The Local

4.6
1698 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 1698 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening at your lovely restaurant! Ambiance, service and food were outstanding! Only improvement would be to allow more time before serving the food. We had drinks, appetizers and dinner all delivered within being there 20 minutes! It made us feel very rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This i I s a great local restaurant. The staff was wonderful and on point. The meatloaf was awesome, as well as the dessert. Will definitely go back when I’m in the Charlottesville area.

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MelissaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Very cool bldg. We ate on the patio. The service was very good and fast. Best berry cobbler I’ve ever had. Will def come back

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DeniseT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a family favorite! The food and sevice never disappoint!

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travc
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Wait staff could have cared less we were dining at THEIR restaurant. Some of the food was just plain cold. It would have been good otherwise. I had to tell the waiter to bring a bowl of a side dish that my entree was on top of instead of taking the whole plate back. They were not very busy on a Sunday night

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vipFoodieBikers
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect night to enjoy the outdoor patio. Beautiful old building too! The food was great!

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MaggieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

10 people. The food came out all together. Good, attentive service.

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vipSusanD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of atmosphere. Food and service excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I celebrated my 25th Birthday here. It was amazing. We had the best server I can’t remember his name but he was from Ethiopia! He guided us in going with the special filet and we are SO GLAD we did! Absolutely incredible! Locally grown foods, amazing drinks & excellent dessert! 1000/10 recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, very nice vibes!

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CarrieS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant has a lot of charm! The food was amazing and came out quickly after we ordered. We ate outside which was great, but the flies were a bit much so perhaps sitting indoors in the warmer months may be nicer.

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vipSteveJC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Great service.

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TedM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience from beginning to end. Exceptional food, great service.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to The Local in Charlottesville. The physical building has so much history around it and creates a warm atmosphere. The staff was very accommodating. I really appreciated our waitress. The meal was exceptional!
I had the meatloaf wrapped in bacon served over yummy mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. My boyfriend steak had the shrimp appetizer and steak. Not a single crumb was left on his plate:)

Well done!

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vipChris
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful ambiance in which to enjoy a nice meal.

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terriek
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Decent food. So-so atmosphere : if you sit outside you risk hearing motorcycles and car noise. We went on a Sunday and they were very short staffed, but our wait person was great. Bartender could use a bit of help on mixed drinks (too dirty on the dirty martini). Crabcakes were a great app, roasted cauliflower and Brussel sp's were great. Salmon and Pork chop solid.

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JenniferM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local serves delicious, unfussy American food. We had the crab cake special appetizer and the pork chop and steak frites. We capped the evening with strawberry cheesecake. Recommend.

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David
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've visited the Local over the years, always with some mixed feelings. The bar and rustic ambience have always been great, but the food quality and table service, more mixed. On our most recent visit, I felt like the food and table service had really improved. The offerings were fresh and creative, cooked nicely, and were delicious. The service was fantastic. So, the Local has definitely gone up in my book as a strong destination restaurant in Charlottesville.

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WillD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were met by a very friendly staff that welcomed us in. We sat upstairs in the backroom, which was cozy and had a beautiful view of the area. Our waitress Emma was very attentive and polite. The food and drinks came out very quick which was surprising, but the quality was 100% there. By far some of the best food I have eaten. The flavors worked extremely well and everything was paired perfectly. The chicken was falling off the bone and very juicy. My wife’s meatloaf was tender and very rich with flavor. The peanut butter brownie was decadent. I would absolutely return for another dinner date with my wife.

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perfect
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal with very good service.
We were a party of 7 and it was a seamless experience!
The Local never disappoints!!

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Karen
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The Local is attractive, with brick walls in the original building with large wood beamed glass enclosed rooms behind. There’s also outdoor seating. It’s a very large restaurant.
The wait staff were very friendly and responsive.
The noise in the large glass rooms was almost overwhelming, and there were lots of people, too many for my comfort given COVID-19. Had I known I would not have made a reservation there.
The food was uneven. My husband enjoyed his braised short ribs, which he had with the French fries—also very good, and the tomato slices for the buratta were perfectly ripe. I had the lobster macaroni and it was much too salty, I wondered if they were trying to hide the fact that the lobster, while edible, was not quite fresh and sweet enough. I was very disappointed because it’s suppose to be a favorite.

