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The Local, Charlottesville, VA

The Local

4.6
4.6
2427 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Charming
  • Good for special occasions
Restaurant Week - July 15-21st: Pre-Set menu $35pp, regular menu not offered these dates.

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.

Note that when selecting outside, you will be in a covered area.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (434) 984-9749
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Hart
  • Catering
    The Local is a full-service catering company that specializes in weddings, social gatherings & corporate events. Grand or intimate, focused on tradition or leaning toward trendy, your vision along with our capable guidance will reflect your personal style. Our staff is committed to details, offering unique options, bringing creativity and passion to the planning process.
  • Private party facilities
    The Local has a variety of venues that have been enjoyed over the years, which can be rented out individually or all together accommodating parties over 150 seated, 200 for cocktail events. Each space offers it’s own fully-functioning bar, handcrafted tables, and a beautiful atmosphere to hold your special event. Our larger spaces are located in the upstairs portion of our restaurant, and our Wine Room is located on the main floor.
  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Parking details
    Most patrons are able to find street parking in the neighborhood within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,427 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Best Service

  • Charlottesville

    Best Value

  • Charlottesville

    Good for groups

  • Charlottesville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charlottesville

    Most Booked

2,427 Reviews
  1. JillH

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place! The food was outstanding, exceptional service, and a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere .

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was stellar! Never disappoints!

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  3. BrianM

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had dinner at The Local a couple days ago. We ordered the Crab Soup, the special Burrata and Heirloom Caprese salad, and the Short Ribs. As a Marylander, I have to admit that I am a little bit of a snob when it comes to crab dishes. So take my comments with a "grain of salt", but I thought the Crap Soup was a little bland. I did ask for some Old Bay spice to add to it, which made it tasty. The Burrata and Heirloom Caprese salad was fabulous! The cheese was very fresh and the tomatoes clearly garden-picked. Wonderful! The Short Ribs, whipped potatoes and carrots were tasty, but a couple pieces of feedback: the entree, soup and salad all came out at the same time which was awkward; the entree short ribs were tepid/room temperature at best and so we ate that first before it got cold; and the carrots were the cheap snack carrots - not what I would expect. There was also a lack of sauce. So, I have to admit that I was disappointed based on the previous reviews and what I expected. But overall it was a good restaurant and I would try it again as I think the place is darling, and the menu seems like a great farm to table option.

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  4. Armand

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We had mentioned in the reservation that we we’re celebrating our 48 year anniversary. We were an extremely noisy area and we were near the bar and we were trying to celebrate the evening and we couldn’t even hear ourselves talk to each other. We didn’t realize there was an upstairs that was much more quieter until later and if we were offered that we would’ve taken the quieter area. The meals were OK however, the meat selection was small with the chicken and our meals came out extremely quickly as if they were already cooked. My chicken dish was lukewarm. Food Presentation was below average. We were supposed to have a baguette according to the menu, however, they did not have baguettes and we were presented with over toasted Cristini‘s. The only positive part of the meal was our waitress. Our waitress was fine and we were pleased with her service to us..

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, food and service were outstanding! We had the meatloaf and the short ribs. Both on mashed potatoes, with asparagus and carrots. Each entree was more than enough food. I will definitely visit this restaurant again next time I am in Charlottesville.

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  6. Sales2Go

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All round great value & servers really nice. Great slow-cooked ribs! Didn’t see parking lot so parked on street nearby.

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  7. JuliaR

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first experience at Local and we had a great experience. Of our four entrees, two were excellent and the other two were good, but could have been a bit better. Service was outstanding - we will definitely be back. Thank you!

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  8. RoseyR

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, sat in the Wine room. There was a big party in there and us. Very noisy!

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  9. VictorB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very popular with the Cville crowd and for good reason. Excellent drinks, relaxed atmosphere and good value.

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  10. JohnL

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Expected better food given the ratings it received. Beautiful on the inside.

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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 4.6 stars by 2427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Local

824 Hinton Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Charlottesville
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Most patrons are able to find street parking in the neighborhood within a 2 block radius of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Matthew Hart
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (434) 984-9749
  • Catering
    The Local is a full-service catering company that specializes in weddings, social gatherings & corporate events. Grand or intimate, focused on tradition or leaning toward trendy, your vision along with our capable guidance will reflect your personal style. Our staff is committed to details, offering unique options, bringing creativity and passion to the planning process.
  • Private party facilities
    The Local has a variety of venues that have been enjoyed over the years, which can be rented out individually or all together accommodating parties over 150 seated, 200 for cocktail events. Each space offers it’s own fully-functioning bar, handcrafted tables, and a beautiful atmosphere to hold your special event. Our larger spaces are located in the upstairs portion of our restaurant, and our Wine Room is located on the main floor.
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