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Local 188

4.6
4.6
957 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

We accept reservations online for approximately half of Local 188... please call to reserve... also for 7+ guests
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, 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 ---brunch is walk-in service only
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
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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Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 761-7909

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jay Villani

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    State St

  • Parking details

    enter via the alley to the left of the restaurant. Park anywhere in the immediate lot out back.

  • Entertainment

    Jazz every Tuesday 10pmMovie Night every monday 10pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Available wednesday - sunday 12-4 pm

Main

  • Gazpacho$7.00

    classic tomato, finished w/ cucumber & hard boiled egg

    • Cauliflower$8.00

      chick peas, preserved meyer lemon & toasted sesame seeds

      • Bangs Island Mussels$12.00

        white wine, butter, herbs, garlic, capers

        • Hummus Plate$12.00

          house lavash, summer veggies

          • Moroccan Eggs$12.00

            farm eggs poached, cumin tomato sauce

            • Pesto Chicken Salad$13.00

              seared chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bib lettuce, red wine vin

              • Spiced Beef Salad$14.00

                brick lane curry marinated beef, goat cheese, pickled red onion, greens, balsamic vin

                • Tuna Salad$15.00

                  lightly seared, white bean gremolata salad, pickled asparagus, greens, lemon vin

                  • Roast Beef Sandwich$14.00

                    house roast beef, swiss cheese, horseradish mayo, tomato, lettuce, chips

                    Farm to Curb Take-Out & Patio Dinner Menu

                    available wednesday - sunday 5-9 pm

                    • Olives$6.00

                      • House Salad$12.00

                        goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts & red onion, cherry tomatoes, red wine vinaigrette

