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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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Islesboro, ME
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This was my 3rd visit to Local 188 in 3 months. We had a long wait (35-45 minutes) seeing it was 7pm on a Saturday but walked around town a bit to kill time! We were quite hungry & ordered several delicious appetizers: scallops, Thai chicken skewers & sweet potato gnocchi. Even though the place was extremely busy, our food... More 

Thank mbblake
Gainesville, VA
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

In a city with so many highly rated restaurants, seafood or otherwise, this establishment near where we were staying almost escaped our notice. However, we decided to try it after seeing it was quite busy at 6:00 on a weeknight. We didn't have a reservation and were offered a seat at the bar, but decided to wait for a table.... More 

Thank Connie359
Charlotte, North Carolina
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455 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Local 188 on a Thursday evening at @ 6pm. It's a very large place and it was quite full for a weekday. We chose to sit at the kitchen bar and were seated promptly. They have a nice selection of craft beer as most restaurants in Portland do, so we ordered a Maine Beer Company "Lunch" while we... More 

Thank JetBlueDriver
Fresno, California
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I only ate here once, and it was for breakfast. I was actually wanting to go to Hot Suppa, down the street, but there was such a long wait there, I came here instead. There was no wait, as this is a fairly large restaurant. I ordered the biscuits and gravy which came with two eggs. They served it in... More 

Thank Martymad0001
The Woodlands, Texas
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150 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Local 188 is definitely a location / restaurant, definitely go for the weekend brunch. Everyone is was with loved their meal. The corned beef hash was really good, absolutely not greasy.

Thank DutchTX
Bayville, New York
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Need an inexpensive brunch breakfast before heading to the Homer Studio. Walked around Portland & came upon Local 188. Cool, eclectic place - would be a good place to go with a group of friends - mismatched furniture, china, seating. But, this time I was alone and the got a seat at the counter with a view of the kitchen.... More 

Thank MermaidSue2013
Tallmadge, Ohio, United States
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We had several unique dishes here, but all perfect serving sizes so we could sample several options. They also featured several craft beer options from local breweries. Dinner or lounge areas, and even pet friendly with the outside seating.

Thank Ben D
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Ok food busy bad parking weekend brunch is there best thing they offer walk in are welcome and it's a good envy for a solo diner

Thank Alan B
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was the site for a wonderful feast for our family. The restaurant has a very eclectic, arty vibe. We enjoyed several tapas. One memorable one was the flavorful deviled eggs. Our entrees--one a lamb dish, the other fish, were both delicious and moist. The chocolate expresso cake was fabulous and will likely linger on my mind for a while.

Thank ICFG
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Local 188 used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. Not any more. Prices seem to have crept up while the quality of the food has gone down. I had the brined chicken. Don't bother. And though the menu said $23, I was charged $25. Not a big deal but a sign that no one is paying attention... More 

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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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?