Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Small, Dim and Cozy. Locally Grown, Italian Inspired, Served with LOVE.
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LL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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!

B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

NR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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!

BD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service.

OT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great every time

AK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

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.

RH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, great wine selection, and wonderful ambiance!

SK
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

LC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

MC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

EY
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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.

T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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! 😍😍😍😍

P
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

v
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The pasta with rabbit and ricotta had almost no rabbit (none that I could taste) and the strawberry tiramisu had no strawberries. Also, the pizza was overcooked and the pasta was undercooked.

F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Didnt realize this restaurant was even there after passing by on the way to and from work.
The food was absolutely supreme!
We’ll be back there soon.

VH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was outstanding! We shared a melted mozzarella ball that came with a toast. Then the entree was a pasta with snail and a butter sauce. It was absolutely delicious!!!!!!! Not to forget about dessert! We had a rhubarb gelato (10+) and the Nutella Balls (10+)

Will definitely return!

S
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The F word here is Fazzoletti. The toppings change seasonally and it's always an amazing dish.

I always spend far mroe than I expect to because everything is just so delicious. Great wine list, too.

Can't recommend the Local Kitchen enough.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was fantastic.

A
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe, delicious food, knowledgeable service staff. Will be going back.

s
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it there always really nice ppl and food is great!

JW
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great Italian! Everything was fresh!

FD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything tasted so good! A nice spot for a quiet dinner.

KL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything so perfect. simple yet thoughtful flavours. great wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, appetizer was to die for !

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our 6 anniversary, I made a note in reservation and the guys brought out our dessert with candles.
Overall great dining experience, the food was off the charts amazing, staff was knowledgeable about menu and wine list. Great decor and intimate dining experience.
Would definitely recommend!

LT
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Love the food. A little more light in the place would be helpful..it’s pretty dark. Will definitely be back!

FV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I went for Winterlicious and we decided we would share the dishes as it was our first time at Local. We ordered the Freshly pulled warm Mozzarella and Carpaccio for appetizers. Mozzarella was absolutely delicious as was the Carpaccio but wish I had asked not to put the anchovy on the Carpaccio.

As our entrees, we had squash gnocchi with truffles and chestnut puree and lamb rotolo with parsnip puree and they were absolutely decision. I thought I died and went to heaven. I felt however that the lamb dish was very small in size as an entree. There should have been at least 3 pieces of meat.

Our desserts were heavenly. We ordered the Bombolone with nutella and the Panna Cotta with maple and sea salt. The Bombolone are freshly made with a crispy shell and just enough nutella in the middle. The Panna Cotta was surprisingly so delicious.

It is disappointing that they only serve espresso or americano and my friend wanted a cappuccino. I know that cappuccino, in Italy, is considered a morning coffee however we do need to accept that in Canada people like cappuccino any time of day.

Ambience was nice and quiet however just a little too dark. Everyone was turning the flashlight on their smartphones just to read the menu. All in all, I would definitely go back. The quality of the food is absolutely exceptional.

TF
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall food was good, not amazing. Service was fine, nothing to write home about. Winterlicious portions are exceptionally small, we ordered a pizza for 3 of us to share after our main course:(

JH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food and general vibe was good, inside super hipster and cute however it’s a very cramped space. They seemed to back up winterlicious seatings too close, so none of the tables were done eating. We showed up on time and were forced to wait outside (in the winter on a freezing night) Bc they didn’t want to kick the other table out and didn’t want any loitering. Just awful and the bartender was out of this world levels of rude, to the point we almost left. Three out of 4 of us were waiting on the street even tho it was now past our reservation time - that’s on them, not the diners. Our server was nice and the food was good, but they reallllyy need to plan better and learn to accommodate between seatings if they want to stay in winterlicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Rare is the time that I review a restaurant. Especially negatively. As a large table we unanimously agreed that the service was subpar, the portions were undersized, and the quality of ingredients were lacking. If you're considering dining at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, save yourself the time and trouble...go to the McDonald's down the street.

AB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always exceptional, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable!

SQ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing as always! The food is wonderful and the space is great. However the tables are really crammed in there. The table of 2 beside 4 of us was 2 inches away. Not a big deal for us but you couldn’t have an intimate conversation with 2 strangers basically sitting at your table. Totally get they want to maximize the space and covers but kinda dampens the mood.

AS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

My experience was a bit bumpy. I had asked my servers opinion between the Rabbit and lamb as I was looking for the preferred meat. They neglected to tell me that the Rabbit was not a cut of meat... rather a light "rabbit sauce" on pasta. The menu made no mention to this either. Needless to say I was shocked when we food arrived. I expected better for the high level dining. However still enjoyed the food thoroughly and would come back again .

-Alex

ND
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambiance. The Winterlicious menu was excellent value. The lamb and salmon were exceptional!

m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday

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