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The Local

4.6
4.6
2057 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 80 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 2,057 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Lively

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

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  1. m

    meyerwoo

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower starter was fantastic. I got the beef tenderloin, and it was perfect. Wife got the bison skirt steak and it was delicious. Great atmosphere, wonderful service. Loved it
  2. L

    Lucy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a great experience here and love the ambiance!
  3. BW

    BruceW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    My wife and I went to the Local for the first time on Sunday. We were looking forward to it, due to reviews and word of mouth. When we arrived we were seated at a very small table for two. The temperature in the restaurant was so cold, that we and several other guests were all wearing our coats the entire time. The chairs are very uncomfortable, old and wobble badly. But we were there for the food, not for the chairs. We were told by the waiter, that they were known for their Beef Tenderloin. So my wife ordered it. I ordered the Steak Frites. When my wife's order came out, it was charred on all surfaces. It was a PERFECT medium rare inside, but no one, nor the menu told us it would be charred. My wife tried to cut off all of this charring, but finally gave up. I asked them to take it back and cook it without the charring. They brought us back the exact same two pieces of meat, but this time it was charred even more, and had an insane amount of salt added to it. At this point, I asked for the check and we left. I have never had someone purposefully make our meal worse. My steak was tough, but cooked properly. The only bright spot was the French Fries. They were wonderful. I cannot express enough, our overwhelming disappointment in this restaurant. This is the first and only meal we have had, in one of the "Nicer" restaurant's in Charlottesville, that was not enjoyable. Our official waiter, "JI" was very nice and polite, but was in training, and his trainer seemed more invested in showing off to female guests than in actually training "JI". I feel bad for "JI" as he will have a hard time succeeding if this is what his mentor acts like. As an older couple, it was disheartening to get minimal service from this person, and to see how invested he was in the younger couple on either side of us. We were totally discounted due to our age.
  4. BS

    BethanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great food! Only downside is there is limited parking
  5. PS

    PeterS

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and value. We had a family group of 8 and spent a fantastic evening. One of our favorite restaurants.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Upstairs seating is very loud, when making reservations they should allow you to distinguish between upstairs vs downstairs. Would not sit upstairs again, very loud and little ambiance.
  7. JW

    JoeW

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Gathering with friends
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Fried cauliflower/Brussels and seafood soup appetizers were excellent. Main dishes were underwhelming. The five spice salmon was dry and relatively tasteless. The stuffed squash came out luke-warm and required re-heating. Thankfully, the pineapple cheesecake helped with a nice ending to the dinner.
  9. FP

    FoodPlease

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A win on all counts. Delicious food, well prepared — we had the spiced shrimp appetizer, mushroom ragout and steak frite. Tasty cocktails. Our server was professional and interesting to chat with. And a bonus: preparing to leave, we walked downstairs and discovered a small band backing up a large number of local acoustic guitar players, each taking a turn at the mic.
  10. TK

    TomK

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Local has been a favorite of ours ever since our youngest started attending UVA. It's been 5 years since he graduated, but we still go back to the Local every time we're in CVille. And still enjoy it every time! Saturday night, the salmon with green curry, which sounded interesting on the menu, turned out to be fairly plain. Still well-prepared, just a little less adventurous than we anticipated. Stuffed squash with goat cheese, which we've had many times before, still a winner. As was the crispy shrimp appetizer. Looking forward to our next visit!
  11. SS

    SteveS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant situated in an historic home. It's a little tight and noisy if you sit downstairs and the bar and tables are extremely close together. The dishes, short ribs and salmon were excellent and large portions. Had the fried brussel sprouts and cauliflower for an appetizer and it was excellent. Wine list is extensive! Left satisfied and was pleased with the value of meals. You won't be disappointed with dining at The Local.
  12. JH

    JolieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another perfect dining experience! The food is always amazing.
  13. MS

    MohammedS

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Stella, our waitress, was wonderful. The food was huge in quantity but lacked good presentation and preparation.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect way to start off our New Year’s Eve! Great drink & food with a group of friends & family in a relaxed & comfortable surrounding.
  16. A

    Ash62

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  17. JM

    JustinM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome visit with good friends, good food, good drink. Love the local ingredients and local flavors of the Local, and we will be coming back again!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Local remains one of the consistently best restaurants in a crowded Charlottesville market. Great food, wonderful staff and a lovely neighborhood feel.
  19. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food overall but do not recommend the Steak Fritas, it was too tough. Michael’s service was spot in and that entree was removed from our bill. Cocktails were excellent, along with the Gnocchi, Beef Tenderloin, and appetizers! We will return!
  20. RR

