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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Ranked #42 of 529 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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181 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Bar Harbor, Maine
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I have been to Local 188 several times, but have not yet a chance to dine there. We usually end up at 188 before or after a concert and find it is a perfect spot to have a drink. The bar staff has always been friendly and very knowledgeable. They take great care in their drink ingredients and keep things... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We visited our son in Portland and he suggested this restaurant. It was excellent. Everything was great. Especially liked the Fluke, Short Ribs, Ceviche, and Chocolate torte with chili.

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Wells, Maine
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83 reviews 83 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Husband and I were hopping through Portland and unfortunately we got here after Sunday brunch and before dinner. They do not serve any food during this time. The atmosphere was nice enough and we'll probably be back because the menu looks promising.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Nice place, nice service, but the food is only so so, have had better Spanish, Paella lacked an adequate amount of Saffron

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My husband and I had come here two years ago to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I was greatly impressed with their food then. It was so fresh and delicious. Also the cocktails and incredible. On this last trip, we were having a last hurrah before our baby comes. This was the best dining experience I had had since the... More

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13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Wonderful brunch place. Delicious cucumber vodka Bloody Mary's. Smoke salmon scramble blew me away - really fresh ingredients. Wife ordered French Toast with delicious homemade scrapple. Service was not great but the food and drinks more than made up for it.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I came here for brunch and got the huevos rancheros which were excellent. My boyfriend got the biscuits and gravy and he said they were ok (he's extra picky as he is from the south). We were seated right away but the service after that wasn't great and the restaurant was not that busy. It took about 45 minutes after... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Very cozy place. The breakfast was outstanding....takes a bit so dont go if you need to be somewhere quick. A nice selection of different bloodys. My wife had the salmon scramble and said she would eat that if she ever went back

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Deerfield, New Hampshire
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132 reviews 132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

They would have gotten 5 stars, but they do not have wheat bread... What restaurant does not have wheat bread??? Anyway, the breakfast was outstanding! They do not try to move you through very fast, which is ok as long as you are not in a rush. Would highly recommend!

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Easton, PA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

First for brunch (7 days a week - way cool), then for dinner. Brunch had a GREAT biscuits and gravy - spicy sausage, which I loved. Great atmosphere. Busy. Second for dinner a night or two later - paella - very nice; excellent hummus - seemed lemony and garicky, on flatbread; Partner didn't exactly know what he was ordering when... More

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