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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (38)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Special Occasion (29)
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Good for a Date (28)
Casual (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Cozy (23)
Good for Groups (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Authentic (18)
Fun (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Healthy (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Organic (8)
Seasonal (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious!!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 7 days ago

We were seated in a detached building which apparently was formerly a beauty shop although no trace of its previous life was evident. Wine racks lined the walls and there was room for about 6 tables. The music playing was at the perfect volume for quiet conversation. Despite being separate, service was excellent. We started with the cheese plate. My wife had the pork chop and I had the gnocchi. Everything was excellent.

The only drawback is parking. The Belmont restaurant scene definitely needs to address this. Even so, we will go again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Truly negative experience. Ordered the duck and it was raw. One waitress blamed the lighting that made it “look more red.” Another admitted it needed to be cooked more but did not offer to do anything to better the situation. I do not intend to go back and I will recommend my friends and family do not go either.

I simply cannot believe the waitress blamed the lighting instead of being understanding. I left a feedback form with the restaurant but have yet to hear back.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

My significant other and I had a wonderful Valentine's dinner here! Good came very quickly, our server was attentive and personable, and the food was wonderful! We got drinks, a pork belly appetizer, beef tenderloin dinner, and flourless cake for dessert. One of the best meals I've had in Charlottesville, and we'll definitely be back.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

My wife and I had great meals. I will speak to mine. It was a polenta appetizer that was out of this world. I have eaten polenta many times in the traditional way. This had a Southern twist to it with crawfish, Chorizo, and a poached egg. Fabulous. I then had a small plate of pasta with mushrooms and truffles. The best pasta and truffle dish this side of the Atlantic. Well worth dining there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had very high hopes for this restaurant. We had the shrimp as an appetizer and it seemed very undercooked. Also, the pork chop had a lot of fat on it and did not have much flavor.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Recommended by an associate and was pleasently pleased. Meal of braised short ribs was delicious. Would highly recommend to another!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Almost a perfect meal. The pasta special was a bit too salty, but in general the place was wonderful and we would definitely go again. Very reasonably priced and generous portions. I had the acorn squash special. It was wonderful, as was our server.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great first time at The Local and we weren’t disappointed. Good service. A wide variety of really good food and drinks. We’ll be back!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner. There were three of us and we shared the crispy shrimp appetizer. It was delicious. I had the duck, Chinese style, and it was amazing. My son had trout and my husband beef. We all enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was fantastic- very knowledgable about the dishes. The ambiance was great- only minor complaint was a relatively high noise level. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Charlottesville.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

One of the best meals I have had in years. I was happily surprised to find such a great spot with Amazing food. Every bite was over the top with flavor!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Just fantastic!, our waiter was exceptionally attentive to all our needs and requests and kind!
Thank you Chris!

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was fantastic! Burger was delicious! We will definitely return to The Local.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The Local is easily one of the best restaurants in Charlottesville. The food and service are always top-notch. I usually get steak frites, which are 10/10, but I went with the Timber Creek chicken last time and it has overtaken steak frites for my favorite meal in town. The only problem we had was that this was the first time we have been seated upstairs and the ambience is very different from the quiet, low-key downstairs vibe. It was much louder than we had hoped and it was difficult to hear each other speak, but it was still a great meal and the service was fantastic.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went to The Local for a nice dinner date. The low-light ambience was romantic and the service was nice enough. The mashed potatoes, ribs, and calamari in particular were cooked and seasoned very well. However, the flank steak was tough and served lukewarm, the fries were obviously deep-fried in old oil, and my date's vegetables weren't cooked through to the point where he needed my steak knife to just cut his carrots. At over $60 for two people, it just wasn't quite the experience I was hoping for.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

i gave the food only 3 stars because my meatloaf was tough and dry,I should have ask the waiter exchange it for one made that day,but I didn't want to ruin an otherwise great family meal.your meatloaf is always so moist and a lot better than mine ,it was just a small disappointment that won't deter me from coming.your restaurNt is the only place we dine at when eating out. Jim monnes

