The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wellesley

4.4
139 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Local is the perfect place to come with a group of friends or family for a brunch on Saturday, Sunday or holiday Mondays. Enjoy the chicken and waffles, crabby benny or the avocado toast served on multigrain bread with a slab of bacon, pickled onion and fried egg. The friendly atmosphere makes The Local a prime lunch spot for friends or a group of coworkers. Enjoy a flatbread sandwich such as the fig and prosciutto or a Reuben. Stay healthy with a light salad lunch like the Power Lunch Salad consisting of baby spinach and kale. Add chicken, steak, salmon or shrimp to any salad.

The Local has something for everyone on the menu. Try the stuffed local squash, TW's steak tips made with USDA sirloin tips or the IPA-battered fish and chips served with house tartar and slaw. The main menu features several gluten-free items.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places, but we hadn’t been since the pandemic began. Happy to see they haven’t lost a beat.

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AnnatS
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was great, and so were the drinks, but somehow the food fell completely flat. Guacamole tasted like it was from Costco with Hume pieces of onions on top, the chips were overdone. The poke bowl was just ok.

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vipHaleyM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out very fast, but we also went on a Wednesday night.

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BayleeD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary at the Local! We had a great time! The food was delicious and they have yummy drinks too! Definitely recommend people going there!

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vipJeanneW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was not good

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KathyA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The music is too loud! We practically had to shout to hear each other. My throat was scratchy yesterday morning because of this. Should I have asked if the someone could have lowered the volume?
Love my rare hamburger, just what I wanted! You could increase the number of tomato slices to three. One slice is not big enough, literally, to cover a burger that size.
Thanks,
Kathy

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Reba
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Newer and healthier options on the menu. They run it very well: was a busy Friday night inside and lots of take-out orders too but our food was speedy, fresh, and straight out of the oven. So glad they are here in our neighborhood.

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vipBruce
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at The Local. Food is always good. There were 3 birthday celebrations going on, so it was a little noisier than usual. Only thing to consider is their air conditioning was a little too cold. Bring something to put on if you don't like being a little chilled.

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vipLarry
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. We had not been to The Local for a while. All of our drinks were cold and delicious. Dinner came out on time and everything was hot. Awesome flavors and very diverse menu. Also very accommodating to substitutions and dietary preferences. Loved the Hong Kong Noodles!

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VadimB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service, very fast. A bit pricey for lunch but it's Wellesley after all.

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MariaW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience5

Pizza crust tasted like that box stuff we used to buy. Like cardboard. Wine list is lacking any kind of variety. Our server was more interested in the Rich men down the counter than us. And lastly our food all came at once appetizers salad and main course.What are used to eat here all the time and it was fabulous. It’s gone way downhill

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Jean
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for good pub upscale fare and fun atmosphere. Always enjoy it. We had the warm chocolate chip cookies with ice cream for dessert and couldn't stop til the pan was clean!! Amazingly delicious!

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vipLeslieN
New England
221 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Local was very clean, server and hostess very friendly. Food was good, we would go back.

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vipKiki3600
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Get the fish tacos - they were delicious!! The dessert donuts were as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the local always! thank you for a great night

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revawin
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice cocktails, plentiful, tasty portions! Bartender was a great server too.

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vipChefRoddy
New England
53 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at the Local!
I brought my 14-year-old niece and her small siblings for a birthday celebration.

Our waitress was amazing and extremely attentive!

Coming with small kids is not always easy, but our server made everything fun and we had such an enjoyable experience!
We will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, very good food, tasty desserts, and good beer. Biggest complaint was the width of the parking spaces in the lot.

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ScottG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Never good to get a wine glass with lipstick on it, even worse when you watch the bartender attempt to save the now ‘dirty’ wine by pouring it into another wine glass.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Typical American food - overly greasy and too large portions. No real quality to the food. Ambience was nice but found it a bit odd having the front of house staff all being teenagers and wearing short crop tops with jeans!? Didn’t seem very professional and kind of cheapened the ambience

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FrankM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they were short of staff, they put it in overdrive and made our stay an enjoyable one!