                        • Arugula Salad$12.00

                          manchego, pickled fennel, toasted & spiced sunflower seeds, red wine vinaigrette

                          • Bang's Island Mussels$14.00

                            white wine, garlic, butter

                            • Shrimp Pinchos$15.00

                              garlic scapes, cherry tomatoes cucumber

                              • Sweet Potato Gnocchi$15.00

                                herb pesto, pecorino

                                • House Pasta$17.00

                                  black fettuccini, clams, spicy tomato sauce, fresh english sweet peas

                                  • Local Cheese Plate$18.00

                                    kennebec cheesery caerphilly, spring day blue, appleton goat in olive oil

                                    • Hummus Plate$12.00

                                      veggies, pickles, za'atar

                                      • Risotto$18.00

                                        tomatoes, zucchini, cremini mushrooms, pecorino

                                        • Local Hake$27.00

                                          roasted cauliflower, sauteed asparagus, spinach, romesco sauce

                                          • Roast Half Chicken$23.00

                                            potatoe puree, oyster mushrooms, pickled red onions

                                            • 16 oz Rib-Eye Steak$36.00

                                              soubise onion puree, bok choy, zucchini, tri-pepper demi-glace

                                              • Seafood Paella$39.00

                                                mussels, clams, shrimp, fish of the day, saffron

                                                Desserts

                                                • Flan$6.00

                                                  • Chocolate Torte$6.00

                                                    Patio Beverages

                                                      Red Wine

                                                      • House Red Sangria$8.00

                                                        dry red wine with red berries, blueberries, a little spice, bubbly

                                                        • Vina Temprana (Spain)$6.00

                                                          ripe red fruit aromas, bright & smooth drinking

                                                          • Marcel Malbec (France)$10.50

                                                            zesty, dry-yet fruity, chocolate, citrus peel, earthy

                                                            • Monte Degli Pinot Noir (Italy)$9.00

                                                              light body, bright cherry, with a touch of oak & spice

                                                              • Terre Davau Cotes de Rhone (France)$10.50

                                                                biodynamic, organic, nice red fruit and light spice on the palate

                                                                • Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon (California)$11.00

                                                                  dark fruit, peppery and tobacco-scented, firm tannin Montana

                                                                  • Montana Rioja (Spain)$10.00

                                                                    medium body, red and blue fruit with spice

                                                                    • Cannonau Riserva (Italy)$11.00

                                                                      red cherry, strawberry, spice & tobacco, 2 years in oak

                                                                      • Torii Mor Pinot Noir (Oregon)$50.00

                                                                        rich & round crisp acidity, boysenberry

                                                                        • Famillia Castano Monastrell (Spain)$36.00

                                                                          ripe blueberry raspberry, rich tannins

                                                                          • Chanteleuserie Bourgeil (France)$39.00

                                                                            rustic, intruiging vegetal component

                                                                            • Castello di Neive Barbera D'asti (Italy)$43.00

                                                                              black fruits, licorice, chocolate, mocha

                                                                              White Wine

                                                                              • House White Sangria$8.00

                                                                                dry white wine with strawberry, peach, fresh ginger, bubbly

                                                                                • 2 Copas (Spain)$6.00

                                                                                  tropical aromas, citrus & peach

                                                                                  • Blondeau Sauvignon Blanc (France)$9.50

                                                                                    very aromatic with dry zesty fruit Heron

                                                                                    • Heron Chardonnay (California)$10.00

                                                                                      light oak, bright citrus, peach & pear aromas

                                                                                      • Giorgioz Pinot Grigio (Italy)$10.00

                                                                                        acacia blossoms, full body, dry, pleasing bitterness

                                                                                        • Ruelas Vinho Verde (Portugal)$8.00

                                                                                          light effervescence, tropical notes, vibrant acidity & minerality

                                                                                          • Shaya Verdejo (Spain)$10.00

                                                                                            baking spices, spring flowers, long finish

                                                                                            • Segura Viudas Brut Cava (Spain)$9.00

                                                                                              citrus fruit, apples, tight persistant bubbles, long finish

                                                                                              • Gessami Gramona Muscat Sauv Blanc (Spain)$45.00

                                                                                                jasmine, chamomile, apricots, peach, citrus

                                                                                                • Avancia Godello (Spain)$39.00

                                                                                                  white flower, pear, apricot, slate

                                                                                                  • Gaintza Txakolina Handrabbi Zuri (Spain)$40.00

                                                                                                    light effervescence, salinity, citrus

                                                                                                    Rose Wine

                                                                                                    • Armas de Guerra Mencia (Spain)$9.00

                                                                                                      dry & floral, strawberry & mineral

                                                                                                      • Segura Viudas Rose Cava (Spain)$9.00

                                                                                                        red berries, peach, lemon, refreshing bubbles

                                                                                                        • J Mourat Pinot Noir / Cab Franc (France)$39.00

                                                                                                          cherry, raspberry & herb

                                                                                                          Local Specialty Cocktails

                                                                                                          • Bubble Trouble$11.00

                                                                                                            strawberry vodka, bubbly wine, simple, lemon

                                                                                                            • Great North Woods$11.00

                                                                                                              old overholt rye whiskey, maple syrup, lemon, soda water, angostura

                                                                                                              • Spicy Margarita$11.00

                                                                                                                raspberry hot pepper tequila, triple sec, simple, lime, lemon, oj

                                                                                                                • Beach Fire #2$12.00

                                                                                                                  pineapple tequila, mezcal, aperol, grapefruit, lime, simple

                                                                                                                  • Ruby Honey Jam$12.00

                                                                                                                    grapefruit rosemary gin, citrus, saint elder, honey syrup

                                                                                                                    • Don't Call it a Comeback$12.00

                                                                                                                      strawberry vodka, lime, mint, simple syrup, soda water

