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685 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04102
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Local 188 Details
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Jazz every Tuesday 9pm - 11pm
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Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
enter via the alley to the left of the restaurant. Park anywhere in the immediate lot out back.
A word from Local 188
Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine using local ingredients.
We have two versions of the classic paella, one has chourico and chicken and the other is all seafood. Menu is printed nightly with frequent changes in steak, soup, tortilla, gnocchi and risotto, as well as appetizer and fish specials.
Our menu offers a full range from tapas (small plates), raciones (medium plates) to entrees (large plates), creating a set of choices for any size appetite.
Weekend brunch is served from 9am till 2pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Our wine list is extensive featuring over 150 bottles with specialization in Spain, France and Italy.
Our beer list features local micros, seasonal, imports and domestics with selections from Bunker, Allagash, Dogfish head, Oxbow, Unibroue, Brooklyn and Smuttynose to name but a few.
Not to be overlooked is the ever changing array of house designed and made cocktails, many of which feature intriguing and delicious infusions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Fit for Foodies
Diners' Choice Winner
Good for Groups
My friends and I had a lot of
catching up to do so we took our time ordering. Our waiter was so patient and really personable. We didn't feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our meal."
Dined on 2/24/2014
It's a really large space for such
a nice restaurant, so acoustics are good. The food is fantastic. I didn't click "kid friendly" because when I read that I assume the place will be specially geared to kids, but we have reasonably well behaved 3 and 6 year olds and it was fine."
Dined on 2/23/2014
Food at Local 188 is unique,
bursting with flavors you can't readily find elsewhere. Trying a few different tapas and dishes and sharing them with your party is perhaps the best way to experience what they have to offer. Often their food is local, organic, healthy and tasty. I would describe the ambience as eclectic ellegance. They have an elegant bar as well as a nice dinning area. Excellent service, atmosphere, and food!"
Dined on 2/22/2014
My second time here but my
husbands first. We both had a starter salad and an entree. We both enjoyed everything . The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and helped me find dairy free alternatives. Everything was fresh and tasty. The place was hopping but we were never rushed. I would recommend this restaurant and an added bonus is that they have off street parking!"
Dined on 2/21/2014
Great food and drinks (spicy
margarita was awesome). Live band came to play around 10 pm (Monday night)."
Dined on 2/17/2014
Local 188 was great..we originally
had a reservation at a restaurant we have been to , but looking for somewhere new worked out We got an 8:30pm reservation (the only one left aside from a 5:30pm), place was very loud, and tables filled up fast. We started with 3 tapas, the patatas bravas, pickle plate, and deviled eggs...all awesome. We then shared the seafood paella, which took a long time to come out due to a misunderstanding between the waitress and chef, which the waitress apologized for. When it finally came out, it was delicious!! though a little salty. We got a comp. dessert as an apology. Overall, great dinner although we wish it was a little quieter and also not so smokey. The open kitchen was good/bad because of this."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Showed up on time and were seated
promptly which was great. Being a Spanish restaurant my girlfriend tried the house Sangria which was not a good choice and tasted of poor champagne mostly. For our appetizer we had the deviled eggs which tasted mainly like fried onions yet I can't recall there being mention of onions on the menu and were a bit runny. For my main entree and something not found often in America I tried the pallella, that tasted more like brown rice soup and nothing like I recall in Barcelona. I now know why this is rarely served in the US despite its simplicity. To top the whole thing off the meal was $100 and not close to worth half. It's a wonder how this place is so highly regarded in the area."
Dined on 2/15/2014
The appetizers were great, better
than the entree. I would suggest ordering every appetizer or small plate over traditional three courses. The selection of small plates was great and the deviled eggs were fantastic. Homemade pickle plate is worth every penny! Service was great and cocktails on point."
Dined on 2/14/2014
We had read about Local 188 before
dining there. In our experience, it lives up to its press. Service was excellent: our waitress was very helpful and patient with our questions about the Spanish names on the menu, and food was served promptly. Dishes were attractively presented and delicious. We were there on a relatively slow Sunday evening, and the dining room was less than half-full, but there were two large parties there (apparently a frequent occurrence as there are two or more tables that seat 10+ people), both having a great time. There's also lounge seating with sofas and low tables in the middle of the room, very inviting. As we were in an alcove, we had no trouble with the noise of the large parties, but the room can be loud."
