Local 188
Local 188

Local 188

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://local188.com/
  • Phone: (207) 761-7909
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Jay Villani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Entertainment: Jazz every Tuesday 9pm - 11pm
  • Special Events: local is open to booking special events. email us at eatdrinkart@yahoo.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State St
  • Public Transit: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
Local 188 reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (33)hot spot (21)special occasion (20)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (12)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • too much salt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    First I would like to point out that the atmosphere as well as the service was great. It was our first time at 188 so we came in on a friends recommendation. The appetizer and wine was wonderful and our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. It all went wrong when the meals came out. I had the pyeha and it was very salty but I'm not one to usually complain so I let it go and decided to bring it home and try it for the next day's lunch. It was inedible ! It was almost as if the top of the salt container came off and landed in the dish. My wife gave it a taste and felt the same way. By the way, she was also not impressed with her meal, just thought it was bland. Too bad because everything else was so good. We have mixed feelings about recomending you place to others. Maybe just fine for wine and tapas but not sure about dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save Room for Dessert
    four2five
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Atmosphere is warm and inviting for all ages, 20+ to boomers. Our party of 5 arrived a bit early but was seated right away. Our waiter was happy to help us navigate the dining decisions among tapas, appetizers, smallish plates and entrees. Food is really good - we had house salads, beef, butternut squash gnocchi, but the desserts are outstanding. Perfect flan, inventive ice cream flavors and a satisfying autumn crisp with apples, pumpkin and spices. Next time we will share a paella so we can save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best soups I've ever had!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I ordered the cream of celeriac root soup for my appetizer and am I glad I did. One of the best soups I've ever had. If I had known how good it was going to be I would have ordered 3 bowls for my meal (although the strip steak I had was excellent too. My husband ordered the paella with chicken, chorizo, clams and mussels and raved about that too...Local 188 will definitely be seeing us again! P.S. Our waitress Kath was excellent - very knowledgeable about the menu and attentive without being obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every minute!
    AndreaChirs
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My husband & I went to Local 188 for my birthday! We had a wonderful time! The waitress was knowledgeable, warm and very attentive! We both had seafood dishes that were out of this world! We also had a pumpkin maple dessert that was amazing! Everyone looked happy to work there! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our server was very enthusiastic. Never having been to Portland before, we enjoyed the advice about where to explore and what other restaurants to experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite in Portland, Maine
    Weemeranian
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Local 188 is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, Maine. If you go I would recommend sharing their signature seafood paella, an absolutely splendid dish, though gigantic and not appropriate for just one person. Start with their flatbread and hummus. I am a bread person. I've got to have bread with every meal. This appetizer does the trick and then some. Our severs are usually wonderful and very helpful as well as adorable. My only complaint is that this restaurant is usually very busy so it can be noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cardon
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We chose this restaurant for our anniversary celebration. Had a late reservation on a stormy Sunday evening so the room was quite. We enjoyed the chili shrimp and the mussels. Both were very fresh. Waiter was efficient and friendly but not overly so. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had somehow failed to go to Local 188 in the past. Now we can see what we had missed ! An excellent server guided us and arrived at just the right times (but not too often. The food was fabulous. Definitely going back, and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twist on Spanish Tapas
    SusanBVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The menu had many options and the specials even paired a suggested beer! We enjoyed the patatas bravas and hanger steak the most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant and relaxing
    sacrebleu62
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Five of us dined very well before the Portland Stage. Cheery and attentive waiter. Two of us had their great "classic" paella. Haven't eaten anything since! Very good food, long happy hour, too dark at the fringes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting and fun
    Econmaine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is a nice place to meet with friends. Good service and varied menu. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Based on diners reviews we expected more from Local 188. Service was spotty, we had empty wine glasses and our waitress was nowhere in sight to order refills. The house paella was mediocre at best. Too much liquid on the bottom of the pan and one side of the side suffered from a heavy hand with a salt shaker, making the rice inedible. On the plus side, the shellfish in the dish was spot on and the chorizo was very good. Steaks were cooked perfectly with nice garnishes, although the waitress seemed unsure of what was on the plate. Limited selection of tapas but the special ceviche was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and adventurous
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great tapas place with kooky old hippie feel. Friendly and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great place
    Localguest
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Good food, the specials were good, but the mushroom risotto was blend. Too noisy for my taste, difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    CEdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Made a reservation for four a 8 PM. We arrived on time and we were seated quickly. The waitress showed up about 10 minutes later to take a drink order. I think this is too long for someone to check in on an arrival. Five minutes seems right to me. I ordered 4 tapas portions starting with deviled eggs. There were very good. I had the feta salad which was great, patatas bravos, and spanish tortilla. Everything was great. If I had to change anything it would be to get a waiter to a table as quickly as possible and get the night started. But I can recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Atmosphere, Delicious Tapas
    BeaconKitty
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I went at the suggestion of our cousin (local resident), who met us there. We were grabbing a bite to eat before seeing Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Portland Stage. We made a meal of the tapas selections, plus a salad. The food was amazing and I definitely plan to go back. Nice atmosphere and good service, as we explained to the wait staff that we needed to be finished by 7 p.m., and we were. Next time we might sit at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine and watch some of the food prep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quirky service
    Cook4us
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First LOVED the food! Delicious, creative, and a good value. That said the service needed work. It looked like a combo front of the house, back of the house type of problem....too much time between courses, too little of those important quick "how's it going" sort of visits by wait staff. Since the food was so good we'll try it again but if the service isn better/smoother we probably won't go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my faves!
