Was looking forward to trying this popular restaurant while visiting Charlottesville. The service was ver good, and we appreciated the attention we received, but the food itself was disappointing. The trout was over cooked, and the accompanying rice and beans were very salty ( even for my salt loving husband). The fried chicken was tasty, but was not crisp or warm, and unfortunately the collards were not even warm. The accompanying mac and cheese was okay. Perhaps the two group events they were hosting affected the regular table service fare on our visit. Cozy place with wonderful laid back ambiance and attentive staff, but more attention to food preparation would be a big plus.
The venue is very nice, and the food is good. The service was average.
Room was very loud. Slow start to service but the evening ended well. Food was delicious and service improved. Not sure what they can do about the acoustics—it was difficult to hear the server or someone at the end of our table of 9.
This restaurant offered an incredibly diverse menu, filled with local favorites. Food was extremely fresh, well seasoned, and cooked to perfection. The staff was extremely attentive and professional. A must visit dining option for those visiting the Charlottesville area !
Our server had too many tables and the food was only okay, including very undercooked beef tenderloin
Great food, great staff, reliable with 3 excellent visits so far. It is our go to when in C’ville
We ate on a great little deck upstairs and outside. Fun place to sit and watch the sky change and the sun set. Good salads (I often find salads boring) and nicely cooked duck. Looking forward to the next time.
Great menu and service. Fun locale. Loved the Clores chairs.
The Local is and will remain one of my very favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. I'd potentially suggest they change more of their menu (certain things have been on it for 5+ years -- although delicious, maybe try something different?), but always consistent and delicious! Great & friendly service too.
Food was good, they need to update the restaurant. The dirty college restaurant theme gets old after a while.
Don't let the external appearance fool you, inside the food is amazing.
Never disappoints. Came for Valentines Day and a birthday and it was great both times.
Service was slow. Servers seemed to be tag teaming but it did not work smoothly. Water and drinks did not arrive for 20 minutes. House salad was drenched in dressing. However, bison steak was very good.
Lovely location and the appetizers were great. Entrees were disappointing. Bison skirt was tough. Pork Chop over cooked as well. I would go back, but probably just for apps
Love the ambience except the noise level was quite unpleasant. It was difficult to have a conversation as it felt as if people were screaming. The menu selections were wonderful and the execution was pretty good. Everything we had was over salted. The service was friendly and prompt. Would come again but not on a Friday or Saturday night.
We sat outside and had a bunch of apps and drinks. It was the perfect way to spend a Friday! The food was amazing and perfectly cooked and the staff was attentive and kind!
Wonderful as always - I love this place because it is reliably good in every way - food, service, etc. A Charlottesville staple!
The balcony is the best!
I love the food, but the Upstairs was too cold and noisy for me.
Enjoyed the atmosphere and food at the Local. Sitting outside upstairs was very nice and the service was excellent.
The duck plate was amazing. I was sad the the rooftop was closed for a wedding, but that wasn’t their fault. Overall, it was a great experience. :)
Great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Friendly staff. Thumbs up!
such a great recommendation. Made another reservation for the next time in town before I left
Our dinner was very enjoyable, thanks to the hostess who accommodated our need to dine on the ground level dining room (I neglected to specify on my reservation, mea culpa), to the friendly server, and to the excellent food. Thank you.
Excellent food with very unique and cozy neighborhood vibe atmosphere inside. On a busy Saturday night things can get a little loud on the main level of the restaurant. Our appetizer, drinks, and meal were excellent. Service was friendly but a little too slow and scattered in our opinion. We will definitely come back but maybe try for a less busy day or time on our next visit.
Excellent food and service!
The food here is so fresh and delicious. Service was quick. The prices are not high considering the quality of the food. Handmade, local sourced food... You can't go wrong.
Great fresh food with interesting flavor combinations! Bison, salmon and covina dishes tried were all lovely
The pork chop was on the tough side. The mash potatoes were good. The service and drinks excellent.
Great service! Excellent food....
Fried cauliflower and brussel sprouts were delicious! So was the bacon wrapped meatloaf. I will definitely be back anytime I am in town.
Goodbye dinner for my friends going back to college
Fabulous! Kudos to the chef!
excellent food with good variety and local ingredients
Food was very good and well presented
I would give the Local a 5 star rating - as the food was incredible and at such affordable prices. However, we went for a special occasion on a Monday evening, expecting it to be quieter. We were seated in the middle table upstairs while large groups continued to be seated around us. By halfway through our dinner, I could not hear what the person across from me was saying. I would highly recommend it, I would go back in a heart beat. But I don't want that table!
If you’re in the area you must dine at The Local.
The wait staff is knowledgeable, the food is delicious, the farm to table experience a must!
The margaritas are delicious, plain and habanero! Yum, wish I had one now. The Mac and cheese with Maine lobster must be tried even if you order half and have it as an appetizer! I had the Berry salad and The Trout. I would get it again.
I have been here several times and the food never disappoints.
Very friendly staff. There is an off-the-menu kids menu that worked well for our two kiddos. But I am pretty sure they just forgot to put in our order with the kitchen. The food was great, it just took a very long time to get to us.
Service was prompt and friendly
Table was sticky and dirty. The wood needed refinished because dirt was embedded in the wood grain.
Food was excellent
Service was excellent
Noise level was beyond imagination. Could have used earplugs to block out juvenile laughter in the corner.
Management took no action to reduce loud outbursts from the noisy people in the corner.