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Local on Main

4.0
34 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Local on Main Street in Memphis, TN is the place to go for lunch, brunch, dinner and drinks making it ideal for a business lunch, game day gathering or anytime some good old pub grub is desired. Local on Main Street also does catering including delivered boxed lunches for corporate meetings.

The snacks menu includes the tried and true favorites like wings and bar fries and a few more creative options such as smoked gouda fritters and duck quesadilla. Some comfort favorites are kicked up a notch, such as the grilled cheese with not just American cheese but also arugula, gruyere cheese, salami and capicola ham. A special option is the four-course beer dinner at Local on Main Street that features beer crafted in Memphis.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-1am (limited menu from 11pm-1am)
Thursday-Saturday 5pm-2am (limited menu from 12am-2am)
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Phone number
(901) 473-9573
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Derk Meitzler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Avenue
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Parking details
Being located in the heart of the Main Street Trolley Line we do not have on site parking, but are centrally located to numerous parking garage"s including "Parking Can Be Fun" as well as "The Peabody Parking Garage"
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Public transit
Being located in the heart of the Main Street Trolley Line we do not have on site parking, but are centrally located to numerous parking garage"s including "Parking Can Be Fun" as well as "The Peabody Parking Garage"
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Entertainment
Saturday and Sunday mornings ( weather permiting ) outside for brunch.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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food
4.0
service
3.6
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3.8
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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2016

Made reservations for dining out downtown week That week is very busy but local was fantastic good food great service and we really enjoyed it

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on October 30, 2016

We are outside. The server was not very good but the food was. It's pub food. Drinks were slow coming. I'd give it another try. Love the location.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2016

Cocktails were excellent, spinach artichoke dip was tasty and burgers very good

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vipCDII (Detroit)
1.0  Dined on September 26, 2016

This restaurant misrepresented itself on Open Table. We were in town for a convention and booked a table for six people. However when we got to the restaurant the menu was nowhere near the same as the menu provided to us at the restaurant. The menu provided online on Open Table was extensive and included a large selection of gourmet entrees including a mac and cheese bar. When we arrived at the restaurant the menu was one small page and contained only bar food - onion rings, quesadilla, pimento cheese bites. We asked the server about why the difference and he said they've never had any other menu. We asked our server to verify we had been checked in for our reservation he said the manager on duty had to do it and she was busy - not sure busy with what because the pub was mostly empty during peak dinner hours. After almost 45 min of asking the server multiple times, the manager came over with an iPad and wasn't sure what checkin meant. She showed us what she normally does on Open Table and asked us if that is what we needed - we weren't sure. Then we asked her why the menu in the restaurant was so different from the one on the Open Table app and she said that the mgt changes menus so often and never had a chance to update OT. Misleading to us out-of-towners. We ended up going to a steakhouse down the street for dinner albeit already late in the evening. One shouldn't have to double check a menu by calling a restaurant to verify it actually serves the dishes posted on its menu on the OT page, but in the case of this restaurant you should.

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GreatBrunchDate (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

A nice twist on basic bar food. Super fun cocktail list!

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CocktailEnthusiast (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2016

Such a cool place. They have a really unique rotating menu that blows every other small ball out of the water. Even the brunch items were great. A must visit for any real local Memphian.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Great service. It is much louder with a much more limited menu than the Overton Square location.

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djkrieger (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2013

Been there multiple times, food is always excellent, service can be spotty.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2013

My husband and I both had the specials and cleaned our plates! The fish tacos were phenomenal. He had the pork which was also delicious. My husband does not care for fish in general and was apprehensive in trying them. He was pleasantly surprised that they did not have a "fishy" taste, but fresh and yummy. I tried one of the drink specials, a Ginger Mule. I loved it - if you like ginger it's a must. We splurged and shared dessert- the blondie. So yummy, we were both full but cleaned our dessert plate too. The wait staff was friendly and provided e cell ent service. We will be going back - great meal!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 22, 2013

Absolutely love the food!!! My two friends and I shared all of our entrees and loved everything. This was my very first introduction to pork belly, of all things! It was very tasty! My seared tuna salad didn't disappoint - as usual it was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
2.0  Dined on March 9, 2013

We had eaten here in the evening once before, seated downstairs, and really enjoyed it. This time we were there at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon. The service was slow, though the waitperson was pleasant. My husband needed a drink refill that never came. One of the items on our order was incorrect, but we had waited so long to receive our food that we just ate what we got. We had tried the short rib Reuben at the mid-town location and thought it was fantastic there. Here, it was very tough and dry. So, all in all, not great. Hopefully, this was just a bad day.

