The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wayland

4.4
239 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bistro style; The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wayland serves both lunch and dinner. Having a contemporary menu, it offers small plates for sharing or lighter appetites. On the weekends, a special brunch menu is served at The Local . Some dishes served during the brunch hour include eggs benedict, a skillet hash and fried chicken with waffles.

Gluten-free and vegetarian diets can also be accommodated at The Local; its designated gluten-free menu includes a pasta, burgers, and truffle fries. Featuring a full-service bar with large screen televisions, an array of drinks can be enjoyed with or after dinner, including cocktails, wines and both draft and bottled beers.
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JonS
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service, a reliable choice. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

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maggie
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I took my son to The Local to celebrate his birthday. We were seated indoors (our preference), but right next to a door that opened to the patio. Before we even ordered, we moved to another table that was out of the flight path. The tables were so close that it was hard to sit down. Once seated however, everything was good. Our waiter was very attentive initially, but after we placed our orders it was a long time before we were served our bar drinks, and our food came almost immediately afterwards. The restaurant wasn't busy, so it was hard to understand why it took so long to get our drinks. Our waiter came back several times, even asked if we wanted desert while we were still finishing our dinner, but then went missing when it was time to pay the check. The food was great, but our experience would have been better if our waiter had been more consistent in his attention to us.

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MichaelD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a client there for lunch. Waitstaff was attentive and professional. The salads were excellent. Client said the short ribs are fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Mosquitoes outside FYI

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vipwineluva12
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great and prepared to order. Our service was good, even though they were busy.

The only issue was with bugs/mosquitos as dusk approached - that said, our waitress moved us inside to a table as we completed our meal/drinks.

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DuSeg
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The menus is limited..

Would prefer more choice..

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was not great and some dishes were cold. Place was clearly understaffed. Our waiter worked really hard, but just couldn’t keep up. It was a real disappointment

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vipAndrewOfNewton
New England
69 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Usually everything is quite good here but for today's visit we waited 25 min for our iced tea without no-one telling us what was going on. I had to go inside and find someone: apparently the large hot water machine had never been switched on that morning. Okay, a mistake was made but customers should have been informed. Also, we had a $10 VISA gift card (not chipped but only the magnetic stripe) we had been given last month by my wife's place of work, and tried to use that for part of the check...we were told the manager said only chipped cards were accepted for payment. I can see the wisdom of that but think the policy should be publicly stated online or in the menu, as certainly there have to be some people running around still with only magstripe cards.

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Birdie
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The local is convenient clean and has a fun vibe. Food is only okay

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physs
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great dinner! We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed the crispy brussel sprouts and our power bowls. Great service!
Only negative was the family of flies that loved our food!

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DanielS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts needed to be trimmed better and cooked more. Pork dumplings excellent, tacos excellent

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content
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was there meeting a friend, and what we wanted was a covid safe outdoor space. it was perfect for that. server was attentive, but not overwhelming. excellent experience

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physs
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for an outside lunch with two friends. The food was excellent; two of us got the power bowls with grilled chicken, the other the Asian honey salad. We all ate every last bit! Our waitress was fabulous. Will be coming back soon!

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BobMac
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for a quick Saturday night meal.

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BABZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local is my favorite place to eat. I always get the same thing…crispy Brussels, Power Lunch salad with salmon. When I make my reservation, I request to sit in Devin’s section. He is a sweetheart!

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vipBeagleMom
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed the Mediterranean Skewers. Our waiter was great.

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vipBessy
New England
83 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great lunch with friends, while sitting on a lovely patio. Everyone loved their meals and felt very safe as well.

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vipBlueginger
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Went in there a couple of weeks ago with a guy friend and his girlfriend and shocked at the poor service since we’ve always had a really good experience prior.
The server looked like she’d rather be having a root canal and she basically ignored us all night.
Food was meh. What a bummer.
I’ll give it another chance because of past good experiences but this visit was not up to par.
I know the pandemic is hard but we are excellent tippers when it’s good service!

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none
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service and food were very disappointing. I live in the area and this was my go to place but it was awful last night. Waiter was young, inexperienced and inattentive at best. Staff seemed overwhelmed and it wasn't even crowded. Food was cold and had no flavor. Won't be going back soon.

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ScottS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good. Service very slow even though it wasn’t very busy. Ordered apps but our main course arrived first so we canceled app orders

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vipsrfoodie
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a beautiful summer night but we sat inside. Parking lot views not pretty. I had a salad bowl with chicken- delicious and generous portions. My friend had the haddock with sweet potatoes and beans- she would have cleaned her plate except for the al dente beans. I suggested next time she asked for well cooked. We were seated in a booth across from the bar and found the music a bit too loud. Next time we’ll sit across the room. And we look forward to another good meal.

