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The Local

4.5
920 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(434) 984-9749
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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What 920 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Quick service, AMAZING food and perfect environment for a birthday date!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The Crispy Shrimp and Lobster Mac n Cheese were delicious. The squash was very good, but there were a few seeds left in it and they were not quite cooked enough. However, their homemade ice cream and flourless chocolate cake were a must have!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I'm literally leaving this review for the pork belly appetizer. Everything else was great too, but just trust me and get it.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

My fiance and I were in town for the weekend and had a fantastic meal here. I am gluten free, and their menu is clearly marked with what can be accommodated to be gluten free, which is fantastic. Our server was super friendly and efficient. We had a great spot on the front patio to enjoy the lovely evening and take in the ambiance. The restaurant is situated in a cute little neighborhood with a few other restaurants right there. It is a lovely area to walk around and was overall a wonderful dining experience.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was amazing but unfortunately downstairs was unbearably hot. I would recommend specifying the patio or request the upstairs room. The crispy shrimp is amazing, you can never go wrong with the cauliflower and brussel sprouts. THe gnocchi is amazing, just know that the large is a huge portion and extremely heavy.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was pretty loud due to large prom group. It was also warm in the restaurant needed some air

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Loved it. Will return

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our server brought a bowl of crab soup to one of our party, only problem the held the bowl with part of her thumb in the soup, then proceeded to wipe her wet thumb on her pants. While the food was good, the place is very noisy and the service leaves a great deal to be desired. Will not frequent again.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The ambience and service were good. Food was just ok.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The mashed potatoes and short were amazing! Half price bottles of wine on Mondays was a wonderful surprise. Stella (our server) was great as well!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My group and I loved The Local! We visited for a birthday and had a group of 8. Great service! Amazing ambiance and decor! The food was amazing! Good for large groups. We went on a Friday and had a reservation - the only issues we ran into were they were about 15-20 minutes late in seating us and parking was a tad tricky. Regardless, we all would recommend dining at The Local!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My second trip and it was even better than he first!! We were seated upstairs in the bar room and had an amazing view of the glass atrium area behind. I was so impressed and REALLY want to have my daughter’s and her friends’ grad party there next May!! It’s perfect! The staff was attentive and the food was wonderful!! Can’t wait for my next time! #UVA2019

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fabulous as always! Perfect mixed drinks, and the fish, steak and shrimp specials were noteworthy.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great dinner!! Fun atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, excellent food. The cheese platter appetizer was huge and such a treat before our meal after a long day walking!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved the open deck area on the second floor. There were plenty of waiters and waitresses who were very speedy and efficient with their service. The atmosphere was great and the food was even better. My girlfriend and I loved everything about it.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very disappointed in the food... My husband's burger was overcooked, and more importantly the bacon was COLD...as in just out of the refrigerator cold... My trout was not fresh...oviously pre made.. both meals were delivered within 7 minutes of taking the order... had a cheese plate as an appetizer which was uninspiring... Pepperidge Farm crackers, a couple apple slices, and a clump of grapes accompanying 4 varieties of cheese... On the positive, our server was attentive and very polite... EXTREMELY LOUD!!!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Have always sat downstairs but this time got sent upstairs and didn't know what we were in for.

Excellent service, excellent cocktails and good food as always were completely negated by drunken lady from rehearsal dinner on the upstairs back area that twice knocked into our table spilling her drink on our out of town guests. She was not the only problem guest at the rehearsal dinner, a young drunken man spent the evening babbling to tables of people that just wanted to be left alone.

It's not the restaurants fault per se, but people should be required to rent the entire upstairs and not subject innocent patrons to their antics.

My advice never ever agree to sit up stairs until you ask what is going on in the attic.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was good and our server was nice but they did not have enough staff to cover a busy night. Appetizers came before drinks, servers and managers were running around trying to serve food and keep up with customers’ requests. We weren’t in a hurry, but it felt like the servers were spread too thinly: 8-10 tables per section.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food was outstanding. The shrimp appetizer was amazing! The Brussels sprout and cauliflower appetizer was good, a bit salty. We had a special filet, trout and meatloaf...all were fantastic. The mash potatoes are incredible. The flourless chocolate cake was really good!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great dinner. We were drawn to locally sourced creative menu and were not disappointed! Fresh creative delicious- pork chop—tender and juicy with great flavor. Fried chicken over collard greens and pimento cheese Mac. Appetizer of fried cauliflower and Brussels sprouts...seasoning so yummy very light breading! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything was great but the French fries which weren't cooked all the way. That's usually not the norm there.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Really enjoyed The Local! Service was just okay but food was amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The local offers an overall great atmosphere and unique menu making the perfect dinner spot for a special occasion or business dinner. I have been three different times sampling three different meals each time. The traditional menu offers pretty diverse yet tasty menu options. The steak frites is notable due to its generous portion of steak (at least 10 oz) and its excellent flavor for around $20. However, this most recent occasion I had one of the specials, the "bison hangar steak." The steak was way over seasoned (overpowered by a soy tasting salty sauce) and when ordered medium rare comes well done. Therefore it was tough and overall disappointing. Although this experience was underwhelming, the other two times have been great and they are saved by there extensive wine and drinks menu. Just beware of the "specials."

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very very good food, and good service. The steak frites was great - excellent steak and good (a bit limp) fries. The gnocchi was homemade. The only complaint was that we felt a bit rushed, even though we had a reservation and were seated early. The food took a while to arrive, which we didn't mind, but that may have kept us at the table longer than someone wanted us to be, so we were asked if we wanted dessert while we were still eating entrees. Noisy, but fun space.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was good and I really liked the service until the end. If you are going here on a weekend I would suggest you be a fast eater. We arrived on time for our 630 reservation and we seated upstairs. We ordered appetizers wine and dinner. At 815 we were rudely informed by our waiter and the hostess that there was someone waiting for our table and we needed to leave. There was an open table behind us and we did make a reservation. I will not go to this restaurant again

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a good experience - great service, great food. We weren’t thrilled by the drink selections (we like higher quality wines and spirits) but overall we had a good experience and will be going back.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

There was no heat in our seating area and then even the food arrived under temperature. There shouldn’t be seating allowed if the basic facilities aren’t being met in a portion of the building.
Further, there was not enough staff, but those available were great.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Celebrating my younger son’s birthday with the rest of the family. He chose the restaurant because he loves the lobster Mac and Cheese. We had a wonderful meal, with great service and consider The Local to be one of our favorite restaurants

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food was excellent, second tome back. Everything thing was very good once again! The Local has become one of our favorites!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

In a word: wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was great as always. You can get some different foods that are always delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good food, fast service, and friendly staff. Consistent quality, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We had a great dinner, but my fiancé had to send his burger back two times for being over cooked. The manager comped the dinner, but everything else we ate was phenomenal! The noise level can be high, but the older building is absolutely beautiful. The service was great as well! We are excited to host our rehearsal dinner at The Local in 2019!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Good food and service, waiter was great.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic experience, delicious food, great service, highly recommend but make a reservation!!!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great spot for dinner with friends or date night. Food was great. Our group had the salmon, red snapper and meatloaf and it was all wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Loved it! Definitely lived up to the hype! Great atmoshere, drinks, and food. Very accommodating for large groups. Happy we were able to make reservations.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Soup of the day- sweet potato- was good. Veggie pasta of the day was remarkably boring. Canned artichoke hearts and a little spinach. No real taste to the pasta or sauce.

No one in our group raved about their food.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

First time for us. Recommended by fellow golfers at Lake Monticello. Look 👀 forward to our next visit.

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