The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham

4.4
441 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Nonameavailableatthistim
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
51 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
13 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.

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vippstamper
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Menu on Open Table was not the same as at the restaurant.

Waiter said menu offerings changed a couple of months ago!

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Mike
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here. Dined outside on patio. Great food/service. Only issue was parking is limited (not enough). And we were there on a Wed and still had a hard time finding parking. Thur-Sat must be impossible to park. Medical facility next door had "towing" signs posted so did not dare park there.

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NancyL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Fish Tacos, excellent service, good value. Recommend The Local highly for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks were good. Food was ok, Brussels sprouts appetizer needs work.

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Ruth
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food but limited choices. Would definitely come again

MR
vipMikeR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience sitting at the bar - was well taken care of by the team

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DFff
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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RickM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service….will return many more times

JC
JoshuaC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good selection and quality. Service was attentive to questions, getting water, etc

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vipsuzy
New England
66 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our waitress was the problem. We had barely sat down when she came over to take our order. When we said we hadn't even looked at the menu she left and came back two more times in under 10 minutes. The restaurant was quite empty and I suppose she wanted to keep busy or cash out before her shift was over, but we had come for a leisurely air conditioned meal and felt very rushed. She came over several more times and interrupted our conversation. When we were almost done, she came over with the check and didn't even ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. We paid and left, but honestly, she shouldn't haven't kept coming over and rushing us so. In all we were there about an hour.

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vipAbeY
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The burger was perfect! Service is professional and friendly.

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CindyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and attentive staff

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CindyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was outstanding as well as the service.

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vipNomie
New England
173 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My husbands pepperoni pizza had the most pepperoni on it that either of us had ever seen. Impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were moving our daughter to Boston and stayed at a local hotel. The meal, service, and drinks were all excellent! It was a fantastic way to celebrate this new adventure for her.

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cb31
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner with old friends. Good food at a reasonable price

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CarolL
New England
50 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've eaten here several times before and it is always good value. I was there on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend at 6pm. The ambience is lively but not overbearing, the waitstaff and hosts are friendly and capable. My companion had the salmon and the chef accommodated her request to have broccoli instead of string beans. I had a Caesar Salad with steak tips on the side, medium rare. The salad was good, the steak tips tasty and cooked to order but a little gristly -- hence my rating of 3 (fair) for the food. I would go back, however.

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Android
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good and came out on time, The waiter was not the bets, made a few errors and could have been friendlier.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with my daughter! The lobster quesadilla is awesome! As always friendly staff and great service!

JP
vipJonP
New England
70 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to the Waltham location but it's just as good as the others! 100% will go back, the outdoor area is awesome.

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vipMoneyMakerMacEats
New England
59 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and the food was amazing as always! Would definitely recommend the local and this location is perfect!

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 441 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.