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Local 188

4.4
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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 eatdrinkart@yahoo.com
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
What 709 People Are Saying
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JohnandWende (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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!

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Goodtime (New England)
5.0
Dined on November 25, 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.

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ronandchuck (New England)
4.0
Dined on November 19, 2017

Been to Local 188 many times, but this was the first time for a business meeting where we shared a few small plates versus getting a full meal. The plates all came out at different times which worked well since we were picking and sharing. The Hummus and flatbread was great -- the chicken skewers were moist and flavorful, with a nice sauce, and the roasted beet salad was perfectly dressed. On a regular visit i usually go for the paella, but sharing small plates worked great too... For the first hour our server was great about letting us just chat and take our time with our drinks and plates but during the second hour she kept asking if we were through but we weren't! Like 3 times she asked if we were done but we were still picking. A minor distraction only. Always a good meal at Local 188.

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RIvisitor (New England)
5.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a great time and a great meal. The tapas we had were delightful and the paella was delicious. Extensive wine list. Tried a couple of local beers we hadn’t try tasted. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined on November 10, 2017

We've been fans of Local 188 for many years. The food is authentic Spanish cuisine with New England additions. The flavors are always excellent and this latest visit lived up to our previous experiences. We were on our way to an event nearby and our server was very helpful in getting our order to us in plenty of time to make the show.

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