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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: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 116
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 25
    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
Great Late Night Vibe

I popped into Local 188 during a recent day trip in Maine. I didn't eat, but enjoyed their beer selection (great value during the late night happy hour that start at 10pm Mon-Fri) and a very cool electronic modern jazz duo that were playing that evening. There was a good sized and eclectic crowd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Timothy N
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Columbia, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Portland, Maine
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

i had high hopes, having heard what a great restaurant scene portland, ME has. the options sounded delicious, but unfortunately did not deliver. the potatoes bravas were a dried out disappointment, something i would have expected at a diner for $3.99. the celeraic root salad could have been amazing if it had more then the 3 slices of celeriac in... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I popped into Local 188 during a recent day trip in Maine. I didn't eat, but enjoyed their beer selection (great value during the late night happy hour that start at 10pm Mon-Fri) and a very cool electronic modern jazz duo that were playing that evening. There was a good sized and eclectic crowd even for a Tuesday night. I... More 

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Maine
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130 reviews 130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Dining at Local 188 has been on our to do list for quite some time. We dined there last night and loved everything about it. Our server, Hellevi, was just outstanding. When we mentioned allergies, she was most helpful and knowledgeable. Did I mention the food? The fried garlic was amazing as was the gnocchi and risotto. The paella looked... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Called in early evening just for a drink. The place was not overly busy, but the bar seating was full. Sat adjacent to the the bar and was served by a very pleasant young lady who was both informative and attentive. Big selection of drinks to go at, in fact the drinks menu is like reading a book! Enjoyed our... More 

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Campton, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Nice place, with a great bar that has delicious cocktails. Food was good, but a little pricey for what it was.

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Waldoboro, Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I have been in to Local 188 several times. One thing can be great, the next not so much. Portland and Maine are known for great local resourced ingredients, especially seafood and world class chefs. The wee anchovies -5 on the tapas were not impressive tiny not the usual robust Boquerones, not even a bite. The risotto cooked correctly, but... More 

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Michgian
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A delightful, varied menu, offering food for everyone. Tapas (small plates) were wonderful, enough to share, or a few small plates would easily make a meal. Would have rated this a five, except that our wait staff couldn't/wouldn't accommodate my need to switch out the entrée from the "special" of the night with the scallops that were offered on the... More 

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Cape Cod
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63 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We visited the Local 188 recently on a Sat early evening. We wandered in during happy hour. The bar was full, so we sat at the bar stools in the back that looks onto the open kitchen. We enjoyed 2 happy hour cocktails made of Blood Orange Vodka, simple syrup and splash of club soda w/ a lime slice. They... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Dinner with the parents for the second time here. After navigating the menu (a bit challenging for those not familiar with tapas), we settled on the Steak Tartare, the Flatbread with Hummus, the Spanish Tortilla, and the Braised Short Ribs -- and a salad. Plenty of food for the three of us to share, and all delicious. The Steak Tartare... More 

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New England
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50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have mentioned Local 188 in a few of my other reviews but was amiss to not have given them one! A staple in our Portland restaurant "diet", local 188 has good brunch, fabulous fresh made donuts (I have been told by my husband as they are not gluten free), yummy potatoes bravas and other tapas. We typically sit at... More 

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
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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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?