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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” (60 reviews)
“paella” (55 reviews)
“tapas” (57 reviews)
Opens in 27 min
All hours
American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviews (366)
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11 - 20 of 366 reviews

Reviewed 7 August 2017

My daughter and I stopped there for brunch this past weekend. We sat promptly, but after about a half an hour there were people waiting outside to eat. we both had the Corn beef hash for brunch, and it was amazing! crispy potato wedges on...More

Thank Matt J
Reviewed 11 July 2017 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 10 July 2017 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

1  Thank Freckl2
Reviewed 7 July 2017 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 4 July 2017 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 26 June 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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