Local 188

4.6
953 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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.
What 953 people are saying
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familyfun
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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David
Portland
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
3 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
6 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
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, cool vibe.

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vipJonD
Western NC
83 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
18 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.

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BethJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely venue as usual. Vibrancy as expected for a rainy Thursday night in Portland. Food and service were good.

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NeilP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. Food was very good, as usual. Lots of noise, sometimes hard to converse. Temperature was pretty cool. Server was a bit pushy.

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RobertS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great sangria and unique food offerings. A nice place to spend time grazing on the small plate options.

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LynneJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a small eclectic spot away from the craziness of the water front and found it at local 188, it was a little noisy but the food and service was great. We shared the seafood pialla, it was more than enough for 2, was seasoned wonderfully and had a generous amount of seafood. We paired it with the red sangria which was great, not too sweet. This is a great date night location.

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AnnaV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated on time - off main tourist area therefore noise level is significantly less. Paella was delicious.

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CalandSharon72
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitress and delicious food! Great experience with knowledgeable staff

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vipJonD
Western NC
83 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A shout out to Sage, our fantastic server and Jenny the manager. We are here for the summer and will be back often.

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BridgetteV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always!

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vipPortlandFoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is our 4th time here. I love this place for brunch but was underwhelmed by dinner. I want to support local business so will come back assuming this is a post Covid issue.

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Zenobia
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated food superbly prepared, good wine, pleasant place.

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kurtdwill
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great ambiance. The paella is killer and enough for / people

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 953 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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