left hungry as well. We will definitely not be going back.
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  • We found the food mediocre
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    We found the food mediocre at best...The service was decent but unavailable when we needed him. It wasn't bad, per se, but oysters were not cold, just cool, and the person who ordered the fish said the crust was extremely salty. The Greek salad was good though too heavily dressed, and the bolognese was so adequate...overall just fair. Doubt we would go back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate