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“Reliably delicious” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Local 188

Local 188
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
207-761-7909
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Ranked #74 of 539 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State St
Transit: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Reliably delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Local 188 features locavore dishes, so you can dine and feel good about supporting small farms and suppliers. The ingredients are fresh and the menu offerings are always tempting enough to want to try all of them. Even the cocktail menu is fun. There's funky art on the walls, and the staff is friendly and hip.

Visited August 2013
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Monteverde, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“great food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at Local 188 last week. The food was great from start to finish: tapas, the house paella, and dessert. The beer and wine list were good, and our server made some wonderful recommendations with spot-on descriptions of how certain drinks or dishes would taste. An added bonus is that this restaurant is a little removed from the crowds that mob the Old Port-area restaurants, so the vibe was more relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommended!

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Unusal tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We went here to have tapas, but they have traditional full dinners as well. The tapas were great. Scallops ceviche was unbelievably good. Naan/Hummus was excellent. It was a somewhat noisy and so we couldn't really talk very much, but still enjoyable.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great eating spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Try the Paella -- either the traditional version, or their seafood version, but one order is plenty enough for 2 people; don't order 2. Also some very creative, unusual appetisers; try the chicken livers. Yummy.

Visited July 2013
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Natick, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We love to local 188. The place is really fun and happening. The food was also delicious and the service was very good. We enjoyed a bunch of things there including a fabulous cheeseboard, The best naan I've ever had, scallops, and a fantastic salad. Loved it here. Highly recommend. It's one of the restaurants in Portland.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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