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vipVistor
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to The Local several times now. Every meal has been wonderful. Last night was quite crowded. UVA classes start soon, and the restaurant was full of students and parents. This made for a festive atmosphere. At the same time, the staff provided their normal level of cheerful, efficient service. The food was outstanding. A nice mix of fresh, local ingredients; creative recipes; and fine execution in the kitchen, even when feeding a crowd. We will continue to dine at The Local whenever we get a chance.

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Jackie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The shrimp appetizer was super yummy! The cocktails were also delicious.

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CarolD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Above all that I ate, the crab soup was outstanding! Never had one that excellent. Plus the amount of lobster in the Mac and Cheese..... fantastic!! The staff were at the top of their game!! You've done well. I'll be back.
Thank you
Carol DeMatteo

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CharlesH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner sitting outside on the second story balcony. My husband's fish, the wahoo, the special of the evening, was cooked perfectly, fresh, and delicious. My mac and cheese with lobster was a decadent delight. Our dinner was served amazingly fast - the service was impeccable. We couldn't have chosen a better place to celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary - highly recommend.

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Michsen
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!! Could be fun for a date night or for a night out with friends/ family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local food prepared creatively. We didn't experience slow service, in fact, it was almost perfect. The bison is not to be missed and the bolognese was amazing! We'll be back!!

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vipMLBi
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Local did a superb job navigating the pandemic, and, now, with indoor dining back, the full magic is again on display. Do not go here without ordering the lobster mac. Match it with one of the wines from the carefully chosen, well-priced, Virginia-centric wine list. The Local, like most restaurants now, is undergoing a staff shortage, but our knowledgeable server seemingly did the work of three people while never making us feel rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved their meal! Monday night is wine bottle special pricing! Will definitely be back!

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SerenaB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at The Local. The food was very good and the staff was friendly. Service was slow, but they were really busy. The tables are not spaced very well which felt a little uncomfortable, though we have been vaccinated. The space if fun and we loved the local flavors available on the menu.

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SusanM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Read great reviews about Local and was excited to get in for a nice dinner before leaving Charlottesville (visited my daughter who lives there). The appetizers were ok, there was a strange spice on the Cauliflower/Brussels app that left us all with a tingly mouth sensation. The shrimp app was very good (we dipped the veggies from other app in it which helped). We got 3 of their craft cocktails, spicy Marg was our favorite. The lemonade cocktail was missing something... Main courses we got the burger and southern chicken which were excellent; the mushroom ragout was good and would've been great with sufficient finishing spice (had to add a lot of salt/pepper) from very small bottles (fresh-ground pepper would've complemented the pasta better). We got the berry cobbler to go to share at home later, portion was very small but we enjoyed it. Overall a bit pricey for what it was; wish the food had better attention to detail in general.

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vipLindaM
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner at the Local! Highly recommend the Burrata Tomato appetizer. Fried chicken amazing and great gnocchi!

Great ambience. as with every restaurant in the U.S. seemed a little short staffed but nice service staff nonetheless.

Highly recommend.

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maldree
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was excellent, nicely presented, and reasonably priced.

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PeterH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My young adult children and I had a wonderful meal as a special event sending 2 off to college. We all ordered different things and no one was disappointed - the Crispy Shrimp app was exquisite. Order 2. Our waiter was helpful, efficient and friendly. Our table was at the door right next to the host podium, even though we had early reservations and almost all the other tables were open. We felt in the middle of staff and guest traffic. The seating was the only reason we didn't give all 5s. Will always come back. Thank you for a great evening!

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MelissaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love The Local! Always make it a point to visit when on Charlottesville.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cool cool cool cool

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vipchasing2daughters
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super flavorful high quality food at great prices. Service feels like it is your favorite neighborhood restaurant. Excellent wine list, including Virginia wines

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Zxy32
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service and drinks were excellent but I felt the food left a lot to be desired.

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Greg
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time patrons of The Local and it never disappoints. The quality of the food and service has always been consistently outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent!

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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 1698 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.