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About Local 188

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.

685 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
State St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 761-7909

Website:
http://local188.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz every Tuesday 10pm
Movie Night every monday 10pm

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

Public Transit:
Portland metro stop directly outside front door.

Executive Chef:
Jay Villani

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
local is open to booking special events. email us at eatdrinkart@yahoo.com

Local 188 Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Tapas (16)
Local Ingredients (13)
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Good for a Date (12)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Cozy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Delicious food and very good service. We requested a quiet table due to hearing impairment of one member of the party and they had a great spot for us. Close to One Longfellow if you are headed to a show there.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 15, 2017

This was our first visit and we'll be back. Creative tapas, tasty paella, and more! We sat at the open kitchen bar and really enjoyed watching and interacting with the chefs and other staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 15, 2017

My paella was disappointing. My three friends enjoyed their tapas but my paella was very overcooked to the point that the rice was difficult to eat it was so crunchy.
The mushroom app. was great. Wine list pricey.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent food! Tried just about every tapas there was!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Excellent food! I had the ricotta gnocchi and absolutely loved it.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

My husband and I had dinner at Local 188 and were so pleased. The food was creative and delicious! The beer and wine list is extensive and offers wonderful local and imported choices. The staff are so pleasant. Our waiter was incredible and such a joy. He offered great suggestions and was always present but never intrusive. We cannot wait to return! Wonderful night out!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Great Beer, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A great place with ample seating on the Peninsula. We go here often for drinks and since it's near our house, we eat here often as well. They have a huge open space for intown and the menu is wide and varied from small plates to large. Plenty of open seating and you can look at the kitchen as well if you want, something we enjoy.

Some standouts are deviled eggs, the mussels (tried it with red this time, very good!), the goat cheese au gratin, and the mushroom risotto.

Staff and bartender are attentive but not obtrusive. And the food is really top notch. Plus they take reservations and walk ins.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

My favorite bartender in my city of Providence suggested this restaurant to me. We love Spanish tapas and Local 188 didn't disappoint. Those were the most perfectly cooked mussels I have ever eaten. The staff was accommodating. Even though our reservation got a bit mixed up they made up for it with a genuine interest in making us happy. I would also suggest the octopus and the montaditos. Our server was pleasant and helpful! Such a great night out!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We came in for an early dinner last week. We showed up a little early but got seated right away. We were able to order drinks even though the kitchen didn't open until 5:30. They have a nice assortment of cocktails. I had one with whiskey and ginger (don't remember the name) and my wife had the Great North Woods - delicious! We shared the hummus and flatbread to start. This came out in an unexpected way - one giant piece of flatbread with the hummus on top. It definitely worked for the two of us but I was trying to imagine a group sharing this. (It would have been a little difficult, and maybe a tad unhygienic.) The flavor was great though. I had the mushroom risotto for my dinner and it was very good, well-seasoned and the rice was cooked perfectly. My wife ordered the sirloin and while the grits and leeks were delicious, the meat was a little overcooked (more of a medium-well than a medium). I wonder if it had died a bit while the risotto was going. She thought the flavor was good though. Two things that really stood out were my surprise about the portions (very generous!) and I love the great beer variety, many of which are local (they will even let you buy samplers if you don't want a full glass of something). Overall a good dining experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

We each had fresh delicious salads and entres, which is a change from our usual routine of eating mostly from the tapas menu. A very enjoyable meal!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great tapas in a nice atmosphere! With a reservation, they are able to accommodate large parties, which can be difficult in Portland. They can seat parties larger than 8; you just have to call and give them a card number to hold the table.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Shared appetizers before a show at State Theater. Best mojitos! Great service and food. A fun experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great food, great service! I had heard about it but didn't get there till recently. The hummus was amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

I love Local 188 for brunch and I have just discovered that it's just as awesome for nighttime dining and drinks. Wonderful ambience and excellent cocktails!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2017

I used to love Local 188 but our most recent experience was really disappointing. Very slow service, sub par food and a nice but not helpful waitress. When she asked how everything was I told her that the food was a little cold. She said, "Oh, that's a bummer." Did not offer to take it back, no discount, no apology.

