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Local 188

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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303 (State St)
+1 207-761-7909
09:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank NancyGoesAway
Watchung, New Jersey
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120 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 an entree with 20 or more in other very good restaurants, the spanish tortilla is... More 

Thank Claudio G
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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111 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. Friendly wait staff. We ordered 3 small plates to start with, which came when made.... More 

Thank RCS3rd
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 Enjoyed the meal and would return

Thank AOC59
Methuen, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 total for 4 drinks and the two boards 77.00 without tip to say we did... More 

Thank Gee4299
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 & 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 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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 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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517 reviews
411 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 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 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 again!

Thank Daniel P

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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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?