    Amanda
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Local 188 is one of my top picks in Portland. It's great for any time of the day (brunch is especially killer), and the drinks are always phenomenal!! Our table was ready when we got there and I was impressed that we snagged a reservation on a Friday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine, but suffers by comparison
    Mainetrippin
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Local 188 is satisfying. If Portland were not filled with so many great restaurants, you could be perfectly happy dining here. But with superior choices within walking distance (Petite Jacqueline, Boda, Caiola's), it's difficult to say "go here." The white sangria was relatively boring, It's such a treat to see deviled eggs on a menu, yet they were bland. The strip steak was gristly, which was disappointing, but other items, the risotto, the meatballs, the fried potatoes were good, but not remarkably good. The service was delightful--our server was well informed and engaging. The atmosphere is casual, if a little dowdy, but not in a bad way. (Similar to Boda.) The food was okay, and not overpriced. I'd go back--but not for a while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasion
    JJHI
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went with a small group and ended up staying for over 3 hours enjoying different small plates, entrees, an delicious desserts. The drinks were excellent and the service was great. It was just the right pace to have time to talk with our friends and enjoy the food. Great atmosphere as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    LobBoy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were with a group of 5, 3 people from out of town. We, the locals, felt we had picked a great spot to show off a lot of good things about Maine. Inviting setting, delightful wait staff, inventive menu, great food. The steak tartar with quail egg was good, but the truffle oil seemed to get in the way of the fresh taste of the rest of the dish. Goat cheese salad was oddly the best part of the meal, the Goat cheese was sort of smeared on the plate, warm, under the salad (I know it sounds goofy, but it was really tasty). Three of us had the special Blue Fish, very tasty, nicely plated, correctly seasoned. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    MNorman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We loved everything about Local 188 and will definitely go there again whenever we're back in Portland! Our food was delicious, the staff was friendly and welcoming, and the service was excellent. We loved not being rushed to order and the time between ordering and the food arriving was perfect. Unlike many restaurants, we did not feel like we were being hurried through our meal. It was a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas and late night bar
    E2L2E
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dark and loud. Good bar area for groups and good tapas menu
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Portland Restaurant
    Paul
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner here Saturday night. The waitstaff was was wonderful, very knowledgeable about the food and just the right amount of attention. We split an appetizer, salad and entree which was just the right amount of food for us. We started with the chicken pinchos, which were very good but could have benefited from marinating a little longer. Next came a wonderful salad with goat cheese and a deliciously light dressing. The entree was a special for the night of halibut that knocked our socks off. Easily one of the best halibut dishes we have had. This is a wonderful restaurant with a great atmosphere. They are even pet friendly, but you don't want to miss the nice vibe inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is great every time! The seafood paella is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Annac86
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food here exceeded our expectations! We started with a few tapas - marinated feta, anchovies, and the chicken. Everything was awesome. We then ordered the classic paella to share - it was absolutely delicious! Oh, and we can't forget about the picture of red sangria. Keep doing what you're doing; this is a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    BillH
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My fiancee and I enjoyed a lovely dinner, the waitress was wonderful, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was outstanding and the portion sizes were perfect. A thoroughly pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates
    Jundel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Local 188 is always busy for good reason. The changing tapas menu is interesting. I took an out-of-town friend for dinner on a Saturday night. One of the reasons I go to Local 188 regularly is they make a great Manhattan, one of the best in Portland. My friend drank wonderful Ishmael beer from local microbrew Rising Tide. Fresh bread came in olive-oil dipped chunks and was tasty. I had a salad with local greens and cheese, then small plates of meatballs and of roasted potato bites with a dipping sauce. My friend had a whitefish entree with local vegetables and rice, which she loved. We finished by sharing a combination of peach and cantaloupe sorbets with fresh raspberries. The service was easy and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative food
