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“Fabulous food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Local 188

Local 188
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
207-761-7909
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Ranked #88 of 552 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State St
Transit: Portland metro stop directly outside front door.
CT
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Fabulous food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Everything we ate was incredibly well prepared! We LOVED the gnocci! The food was so fresh, and service perfect.

Visited August 2012
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English first
New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice food in a well appointed restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Good food and a convivial environment. Ate there alone and was a bit ignored at first (not uncommon!) but eventually received the service that I expected.

Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Unfortunately did not meet expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The positive: like all of Maine the people. Waitress was a delight and very helpful. Restaurant is in the heart of the city, in easy walking distance of many B&B's.

Negatives: food was bland. We had seafood paella. It had a lot of fresh seafood which was a plus but it was overcooked and dry. Rice was mushy and basically flavorless. I have eaten paella throughout Europe so my expectations were high. I expected either a semi-sweet saffron flavor or a nice herbal blend but got a panful of flavorless. Nothing came with the entrees, which were expensive so adding salad or appetizer really drove up prices. But the worst part of the experience was the noise level. I know that that was a function of acoustics and out of management control. Yet we could barely hear each other and the waitress had to raise her voice. This was not at all conducive to relaxation. We walked past this restaurant twice since our dinner night and it was oppressively loud each time. This might not matter to everyone but is worth noting.


















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  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Maine
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96 restaurant reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Hands down my favorite Portland restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I've visited Local 188 countless times -- for brunch, drinks, lunch, and dinner. My husband and I frequented Local when they were at their first location, and we've been there MANY times in their new location as well. The wait staff is always very quick with drinks, and extremely attentive to your needs, not to mention knowledgeable about both the food and wine/beer selections. The food has always, ALWAYS been top notch. My husband and I frequently comment that you could just close your eyes and point to a meal on the menu, and there's a pretty damn good chance you'll LOVE whatever it is. Desserts, too. Yum!

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Casual, hip, inexpensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Large portions, inexpensive, young casual crowd. Bit of a disorganized wait (which didn't end up being as long as we had feared or that the couple before us had experienced.) Massive pancakes.

Visited September 2012
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