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“Good food, poor,service”
Review of The Local

The Local
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Ranked #12 of 556 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a nice meal in a 7 people group. The food was nice but the waitress had little or no control on when the food came out, so we found ourselves just finishing the appetizers and then the main courses came out. Then the waitress removed a plate as soon as the person finished their food which was also not very professional especially when we were trying to have a relaxing time instead of competing in some kind of food eating race that we weren't informed about!

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Reviewed July 20, 2014

This restaurant is in a very cool old restored building and has a nice ambiance. The downstairs was under construction when we visited and having to trudge up and down those stairs seemed to make the wait staff grumpy! In addition, that meant none of the draft beers on the menu were available. Wish their website had told us that. The menu was interesting, with lots of locavore options, but overall I felt like the chef was trying to do too much and didn't quite have mastery over how to make the best of the ingredients. My trout was fresh but served in a decidedly odd way, rolled skin and all around some chopped brussel sprouts and served on a pile of roasted potatoes. My partner was happy with the steak and pomme fritte, however.

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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Being July in VA the evening was very hot and humid. We were seated upstairs open air with ceiling fans as there was a party set up in the air conditioned area. It got better from there. Our server was pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable about items on the menu. Our party ordered hamburgers, steak and chicken entrees. They were all cooked as ordered and excellent!! We also ordered appetizers of shrimp, calamari and the cheese/fruit board. Again everything was excellent!!! We will visit again!

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

This little restaurant is just outside the centre of Charlottesville in an area called Belmont. We had not booked but got a table outside on the street straight away, though this was lucky, as we noticed later arrivals had a long wait for a table. It was a great place for people watching with other bars and restaurants around. Service was excellent. The food was not spectacular but neither were the prices. This restaurant gave us a good meal and good value for money. On the night we were there the other diners were mainly young people.

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Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

We were out with a small group for a friend's birthday dinner and chose The Local for its excellent reputation and great prior experiences. Unfortunately, we were not as happy as we'd been previously. We had reservations on a Friday night and though it was busy we were seated and greeted promptly. Our food and drinks were both delicious and well-timed but our service was lacking. Everyone in our party was either currently or formerly in food service and we took an opportunity to tell our waiter that we were all in the know, hoping he knew that meant he could relax and have a little fun with us. However, he kind of ignored us and was almost unfriendly. We saw him be outgoing and joking with other tables but ours was not treated with the same enthusiasm. We know everyone has bad days but it just felt like he left us hanging since he assumed he'd get a good tip no matter what. Overall our experience was good and we will most likely return but I do hope for a server who cares a little more about our business next time.

Thank AliMLemon
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