Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

4.4
134 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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Small, Dim and Cozy. Locally Grown, Italian Inspired, Served with LOVE.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 534-6700
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fabio Bondi
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Catering
Catering is available. Please inquire.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street parking available.
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Special events & promotions
Booking for special events is available. Please inquire.
What 134 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar is one of our favourite restaurants. We came for our anniversary and we not disappointed. We love the salumi platter. The fresh local tomatoes were divine and the pasta special outstanding. This is complemented by a lovely bottle of Italian wine. The service was excellent and we enjoyed every moment. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Wine was extremely over priced and food made at least two of us sick, I won't be back.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Service was excellent, friendly and fast. Attentive but not in your face. I started with the tartar, it was amazing. My wife had fresh mozzarella, can't go wrong. The salad that came with it was perfectly dressed, she enjoyed that even more then the cheese. I had the fried octopus with polenta. The polenta was black with ink, very tasty. I didn't love the octopus but my wife loved it. I am thinking it was just a bad pick for me. It was very flavourful. My wife had pasta that she loved. Overall a very good experience that we will do again.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The best Summerlicious experience with great service & selection options from the regular menu rather than off menu specials. A small space focused on food & service that deserves the highest praise. We will be returning.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food, good service. A bit loud but it was enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

One of my favorite places in Toronto

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We went for Summerlicious and the food was absolutely delicious. I have been there before for the Fogo Island Cod and I had that for my appetizer - so good! My friend had the Mozzarella and it was so fresh. We both had the Flank Steak for our main and the portion size was large compared to many of the other Restaurants for Summerlicious. They also let you do a combination with their regular menu which I thought was a good idea. Dessert - blue berry small donuts - my favourite.

The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and how they remember all the details of the special - impressive.

I have been to many Summerlicious and Winterlicious Restaurants over the years but this was the BEST!!

Would highly recommend it to anyone but book early because it is small.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Overall food and cocktails were underwhelming for the price.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was mediocre. One of our group the pasta was completely undercooked. The next day two of our group were sick. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Best or one of the best pasta places in town. the meat offerings also first rate. just about the food and the vibe not about the show and the nonsense. if you like food and the company you eat with come to this place!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Have been going to the Local for years. Fantastic food, great combinations of ingredients that melt in your mouth. The owners are amazing; they are SO personable and clearly love what they do. This is one of the best restaurants in the city!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing food and great atmosphere! Will definitely come back again and again!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food and service! Perfect date spot!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Local is one of the few restaurants I visit on a regular basis. I have never been disappointed. The food -- classic Italian fare with some update twists -- is always fantastic, and the wine selections are always intriguing.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great spot. Small menu but delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I love this restaurant - casual and upscale all at the same time. Flavour combination are excellent. Great service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food in a cozy setting, looking forward to my next visit.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was great, except the service was a little slow.

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

I have walked and driven by this restaurant many times and I have always loved the look of the atmosphere. I finally got around to trying the restaurant for winterlicious this week, and though the atmosphere was great, the food was not. I expected a lot better for the price.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Full size Winterlicious Appy’s! Amazing pastas made in house. Great Value. Love the cozy atmosphere, Local Wine Bar is the perfect location to escape/watch a snow storm.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was bursting with flavour! The decor was very hip and neat, service was gracious and discret. But did I mention the food? Kudo to the chef!! The mussels appetizer was incredibly tasting, porc chops had a nice zing to it and the wild boar ragu was excellent. Very impressed with the out of the way gem!!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Except for the kerfuffle that ensued when the restaurant cancelled my reservation by email after calling to try to confirm with me on a phone number I don't own! We managed to sort it out, and the food and service were delicious for my birthday dinner. Hoping OpenTable will contact me to get the phone number corrected as I cannot find where to do it myself!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing food. Great beer. Good wine. Great decor.
What more do you need?

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Parkdale Gem. Local is a small restaurant that shines in all areas - food, service and ambience. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is so delicious!!!!

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Disappointing experience. The cannelloni was served with no sauce. The bolognese on the spaghetti wasn't a sauce but was dry with chopped up greasy meatballs. The cocktails were overly sweet and syrupy. While the ambience is nice, it is a little cramped when busy.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Never a dissapointment for a discerning palate and a commitment to local, igridient and season driven cuisine.
Attentive service, intimate atmosphere without any frills or hype.
Modern Italian done very well.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was amazing and i loved the ambiance. The washroom was unbelievable hahaha

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto for over 9 years. Always amazing food and service.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

The restaurant itself was hip and cool....there was a nice buzz and it was a cosy romantic spot. Unfortunately the wait staff rushed us like we were in a fast food restaurant. Our sever asked four times if we were ready to order and we had only been seated for under 5 minutes. Moments later our drinks arrived and our first course was served before we had a chance to sip our wine. Before we had even finished our salads the plates were removed and our second courses placed before us..The food was good but we were in and out in 45 minutes, not at all relaxing. Even though we had a reservation, they must have needed the table for other customers. Sad because we were looking forward to our evening.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Never disappoints! Amazing cuisine! Fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Was worried reading negative reviews about portion size and service but neither of these were issues. The pasta was fabulous as were the dandelion salad and trout. We shared a mozzarella for the table which was delicious but it would not have been pleasant to eat by yourself. It's too large.
The only draw back were the chairs which were a little hard after 2 hours. Great desserts too but unfortunately no lattes or cappuccino.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2017

food is OK at best, ambience is nice, lamb special was terrible, 2 at out table didn't didn't finish it, we were not offered a different dish and were charged full price for it.
There are better restaurants in the city to spend your $ at

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Our go to Parkdale fave for elevated Italian comfort food. Staff is amazing and owners are committed to delivering an outstanding dining experience.

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2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Had the mussels which no chef clearly checked as they were super small. Rainbow trout was cooked well but the autumn beans were just white beans and the roasted corn was not roasted. Cod was beautifully cooked but the cacciatore had no flavour. Disappointing experience and will not go back.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

My husband and I started going to this restaurant when it first opened it or nine years ago and even though we have tried dozens of other amazing restaurant since then, we keep coming back to Lokal kitchen and Wine bar for our special celebration such as birthday dinners and anniversaries. This food can't leave each, the atmosphere is cosy and romantic and you can tell how passionate the owner, chefs and staff are. We love it here!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome food and service. Cozy establishment that has it together. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Love this restaurant. The beet agnolotti was a definite winner, as was the seasonal appetizer of fresh cherry peppers stuffed with cheese. Need to go back to try the rest of the amazing looking dishes on the menu!

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Service was good. Food was delicious with a homemade feel. Interesting ambiance. A little too noisy/loud music for my liking.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Not really obvious local food. Wine is expensive and not that special. I wonder if recent rave reviews are from friends. Also, servers seem to have planning problems with table arrangements.

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