We believe everyone should experience meals that feature delicately prepared fresh local ingredients in a great atmosphere. In our corner of the world, everyone's a Local. EAT, DRINK, & BE LOCAL
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Took my wife to The Local for her birthday.We both ordered the meatloaf.We savored and lingered for longer than any meal we could remember.Outstanding!
This was our first meal as a family in the last 9 months, and we couldn’t have picked a more delicious location. Perfect. Everything was delicious, from the appetizers to dessert.
Quiet - safe - excellent waiter.
Our dinner was fantastic! Our server was excellent, the restaurant was well spaced out and all servers were properly masked for covid protocols. Everyone at our table got something different (4 people) and all were delicious and loved our meals. Would highly recommend!
An amazing dining experience! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, overall would highly recommend.
Highly recommend the salmon!
We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and the service was excellent. The menu items are all very unique and not every item is for every person. I ordered something different this time and it blew me away. Lots of safety precautions are in place for COVID.
The local is our favorite! Food and staff are amazing!
Food was delicious! It was nicely distanced and we sat outside
Delighted with our restaurant choice in C’Ville. Ate outside on well spaced tables. Felt totally Covid safe. Fabulous meal, great attentive staff and excellent value for money. Highly recommended.
The service was great and the food was great. The atmosphere was very nice
Found them on Trip advisor, the food looked good in the pictures so we decided to give it a try. I was thinking meatloaf but when we got there we changed our minds and went for the short ribs! They were so tender you did not need a knife. Next time I am in the Charlottesville area I will definitely be back!
The food was delish and not to pricey. The building is gorgeous and setup was socially distant. I had the steak and my boyfriend had the salmon. I really wanted to try the brownie dessert but decided against the extra calories. Service was decent. We had a lovely time.
Fabulous food and service! This was our anniversary dinner and they made it memorable and enjoyable for us! Can’t wait to visit again!
Everything was great except the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower were a bit too fried for our liking. But the service and ambiance were amazing, and especially the cocktails. One of the best crab soups we’ve had too!
Brought my son and his roommates here for his 20th birthday. Menu offered a great variety for entrées and the atmosphere, food, and service were fantastic. Only critique is that the appetizer selection was limited. Great find! (Also didn’t particularly care for the politically oriented sign in the window)
Great food and drinks just had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation
You will not be disappointed coming here - the Gnocchi, Mushroom Ragou and cocktails are always incredible. I've never had a bad meal and have been coming for years.
Excellent food, great service.
The Local is just "ok". Very disappointed with food quality. The shrimp appetizer was good, but the meatloaf was not good at all. Seemed to be primarily breading and not a lot of meat. The short ribs were better, but both dishes had a HUGE portion of mashed potatoes which were there to take up the plate. The veggies were scant.
Service was a kind of "false friendly" and we felt somewhat rushed. It has potential, but needs to be improved.
Delicious food in a cool building! Definitely recommend - our favorite "treat yourself" spot!
The food was good but didn’t blow us away. The service was fine. The patio was cool and we appreciated the open windows but the fan/motor outside the window was rather loud.
Excellent service,really delicious cocktails, relaxed atmosphere, food was fantastic! We will be going back
Very good food, great service, nice ambience (strictly following Covid guidelines).
We arrived a little earlier than our planned reservation and were seated quickly. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and the value was very good as well.
Great spot, comfort food, fast service and good social distancing!
Really enjoyed our dinner! Crab soup was literally the best I've ever had. NY Strip was excellent, spare ribs were very good. Server was sweet and helpful. Host wasn't as welcoming as I would've expected and although I understand the need for paperless menu and bill options, it seems off-putting to diners who may be of a certain age. (That wasn't us...but I wouldn't think my parents would've enjoyed that aspect). Still a great meal, for sure. Would definitely return!
This was our first visit to The Local. It's located in the Belmont neighborhood. Parking may be challenging. The spaces in front of and in the adjacent lot are reserved for take out/curbside service. You will need to locate parking on the street and be prepared to walk a block or so. The Local is well suited for socially distanced dining on the patio. Patrons included middle aged and older couples and 2 large tables of twenty/thirty-something women enjoying girls night out The menu is available by scanning the QR code. Don't overlook the daily special and the library wine list. Stella was our very attentive and knowledgeable server. We skipped wine even though the library list is extensive and features quality wines. The fried cauliflower and Brussels sprouts appetizer is excellent, a great way to begin your dining experience. We ordered fish & chips, Monday's special, and salmon. The servings are large and tasty. No dessert for us.
Great food. Had the steak with green beans and blue cheese crumbles. Pretty well social distanced, little uncomfortable when it got full, but everyone had masks and overall good experience and great food
Fantastic outdoor seating, cocktails and gastro food
Very good place to have dinner. No one from our party of six had an issue and all would eat here again.
Fabulous food and fabulous service while respecting social distancing highly recommend!
eveything was great except for the smoke from the smoker was a little heavy until they turned it off.
Food, drinks and server were fantastic! One of our favorite places we dined while in Charlottesville.
It was return visit for us (we loved it the first time) and everyone was very happy with their order except for one (steak frites). Tough, slightly cold and fries just past raw was how he described it. I had meatloaf and another had the short ribs and both were delicious. I even sampled my granddaughters mac & cheese and it was pretty good! Our server did forget the beverages 2 in our party ordered but that happens. They've got the social distancing and other protocols well in hand. I would urge anyone who hasn't been before to try it and just be judicious about ordering, i.e. don't experiment--pick something you are sure to like.
Totally off the beaten path!!! Not on the Downtown Mall or The Corner or Main Street... had a friend not recommended The Local, I would have never thought to go here for dinner. Was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant has a very rustic feel to it, and my party ate on the second floor, which was very open/airy. We ordered the deep fried cauliflower another ordered a butternut squash (veggie) based dish; another ordered the short ribs. We all sampled each others' meals and were impressed by each. Finally, for dessert we ordered the brownie sundae, chocolate flour less cake, and a special cheesecake. My favorite dessert was the sundae. The wait staff was knowledgeable & friendly. Would definitely recommend this place for a fun occasion!!!
Our waitress and the presentation of our dinner were fantastic. The quality of the food was overall just okay. Our steak was ordered as medium rare but ended up being close to well done. We got mash potatoes by accident which turned out to be the best item we had. We would go back, but only after exhausting other Cville restaurant opportunities.
Everything was incredible. Perfect date night, the waitress was in tune with our vibe, it was all around great. I will visit anytime Im in Charlottesville.
Food at the Local is always great and very consistent. They’ve done a nice job of making the dining experience pandemic friendly. The Local is an excellent destination for a large group as the menu offers something for everyone, and they take reservations which is a significant help as lots of local restaurants do not take reservations. The restaurant also has a good selection of wines, as well as vegetarian options. People are consistently surprised by how delicious the stuffed squash is! Whether appetizers, salads, entrees or desserts, their food is fabulous! Enjoy
This is my husbands and my go to! This restaurant is truly a diamond in the rough. The service is ALWAYS 10 stars and the food is AMAZING! We will be back many many times!!!
You can order delivery directly from The Local using the Order Online button. The Local also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 984-9749.
The Local is rated 4.7 stars by 1493 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.