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Local Public Eatery

2210 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K1B5
Tel: (604) 734-3589
Fax: (604) 734-3592
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Pub
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio, View, Television
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 1AM, Fri: 11AM - 2AM, Sat: 10AM - 2AM, Sun: 10AM - 1AM
  • Local Public Eatery is a pub on the corner of Cornwall and Yew with a patio overlooking Kitsilano Beach and lots of televisions. Operated by Joey's Restaurant group.

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Good beer selection
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

I came to Local to watch the game the other day and it was a pretty decent choice. They have televisions on almost every open wall so no matter where you look, you have a view of the game. It would be nice to see them mute the commercials though like they do at a lot of sports bars.

They have a solid beer selection, lots of different craft beers to choose from. I ordered the deluxe burger which comes with cheddar cheese and bacon. The patty was really salty so I sent it back. Another one came out really quickly and it was not overseasoned this time so they did well to rectify the problem. I think each patty is hand pressed so I guess they come out differently, not sure.

Anyways, it was a good experience overall. The service was attentive and a drink was never empty for long. I would return if I'm I want to watch the game and in the neighbourhood.

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Menu changed, gone downhill
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Went to have some food and drinks on the patio on a weeknight. Very busy but able to get a table outside, probably one of better patios in Vancouver. A review of the menu indicates they have changed some if the items. The fish tacos now come a la carte at $4 per order versus the previous 3 tacos with rice and beans. They also changed the tacos by replacing the corn tortillas with flour. The breading on the fish was also a bit thicker. Overall not as good. The tuna poke (cost in the low teens) was also a failure, small portion with unripe avocado. Chips were served in a big pasta bowl, unappealing. Service was solid but overall the food has gone downhill.

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Chillaxin' With The Beautiful Peeps
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Went to The Local a couple of weeks ago for drinks and an appy. This is obviously the place to be seen. Beautiful spot in Kits right across from the beach with a huge patio full of thirty/forty somethings in their True Religion Jeans and Christian Audigier T's. No less than two Ferrari's parked outside. Okay enough about the clientele.

A nicely renovated spot and unlike some of the customers not overly pretentious. Had service on the spot from a very friendly girl and enjoyed their wine special, 4.50 for a glass of house red or white you just can't go wrong.

As for the food enjoyed just an apple the edamame beans. They kick these up with a nice chili spice sauce , they were the best beans I've had, really tasty. I watched as various different waitresses brought forth delicious looking burgers and sandwiches to the customers looked very very good.

If you are watching your pennies after shelling out $350.00 for your jeans this is the place. Can't wait to go back but must go shopping first.

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Reinvented and rejuvenated
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

Remembering the old instution that occupied the space before, I wasn't expecting a 180 degree turnaround. It's a hotspot for the local Kits crowd, but a couple of buddies and I settled in here rather than braving the busy DT scene.

Patio action is apparently walk-in, and we lucked out with a decent table. The actual restaurant inside isn't half bad either, with a definite chain-like aura.

We ordered all sides: nachos, sliders and yam fries - the usual alcohol consumable compliments. Again, hints of chain influence here. The food didn't blow us out of the water but alas this is jazzed up pub style fare.

Service was fine, but our waitress had a certain hastiness which was a little annoying. A little slow on the ball too and all of a sudden it seemed as if her tip was in jeopardy. I would say for casual patio dining, service is par.

Other than the parking nightmare, it's not a bad place to be seen.

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A major improvement from the old Malones
By Chasiubao of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

Definitely an improvement from the very dodgy Malones that used to occupy that space.
Nothing special about the food - decent but generic - the same as what you would find at Earls, Joeys, Cactus Club, etc.
We sat at the bar so the service was consistent with what one would expect at the bar - friendly but not necessarily attentive.
Value and prices are also comparable to other chain restaurants.
Glad to see the servers wear normal outfits for uniforms instead of the try-hard too tight too short low cut dress style that is getting reeally old! I think the management made a good choice in terms of uniforms for the servers - t-shirt and jeans or jean shorts - very appropriate for the casual beachside vibe.
The atmosphere is great. It's busy, the patio is perfect for people watching. The bar area is well designed so that your view is not obstructed by glasses, beer pulls, coffee machines or other bar paraphernalia. Booths and tables occupy the rest of the space, with dark wood accents and black pleather seating. The style and ambience are similar to the other chain restaurants but overall much more comfortable experience compared to the sticky dark dank Malones of the past.

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Look out Malones
By barbara of Van area (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

What a great move changing the old Malones over at the Local and Nimbys. Spicy thai Chicken and a whiskey sour in a boot. This place is great i go there at lewats 3 times a week for the comfortable feel, all the staff are having fun and take great care of everyone. It a great move opening up more, this is the hottest local spot in kitts.

