Permanently Closed - Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

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CAN$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Small, Dim and Cozy. Locally Grown, Italian Inspired, Served with LOVE.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeS
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. The food was top notch I would recommend this restaurant 100%. They also have corkage for $30 a bottle. Terrific meal and even better atmosphere.

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Mathai
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, very original. Fresh pasta was delicious. Very reasonably priced compared to some other similar Italian restaurants. The portions were the right size, and everything tasted like it was made from scratch. Would go again and recommend this restaurant to others. It fills up fast, so make reservations early. Accommodating to vegetarians - lots of options on the menu, and they were able to make a non-veg pasta dish into a veg dish.

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vipRTF19
Toronto
58 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great small place. Service was good as was the food. Only concern was pasta was not hot when served.

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Barrryd
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good time

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vipBman
Toronto
160 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We hadn't been to Local for a while. It was everything we remembered and more! We had a couple of favourites, but there were also a couple of new items that were just incredible. A mushroom tart was melt in your mouth delicious, and a brussels sprouts dish that would make everyone a fan! Outstanding pizza and pasta and a great wine list

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FetaLovingGreek
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Everything seemed to be hit or miss.

Seared scallop appetizer easy tasty cooked perfectly but a little salty.

Ossubuco pasta was bland. Tasted like boiled ground beef and ramen noodle.

Fried brussel sprouts were the hit of the night. A nice chat with a great tangy taste.

Duck breast was overcooked and the skin was rubbery and chewy. The polenta was bland and lacked seasoning.

Steak was good but again the vegetables were bland and unseasoned. The onion rings were reminiscent of ones you’d get from Harvey’s but not crispy.

We passed on dessert in favour of going someplace else.

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AlexanderS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the ideal spot for valentines. We came a bit early around 6:15 to avoid the evening dinner rush and cozied up! My experience at local kitchen this time tops every other time I’ve been. The valentine set menu was superb and there were no bumps with my order. The pasta was to die for... left us daydreaming about it for days to come

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Adam
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always an incredible experience at Local Kitchen & Wine Bar. Food was amazing as always, and service was impeccable!

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Baba13
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect!!! The food, the service, the decor and the music was amazing. I can’t wait to go back and try something else or the same thing.

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TorontoFoodie
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is the second time in a week that I’ve been to open kitchen and wine bar. The food is delicious. The Brussels sprouts and scallops were amazing. I had the sea bream during winterlicious and it was so yummy. Definitely going back!

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Disappointed
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Some appetizers were good but kale salad was tough and flavourless and mozzarella was hard and salty. Entrees were terrible. One was sent back for something else and replacement was not much better. Will not return.

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Carol
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Waited a long time to get our food! And first glass of wine was only two ounces...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Food was amazing and staff was exceptional and friendly. Highly recommend!

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vipWilart
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Cozy spot for Italian fare...snazy cocktails & great wine selection too!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing ambience and food

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vipMicheleC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, great location

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Atalah
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had been there before and I knew that my hubby would love the food and the ambiance. We were there to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary! The food was delicious as usual. It was a little noisy and it was unfortunate that they only had Prosecco by the bottle (all other options on the menu weren’t available 😢).
Anyway, we ended up having 2 bottles of Prosecco and our waiter Victoria was amazing! I definitely recommend this place if you want to celebrate a special day with your SO or if you want to have some fun with your friends! One last thing: the setlist was something else! Good job guys!

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TaraR
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

I've never felt compelled to write a restaurant review before ... but dining at Local Kitchen was a very disappointing & sub par experience. The service was terrible. My husband thought maybe the waitresses were having turf wars over the tables. 3 different people serving us - apparently none of them communicating. As soon as we walked in the door we felt rushed. I was asked 3 times what I would like to drink while I was still looking at the beverage menu. When we finished our entrees, there was no offer of tea or coffee etc ... & our dirty dishes were never cleared! even when the bill was brought! When we honestly responded to their "how was everything" question ... there was an apology & an explanation of 'there are issues tonight'. Too bad, because the food itself was quite delicious.

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ArthurH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Crowded, noisy, busy with great food and great atmosphere - we love it!

