The Local

4.6
1780 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1780 people are saying
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vipColeenL
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and atmosphere. The Local is a solid choice for a cozy winter dinner.

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vipMarkO
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every dish was outstanding---bolognese, stuffed squash, meatloaf, bison and steak were all cooked perfectly. Pork belly and cauliflower and brussels sprouts were great appetizers. Service was excellent!

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vipGinnyO
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fun and excellent menu and wine options. Very good service.

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Chase
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Local was a lovely place to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The food was well presented and prepared. Marie's serving skills were superb. The atmosphere rustic, warm and inviting. You can not go wrong with this choice.....

Chase

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DanaB
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The server was nice and the atmosphere was really quite pleasant - with local artists' work on the walls. The cocktails we had were very good. The food, unfortunately wasn't really up to our expectations. I had a vegetarian squash dish, with a greens side and the whole meal was an odd juxtaposition of over-seasoned, salty greens and nearly tasteless squash dish. My date had a gnocchi dish and was also pretty disappointed - the gnocchi was undercooked (an accomplishment for such a quick-cooking pasta) and the sauce was bland. We were excited to try this place out, but we will likely not go back.

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SeanD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid well rounded wine selection. $50-75 pricing range, some higher and some lower.
We had a pasta selection off the menu that was well dressed in its sauce and not over saturated. The truffle and mushrooms were not overpowering but did have a presence letting you know this was a mushroom dish.
The tomato bisque was excellent in its sharpness but not tangy or tasting like canned tomatoes.
The Steak was well seasoned both the rare and Med/rare were indeed that temp. The béchamel sauce could of been a little more in quantity for the amount of steak served. The French green beans were cooked to perfection.
Their special desert of black berry and raspberry cobbler was a delight for tart lovers but if you are patient and wait for the ice cream to melt the tartness mellowed and you had a pleasant berry taste.
The chocolate flourless cake was spot on and the candied orange rind was the right texture difference for the cake.
Great service wonder food and wine. If you are new to the restaurant as I was they do need more out door lighting to show off their sign. Keep your eyes open and you will find it.

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DougL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were seated in the heated tent, which was a little loud. The goat cheese salad was excellent, as were the short ribs and trout entrees. My Old Fashioned was made with scotch, which was unusual, but not bad. Service was a little slow. Overall very good and a good value.

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Brian
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, really a gem! Maria our server was outstanding.

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MichaelF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife enjoyed immensely and I liked the Wine and Scotch selection. Only negative was they were out of berry cobbler.

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vipwine4foodie
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve - delicious as always including Gluten and dairy free dietary needs.

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LizzyMarie
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delish! We had a 5pm reservation, and is was nice and quiet, not too busy, for most of the time we were there. About the last 15 minutes, a loud group was sat on the other side of the room and that was annoying, but not the fault of the restaurant that the people were loud. Great time! Didn't remember to take any pics of the food. The only downside was the pork belly app. Despite the price you only get 2 little pieces of pork belly. It was really good, but not worth the cost.

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dayke3
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff at The Local was so accommodating to my dairy allergy. They went above and beyond to check all ingredients and help me order something I could eat. We got two margaritas. Both were very good. The salmon was incredible. My husband’s steak frites weren’t cooked correctly (very charred on the outside and a medium rare on the inside), but other than that the food was delicious!

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JasonB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy, the staff was shorthanded due to COVID, amd the service was great. They went above and beyond when they called me less than 15 minutes after we left because I left my wallet on the table.

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Quan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Solid food. A bit heavy but what isn’t in the south—the service was pretty half baked tho

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SherryC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a great location— with superb service. Handled my husband’s birthday beautifully.

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Caroline
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local does not disappoint-ever! Many thanks to the staff for excellent food and outstanding service!

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Debbie
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

More comfortable chairs.
Walkway to tent area more appealing or storage areas enclosed.

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ChrisW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service. The Local never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great local restaurant with a creative menu, well prepared and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a wonderful time dining here! We will certainly be returning soon. The cuisine tasted homemade and locally sourced. I’d certainly recommend this venue.

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Gigi
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Had to wait a bit for our table even though we had reservations. They accomodated us when I asked to sit outside since the bar area was super crowded and the upstairs had a party. Food was good. My mojito was excellent. The server was awesome! I felt the price for the food we received was a bit high.

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mikeK
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were passing through town and found this place so we chose it for dinner. First of all the street or neighborhood that it is in is a great little area to check out. The fettuccine dish is more than worth a try it was outstanding. They have great craft cocktails and the prices are more than fair in the service was excellent. While the interior of the restaurant was very old Virginia it was a change of pace from the very modern restaurants I typically dine in. It is more than worth a stop for dinner or even drinks with friends highly recommend dine there again.

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JaredM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service, cool atmosphere and delicious cuisine.

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Mongo51
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful little hole in the wall place. Really good cocktails and food
Get a reservation this place fills up quick!

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Steven
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, portions and service. Definitely worth putting on your list of visiting Charlottesville.

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vipVistor
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fifth time we've eaten at The Local (and this is probably our fourth review.) Food and service are consistently great. We will return often.

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Jason
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Appetizer was good. Main course was mediocre at best. Dessert was over cooked. Happy to try a new restaurant but likely won’t be back.

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MACme
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful seat in the window, I had asked for a quieter table since someone in our group is hard of hearing. Generally loud and bustling it was a busy night, but our location was tucked in a corner and just great. Outstanding service, I wish I could remember the name of our server. Food was delicious as always, you can always count on an excellent meal. Difficult to find parking in Belmont on a Friday eve, but that just goes with it.
Highly recommend The Local.

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JoeW
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met friends and had a wonderful time! Great food and great service.

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DavidV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not had the opportunity to visit The Local in a while. But it was birthday celebration time and we made our reservation. The food, as we remembered it, was excellent. The host and server were lovely. It simply was great food and a great atmosphere. We look forward to our next visit.

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DianaD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had a good variety and all was really good - lamb, beef filet, meatloaf, pork chop and gnocchi. Can’t go wrong really. My fav was the flourless chocolate cake.

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AniaS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Perfect dinner place when visiting UVA.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a late evening date night and couldn't have had a better experience! One of my favorite places for the ambience alone. The staff was friendly, gave great recommendations, and were very attentive. The delicious food was just the cherry on top.

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Pleasant
London
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice place for dinner.
Food is pretty good. But...green beans were cold, sweet potato strings were so tiny they were hard to eat. Trout was ok. Am hoping on another occasion it would be better.

It's somewhat noisy, but also cozy and the staff is fine.

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KrissyE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding! It was a perfect in every way!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy bringing friends and family from out of town to The Local. Consistently good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great, cute personality and attentive service!

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 1780 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.