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The Local
The Local
  • Address:
    824 Hinton Ave
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

The Local Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thelocal-cville.com
  • Phone: (434) 984-9749
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Local
Come visit and experience The Local! We believe everyone should experience meals that feature delicately prepared fresh local ingredients in a great atmosphere. In our corner of the world, everyone's a Local. EAT, DRINK, & BE LOCAL
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The local never disappoints! Had an amazing meal with a friend who was visiting from out of town. The lobster mac and cheese was to die for!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I have been before and the food was much better. I am not sure if the kitchen was too busy, but this time food was not good. Service was great."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The meal started well- drinks and appetizers were great. Unfortunately, we waited over an hour for our main course without any explanation from or checking in by the waitstaff. When the food finally arrived, the main courses were cold, alternatively over- and under-cooked, and messily plated. Sauce was dripping off the plate, the potatoes were chalky mess, and where one duck platter had 3 very over cooked pieces, the other only had 2 small raw pieces. The cabbage "slaw" on top was just cabbage-- no dressing-- and the duck lacked any seasoning. This whole time we watched as a constant stream of people lined up to eat and the waiter and host spent more time helping them than serving the seated customers."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We go to the local as our monthly date night. This time we went with friends who had never been and wanted to celebrate their anniversary. They loved it. It's one of our top recommendations to friends. We love the location, the ambiance, the food, the wine, and the service is always awesome."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, respectable beer selection, relaxed atmosphere--solid restaurant with interesting menu choices."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "They always say ask the locals where to eat so when they kept suggesting The Local we had to give it a try. Soup and entree were out of this world but save room for dessert! Must go place in CVille!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went to the Local for a special evening out and had a memorable experience. The food, drink and wait staff were all exceptional."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Food is consistently good, service not as much. The food & ambiance will keep us coming back when visiting Charlottesville."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It's all about experience, and my wife's and mine was utterly disappointing. From the start, we had a reservation but the line was out the door to simply check in. After we were seated, we were not given a drink menu. So when our waitress finally showed up after a lengthy wait, she gave us a drink menu and then disappeared for another long time. After she finally returned and took our full order, we didn't receive our drinks or salad for quite some time. The wine pours, especially the red, were so low it looked like I had half a glass. The caesar salad tasted like just mustard. The half chicken was good, but it did not come with items listed on the menu (no BE-peas, greens, and brown rice no pilaf). And again, our service was all waiting."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went to The Local after rave reviews from friends; didn't have a great experience. We made a reservation for 3 at 6:30 on Saturday, we were put at the very edge of the restaurant's outdoor seating, behind the valet parking guys, who were cursing and spitting through our entire dinner. We were practically on the sidewalk. Our distance from the rest of the restaurant even led our waiter to complain about it a few times. He also had us pay as soon as we received the bill, so he wouldn't need to walk back. Food: meatloaf was amazing, roasted squash was good but not filling, gnocchi was too rich and heavy. Needed to be paired with something light."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to take our son out to dinner for his 22nd birthday. He recently moved to Charlottesville for work so we asked him to pick a restaurant. He chose The Local and we drove down from Warrenton. We had a great time, loved the historical building, friendly staff and wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We drove from Wintergreen to this restaurant and it took about an hour. Really not worth it. We were their previously and it was great, this time it was just fair. Will look for closer and better establishments next time."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Found out about the Local via Open Table and were looking for someplace to dine out of the ordinary. Located away from the downtown and nestled in a neat C-Ville neighborhood. Food and service were both very good. We had the house specialties, short-ribs for my wife and I chose the pork chop. Both were prepared well with delicious accompaniments, and we recommend them if you do not have other preferences. One nice surprise was the 50% off bottles of wine during happy hour that ends at 7:30 PM. Lot's of covered outdoor dining space on the second floor, which was enjoyable as it was a pleasant evening weather-wise. Noise was acceptable although it was a Monday and not crowded, a Friday or Saturday could be different..a popular place."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food was well prepared as were the drinks. Our server was lovely. Sat upstairs and it was very very nice."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service. OVerall a great experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. I greatly enjoyed the duck, my wife enjoyed her burger, my oldest son enjoyed his lobster mac & cheese (huge bowl!) and my youngest son had a ceaser salad. The hostess quickly sat us upstairs. There were fans working overhead, however, there were several pesky flies throughout the upstairs. Can't fault the restaurant as it was outdoor seating. The waitress was okay. Pleasant enough when taking drink and food orders as well as serving the food. Once a larger party came in you could tell that she was stressed and a bit overwhelmed with a larger party. We were left for quite som time with out anyone checking on us or asking us if we needed anything. They need more servers."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We went to The Local on a Saturday evening around 7:30 in the summer. Parking in the Belmont neighborhood was not easy (to be expected). In terms of ambience, The Local is cozy on the bottom floor with indoor seating and a bar. When we arrived, several groups waiting for seating were crammed in the entry-way. The upstairs deck is open and airy. Our waiter was attentive, given how busy she was, and our drinks and food arrived at a decent pace. However, the food was highly disappointing that night. My burger (ordered medium) was rare - almost undercooked. The other dish we ordered was a mushroom/pasta dish, and the taste wasn't right. Overall, I liked the atmosphere, but the meals were disappointing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband ordered the crab soup, but was served the melon soup. I waited to eat my appetizer until we could find a server to change to his selection. As a result, we took longer than the kitchen had allotted, and when we were only 1/2 way through this course, our entree arrived, which we sent back. As a result it was later served luke warm and dried out. We did not stay for dessert. Since our reservation was at 7:30 and the push of diners had passed, there was no need to rush anyone through their dinner, and there were plenty of empty tables when we left. There is a noisy bar scene which prevented normal conversation. This is a good place for the "20-somethings" to drink and socialize, but not for mature people to enjoy dinner."