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Local Seasonal Kitchen

4.5
680 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Established in 2013, the Local Seasonal Kitchen is located in Ramsey, New Jersey. The elegant dining room is decorated with contemporary artwork, soft lighting, and drapery, trendy centerpieces and a wall of fame that has been covered with framed newspaper and magazine articles that have recognized the famous restaurant.

Guests are invited to choose from the extensive menu of fine cuisine, all of which is made by fresh and seasonal ingredients. The staff of the Local Seasonal Kitchen has been acclaimed for the delectable meals that they have created including, Blooming Hill Farm baby lettuces as well as roast cauliflower steak, and roasted Maine steelhead salmon. In addition, the Local Seasonal Kitchen also provides guests with a lengthy drink menu and unique dessert options.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 962-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Santoro
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Private party facilities
We can offer two smaller semi-private dining areas in the restaurant. The restaurant can also be purchased for an entirely private affair.
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Private party contact
Michael Greenberg: (201) 962-9400
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
N. Central
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Parking details
Parking is available in the lot in front of the restaurant and the commuter lot behind the restaurant
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 19, 2015

Exterior signage needs to be lit at night , barely found the place in a non descript strip mall. Interior was nicely decorated although tables were quite close together. Appetizers and entrees were excellent, especially octopus and scallops. Presentation and service also good, kitchen a little slow but it was a crowded Saturday night. . Desserts were the least impressive although my wife was excited about a gluten and dairy free item.... Overall would highly recommend, byob saved a little money but still pricey.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

The perfect spot to enjoy an amazing dining experience, especially if you're celebrating a special occasion. The chef is an alchemist with his preparations of both meats and vegetables; the ambiance is perfect for enjoying both the food and the company, and the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but never pushy. One of the best pure food experiences in Bergen County!

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2015

The food does not disappoint! Great quality albeit skimpy portions. The prices have become a bit ridiculous for NJ - $48 for venison or steak. Think that's a tad high for a strip mall restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2015

RIP, LSK. We came here once a week and I'm saddened that this was my last visit. Sorry Joan that everything came to the end that it did. Best to all who made the couple years of my life more enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2015

We love this restaurant. The portion size is perfect and the food is superb. I got the lobster appetizer with dried cherries and apricots and a pear puree. What a wonderful combination!
We were four, brought our own wine - always welcome - and were delighted with what we ate.
Desserts were also wonderful, not too sweet, and just the right size.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2015

The food is excellent and the owners are available for an occasional chat. The chef worked in NY kitchens and I'm amazed at the wait staff training. Some of the wait staff are young men and women, but they are trained to serve on a professional level. This is a rare delight in the suburbs. The price is higher than the typical NJ fare, but it's priced right for the level of service and cuisine.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2015

A talented group of chefs create special tastes and a talented group of servers make this a truly lovely experience. Buy your favorite wine and run over to this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2015

The food was outstanding on Saturday night. everyone was very happy

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Local is a few miles from our house and we can not find one fault. This visit to Local was the 10th time we didn't travel to nyc because this place is so good. Local is better than Saddle River Inn, which is excellent. Local crushes Panache, which is okay. Local is better than Esty Street, which we really do likev and is more romantic.

Go to Local. It's shockingly good. I keep wanting to find one thing wrong but this past meal was one of the best I've ever had there.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2015

the waiter forgot one of the guests apps and brought it to us 10 minutes after we already ate ours -- then waited to serve dinner way too long.

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3.0Dined on November 21, 2015

This was our fourth time at LSK. Obviously, we've been quite happy with our previous experiences there or we would not have returned. This time, things seemed to be slipping in execution. Had the egg raviolo appetizer many times previously. This time it wasn't the same. Not sure why, but didn't live up to the usual quality. My wife's salad (a special) was not that great either. The chicken had an odd taste. The mains were just OK. Dessert, formerly a strength at LSK, was very disappointing. And the espresso tasted burnt. Service was OK, but not particularly friendly. Have had better experiences before. It's sad, but we may not return again due to this experience. We were there for a special occasion and it was a big disappointment, especially given our past, positive experiences.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

Food was excellent. Service was amateurish particularly for this price restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

This is the second visit to the Local and it was a wonderful experience. The food was cooked to perfection and all courses were amazing. I would highly recommend the Local to all who appreciate terrific food, great service and an overall great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2015

Great BYO. Wonderful overall dining experience. Food was creative and nicely presented. Service was attentive and friendly

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2015

I like the fact that the food is not only delicious but also presently very nicely. The portions are large and so are the prices. The quality is excellent. The seasonal changes to the menu make it different every visit. The storefront location is a bit of a turnoff. BYOB is a plus and there is a liquor store in the strip mall.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

This is my third visit and the food is exceptional. I would have given the service 5 stars except two of the parties had the cauliflower steak and both asked for something - even salad dressing as a sauce and the server refused. Everyone has their own taste and I believe his response should have been " let me try."

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Food:
Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi - Excellent! Honestly the best tuna sashimi I've had in New Jersey!
Rigatoni (appetizer) - Great dish. Perfectly cooked! Great for an app.

NY Strip Steak - Perfectly cooked med-rare. very tasty.
Special Fish of the day - above average fish, but the tasty sides made up for it.

Overall a wonderful mean (best i've had so far in Bergen County!)

