Housed in the Historic Boyd Hotel, Local offers an upscale modern American menu. Our cuisine is seasonally focused, uncluttered and executed with precision. We use the highest quality and freshest ingredients, such as meat products from Niman Ranch and seafood from Connolly's in Boston. Many dishes feature breads made from scratch and all of our desserts, including our sorbets and ice cream, are made in-house. Never overbearing, entrees are innovative yet classic, simple yet refined.
Dallas, TX 75226
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Large events only.
We offer complimentary parking for our guests in the private lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Local Ratings and Reviews
PROS: The food was really good. They use a lot of local, fresh ingredients which really helps the dishes' flavor profile.
CONS: I was not happy with the "corkage issue" that we had. Supposedly, you are not allowed to bring in outside bottles of wine (unwritten policy) without speaking to the restaurant in advance and working out a deal. We brought two bottles of wine for a special occasion, and thankfully the restaurant did allow us to open our wine. They did, however, charge us a $35 per bottle corkage fee which is higher than I have ever paid around the country.
I went with my girlfriend; we are self-proclaimed foodies. One of us ordered from the menu (appetizer/entree) and the other had the 7-course dinner with paired wines for each course. The fried green beans and lamb entree were great. The 7 course menu was tasty, but a little heavy on the salt (this coming from someone who likes salt). Further, the portion sizes for the 7 course items were tiny (I understand that restaurant portion sizes have gotten out of control and with 7 courses the portions should be smaller than usual), so tiny that one may leave hungry and upset that it cost $100.00 (including wine). Good food, but I think you can get a comparable menu, service, ambiance and a full bar at Hatties for a fraction of the price.
The staff was pleasant and the food was fine, but the nice booth that we were placed at had a great view of the men's room, with an annoying light that shone into the dining area when anyone went in or out. There was also a flow of air when the door was opened that did not smell, but the thought was not pleasant of the air flow being in that direction into the dining room. I think the owners should think of better visual separation, for a place that touts itself as a destination.
This was our first visit to a friend's favorite restaurant. We ordered several items from the menu. The tuna tartar was good but not as wonderful as we expected. The crabcakes were over-seasoned and so it was difficult to taste the crab. The special, however, was fabulous.
Local is rather mediocre, and when price is taken into account, its downright disappointing. The food was decent but far from excellent. For the same price, you can get much, much, much better fair at Abacus.
Where Local really fails is in the service department. Although our waitress was professional, throughout the evening, we only saw her three or four times. Much of the work normally attributed to servers was handled by the busboys, the kitchen staff, and, even, the hostess. The bar was no different. Getting a drink took fifteen minutes, and Local was far from full.
The wait staff made numerous mistakes including fumbling opening a bottle of wine and having us wait too long before they came to take our order. There was also too long of a wait between our 1st and 2nd courses. I don't know if the kitchen was overwhelmed, but my rare to medium rare request for my steak fillet came out as light pink in the middle and I asked them to just bring me a rare stead instead.
Probably won't be rushing back given the prices they charge. There are better places in Dallas. it's too bad because I love the concept and the space is great.
The location was hard to find because the sign is pretty small. It's easier to find if you look for the historic hotel that is above the restaurant. The interior is very modern and used to be part of a museum. We had the 7-course tasting menu and it was delicious! I felt the beginning courses were more flavorful and enjoyable than the "large" courses at the end, which kind of fell flat. Their menu changes often but we had the the tomato soup/cheese sandwich starter, endive/radicchio salad, foie gras, crabcakes, panko sea bass, filet mignon, and donut holes. We split a bottle of wine, which were extremely reasonable in price.
Overall, the place was intimate and modern, the food was excellent, and wine was plentiful
Very "New American"-big plates, small, but delicious, food, great visual presentation, shot glass-sized soup sample, cocktails (oddly non-liquor) were still good, comfortable decor. We had the panko-crusted sea bass on risotto and the beef tenderloin fillet. They were both extremely tasty and served by the chef herself. Small wine list, but the Marietta cab was excellent.
We had several girls for a birthday party and while my food was perfect, a couple of the girls ordered the same main course and it was not perfect. When one of the two girls complained that her meal was salty, the waitress rolled her eyes. I thought that our meal was good, but not great and for a party of 5 our tab was close to $700.00. I think for the money, next time I would go elsewhere, which is a shame because so much about the restaurant is lovely.
Local is very small and a little too quiet. The food was unbelievably delicious. Although the salads are fantastic, (1)a green salad with beets and goat cheese (2) greens with Brussel sprouts, they are overpriced for the ingredients. However, I would order them again. The appetizer crab cakes were some of the best ever! I loved my fish entree. The speciality Proseco drink with lime and maybe mint(?)was very refreshing. Unfortunately, the total bill was expensive so I would not go back on a regular basis unless the prices came down. If money was not a consideration, I would go there twice a month! Food was wonderful! Maybe I could get by on a salad and appetizer.
we found local on a foodie site and decided to stop in for a date night during a trip to Dallas. we couldn't have been more pleased. food was delectable and service was flawless. it was obvious that everything was well thought out and deliberate. I had the cornflaked sea bass and the hubs had the burger basket but only after a hearty, delightful cheese board. wonderful experience. would go back again in a heartbeat.
