Local 188

4.6
952 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 952 people are saying
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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
1 review
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
4 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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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 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
10 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
87 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.

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LisaA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

With the pandemic and beyond personnel are over stretched. But the food was delectable. Very original. Worth it for sure. It is a delightful place. I bought a gift certificate for a friend after enjoying it so much

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leftsated
Naples
60 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very quick drink request for creative cocktails. Varied menu items stressing local ingredients well prepared and presented. Neighborhood ambience totally different from tourist venues.

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DaleG
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had some good cocktails & apps for our anniversary dinner. Server was attentive given how busy it was. We sat outside, so noise was Street noise. The mussels were nicely done. The bread was served with honey butter, which was weird with mussels.

Anyway, I would definitely go back again. The rest of the menu looked really good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food at dinner wasn’t great at all. Brunch is much better- solid and very good. Dinner- not impressed. Service was awesome, though.

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vipSteveF
New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice night outside, enjoyed dinner very much!

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Nicole
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Local 188! We vacationed in Portland for a week and came to this cute spot twice and dined in their outdoor patio seating. Their seafood, particularly the mussels, was fresh and delicious, as were our cocktails. A lovely find!

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Marya
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local 188 never disappoints!

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

Great food and drinks. Excellent service. Parking around the back makes a huge difference

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roberts
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining was a positive experience. Two fish dishes were very good.- mussels/ swordfish.

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vipwillardsq
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All in all a quite good meal. Most interesting, almost every dish had flavors we did not expect - in a good way. I don't need to eat there every day, but I always enjoy it.

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Maria
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best paella in USA. We have been in Spain several times and for us was like eating a paella there, excellent we love it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ordered the seafood paella and steak. The steak was perfectly cooked to medium rare and the paella was enough to feed three. The service was attentive. Although we couldn’t get an outside table and was initially seated at an awkward table very close to the entrance, they were more than agreeable for us moving to the corner banquet table.

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OliviaW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful inside, very nice service. Good for apps and drinks

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FoodTimez
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local 188 continues to be a favorite of my partner and I. We are Portland area residents and always marvel at how lucky we are to live in a place with such a vibrant food scene. On our recent visit, (which admittedly was long overdue from the pandemic hiatus) the tapas and entree dishes we chose were all thoughtful, beautiful, and absolutely delicious. The owner Jay Villani even took time to stop by and ask if we were enjoying our meal. We’re well aware of the ongoing challenges that Portland area restaurants continue to face due to staffing and supply chain issues. Congrats to Jay and team for staying the course and continuing to keep our local food scene top notch. We’ll be back again!

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LoriP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, staff was friendly and helpful.

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 952 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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