Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

4.3
142 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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PM
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was a first! Made a reservation, responded to a voice mail to confirm my reservation (stated it was required to do so) and then showed up for my Saturday evening reservation at exactly 8:30. We were told our table would be ready in 10 minutes and to head to the bar 2 doors down to grab a drink and they would call me. I am still waiting for that call. I do not know how a restaurant thinks that this is acceptable conduct of patrons - if you could not accommodate my reservation don’t call insisting I confirm, call and apologize and give me 6 hours to make alternate plans. Deplorable! This was not only a first but a last - I will never give this establishment my business again. But then again a place that pulls this stunt obviously does not care.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Although she proficiently ran through the specials, our server had limited social skills, and was notably unfriendly. One of our water glasses had a large chip out of the lip, she acted as though it were an inconvenience for her to replace. She poured different wine into our existing wine glasses. Made no effort to see how things were going with our meal, and seemed offput that we were sharing mains. In a small intimate space such as The Local, the service needs to be somewhat warm to match the ambience, otherwise it is too noticeably mismatched and affects a patron's experience too much.

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TV
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I liked the place. The food was good but not amazing, considering the prices. The service could have been better and the restaurant was very hot, and it was very cold outside...

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous dinner with some the best pasta dishes we've ever had. Friendly and welcoming staff.

An absolute top drawer dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. We're in the neighborhood and this is a regular go to for us. Great food, locally sourced, lovely staff and owners.

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EY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magnificent experience. Award-winning tomatoes from their own farm, homemade gnocchi some of the best we’ve ever had!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was unfortunately underwhelming. Was “fair” overall and gave me no reason to return to the same restaurant in the future.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the city

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was simply amazing !

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CG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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MS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Toronto

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WM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall food and cocktails were underwhelming for the price.

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CL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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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BD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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SH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Perfect date spot!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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j
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot. Small menu but delicious.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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B
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

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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BT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so delicious!!!!

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IC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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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g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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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KB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Amazing cuisine! Fantastic service!

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