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was great, service was poor. The hostess did not smile once; the waiter warmed up a little toward the end of the meal. Probably won't return because of the service. The atmosphere, on the other hand, was fantastic! I ordered the trout and it was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I came here for a nice dinner out before a concert. Drinks were excellent, food was delicious. I got the beef short rib in a incredible red wine sauce. My wife got the roasted squash which was also excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food here is amazing. They're not necessarily the friendliest people but the food surely makes up for it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Local came highly recommended by friends for its food and atmosphere. We had a hard time selecting the main course because everything looked amazing. I had the roasted squash with quinoa and tomato sauce and my husband had the filet. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and dessert was scrumptious. Make plans to hit The Local if you are in Charlottesville. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed my squash with quinoa dish and husband enjoyed the pasta with mushrooms. The fried green tomato appetizer was also delicious. My only complaint is that my water was not refilled as often as I would have liked."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed the Local and their food is great, but my most recent experience there certainly left something to be desired in the service provided. Though we had a reservation, we had to wait in a line (almost everyone in the line also had a reservation) for about 15 minutes to even see the hostess. Because they were re-finishing the floors on the bottom level, no servers or hosts/hostesses seemed to be at the check in booth on the bottom floor, leaving everyone waiting. When a hostess did come and spoke to the first people in line, who had a reservation, she then took them upstairs, ignoring everyone else in line, and didn't come back for at least 5 minutes. Eventually, we got in. However, our waitress was very inattentive."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is still my favorite spot in C'ville. The gnocchi is a favorite, along with the short ribs."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary, and we have decided to come here for future anniversaries. The food is some of the best in Charlottesville!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been coming to The Local since moving to the area a few years ago. It's never disappointed. We love to bring out of town guests and they always seem to enjoy it. We especially like the locally produced food, and make it a point to buy from the same farmers and artisans that they proudly list in their menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The only criticism I've ever had of The Local is the length of time it takes to get your food. It usually takes longer than other comparable restaurants. But the food is always good. Always. The ambience is awesome. It has tons of character. On my most recent trip to The Local the food came out in record breaking time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent wine, quiet outdoor setting upstairs. Live music on a Monday night. A pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We love taking our out of town guests here and coming for special occasions. We're vegan/vegetarian and while the options on the menu are limited what they do have is amazing. The mushroom pasta and seasonal squash dishes are excellent. Just went on a Sunday evening for the first time and it was really mellow and great atmosphere with the sun setting and the windows all opened up on their upstairs deck."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We sat outside on the balcony on a beautiful June evening. The neighborhood is up and coming and it was fun to eat outside but not at street level! The food was consistent and good. The service was terrific, we had a very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. Great food sourced from local farms!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We got several recommendations to eat at The Local on our visit, and we are very glad that we did. The food was excellent, and the whole experience was just really nice. We were late for our reservation, due to bad traffic, and the hostess was gracious enough to seat us as soon as she could. I would definitely recommend The Local!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were required to sit outside. This wouldn't be too bad, except that we were right on the street with lots of foot and car traffic. Lucky that the weather wasn't too hot. The food was good overall, but not great. One flub was the blackberry cobbler for desert - the dough wasn't cooked. They apologized and didn't charge, offered a replacement. Service was good. The experience didn't make me feel inclined to go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful find via Open Table in old Charlottesville neighborhood. Salmon and pork entres were VG. Affordable Wine selection. Haley provided excellent service. Highly Recommend."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is one of my husbands and my favorite restaurants. We celebrated out one year anniversary here and were not disappointed in anyway! Service was fantastic, food was delicious, and local beer on tap was the icing on the cake. Highly recommend to anyway in the Charlottesville area!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We go to the local about once a month for date night. We've always had excellent service, the food has been great every time, we love the atmosphere, and we recommend it to all of our friends who need a night out. We usually sit upstairs on the deck, which we love, but have also eaten at the bar downstairs and still enjoyed our experience. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The local is consistent in providing stellar service, excellent food and a good drink selection. Our waiter Patrick was attentive yet not intrusive. The Local is my go to place for comfort food and something that will always make you go yumm."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Local has several different dining areas, each with a different vibe: outside patio, inside downstairs, and upstair on one of two patios. I have eaten there several times and had a great experience each time. The food is consistent, and always delicious."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We made reservations for dinner. When we knew we were going to be a little late we called. No one answered the phone so we left a message. When we go there they didn't have a record of our call and asked us to wait at the bar. We waited and waited. Another couple came in and they were waiting at the bar too. Finally I asked the hostess when we would be seated and she looked surprised, like she had totally forgotten about us! Finally they seated us. The other couple never got seated and left in disgust. When the waitress took our order, she forgot to write down our appetizers so we never got them. They did give us free dessert which was nice."
    Dined on 5/26/2014