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About The Local

Come visit and experience The Local! 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

824 Hinton Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 984-9749

Website:
http://www.thelocal-cville.com/

The Local Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Fit for Foodies (30)
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Special Occasion (30)
Casual (30)
Good for a Date (30)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Cozy (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Authentic (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Organic (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Seasonal (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
People Watching (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Live Music (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Wonderful, as always. My favorite place for nearly any occasion, and my go-to spot for entertaining out-of-town guests. Never disappoints!!

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Such great food and great service. It was my birthday and brought 13 friends with me. Given our large size, we experienced none of the issues I’ve had at other restaurants with a large party. Everyone got their food at the same time and it was all correct. They were very attentive with drink orders. They even brought me a brownie with a candle at the end. Overall, wonderful place to bring a big group of friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great experience. Gnocchi Bolognese, meatloaf, duck entree all delicious. We cannot wait to return.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was pretty decent but service was slow and my husbands steak was served extremely rare (not medium as he ordered it). By the time the server came back to check on us, the rest of the table had already finished eating their meal so there was nothing that could be done to correct it at that point. We had ordered lots of apps and drinks and the server did not even offer to take off a single thing from our bill despite the fact that my husband was not able to eat the steak at all. Considering it was his birthday, I was pretty disappointed by the whole experience. The rest of the group described their meal as "mehh", meaning not terrible but not great either.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our daughter recommended we try The Local, when we game up for a UVA basketball game. We were pleasantly surprised, when we walked into the restaurant. It gave us a warm inviting feeling, right away. We were led up stairs, where there was a cosy fire going in the wood stove. The menu had lots of option, local produce, a nice selection of wines. Everyone chose something different and we were all pleased with our meals. The presentation was lovely. We will definitely come back, next time we are in town. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Liked the food. Very good service. Good value. Likely to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I really enjoyed my food at this restaurant, but it was incredibly crowded (and noisy) because of the holiday. There was definitely NOT enough staff to handle the crowd, but our waiter really tried very hard, and he was quite charming. It was not his fault that they didn't have enough waiters, nor that the food runners often got the tables wrong.

The food was good, and the bill wasn't too bad (especially for Charlottesville). I would probably go back, but definitely not on a holiday.

P.S. The chairs are terribly uncomfortable. We were in the extended part of the upstairs, so they might not have been the regular chairs used for less busy evenings.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year’ Eve. The special menu was a nice touch. Overall experience was excellent at usual. By far our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service was excellent however, I was very cold through out the meal and was a major distraction. Could enjoy the meal as much as I would have liked to.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious food and good service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Christmas gift...weekend in Charlottesville

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A nice evening , first time on the back porch upstairs. A little cold near the windows and very loud. Sat near a party of 9 adults with 10 young children . Still great food and wonderful service,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My only suggestion would be to include on your menu, more entrées for those of us who do not consume red meat, game, pork, or fried food. I am pretty much limited to salmon or other fish, if you have it, when I visit your restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I am always pleased with my meal at the Local. I especially love how they have commissions local artisans for light fixtures, chairs and tables.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Kid friendly. Our server was friendly and made recommendations regarding appetizers and meals. The food presentation was wonderful and taste amazing!

Tags: Organic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Entrees were excellent. The bread we ordered while we waited for our meal was a bit stale. But the meal made up for this minor detail.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I expected more noise, and it was quite tolerable. Service was friendly and pleasant - great waiter but forget his name. Food was as delicious and as creative as I remembered from past dinners. Would happily recommend The Local.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our dining experience was excellent. Not only was the food deliciously prepared, the service was beyond compare. All the staff is well trained, polite, and congenial. We visited on a very special family occasion and recommend the Local to anyone looking for a lovely, tasty experience. Thank you, Matt & your entire staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The environment was fantastic. Food was very good and the experience was great. The only downfall was the waiter hit on my girlfriend, but outside of that it was a good dining experience.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I ordered the Lobster mac and cheese and was not disapointed. Great amount of lobster in a creamy cheddar macaroni. I paired it with a local chardanay. Perfect! The ale soup of the day had the perfect balance of spices.

