Local 188

4.5
949 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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 100 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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kurtdwill
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambiance. The paella is killer and enough for / people

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heatherf
Austin
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Highly recommend the paella.

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AndrewB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Love Local 188, but clearly hurting on staffing and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were craving a cozy date night and Local 188 did not disappoint! We sat on the patio and Bri took care of us, as well as many other members of the staff. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. We are both gin drinkers and started with the Ruby Honey Jam and the Electric Daisy, made with their house-infused gins, they were perfect. We wanted a little bit of everything, so we ordered the mussels, hummus and flatbread, deviled eggs, and gnocchi. The food was delicious and the portions were perfect to share. We resisted the urge to drink the white wine garlic sauce from the mussels and instead soaked it up with the homemade bread and butter. (You’d want to drink it too, it’s that good!) We were too full to have dessert at the restaurant, but decided to take home a flourless chocolate torte and cheesecake with homemade raspberry compote, don’t judge, we came to eat! The desserts were also fabulous, so needless to say our experience was 10/10 and would highly recommend!

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vindelis
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Socially distance tables inside and friendly waiters. The menu is quite small, but the amount served was good. We had a few tapas, which were very nice. We don’t usually get dessert, but we did here, and the tres leches was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good - I was expecting to have more traditional Spanish options having lived in Spain. I was disappointed to not see gazpacho, croquettas, etc. the menu was small but what we did have was pretty good.

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BobbiA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are alway excellent at local 188.

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vipUwebres
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was very good. We could nitpick, I happen to be a professional chef, but it bordered on great. Service was a train wreck. Our server was uninformed about the menu, unhappy about being at work, and unable or unwilling to understand the concept of multiple courses.

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KatrinaS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was great, great food, great service, great ambiance. Love Local 188!

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KC23
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Awesome birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance and food for a night out in Portland!

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vipLaresa1024
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was nothing to write home about. Cocktails were tasty, wine list needs some help.

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, as always! We moved to an inside table because it was windy and the street is noisy. Inside is lovely and well spaced.

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FoodieJim
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the steak which was cooked perfectly. It was a bit salty for my taste so I can’t give 5 stars but my husband’s paella was superb. The cocktails are always nice. I’m going to guess it’s about my 15th time here and it’s always a positive experience. It was good to be dining inside again.

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Frenchy
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great server!!! Authentically friendly Sat outside so they have no responsibility for noise level. Mussels and shrimp taco were yummy. Charcuterie board was not good. Only one cheese and poor selection of accoutrements. Not nearly worth the price.
I miss the chicken livers!
Overall a wonderful experience.

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Grangie
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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Artic char and fiddlehead ferns were so delicious 🤤.

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vipFussy
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Indoor ambiance is dreary and wait staff isn’t really interested In Taking care of your needs. Had to ask a couple of times about an allergy then she came around and offered to speak to the kitchen instead of saying, no we can’t. Bloody Mary mix was nasty and my food was cold upon delivery to table so.....there ya go.

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andiq
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Return customers. Love the atmosphere. Opted to sit at bar rather than reserved table. Great fun w cards and cribbage as all were quite busy.. Window view of typical Portland St was extra nice. Wine a little pricey but very good. Jeremiah was tops. aq

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AlexB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local 188 is an amazing establishment. Chef Klaus and his crew designed courses that were extremely well prepared, creative, and absolutely delicious. The service was second to none; our waitress was very attentive and pleasant, and made sure we had everything we needed for the best experience possible.

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vipJohnW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dined outdoor. We were on the far end of the tables and got little attention from our server. Wasn’t terrible but could have been better. Food was excellent as usual.

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JoanC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We stuck with the shared plates which were all very good. The montaditos were our favorite. The bread, deviled eggs, and shrimp were also very good. The cheese and charcuterie was presented well and, while good, was a little sparse for $18. A little more cheese would have been better. We spaced out the ordering so we didn’t end up with everything at the same time. The staff seemed to work well together, and helped each other out when things started getting busy. We had a few different servers but they communicated and seemed to know what we had ordered and when it would be up. It was a pretty relaxing, good time. I’d go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Easter meal. Food not hot. Server disappeared after order delivered. Disappeared again after check delivered. Waitin and waiting to get out.

