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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 2 weeks ago

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 5 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

Thank ExplorerGals
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Went for brunch with a group of friends and our kids. The service was attentive, the food was delicious and the bloody Mary's (we tried the ginger and the cilantro) were just what the doctor ordered. Loved the quirky selection of coffee mugs.

Thank Naimh C
Reviewed 23 February 2017

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.

1  Thank NancyGoesAway
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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...More

Thank Claudio G
Reviewed 5 February 2017

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....More

Thank RCS3rd
Reviewed 30 January 2017

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...More

Thank 50sNewEnglander
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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