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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
207-761-7909
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Ranked #81 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State St
Transit: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
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English first
South Portland, Maine
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205 reviews 205 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Instead of waiting in line for an hour at another restaurant down the road, we wandered into 188 with minimal expectations. We were delightfully surprised at how wonderful the breakfast. I opted for the scramble special and a side of fruit. The scramble was very good but the real start was the beautifully displayed fresh fruit. No fruit from a... More 

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Bar Harbor, ME
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We've eaten at Local 188 three times over the past few years, and each time we've had good food and prompt, friendly service. Always an interesting menu.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Ended up here after another place was too busy. Glad we did. Original combinations. Like a bar, bistro and coffee house rolled into one. Eclectic decor. Interesting art. Kitchen in full view. We sat at the counter and watched the chefs cooking. Artistry at work. A well oiled machine. A couple of hiccups in service, but nothing major. Very comfortable... More 

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Falmouth, Maine
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82 reviews 82 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went for Saturday breakfast and was pleasantly surprised. The lactose free burrito was actually very tasty. Beans, spinach and eggs with a nice hot sauce. The scramble with , mushrooms and greens was very good and the potatoes done well without being burnt. The homemade sausage we ordered never came until we alerted our server twice and it was somewhat... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Chefs should never have on the menu dishes they can’t execute properly. There I said it. Properly cooked paella is a thing of beauty. Done right the rice is al dente, with a crusty base on the bottom called “socarrat.” It’s considered the best part. I never order paella at a restaurant. I make it at home, outside, under a... More 

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Portland, Maine
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

Went with a group of friends. I'd say the atmosphere is a strong point. The vibe, decor, and layout are nicely done and conducive to varying party sizes. The waitstaff was courteous and available but not obtrusive. The food was good. I had deviled eggs which were nice. A little strange that there were only 3 1/2's but nice. Not... More 

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Durham, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Excellent drink line up, great atmosphere, casual and eclectic. Really friendly staff; mix of locals and travelers.

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We were only in Portland for a night and wanted to have a really nice dinner out while we were in town. We ended up picking this place and it was amazing. I had the Paella and I cleaned up the entire pan full. We shared multiple small appetizers at my table and they were all very good. We also... More 

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tennessee
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186 reviews 186 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The first thing that jumps out is the restaurant decor but it is not stark / sterile. It has an industrial type feel, along with some soft furniture seating areas. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the daily specials as well as the details on every other dish that we inquired about. We ordered the special ham / cheese croquettes,... More 

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Maine
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63 reviews 63 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We went to Local 188 because we were craving Paella. Needless to say, it was delicious! It was filled with delicious seafood and rice. Had a really nice flavor and the portion was big enough that we went home feeling full.

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Additional Information about Local 188

Address: 685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
Phone Number: 207-761-7909
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Spanish

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