Local 188

4.6
963 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
We accept reservations online for approximately half of Local 188... please call to reserve.
Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine using local ingredients.
We have two versions of the classic paella, one has chourico and chicken and the other is all seafood. Menu is printed nightly with frequent changes in steak, soup, tortilla, gnocchi and risotto, as well as appetizer and fish specials.
Our menu offers a full range from tapas (small plates), raciones (medium plates) to entrees (large plates), creating a set of choices for any size appetite.
Weekend brunch is served from 9am till 2pm, Saturday and Sunday ---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.
What 963 people are saying
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DJgourmand
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

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Biker
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, payaya incredible, drinks vibe and service

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DebraW
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!

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LucasO
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KatieC
San Francisco
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!

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AndrewD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichelleG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal wonderful server in nice cozy environment.

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SWeav
Philadelphia
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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MarleyS
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.

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KyleP
New England
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

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vipwinehound1
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Risotto, great mixed drink made to specification, great Spanish wine selection, and our bar server Jacqueline was warm and professional. Nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

I've been here several times and always had a great meal and a good atmosphere. This this time however the music was ACDC, the server was annoyed for no good reason and the food was only mediocre. But every restaurant gets an off day every once in a while.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not good food

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Antoinette
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! The scallops were absolutely delicious. Cocktail was yummy too. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, meal and drinks. The "smoke show" was a really nice cocktail.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are paella fans, and really enjoyed the paella. Plus the apps, including Shishito peppers and deviled eggs.

Very fun atmosphere and decor, casual, great food, Really nice manager and waitstaff, wine pairing was spot-on.

This is fast becoming my favorite place to eat in Portland.

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KatieF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food eclectic vibe

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NeilP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very good service, except when it came to paying the bill.

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vipNope
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual - great vibe - great service - amazing food and lovely outdoor experience.

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DJgourmand
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The servers are great. Professional and helpful. Our plates were all delicious, if a touch small.

Will be going back soon!!

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familyfun
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb all around!
Lovely wait staff!
Would definitely return.

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David
Portland
57 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal! We had gotten a recommendation from friends and they were right. The paella was excellent. Good service as well.

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vipEileenP
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender Jac created the best drink for us, on the fly! And the food was terrific. Chilly & damp outside but the heaters fixed that right up.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My wife and I hadn’t been there in a while but it was always one of our favorite places for date night. This trip the food just didn’t wow us the way it usually does and when you spend $145 with gratuity for two people it should wow. The ambiance and staff were great as usual. I’m sure we’ll go back but we’ll think twice before making it our go to for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels and bread were amazing! Delicious dinner. Lovely waitstaff. Outdoor seating worked out beautifully as we had our dog with us. Staff responded quickly to our request to roll open the awning when a few raindrops passed through.

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vipBrittW
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Location is super neat and staff is friendly! However the food was disappointing. Bread was great but the butter served with it was terrible and then the paella was very disappointing - the shrimp were over cooked, fish was flavorless, and the mussels were burnt and crispy. Also, paella should have a crispy rice bottom, ours did not at all. The flavor of the paella was ok but it was lacking in flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local tapas

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KitchenMonster
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great (especially the shrimp pinchos!) and the staff was super accommodating with our dog who was able to sit with us outside!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service; food. Dealt w a few homeless street people as we ate outside sidewalk side. But that’s somewhat expected in urban area. Overall very good. We love this resturant.

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katieh
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service. We sat outside which was very safe but without much ambiance - and a lot of traffic noise. But the restaurant did a nice job and we will definitely return!

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KKST
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our fourth visit to Portland. Each and every time we come back to Local 188. It never disappoints.

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vipGenac
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kendall was fantastic. Thank you for the only stress free dining out experience we have had in months! Thank you for showing up!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was EXCELLENT! We are visiting from Chicago which is well known for its restaurants, so we were curious as to what a smaller city like Portland has to offer. Local 188 definitely exceeded our expectations. We had the house salad, clams, potato gnocchi, and shrimp pinchos. Between the flavorful meal and the romantic ambience of the restaurant, this will certainly be our first recommendation for friends who visit Portland. Thank you!

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JenniferA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, cool vibe.

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vipJonD
Western NC
93 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spend the summers in Portland and love Local 188. The service is great, the staff is super friendly and helpful and the food is wonderful. Also the parking is easy compared to the Old Port.

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 963 OpenTable diners.

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

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