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vipGldl (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2013

This is a great gastropub located along the Trolley line in downtown Memphis. It is a young, hip, vibrant restaurant/bar scene with inventive choices on the menu. The food is executed beautifully and combines great flavors. You can't go wrong with anything on his menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2013

Happy to meet the new GM! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner (Mississippi)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2013

On advice of a friend, we went for early Sunday brunch before leaving Memphis, quite looking forward to their eclectic menu, and the food was better than average in execution. However, even though we were practically the only customers, wait staff not particularly friendly, and downright rude when my topheavy mimosa flute tipped right over when my husband leaned on the super-wobbly table. They cleaned up juice (plus food that was still on floor from night before) in sullen silence. Could tell they couldn't wait for us to leave...kind of ruined our last hour in Memphis. Even the chef/manager(?), who came by to ask us how we liked everything never smiled. The right words were there, but no enthusiasm behind them.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Mississippi)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2013

Might be my favorite restaurant in Memphis! Great drink and food menu - lots of variety!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

The local is a standard go to when I am craving comfort food. They use very high quality locally sourced ingredients and execute dishes perfectly and consistently. The short rib sliders and bar fries (crispy frites w/ bleu cheese) are sure bets.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

I loved the atmosphere of this place- a mix of dark, modern with a vintage twist, and cozy. We went on New Year's Eve so it was especially crowded. The bar area upstairs was packed, but everyone in my group got a drink at the bar easily. With our reservations, we didn't have to wait long for a table in the dining area. The food was great (the rotisserie chicken and short rib tacos were especially hits of our table) and the service was friendly and timely. The warm brown sugar blondie with bacon and vanilla bean gelato was amazing! I would go back just for that! I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

Exceeded expectations in numerous ways. The environment and ambiance is not a surprise given that the word "pub" is in it's name. The crab-stuffed stuffed avocado appetizer was a great start. My chilean sea bass (Special) was cooked perfectly.

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Hdel (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

Hidden Gem! Found this on Open Table and was not disappointed. Really good meal - appetizers, main and dessert. Great recommendations from wait staff. Very enjoyable evening!

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2012

Lots of fun, great food, extremely loud so be ready for that if you actually want to talk-- but fun place

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2012

Really enjoyed our visit to Local....we tried to go on Friday night without a reservation which was a mistake....definitely play it safe and make a reservation for regular dinner hours. We ordered the burger and the fish and chips and enjoyed both. The burger in particular was great..probably one of the best we've ever had and the fish was prepared as well as any we've had, but keep in mind the tartar sauce is not the traditional tartar sauce you'd find in the store or most pubs. Personally we prefer the traditional tartar sauce, but we're not foodies and can appreciate that to someone looking for a slightly different take on a normal dish the difference would have been welcome. In both cases the side of fries was great.

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vipBrunch (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2012

Berkshire pork chops were AWESOME!!

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vipTNfoodie (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2012

Had the crab cakes and they were lovely. Well-flavored, lots of crab. Underwhelmed by the chipotle cheddar mashed potatoes, however. Great idea, but too much chipotle, not enough cheddar. My friend thought the chicken cobb salad was the best salad she's had in Memphis.

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Gina (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2012

This was our 1st visit to Local - Gastropub and it will not be our last. When we entered we were promptly greeting and promptly seating. The upstairs was a bar area with some private and community seating it was muted when we arrived, but became more energetic as the night went on.

Hostess took us downstairs. It was more romantic, really remind me of maybe what a Speakeasy would have been like in the day. This area seemed great for small parties, but didn't ask if they book the area for events.

Our food was great. We both enjoyed what we got and look forward to trying other things on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2012

Always fun! Great place to celebrate birthdays!

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Guest (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2012

Had a great time for my first time dining here. The atmosphere was a vibrant and upbeat pub without all the rowdy crowd that bars attract. The menu items are what you would expect from a bar but taken to a whole other level. A BLT is not just a BLT anymore when you add lobster and tobasco mayo. Im excited about this find and also look forward to the Midtown location to come. I will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2012

Not my first visit, but my fist brunch at Local, everyone loved their food choices. We ate out front (outside) because it was a nice day, excellent people watching on Main...

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2012

Very great place to eat! Tasty and very specialty drinks! Lots of food for ure money! Quality was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2012

Good atmosphere and interesting menu although some items were not available. My wife's entree was a bit cold and the server reduced the check by 15% on her food which was OK but a bit arbitrary. Beer range is good with local beer discounted well on our visit. But overall a pleasant place to meet up. Not for a quiet, romantic evening!

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56BW (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2012

Dined her on a recommendation by a much younger friend-- not expecting stellar, but hoping for good... Local exceded those hopes. Requested an outdoor table which they tried to accomodate, but weather didn't cooperate so we were seated at a long table in between some other diners. That turned out to be a great thing... we were able to visit with a couple touring the states from Germany- he was practicing his English, and we enjoyed the company of a young couple about to be married in a few weeks.
Calamari was not so good-tasted of cornstarch. Server accepted our criticism and removed the item from our bill. Grilled portabella panini was very nice. This was a fun, casual spot--We would definitely return.

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