                                                                                                                      Beer and Cider Drafts

                                                                                                                      • Peaks Organic IPA, ABV 7%$5.00

                                                                                                                        • Downeast Original Cider ABV 5%$7.00

                                                                                                                          • Black Hog Coffee Nitro ABV 5.5%$7.00

                                                                                                                            • Mast Landing Tell Tale Pale ABV 5.3%$7.00

                                                                                                                              • $6 Bunker Machine Pilsner ABV 5.5%$7.00

                                                                                                                                • Oxbow Farm House ABV 6%$8.00

                                                                                                                                  • Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA, ABV 7.2%$8.00

                                                                                                                                    Bottles & Cans

                                                                                                                                    • Miller High Life ABV 4.6%$3.00

                                                                                                                                      • Athletic Non Alc IPA$6.00

                                                                                                                                        • Allagash 16 Counties ABV 7.6%$7.00

                                                                                                                                          • Rising Tide Ishmael ABV 5.3%$6.00

                                                                                                                                            • Peak Org Hard Setzer ABV 5%$6.00

                                                                                                                                              • Bantam Rojo Cider ABV 6%$7.00

                                                                                                                                                Infusions

                                                                                                                                                • Strawberry Vodka Cilantro

                                                                                                                                                  • Vodka Cucumber

                                                                                                                                                    • Vodka Vanilla Vodka Coconut

                                                                                                                                                      • Vodka Hot Pepper

                                                                                                                                                        • Vodka Citrus

                                                                                                                                                          • Vodka Ginger Vodka

                                                                                                                                                            • Coffee Vodka

                                                                                                                                                              • Blackberry Thyme Bourbon

                                                                                                                                                                • Fig Pecan Bourbon

                                                                                                                                                                  • Hot Pepper Cachaca

                                                                                                                                                                    • Pineapple Tequila

                                                                                                                                                                      • Raspberry Hot Pepper Tequila

                                                                                                                                                                        • Chamomile Gin

                                                                                                                                                                          • Grapefruit Rosemary Gin

                                                                                                                                                                            • Beet Gin

                                                                                                                                                                              • Spilanthes Gin

                                                                                                                                                                                • Orange Zest Sweet Vermouth

                                                                                                                                                                                  Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                  What 957 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                                                                  4.6
                                                                                                                                                                                  4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.5Food
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.6Service
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                                  • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                                                                                    calmark

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined today

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1st time back in 2 years! Good table spacing and food excellent as always.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 5 days ago

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Food and drinks were great. Arrived in a timely manner. Our waitress, Sage, was awesome! We were a party of 7 and stayed for a number of hours. Never felt rushed, very accommodating.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. JA

                                                                                                                                                                                    JenniferA

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                    Good happy hour drinks and tapas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    2.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience1

                                                                                                                                                                                    mother’s day dinner.. very underwhelming, i mean $6 for bread and butter.. $7 for three deviled eggs.. got the paella, they didn’t bother to season the fish in the paella.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    HeidiF

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Small plates and entrees were delicious and great service!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Rachael

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    21 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Ate dinner before a concert, outdoors on the sidewalk patio. Delightful server, Sean Good vegetarian options. The seafood paella was devoured by 2 of our party Everything was delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    VQRF

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    We were in before the TTB concert. The service was excellent- Sage was our server. The gnocchi was suberb as were the brussels sprouts. The meatballs were good but had a spice flavor we couldn't quite tell what it was. My husband liked the hummus so much we brought the leftovers home and he had some tonight. Thank you everyone. We will be back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    MarkF

                                                                                                                                                                                    Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    vip
                                                                                                                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                    This was our fourth visit to Local 188 in two months and, instead of getting better, each visit has gotten worse. Initially the food and service were excellent two months ago. Our meals were flavorful, and the service was attentive and friendly. Our most recent visit was, well, it was awful. The risotto was tasteless. Essentially it was a bowl of rice with very little else. Very disappointing! It took quite some time to get a server over to our table and rarely did they reappear. I realize it’s a tough job these days given staffing levels, but the restaurant was not at capacity and there seemed to be ample wait staff to cover the tables. Except ours. I had initial high hopes four visits ago, but this past visit was definitely our last.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    VQRF

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                    Noise level was at a good level when we got there- 6:00. When we left- 7:30 it was much louder. It is a very open space, so if you want good energy and a loud place then this is your place. If you want a place for conversation, I would look somewhere else. Food was good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    JimBMaine

