The Local

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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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MW
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The venue is very nice, and the food is good. The service was average.

LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

AW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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 !

p
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our server had too many tables and the food was only okay, including very undercooked beef tenderloin

FG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great staff, reliable with 3 excellent visits so far. It is our go to when in C’ville

PP
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

CB
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and service. Fun locale. Loved the Clores chairs.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good, they need to update the restaurant. The dirty college restaurant theme gets old after a while.

JR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't let the external appearance fool you, inside the food is amazing.

KJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Came for Valentines Day and a birthday and it was great both times.

EH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

WC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

SC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

ES
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always - I love this place because it is reliably good in every way - food, service, etc. A Charlottesville staple!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The balcony is the best!

SS
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I love the food, but the Upstairs was too cold and noisy for me.

PV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the atmosphere and food at the Local. Sitting outside upstairs was very nice and the service was excellent.

B
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. :)

EM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Friendly staff. Thumbs up!

s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

such a great recommendation. Made another reservation for the next time in town before I left

LR
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

CO
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TW
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food with interesting flavor combinations! Bison, salmon and covina dishes tried were all lovely

DW
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The pork chop was on the tough side. The mash potatoes were good. The service and drinks excellent.

C
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Excellent food....

JM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fried cauliflower and brussel sprouts were delicious! So was the bacon wrapped meatloaf. I will definitely be back anytime I am in town.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Goodbye dinner for my friends going back to college

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Kudos to the chef!

MC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food with good variety and local ingredients

LA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and well presented

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

R
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and the food never disappoints.

KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

JO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

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.

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