Overall, overpriced with a high and mighty feel. They need to up their game. We won't be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2017

We went to Local 188 during Maine Restaurant Week. We arrived early and opted to enjoy a cocktail at the bar prior to dinner. The bar atmosphere was very friendly and there were great selections to chose from. Our dinner selection was a fixed price Cajun theme with pairings. From start to finish, the meal was fantastic! Preparation, presentation, and pairings were perfect! Our server was attentive without being overbearing. We'll definitely return and have added this restaurant to our list of places to bring company to for dining.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, People Watching, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We shared four items from the tapas menu and each had a salad for a meal. Everything was delicious, especially the deviled eggs, mushrooms and tortilla!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

The place was just as we heard it to be. Great food. Great atmosphere. We had one of the best desserts either of us had ever had.
We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

I continue to keep 188 Local as one of my favorite go to places whether just hanging out with friends, bringing out of towners, catching a music act at OLS, it never disappoints me! And I love the mussels!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We get drunk off the high end drinks!

Tags: Late-night Find, Seasonal, Romantic, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Ny husband and I appreiated the thoughtful presentation and contemporary flavor combinations (carmelized fennel panna cotta with parsnip ice cream!). The service was excellent and the food beautiful and delicious. We look forward to dining there again on our next trip to Portland.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Dessert was imaginative and tasted incredible - caramelized fennel panna cotta with ricotta and pepper jelly, parsnip ice cream and blood orange sorbet. Excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Very good experience. Very good service. Open floor plan fun to be in. One bar, watching the kitchen, is a great place for two to dine. Our fourth visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Absolutely amazing food and service. It's one of our favorite Portland restaurants.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was very good, but quite pricey for the amount you get. Ambiance was nice, but a little low key for what we were looking for. We were accommodated even though we were very late which was much appreciated.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Very attentive and personable servers. Great desserts. Very good food.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The menu seemed quite promising, with dishes from several cuisine traditions. the presentation was good, but the flavoring of the dishes was a bit disappointing.

It was difficult to carry on a conversation with more than one person. The restaurant atmosphere is visually pleasing, but the large room and tin ceiling are designed to create a lively atmosphere that is -- frankly -- noisy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We frequently go to Local 188, great tapas for sharing and main meal if you do not feel like sharing. The deviled eggs are a favorite, we also shared the cheese platter with a generous amount of cheese and the meat platter and lastly shared the hanger steak (which is a meal for one). Our service was wonderful and the people fun to be around

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2016

We have been here multiple times and we always have a great time! They have an extensive wine list and the food is tasty! The ricotta gnocchi, hanger steak, paella, and swordfish are some of the dishes we had and we were happy with our choices.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Many times I have walked past local 188 - this was the first time to stop in and what a treat - a hidden gem in plain view- staff were very informed as to the wonderful choices on the menu - food was out of this world - beautifully cooked and presented - drinks were good too!! Hope to return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Paella was a classic! Varied tapas and comfy seating. What else is there?

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Our place to go to when we want good food, wine and service with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Always a mix of patrons. A positive vibe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2016

My friends and I were very satisfied with the whole experience at Local 188. Our server was funny, and efficient and took care of us well despite the very full dining room! Food was interesting and really delicious. Extensive beer list. Loved it!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Great food and drinks. Everything I've ever had a Local has been outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We were disappointed with the seafood paella. The mussels, though plentiful, were tiny and dry. There weren't many shrimp. The scallops were few and almost burned. The flavor of the sauce was good, though.

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Second visit. Had brined chicken. Excellent! A mid week visit. Can get busy on weekends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Nice venue, informal and comfortable, interesting menu, moderate price

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

we were a group of 3 vegetarians, one of whom is gluten free and one with no diet restrictions. There were plenty of delicious, tasty choices. Wonderful choice of tapas (a bit expensive for the deviled eggs and fried garlic) but really no complaints in taste and we enjoyed them. The risotto was very flavorful. Creative cocktails. Good desert. The banana cake was amazing. Noisy. Great service and a fun time.

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Spicy, Organic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Excellent food preparation of excellent dishes. You cannot find better food in Portland, and that is saying something!

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Our party consisted of six women. We were seated promptly in a relatively quiet area as we had requested. The menu was varied enough so that we all found several selections to choose from. All our entrees were well prepared and very good. Our waitress was professional and attentive. The restaurant itself is attractive and has a comfortable evening vibe. This was my third visit and I will go again.

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