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Winter01776
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, relaxed service helped make a special gathering more memorable!

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vipPattR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice brunch with a complimentary mimosa. Our server was a delightful young man. Pleasant experience overall. Will definitely be back.

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Maxx
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

This restaurant is usually fabulous, however that was not the case this time. We were left waiting for 20+ minutes before the server came over to say he’d be a few more minutes before he could take our order. The food, when finally served, was cold. At least 15 minutes passed when we finished and the server did not return to take the plates away. I had to ask the hostess for boxes for the leftovers and to ask the server to come back to take our dessert order and give us the check. The server who barely spoke to us the whole time we were there was very friendly once he handed us the check. Overall, this was a very disappointing experience. We do not plan to go to this restaurant again any time soon.

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vipNancyR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter I believe his name was Ryan was very nice and accomadating.

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GregW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

You should pay more attention to food allergies and sensitivities. My wife, who is gluten free and dairy free, got the gluten free fish taco. It tasted very bland, particularly without the spicy slaw in it, which was omitted because it contained gluten! Why would you put gluten in cole slaw?
We always like your burgers and fries, and my lobster roll was great, but there’s not a lot for my wife to chose from on your menu. Wish you had tastier gluten and dairy free options…

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Nana
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE ate outside and the atmosphere was lovely. I had the Korean taco and it was delicious. The staff was very attentive. I would go there again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

No one came by our table for 15 minutes after seating which we totally understood because they seemed short staffed. The one issue I had was that half of the ingredients for my salad were missing and I couldn’t flag someone down until 15 minutes after being served. My husband said his tacos tasted like cleaning solution was put on top. The table next to us never received their appetizers and then had to send food back for being soggy. The Local isn’t cheap, so I probably wouldn’t go back for the quality of food.

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vipNancy
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous,as always. Wayland is my favorite out of all of the locations.

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MichelleG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Local. The drinks were high quality and delicious. Our family enjoyed all of our meals. And we ordered the box of donuts for dessert which was divine.
And, to add to the dining experience, we had the most pleasant server, Zoe. She was friendly, fun, and attentive to our needs.
Also to note, the Hostess who checked us in was very kind to our 15 year old son who has autism. She made the effort to interact with him which made us feel great and very welcomed to the restaurant.
It was my birthday dinner so thank you for a fantastic time!

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DianeB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I thought this was the same as the restaurant in Waltham with the same name and was disappointed to find it was not. The food was not very good but the service was excellent.

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vipNaderM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. Service could have been a bit better!

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Marley
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Burgers were overdone but fries were great. Overall good.

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Aaron
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was great overall. I took away one food star because the wings appetizer, in my party's consensus opinion, was too spicy to not have spice level options.

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HillaryK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our meals and drinks. We will be back for sure. Btw… best Fish Tacos I’ve had in a long time:)

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madrid
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local is a good, reliable go-to spot. Perfect place to meet up with a friend for a casual, affordable meal.

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vipAndrewOfNewton
New England
70 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always the food here is delicious and comes out well presented. We were here today about 40 min after opening...the hostess was too overwhelmed handling a line of people waiting to be seated, answering the phone, and for some reason sometimes leaving her desk, going back to the kitchen , and leaving customers waiting. As a rule I think you should not keep "live" customers waiting at all (as she did a LOT) by answering the phone or disappearing--pay some money to have a recording pick up waiting customers on the phone or have a secondary ringing phone for a back room employee to pick up on..as it was her long talks on the phone about menu choices, gluten options and bookings made the lines of real, physical customers longer. She was training someone today..but the trainee said she couldn't do anything, even when the hostess abandoned her desk, as she was new. Management needs to step in here I think to look at how to streamline the work for the host/hostess position. We were not the only ones in line grumbling. Once seated, no-one came to the table for almost ten minutes...another waitress stopped by and asked if we had been helped and took our order, then went to the hostess and arranged to be put in charge of our table--we were very appreciative of her taking initiative like that. Have no idea what happened to the waitperson who was supposed to handle us. But a lovely meal nevertheless, once we got it, finally seated and finally waited on.

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vipDerbster
New England
46 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant to have nearby. Food is very good!

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MaryB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We sat outside and it was lovely. Inside looked packed and our waitress looked very busy but was very friendly when we did see her. Food was very good.

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vipannieo
New England
37 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a great lunch menu

FAQs

The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wayland offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 276-8263.

The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wayland is rated 4.4 stars by 239 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.