Dined on 2/9/2014
Portions have gotten more "small
plate" than in the past. Waitperson made a point of telling me the hangar steak was "only 4 oz. so you might want to order something else with it." Felt a little strange...suspected she had been directed to do so with a goal toward trying to up the tab. My dinner mate and I shared a delicious but very small appetizer (3 stuffed dates), and we each had a good, but under-dressed beet salad. I definitely would have still felt hungry if I had only ordered the entree, which by the way, was very good. It's not the best restaurant in town but it's consistently good and a fun place to meet a friend for dinner."
Dined on 2/6/2014
We have eaten at Local 188 several
times and are always so impressed with our experience. The food is creative and beautifully presented, the staff is warm and incredibly knowledgable about the menu and the bar offers different fun cocktails as well as a great wine selection. Parking is easy and the atmosphere in the restaurant is hip and energetic without feeling like they are trying too hard. Overall just a wonderful night out every time."
Dined on 2/1/2014
We were a group of 8 that arrived
an hour earlier than our reservation so we could have cocktails. The place was packed with nowhere to stand. They let us sit at an actual table and arranged another area for us so we could start dinner earlier. The food and service was excellent as always!"
Dined on 1/25/2014
This is my favorite restaurant in
Portland. Every time I go there, each menu item elicits a "this is sooooo good!" Most recently dined on heavenly olives, fresh scallop ceviche, sweet potato gnocchi, and incredibly fresh salad. Their sangria is wonderful, too! Desserts are not as impressive, but very good cappucino. The atmosphere is comfy and homey - the lighting is great and there is always big new art from local artists on the walls.Love it!!"
Dined on 1/18/2014
Local 188 has a varied and
interesting menu. Lots of mix and match options. Everything on our table for four was beautiful and delicious!"
Dined on 1/12/2014
Local 188 is always good.
Everything from a quick bite of tapas to a full dinner is always delicious. Lively fun spot. With all the restaurants in Portland, it is easy to choose Local for the fun, atmosphere and quality of food."
Dined on 1/10/2014
Don't understand all the hype.
Food was just so-so and the noise level made it impossible to carry on a conversation."
Dined on 3/10/2013
This was the second time we have
been here, and once again it was outstanding. Their menu was slightly different so we tried a few new things off their tapas menu, and got a salad and an entree. Everything was fantastic (we got the Beet Salad, the Gnocchi, the Mussels, the Patatas Bravas, and the Flat Bread with Hummus) and we would have ordered all of those things again. I would highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Portland!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
Whether we're at Local for brunch,
dinner, or drinks and tapas at the bar, we consistently receive great service, and excellent food. It's not a typical restaurant, but rather a hipstery mish-mash of locally-sourced Spanish/new world cuisine. Never had a bad dish, although I often end up with something I never thought would be a fave, and turned out to be awesome. Diners must be willing to try new foods and styles of preparation!"
Dined on 12/31/2013
Whether we order an array of
tappas to share or individual meals, the meals are always impressive. Waitstaff friendly and service quick if we want it too be or leisurely if we want that. Accommodate special dietary needs. Out of town guests very impressed!"
Dined on 12/26/2013
The food was outstanding. I loved
the variety of small plates. The atmosphere was lively and warm. My only issue was the service, We had a large party and the service was a little slow. We probably would have ordered more drinks if we were checked on more frequently. The server was friendly and knowledgeable but not very attentive."
Dined on 12/21/2013
THE place to be in Portland, Maine
on a cold, snowy night. Terrific food with ambiance to match."
Dined on 12/19/2013
Never disappointed. The menu
doesnt change much, but always delicious"
Dined on 12/15/2013
We were looking to grab a bite to
eat before a concert and were pleasantly surprised with our outstanding dinner. The ingredients were fresh and perfectly prepared and the space was open and very comfortable. The service was perfect and the dining room filled up quickly while we enjoyed our early meal."
Dined on 5/18/2013
Short and direct- I travel and
dine for a living. 188 could be casual or business dinner and not disappoint. I highly recommend if you are traveling thru to make a reservation with your clients for dinner. If you live local and haven't been to try the eclectic menu... Just go, it won't dissapoint."
Dined on 12/9/2013
The atmosphere was nice - although
a bit loud for older diners at 6:00pm. The bread was 5 star, the wine was 5 star, chicken livers 10 stars, beet salad 5 star, fish special 2, flank steak was cold and ribs were 2. the food was better over a year ago but the restaurant did not promote itself as "Spanish cuisine". Still called Local 188 but very inconsistent food - what has changed? Would try again no my own but if the same would not recommend for a group outing."
Dined on 12/8/2013
Really enjoyed my dinner Saturday
evening. We enjoyed the food, wines, drinks and service was very attentive. thanks for a great evening. It is a bit loud though, so be prepared for that."
