Locale Restaurant & Bar - Closter

4.2
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522 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
What is Locale? It is the feeling of casual elegance, a relaxed, sophisticated, cool and classic ambiance. Locale is timeless; from the warm atmosphere to the welcoming staff, the eclectic food that is perfectly prepared, its that feeling of anticipation when the cork is pulled from the bottle.
At Locale, we feature prime steaks and chops as well as fresh seafood, pasta, and an extensive wine list served by the glass or our special selection by the bottle, which is sure to impress even the most discriminating oenophile.
Locale's gracious staff and smartly appointed dining rooms help create a truly memorable experience for lunch, dinner, special occasions, or private parties in any of our three dining rooms or beautiful outdoor patio.
Join us today and indulge in all that life has to offer. Because Locale is not just a restaurant, its a state of mind.

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BruceE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and decor were better than anticipated. Great value as well. We appreciated eating good food in a fine-dining experience being able to relax and talk

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vipDivaRJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been enjoying Locale for the last decade. Vinny always greets us with a friendly smile, the food is always excellent, and the service first class. I love the shrimp avocado salad and the Branzino never disappoints. In an area of many restaurant choices no one matches up to Locale.

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Howard
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We went to Locale in Valentine’s Day. When we arrived, there was no one to greet us. After a couple of minutes of just waiting, we were shown to our table by the window and given menus. While we were waiting up front there seemed to be lots of waiters running around, but very few seemed to actually make it into the dining area. After waiting for about ten minutes, we asked the only person who genuinely seemed to be working, the man filling glasses with water, to please fill our empty glasses and find us a waiter. After waiting for another five minutes we eventually got someone’s attention. He took our food and wine order. To be fair, all our food arrived quite quickly and was delicious. We finished our main course at around 9:30 when our plates were cleared. We decided to wait to see how long it would take before someone came back to see if we wanted desert or coffee. At around 10:00 we gave up and after searching for someone, anyone, we asked the water man to get the owner. He strolled over a few minutes later. We told him of our experience. He responded that the restaurant, which was now quite empty, was very busy and that he was doing his best. No apology. He did offer us desert (not sure if we would have been charged for it though), but at that point we were so fed up we just asked for the bill. We passed him again on the way out...again, incredulously, no apology. Food was really good, but given the apathetic service, I couldn’t recommend Locale as a place to get a quick meal.

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vipannev
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Locale is fine, but nothing special. Service is a little spotty. Dining room is comfortable but could be anywhere... nothing unique decor wise. Salad I had tonight was way too cold... probably sitting In a fridge for a while. My risotto was very good. But for the price, one could do much better.

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MargaretB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food, beverages and dessert were excellent! We dined on a Wednesday evening, which was to our advantage because it was quiet and service was very good. We have been when they are very busy and the service was agonizingly slow. All in all a wonderful spot for a birthday celebration!

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RachelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food good service, food takes a while to come out.

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Bobbied
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner. The food was excellent. Our waiter new the menu and was able to explain some of the dishes that we had questions about.
The one thing that Locale should have done better was to let dinners know in advance that they would have a DJ for dancing and a screen to watch the ball drop. I think more people would have stayed if they would have been aware of this.

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vipLoud
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is outstanding but service was slow

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at LoCale!!!

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ILoveFood
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I can’t even describe how poor the service was on Christmas Eve. We were ignored and waited almost 2 hours for our appetizers when other tables were ordering desserts. Will never return to Locale which us a shame since this restaurant was my father in law’s favorite.

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vipDennis
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit will be back excellent food and service

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Caminantes
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I don’t understand why if the restaurant closes at 11:00 and we started dinner at 8:30, at 9:30 the waiter ask for the note. We ate the dessert so quick that we couldn’t enjoy.

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olive
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service.

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vipRobinS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Very noisy- has to scream to hear one another. Food was good- but service poor. Very inattentive and sparse.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Great service!

