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“Always a great meal”

The Local Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #8 of 55 Restaurants in Rhinebeck
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
New Canaan, Connecticut
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Always a great meal”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

This is a gem we keep returning to over and over again. I have been slowly eating my way through the menu and enjoying each and every item so far. I would rate this among the finest restaurants in the area. Definitely well worth the trip. Last meal I started with the mussels and brussels and I am eager to return and have them again.

Visited January 2014
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English first
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An online search found a gem in the country!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

What a delight! A tiny place just beyond the "bright lights" of Rhinebeck with a warm ambience and expert cooking from a CIA-trained chef. Local, meaning local ingredients, from the offerings of the Hudson Valley was the initial draw and the notable wine list.

A young, but knowledgeable staff with real enthusiasm for the food is always a treat -- though a tiny bit scattered in the service. This was more than overshadowed by the charm of the waiters and the maitre d'!

We ordered an assortment of appetizers to share including a rich tasting antipasto with some very good cured meats, 1/2 dozen east coast oysters with some ingenious variations on the standard mignonette and "cocktail sauce" and an amazing chicken dumpling dish with Thai overtones that I could eat every day -- really!

For my main course, i ordered the duck which was just amazing: crisp where it should be and juicy and tender underneath. So many times I've been disappointed with super chewy duck... this signature dish was worthy of that distinction

Other amazing dishes were on offer and I truly enjoyed the visually imaginative presentations. Witty and fun! Bravo!

Caveat: Considering the number of well-dressed diners at the bar, I think it's time for a bigger place!

  • Visited October 2013
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NY
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“Food is good, but overbooking makes it not worth it”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Though the food was good, I did not appreciate having to wait an hour beyond the reservation time for a table. There was no place to wait and, with out of town guests, I was thoroughly embarrassed. There is no excuse for overbooking, especially so if a restaurant has no way to accommodate diners waiting to be seated.

  • Visited October 2013
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New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Go local at The Local”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Local is a must when planning a visit of Rhinebeck. Wes, the Chef, selects fresh local products and then gets creative. His wife, Bryn, will show you to your table with enthusiasm. Warm and cozy atmosphere, lovely food, and very pleasant service. It's all fresh and it's all good! Just reserve in advance as Wes and Bryn's lovely place gets booked!

  • Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“So fresh”
Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

I have eaten here multiple times at all different times of the year and the good is always amazing. The ravioli and meatloaf are favorites but every dish has been killer!!

  • Visited July 2013
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