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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
207-761-7909
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Ranked #46 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
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
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It's a nice setting that reminds me of a lot of places near Boston as far as the fun, local funky hipster atmosphere but it is really not worth the price. We went in for brunch yesterday and we were seated fairly quickly but I hate leaving restaurants feeling 1. hungry and 2. ripped off and that was the exact... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The cocktail one of the best drinks I've had anywhere, lengthy beer and wine list. Food is delicious- great menu, comfortable decor. Definitely worth stopping every trip.

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Boson, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

When visiting Portland Maine, we happened upon the Local 188 restaurant. It was a Saturday around noon and they were serving the 'brunch' menu. I was about to order one of my favorites, Huervos Rancheros, when the waitress listed off several interesting specials. I ordered the baby eggplant omelette with goat cheese and harissa. This place seemed to specialize in... More

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Topsham, Maine, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been to Local 188 several times over the past few weeks and while usually busy the wait to get a table has been short and the food delicious. They have a changing menu so i don't know how much help this will be but I got the "white fish" for dinner which was pollock and cooked very well.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We found Local 188 on the web but also it came recommended by relatives who know it. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and wine (interesting list). We focused on the tapas after a heavy lunch (vacation), and they were terrific and very interesting. Staff most welcoming and helpful. We sat outside to enjoy the summer evening but inside looked interesting... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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104 reviews 104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Extra points for not being overrun by tourists. Interesting cocktails to please you. Spanish tortilla did not compare with Spain or many other tapas joints. The mussels were awesome. The paella had us scraping the bottom of the dish. The atmosphere is low key compared to the chaos of old port.

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Saint John, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We ent a fantadtic evening at Local 188 in early August. ?The drink menu had tons of unique options to offer. We loved our meals-fish special and paella. We can't say enough about the service. If one server was busy, another brought your food so there was never a wait. They were all very attentive, answered any question about menus... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went based on the reviews, but were pretty disappointed overall. We were seated promptly, but after that our server (who also seated us) was extremely slow every step of the way, and also made it seem like she was doing us a favor by having us there. Poor attitude. The starters were quite good; the menu had lots of... More

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My sister and I attempted to have dinner here on a recent Sunday night, during her visit. I've been to Local 188 many times before, and have not had bad service or bad food ever. The restaurant was only about half full: there were many obvious empty tables. We asked the hostess for a table for two. She pointed to... More

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Middletown, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Recently went to Local 188 for dinner. Was immediately impressed with the decor and use of the space. Eclectic and comfortable, we were greeted by incredibly friendly staff and had a great window table looking over Congress Street. We chose cocktails with their locally inspired and house made infusions and an array of tapas plates to share. The menu options... More

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