Locale Restaurant & Bar - Closter

4.6
543 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipALLANS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

First and foremost, the food was very good- the escargot was great as well as the tuna tartare appetizers. The veal chop and the pork chop were also good and properly prepared. The chocolate lava cake was excellent.
Now, the service. There were two parties going on at the restaurant besides the outdoor patio tables. To say that they were understaffed is an understatement. Our waiter was really very nice but they had him waiting about dozen and a half tables at the same time. I would not complain because I understand the difficulties that this and every other restaurant are facing now, getting help and trying to recover from the lost revenues during the pandemic. It was difficult to get the table cleared after courses were done and desert came long after the coffees were finished. Fortunately we were in no rush so there was no real problem with the nearly nonexistent service.
I will definitely return but probably on a weekday, not a Saturday night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and outdoors

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TomH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food

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Loud
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food always consistent and service is always there when you need them. Family type restaurant

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vipRenee
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good excellent, service wonderful and ambiance exceptional. The alcohol is pricy though.

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JoanK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food each time I've eaten there. Everyone at ur table was quite satisfied. I recommend the Key Lie Pie

KS
KaitlynS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with fantastic food. Loved the stuffed and fried zucchini flowers, salads and the special (lobster ravioli). Desserts were excellent, too!

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NY1907
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food , good service , reasonably priced.
Casual atmosphere at the outdoor terrace.

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vipstowe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended.. Beautiful outdoor dining area.

RG
RobertaG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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Jazz
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic…. Cocktail was too sweet and (i felt it the next morning.)

PB
PeterB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We like the interior design but noise from the bar was very oppresive, also noise from other diners in the space. I suggest you install a sound absorbing hung ceiling and wall treatment to reduce reflected noice.
Food and service were good and worth the effort to improve the ambience.

CB
vipCatherineB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food and service!

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Junegarden
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch on the patio. My friend had never been there and was utterly delighted.

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vipTrutrudy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could tell you what our servers name was because he was so nice and so accommodating.
We all had the Chilean sea bass for lunch it was excellent. the outdoor area was full of guests and we were the last ones to leave three hours later.
I have been to locale many times and I’ve never been disappointed.

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vipGoodman
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for girl night out

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good time. good food .

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Joglady
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a delicious meal. We ate outdoors and the setting was very nice. They did a good job in expanding their outdoor seating. People were dressed in shorts or dressy attire. Anything goes.

LB
LBK14
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, but took too long to get the check

RM
vipRalphM
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Bergendiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in the past, the food was terrific as well as the service. We had a reservation for two and last minute our son decided to come along. The staff was immediately able to accommodate us. We sat outside, which is lovely, and when it began to drizzle the staff wasted no time bringing over another umbrella. Great time for our anniversary celebration!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service abysmal, waitress rude. Can’t handle the amount of diners. Food overpriced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Specials were all gone. Waiter seemed very busy and we barely saw him

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DnielleD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great!! Should put heat lamps on outside

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vipC5HHK
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Mixed review. My husband loved his octopus appetizer but I ordered buratta with watermelon and it was mozzarella with tomatoes. The short rib was good but the branzino was over powered by char flavor and nothing else. I was disappointed but my husband was happy with the meal.

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vipNessaB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This place is rapidly becoming a neighborhood favorite. Having recently moved to the burbs from NYC, we are on a quest to discover the dining options in Bergen County and this is definitely in our top 3. Safe, social distanced, friendly waiters, delicious food, good wine, a beautiful physical location. Everything is so delicious its difficult to recommend any one thing but I am slightly obsessed with the squid ink and seafood pasta and the desserts are AMAZING. Highly recommend.

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vipRich
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at Locale. Our host Vinny was his usual, graceful self. Food and service excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fresh Fish and great service

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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.

MB
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!

RH
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
17 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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Loud
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is outstanding but service was slow

JC
JmdC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at LoCale!!!

IL
ILoveFood
New York Area
4 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

FAQs

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

Locale Restaurant & Bar - Closter is rated 4.6 stars by 543 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.