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Susan
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, cheerful service, friendly ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not had a bad meal here. It is our new go to place!

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vipChristineC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Food, great service! I would definitely come back again!

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SharonW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The crispy brussel sprouts are perfect. The waitress was attentive, but not overbearing. Will definitely visit again.

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vipadventurousdiners
New England
144 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, choices for everyone. Server friendly, professional. Food runner helpful and friendly!

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CarnivorewithVeganWife
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great down to earth restaurant with interesting menu items I a

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theodorechesterfieldlII
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was sub par and the tables were too close together. No ever came over to check on us, we had to flag people down. Food came fast and was good. Never refilled my water. Definitely for the elderly🦻🏼. But good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly staff.

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vipEliseS
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great brunch, and everything was delicious! Got pancakes, which had great maple butter. Also got the short rib hash skillet, which had a good amount of meat on it. Always happy with my meal there, the bill is always a little pricey but always good food!

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vipfoodiva
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. Our server, Herschel, was fantastic! Highly recommend this place for family or a date. We'll be back!

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JenniferD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, great place! Atmosphere is warm and lively. There was 6 of us; we sat at a big round table which was great! We all felt that it was a bit too dark in the dining room. Everyone loved their food; Korean street tacos, the burger and steak tips were thumbs up. I ordered the Hong Kong noodles with chicken which was delicious but spicy! My only comment is that is was served in the smallest oval shaped dish which was really hard to eat out of!

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DLTD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kitchen does a great job balancing in-person dining service with all those take out orders!!!

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vipPowers
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, value and quality! Our server was awesome, food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a lovely little spot - First time diners and living in Natick, this restaurant was only a few miles away and a spur of the moment decision!

We made reservations and were swiftly seated upon arrival. A seemingly popular spot, the restaurant was active and the parking lot was busy, all good signs, so it looked like a local favorite.

Our server came over quickly, and she followed up with us regularly which was very much appreciated, as it can be challenging during COVID to get to all of the tables so timely as we have seen when dining outside of the Back Bay Area that we normally frequent.

Our table was in a cute booth, which is a preferred favorite of mine, and my Dad, whom my fiancé and I were spending the day with, chose the Haddock, for myself the Sesame Chicken Bowl, and my fiancé played it safe with the Burger. We tried the truffle fries just to have some nibbles, which were a bit oily for our tastes, but we still picked at those for a bit until our entrees arrived.

I had the Sauvignon Blanc with my meal and an expresso martini, that was delicious for my ‘dessert’ - my fiancé a beer, and my father isn’t much of a drinker so he didn’t want a cocktail. To my dismay, they both passed on dessert so I wasn’t able to try the creme brûlée or trio that I had been pining for.

All in all it was a nice early evening dinner and I would definitely go back and take my sister or some girlfriends in the near future.

Thank you LOCAL for making our causal dining experience so pleasant!

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RoubaixRed
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had to wait about 15 minutes before a waitperson approached us and brought water. There was an apology and an excuse. After voicing our complaint, she offered to comp us with a dessert.
When the food finally arrived, they had brought the wrong vegetables on one order. This was corrected by bringing additional, correct vegetables.
The food was pretty good and we will probably eat here in the future hoping for a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner with my daughter. She had her favorite salad—Asian chicken with honey mustard! I had perfectly cooked salmon. Server was very gracious and did not hurry us. Was attentive but not hovering

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was good! Very friendly, good food, looks like town is re opening...

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vipKenn
New England
568 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We each had salads, mine Asian style with sweet/sour chicken with rice, my wife’s with chicken and veggies. The best salads we have had in 5 years. We can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for family member

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You can order delivery directly from The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wellesley using the Order Online button. The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wellesley also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wellesley also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 694-1210.

The LOCAL Kitchen & Drinks of Wellesley is rated 4.4 stars by 139 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.