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Local 188

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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303 (State St)
+1 207-761-7909
17:30 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 & simple Spanish food done exceptionally well. Never had a bad meal or experience. The... More 

Thank April P
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stone clams were sandy. Dessert was disappointing but dinner was so fabulous that it didn't... More 

Thank clmason1961
Portland, Maine
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510 reviews
404 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 my friend would enjoy it here. So we went. I wondered if I'd get any... More 

Thank James F
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 again!

Thank Daniel P
Portland, Maine
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 was fantastic! Apparently the chaos was due to large crowds eating dinner before a concert... More 

Thank KailinaM44
Camden, Maine
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133 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
New England
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
New Hampton, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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227 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We waited for a table for about 30 minutes mid- morning on a Sunday. It was worth the wait! We couldn't decide what to order so we shared the ricotta fritters, the "legs and eggs", the corned beef hash and the fall scramble. The variations on the Bloody Marys were many - I had the Bloody Bloke made with gin... More 

Thank Lisa R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?