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Local Kitchen and Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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344 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220-1761
+1 248-291-5650
09:00 - 22:00
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All hours
Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Berkley, Michigan
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202 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a business dinner here and not only was the food excellent and the service up to snuff, it was just a lot of fun. Great parking behind this busy part of Ferndale. They have an eclectic menu but it's not so unusual to be distasteful. I recommend it.

Thank IntegrityMatters52
Lake Orion, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I have been here before and was just simply let down on our last visit. I was STARVING and also have a gluten allergy. The waitress pointed out a few options that I could eat. Ordered a Veggie burger that she suggested, only to find out it was made with bread crumbs (not gluten free). Strike one. Since I don't... More 

Thank emeryc599
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Went to dinner with a friend. We both ordered barramundi. Portion was the size of a sardine can. Nothing else on the plate. No vegetable, no potato. Not even bread. Really? Asked the waitress why so small. She said that's what the chef decided. We both left hungry and went home to eat some more. I have re-named the restaurant.... More 

Thank Fran B
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

My friend and I had dinner at Local earlier this week. We were both hungry so each of us opted for a main entree instead of a small plate. I ordered the fish entree which was a very good tasting piece of fish whose size was approx. 3 inches long x 1.5 inches wide. There were no sides included which,... More 

Thank gottaloveitaly2012
Auburn Hills, Michigan
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Went here with my sister and heard good things about this place. I tried the local burger $15. Worst burger I've had in awhile. Too many so-called gourmet items that fight each other in taste. The short rib and brisket grind burger sounded good but all the flavors were overwhelmed by the toppings. Candied bacon, pickled tomato and charred onion... More 

Thank Wizbang237
Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Service OK, food OK, ambiance OK but given all of the other alternatives on the Detroit restaurant scene - way way different than a few years ago - I would skip it. My rating is "Meh".

Thank Brian S
Detroit, MI
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142 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We have dined here twice and it's excellent. My only complaint would be that the portions could be a little larger. The drink specials are always funky and very good. Small plates are "small plates". Great taste but I want more. I will come Back with no hesitation

Thank bugsy554
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

My husband and I were on a garden cruise, got hungry for lunch, and spotted this busy indoor/outdoor restaurant. This area just outside metro Detroit reminded us of California with all the people walking the streets, shopping, and dining outdoors. A place this busy just had to be good. We were not disappointed. We loved the old repurposed building with... More 

Thank Alice S
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have dined at Local many times and I've recommended Local to a lot of my friends. However the last time that we were there was a total disappointment. And because of this we won't be back. The shrimp and grits typically tasty and wonderfully Southern, tasted like glue and shrimp and the fried green tomatoes were... More 

Thank Maureen M
Belchertown, Massachusetts
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108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This was the surprise of our trip. The only thing better than the food was the service. The bartender Daniel was fantastic. This place has great food, cocktails, service and a nice patio. My only regret is there isn't a fun place like this closer to where we live.

Thank Lawrence C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 344 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220-1761
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ferndale
  • Phone Number: +1 248-291-5650

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?