The Local


family friendly pub: the local interior

Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Newton
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: Affordable. Appetizers $4-$15, Entrees $11-$19
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5pm-1am; Fri-Sun: 12pm-1am
  • Reservations: No
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infant, Toddlers, Kids

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The Local, neighborhood gastropub in West Newton, is all about local pride – for local produce, seafood and beers. More importantly, this family-friendly pub is also about serving classic pub favorites with an upscale twist. Yes, the waitstaff all wear shirts with the local zip code 02465, but this bustling tavern with a long wait for a table suggests diners are coming from all over and not just from 02465.

family-friendly restaurant tip The Local does not take reservations. You can expect to wait for a table on a busy weekend night. Go early or during lunch to avoid a long wait.

family friendly pub: the local mac & cheese KidTude:

Good. You will find many young diners at this family-friendly pub. Despite not having a kids menu available when KidNosh visited, the fare and staff are accommodating to families with kids.

family-friendly restaurant tip If you’re dining with an infant, ask to be seated in a banquette by the window where it is quieter and there’s room to rest a car seat.


Main Menu:

The Local serves gastropub fare: pub favorites with an upscale twist. Think Prime Burgers, Fried Pickles & Spicy Mayo and Lobster Mac & Cheese. The menu is divided into Snack Things ($5 sides), Small Things ($4-15 appetizers or small plates), Flatbread Pizza Things (small pizzas from $12-13) and Bigger Things (entrees from $11-19).

Favorites include:

  • Hand Cut Truffle Parmesan Fries
  • Prime Burger Sourced by “The Godfather of Meat” John Dewar & Hand Cut Fries
  • TW’s Marinated Steak Tips & Hand Cut Fries

Kid’s Menu:

family friendly pub the local flatbread

Roasted Tomato, Basil and Romano Flatbread

The Local recently added a kid’s menu with the standard kid fare (chicken fingers, mac & cheese, burgers). The regular menu also has lots of kid-friendly choices, including flatbread pizzas and grilled cheese.

Nearby Attractions:

  • West Newton Cinema
  • West Newton Center
  • Playgrounds & Park


  • Stroller access
  • Highchairs
  • Changing Table
  • Kid’s Menu

Getting There:

  • Street parking
  • Municipal lots
  • Commuter Rail (West Newton Station)