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place...our first visit but heavily recommended by friends. Great atmosphere with excellent service. Food and drink selection excellent as well. I am looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time at the Local. We had a wonderful time and very delicious food! We started with the cheese tray paired with a Cabernet and also the Brussel sprouts and cauliflower (highly recommend, quite heavy). We also had the lobster macaroni and the mushroom truffle pasta. The mushroom pasta was incredible... We then had the salmon and squash for our main meal. Salmon was fresh, squash a little dry but very healthy tasting. Highly recommend the salmon. Will be back again!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I used to LOVE the Local. Unfortunately when I was back in town with my mom we must've gone on an off night. The burger was inedible and gross. The bun was stale. The fries were burned. Our apps were fine, but overall it was a MEH experience :(

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I was a bit disappointed,the calamari appetizer was great,the entrees were heavy and a bit dull.The food arrived within minutes of ordering so the dining experience is quick and I think this is why my experience was underwhelming.We arrived at 6:30 and home by 7:40 just didn't add up to great quality.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and decent service. Seating is very cramped and dining area is loud.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fun night w our sons teammates
Able to accommodate a large crowd
Service was alitttle slow but we enjoyed the overall experience

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I had been wanting to try the Local for some time, but we never think to venture over to the Belmont area. We decided to finally try it and we were very happy we did, the restaurant itself was cozy, our waiter was great, very helpful and the food was absolutely delicious! Oh and they had some nice cocktails as well!! We are looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Wonderful, as always. My favorite place for nearly any occasion, and my go-to spot for entertaining out-of-town guests. Never disappoints!!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Friend reunion

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Such great food and great service. It was my birthday and brought 13 friends with me. Given our large size, we experienced none of the issues I’ve had at other restaurants with a large party. Everyone got their food at the same time and it was all correct. They were very attentive with drink orders. They even brought me a brownie with a candle at the end. Overall, wonderful place to bring a big group of friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great experience. Gnocchi Bolognese, meatloaf, duck entree all delicious. We cannot wait to return.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food was pretty decent but service was slow and my husbands steak was served extremely rare (not medium as he ordered it). By the time the server came back to check on us, the rest of the table had already finished eating their meal so there was nothing that could be done to correct it at that point. We had ordered lots of apps and drinks and the server did not even offer to take off a single thing from our bill despite the fact that my husband was not able to eat the steak at all. Considering it was his birthday, I was pretty disappointed by the whole experience. The rest of the group described their meal as "mehh", meaning not terrible but not great either.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our daughter recommended we try The Local, when we game up for a UVA basketball game. We were pleasantly surprised, when we walked into the restaurant. It gave us a warm inviting feeling, right away. We were led up stairs, where there was a cosy fire going in the wood stove. The menu had lots of option, local produce, a nice selection of wines. Everyone chose something different and we were all pleased with our meals. The presentation was lovely. We will definitely come back, next time we are in town. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Liked the food. Very good service. Good value. Likely to go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I really enjoyed my food at this restaurant, but it was incredibly crowded (and noisy) because of the holiday. There was definitely NOT enough staff to handle the crowd, but our waiter really tried very hard, and he was quite charming. It was not his fault that they didn't have enough waiters, nor that the food runners often got the tables wrong.

The food was good, and the bill wasn't too bad (especially for Charlottesville). I would probably go back, but definitely not on a holiday.

P.S. The chairs are terribly uncomfortable. We were in the extended part of the upstairs, so they might not have been the regular chairs used for less busy evenings.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Year’ Eve. The special menu was a nice touch. Overall experience was excellent at usual. By far our favorite restaurant in Charlottesville.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service was excellent however, I was very cold through out the meal and was a major distraction. Could enjoy the meal as much as I would have liked to.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious food and good service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Christmas gift...weekend in Charlottesville

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 (West Virginia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A nice evening , first time on the back porch upstairs. A little cold near the windows and very loud. Sat near a party of 9 adults with 10 young children . Still great food and wonderful service,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My only suggestion would be to include on your menu, more entrées for those of us who do not consume red meat, game, pork, or fried food. I am pretty much limited to salmon or other fish, if you have it, when I visit your restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I am always pleased with my meal at the Local. I especially love how they have commissions local artisans for light fixtures, chairs and tables.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Kid friendly. Our server was friendly and made recommendations regarding appetizers and meals. The food presentation was wonderful and taste amazing!

Tags: Organic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Entrees were excellent. The bread we ordered while we waited for our meal was a bit stale. But the meal made up for this minor detail.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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