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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” (56 reviews)
“tapas” (56 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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11 - 20 of 373 reviews

Reviewed 11 September 2017

This place has a laid-back casual atmosphere with [what seems like] a very local crowd. I was there for a Saturday brunch that started with a decent Bloody Mary that got me in the mood for very good corned beef hash. The food came in...More

Thank kellyeagle2017
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Off the beaten path, the restaurant is young and hip. Brunch was good, prices good and service was efficient.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate brunch at Local 188 Saturday, Sep 9th, 2017. My wife had the Special: Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Corn, Summer Squash, and Feta. Fantastic. Home Fries - Not So Good. I had the Huevos Rancheros. Large portions. Every bite delish! Restaurant had...More

Thank CoolBreeze42
Reviewed 6 September 2017

While it is easy to think of this as a Spanish restaurant, the menu offers that and so much more. Our server was on top of the menu and was available to offer great suggestions for drinks and dinner. Especially liked the cocktails and beers...More

Thank GWW
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Excellent food and service. The drinks are awesome too. Our family was very content with what we ordered. Only issue is half the restaurant was empty and they said wait time of 30 minutes. We went out for a bit and then returned to just...More

Thank DreamgirlBoston
Reviewed 5 September 2017

What a Great place.....the vibe was great, the people were great, the4 service was great. Small plates are "false advertising".....they are not small.....everything can be shared.....Desserts left a bit to be desired, but al in all it was the best meal and the BEST MUSSELS...More

Thank ark390
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We were so pleasantly surprised by our dinner here. We had the Spanish tortilla, meatballs, and patatas for starters. Seafood paella and fish main courses were amazing. Reasonably priced for the quality. Nice drink selection. Fun, casual vibe. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Thank MNWorldTraveler
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 10 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

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Restaurant Details

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