McDowell Local

23 N Main St, Marion
(828) 559-0654

Recent Reviews

Gaetano Galletta

Dietary restrictions: A lot of gluten free options

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 4

Service: 4

Recommended dishes: Hamburger

Johnny Serafini

We loved their fries, and the server was so very nice offering us many refills for our sodas! Very friendly people and great atmosphere!!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Karen Tracy

We enjoyed each of our meals; chicken, burgers, fries... Service was fast and friendly. All locally sourced foods in our meals. At 4:30, we were the 2nd table seated and by 5, the place was nearly full.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Hamburger, Chicken Tenders

J Smith

We come here all the time, it’s amazing. The food and service are stellar! Outdoor and indoor seating, beer, wine, cider. Healthy options and a delicious local plate app that’s always changing.Ask for Emma, she’s an excellent server!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Lisa YadaYada

My daughter came for a visit and wanted to eat somewhere "downtown". I told her that McDowell Local has good food so we went there. I like that many of their ingredients are from local farmers. I have been in a few times prior but have to say the service that Kelen gave us today was the best I have had there. She was super informative about the menu and the ingredients that we had questions about and checked on us the right amount and was very nice. Because of that I will continue to bring my out of town guests to this local establishment. Thanks again Kelen!

Bettina Smoot

We've dined at this restaurant several times. Tonight we drove into Marion (a 30 min drive) to eat dinner but was greeted with "we stop seating at 7:30". It was 7:35. I explained we just drove 1/2 hour but she said there was nothing she could do. So, naturally, i asked to speak to the manager. He gave every reason why he couldn't seat us including "your food wont be served until after 8pm". I didnt expect it any earlier. He made it clear we were not welcome but begrudgingly agreed to seat us. In the end, there was a concern on our end as to what would happen to our food given the exchange we just had. The waitress was nice enough but from my conversation with her it was clear she thought we were from out of town when in fact we have lived in the area for 3 years. It is unfortunate because we like the food but we wont be back given our treatment tonight.

Curt Davis

McDowell Local never disappoints! Food is always on point and the staff is the best!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Bee Shell

Best food, ever! Staff is so wonderful! We just LOVE this place! Always a fun time!

Atmosphere: 4

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Bacon Jam, Hamburger, Chicken Tenders

Spencer Klickman

One of the best burgers I've had dining out in a VERY long time. Also, do not miss out on the piemento cheese and pork rind app.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Pimento Cheese, Hamburger

Tony Forshey

Great burgers and even better selection of local brews. Classic small town restaurant charm with more than enough flavor to leave a great lasting impression. Nothing beats the Hunter's livermush either.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Jeffrey Howard

Hey, it’s local! Good beer/cider selection from nearby breweries, and food was better than most alternatives eat-in places in Marion.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Pickle Plate

linda galloway

We got takeout and it was very good just wish it was hot. So next time will eat at the restaurant. It is a very neat place.

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 4

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Pimento Cheese, Chicken Wrap, Burger Cheeseburger

Connie Ferrell

Great local ingredients, creative menu items, yummy specials!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Marion Hot Chicken Sandwich with Tots, Bacon Jam

Pat Smith

Love this place! Very good food and service. Locals recommend it!Kid-friendliness: Took 2 grandkids and it was fine for them!

Atmosphere: 5

Food: 5

Service: 5

Recommended dishes: Black Bean Dip, Pimento Cheese, Titan Double with Cheese and Fries, Chicken Tenders, Woodstock Pizza, Burger Cheeseburger

Kia Mikhayla

My family and I have come here twice. Both times were disappointing. The first time we came in, stood towards the front for about 5 minutes waiting for somebody to acknowledge us. Finally somebody did, we got seated and waited 20 minutes for a server to ask about drinks or anything else. Through the span of the evening, it took about an hour and a half of being seated before our food was brought out, while tables all around us were given food, ate, checked out, and new tables sat, ordered, and ate. The food was fine the first time.We came back tonight because we really wanted to like the place. Again, stood at the front for 7-8 minutes waiting to be sat, while waitresses moved around but none acknowledged us. Finally we get seated, get drinks, and don’t see our waitress again for 20-25 minutes. Worth noting, too, that my husband was brought the wrong beer. We ended up ordering an appetizer of chips and Queso and our entrees. While waiting, the table next to us was sat, ordered, ate, and checked out. Our drinks sat empty on the table multiple times. And we had to ask for a refill. I ordered a burger tonight and it was good! However, our appetizer didn’t come out until after our food, and only because we asked about it. After we asked, we watched our waitress go ring it in. Which happens sometimes, I get it, but an effort should have been made to apologize or something but nothing was said. We also asked for ketchup for our fries and literally waited 15 minutes for it. And only got it after asking another waitress for it.At the end of the day, the food is good but isn’t good enough to have such horrible service. I don’t know if they’re short staffed or if they just need to retrain but both times we’ve visited, we’ve left feeling like it was a waste of time.This restaurant really has the potential to be so good but the service has lacked both times we went. My husband and I have both been in the restaurant business so we believe in bad nights and second chances but this was honestly just ridiculous.

Atmosphere: 2

Food: 2

Service: 1

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