The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham

4.4
462 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Welcome to The Local neighborhood kitchen and drinks. We celebrate all that is good in our community while reaching beyond our borders for inspiration. Whether sharing a favorite snack, diving into our award winning burgers or sampling the daily specials our menu is steeped in local favorites with a creative twist. What could make this even better -- join us in raising a glass. From hand crafted cocktails to New England and beyond beers on tap to a full roster of complimenting wines. Come join us at The Local.
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experiebce amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was delivered the wrong food but it came out quickly and was delicious

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viplizzie
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so grateful that the manager was able to accomodate our group outside. The servers were friendly and attentive. Food & drinks were great. We will come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was early and the restaurant was nearly empty yet that sat us at the table closest to the bathroom. Not the best place to sit.

The service was ok and the food and drinks just ok. We’ve gone here several times. Wonder if staff turnover is the issue? Was ok overall. Not great but not bad. Jest MEH

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PaulB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very expensive for what we ordered, which were fish tacos ($18) and a fried haddock sandwich ($19).

The menu had a crushed olive stuck to the inside of it, which raises the question regarding sanitary conditions as we deal with the lingering effects of Covid.

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vipRichard
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for brunch! Great food at a great value!

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kristinc
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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vipPessimist1
New England
73 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner on Saturday evening was good but expensive. The menu has nice selections and the service was very good.

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vipDebR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Caeser salad with salmon was good. Nothing special. Would like to see more variety on your salad options. Maybe something more seasonal would be a good addition.

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MissyG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ordered the chicken skewers, not much flavor and dry.

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gourmoo
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

limited options but tasty food,would have preferred more variety of choice

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CherylW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, I had a lovely dinner at the Waltham location. I met two friends and our server was phenomenal. This is the reason I return to The Local. It has become one of my favorite restaurants. I only have two and this is one of them!

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Bebster58
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Local is reliably good all the time, which it why I frequent it. Unfortunately, this time my chair was probably not wiped off and I sat on a couple of chunks of previous diner's dessert. Chocolate smeared on white jeans.... I should probably have looked at my chair before seating. Diner BEWARE!

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vipNellieBly
New England
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I have eaten at quite a few of the locations over the years. I think the food quality and innovation is bit what it used to be but adequate. After three terrible take out experiences between Waltham and Wellesley, I would NOT recommend it for take out between very over cooked food to irregular portion size (Ordered two of the exact same items and the portions were very different) to missing items such as a side of fish. This past experience they did get everything we requested just eight and our server, Jimmy was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing food! Loved the Crispy Brussels Sprouts and the short rib!

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the espresso martinis! Was my first visit where I had them and they were deliciously creamy. The Korean tacos are also amazing!

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Krissi
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Fun place. Check it out for a small group or large party.

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vipJudi
New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, and interesting menu with varied options. Nice area to sit outside.

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VikramB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great choices of food and a nice place for lunch, will definitely go back again.

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GJAWaltham
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our server was great and the food was excellent. The front desk ignored my reservation request for an outside and lied about when a table would be ready. 40 minutes when the estimate was 10 to 15 minutes. Train your front desk.

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Edcmacd
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

disappointed to find only high tops outside on the more pleasant view. The meal was tasty, the salmon was a tad overcooked and the vegetables were barely warm but everything was pretty and and well prepared. The fish might have been my fault. I asked for medium. I would ask for medium rare next time. My friends dinner was nice the ahi tuna, but the bowl it was more like a mixing bowl and was unwieldy to get food out of it. All in all a pleasant evening with a nice meal. I would return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tasted delicious. The service was excellent and the timing between ordering and food arriving was ideal. The server checked on us the right amount, thanks for a lovely time!

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vipRedsoxfan1964
New England
135 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Cool vibe and the food was good. Varied menu. Service was tough. I get that places are having trouble hiring people and I am taking that into account. I would rather wait to get a table than be seated and ignored.

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maryg
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waitress Jennifer. Not rushed and we were SLOW to order. Nice atmosphere.
All of staff really great. Location very good.

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AnnmarieM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Didn’t get after us to leave. Very good dining experience.

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Nonameavailableatthistim
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience2

It was a constant battle against flies! We spent way too much time in swatting

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Arpana
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good experience. Didn’t have to wait long for the table or the food.

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AlexisG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Great service as well. Would def go back.

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foodiegroup
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend and I sat outside so we could see the sunset. It was a hot night, but the umbrella made our location comfortable. However, a street crew started jack-hammering the street, then a concrete saw got started. It wasn't the fault of Local, but it made the meal less pleasant. The manager even went to speak with the crew, but no luck. We had the roasted brussel sprouts for an app. They were a bit too firm for my liking, but my friend thought they were great. We both ordered the fish tacos. There were 2 in the order. The fish was fried VERY crispy. We both liked the prep, but if you like batter fried fish, you may not. The Spanish rice was moist and flavorful. Our server was lovely!

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Zoey
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

A bit to dark inside….hard to see

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Ronda
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baked Haddock & the ribs are outstanding! Try the fried hips and fried pickles

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BlessingA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a change of plans and ended up eating alone--staff was positively wonderful to me. I ordered a well-done burger, so it took a bit to get to me because of the cooking time, but there was no delay besides that. I got a fruity cocktail in a cute cup and enjoyed a pleasant solo meal with great service.

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viprockdoc
New England
55 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a hidden gem in Waltham on 3rd Avenue. We ate inside because it was quite hot, but there is a nice porch for outdoor dining. While the menu isn't extensive, it does offer something for everyone. I had the Asian salad with chicken, and it was very good with honey mustard dressing. But $17 was expensive for a simple salad. Other items were comparably priced.

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vipKPET
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pleasant, but average. Felt a bit rushed by the constant check ins and repeated asks to clear the table.

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HarisF
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We lingered over a shared lunch. Never felt pressed to move on.

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Mike
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food, service , and atmosphere.
Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just passing through for the night and found this local spot that was very nice. The salmon was excellent. The pizza was just OK

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vipWalthamWoman
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although there were not many people, the kitchen somehow got backed up (or so we were told) - so our food - which we ordered with out drinks - took over 30 minutes to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The music was way too loud in the bar area. I asked if they could turn it down and was told no. The waitress said the Manager would not do it. He said he wanted to make the bar area upbeat.

I will not be going back to this restaurant because of that issue. Whatever happened to listening to your customers!

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vipActonDad
New England
81 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Menu, Service, Food and atmosphere all above similar chains. Looking forward to bringing others for next visit.

FAQs

The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 701-8351.

The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham is rated 4.4 stars by 462 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.