The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Waltham

4.3
502 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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TheresaG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was wonderful. It was v loud, so as long as you don’t mind noise level it’s a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great atmosphere, food was delicious and reasonably priced. Our server got a few things wrong and was not very attentive. Will try again.

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AnneM
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local pleasantly exceeded my expectations. We had a very enjoyable dinner, service was very good and the menu provided sufficient variety to please everybody.

My highlight was the Buratta appetizer.

The only negative was very limited vegan options - but we found something

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Hanena
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was too crowded. Couldn't find a parking space, ended up parking in a different place nearby. Very noisy in the restaurant. No workers wearing masks. Food is horrible. I ordered the crispy haddock sandwich. Ate half of it and didn't touch much of the fries - tooooo salty.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good meals, great drinks, good times

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EmilyG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, service + price- including a bloody maybwith the cost of the brunch is EXCELLENT!

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AlanM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good as always. Never a bad experience

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CopyJill
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First off, our server was the best. Great and funny. Wish I could remember his name but he was awesome. I got crispy brussels sprouts as an app and 2 out of our party of 3 weren't crazy about sprouts but LOVED these. I got the tuna bowl and it was awesome....and healthy. Loved it. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the experience.

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Cass
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great, food was very good and the bill was reasonable. We sat outside, the music was a little too loud and would have liked more heat from the overhead heater, but overall it was an enjoyable night. I would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was ok and a little over-priced.

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vipDavid
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Restaurant was very loud and difficult to hold a conversation.

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lennyk
New England
38 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The fish tacos were a big surprise. Lots of good tasting fish with a nice slaw but too much dressing. Thank goodness I used the extra large napkin as a bib! The creme brulee had the right taste and was accompanied by a strawberry and whipped cream

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vipEileenM
New England
211 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seven friends. Seven different beverage orders, lots of appetizers and then dinner. We had a wonderful time. The food is always dependably good and there is something for everyone. We could have stayed all night. It was very noisy because the restaurant was full, and it was hard to hear people at the far end of the table, so we just switched seats to talk to those further away.

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ValerieJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Systems went down and had to wait to pay

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was outstanding. Food was terrible. I will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Could have had another drink, but in the wake of a lunch rush only was only asked once. This is a great spot, nonetheless.

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Dave2021
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Solid meal, good service, fast for a business lunch

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Rich
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready on Tribal and it was a busy night glad I made reservations. Food was great!

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vipJosephS
New England
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at a nearby hotel due to power loss at home. Despite being from the 'area' we were not familiar with the Waltham area Restaurants. We chose The Local from OpenTable. We both order the steak tips. Cooked superbly!! Kudos to the chef. Waitress was attentive to our needs. Good job to her!

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SusanD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waitress rushed us, clearing table while we ate. Charged my credit card twice in error and did not tell me so discovered on my bank app, had to call restaurant. 3 days later still not resolved but manager has been responsive. It was a fair experience, food tasty.

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GeorgeP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent (Steak tips and Roasted short rib). The setting is pleasant both inside the restaurant and in the outside dining area. Our waiter was very pleasant, efficient, and conscientious, checking on us with just the right frequency. Overall a very nice find.

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VinayK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It wasn't that great. Took 20 mins for the server to take our drinks order. We were a party of 8 people. One of the orders wasn't correctly delivered couple times. The burger was overcooked and was dry (and my teenager rarely complains about burgers). Given the experience I would say it was overpriced.. Ambiance was very good though.

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ElissaH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent hummus and falafel. Lovely dining outside, but the noise level was higher than expected, and then noisy road work took over the experience at around 7:45pm. Not the LOCAL's fault. :-)

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Anne
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent! I would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience food was amazing! We were there for a late lunch celebration and even at an off-hour the service was fast and attentive, would definitely recommend.

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vipLunchabunch
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Have been to many of the other Locations and have always found food to be good. First the music was uncomfortablely loud. We asked the waitress to have it turned down and it was but only minimally a d it was still too loud. Salads were OK. I had the tuna which had way too much ponzu on it making the whole salad soggy. My friend had the kale salad which was fine but a small portion for an entrée salad. Our waitress was terrific a d attentive

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vipdininggirl
New England
53 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Hong Kong noodles and mai tai were delicious! The service was attentive too. Thanks!

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vipMurphy09
New England
80 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Mediocre. They tried hard, but they’re missing that special something that makes it a great experience.

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vipNeen
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Fish swimming in butter. Veggies overcooked and salted.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal & loved the outside heaters!

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TomS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Local - your french fries are terrible. FF should be crispy. Yours are limp and soft. You need a new way to prepare them.

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Edward
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly service. The server was helpful and knowledgeable

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HarryC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the different choices for dinner were winners. We had a small mushroom pizza to begin which was good but a bit ‘flat’ —like overcooked.

I would return. I would order pizza again!

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vipSandy
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst experience ever , was seated and left waits over 25 minutes- No water , no service at all called the host to find out who was our server she said she will find out snd will come over to let us know , nothing never came back .
We then actually called out load when a server was passing by our table he then said that this was not his area but will take our order.
Another 15 minutes went by still no water or our drinks, when he did return he informed us that the appetizer we selected was no longer available, this is now 40 minutes waiting. Finally our meals came not impressed the steak tips were hard snd chewy tasted like fish the vegetables plain no flavor at all seamed they were just boiled, the tuna bowl lettuce not fresh at all , not happy at all . Full staff no excuses. Will not visit there again. Very disappointed!

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vipDJAG14
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This place looks promising. But the service - sub-par. Made a reservation on Open Table where I put in the comments, "guests only wish to sit outdoors." There was a note that outdoor tables cannot be guaranteed - ok fine. When we arrived for our 6:00 pm reservation, we were told no available outdoor tables, that we would have to wait up to 25 minutes. Ok - sure. They didn't call us until 6:45pm. Then, once they sat us outside, we waited for a server for over 15 minutes. We had to go ask for one TWICE. The other tables out there - same thing. Once we did get a server, that server was terrific. He was apologetic without being frustrated...he was smiling and kind and attentive. Jefferson, I believe, was his name. I understand that in these times, restaurant industry has taken a hit, and I am sympathetic to that. However, in order to recover, you must provide better service in restaurant and not just cater to your take-out orders. Seems like, given the wait times, this restaurant can afford to hire more staff.

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EatOutFrequently
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ample portions. Drinks were made as requested. Waiter was very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experiebce amazing food

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipJeannelleH
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our server was awesome! We got to sit outside immediately when we got there. I think the manager/male host could use some better manners and work on his people skills. He was quite rude to me and my mother on the phone when we call.

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 4.3 stars by 502 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.