The Local

4.6
1184 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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
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JB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited here on our way through Charlottesville. Cheeseboard appetizer was delicious and pasta entrees were perfection. Our server, Christian, was attentive at all the right times. Definitely will go back!

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ML
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a GREAT PLACE...off the beaten path...EXCELLENT FOOD, simple presentation that fits with it's overall ambiance.

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SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Steak was fantastic. Somewhat of a limited menu. Could use a couple of additional seafood dishes. But overall I would recommend for a nice night out

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CH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday but we did not get asked about it. Otherwise nice evening.

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and outstanding service by Christian. We had a reservation and our table was waiting when we arrived. We went as a group of four on a Saturday night. The place was packed and very lively. Our food was cooked just the way we liked it and it arrived to our table in a very reasonable amount of time. We definitely will be returning.

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t
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our drinks, entrees, and desserts. Our server was attentive and friendly. We went for a birthday celebration and our server included a candle on the blackberry cobbler. I hope to return for another special occasion, and I definitely recommend making a reservation on open table!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food portions were generous -- so much so that a choice of small and large (moderate/immense) would have been appreciated. Wait staff friendly. We did not feel rushed.

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LL
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A C'ville gem. Food is always excellent and staff is very friendly and accommodating. If you are a foodie, this place is a must.

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CB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good but husband’s meal was rather salty. Very cramped seating and extremely loud. But the good food made it worth those downsides.

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Local. Great local beer selection and excellent food. Our waiter gave us excellent insight on the menu. The fried chicken with collard greens and Mac n cheese was delicious.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had reservations for 16 people at 8:15 on a Friday night. We didn’t get seated until 9 and our entrees didn’t come out until after 10p. Upstairs is very casual with a deck like feeling. Food was fine- the steak frites was really chewy and poor quality. Due to the slow service they gave us 2 cheese plates. We ordered cocktails that were never brought to the table. Very disappointed

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SF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were top notch. Familiar descriptions of the food on the menu but a wonderful, different, and unexpected take on each of our selections.

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f
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome from the time we walked in to when we walked out. Very welcoming. Menu had a grear variety of dishes, rasberry beer was delicious.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with a reasonable price. I recommend the trout dish. A bottle of wine is half price on Mondays. We got the local Cab Franc from the Jefferson winery and it was excellent. Didn't have room for dessert. The ambiance was very nice. Service was excellent.

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B
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The hostess was very pleasant and professional, as were our servers, and that accounts for my 4-star rating. The food was very average (with the desserts not really worth ordering, and we tried three). We enjoyed being seated upstairs and that space has a lot of character. It was exactly what I thought it would be. Casual, relaxed, and fine.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Server was very knowledgeable about wines and food selections. Made great suggestions.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I would go back just for the flambe'd banana split! Never had a banana split made in that manner it was a great treat. The ahi tuna and the lamb ribs were amazing especially since they are hard to find in this area.

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BC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Excellent food and highly attentive wait staff. We are from out of town and ate there on the recommendation of a local. Very pleased that we did.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Local is really good about understanding food allergies and is willing to think creatively about how to deliver a good meal and experience within those constraints.

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K
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Great waiter, but he was stretched a little too thin. 2nd time we've eaten there -- couldn't wait to go back when in Ch'ville! Cocktails are creative and yummy (especially enjoyed the margarita!). Cauliflower and brussels sprouts appetizer is a must, BUT chef went too crazy with the red pepper this time, so it was TOO hot. Had steak and salmon entrees and both were excellent. Love the blackberry cobbler dessert.

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l
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for my husband and I at the Local. Everything was delicious. We will return again and recommend it to others.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1 year wedding anniversary 🎉

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DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster mac is devine. My husband gets the burger. It’s his favorite. The crispy shrimp are amazing. Great atmosphere.

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D
Nashville
40 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If you are looking to be part of the younger crowd, ask to be seated upstairs. If you are wanting a historic feel, ask to be seated downstairs. The food is great, staff is knowledgeably and friendly.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great! We had a large party and he did a great job managing everyone's requests.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food & service from our server. Last time, the hostess tried to seat us upstairs directly underneath a large, loud heat & a/c unit. It took a couple of tries to convince her to move us to a better table away from the noise and blasting air. On this visit, she tried to seat us there AGAIN! The room was mostly empty at the time. Those tables should be used only as a last resort.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, cool places, friendly staff, reasonable prices, what more can you want?

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k
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bison and Short Ribs were amazing.

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GI
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been here many times. My last visit was the first in years, having moved from Charlottesville in late 2016. Consistently very good.

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L
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted and seated promptly and politely. I had duck which was perfect husband had salmon which he seemed to like. Dessert was a disappointment to me. Peanut butter/chocolate brownie with ice cream. Brownie was stale and there was no evidence of peanut butter. Hub thought it was ok and finished it. We did not tell server. We would return.

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PG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great (Chris? Glasses and southern accent). Short ribs were to die for. One of us had salmon and that was also delicious he reported. Sadly, we had no room for dessert.

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CR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my husband’s and my favorite restaurant for dinner. As usual, the service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and well prepared. The duck was cooked perfectly, and my husband always loves the gnocchi and meatloaf. The shrimp appetizer is the best shrimp in town.
Thanks!

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SH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. Cool place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I came here for my birthday. Our server made great recommendations; not one of them was disappointing. They didn’t have the whiskey I usually liked, but he suggested I try this other one, and it was wonderful! I got a second one as well. The atmosphere is wonderful, like a small, rustic art gallery. I couldn’t help but smile, as my girlfriend and I shared our steak and chicken entrées. Top notch meal with top notch service.

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s
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Meal good enough. short ribs great, meatloaf pretty mediocre.
Appetizer bread was over-baked and crusty.
The Local is pretty much our go to place regularly.

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PP
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rack of lamb appetizer was perfect. Pleasant to have a window table to watch people on the street. We ate early as we were going to a show but the noise level was starting to go up before we left.

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BF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times for open mic, but not to eat. Everything was solidly good. Amazing food, great wine list, friendly service. Will go again to eat.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I frequent the local often and usually it is outstanding. This trip food was okay. My steak was over cooked and my wife’s was under cooked and had a lot of fat.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. We ordered 2 desserts to share with 5 at the table. The staff put candles in them before bringing to the table and spoons for all of us. Complete surprise.

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CM
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love The Local! It’s definitely a Charlottesville gem. The food is delicious, and I love the rotating specials menu because it showcases the chef’s talents. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts/cauliflower appetizer!

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