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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 WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "I have had some excellent meals at the Local, so I was disappointed that they did not live up to their usual standards. The short ribs and gnocchi have both been long time favorites. This time the short ribs were served differently, but not for the better. The meat was prepared differently and the sauce was not nearly as good as it used to be. They were out of the gnocchi, and it was frustrating that our server didn't tell us this until we ordered. Two of us ordered the mac and cheese with chorizo only to have our server come back and tell us that they were out of chorizo and they were not substituting anything in its place. The dish was still ordered, but ended up being plain and unexciting. I hope this was simply an off night."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "While not a bad place, it is one that one should make certain fits their dining desires - in this case, loud and busy. My wife and I had to lean over to hear each other and that was at 6 pm. The place is smallish and the stream of people coming in and out felt like a train station. Our order came to the table within 2 minutes of ordering. It was so fast the waiter commented on it. How can fresh, well prepared food come from the kitchen that fast? Still, the gnocchi was very good as was the Salmon (though the potato salad was poor). In the end, given the price, the noise and crowds, I like the other options in Charlottesville. But, the food is good. So, if you desire a louder scene, then I would think you will be pleased here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had heard great things about The Local so decided to try it for a birthday celebration with family. It was a very busy night so despite a reservation we waited an hour. I am not sure whether this is customary on busy nights. However, once seated we had a great dinner and our server was very pleasant and attentive. I like the idea of serving local food and also like to support locally owned businesses. I would recommend it to others, although on busy UVa weekends get a reservation and don't be in a rush."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Cheese plate was great and a great price. Cocktails were good as well. Fried chicken special was overpriced and a bit dry. My biggest issue was the sever. She constantly walked around us to clear tables and talk to other employees while we waited for: drink refills, dessert to go, and the check and was not very friendly to say the least. I am a chef locally and I understand when a server is swamped and doin their best, but this was not the case. This was my second time trying the local and I'm sorry to say I don't think I'll be back. Unfortunately bad service can sometimes outweigh the food."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Cheese plate was great, but entrees needed some help. I had the duck, which was a new menu item, and there were some technical issues that can be easily remedied. The duck wasn't scored before cooking so the fat didn't render properly. Alas, the outer layer of skin was crispy enough, but was topped with a pile of overly-wet slaw that just made the previously crispy skin a little rubbery. The flavors were all there, but the duck jus' acidity level was a bit too high. My date had the meatloaf, and while it tasted super yummy (just like mom used to make), it was a bit dry."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Nice place located in an area I would not usually go to being from out of town. Liked the feel of a local place. Only bad part was the seating. Sit downstairs if you can. This area is nice and better suited for a nice dinner. The hostess took us up a rainy outside staircase to get to the upstairs, which really should not have tables for 2. It is way too loud to even hear the person next to you. There servers get slammed upstairs and don't pay enough attention at times and it takes longer to get drinks. i would come back just sit down stairs. Nice beer list and local wine list"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were in the area checking out colleges and did a restaurant search on Trip Advisor. They had everything we were looking for and even better they had an amazing wine list. Great food, great service. Must check out!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was good, service was good. The hostess wanted to seat us outside and we wanted to be inside, so took a while to straighten that out."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "New to area and wanted a good restaurant to take company to. Was all that we expected. Will go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "On this particular Tuesday night occasion the comfort level was high--the restaurant was less than full thus the noise level was moderate. The food was as good as usual, particularly the short ribs. The salmon dish was worthy of recommendation as well. The service was as efficient as always, and the prices moderate. In short, The Local is a worth repeated visits."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Service lacked that evening. Had reservation and arrived early. Sat at bar and waited for time of reservation. Hostess forgot us! We were seated, hostess apologized. However, waiter didn't arrive at table until 10 minutes after we were seated. Maybe just a bad evening for service. However, the food was GREAT! Will return and try again. Beware, restaurant being in neighborhood the parking was very difficult especially with the snow."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was confused when we got there because we had to wait in a long line with other people with reservations , just to " check- in". 20 minutes later we were seated. An efficiency expert needs to move their front desk out in front of the restaurant and give the staff a place to walk to the tables that they are trying to serve. Our food was delicious and worth the wait! This place is very popular with the college crowd and had a nice assortment of choices."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had dinner with friends (4 ppl total). Atmosphere was neat. Server was super sweet and VERY knowledgeable about the food and drink menu! Everything was great. Salmon was a little dry but still tasted good! Great experience and we will definitely go back:)"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My daughter and I visited the Local to celebrate her birthday. We both had the Gnocchi Bolognese, which we have had before and it was fabulous, as was the Goat Cheese Salad."