Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

4.3
165 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.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there always really nice ppl and food is great!

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JW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Italian! Everything was fresh!

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FD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything tasted so good! A nice spot for a quiet dinner.

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KL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything so perfect. simple yet thoughtful flavours. great wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, appetizer was to die for !

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 6 anniversary, I made a note in reservation and the guys brought out our dessert with candles.
Overall great dining experience, the food was off the charts amazing, staff was knowledgeable about menu and wine list. Great decor and intimate dining experience.
Would definitely recommend!

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LT
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the food. A little more light in the place would be helpful..it’s pretty dark. Will definitely be back!

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FV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend and I went for Winterlicious and we decided we would share the dishes as it was our first time at Local. We ordered the Freshly pulled warm Mozzarella and Carpaccio for appetizers. Mozzarella was absolutely delicious as was the Carpaccio but wish I had asked not to put the anchovy on the Carpaccio.

As our entrees, we had squash gnocchi with truffles and chestnut puree and lamb rotolo with parsnip puree and they were absolutely decision. I thought I died and went to heaven. I felt however that the lamb dish was very small in size as an entree. There should have been at least 3 pieces of meat.

Our desserts were heavenly. We ordered the Bombolone with nutella and the Panna Cotta with maple and sea salt. The Bombolone are freshly made with a crispy shell and just enough nutella in the middle. The Panna Cotta was surprisingly so delicious.

It is disappointing that they only serve espresso or americano and my friend wanted a cappuccino. I know that cappuccino, in Italy, is considered a morning coffee however we do need to accept that in Canada people like cappuccino any time of day.

Ambience was nice and quiet however just a little too dark. Everyone was turning the flashlight on their smartphones just to read the menu. All in all, I would definitely go back. The quality of the food is absolutely exceptional.

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TF
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall food was good, not amazing. Service was fine, nothing to write home about. Winterlicious portions are exceptionally small, we ordered a pizza for 3 of us to share after our main course:(

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food and general vibe was good, inside super hipster and cute however it’s a very cramped space. They seemed to back up winterlicious seatings too close, so none of the tables were done eating. We showed up on time and were forced to wait outside (in the winter on a freezing night) Bc they didn’t want to kick the other table out and didn’t want any loitering. Just awful and the bartender was out of this world levels of rude, to the point we almost left. Three out of 4 of us were waiting on the street even tho it was now past our reservation time - that’s on them, not the diners. Our server was nice and the food was good, but they reallllyy need to plan better and learn to accommodate between seatings if they want to stay in winterlicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Rare is the time that I review a restaurant. Especially negatively. As a large table we unanimously agreed that the service was subpar, the portions were undersized, and the quality of ingredients were lacking. If you're considering dining at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, save yourself the time and trouble...go to the McDonald's down the street.

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always exceptional, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable!

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SQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always! The food is wonderful and the space is great. However the tables are really crammed in there. The table of 2 beside 4 of us was 2 inches away. Not a big deal for us but you couldn’t have an intimate conversation with 2 strangers basically sitting at your table. Totally get they want to maximize the space and covers but kinda dampens the mood.

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My experience was a bit bumpy. I had asked my servers opinion between the Rabbit and lamb as I was looking for the preferred meat. They neglected to tell me that the Rabbit was not a cut of meat... rather a light "rabbit sauce" on pasta. The menu made no mention to this either. Needless to say I was shocked when we food arrived. I expected better for the high level dining. However still enjoyed the food thoroughly and would come back again .

-Alex

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ND
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambiance. The Winterlicious menu was excellent value. The lamb and salmon were exceptional!

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday

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MI
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time back to the Local Kitchen & Wine Bar and it did not disappoint. The dandelion salad had the perfect amount of dressing and the gnocchi with rapini was super fresh.

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PI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We shared plates which were tasty and interesting. The music was a bit noisy but tolerable. Nice ambiance and great service. Would recommend to folks in the neighbourhood.

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SG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE. My one feedback: smaller portions (and adjust price accordingly). Also the chef is hot.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service was impeccable. Great dining experience and already planning to return

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Toronto there is no reason to ever eat anywhere else.

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ST
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dinner spots, wonderful for going to with family, friends, or professional engagements. Outstanding food and service, beautiful spot.

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PM
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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 19, 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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BR
Toronto
4 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 August 31, 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 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the city

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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 21, 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
Toronto
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
3 reviews
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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