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The Local

4.6
4.6
2016 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

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 2,016 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Best Overall

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. w

    wine4foodie

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & Service!
  2. KE

    KevinE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with the fried brussel sprouts and cauliflower... excellent!! Was a great place to celebrate our anniversary. Found a parking space quickly... But I see how it could be a problem.
  3. EB

    EmilyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and drink. Seating was a bit tight.
  4. KB

    KatherineB

    Greensboro

    219 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    219 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy. Really enjoyed the mushroom ragout.
  5. DG

    DenisG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall a very nice visit. Only negative…..Food could have been hotter
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Loud and cold. Service was good but stuck in a room without character when there were tables downstairs in the warm area.
  7. MK

    MeganK

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite local restaurants, food is great and consistent. Server was attentive while not making us feel rushed.
  8. A

    Andrew

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meatloaf was just excellent. So many flavours.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a quality experience with really good food
  10. MR

    MRRM

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I think I had higher expectations because of the reviews I read, but I was underwhelmed. Two of our four dishes were very cold. Even when they came back, they weren't super hot. The server did her best, but I just thought it would have been better.
  11. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great venue for dinner with family or friends! Excellent food.
  12. E

    Eatoutalot

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I ordered the squash and it was delicious but not hot. I'll still go to The Local regularly, in fact, I was there two nights in a row. But next time I hope my meal is hot.
  13. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I was in town for a Sunday night event and this place was supposedly highly recommended. Not sure what caliber of person did the recommending, but I was really disappointed. This is definitely a college crowd atmosphere restaurant. Lots of exposed brick and wood but also LOTS of exposed wiring downstairs which seems like a safety issue. The food was overpriced for what we received and was not hot when delivered by someone else who for whatever reason was not our server. A note on out server, she did not seem well read to the menu when we had questions about different items. Additionally she was the not the most attentive. My berkshire porkchop--not thicker than 1/2" if that ($20)--was somewhat overcooked & not as hot as i would expect an entrée to be served; the mashed potatoes were served almost tepid like they were plated and then waited for the pork chop. Maybe they assumed the pork would keep the potatoes hot? Sorry no. Drinks were OK but it took what seemed like forever for the waitress to bring after dinner coffee with frangelico ($9 on the menu but $9.50 on my bill) that again seemed like it had sat as was it was not even steaming. Im so glad we didn't waste money on dessert! A final note: PLEASE do something about your fly problem we were inside and the flies were an ever present nuisance at our table.
  14. KA

    KristenA

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and cocktails. You can see why it is a local favorite.
  15. A

    Aricv

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp appetizer is very tasty. Great new salmon entrée, too.
  16. N

    Novbday

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I came in to celebrate our birthdays and had a wonderful experience. Staff was friendly and service was excellent…every single thing we ordered was outstanding…we will definitely return the next time we visit Charlottesville!
  17. z

    zman1114

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find. Was recommended to us, great little restaurant. Service was exemplary, food was delicious, pecan pie for dessert was great! Local wine was excellent.
  18. R

    Rosie

    Baton Rouge

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at the Local and it even exceeded the wonderful experience we had the first time! The food was even better, our server was exceptional and I can't wait to come back again!
  19. S

    Stacie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall wonderful meal! Filet was outstanding, chicken was cooked perfectly! Would definitely recommend!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such great food and friendly staff! Will go back for sure!
  21. SG

    SuzyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Short ribs were delicious! Justin was friendly and helpful. Very bustling atmosphere. Was disappointed they didn’t acknowledge our anniversary, even though I indicated it on the reservation.
  22. q

    quadgirl

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal! Justin’s recommendations and service were great! Crispy shrimp is really unique and SO TASTY! Short ribs were perfect as was the fried chicken. Only “miss” was the collard greens which were really too vinegary. Otherwise, all great!
  23. AG

    AshleyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Food was terrific and service wonderful!
  24. J

    Jean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. We had the bolognese and the fried chicken. Loved both! Service was great. Prices very reasonable.
  25. FR

    FredeRICKsburger

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was very nice, the food was excellent and the value was extraordinary.
  26. KS

    KenS

    Lake of the Ozarks

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good good and very good service Not having any parking is a real detraction The cook and servers deserve to have Parking available for patrons
  27. K

    heatherK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! Great food- amazing wine list! The service is always top-notch!
  28. CM

    CraigM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I ask if I could have a little more sauce for my pasta that was barely warm and dry… they said no sorry😮. I couldn’t eat it… then she gives me a dessert menu! I was to upset.. we paid and left!! Won’t be back !!!
  29. S

    Seattlevisitor

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Great service and nice decor.
  30. GM

    GregM

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent food and excellent service. A trusty go-to for us.
  31. B

    Belgarath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good spot! Not too pricy. Food was really good and service was excellent
  32. EF

    EdFinn

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Hadn't been out to dinner in a long time. We picked a good place to resume eating out. Good food and great service really helps. Keep up the good work.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for a date while visiting Charlottesville. Food was great, service was great and I’d reckon end the local to anyone visiting!
  34. UV

    UVAfoodie

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely local neighborhood gem! Fresh food, nice wine list, cozy ambiance, attentive service
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience, casual atmosphere, great food and excellent service.
  36. LT

    LeslieT

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to try The Local for awhile but it never worked out and we finally had the stars align and we were able to give this place a try. Double YUM! The service was perfection....never waited or looked for a thing...someone was always filling our water or asking if we needed anything at just the right times. The food was super fresh and delicious. Steak Frites and Meatloaf were so good....sides were perfection...everything has been thought about. Sometimes sides can be an after thought...not at The Local...the green beans and mashed potatoes and the sauce on them were perfect. French fries were soooo good. Crispy Shrimp app which our waitress Maria recommended was so good...for sure getting that again. Great place will be back for sure!
  37. AG

    AmandaG

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I would have said that the food was outstanding had it been hot. My shrimp starter would have been delicious (and probably crispy) had they been hot. The burger was excellent but the beans and French fries were practically cold, as were my companion’s carrots. Service was good.
  38. MC

    MarioC

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Noise level to high. Pesky insect bothered us during the meal.
  39. CA

    CArrie

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good gluten-free options and good awareness about cross contamination.
  40. l

    lynnh

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We ate outside where the noise level was pleasant. They had a half off wine special and a good wine list. Food was tasty, mainly comfort food. Very hip vibe in a trendy neighborhood.

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 4.6 stars by 2016 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • 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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