As is the norm, Local was a very good dining experience. The food, service and ambiance were all very good and as expected. I had the sea bass, she had the filet special. We always get the fried green beans, as one of our appetizers and we always get the chocolate composed as one of our desserts. It was a very nice dinner. It was a bit predictable, not sure if it was us or the menu.
We went with the tasting menu and it was perfect! From the food to the wine pairings there was nothing to complain about. The service was excellent, available but not annoying. The best part was the chef came out and served us. She is very approachable and loves to answer questions about the food. A wonderful time for anyone who loves food.
I was a little saddened about the food. We had received good reviews from a friend but I think my fiance and I have been lucky enough to live in Washington, DC and have had great food there, that this place unfortunately did not do it for us. Flavor was missing from much of the food we had ordered. We will very likely not return but thank you for having us try it.
The food was excellant. Served very hot with excellent service. When I went on Thursday night, there was only one other couple in the entire resturant which made it kind of awkward, but other than that the atmosphere was great. Wine list was a little lacking and wish they had more by the glass selections with a range of 10-20 dolaar by glass selections. Overall I would return.
My husband and I went for a date night, and the experience was nothing short of spectacular. We did the tasting menu (seven courses for $70 - not a bad deal!), and they accomodated his seafood aversion and modified two courses accordingly. The food, service, and ambience were all outstanding. I can't wait to go again!
This restaurant was excellent. The food was exceptional and the staff was helpful and attentive. The fried green beans may sound strange but they were outstanding. The main courses we tried were equally good. We list this as one of our new favorite restaurants.
I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Local, and we were finally able to make it over this weekend. All of the fabulous reviews I had heard were spot on. The food was fantastic and the ambience was perfect. Service was also impeccable. We were greeted at the door by Tracy herself, who even served us portions of our meal. Overall we were very impressed and will definitely dine there again!
We really loved Local, it was great find! The ambiance was great, we had awesome service and the food was amazing. Almost everything was perfectly cooked. My husband is a major foodie and he enjoyed the tasting menu with the wine pairings. He really enjoyed how each item came with small wine tasting instead of 1 glass to 2-3 items. The only downside is the the chef's tasting is the majority of the menu so it doesn't give you many new tastes to look forward too when coming back. Although, this was our first time so they may change up the menu often, if so it's definitely worth going back!
The service is unfortunately hit and miss, we were told the soup of the day by two different servers, and one of those told us twice. Left alone for long periods and had to pour our own drinks a few times. We left 45 mins before the restaurant closes and yet there were no staff around, and we found my dates coat laying on the chair by the front door. The food is ok, but it could be so much more, serving sizes were small comparatively, which I don't mind, but you expect a lot of flavor profiles to compensate for that.
We visited Local for our 7th wedding anniversary. I informed the restaurant ahead of time about the occasion and give them credit for putting us in the quieter back dining area instead of the main dining room. Food was very good - would have been "excellent" if my wife's seabass entree had more flavor (a bit bland). Our appetizers - crab cakes and tuna tartare - were delicious. I enjoyed the pork chop entree which was tender and moist. We tried two desserts - the apple tart and pear spice cake. Cake was good, but the tart was excellent. Service was just ok - our waiter checked on us less and less as the evening progressed, leaving us waiting and wondering for 15-20 mins before our dessert came out. Slow to refill our water glasses.
Our table of 4 decided to have the tasting menu with wine pairings, and most courses were excellent though a little too slowly paced. A written menu detailing the various courses was much appreciated, and the majority of the wines were well matched. The restaurant is much more quietly scaled than one might think, i confess that i assumed that it was probably a cavernous noisy industrial urban space. Urban it is, but quite nicely done and a great spot for visiting with friends, will definitely return. Wish it were possible to award extra half stars, everything was very close to 5. This is a fun alternative to Abacus or Salum.
Really disappointing. Classic example that a concept (in this case, seasonal greenmarket cuisine) only succeeds when executed well. Most of food we had was poorly prepared and plated. Tuna tartare was not fresh. Sweet potato fries soggy. Sorry to seem so harsh on a well-intentioned local restaurant, but savvy diners won't be satisfied with intentions -- the food has to deliver.
Service was outstanding, the food superb, even sublime. Hudson Valley seared fois gras the best ever had. Owner-Chef Tracy Miller is creative and innovative, but most impressively, totally hands-on in HER restaurant. She cooks, she supervises, she greets diners, she takes orders, she waits tables, she clears tables - she is in charge and she has created an exceptional dining experience.
Excellent! I've lived in Dallas for 2 years only, but have tried a number of the supposed "best" restaurants. Local is now at the top of my list - the best meal I've had so far in this city! Service was excellent, but the food was just amazing. If you like sea bass, their preparation is amazing.
I took my girlfriend to Local for her birthday and we both had a great time. The service was fantastic! The hostess was awesome. She took the gifts and set them at the table so they would be waiting for my girlfriend, who arrived after me. The waitstaff was very attentive and thorough, without being overwhelming. The chef/owner came out a couple of times to check on us, and to wish her a happy birthday. That was huge to me. The only negative thing I have to say is with my meal, the portion size was too small when compared to the price. The food was delicious, but if I'm gonna pay that much money, I'd like a little more food. I had the filet, which was excellent, but only came with four tater tots and some arugula. Overall, it was great!
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