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“Good but Noisy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Local

The Local
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Ranked #11 of 540 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
pennsylvania
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336 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Good but Noisy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We were a party of ten. Our table was ready on time and we were served quite quickly. The downstairs bar area was very busy and quite noisy such as to make conversation difficult. The food was good but we were disappointed that one of the night's specials was no longer available (this was at 7:30A which seemed rather early to be running out of food!) The food was very good and there was a good wine menu. Service was also good despite the place being extremely busy.

  • Visited August 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Feel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We made reservations and requested an outside table. You should too if you want to hear your partners' conversation. The inside is packed! Outside is nice with a large fan and good service. Even on an 90 degree night we were comfy. The bourbon drinks were yummy and the crispy shrimp app and house salad were too! I had the trout and bf had the meatloaf. His was better than mine but I asked for a tartare sause which improved mine. Would recommend this place! Service was great! Way to go Stella!

  • Visited August 2013
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice menu, poor execution. Infested with drain flies.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Overall very disappointing.

We went on a night when the downstairs was nearly empty. We waited about 35 minutes for our food. The servers seemed distracted and didn't pay us much attention. The food was not as good as I was expecting- I got the steak frites: the steak was tough even though it was cooked medium, as I ordered. The sauce was not a good match for the steak, nor was there enough of it. The fries were limp and thick- not the thin crispy ones you'd expect. I've had this exact entree at both Petite Pois on the downtown mall (highly recommend) and the Blue Talon Bistro in Colonial Williamsburg, and both of those places nailed the dish. My husband had the pork chop which was acceptable.
The worst part was the drain fly infestation! Our table by the window was disgusting- one landed in my water glass and I was constantly smacking them dead on the table and as they flew into me. When we asked to move tables the server knew at once why we wanted to move (why even seat us there in the first place?). It's unacceptable to have a problem like this in a nice restaurant.

We will not return and we will warn others to stay away.

  • Visited August 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

A "local" working at Monticello recommended this restaurant and we were very glad she did! Enjoyed all that we ordered and the unique atmosphere.

Visited July 2013
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“Great atmosphere and delicious food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We recently did a double date at The Local and were very pleased with our service and the food. I had the meatloaf, which was delicious. The peanut-butter brownie sundae for desert was decadent, plenty to share for 2! We had a prompt and attentive server. The place had a pleasant bustle but was not so loud that you couldn't hear your dinner companions. A very pleasant experience!

Visited July 2013
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