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Local 188

4.5
4.5
963 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 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, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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

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What 963 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Great for Brunch

  • Maine

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MS

    MichealS

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Local 188 was recommended by a friend and we loved it. A little off the beaten path from where we were staying in the old port area but well worth the 15 minute walk. Food and service were great, a great variety of options that will have us coming back the next time we are in there area!
  2. A

    Angel

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall the food was delicious, atmosphere was superb. We ordered the the tuna which was over cooked, everything else was delish!!! Great service and great cocktails.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience. Always a pleasure to dine here…
  4. TS

    TiffanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had olives and bread for an app.. the bread and butter were delicious!! Shared the paella dish, excellent!! Highly recommend!!
  5. M

    2Mainers

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit. Food and service were excellent. Will be repeat customers without a doubt!
  6. MG

    MGuilbault

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    we ordered drinks and appetizers. The meatballs came out before we even got our drinks. My husband was extremely upset by this and got up and left. We had to cancel the remaining appetizers and then my drink which I never received. The chef came out and comped what we had gotten. Meatballs and a drink is all.
  7. G

    Gics

    Cincinnati

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate at the counter overlooking the kitchen - service was spot and the food was some of the best we had in Portland. Highly recommend.
  8. f

    fanman

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Menu is normally small and was even smaller as they were out of a few items. Several of the plates have a broth base where you would like to have some bread to slop up the broth and they were out of bread. Out of bread at 7:30 on a Wednesday night?
  9. DM

    DaleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome muscles, great service (really), a little pricy
  10. HS

    HSBRes

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. Just go and experience yourself. You won’t be disappointed I promise.
  11. HD

    HappyDiner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of flavors and unusual combinations! Very helpful and sensitive to food allergies.
  12. A

    Andrea

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Disappointing experience Service though efficient was very unfriendly
  13. DM

    DMcK

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We had the barest cheese & charcuterie board I have ever seen. What was there was good, but geez
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party had some food restrictions. The staff and kitchen could not have been nicer or more accommodating.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were last @ Local 188 when we visited in 2018. It did not disappoint.
  16. c

    calmark

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time back in 2 years! Good table spacing and food excellent as always.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  18. JA

    JenniferA

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good happy hour drinks and tapas.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    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.
  20. HF

    HeidiF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small plates and entrees were delicious and great service!
  21. R

    Rachael

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  22. VQ

    VQRF

    New England

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    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.
  23. MF

    MarkF

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 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.
  24. VQ

    VQRF

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    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!
  25. JB

    JimBMaine

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 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,
  26. h

    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.
  27. SG

    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.
  28. k

    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.
  29. 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
  30. JM

    JayM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was prepared and presented well. Would have appreciated a few more entrees from which to pick.
  31. JR

    JeffreyR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  32. PJ

    PortlandJenn

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    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!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to visit local 188 and we can't believe we drove by it so many times. Can't wait to go back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  35. SS

    SamanthaS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  36. DG

    DeborahG

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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.
  40. w

    william

    Montreal

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    very limited covid menu.

FAQs

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

Local 188 is rated 4.5 stars by 963 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
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, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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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