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Local 188

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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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9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 114
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    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Trendy and delicious

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
BonVivantduJour
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Southwest Harbor, Maine
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We walked in and knew we were in for a treat. Great tunes, open floor plan (including open kitchen to watch your food being cooked) comfy seating and lots of smiles to be seen (both patrons and servers). Small but solid menu. Nice strong coffee. My egg scramble with mushrooms, goat cheese and fresh herbs was scrumptious. One of my... More 

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Bath, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I love tapas style restaurants and was glad to find one in Maine. My husband and I didn't order any of the entrees, but shared about 10 of the tapas plates amongst the both of us for dinner, which was a good amount of food. All of the plates were great, but the one that stands out to me was... More 

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Portland, Maine
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We were greeted and seated promptly. Despite a near empty dining room, we sat at our table for 15 minutes before anyone came over. Waiter was pleasant but did not know details about preparation and ingredients. Overall, very pricy considering portion sizes. Whitefish, or is it a white fish? We were never given the answer. $25.00 for a small piece... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

My fiance and I went here for brunch. We sat at the bar in front of the kitchen and it was really cool to watch them make the food. You could see their passion, it was like watching a bunch of artists. It is loud and everyone there was between 25-40, so definitely a "hip" place. It took a looooooong... More 

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South Portland, Maine
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210 reviews 210 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Instead of waiting in line for an hour at another restaurant down the road, we wandered into 188 with minimal expectations. We were delightfully surprised at how wonderful the breakfast. I opted for the scramble special and a side of fruit. The scramble was very good but the real start was the beautifully displayed fresh fruit. No fruit from a... More 

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Bar Harbor, ME
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We've eaten at Local 188 three times over the past few years, and each time we've had good food and prompt, friendly service. Always an interesting menu.

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

Ended up here after another place was too busy. Glad we did. Original combinations. Like a bar, bistro and coffee house rolled into one. Eclectic decor. Interesting art. Kitchen in full view. We sat at the counter and watched the chefs cooking. Artistry at work. A well oiled machine. A couple of hiccups in service, but nothing major. Very comfortable... More 

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Falmouth, Maine
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86 reviews 86 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Went for Saturday breakfast and was pleasantly surprised. The lactose free burrito was actually very tasty. Beans, spinach and eggs with a nice hot sauce. The scramble with , mushrooms and greens was very good and the potatoes done well without being burnt. The homemade sausage we ordered never came until we alerted our server twice and it was somewhat... 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: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?