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vipmmmm
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was my friends 50th birthday and the food was just OK very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing I will be back!

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vipLUVTOEAT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Beautiful patio dining, good food but terrible service. Felt ignored, had to ask for everything twice or three times before we got it. Understaffed.

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vipSpring
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had the pleasure of eating outside on a cool, crisp late summer evening. The atmosphere and ambiance were wonderful. The space heaters, waterfall and music made for a relaxing evening. The wait staff was very attentive and the food was solid.

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DennisT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us sat outside and had a very nice time. Good music, good food, and Colin treated us well.

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allyson
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall very good

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vipkathleen
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

1st visit, outdoor seating is beautiful even on a cool night with heaters, however, there were not enough servers outside, we had to keep looking for them to come and take our orders, etc. We were there for almost 3 hours. The food was very good and we'd go back again.

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Ilene
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

There was a very loud table in the opposite corner. It was impossible to hear our friends at our table and it spoiled the evening. Management did nothing to quiet them down.
The food was very good.

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vipLouise
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a beautiful night so we ate outside on a very nice patio. The food was quite good and the service was also very good. A nice local restaurant to add to my list.

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KatelynB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I’m sure on a night when it’s not busy the overall experience is a lot better, but only having 3 people working outside did not seem like enough.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. We sat outdoors and were able to enjoy the ambiance. Fabulous service

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EricaM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delish and service was perfect. Best dinner we’ve had in a long time in Bergen County. Atmosphere in the dining room could have been a little more fun and lively.

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Ginalouise
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. Food is always good, service is great, never rushed. They have a gorgeous outdoor eating area. Highly recommend Locale

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AnnetteF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant has terrific food. The homemade pasta is delicious. I went for Mother's Day and then again this past weekend and would recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday Dinner for my daugther

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vipDivafoodgoddess
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time the food was delicious the octopus is beyond my favorite and the chicken pilaf

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vipAprilS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious outdoor dining

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IrisB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining al fresco (outside) on a mild summer evening at Locale is very delightful! The staff are very eager to please. More importantly, the food is delicious. I ordered eggplant Parmesan and it was wonderful with a generous serving. For a pleasant dining experience, you will find this restaurant all to your liking.

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BubblesMagee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We sat out on the patio. Nice atmosphere. Service was good, but couldn’t get server’s attention to ask for butter to be served with the bread basket. So we ate it plain. Served with tapenade and some other spread instead. Portions were small for the price. My son’s free-range chicken was flavorless. My chicken Marsala was tasty, but just 1 piece of chicken. No pasta. No potatoes. My husband’s rigatoni bolognese was average. Left still hungry and with no leftovers. Overall I’d say there are many other places to go with better food/bigger portions for less money.

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vipJenniferH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We LOVE Locale! The service is always great and we love the outdoor dining space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

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vipRich
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Locale remains the best restaurant in the Northern Valley.

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vipJoyM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought some friends from out of town here on Sunday evening as was not disappointed. We were seated at a lovely table near the pond, where all we could here was the flowing water. The menu, as usual, was interesting, and the specials were a nice complement. The food was excellent. The wine list offered many of our favorites as choices, and was fairly priced. The outdoor seating here is so nice and the staff so professional, it is worth a visit either on a special occasion or an ordinary night out.

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LennyR
Adelaide / SA
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was OK, not great. I ordered their duck dish medium and it came out as overcooked as possible. Other foods were OK. Service was not good at all even though restaurant was not crowded. Ordered Vodka Gimlet on the rocks and martini, and 2.00 difference in price, not sure why that would be.
Food was overpriced. 36.00 or so for 5 little Sea Scallops put my group over the top with anger.

Too many restaurants around for us to want to come back. Next time, going right down the street either forward or backwards.

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vipBruceC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good, but very poor service.

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Locale Restaurant & Bar - Closter offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 750-3233.

Locale Restaurant & Bar - Closter is rated 4.2 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.

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