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The Local, Charlottesville, VA
The Local, Charlottesville, VA
The Local, Charlottesville, VA
The Local, Charlottesville, VA
The Local, Charlottesville, VA

The Local

4.4
4.4
2345 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

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 984-9749
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Hart
  • Catering
    The Local is a full-service catering company that specializes in weddings, social gatherings & corporate events. Grand or intimate, focused on tradition or leaning toward trendy, your vision along with our capable guidance will reflect your personal style. Our staff is committed to details, offering unique options, bringing creativity and passion to the planning process.
  • Private party facilities
    The Local has a variety of venues that have been enjoyed over the years, which can be rented out individually or all together accommodating parties over 150 seated, 200 for cocktail events. Each space offers it’s own fully-functioning bar, handcrafted tables, and a beautiful atmosphere to hold your special event. Our larger spaces are located in the upstairs portion of our restaurant, and our Wine Room is located on the main floor.
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Parking details
    Most patrons are able to find street parking in the neighborhood within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,345 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlottesville

    Good for groups

  • Charlottesville

    Hot spot

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,345 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had wonderful time thanks to the service and delicious food.

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  2. Bill

    Baltimore

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting menu, good food , moderate prices, energetic service— what’s not to like ?

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  3. JanetT

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. A great experience, we would definitely come back.

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  4. HeatherP

    Charlotte

    92 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    92 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant was good. The cheese plate was a ton of grapes, apple slices and five portions of cheese with crackers. It needed a bit more crackers. The pot roast was mostly good...there were a few chunks of fat though. The cheeseburger was average and steak frites were good. Lemonade was not good. Had to ask for refills on water a couple of times.

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  5. PatS

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were greeted and seated promptly. The front room is small but very attractive. The server was friendly but we felt rushed. The food I received was cold. The meatloaf was hard and covered in Avery vinegary barbecue sauce. The potatoes and green. Rams under it were fine but nothing special. My husband’s southern fried chicken was covered with a very vinegary hot sauce. The collard greens were drenched in vinegar. And this sauce covered the macaroni and cheese on the bottom of the plate. The greeter asked if we wanted boxes to go. When we said no thanks he said okay and whisked away our plates. The server immediately brought our check. We paid and left. No one asked us about a second drink or dessert or why we left most of our dinner. Very disappointing.

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  6. SaraL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food & service. We will definitely be back.

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  7. AnnS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite dinner restaurant. This time was exceptional! Brussel sprouts and cauliflower appetizer super tasty. Caesar salad and house salad excellent. Entrees of Beef tenderloin, short ribs and cod all delicious and cooked perfectly. Our waitress was very attentive and food was served very timely. A great dinner. Definitely will be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food and service! Jack was a really great waiter!

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  9. BeckyY

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at the local. Our food was delicious and our server was very accommodating. If we were from the area, we would return. 

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  10. Rick

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoy dining there. It was too busy to have a good experience this time.

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  11. MargaretE

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great experience with Claudia as our server. She thoughtfully brought extra sauce for our favorite and delicious appetizer, the fried Brussels/ cauliflower. She also replaced my meal graciously and quickly when it didn’t come out properly. She did all that while juggling lots of tables! The salmon I got for dinner was outstanding. We enjoyed our evening.

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  12. AndiM

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried Chicken is not my go to meal, but it was truly so juicy and delicious! Was falling off the bone! Cocktails were also tasty! Service was good and fast, but almost too fast, we felt a little bit rushed out. Overall good dinner experience.

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  13. MatthewR

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried chicken did state all brown meat, no white meat. Mac n cheese with it was runny using kiddie noodles, maybe a noodle better than what comes in a boxed version

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  14. carsquare

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food of mediocre quality - poor service, lack of attention - Poor overall experience.

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  15. RobertH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place in downtown Charlottesville, Va. The restaurant was very nice and the staff were amazing. The food was very well prepared and very tasty. Would definitely go back when in town.

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  16. ChristinaW

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were gathering for a girls nite out & had a lovely dinner. Food was great, service was awesome- thank you Jack!

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  17. RobinK

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice, friendly staff and waiter. Good food and relaxed atmosphere.

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  18. WendyM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Would highly recommend the meatloaf. The salmon was very good as well. The chocolate bourbon pecan pie was amazing!!

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  19. JimandJeanne

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food, well prepared, at reasonable prices. Always excellent.

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  20. edwardmonk

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered feuded chicken with Mac and greens. Everything was room temp. Asked my guests and it was the same, regardless of what they ordered. Food tasted like it was ordered hours before we arrived. White wine was also warm. Was a waste of time and money.

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  21. Nick

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, The Local delivers. It was my wife’s birthday and we went with 6 of her friends and we all had a great time. Drinks are incredible, food is delicious and QUICK. My beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked. I would suggest the Local to anyone who wants a low key restaurant with fantastic food and drink, atmosphere, and overall experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious genuinely enjoyed they service definitely worth trying!

