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About The Local

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

824 Hinton Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(434) 984-9749

Website:
http://www.thelocal-cville.com/

The Local Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Local Ingredients (33)
Good for a Date (31)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Casual (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Cozy (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fun (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Authentic (15)
Romantic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Seasonal (11)
Organic (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great Beer (7)
Healthy (7)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Live Music (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

I ordered the Lobster mac and cheese and was not disapointed. Great amount of lobster in a creamy cheddar macaroni. I paired it with a local chardanay. Perfect! The ale soup of the day had the perfect balance of spices.

Tried a hand crafted coctail: the Hinton. Highly recommended. This has become my new fav place for dinner!

Tags: Hot Spot, Organic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Perhaps The Local has jumped the shark. Our server was apologizing to literally every table for something; over cooked steaks, forgotten wine, forgotten appetizer, and my vegetables which were completely raw. Still known as a hot spot in town, we sadly were disappointed and would not recommend. I believe the kitchen may not be prepared to keep up with the expanded restaurant size.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Dinner with son and daughter in law, both of whom are UVA grads. One of their favorite restaurants. Got there early on a Saturday evening. Was not crowded, although there was a steady stream of people coming in while we were dining. We had a very nice, quiet table in a nook by the window. The Local did not disappoint. Our waiter was outstanding, very helpful, and the food was very, very good. As always. Definitely a reasonable value for what they deliver.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

With the squirrel yay!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great place and lovely food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great meal with excellent service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A solid choice for C'ville. Can be a little loud and crowded. Food in our party was good although my salmon dish must have been sitting for awhile as it wasn't as warm as it should have been.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My husband and I ate here on a trip through Charlottesville. This restaurant claims to be a farm to table establishment but I would argue with that. It was below par with farm to table restaurants we have visited. The menu listed an entree that was apparently their take on Nashville Hot Chicken with collard greens and pimento cheese mac and cheese. Sounded delicious since we have had the authentic dish so we both decided to order it. When the food arrived the crust appeared extremely dark brown and when we cut into the thigh/leg portions, red juice oozed out. When the waiter returned, we informed him the chicken was partially raw. He collected them and returned to the chicken. I honestly believe they took the same chicken, rebreaded and refried it! My husband said some of the meat was missing from his portion. When it was returned, the crust was solid black and the meat overcooked to the point that it was like cutting a piece of wood! I pushed it aside and ate some of the mac and cheese and collards which were mostly just spicy but not overly flavorful. The waiter asked if we wanted a box and I informed him it was inedible as I'm sure he already knew. They did reduce the price however. I don't think I could visit this restaurant again with all the other good dining choices in Charlottesville.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was terrible. Fish wasn’t cooked and when they brought it back after recooking the same fish it was fishy. My husbands steak was raw even tho he ordered it med. the berry cobbler was water. Totally gross.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Vey quick and courteous service. Very busy place with an incredible hustle and bustle. Good vegetarian options: their truffled shiitake mushroom fettuccine was great, and veggie pasta of the day was decent. Would recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful, unique atmosphere and delicious food! My husband and I went here on a date night and it was perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was fantastic. We were there on a night which was somewhat noisy. However, we enjoyed the experience and our servers were attentive and efficient.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Disappointed. Made reservations a month in advance but was seated next to the upstairs party room that was occupied. It felt as if we were sitting in the kitchen... Cluttered, disorganized, piles of tableware sitting around. Food was so-so. Was not the experience we expected based on prior visits.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We enjoyed it. Would consider going back sometime. Good selection of different foods.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Local is one of our "go to" restaurants in C'ville -- we really love it. The food and the service are typically consistent (very good to excellent), although we had an exception during this dining experience in that the crab soup -- which we have enjoyed for several years -- was INCREDIBLY SPICY and almost inedible (and it was only barely warm). We asked the server if the recipe had recently changed, or if there was a new sous chef, and he replied that the soup can vary from day to day ("it just depends"). We had never had it vary, previously, but whatever. We'll think twice about ordering it in the future. Otherwise, all was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is delicious and a good value. Fun without being pretentious. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food and great atmosphere

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great place, also serves Cirrus Vodka on the bar! The bison was great as was the duck!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great spot, great local food

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Managed a large party with multiple arrival times really well. We were able to have a reunion.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was good with the exception of the very dry Caesar salad. Our server was in a bad mood or something but we tried to mKe the most of the birthday celebration despite his dismal attitude.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Terrific food. Creative cocktails, perfectly seared steak frites, great Friday night service.

