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“Great local choice!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Local
11 Forrest Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
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Ranked #10 of 66 Restaurants in Wellesley
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great local choice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Local is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Wellesley. It is a good place to get a varied meal (sandwiches and soups to entrees such as salmon). The atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Prices are a little high, but not totally out of line. The parmesan truffle fries are terrific and burgers are really good. The flatbread pizzas are worth trying as well.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Best "Local" Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Finally there is a Wellesley restaurant with a comfortable, pub-like atmosphere, great burgers and great alternative entrees for those who eat lighter and healthier. Everything I have had here has been well prepared and delicious. The only problem is that it is so popular, it is difficult to get a parking spot.

Visited April 2014
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“A relaxed and attractive setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

It seems odd that Wellesley has never had a place like this. Although overall the space is quite large, it has an attractive layout that lends intimacy. The dining area combines tables, booths, and a raised seating platform, and the bar is large enough to lend buzz to the entrance. There is a reasonable menu range, with easy categories (mac&cheese, pizza-like, small, larger). Service was very good and there were fun vintage photographs to examine while we waited for our meal. We went on a Tuesday night and were surprised to find the parking lot completely full when we left at 7:00 -- clearly this addition serves a need.

Visited April 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“New refreshing joint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This restaurant replaced the "tired" chinese restaurant. The Local restaurant has done a good job in creating nice ambience and place to hang out. The food and the service is good. This is good place for family and friends. I like their pizza, which is little different than a typical pizza. Their fries is very good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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330 reviews 330 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Refreshing new local in Wellesley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

It is nice to have a new restaurant in Wellesley which is family friendly and also caters to a younger crowd.
The Local is using the space occupied by China Sky. The first surprise is the complete change in the ambience. The decor and layout are very appealing. They use the space quite well. The servers are very friendly and helpful. We usually go to high end restaurants. Let me say The Local's food is typical pub fare. However, it is well prepared and with a nice presentation.
We ordered Ceasar Salad, Spicy Hong Kong Noodles and Lobster Roll. We also ordered Dirty Martinis. We were content with our order because the crowd and the place have a wonderful atmosphere. We will go back for sure. We wish they will add more menu options.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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