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The Local Eatery & Pub

4.3
403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies (628)
  • Kid-friendly (408)

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About

Opened in February 2011 by Derek Means and Craig Baker, The Local Eatery and Pub is a modern-american brasserie serving locally inspired food and drinks in a casual and energizing space for the whole family.



Featuring Organic, Local, Responsible, Sustainable, Scratch Kitchen, Artisan Spirits.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 218-3786
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Craig Baker
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kate (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

We enjoyed dinner with friends here at the Local. Cocktails were delicious and food was excellent too. Server was sweet but could have checked in on us more. We went without water for a bit of time and wanted to order another cocktail and almost didn't because she was absent for quite some time. Not sure if by design or short staffed? Not a deal breaker, just something to improve on. Overall, enjoyable evening at The Local! Get the Tater tots and Margatini! Yum!

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vipcsr19us (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on August 6, 2017

I get the feeling this place takes advantage of its proximity to the unabashed wealth of the Bridgewater. The food is decently good, but not knock-your-socks-off. Tasty, but definitely overblown as for descriptions and expectations. Portion sizes are extremely small, as well. They add unique touches to dishes (chile relish on my burger, for example), but they just don't stand out enough to convince me they're sincere and nothing more than fluff to try to legitimize the prices.

I had the Old Smokey burger which, at $13, was a cross between a standard burger and a slider, in size. I've had MUCH better at Five Guys or Red Robin, by far. They say it was aged beef, but I've had that before, and there was nothing special about this. I added cajun seasoning to my fries for $0.75, but barely noticed it.

My wife (who eats like a bird) had the $12 Caprese Panini, and was hungry again within an hour. Again, had MUCH better at McAlister's, Paradise, or any similar cafe.

When we got the check, we're pretty sure we were overcharged by about a dollar. We mentioned it, and were asked rather cynically if we'd like to have a dollar back. Shouldn't it have been straight-up offered, rather than asked in such a way? We just left and won't be back. Not absolutely awful, but... not memorable in any good way.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

We've visited The Local several times over the past year and have never been disappointed in the service or the food. They have a restaurant side and a separate bar but both sides of the place serve the same menu. As the name implies The Local sources as much of their menu from local farms and suppliers as they can. Their menu items from their salads to their steaks are well prepared and, for me, always taste great. The waits on Friday and Saturday night can be quite long so I suggest making a reservation rather than trying to simply walk in.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Another great meal at the local. Mushroom burger and Chicken wrap with fries were both Excellent. Isaac our server was wonderful too. Very attentive and friendly. Thank you. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

We dined for a casual family dinner with our 2 year old for my husband's birthday. Mia was a wonderful server! Attentive but not overbearing. Food was delicious per usual. Our daughter made a little mess on the table but we felt comfortable in this family friendly atmosphere. food arrived promptly and hot. The Local continues to be one of our favorite spots!

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2017

I live in the neighborhood. We have been to the Local many times.
The service and food has always been top notch.

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vipjoeformaggio (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

Have eaten here many times, and they always have new and interesting selections on the menu. Recently, we've really enjoyed the smelt appetizer. And I enjoyed the grouper entree, while my wife liked her quinoa burger. The only item the Local is lacking, in my opinion, is their desserts. Their crumbles are just average, as are the beignets. But the rest of the menu is very good, so we will keep going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Love the food but the high ceilings make it noisy.

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vipwinendiner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

The wait staff was great, but the cooks were VERY unprepared for the new menu. It took an hour to get our meals and we did not have an appetizer. Our server brought us a complimentary dessert as an apology, and she was very open about the problem. Food was great and we will go back because we have not experienced this in the past at The Local. Too bad that this time was a partial bust.

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vipsamjam801 (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We come here quite a bit and have for years. I would def recommend for local cuisine with a great twist. Great for foodies and fresh ingredients

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

We had a group of 8 - very good service that was prompt to our needs. Everyone talked positively about what they selected. Some had burgers, other salads. We chose The Local because of the wide variety of desired foods - from vegetarian to "give me meat".

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Jami (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

We were very happy with our dinner. The hummas platter was amazing and enough for dinner for the two of us!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on June 7, 2017

I love The Local, it's my favorite place to take friends from out of town. The emphasis on local ingredients is fantastic and the food is always high quality. I love the specialty cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Excellent all the way around. I came in from out of town, and took my (new to area) son to dinner there. I will go back to the Local when I make a return visit.

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vipjoeformaggio (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Have eaten here many times, and the ever-changing menu always has lots of tasty and interesting choices, most of them from local sources. Service is always friendly. Good parking. And it takes reservations, which is a plus. About the only negative would be the acoustics; it can get pretty noisy. But don't let that scare you off.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

The tenderloin was good . Atmosphere was lacking. So many better options out there. Doubt I will be back, nothing special.

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vipIndyDI (Indiana)
3.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Service was off again. No detail to order deliver or requests for items to go with meal. Then things as small as mayo in the side took 5 min! Food got cold and others were 1/2 done. Did not see a manager tonight on the floor or front desk. Eat here a lot as food and selection are good BUT staff is ok at best.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Matt, our waiter was awesome. He made us feel comfortable and got us anything we asked for with a smile. It was my first time there and will return. Food was awesome.

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vipSandyT (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2017

Just moved in the Carmel area and stumbled up this place. It IS loud like others have said, but I think that adds to the fun. They were out of Pinot Nior which was disappointing to me and the table next to us. BUT the food VERY good! We had the pulled pork sandwich and a hamburger - both excellent and recommended. I love that they source from farms in Indiana. Will return!

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

We found the interior seating way too noisy so we sat at a table on the patio which was nice. Food is very good as is the service. Menu selections are a little limited but always something different to try.

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