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Local 188

717 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine using local ingredients.
We have two versions of the classic paella, one has chourico and chicken and the other is all seafood. Menu is printed nightly with frequent changes in steak, soup, tortilla, gnocchi and risotto, as well as appetizer and fish specials.
Our menu offers a full range from tapas (small plates), raciones (medium plates) to entrees (large plates), creating a set of choices for any size appetite.
Weekend brunch is served from 9am till 2pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Our wine list is extensive featuring over 100 bottles with specialization in Spain, France and Italy.
Our beer list features local micros, seasonal, imports and domestics with selections from Bunker, Allagash, Dogfish head, Oxbow, Unibroue, Brooklyn and Smuttynose to name but a few.
Not to be overlooked is the ever changing array of house designed and made cocktails, many of which feature intriguing and delicious infusions.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm ...walk in service only
Happy Hour - Monday thorugh Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm ...reservations accepted

Local 188 will be closed from Sunday 1/3 - Thursday 1/7
We will re-open on Friday evening at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 761-7909
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jay Villani
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Cross street
State St
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Parking details
enter via the alley to the left of the restaurant. Park anywhere in the immediate lot out back.
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Public transit
Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
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Jazz every Tuesday 10pm
Movie Night every monday 10pm
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Special events & promotions
local is open to booking special events. email us at
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 717 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Disappointing. Was expecting more given the reviews. I think it was busier than expected for a Sunday night of a long holiday weekend. Had a 6:30 reservation. Waited 15 minutes after being seated for any one to approach our table. Generally speaking really slow service, pleasant but slow. Waited 20 minutes for first tapas to come out...a green salad and goat cheese with toast. Beef carpaccio was dry. Not even sure how that’s possible. Paella was just ok. A bit dry and salty. Did really enjoy the comfy corner seating with lots of pillows.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Must try when visiting Portland. We made a reservation and were sat upon walking in. We split a bunch of tapas and they were all flavorful in their own way. The gnocchi and the risotto will change your life for the better I promise.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I’d been to Local 188 for brunch in the past but never for dinner. We got a great corner seat and had a view over the whole restaurant. We ordered the smoked salmon and goat cheese appetizers and for the main course seafood paia and short ribs. Amazing! If you’re looking for cheap eats this isn’t the place, but for a nice dining experience with creative dishes you can’t go wrong here.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This my 2nd time there. The first time was a great experience. This 2nd time, however, I waited 1hr 30 min for my meal and had to take it to-go rather than eating it there, because we waited so long we were almost late for a Meetup we had planned. The restaurant did make it right by not charging for the meal. The food is always excellent!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Thank you to a gracious staff for accommodating our large party so late on a weeknight! It was a perfect evening between the food, drinks, and energetic and pleasant staff.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service upon entering was very good. Staff was attentive but a little slower than necessary according to the crowd size. I had the duck and found the food very well prepared with excellent flavor. I found the entree to be a very interesting combination of flavors and fresh ingredients.

PortlandDweller (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I've been for dinner a few times and brunch a lot. The food is delicious and always reliable. Service is excellent. You won't be disappointed coming here.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

One of Portland's finest. Regular customer. Highly recommended.

JohnandWende (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The two paellas we had were both excellent and the service was great.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a wonderful meal on New Year's Eve and Local 188. Patates Bravas, gnocci and goat cheese gratin were all delicious. Mushroom risotto was tasty but a little heavy on the onions. Service was over the top good. Thanks for a great New Year's meal.

potionrx (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been here quite a few times. I like the open kitchen, the lighting, and location. The food was great, especially the risotto! The focaccia bread is always my fav here. My suggestion would be to consider broadening the appeal of the menu to include 1-2 healthy options, and a vegan option (considering that this is a total foodie town). I also missed the flatbread app that used to be on the menu. Keep up the good work!

CCfoodiemom (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic, creative food. Always friendly staff. Loved the New Years' Amuse Bouche!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Exceptional meal. Wait staff was perfect - very attentive yet not intrusive. One of my better dining experiences for some time.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Tapas was a bit pricey and options somewhat limited, but the food and cocktails were delicious. Service and ambiance were perfect as well. Thank you... We will return!

Goodtime (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been before and we looked forward to going back. Great for a night with the family. Cocktails were good. Our server was great. The food was delicious.