The Local

Started in 2008 The Local has experienced a happy journey into the hearts and minds of local diners, University of Virginia students and staff, as well as Charlottesville's visitors. Our attentive and knowledgeable staff has charmed food writers and food lovers alike while they enjoy the rich mix of deliciously prepared food with the time honored crafts of our day. Local craftsmen's talents grace the building and the beautifully appointed interior supports local artist's paintings and stain glass works. Come by for a tour!



Local designer and builder, Greg Jackson brings outside light and beauty into the interior of the building with the lovely windows and skylights.  Some of the windows in the original part of the building are graced with the beautifully crafted stain glass art made by Vee Oswalds.  Light fixtures adorn the walls and made by another local artisan, Charles Hall.  His carefully placed fixtures provide indirect lighting that helps to provide the warmth and cozy atmosphere that has defined The Local restaurant.  

Furniture maker EA Clore and Sons, located in Madison Virginia just off historic highway 231 made the chairs.  And a little further north off of  Seminole Trail is the internationally known but locally owned Mountain Lumber, specializing in reclaimed wood,  where we sourced our flooring.  The Heart Pine Company made our entry level bar and the bar stools and table tops were made by Dario Gimenez.  Well known craftsman and Charlottesville resident Johnny St Ours constructed the front balcony



All locally owned and operated the following farms provide a variety of our foods.  We are proud to support local agriculture and its one of the ways that we give back to the community while providing our patrons with fresh, high quality ingredients.  We live local and are also locally owned.

Appalachia Star 

Sharondale Farms

Timbercreek Organics 

Double H Farm

Buffalo Creek Beef

Mountain View

Caromont Farm

Pleasant Pastures

Ayreshire Farms

Down Branch Farm


Forrest Green Farm

Goodwin Creek Farm and Bakery

Mankintowne Growers

Planet Earth Diversified

Retreat Farm

Shenandoah Foods

Shenandoah Lamb

Virginia Vinegar Works

VA Trout Farm

and many others!