                                                                                                                                                                                    Denver

                                                                                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Really enjoyed our meal - had not been there for a while and was better than remembered. Nice eclectic setting, good service, fun menu. Prices have crept up a bit but not too bad - still fair. Will be back,

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                                                                                                                                                                                    helenc

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    The food, as always, was outstanding. We had the homemade bread with honey butter, the Bang Island mussels and a chicken confit risotto. The staff is attentive and friendly, and the ambience has a chill yet upbeat vibe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    SamG

                                                                                                                                                                                    Chicago

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    We really enjoyed ourselves at Local 188 and would return! Our drinks were excellent and the food was good. Fully recommend at 4 stars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kwnmd

                                                                                                                                                                                    Minneapolis

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                    charcuterie board had no meat except for a cold pastry which had some meat in it. mostly just pickled stuff. one one medium sized slice of manchego.

                                                                                                                                                                                  14. K

                                                                                                                                                                                    Katiekokkinos

                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my favorites! Beat ambiance, friendly staff, delicious food

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                                                                                                                                                                                    JayM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Phoenix

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                                    Food was prepared and presented well. Would have appreciated a few more entrees from which to pick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    JeffreyR

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 15, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Food was excellent, the service is a very good, drinks are very professional. Only downside is the cost is a little high. However, I would rather pay a little more for a great meal and go out a little less often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    PortlandJenn

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Excellent seafood paella, rose cocktail with petals on the glass for Valentine's Day, and perfectly dense, moist chocolate torte!

                                                                                                                                                                                  18. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 14, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    First time to visit local 188 and we can't believe we drove by it so many times. Can't wait to go back!

                                                                                                                                                                                  19. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 13, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    A perfect “night before” Valentine’s Day dinner for the entire family, which included our 11 year old who especially loved her strip steak, both because of its presentation (on a plank to emphasize her special request) and its seasoning (cooked to a perfect medium rare). The deviled eggs and Brussel sprouts are superb appetizers; the hake was outstanding as well. (Great specialty cocktails and an excellent flan for dessert to round out the night, too). Wonderful service all around. So glad to be able to enjoy Local 188 again and we’ll return soon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    SamanthaS

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 13, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    This place is amazing! The butter and bread is outstanding. We sat at the bar facing the kitchen and the chef even checked in and asked how our food was. Will definitely be back!

                                                                                                                                                                                  21. DG

                                                                                                                                                                                    DeborahG

                                                                                                                                                                                    Nashville

                                                                                                                                                                                    8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 12, 2022

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Portland’s reputation as a foodie destination is made incisively at Local 188. Sitting at the bar, we had the opportunity to watch a finely honed team of chefs work their magic - turning locally sourced ingredients into delicious tapas treats. The bread and whipped butter was transporting. Did not sample dessert but saw enough behind the scenes to offer a strong recommendation. Add this one to your list of places to go for a delicious dinner with family or friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                  22. KG

                                                                                                                                                                                    KarinG

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    It was our first time there. We had heard good things about it and it was all true. We look forward to going again.

                                                                                                                                                                                  23. AL

                                                                                                                                                                                    AngLu

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    We had a terrific experience at Local 188, wonderful in every way!

                                                                                                                                                                                  24. SG

                                                                                                                                                                                    StephanieG

                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great spot, warm decor, knowledgeable bartender and waiter. Everyone raved about their dinners. Definitely should check it out. Convenient parking in back once bike shop is closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  25. w

                                                                                                                                                                                    william

                                                                                                                                                                                    Montreal

                                                                                                                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                                    very limited covid menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                  26. DJ

                                                                                                                                                                                    DJgourmand

                                                                                                                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 27, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great service. Limited winter menu but still plenty of tempting items to choose from.