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "First time eating at the Local. We did enjoy our meal... not the best we've ever had but I would call it "pretty good". I had the braised beef short ribs. They were tender... a few big fat chunks that appeared to be meat and a really big bone, but the edible portion was good. Flavored really well... It was served on mashed potatoes that were great. The side carrots and pearl onion could have used a little more cooking, but overall a nice dish. My husband had the grill pork chop, very nice, good flavor, cooked perfectly. The shoestring fried sweet potatoes on top were kinda cold, greasy and would be better replaced with something else. Great atmosphere and service. Enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Local. Our food was delicious, the layers of flavors in each platter were really savory. We brought our friend from France. He loved it too. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu as well as the wine selection."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Delicious for any occasion. Great service. Definitely make a reservation because everyone is coming to taste the goodness."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I am not a vegan but absolutely loved the goat cheese stuffed acorn squash and all of the flavors contributed by quinoa, dried cherries, almond silvers, tomato sauce. My mom had the short ribs which were fall off the bone but lacked a little punch. My fiance had the trout. He cleaned his plate and ravved about the grits it was served over, but acknowledged the fish lacked its own flavor. Restaurant does a booming business and sitting upstairs would help prevent the overflow of people waiting for tables from hovering over your own. We sat in the back right corner which was pleasant but near the kitchen and bar entrance. I felt badly for folks who sat up at the front as they had people in their meal."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The Local was a great date night spot. Prices were reasonable and the food was delicious. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Delicious food and wonderful environment. Always a pleasure to dine at The Local!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I would return to this resturant we (6 people) had a nice evening. I personely enjoyed the general layout of the resturant and found the people to be profassional. I was able to taste the crispy duck, meat loaf, short ribs and the lamb and thought all were good but not exceptional and I thought the price was in line with the quality. The resaurant became unpleasently loud as the evening progressed, but it seemed to be an isolated table. Thanks"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We got there early and went to the bar. We got the shrimp app and some wine. The shrimp were huge. My wine, a red was too warm. The room temp was high and they obviously just let the reds sit at room temp. We were seated right at our reservation time. However, our server took 20 minutes to show up. He would only make 2 more appearances all night, both times we had to flag him. The bacon wrapped meatloaf was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I invited ten of my friends and family members to dine at The Local for a combined birthday and college graduation dinner. The atmosphere, service, and food menu were all excellent. I had eaten there the summer before outside on the patio and enjoyed the downtown area. I grew up three blocks down the street, so it was bittersweet to see how the area has developed into a very busy commerical cornerstone of what used to be in the late 1970's to 80's. We all had a wonderful time and our server was excellent. I recommend The Local to the "locals" and visiting company to Charlottesville. Just excellent!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My husband and I had been anxious to try the Local. Had heard and read so many great things about it. The food lived up to out expectations, but the atmosphere left a little to be desired. The food was great and our server was helpful and very friendly. High marks for both. Unfortunately, it was a chilly evening and we were seated on the enclosed deck. While it wasn't freezing outside, the chill on the deck was definitely a distraction. Tables for 2 inside were crammed in very close to one another so the deck seating gave us more room. We did feel a bit rushed. We had barely taken a sip of our cocktail before our first course was delivered and barely finished with our first course before our entrees arrived. Dampened the experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at The Local a number of times since it opened - probably more than a dozen. It's always been excellent. My "go-to" item is the Salmon, which has always been excellent. I ordered it this time and it was terrible. It was slightly "fishy" tasting, and honestly was absolutely tasteless. It was really bland. I ended up sharing my husband's meal, which was very good (the veggie pasta special). Our friends had the meatloaf and said it was outstanding. I hope the chef goes back to the old salmon dish. It was MUCH better."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was delicious and reasonable. The service was above average and would have likely been better if the waitress didn't have to walk up and down a flight of stairs to get from the kitchen to our table. It was about 20 degrees when we went, and the swinging door to the outside seemed to bother a lot of the older patrons. It didn't bother me, but it could bother you...I don't know...we've never met. I imagine it is an awesome place to dine in the spring and summer."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We love The Local. Since moving to the area, we've really gotten into the buy fresh eat local thing, and The Local sure fits the bill! The last time out we were celebrating family that just bought a house and were moving into the area as well. I had the meatloaf (FABULOUS), wife had the Salmon, which she loved. The others in our party had the meatloaf and the Local Burger, all excellent. Our server was friendly and attentive. For a Sunday night, they were wall to wall people. