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“Exciting and Innovative” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Local 188

Local 188
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Ranked #64 of 601 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State St
Transit: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
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4 reviews
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“Exciting and Innovative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2010

Fresh local produce artfully combined with interesting spices and preparation.

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Boston, MA
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best Meal in Portland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2010

We went to Local 188 on a Friday night without a reservation and after a glass of house made fruity sangria at the bar, we got a table for two. The locally grown food was amazing - the risotto with beets, leeks and feta looked incredible and was much enjoyed by my friend. The hanger steak special was perfectly seasoned and cooked and was served over roasted potatoes. It truly melted in my mouth! Our server was personable and checked in on us just the right amount of times. It was an experience to remember and we will be back the next time we are in Portland.

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Brilliant, Eclectic and Daring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2010

Local 188 came recommended by some very hip friends in Portland and boy, it sure didn't disappoint. The space is Bohemian eclectic, fun and funky. The service was spot on fantastic: informative, not pushy, and enthusiastic. The food featured many daring choices that were all spot on. The tortilla del dia was outstanding, more of a quiche than a flat tortilla, piled high with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. The main coarse of risotto with beets, nuts and feta sounded kinda of crazy, but the chef made it work, turning it into a multi-textured delight. Nice work folks! Highly recommended.

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Thank SanFranVolley
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New England
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A delight for the senses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2010

We had a great late dinner here on a Friday night. We had made reservations, which was a good idea as the place was very busy. The atmosphere and the layout of the seating in terrific. They have done a great job of creating a comfortable, yet trendy room. We started with the flatbread, which comes with a tapenade - it was very good and a nice change from your oridnary restaurant bread. We shared the mussels, which I was thankful for since the portion was very large - again excellent presentation and taste. We both had the steak special which was really a fabulous cut of beef, I would have liked a little more vegetable than the three pieces of asparagus but it was perfect in every other way. I will say that you must save room for dessert - the banana bread pudding with rum ice cream is one of the best desserts I have ever been served! All of the dishes were well presented and I found the portions to be a little too much (except for the vegetable). Service was great. Our server, Juliae was well informed about the menu and very patient with us (we like to take our time in a restaurant). She also took the time to tell us about the artwork that was on display - most done by some very talented employees. Even though there were patrons waiting for tables, we were never rushed. The volume in the room is a little high, but that is just part of the atmosphere - it adds to the energy of the place. We are looking forward to going back to the Local 188!

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Thank Paris63
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“very good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2010

Everything we had was good... can't say that about many eateries. Waitress was spot on. Good value. 3 tapas, 2 entrees, 2 wines each and split a dessert.$120.00

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