    RobertR

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Noise not the resturants fault. It was outside and not under their controll. Food excellent. Wine over priced.
  21. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. I highly recommend. Excellent value for the price as well.
  22. DE

    DEBarnes

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The atmosphere and food were excellent. Service was slow, but the server was new to the job and learning. The only real complaint is that our dinners were brought out just a few minutes after the appetizers, not giving us time to enjoy both. Overall; recommended.
  23. R

    Ritasw

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and the lots of menu choices without being overwhelming. Would definitely visit again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas!
  25. S

    Susan

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Do not eat there if the heater doesn’t work. We froze and while, in retrospect, we should have asked to move from the freezing no heat room, the staff should have offered another table or two or, done something. All we got was an “I’m sorry.” The staff was fine, food unspectacular and I’ve no need to return.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was easily able to change my reservation time which was so nice. Got seated right away. Waiter was at our table immediately. Water was pre-poured. Saved us money by recommending a bottle of wine. Gave us her excellent recommendations on best choices. Food was delicious. We had a lovely dinner.
  27. PS

    PeterS

    Western NC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Local! Our Charlottesville go-to for great food and value.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had 'Truffled Mushroom Ragout' and my partner had the porkchop. We shared the brownie sundae. Memorably delicious! We had reservations and were seated upstairs. It feels warm, cozy, and classy. Even though we had a designated waiter, we felt the kind and upstanding service by The Local team. We will be eating here on a return visit. Highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Server was new. Young man who did a wonderful job. I don’t recall his name but he was tall with brown curly hair. If he didn’t know something, he was quick to get an answer. Very attentive even though he was very busy. The 4 star for food was because the chocolate pecan pie was too chewy and hard to cut into even with a knife. We mentioned this to the server, nothing was done about it. Perhaps he was unsure to tell the manager or kitchen. All in all very tasty and consistent in their food each time.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fun vibe and friendly knowledgeable servers!
  31. KS

    KStuart

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love the local!!
  32. J

    Jayne

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love The Local! Service was so efficient and not too overbearing - the waiters were so kind, drinks are amazing, the food is wonderful, and the ambiance/setting is sooo lovely! I love the bricks, it feels so cozy - great for a date night. Also great prices for what is offered!! Will be back.
  33. t

    tgood221

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful artwork, beautiful space, delicious food. I really like eating downstairs, as I like the vibe. It was a perfect place for a date night!
  34. AO

    AddyO

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As an out-of-towner, I thought it was ironic that I was booking a table for a very special occasion at a restaurant named The Local. Lucky me! Will, the host, made sure my request for a quieter table was honored beyond my wildest dreams - he led us to a private room! Michael, our server, was warm and charming and very knowledgeable about the menu. Everyone in our party of five enjoyed their meals - starting with the excellent She Crab Soup. The beef short ribs and meatloaf were also a big hit. The salads are fresh and creative and use a lot of local resources. The wine list is interesting and extensive. John, the manager, personally checked on us (on a very busy night including a large holiday party) to make sure we were comfortable. We felt like the entire staff was genuinely invested in our experience. It is rare when outstanding food, service and ambience are found in one place, but that's what you'll get at The Local. The Local makes you feel like a local and I will treasure the memory of our dinner. Thank you to the entire staff!
  35. AC

    AmyC

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Good wine selection. The ambience was nice. Our server was friendly and efficient. He gave us suggestions for entrees', was attentive and gave us time to visit. It was out first time visiting. We definitely will be back and recommend The Local for a great dining experience in Charlottesville.
  36. S

    Spectre

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Crab soup was served lukewarm. Burger was medium; I had ordered medium-rare.
  37. W

    Will

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place we loved it. Prices reasonable and fun atmosphere.
  38. RT

    RichardT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to The Local. We had a fabulous experience. The menu had something that appealed to each of us, our waiter Justin was knowledgeable and engaging, and the food was excellent. The cocktails were perfectly mixed and the wine suggestion complemented our meal quite well. We will be highly recommending The Local to friends. It's not cheap, hence four stars for value, but in line with what we expect to pay for a dinner of this high quality.
  39. PG

    PatriciaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal with fresh local ingredients . Great service!!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was new and very fast and attentive and nice ! She was the best!

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 2057 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 80 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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