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We picked The Local on a recommendation from a friend and the restaurant receiving "Best Service" in Cville Magazine. After being seated for 15 minutes, we finally found a bus girl (easily the friendliest employee in the restaurant) to find a server for us. After 25 minutes, we finally had a server and received our drinks. When our waiter arrived, no apology was given. We ordered the pumpkin ravioli which was tasty. When the meals arrived, my girlfriend's Short Ribs were cold and my Pork chop was extremely dry while my mashed potatoes were cold. Spoke to a manager who was more interested in telling us our experience was not a representation of the restaurant than giving us an apology. Would not recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to a great meal to celebrate a special occasion, and everything disappointed. The service was slow, and not particularly attentive. The food was either overcooked, or somewhat bland. The staff didn't seem that knowledgeable. We also received our main courses before one of our appetizers and our wine. And, although I had called ahead to have a dessert and candle arranged for my boyfriend's birthday, they completely forgot and I had to remind them. Sort of seemed like one misstep to the next. Even though it sounds great on paper, it really doesn't deliver."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Took my wife here for her birthday, and it was really worth the trip. The ambiance is so warm, the whole upper room was comfortable and fun. The food was awesome, we had the cheese plate, the goat cheese salad, the gnocchi bolognese, and the steak frites. Lets do it again!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Visiting Charlottesville, this restaurant was a great choice. Young crowd and vibrant, but we were still able to talk and hear each other. Good wine list and selection of VA wines. Enjoyed homemade gnocchi, flank steak and short ribs, all at reasonable prices. Will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My girlfriend had been in previously and was disappointed this time around. Sat upstairs on some sort of makeshift dining area. Had to walk upstairs, outside last a junkyard to get there. All food was delivered from the outside. Every time door opened rush of cold air entered dining area. They should consider a double door. Food was ok not great. Burger was average. I at last week at Citizen Burger and it was much better. Waited for ketchup why the fries cooled from that chill air. Why not bring ketchup with the food!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I have worked in the restaurant business for 5 years and I have to say I was very sad that our server did NOTHING special to celebrate my husbands birthday.... and I even left a note on the reservation I made on open table. we had a party of 11 adults and the spacing and table setup was absolutely TERRIBLE .. we were practically sitting on top of each other, confusing table settings and drinks, and could not freely move to and from the bathroom without having almost half of the party get up as well because the table was pushed so close to the wall.... Sad to say but I would neither recommend nor go back to this venue for a large group dining experience NOR a birthday celebration. the food was good but expensive for the portion served."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I've been to The Local twice before and both of those times were good experiences. This time, however, the service was very bad, the food (pork chop if I recall) was overdone and small, and the seating was cramped in the downstairs section. To be fair, this was on a Saturday night, but I expected more from the service and especially from the food. I'll probably eventually go back, but instead on a weekday. There are plenty of other great restaurants in Charlottesville where you can get better food and service than The Local had to offer on this occasion."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Had dinner here during a weekend visit to Charlottesville and could not have been happier with the atmosphere, service, or FOOD, which ranks among the best meals I (and my husband) have had. I had the ceasar salad to start and he had the soup of the day, a pureed parsnip-garlic. Both perfectly seasoned and delicious! For my main I had the wild mushroom pasta and was in heaven eating it - I didn't want it to end - and he had the steak frites. The prices were amazing compared to what we usually pay in DC, and the quality was outstanding. We both said we'd be back as soon as we could. What a gem."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I had the short ribs which were good. Mac n cheese had good flavor, but the cheese was thin, sauce like. Service was good, and while our server was cordial, she didn't smile much."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This was our second time at Local, and for the second time the experience was outstanding. The food was amazing and I am an extremely picky eater. Everything was fresh, served hot with sauces that complemented the dish. The waitstaff was friendly, efficient and there were many of them. This is how our restaurant should be run! Kudos to all concerned."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Service was good, food was very good and not too expensive for what they serve, pleasant overall experience."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "This was our second time dining here. We really enjoy getting the cheese plate. It has a great variety of cheeses and pairs well with wine. It is pretty large and can be easily split by two or more people. My boyfriend ordered the Steak Frites entree last time we dined there and we both loved it; so much so, that I ordered it this past time we dined there and it was delicious once again! The artichoke-blue cheese sauce really adds so much flavor. He ordered the rib entree and the meat was so tender he didn't even need a knife. The carrots that came as the side were deliciously seasoned and paired well with the meat and potatoes."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We were recommended to dine here from a local resident. We are so happy we did! The food was phenomenal. We look forward to going back next time we are in town. We had the crispy shrimp for an appetizer and it was the most delicious appetizer we've ever had. We would go back for that alone! We also had the steak frites for an entree. The steak was cooked to perfection and the accompanying sauce was unbelievably good. The seating is a bit tight. This isn't a large restaurant by any means. It was a bit uncomfortable at first being able to hear the tables' next to us conversations, but once we were settled we got used to it. The local has a very romantic atmosphere but does lack privacy if that is what you are looking for."
    Dined on 1/3/2014