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Sun, 2/18
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Local 188

715 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
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What 715 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 2 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.

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 2, 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!