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1391 Washington St, West Newton, Newton, MA 02465-2003
+1 617-340-2160
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Wed 12:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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247 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met with friends at the local early on a Saturday night before attending the PaintBar and our painting lessons. We ended up having garlic mussels and Fish and Chips, while our friends had crab cakes and street tacos. The mussels were fantastic, and the fish and chips perfect -- we asked for green beans, instead of fries -- which... More 

Thank Walter C
Newton, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd wanted to try this place out for a while. There were hits and misses. The steak tips were very good and worth going back for. However, their take on an Old Fashioned was kind of over the top; it seemed like it was half Luxardo and way too sweet. Also, the service could have been better; I was never... More 

Thank Rick K
Boston, Massachusetts
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268 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here on a Sunday evening... I would rate this place as average. The menu is appetizing but everything was just a little off. The chips + onion dip weren't that flavorful and the dip seemed too watery. I had steak tips which had good flavor, and I really liked the steak sauce it came with. The salad was... More 

Thank Jill W
Orange, California
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274 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Good variety of food, cross sections of meat and fish. Yummy appetizers and side dishes. Really enjoyed the Brussels sprouts.

Thank oyyveyy
Needham, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We went for our company holiday lunch - there was 14 of us. The wait staff was friendly and very efficient. It seemed to take longer than usual to get our food, but the food was very good, especially the flat breads. Everyone received their meals at the same time and there wasn't one complaint.

Thank CaraM51
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87 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We've visited The Local occasionally over the last few years and with the exception of adding too much salt we have found the food good.Our last visit showed a new menu that was much improved and we had the Chicken Cacciatore and Crispy Crab Cakes both were very good. The service has always been very good. I had Root Beer... More 

Thank Irwin A
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I have only been to this place a 5 times when I bring my daughter back to college. I have always been greeted when I walk in the door, seated immediately, and served water or something.. But on November 27 2016, I was greeted by a nice host and seated and there we sat for 15 mins ..nothing...I walked down... More 

Thank Cyndi A
Newton, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a wonderful neighborhood spot that was teeming with people stopping in for a brew, cocktail or dinner. I am so glad I found it! We met friends before a movie and we all enjoyed our meals very much...were surprised by the large portions and the reasonable prices. Our server was informed, efficient and friendly. The menu has good... More 

Thank good2go195
Newton, Massachusetts
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135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

They do have the best steak tips!!! Their food is good overall. We came here a few times already and we are always satisfied with it. The parking is annoying though, though there is a big lot across the place. This place is highly recommended.

Thank triptonowhere_11
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Went here for dinner pre rush and was disappointed. Took five minutes before someone acknowledged our table. It is a small open room so hard to miss a table of three. Our waitress redeemed the experience. The chips and French onion dip were great. Cooked perfect and the dip was a basic onion dip (not over flavored). The meals we... More 

Thank Rhonda G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Pub, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1391 Washington St, West Newton, Newton, MA 02465-2003
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-340-2160

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