                                                                                                                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    Anchorage

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Love local 188! Prices have unfortunately gone up due to inflation, but excellent cocktails and food

                                                                                                                                                                                  28. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Loved the corner booth….thank you! Sean and teammates were extremely attentive and very present and timely, always courteous, even when I called him Sam. Thank you for a wonderful night! Kevin E. Conroy Portland, ME

                                                                                                                                                                                  29. B

                                                                                                                                                                                    Biker

                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great food, payaya incredible, drinks vibe and service

                                                                                                                                                                                  30. DW

                                                                                                                                                                                    DebraW

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    We ate at Local 188 last night and it was great. On a cold night, the inside felt warm and inviting, the drinks were very good and the food was excellent. We had the swordfish and stuffed quail entrees and shared a piece of chocolate torte and all were delicious. We’ve been to Local 188 a handful of times in the past ten years and this was by far our best experience. I’m already looking forward to going back!

                                                                                                                                                                                  31. LO

                                                                                                                                                                                    LucasO

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on January 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    The food was phenomenal and the service was quick and excellent. Great spot for a relaxed but upbeat night.

                                                                                                                                                                                  32. KC

                                                                                                                                                                                    KatieC

                                                                                                                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 31, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Food was fantastic ! My husband enjoyed the hake with kale and butternut squash that he raved about. I enjoyed the veggie chili with shrimp. All fresh and flavorful. Spicy margarita was exceptional. Server was perfect!

                                                                                                                                                                                  33. AD

                                                                                                                                                                                    AndrewD

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 23, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great service and great food. We love the drinks and the food.

                                                                                                                                                                                  34. MG

                                                                                                                                                                                    MichelleG

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 20, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Local 188 is our holiday favorite. Looking out onto the lights in Longfellow Square, watching passers-by, sipping a cocktail, and enjoying a delicious dinner. Never feeling rushed. Excellent service.

                                                                                                                                                                                  35. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 19, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great meal wonderful server in nice cozy environment.

                                                                                                                                                                                  36. SK

                                                                                                                                                                                    SKitty

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    We really enjoyed our evening here. Food was very good, beverages too. Very nice ambience and attentive service. The place was not crowded, they had plenty of space between tables, and it was quiet enough for conversation. Good place to visit and catch up with friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                  37. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Our server was outstanding! She was perfectly attentive, pleasant and accommodating! Food was spectacular and look forward to coming back. Dedicated parking in rear of building is a plus in the city!

                                                                                                                                                                                  38. OT

                                                                                                                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                                    New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 12, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great addition to the culinary scene - a Spanish restaurant with lots of space and accommodating staff. Food was great, and a plenty of options menu. There is an understated ambience and energy that adds to the overall good time for friends to share dishes and stories.

                                                                                                                                                                                  39. MS

                                                                                                                                                                                    MarleyS

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 12, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. Definitely don’t sleep on local 188. It was incredible-food, ambience, kind staff, timing, etc… I am so happy that my friend suggested this place and I look forward to going back here with my family.

                                                                                                                                                                                  40. KP

                                                                                                                                                                                    KyleP

                                                                                                                                                                                    New England

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                                                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                    overall1food1service3ambience1

                                                                                                                                                                                    Charged 6.00 for bread. Mussel broth was very bland. Paella rice was good but not very much seafood. Steak was alright but to much salt. Very overpriced for what is was, will not return

                                                                                                                                                                                  FAQs

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

                                                                                                                                                                                  Local 188 is rated 4.6 stars by 957 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Google Map for Local 188

                                                                                                                                                                                  685 Congress St. Portland, ME 04102

                                                                                                                                                                                  Additional information

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cross street

                                                                                                                                                                                    State St

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                                                                                    Portland

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                                                                                    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                                                                    Spanish, Mediterranean

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                                                                                                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dress code

                                                                                                                                                                                    Casual Dress

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Parking details

                                                                                                                                                                                    enter via the alley to the left of the restaurant. Park anywhere in the immediate lot out back.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Payment options

                                                                                                                                                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Executive chef

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jay Villani

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                                    Jazz every Tuesday 10pmMovie Night every monday 10pm

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Additional

                                                                                                                                                                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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