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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
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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviews (355)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When i think of biscuits, i think of gravy and when there is gravy, where are the biscuits. I got a meal that wasnt to heavy and satisfying to my belly. Beautifully plated dishes and service with a smile. Cocktails on point. Looking forward to...More

Thank 893contact
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's official; Local 188 is our favorite restaurant in Portland Maine! The food is Spanish influence but I wouldn't know that if I didn't read it on the menu. What I do know is that it is a farm to table, casual place with food...More

Thank Freckl2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were guests at the Westin hotel over the holiday weekend and we asked the concierge to recommend a local breakfast place where we could bring our dog and she suggested Local 188. We liked it so much we went back again the next day....More

Thank Brett L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there with my friend for dinner. We had the shrimp and mushroom for appetizer and also shared the stewed clam and paella. Ingredient was very fresh and I liked the source. Portion was pretty generous and enjoyed the dinner.

Thank Jessica Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living in Portland, Maine means that we have many options for excellent food at a variety of prices. We received a gift certificate to Local 188 as a wedding gift (seven years ago!), lost it and then found it again. Not sure whether they would...More

Thank Lissa H
Reviewed 6 June 2017

My wife and I went here to try something different. We weren't all that impressed. She had a pancake, eggs, and some fruit. I had the hash. The waitress told us that the pancakes are baked in the oven in a cast iron skillet so...More

Thank sykomac
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The food was excellent, especially the mussels! Service was attentive and well done. The ambiance is relatively "standard American" with ample seating and a nice bar area. The only negative was that my main dish was under-cooked but otherwise well prepared. Portion sizes were more...More

Thank philosopher43
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Never made it into this place. After waiting patiently for 45 minutes (with plenty of empty tables around) we caught so much attitude from the hostess/waitress when we asked if it would be OK if we took a couple of empty seats at the counter...More

Thank familyfoodie1
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Our Innkeeper suggested we try 188 and so we walked up on a very snowy evening -- and were quite glad we did. We really enjoyed the fun of sharing tapas - each of which were delicious. Our excellent waiter , Andy, explained each one...More

Thank Farmme
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Local 188 has a great staff, a hefty wine selection, nice cocktails, fun appetizers...when it comes to the main course, choose anything but the seafood, as the kitchen isn't skilled in the preparation of it. Even when the items went back and were replaced by...More

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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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