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  23. MaryellenL

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside & we had a BLAST!!! The food was delicious especially the CRAB SOUP & the shrimp!! We absolutely come back!!!

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  24. Erika

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, I'd have to say we are disappointed with our dining experience this past weekend at the Local. Upon arriving, we were promptly sat at a table near the door. When making the reservation, we had indicated the evening was for a special event (40th Birthday party!). Unfortunately, this didn't seem to translate into the dining experience (either noted by the staff, or even in selection of where we were sat). Once we had a moment to get settled - the server approached our table and offered to grab drinks. This was the start of what I would call a less than desirable outcome. We placed an order for one of their tap beers (Amber Lager). It was brought over to our table and tasted more like a sour. It was awful. Our server was very apologetic and worked to help remedy. Ultimately it seems as if their taps are improperly tapped into Kegs (ie. a lager at the bar - is actually a sour pre the keg). We went through a few different tries to get this one right (server was patient and helpful along the process!). Food was delivered. Ordered a Burger and the Gnocchi. Burger - was set on a small serving plate - with the fries in a separate basket. Felt odd to have them broken up like that. The plate should have been used for a small salad, or a saucer for your coffee up....Nothing special to notate here. Fries were okay, burger was okay. Gnocchi - huge portion. Could have fed us 3 times over - tasted good and had plenty of meat! Would definitely order again. Shortly after finishing, plates were cleared. I share all of this to state - we were disappointed in the lack of acknowledgement to our special occasion, the mix ups on their taps and the hassle to fix, burger was 'meh' and ambiance was lacking. Server was supportive, helpful and ultimately - helped make the tab right as it relate to the beer mix-up. Upon future visits, I wouldn't go out of my way to come here.

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  25. PhilM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great and our server, Justin, was very helpful and attentive, and gave some great suggestions.

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  26. StephanieG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool atmosphere. Nice waitstaff. Salad was ok. Too much dressing. Charcuterie. Was just chunks of cheese. And grapes. Lower your expectation. And it’s not bad.

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  27. ChrisB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful time at The Local. Ashley was a wonderful and thoughtful server. It was a bit loud, and indicates the restaurants popularity.

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  28. traurose

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to place for a guaranteed fine meal, great service, and warm atmosphere!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal with friends! Their ribeye special was incredible and a huge portion, great value!

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  30. JayM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Had the fried chicken and pasta with seafood.

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  31. Mark

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been one of our favorite Charlottesville restaurants for years.

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  32. FattysDelight

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    There were some facility issues during our meal that may have caused issues with service, but I was disappointed with lack of attention to detail during our meal. At one point, I watched a drink that I ordered sit on the bar for more than ten minutes before someone brought it over to the table. Three of the four meals we ordered were decent, but the fish n chips “special” was just bad. It looked great, but flavor and texture rendered it inedible. They used a skin-on fillet for the fish, but did not thoroughly cook the skin. My son, typically a picky eater anyway, refused to eat more than a bite. I tasted the fish and found the batter had not been seasoned and the skin was slimy and off-putting. The chips (fries) came out cold to boot. We had the cheese board as an appetizer (it was awesome), but silverware used with the cheese board was taken away before the mains and I had to flag down another server to ask for silverware. Nobody checked on the quality of the food. Each time we needed something I had to flag down the closest employee. As a whole, we went into this dining experience with high hopes based on the menu, venue, and neighborhood. Unfortunately, we left incredibly frustrated and disappointed.

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  33. DavidF

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, what a great experience. The old building has so much charm and appeal. The food was phenomenal and was made in short time. The wait staff was a bit slow and disappeared several times but he was very nice. I highly recommend The Local.

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  34. MargaretB

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great local restaurant. Very accommodating for our family birthday celebration. Food and drinks were delicious. Our server was very helpful!

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  35. DonnaM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The prices were fair. It took one hour for us to be served. Great bartender and nice wine selection.

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  36. GinnyO

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Appreciate servers who advised on menu options. Excellent wine cellars. Food consistently very good.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Rice was very undercooked and food took a long time to arrive.

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  38. ErikK

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    good food...great service fun time had by all.....

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! Our server was attentive and helpful with what to order. Very cool old building with history. A great dining experience!

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  40. Corky

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2nd time in a month. Our new favorite “go to” restaurant! Everything was great!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.4 stars by 2345 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Local

824 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Most patrons are able to find street parking in the neighborhood within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Hart
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (434) 984-9749
  • Catering
    The Local is a full-service catering company that specializes in weddings, social gatherings & corporate events. Grand or intimate, focused on tradition or leaning toward trendy, your vision along with our capable guidance will reflect your personal style. Our staff is committed to details, offering unique options, bringing creativity and passion to the planning process.
  • Private party facilities
    The Local has a variety of venues that have been enjoyed over the years, which can be rented out individually or all together accommodating parties over 150 seated, 200 for cocktail events. Each space offers it’s own fully-functioning bar, handcrafted tables, and a beautiful atmosphere to hold your special event. Our larger spaces are located in the upstairs portion of our restaurant, and our Wine Room is located on the main floor.
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