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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” (71 reviews)
“paella” (59 reviews)
“tapas” (63 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Dined her on our anniversary, based on reviews read. Our server was awesome...we had the deviled eggs and the goat chees au gratin for appetizers. Also, had the house paella. A signature dish...all was absolutely delicious. Not inexpensive, but definitely worth the price. They have...More

Thank BeeMelissa
Reviewed 18 November 2017

If you're looking to get away from Old Port and the tourists checkout Local 188. Great weekend breakfast spot in an emerging neighborhood in Portland. Lots of other dining options available. Just a 10-12 minute walk (or 4 min Uber) from Old Port. We had...More

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 17 November 2017

For a late night meal, Local 188 is a good place to choose. Friendly staff, open room with tables and couches (maybe it would be loud at the busy hour) made for a relaxing unwind post show. The cheese plate was perfect with a glass...More

Thank Ann T
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We went to this restaurant by chance and it was quite the find. The breakfast was fantastic and the building itself with old style bar and high ceilings was most special. It is a large establishment, but despite that the service was quite good. If...More

Thank pickleheadCranston
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This place with it's couches here and there and vintage tables in a large, open space--along with a very pleasant, dim lighting, create a really comfortable, inviting space to dine. The duck breast, squash puree, and vegetables dish I had was delicious. Maybe a tad...More

Thank DavidNomadic
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Staying overnight in Portland, arriving early and decided to take a stroll up and down Congress Street. Around supper time (5:00pm) we came across Local 188. After looking at the menu we decided to give it a try. Glad we did. We sat close to...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Nice ambiance, much quieter than many of the other places we walked into. Great local beer selection, tapas and nightly specials. The prices are reasonable and the service was great. We enjoyed a nice relaxing dinner. I had the soup special, roasted red pepper, and...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We stopped in for dessert and drinks. The decor and vibe were really fun and funky. The menu looks like it would be a good spot for sharing small plates.

Thank sm47
Reviewed 23 October 2017

The place was mobbed had a 45 minute wait but it was worth it. Great decor and I had a breakfast paella that was to die for, go there for midrange eats but be prepared to wait

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We were a party of 6 on Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. We absolutely expected there would be a wait for a table and there was, about 20 minutes. The seating for waiting was very cool...low comfortable couches around a large coffee table-this added a...More

Thank Krissyatcrest
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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, 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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