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EricC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The restaurant is nice and cozy. Very friendly service. Great food and drinks. We loved the scallops, mackerel, pizza and Nutella gelato.

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Kerplunkin
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I've been several times in the past and was always impressed. The food was always fantastic. Not sure what happened in the kitchen this time. So I would recommend with a caveat.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

Unfortunate, will not recommend nor return.

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LouLou
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

There were some interesting choices, but something for everyone. Fresh garden tomatoes!!! The pizza was fantastic and I know pizza. I order pizza every chance I get including all over Italy. Highly recommend trying Local Kitchen. We'll be back for more pizza for sure!

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Barclay254
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere is very casual and intimate. For our group of 5 it was perfect but also very nice for a couple. The food was very good and a nice selection without overwhelming you. The wine list is a little tough if you are not familiar with Italian wines. Having someone who is very familiar with them when ordering would be helpful when trying to describe what you are looking for. Would return.

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NicoleR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

I’ve eaten here several times over the years and it’s previously been fantastic. This time it was just good. The service was a bit slow and unfriendly. The bread we had to ask for twice was stale (toasting didn’t hide it). The pasta was good, but the duck needed more sauce to cut the richness. And charging a pregnant woman (or anyone) $4 for a fountain pop is a bit much. A little disappointed tonight.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Such a great dinner last night for our family birthday celebration! Food, as it always is at Local Kitchen and Wine bar, was fresh, delicious and prepared with great care and attention. Our server was lovely, engaging and she enhanced our experience as a great server can. Thank you Local for the consistency of great food and a lovely casual vibe!

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vipBDM1
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great every time

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AnnaK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Compared to the great service I’ve had in the past - this last experience was bad. One of our party got very sick after the dinner. The attention to detail and service engagement was gone.

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RHOWENA
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great wine selection, and wonderful ambiance!

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SandyK
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar is always our go-to for the best pasta and wine. Michael and Fabio are the most wonderful hosts and owners always making you feel like family. The food never disappoints and is always so wonderfully curated. Their wine list is exceptional. I highly recommend Local Kitchen & Wine Bar!

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DebraG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, always wonderful. Delicious food, attentive service and fun ambiance.

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LindaC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely staff. Really good food! Nice Ontario wine. Will definitely return.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We found it through Summerlicious and didn't know what to expect. But Local was a small, cute little restaurant. The food all tasted fresh and was delicious. We had the Prix Fixed with Summerlicious, otherwise it might have been a little pricey. I would definitely come back for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the fresh food and specials based on what is in season. Consistently great food

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EdieY
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We really did enjoy our dinner, although a cooler environment would have been appreciated since it was the hottest day of the year.

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Mary
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Quaint place, food took forever to come. When we booked our reservation we were told we would only have 2hours for our table, which seemed like plenty of time. We were seated and our drinks and appetizers came somewhat quickly within 15 min of ordering...then we waited 35 min for our main course, which was pizza and pasta. I’m not sure why they want to rush you out, but take forever to serve you? In addition to all of this, and waiting 35 min for the pasta, it was the wrong order. Frustrated it only seemed to bother myself and my husband, not the servers..which we had 3 different ones, which was also annoying. They offered to make a new pasta but at that point I wasn’t willing to wait another 35 min for pasta. On top of all of this the place was so hot it wasn’t comfortable sitting in there. The server said the a/c was on the highest setting, but others around us were also complaining of how hot it was, so maybe they should check out their ac??? A space pack in a restaurant like that won’t cut it. Overall I was disappointed with my visit. The chef came out a few times and seemed to cater to a few regulars and the rest of us took the back seat. I was very disappointed. The food was tasty, but their are a lot of places in Toronto with tasty food, that also come with better service and hvac systems so I won’t likely go back.

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Tedracat
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

So good! The Summerlicious menu was nice but we also had the porkchop, which I’ve had before. The porkchop is one of the best things to eat in Toronto! 😍😍😍😍

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Pineapples
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved the options and delicious fresh made food.
Meals were quite salty, though very tasty. Loved the cocktails, and vegetarian options.
Would definitely go again.

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Permanently Closed - Local Kitchen & Wine Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.