The Local

4.6
1493 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1493 people are saying
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davido
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife to The Local for her birthday.We both ordered the meatloaf.We savored and lingered for longer than any meal we could remember.Outstanding!

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JustinM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first meal as a family in the last 9 months, and we couldn’t have picked a more delicious location. Perfect. Everything was delicious, from the appetizers to dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet - safe - excellent waiter.

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Elizabeth
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic! Our server was excellent, the restaurant was well spaced out and all servers were properly masked for covid protocols. Everyone at our table got something different (4 people) and all were delicious and loved our meals. Would highly recommend!

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BMarie
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great, overall would highly recommend.

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vipHollyHolly
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Highly recommend the salmon!

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James
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and the service was excellent. The menu items are all very unique and not every item is for every person. I ordered something different this time and it blew me away. Lots of safety precautions are in place for COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The local is our favorite! Food and staff are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! It was nicely distanced and we sat outside

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DaveA
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delighted with our restaurant choice in C’Ville. Ate outside on well spaced tables. Felt totally Covid safe. Fabulous meal, great attentive staff and excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

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ChuckS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was great and the food was great. The atmosphere was very nice

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PaulaB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Found them on Trip advisor, the food looked good in the pictures so we decided to give it a try. I was thinking meatloaf but when we got there we changed our minds and went for the short ribs! They were so tender you did not need a knife. Next time I am in the Charlottesville area I will definitely be back!

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MoreCheesePleese
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delish and not to pricey. The building is gorgeous and setup was socially distant. I had the steak and my boyfriend had the salmon. I really wanted to try the brownie dessert but decided against the extra calories. Service was decent. We had a lovely time.

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Babs
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service! This was our anniversary dinner and they made it memorable and enjoyable for us! Can’t wait to visit again!

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vipMichael
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower were a bit too fried for our liking. But the service and ambiance were amazing, and especially the cocktails. One of the best crab soups we’ve had too!

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Kimberlym
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my son and his roommates here for his 20th birthday. Menu offered a great variety for entrées and the atmosphere, food, and service were fantastic. Only critique is that the appetizer selection was limited. Great find! (Also didn’t particularly care for the politically oriented sign in the window)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks just had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation

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vipMStew
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed coming here - the Gnocchi, Mushroom Ragou and cocktails are always incredible. I've never had a bad meal and have been coming for years.

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vipTonyS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service.

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vipSteveF
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Local is just "ok". Very disappointed with food quality. The shrimp appetizer was good, but the meatloaf was not good at all. Seemed to be primarily breading and not a lot of meat. The short ribs were better, but both dishes had a HUGE portion of mashed potatoes which were there to take up the plate. The veggies were scant.

Service was a kind of "false friendly" and we felt somewhat rushed. It has potential, but needs to be improved.

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DCEater
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a cool building! Definitely recommend - our favorite "treat yourself" spot!

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Vinva
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was good but didn’t blow us away. The service was fine. The patio was cool and we appreciated the open windows but the fan/motor outside the window was rather loud.

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LJVPB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service,really delicious cocktails, relaxed atmosphere, food was fantastic! We will be going back

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Pleased
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, great service, nice ambience (strictly following Covid guidelines).

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JessiT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a little earlier than our planned reservation and were seated quickly. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and the value was very good as well.

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WendellC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot, comfort food, fast service and good social distancing!

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TheWoosters
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner! Crab soup was literally the best I've ever had. NY Strip was excellent, spare ribs were very good. Server was sweet and helpful. Host wasn't as welcoming as I would've expected and although I understand the need for paperless menu and bill options, it seems off-putting to diners who may be of a certain age. (That wasn't us...but I wouldn't think my parents would've enjoyed that aspect). Still a great meal, for sure. Would definitely return!

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vipWhinetoDine
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first visit to The Local. It's located in the Belmont neighborhood. Parking may be challenging. The spaces in front of and in the adjacent lot are reserved for take out/curbside service. You will need to locate parking on the street and be prepared to walk a block or so. The Local is well suited for socially distanced dining on the patio. Patrons included middle aged and older couples and 2 large tables of twenty/thirty-something women enjoying girls night out The menu is available by scanning the QR code. Don't overlook the daily special and the library wine list. Stella was our very attentive and knowledgeable server. We skipped wine even though the library list is extensive and features quality wines. The fried cauliflower and Brussels sprouts appetizer is excellent, a great way to begin your dining experience. We ordered fish & chips, Monday's special, and salmon. The servings are large and tasty. No dessert for us.

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VinnyP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Had the steak with green beans and blue cheese crumbles. Pretty well social distanced, little uncomfortable when it got full, but everyone had masks and overall good experience and great food

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LauraK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic outdoor seating, cocktails and gastro food

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wtgbum
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place to have dinner. No one from our party of six had an issue and all would eat here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and fabulous service while respecting social distancing highly recommend!

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vipanitaF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

eveything was great except for the smoke from the smoker was a little heavy until they turned it off.

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Brad
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks and server were fantastic! One of our favorite places we dined while in Charlottesville.

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vipMelanieW
Jacksonville
110 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was return visit for us (we loved it the first time) and everyone was very happy with their order except for one (steak frites). Tough, slightly cold and fries just past raw was how he described it. I had meatloaf and another had the short ribs and both were delicious. I even sampled my granddaughters mac & cheese and it was pretty good! Our server did forget the beverages 2 in our party ordered but that happens. They've got the social distancing and other protocols well in hand. I would urge anyone who hasn't been before to try it and just be judicious about ordering, i.e. don't experiment--pick something you are sure to like.

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xoxoChrissie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Totally off the beaten path!!! Not on the Downtown Mall or The Corner or Main Street... had a friend not recommended The Local, I would have never thought to go here for dinner. Was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant has a very rustic feel to it, and my party ate on the second floor, which was very open/airy. We ordered the deep fried cauliflower another ordered a butternut squash (veggie) based dish; another ordered the short ribs. We all sampled each others' meals and were impressed by each. Finally, for dessert we ordered the brownie sundae, chocolate flour less cake, and a special cheesecake. My favorite dessert was the sundae. The wait staff was knowledgeable & friendly. Would definitely recommend this place for a fun occasion!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our waitress and the presentation of our dinner were fantastic. The quality of the food was overall just okay. Our steak was ordered as medium rare but ended up being close to well done. We got mash potatoes by accident which turned out to be the best item we had. We would go back, but only after exhausting other Cville restaurant opportunities.

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JaclynM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible. Perfect date night, the waitress was in tune with our vibe, it was all around great. I will visit anytime Im in Charlottesville.

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at the Local is always great and very consistent. They’ve done a nice job of making the dining experience pandemic friendly. The Local is an excellent destination for a large group as the menu offers something for everyone, and they take reservations which is a significant help as lots of local restaurants do not take reservations. The restaurant also has a good selection of wines, as well as vegetarian options. People are consistently surprised by how delicious the stuffed squash is! Whether appetizers, salads, entrees or desserts, their food is fabulous! Enjoy

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Simon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my husbands and my go to! This restaurant is truly a diamond in the rough. The service is ALWAYS 10 stars and the food is AMAZING! We will be back many many times!!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Local using the Order Online button. The Local also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 984-9749.

The Local is rated 4.6 stars by 1493 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.