But. The leaf blower volume outdoor heater made enjoying any of it impossible

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our server was outstanding!! She was the only one upstairs and still made us feel we were her only table. And the food was delicious. Keep it up.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great spot. Food and menu were great. Server was a little scattered but nice and accommodating. Cramped space but still felt private. Tried the meatloaf, crab soup, and lobster mac. All very good! I'd definitely return.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

A weekday would probably be better. The weekend was too packed.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Overall, a great experience. Our drinks, appetizer and enteees were delicious. The dessert menu could be a little better. The choices were limited and the blackberry cobbler left much to be desired. Also, the bartender seemed extremely frazzled and annoyed that we ordered cocktails and then when we asked for our check he was a little snappy in telling us that we had to wait.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Came here for my birthday with a group of friends. Very good service but I was not impressed with the food. I had trout and I thought it was way too salty, while the rest of the dish was bland. For $20-30 per entree, I did not think it was worth it. Was excited to try this place but it didn't meet my expectations.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great service. The waiter was very attentive and the food was EXCELLENT. The filets we had were cooked to perfection. Absolutely wonderful food.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

love the relaxed feel - bit noisy but waitress very helpful

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had great weather for outside dining and had a table right outside along the sidewalk. The food was wonderful and it was a perfect evening to celebrate my sons birthday .

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food. Good wine. This place is a winner. I will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went to the Local on Saturday night for dinner. We were really looking forward to it as the Local has been a favorite restaurant of ours since we were undergrads at UVA. We have always enjoyed our experience there, however, this night was different. The food was still great, but the service was awful! We arrived before 8pm for our 8pm reservation and waited outside in a line of maybe 15 people to get to the hostess stand. We were seated around 8:30. We didn't have any menus until 8:45. It took 3 separate trips to our table for the waitress to get everyone's drink order. She just skipped a couple of us the first time around. The food took awhile which would be okay if all the other aspects of service were great. Our waitress didn't check in on us much at all. It took probably 15 minutes to get the drinks once the orders were finally placed. Then, one of the entrees was not ready with the others and the waitress had to ask the member of our party what he had ordered because she couldn't remember. Overall, terrible service experience. But, we love the food and the ambiance so we will likely give it one more chance in the future. We were just shocked to have such a bad experience!! It's not like the Local isn't very busy every weekend...

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

LOVED this place! Wish I lived in Charlottesville so I could go there regularly. Ate here when in town for a weekend based on a friend's recommendation and was totally wow'd with the whole meal. Margarita was one of the best I've had. Loved the fried cauliflower and Brussels sprouts appetizer (even my husband who normally won't touch a Brussels sprout loved it!), chicken and mac&cheese entre, and blackberry cobbler. Husband loved his tuna special and homemade ice cream dessert. Only downside was the noise level.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent. It's very busy on a Friday night but still service was great. May be my new favorite local place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were checking out The Local for a potential wedding reception venue. We were very impressed and are going to book! Food was excellent, esp. the seasonal squash dish and the fried chicken with the pimento and mac. Chocolate cake dessert to die for!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were visiting Charlottesville for the weekend and I had found this place on the internet. It looked good so we decided to give it a try. We came before the rush so there wasn't much noise at that time. The food was really delicious! We had a server name Joanna who was very attentive and sweet. My husband and I were both very impressed with the food and the value for the money. Would definitely come here again if traveling in the area. Have already recommended it to friends.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had dinner with our daughter and 3 of her law school friends. 4 persons in the group were vegetarians and they found great offerings as appetizers and entrees. Dinner was delightful but it is a little loud for conversations across the table. We absolutely will go again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food is excellent however service was a little slow

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. It's difficult to find a moderately-priced place that has more than one vegetarian option (we're both vegetarian), but The Local had three! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented, including the dessert (blackberry cobbler a la mode). The only disappointment was that we had asked to sit outside when we made our reservation and were informed when we arrived that we had been moved from the balcony, which has a lovely view, to a tent outside. Sitting there was fine, but I had been looking forward to something a little more special for our occasion. Still, we had a wonderful time and are planning a return visit!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious and service couldn't have been better.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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