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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Ranked #73 of 532 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
Portland, Maine
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

you always, if you are I, look for a place to meet with friends, late morning on a sunday, sit in comfortable surroundings and eat wonderful omlettes, pancakes, etc. etc. along with a good mimosa or something along those lines. 188 on Congress Street fits the bill. Tables that sit from 2 to a bunch, a very informal Portland atmosphere,... More

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting dishes and desserts made with locally sourced ingredients. However, the serivings were small. There was also very weak air conditioning, so it was quite stuffy.

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Portland, Maine
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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We are locals. I hate to diminish a local restaurant but - dinner tonight after a few months away. Wine list and cocktails, great. Service, great. Went for the tapas instead of an entree - ok. Ordered the house salad - for $10 we got a $3 portion. Really. Lettuce is cheap folks. It clouded the whole meal... Tapas are... More

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New Jersey
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79 reviews 79 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Was a little hesitant to try it given the mixed reviews but very happy we did. We had a 2.5 year old and made a reservation on the earlier side. Upon arrival the staff had the table set with a high chair and they set us up at a spacious table. Overall the service was good and very helpful although... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Lots of space - practically no waiting time on a late Saturday morning. Food was impeccable and the ambiance and service were both excellent. Had the Steak and Egg special and everything was amazing. Pride is cooking with local and fresh food.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Really terrific meal at a very reasonable price at a comfortable room but boy was the service uneven. Way too much time between visits from our server, and as a result way too much time waiting for food...and it wasn't that busy. That said our food was quite tasty! The short ribs were tender and flavorful, the shrimp app was... More

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nashua, nh
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Amidst glowing reviews and even a recommendation by a family member, a group celebration for about 12 adults was planned at Local 188 over the on the Saturday before Labor Day 2014. We were had reservations and we were shown to our table right away. From that point on there were mostly disappointments awaiting us. I'll divide those disappoints into... More

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Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The waiter was great with our large party which included children. The local salad was so tasty! I had the risotto and it was steaming hot. The wine and cocktail selections were plentiful.

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West Newbury, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Portland has so many great restaurants that it's hard to get to them all. We fianlly got to Local 188 last Saturday night and it was well worth it. First, you don't have to hassle finding parking like in Old Port and they are very accomodating. We had a puppy with us and expected to eat outside. However, it was... More

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Berkeley, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We enjoyed this local restaurant with a group of six and had several of the fish specials as well as the vegetable risotto. All were excellent as was the service.

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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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