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TerryP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great!! Excellent Covid precautions in place. However, our table was right under a speaker and the music they played over the 90 minutes we were there was terrible. Country western, pop, NONE OF IT of a Spanish nature or at all “suttle”. Really made no sense. Light quiet music with little or no vocals would be much more appropriate even if it isn’t Spanish in origin. Awesome experience other than that.

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mansss
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

honestly i liked this place! only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was because we were seated 30 minutes late even though we arrived on time for our reservation
paella was really nice, wish it had crispy rice on the bottom though.. drinks were just ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I have never had a worse experience than I did on Sunday, March 15th. Five of us arrived at the restaurant after having reservations. One of us was concerned about Covid so we got a table outside. It was raining and upper 30s but since there were outdoor patio heaters, we figured no problem.

After waiting 10 minutes after being seated and asking to have the heater lit, i went inside to ask if they could light the heaters. I immediately received attitude from Jeremiah, the restaurant manager. I was definitely not rude but I did insist that they light it because it only takes a couple of seconds to do so. He came outside and lit the heater. After five minutes, the heater went out due to no propane. We inquired again to get the heater lit, and the hostess told us that they were out of propane. We weren’t happy but nothing we could do about it. A couple of minutes later Jeremiah came out and brought a new propane tank and we were pretty happy about that.

As he was installing the tank, he made a comment to me about being super busy and that he didn’t need the attitude from us. I couldn’t believe what I just heard and I am mediately shot back stating that I have been waiting outside for 10 minutes with nobody helping us. He told me that we weren’t waiting for 10 minutes and continued to give me major attitude. I was getting pretty upset by this time and asked him if this is how he talked to his customers. He told me that not only does he have the right to do so but has permission from the restaurant owner. I was furious by this time and said something with an expletive and he said I’m not going serve you. He was being a total dick about the situation and it was something that definitely did not need to escalate the way it did. I will never ever go back to that restaurant and I’m hoping that I get some sort of response here on yelp with an apology and explanation. i’m also going to reach out to the restaurant owner, and let him know how Jeremiah treats customers!

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JohnP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of four and all did the Maine Restaurant Week tasting menu. All four courses were great. The wine pairings were also quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Quick, great food, nice drinks. Service was a bit slow

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PreetiS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant and its staff were excellent and served us with such care and warmth. Loved it and highly recommend the restaurant.

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DawnTullyDances
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All was good except we could not hear the server.

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LocN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. We enjoyed every moments there!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Potatoes cold, server was overwhelmed, managment should have more worke

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was fine, really plain. We had brunch and even for breakfast foods I was like ehhhh, I got the home fries and there’s were like 10 pieces of potato. Even local potatoes are like $1 a pound. I have heard their servers are really good so I think we just struck out. She never asked if we wanted more water or coffee until she took our cards to pay. I’ve heard such great things, and was a wee bummed. We were sat in the sun, so for a nice winter Sunday that was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Everything was lovely, our server even bought my sister a birthday cocktail.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Wait staff were not engaged at all during dinner. We ordered a charcuterie plate that only had one cheese and one meat and they just dropped it down and left without any explanation as to what was being served.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local 188 is always a wonderful experience! Food and atmosphere are delightful. A true gem in Portland❤️

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Cici
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was top notch; the food delicious; the covid distancing excellent.

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RichardM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The drinks, shrimp skewers, and seafood paella were great. The chocolate flourless torte (or variation thereof) was out of this world — moist and flavorful, so much better than many tortes that can be dry and less flavorful. The menu was limited because of Covid, and we missed the chicken that was in the on-line menu of the morning, and being able to have a full-blown paella with chicken and sausage would also have been good. The service was outstanding — attentive, pleasant, personable — added to the experience. She was a young woman from Oxford Hills who is attending USM. The best.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Amazing as always! Best hollandaise in the world!!

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Andy
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, decent portion sizes, great service and atmosphere. I felt very safe with how the tables were spaced and the staff's attention to detail.

FAQs

Local 188 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 761-7909.

Local 188 is rated 4.5 stars by 949 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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