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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303 (State St)
Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
207-761-7909
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5:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 120
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tapalicious

Great for quick bites and amazing fritters. Fun, funky atmosphere with attentive waitstaff. Tapas and paella.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
Margaret R
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County Limerick, Ireland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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Contoocook, New Hampshire
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I've eaten at Local 188 three times in the past few years and the meal was always excellent. This time, not so much. We did have a tasty appetizer of humus with flatbread and a great bottle of white wine. Our meals, however, were quite dull. I ordered the paella and found it to be without much flavor and somewhat... More 

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County Limerick, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great for quick bites and amazing fritters. Fun, funky atmosphere with attentive waitstaff. Tapas and paella.

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Philly
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Great Spanish cuisine. Friendly staff. Met nice people from New Brunswick who traveled 5 hours to come to this place. Easy to walk from our west end B&B

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Bridgton, Maine
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Ever eaten afternoon appetizers while lounging on a couch?? A Great experience in this restaurant was having some of the BEST small plates of different foods available served onto a beautiful Large wooden table while sitting on a very comfortable couch ! The food was Excellent the Wait Staff was superb and the ambiance was one of not wanting to... More 

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Washington, DC
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife, our two young kids, and I ate here twice over a two week period -- once for Sunday brunch, and again for a weekday dinner. We were able to sit outside for brunch, which was very pleasant under the shade of an umbrella. Overall, we thought brunch was decent value for money -- not a bargain, but okay.... More 

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Middlebury, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The food was great, the décor is interesting (antique tin ceiling with visible air ducts, local art displayed for sale on the walls). The service was a bit slow but the server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and history of the restaurant. It's not the place for a cozy quiet meal - there's a strong bar/lounge scene... More 

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Stamford, United States
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I loved the vibe of this place and returned a second time for seafood paella. Local 188 has good service, a great vibe, and unique and delicious dishes. I came back for paella - they have a few to choose from. When in Portland - by all means - check it out. Free and plentiful parking in rear; great Longfellow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Not having been to Portland I was recommended this restaurant from a friend. It has a great atmosphere and vibe. From amazing infused drinks, to meals to share you won't be disappointed.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We were visiting this fine city during the Old Port Festival walking around and listening to some of the bands playing Live! We ended up on Congress abit parched noticed the Local 188 was open so we walked in greeted by the hostess, seated us and informed us that brunch was ending very soon. Our waiter Andy arrived seconds after... More 

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Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My wife and I frequent this venue for Brunch often, and we're never disappointed. Great Bloody Mary's, with just the right amount of heat, go perfectly with the Corned Beef Hash, or the industrial size English Muffins, or the Breakfast Burrito. Truly hard not to pick a winner. And the ambience? Imagine being a character in the famous TV sitcom,... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

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: 207-761-7909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?