Tried a hand crafted coctail: the Hinton. Highly recommended. This has become my new fav place for dinner!

Tags: Hot Spot, Organic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Perhaps The Local has jumped the shark. Our server was apologizing to literally every table for something; over cooked steaks, forgotten wine, forgotten appetizer, and my vegetables which were completely raw. Still known as a hot spot in town, we sadly were disappointed and would not recommend. I believe the kitchen may not be prepared to keep up with the expanded restaurant size.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Dinner with son and daughter in law, both of whom are UVA grads. One of their favorite restaurants. Got there early on a Saturday evening. Was not crowded, although there was a steady stream of people coming in while we were dining. We had a very nice, quiet table in a nook by the window. The Local did not disappoint. Our waiter was outstanding, very helpful, and the food was very, very good. As always. Definitely a reasonable value for what they deliver.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

With the squirrel yay!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great place and lovely food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great meal with excellent service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A solid choice for C'ville. Can be a little loud and crowded. Food in our party was good although my salmon dish must have been sitting for awhile as it wasn't as warm as it should have been.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I ate here on a trip through Charlottesville. This restaurant claims to be a farm to table establishment but I would argue with that. It was below par with farm to table restaurants we have visited. The menu listed an entree that was apparently their take on Nashville Hot Chicken with collard greens and pimento cheese mac and cheese. Sounded delicious since we have had the authentic dish so we both decided to order it. When the food arrived the crust appeared extremely dark brown and when we cut into the thigh/leg portions, red juice oozed out. When the waiter returned, we informed him the chicken was partially raw. He collected them and returned to the chicken. I honestly believe they took the same chicken, rebreaded and refried it! My husband said some of the meat was missing from his portion. When it was returned, the crust was solid black and the meat overcooked to the point that it was like cutting a piece of wood! I pushed it aside and ate some of the mac and cheese and collards which were mostly just spicy but not overly flavorful. The waiter asked if we wanted a box and I informed him it was inedible as I'm sure he already knew. They did reduce the price however. I don't think I could visit this restaurant again with all the other good dining choices in Charlottesville.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was terrible. Fish wasn’t cooked and when they brought it back after recooking the same fish it was fishy. My husbands steak was raw even tho he ordered it med. the berry cobbler was water. Totally gross.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Vey quick and courteous service. Very busy place with an incredible hustle and bustle. Good vegetarian options: their truffled shiitake mushroom fettuccine was great, and veggie pasta of the day was decent. Would recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful, unique atmosphere and delicious food! My husband and I went here on a date night and it was perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was fantastic. We were there on a night which was somewhat noisy. However, we enjoyed the experience and our servers were attentive and efficient.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointed. Made reservations a month in advance but was seated next to the upstairs party room that was occupied. It felt as if we were sitting in the kitchen... Cluttered, disorganized, piles of tableware sitting around. Food was so-so. Was not the experience we expected based on prior visits.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed it. Would consider going back sometime. Good selection of different foods.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Local is one of our "go to" restaurants in C'ville -- we really love it. The food and the service are typically consistent (very good to excellent), although we had an exception during this dining experience in that the crab soup -- which we have enjoyed for several years -- was INCREDIBLY SPICY and almost inedible (and it was only barely warm). We asked the server if the recipe had recently changed, or if there was a new sous chef, and he replied that the soup can vary from day to day ("it just depends"). We had never had it vary, previously, but whatever. We'll think twice about ordering it in the future. Otherwise, all was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is delicious and a good value. Fun without being pretentious. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food and great atmosphere

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great place, also serves Cirrus Vodka on the bar! The bison was great as was the duck!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great spot, great local food

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Managed a large party with multiple arrival times really well. We were able to have a reunion.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good with the exception of the very dry Caesar salad. Our server was in a bad mood or something but we tried to mKe the most of the birthday celebration despite his dismal attitude.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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