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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Ranked #77 of 531 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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Vassalboro, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We have been to Local 188 more than once before so that made our disappointment even harder. We ordered two dinners and the portions were so small that we ate large portions of veggies out of our garden as soon as we got home. The two entrees came with no sides, were small and not particularly tasty. They could have... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Last Saturday we took a ride in town to get some brunch.. Been here several times the food is good but limited menu. Especially if you have a gluten allergy. I was very surprised by the hostess response when we wanted to wait for a table. It wasn't a warm and fussy feeling and he surely let us know we... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Local 188 is an interesting mix of a huge bar with exotic drinks, extensive wine list and long list of domestic and foreign brews. The menu ranges from tapas to full entrees. The place is a curious blend of genres, but everything comes out well. My partner had the hanger steak and it was superb. I had a shrimp tapa... More

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94 reviews 94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Local 188 is out in the West End which in of itself is a very boho neighborhood. We came in for brunch and were not disappointed. The inside is very cool and almost like an open concept mish mosh of cool furniture and decor from an antique store or flea market. The staff here is super friendly as we came... More

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Woolwine, Virginia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

I would definitely go back if I lived in Portland, but we are only here three days and there are many more restaurants to try. If I were to go back I would hope I got a better wait person. No, that is not right because we did not have a wait person we had a "server". More on that... More

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Portland, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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