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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
+1 207-761-7909
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (59 reviews)
“paella” (55 reviews)
“tapas” (57 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Went for brunch with a group of friends and our kids. The service was attentive, the food was delicious and the bloody Mary's (we tried the ginger and the cilantro) were just what the doctor ordered. Loved the quirky selection of coffee mugs.

Thank Naimh C
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Very generous portions and all delicious. The mussels in white sauce were outstanding. It was my first time there and I would go again to try some of the other items. It was hard to choose.

1  Thank NancyGoesAway
Reviewed 21 February 2017

liked the industrial, subway, market rough decoration, very open, has restaurant area and lounge on the other side, both work fine, good crowd, entrees are small, for example , shrimp brings 4 small shrimps that is all and it cost what you would pay for...More

Thank Claudio G
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Wide Open concept with view to the kitchen from all over. Very informal and eclectic. Couch seating as well as regular tables, and a Chefs bar option. Nice bar with view to the street and to Longfellow square. Parking in the rear of the restaurant....More

Thank RCS3rd
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Good food, tapas & full size menu. Good wine list. prompt, pleasant service, nice, not too noisy vibe, open kitchen. I thought reasonable price (in fact I noted how inexpensive their wine list was) dinner for 2: apps, entree dessert, wine w/ tax/tip ~ $90...More

Thank 50sNewEnglander
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Went for dinner 4 people each had a drink cucumber collins which had no flavor of cucumber or alcohol tasted like soda water and lime very disappointing. We ordered the cheese board and the charcuterie board that was worse very little food on each board...More

Thank Gee4299
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Always a pleasure enjoying a meal with 188. The staff treats you like a good friend has come over for dinner and always has a smile. We celebrate everything big & small here, from moves, relationships, sunny days and completing school. The Menu is creative...More

Thank April P
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We have eaten there a few times Food is Great... Would definitely recommend...Service was VG. Parking lot in back is nice too...

Thank Carol R
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Fabulous dinner and service! Great beer selection. My friend and I started with and shared white anchovies, then gnocchi with celeriac puree enjoyed every bite of this! Paella with mussels, clams, chicken and chorizo was also delicious, large helping. The only complaint was the cherry...More

Thank clmason1961
Reviewed 29 December 2016

A new friend was in town and we planned to walk to someplace close to me for dinner. I decided to get over my grudge with Local 188 (see prior review "Not Rude but Plenty of 'Tude' ")- knowing their food is excellent and that...More

Thank James F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
    (State St)
  • Public Transportation: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-761-7909
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