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Great Patio
By Foodlover086 of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

Me and my girls love the patio scene in vancouver during the summer. This one is one of the best on a hot day! Most of the times we have been there, you usually have to wait to sit out on it due to how busy it gets but once your on it you dont want to leave. The food is not bad and the service is ok but the drinks are great. Good selection of beers. Their ceasers are awesome!! Love the boot glass they come in. Will be back for sure.

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Will go back again to enjoy the veggie burger.
By yummynotsoyummy of Kerrisdale (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I ended up here during the Olympics to get away from the downtown core. The first time I had the fish & chips and it was good. My friends had the burger and the other a sandwich. They both enjoyed what they ordered. Was here recently and ordered the veggie burger. It was excellent. There was a crunch in every bite. I asked the server what it was. The burger has almonds in it. I think they make their own veggie burger. I would order that again when I go again. During th Olympics we enjoyed the large TV's to watch sports. We had to wait for a table and was offered the drink menu while we waited. Nice to have a cold drink while you wait.

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What a disappointment!
By moonshine_246 of Vancouver (UBC) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 7:20am [Dine in]

As it was our first time at the Local since it opened we were open-minded. The place had a great look. Before we ordered we were brought a jar of water that was filthy dirty on the inside. We literally could wipe our finger on the inside of the jar and find chunks of something on our fingertip. The glasses were no better. We ordered a round of wine and one of the glasses had lipstick on the rim before it even got to our table. The other glasses were smudged with grease or something filmy. It was absolutely disgusting. I decided to order a bucket of beer instead to avoid having to deal with any more dirty glasses (which we sent back). When my bucket of beer arrived, there was honestly 5 or 6 pieces of ice in the whole bucket. It was hilarious - an embarrassment to the establishment. This experience was a total disaster. I will never go back and I would highly recommend others stay away. Yes, the patio has a killer view, but the service and quality is through the floor boards.

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I like this place.
By mister_jacky of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

I came here recently and enjoyed it again. Figured i would share the love for those who haven't been yet.
Great location in Kits, majority super good servers, comfortable chill vibe, large tasty portioned food. Tasty drinks. Pepperoni stick in my big Caesar. Gets busy though, may have to wait a while to sit.

Great summer night spot.

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Not so local, hates locals actually
By godfrey of downtown (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 12:24am [Dine in]

This place is *actually* not for locals. I live two blocks away, and in the last five times I have attempted to go to Local, there has been a 20-40 minute plus wait. Not game-day, not dinner-time, not the weekend - we are talking 8:00 pm on a weekday night when all the hockey is done and there's nothing left, and it's raining.

Who's waiting to be seated? Two gross leathery 40-something female blondes and a three-piece-suited corporate douche on his phone with a faux-hawk, and his cronies flocking, all of them grey haired and fat. In the booths? Frat boys and at least two large families with multiple children. In a pub. The hostess? Visibly rolls her eyes when we ask if there are seats at the bar.

We loved this place when it wasn't totally happening. The food was pricey but decent, the service good, although the clientele was lame at times (loud and stupid). Looks like the clientele told their friends. I'm really sad this place is the go-to place in Kits now. It had so much potential to be a local gem. Now it's trendy for the suburbanites (who work downtown or go to UBC).It's the safe go-to patio place for the Cactus Club crowd from Surrey to eat at when they're in the real city. We used to be able to depend on the Keg, the Boathouse, Moxies, Milestones and Earls to defend us from these colossal losers. But they've come over the bridge and discovered Local. I really miss last October. I doubt I will ever be able to walk in and sit down in this establishment again.

Still, how about allowing patrons to jump the line if you can prove proof of nearby residence, with ID? What does "Local" even mean? You guys suck and so do your formulaic patrons. There is nothing local whatsoever about this place and you should be ashamed of yourselves for taking the name without providing some form of reinforcing the fact.

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wasted space
By hannahawilson of Vancouver (Fairview) (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

Why do restauranteurs in vancouver keep pumping out the same old crap? I miss Malone's with its grungey charm and sandy floor.. A great place to hang out without the pretention and nonsense of most other Vancouver joints.

Two buddies and I had beer and yam fries. They have a great selection of sleeves/pitchers, a lot of tasty local beer. The yam fries were good but their appy menu is almost exactly same as every other joeys/earls/milestones/cactus in the lower mainland. I guess it's a formula that works... it upsets me that everyone and their dog caught on!

I would go back again because it's a) predictable, b) close to the beach, and c) has a bumpin patio. I would not go back because of the horribly contrived and generic atmosphere and ditsy waitresses.

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I love this place
By nanapp of van (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

This is such an improvement to Malones - our definite go-to place when needing a place to chill out with a cold pint. Awesome beer list, pretty wicked service, well decorated/maintained for a pub in Kits. The food menu is a touch on the expensive side and the vegetarian options are pretty limited. But it is all about the beer and people watching.

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