The Local

4.7
1722 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 1722 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delish- atmosphere was ok but staff on the lower level were putting things in trash and recycling bins numerous times and it was not conducive to a great ambiance. However food was great and service matched that!

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Tucca7
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We thought our meals were fine except my wife's first choice was not available. It seemed quite noisy for us but that could be because we are old. Close parking is sparse so make sure you leave time to find a place to part on a side street.

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VondaS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and sat outside on upper deck on a beautiful evening. Great referral from friends.👍

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Rose
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We ordered a medium burger and got overcooked well done burger that was dry and hard to chew. We also ordered their version of fruiti di mare linguini pasta hat was super dry and without taste. Overall, it was not what we hoped to expect from all the excellent reviews we read.

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Marty
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The local was trendy and had a good atmosphere. The main entrees were delicious but the salads were overpriced and underwhelming.

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lovesfood
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, great service and very interesting history

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SarahK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal. Great service - very friendly staff. Good cocktails. Food came out very quickly. The blackberry cobbler was amazing.

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RobbieZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun with friends after a football game. We enjoyed sitting outside while eating our delicious food.

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PeterC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent swrvice. Good selection. Nice ambience. Loved tge entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Ive been a few times before, but everything just seemed way better this time. Service was quick and waitress was kind and friendly. 🙌🏼can’t wait to go back!!

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BettyM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Local never fails to please! Great drinks and apps, and wonderful food every time we go!

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RCMC3
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu with lots of choices. Wait-staff very attentive despite a full house of customers. Worth the trip if you've never been there.

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DiBee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside, beautiful weather for having dinner outside. Our waiter was friendly and pleasant. Food was very good , as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and the server was great.

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LisaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for sophisticated comfort food- don’t miss it !

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EllenB
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Seated outside on patio which was lovely on a fall evening. Our server was attentive and provided excellent recommendations. We all enjoyed our menu selections. Would definitely recommend!

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vipwine4foodie
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Incredible food and delicious drinks! Highly recommend if your in the area!

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sheilad
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful presentation, fresh and a good variety

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MaryC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Very accommodating and recommended the perfect cocktail and entree.

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vipfoodsnob
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried chicken with collards and mac and cheese was awesome! My sons both ordered the steak frite - also a huge hit. The fried trout my husband ordered was average. The wait staff were great - our 17 year old son was impressed with the waiter's knowledge and appreciation of local root beers - not always easy to impress a jaded teen!

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KPle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Intimate atmosphere and simple food cooked to perfection.

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Rick
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on our wedding day seven years after our first date here. The food and service were great, as always. The Local remains one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food & drinks

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vipDavy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found The Local while searching Tripadvisor and Open Table for a Saturday night reservation in Charlottesville after we couldn't get one at any of our usual choices during our annual football weekend with friends. What a great discovery! Interesting food and cocktail menu and superb food and service. Our server, Christian, was extremely helpful with suggestions and instantly took back an appetizer that we didn't care for and exchanged, gratis, for another. We especially enjoyed the crispy shrimp and fried cauliflower and brussel sprouts appetizers as well as salmon and beef short ribs entrees. We will definately dine ere again on future trips.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
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 on September 20, 2021
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 on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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travc
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
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 on September 19, 2021
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.

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 4.7 stars by 1722 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.