Dined on 12/7/2013
The food was excellent with a nice
belnd of local and fresh!"
Dined on 12/6/2013
Wait staff were friendly and
cordial and patient. Explained menu items well. I had an issue with an ingredient in a sauce that wasn't identified in the menu and the waitress offered to redo the plate without the sauce."
Dined on 11/30/2013
We ordered seared scallops and
thinly sliced, marinated steak plate from the Tapas menu. The scallops had a medium sear to them with a nice taste of the butter they were cooked in. My steak was very tender and similarly marinated so not an overpowering taste, just enough to enhance the flavor of the meat. Maine courses were paella with chourico, mussels, clams, and saffron rice. It was in a flavorful broth that didn't drown the ingredients but fused with the rice and proteins equally. My dish, braised short rib with mashed potatoes, and kale. The meat was flavorful, tender, and extremely delicious. The portion was enough so I took nearly half of my meal home. Great service, attentive without the server hovering."
Dined on 11/16/2013
This place is great for a group of
friends that want to get together for good food and conversation. Love going here before a show at the State Theatre with my friends. Especially fun in the summer to sit outside and people watch."
Dined on 11/3/2013
Had a great time! Food was great
services was ok. Only thing some of the people that go there for drinks are dressed poorly. Kinda kills the mood."
Dined on 10/30/2013
There is always a surprise at
Local 188 and they're always great."
Dined on 10/21/2013
The atmosphere at Local 188 is
really quite artsy, comfortable and attractive. After perusing the menu, we decided to go with tapas and small plates. 5 tapas was more than enough for the 2 of us and we had leftovers. My husband ordered a lemon ginger drink that was out of this world. My only criticism is that the tapas almost all came out at the same time. We both absolutely loved the fish cakes. The flat bread with humus and the olives were great. I loved the mushroom and almond sauté, but my husband did not. My husband loved the gnocchi, but I found the sauce a bit spicy, although the kale on the side was yummy. For desert we shared the dark chocolate panna cota - so rich we could not finish it between the two of us. We'll be back!"
Dined on 10/20/2013
My husband and our friends arrived
in Portland and had the owner of our holiday rental recommend Local 188. We can totally see why now we've been! Fantastic food, reasonably priced and served with a friendly, relaxed attitude. If I lived here, Local 188 would see my face a lot...!"
Dined on 10/17/2013
We had a wonderful dinner and pur
serves was excellent. I wish I had gotten her name. But looking around I could see that all the other diners were getting juts as good service as we were. Loved the mushroom appetizer and the lobster paella served 2 of us perfectly. We'll be back, we really loved this place."
Dined on 10/13/2013
My wife and I went to Local 188
about a month ago and could not stop raving about it. So much so that when we had an opportunity to get a sitter I immediately thought of the restaurant again. This time the food was not good and the service was slow. The appetizer of clams had sand and broken shells in it and the clams were over cooked. They did replace the clams with a mussel dish which was very good. However, the main course meals were salty and overcooked as well. It did not appear as though anyone took the time to taste anything before it headed out to tables. We were offered dessert on the house but at that point we were not looking to get anything else to eat there. I would recommend the restaurant for the ambience but not the food."
Dined on 10/12/2013
never a bad meal and the quality
of the ingredients is evident. we've had the same server twice now and she is wonderful, very knowledgeable about the menu and kind to our kiddo when she comes with us. wish there was a tad more light for my aging eyes to read the menu but that is pretty minor."
Dined on 10/12/2013
The oyster mushroom sauté
appetizer is out of this world. My braised short rib and my husband's hanger steak were both delicious, but it is the appetizer I would go back for."
Dined on 10/12/2013
menu eclectic, check out on line.
olives (huge bowl $5) delicious; naan flatbread w/garlic hummus soooo good (enogh for 6/share) beet salad w/smoked gouda was outstaneding; meatballs (3 large ones) in fresh marinara were excellent. hazelnut cake w/expresso ice cream and chocolate squiggle was full of nuts and hazelnut flabor. Service - excellent. We ate at the 'biggies' on this trip to Portland but this one was a very pleasant surprise. The place is big, noisy and packed--and with very good reason. A real treat! Kath, our server, was terrific-very attentive. This is a special place where creativity and culinary expertise are evident in every dish. Wish we had more time to return and try all the other dishes on their menu."
Dined on 10/12/2013
A fun dinner with family &
friends. Terrific food, great service (thanks for the recommendations!), fun atmosphere. Everyone in the place seemed to be really enjoying their evening. Highly recommend it!"
Dined on 10/5/2013
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