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

My husband and I ate at Local for the first time on Saturday. We were unimpressed by the strip mall location and interior of the restaurant.The menu is limited and pricey. But the tuna sashi appetizer was attractively presented and very tasty. My husband really enjoyed the Duo special of filet and short ribs. The staff is attentive, refilling our water and bread dish.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2015

First timer. Had heard a lot of good things and wasn't disappointed. The food was very good and our server was excellent. I had steamed clams and Mussels for appetizer, with interesting ingredients like chickpeas and Chorizo. Portion was very generous and would be perfect to share. For one person, make it smaller and reduce the price... For main course, I had NY Strip Steak cooked to perfection and my wife had the Sea Scallops. the spring onion & butternut squash was to die for!!!! believe it or not, we still had room for dessert!!!
Ambiance was nice, but would dimer lights to create more romance!!!
Only negative, tables for two are toooo close to each other!!! can't have a private conversation.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Awesome restaurant Steve. Please find those Local white big beans and cook with them! Delicious...

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

Will miss this place

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2.0Dined on October 28, 2015

soup had great ingredients in tasteless broth. decent tuna tartare in mundane sause

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2015

Amazing food...it was my second time there and I can't wait to get there again....knowledgeable staff with attentive service in a casual atmosphere. Love it!

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

I've been wanting to try local for ages. Finally made it and they didn't disappoint. Portions are small (which I prefer), but the food was outstanding! The ricotta gnudi were the best I've ever had and the yellowfin tuna was so fresh and tasty! Everyone in my party (five, including myself) loved every bite of their food, including the salmon, short ribs and scallops. I can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

As always I really enjoy dinner at Local. Although they haven't changed the entrees or specials for awhile, the food is always meticulously prepared. Enjoyed a mushroom and pasta appetizer and a sea bass entrée.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

I thought having 5:30 reservation was too early,I was so wrong! We have a great table right away, had some time to hear the specials and look at the menu over a glass of wine. We were a party of 4. Our waitress was so pleasant and the atmosphere was cozy & warm and felt very comfortable. We enjoyed appetizers, delicious entrees and we shared a dessert. We never felt rushed as it started to fill up. I would recommend the cauliflower steak and the chocolate budino.. It was amazing! I can't wait to go back!!!!!

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

We have dined at Local Season Kitchen many times, and we always, excitedly, look forward to our reservation date. Its always a good idea to make reservations early in the week for week-end dates. The food preparation and service are on par with many of the better New York restaurants. Always a fabulous dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2015

This was our third time here and we loved it. The food is extraordinary. You should visit on your next special occasion.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2015

The food was FAB! Inventive, sublime, gourmet food at its best. Unfortunately, the service was not very attentive and was off balance with the caliber of the food.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2015

food is good, but the atmosphere, regarding loudness, and waiters in jeans, versus, the soft tones of Café Panache with white collared professional waiters is rather distinct. For basically the same value, with food being the strength of both places, the atmosphere at Local is not to my likeing. But alas, others seem to like the bright open laugh out loud atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2015

Better restaurants do this. The waitstaff knows the specials, and if a particular special is in limited supply, the waitstaff should know every time they recite the specials how many are available. I have been told many times at other establishments, todays special is a veal chop. FYI we only have 3 left. If you want one I will go to the kitchen and reserve it for you right now. At Local, not the case. The veal was gone by 6:30 approx. and there was no other choice close on the menu. This is the second time such has happened to me at Local. Still love the place but not when this happens. Can"t give more stars when this happens.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Delicious bread, delicious salad, delicious pasta, delicious bouldino, delicious iced tea, and delicious short bread cookies.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2015

First time dining here - food was obviously fresh and tasted wonderful. Had the chicken off the menu for dinner and the spaghetti for appetizer. The spaghetti was very spicy but I wish I had ordered it for dinner - it was THAT good. Husband ordered salad as an appetizer and a pasta special for dinner. He enjoyed both. Portions were enough that we did not leave hungry but satisfied. As mentioned above, I thought some of the prices were a little steep but if the food and service is good, you don't mind paying.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2015

Delicious food. Menu well coordinated with seasonal options. No wonder it's name. Very fresh. All pastas home made. Plenty vegetarian options. Reasonably priced. Fantastic friendly service and staff. Would go again and again and again.

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3.0Dined on September 26, 2015

Went to this restaurant when they first opened. I found the food to be better then then now.
Actually was disappointed in the food. Ambiance, service were very good. I found the menu to be very limited. Everyone that I know of that has gone they really liked it. Sorry not me.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2015

Had dinner w 2 friends celebrating our 'milestone' birthday. We shared the duck with pappardelle special as an appetizer. I'd go back just for this it was so tasty! The halibut special was flawlessly prepared. Service was attentive without being invasive. Interior atmosphere was calm and warm; just a shame it's located in such a nondescript strip mall. Will definitely go back, but at 50+ dollars per person, it's a bit steep.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Overall experience was good. The price is definitely high as if you were going to a higher end restaurant in New York City but in a suburban setting. Appetizer is mid $20's with quite small portion. Would recommend putting on white table cloth to up the caliber a notch.
We had Octopus salad. While the texture of the Octopus was done right, the roasted vegetable was very salty. Entree of Duck breast and pappardelle with duck were perfect. I am a big fan of Pork Belly and would love to see this on the menu again as I do not see this on any restaurant menu too often.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2015

We love this restaurant. The food is great and very unusual. The ambience is wonderful and friendly. The service is excellent. We love coming here for special occasions, like birthdays or getting together with close friends. My husband eats things there that he would never try at home!

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2015

Excellent food & Every level of service was perfect. The waiting service is broken down to a handful of servers, from waitress to busboy, to separate staff to offer bread and for table clearing. All warm and engaging. Timing was perfect, attention to all detail very evident. A lovely hostess as well.
Food is really outstanding and creative to say the least

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Amazing food !

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