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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
+1 207-761-7909
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (58 reviews)
“paella” (54 reviews)
“tapas” (55 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviewed 30 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 5 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 30 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 30 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
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Okay, so not the greatest value (small to tiny portions) but it is a fun casual spot to hang and grab some great nibbles. Service is very pleasant and helpful without being overbearing. Drinks are inspired, wine list is awesome. Comfy vibe, will do this...More

Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 28 December 2016

I visited Local 188 with my boyfriend, his parents, and his grandmother. Although we had a reservation, they took 25 minutes to seat us. They were also clearly understaffed -- the hostess was running around doing everything form buses tables to managing the kitchen. She...More

Thank KailinaM44
Reviewed 28 November 2016

We walked in late Sunday morning for brunch. Waited about 5 minutes for a table. Our service was great, meal was served quickly after ordering. The food was well seasoned and served plenty hot. Will certainly go back.

Thank raptor86
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Three of us went for breakfast. There was a 45 minute wait at 10 a.m., but after we got in the food and the service was great. Lots of specials. Bloody Marys were very good. Casual atmosphere with tables relatively close together, but comfortable.

Thank NEFrequentTraveler
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Coffee was good and service so so but the food was so bland and very expensive. Nothing was seasoned. My food was ice cold. Go somewhere else.

Thank HiT9977
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 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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