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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Ranked #39 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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87% Recommend
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English first
New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We just finished having an excellent dinner at Local 188. The food was incredible. We started with some tapas which was refreshing and delicious. We then ordered the seafood paella. Apparently it was in such high demand that the restaurant had run out of lobsters. The waitress and management were truly professional. After the usual apologies, they served us some... More

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Gorham Maine
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Ever changing specials, creative, well executed dishes, great wait staff. The place has a nice vibe, people having fun. Sit at the counter, watch the open kitchen.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were drawn by the tapas menu - something we could share, not get stuffed, and enjoy events planned for later in the evening. In the regard, we made a good choice. Service was helpful, friendly, and efficient. There is a good selection of tapas; consensus was that they were all tasteful, but none were outstanding. The house salad was... More

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You can taste that this restaurant uses fresh ingredients. However, food overall was ok. Service was slow. Food although it wasn't bad, it wasn't great either.

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I've been here several times for dinner and for brunch. The food is excellent; atmosphere casual but kind of sophisticated; service is great. I will definitely return.

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Mount Desert, Maine
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner here one evening while visiting Portland. We had a great time and truly enjoyed our time there. The appetizers were fascinating, with a wide variety available. The wine list was extensive with several good quality options. It was well worth the time.

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Gray, Maine
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stopped in on a Saturday morning late. Good move on our part. The service was good, the food and prices were wonderful. I had Huevos Rancheros that was very unique, but still true to it's Mexican heritage. Taste was off the charts. Next we need to enjoy dinner here, cannot wait. Try it out. I have seen people complain... More

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Mass. - N.J.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Amazing paella, bohemian decor, artsy clientele, attentive service. Would eat there every night if I could.

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The place looks pedestrian from the outside but don't be fooled. Truly original dishes perfectly prepared. Ceviche yellowtail was almost carpaccio like. Small plate appetizers were all amazing. Highly recommend.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

During recent weekend visit to Portland, stopped by Local 188 on the recommendation of friends who frequent Portland. Glad we stopped in for Saturday brunch. Loved the general vibe of the place. Incredibly comfortable feeling. Fairly straight-forward brunch menu. I opted for the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict. Delicious. I will admit that I was a little bummed though that the... More

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