    ExMainer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The changing menu provides a wide variety of selections. There is great attention to detail in the food We are not locals, but make a special effort to eat here when passing through Portland Wine selection by the glass includes a number of reasonably priced and interesting wines
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous and Friendly
    embec
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Relaxed and casual setting... Excellent and friendly servers... Fresh ingredients expertly prepared... Great flavors, interesting tastes, lovely to the eye! We are eager to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little loud, gr8 risotto, :( paella
    moodydiner
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The decor is really welcoming, but the acoustics make it hard to hear the person sitting across from you if the place is full and busy. We had the ceviche to start and it was good, but it was considerably small it looked like garnish on the plate. The winner of the evening was the mushroom risotto. EXCELLENT. That dish really shined. We also ordered the seafood paella. It was not good, the clams and muscles were super sandy and the dish in general had very little flavor. Our server was more than accommodating and took it off the final bill. The sangria was just ok. It needed some more fruit flavors, it was a bit too sharp. But we did enjoy ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday night dinner
    GrazerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We started with the deviled eggs. Nice flavors. I had the strip steak and my husband had the tomato salad and hanger steak. My steak was awesome...tender and flavorful. It was served with baby pototoes and fresh green beans. Everything was very fresh. They have a way with seasonings! It is one of our favorites that we find ourselves going back to time and again. It is casual and the staff is fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner in early August. The staff were super friendly and helpful with not only the menu, but things to do in the Portland area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every tapas was delicious!
    Jat7520
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For our anniversary dinner we decided to go with small plates throughout. The salads and tapas were all amazing, especially the squash and feta special! Our server was knowledgable and engaging throughout. I even had my first Schiltz since college!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food!
    Jules160
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I eat here quite often, and am never disappointed. They use fresh ingredients, and have some vegetarian/vegan options. Although I last ate here on a busy evening, the waitstaff were friendly and kept on top of the order, and didn't keep us waiting long for our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 454 reviews are from the Local 188 reviews archive.
  • A Pleasant Dining Experience
    Jessmag
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We selected this restaurant as something new (to us) and as a place that would suit our schedule (events later in the evening). In that regard, we made a good choice. Service was quick, friendly, and helpful. Free parking in the back was a plus. It has an excellent wine and beer selection. Focusing on the tapas was a way to eat without being rushed or leaving sated. The tapas were good; everyone enjoyed them, but none stood out as exceptional. The house salad was disappointment - dry with no dressing. The dessert portion had mixed results. Flan: tasteless; chocolate special: a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent meal
    foodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a fabulous birthday dinner at Local 188. The service was excellent and the food really stood out. We went for seafood of course!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food and service
    AJLS
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good specials, tasty, original food, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodgasm!
    boipj
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My companion and I began with chili-garlic shrimp and the Spanish tortilla. The shrimp were tender, buttery goodness! The tortilla was delicious, as well. However, I would describe it more as a Spanish quiche. It was delightful! For an entree, we shared the seafood paella. This was the most savory, mouth-watering dish that I've had in a long time! I recently had the house paella at another local restaurant, that had come highly recommended. It was definitely good, but Local's version blew it out of the water! The portion was enough for two, and the flavor was unprecedented. Dessert consisted of the flan and a chili-dark chocolate torte. Outstanding! As for the service, all of the employees we encountered were super friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good vibe
    WillME
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We did not really test the kitchen, but what we had was very good -- a ceviche (tasty but a very small portion for $7) and two different fish entrees. Our server was thoughtful and attentive. The music, unfortunately, was intrusively loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic