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The Local

4.6
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1460 Reviews
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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

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1460 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Brad
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Nick
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!!!

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HunterC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as usual was delicious. I like what they've done to construct an outdoor patio from the parking lot. Would recommend to anyone wanting a chill distanced dinner out! :)

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vipKudos
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service. Location is well suited for the gen x and millennial crowd however, the food (as I said already) was terrific and great value.

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Grof
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect location with indoor tables but an open air feel. Great cocktails, wine and the brussel sprouts/ cauliflower app was yummy. everyone's main course was great. Service was excellent

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BartJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 7 all ordered different meals and everyone was so happy with their selections. Great cocktails, neighborhood and patio ambiance. We loved it and are looking forward to visiting again the next time we're in town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! Wonderful service and space. Good food and great value.

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SteveJC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and experience at The Local.

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vipRandB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. During this age of Covid-19, they made it a very enjoyable and safe experience.

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vipRaven
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really great food! Some flies out on the patio but still great safe experience

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Natej
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening at the local. Very friendly, accommodating staff who knew the menu well. Food was very reasonably priced and service was fast and polite!

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vipSteveB
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambience, and food. We will be back.

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vipdcgirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful value and even better food. Definitely would recommend to anyone visiting Charlottesville and I look forward to returning myself.

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KevinW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local is always a good bet. You will have great service, a tasty drink, and a solid meal. Their comfort food is perfect, and they always have a couple of exciting dishes if you are looking to branch out.

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ALVA
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent! Service could improve in terms of attentiveness. Also, server brought two checks to the table, assuming my friend and I were paying separately, before offering dessert or asking if we wanted anything else. Felt like we were being rushed out.

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! A lot of flies though, which I guess is expected when eating outside.

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PGL49
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I hadn't been out to eat in a long time and the Local is the perfect venue if you make this decision - delicious food, good service and a lot of attention to healthy practices.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks and service.

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ChadG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Inside seating was closed this visit, so patio only. There were a lot of bugs, probably because the trash was located next to the patio. The smell permeated over and made dinner difficult to enjoy. Cooking staff also took smoke breaks on the other side of the trash, adding to the unpleasant smell.

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EileenD
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so nicely greeted and social distancing was strictly observed. Our server was outstanding as was the food. First time out in 6 months and could not have picked a better place.

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vipSarahK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, delicious food. Great, friendly service. The Local is really going out of their way to make guests feel comfortable during the pandemic. Excellent!

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CateS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local is definitely a Charlottesville favorite. Nestled in the quaint little downtown area of Belmont, it boasts lots of outdoor covered seating and ample room for social distancing in these trying times. The food was amazing and came out in a very timely manner and the drinks were on par. The servers were friendly and accommodating and the prices were reasonable for the quality of dining.

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CK22
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic dinner at The Local outside on the patio. Our server, Shannon, was incredible - she offered great menu suggestions, patiently provided a couple sample beers and offered fabulous service overall. We'll definitely be back!

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vipLisaR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and incredible food and wine ! We will he back

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vipMike
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great anniversary dinner. They even started us with complimentary glasses of bubbly. Very nice!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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Salzy
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back inside the restaurant since the winter. Preferred it to the patio seating, where many flies landed on my food. Food and service were as always, great.

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vipCarter
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, incredibly knowledgeable & friendly staff, great outdoor dining experience! Overall it felt extremely safe with their Covid-19 precautions and truly waiters / waitresses were genuine in their desire to give an exceptional dining experience. Definitely a must-visit spot!!!

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vipJillianL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody come here if you can get it. Fantastic meal and would recommend to everyone!!

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vipSabrinaP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous spot with a great menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Great cocktail menu too. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We got the crispy shrimp appetizer which was amazing. I got the short rib entree and my boyfriend got the meatloaf. Everything was great, I would definitely go back!

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vipcalypso
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Layout for covid was good. Appetizers were great (loved the she crab soup). Entrees were average. Lobster mac & cheese was runny and lacked depth of flavor.

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VictoriaV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

“Date” with my son before he heads off to college

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vipRonaldB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful - way too much delicious food - has to take some home as leftovers- will be back!

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HilaryC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the shrimp appetizer and brownie sundae and everything really. Great food, service, and value!

FAQs

The Local does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. 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 1460 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.