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Local 188

685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
+1 207-761-7909
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (73 reviews)
“paella” (59 reviews)
“tapas” (63 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviewed yesterday

My partner and I stopped here just before Gay Pride parade in Portland, ME. We did this a few years ago and had a great time. It can be busy...but that makes the atmosphere even better. We sat at the bar - also busy and...More

Thank daksterinwaltham
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stopped by to try the tapas and arrived during happy hour. Good timing. A selection of tapas were $4 and a bottle of decent wine was $15. The patatas bravas were pretty good, but we would prefer the potatoes to be in smaller chunks; the...More

Thank Dutetre
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in the area. We walked past a couple of times and looked at the menu. Being Brits we didn’t really understand what the dishes were. We ventured in. It was shabby chic as is the current vogue. We sat at the bar...More

Thank Markmark1963
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time eating here last weekend during the Magical History Tour of Portland. This is quite the eclectic décor, bright colours and mismatch furniture. Server was very friendly and helpful. Turns out the only lunch menu was brunch - OK. The three dishes each were...More

Thank CS1Portland
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Good service, extensive menu with many different offerings for a great Sunday Breakfast. Good varieties of espresso available rather than just the usual watered down bottomless cup option. On a Sunday it gets very busy so get there early or book ahead.

Thank 975garryh
Reviewed April 26, 2018

I spent the weekend in Portland with college friends from 42 years ago. This place was recommended to us for breakfast both by the hotel and one of our friends. It lived up to its reputation. Great egg choices, my mushroom omelet with herbs was...More

Thank Mary J
Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Got recommendation from our hotel and they did not steer us wrong! Thought I knew what I wanted until I heard the special of the day and that totally changed my mind - caramelized onion, swiss, sweet potato scramble (I added mushrooms). It came with...More

Thank GMRD19
Reviewed April 1, 2018

After driving to several places for breakfast in downtown Portland, which had a 30-45 minute wait and patrons waiting outside, we stumbled upon 188...the food, service, spacious dining area, even the presentation was excellent, best hash ever...highly recommend

Thank Joseph D
Reviewed March 8, 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, our party of four were blown away by the kick off to your restaurant week. It was an outstanding team effort full of quality, cohesion, and packed with delicious creativity. We also loved how you included cocktails, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages in...More

Thank RovingSouls
Reviewed March 5, 2018

I stopped by on a busy Sunday for brunch as a solo traveler and was pleased to get a spot at the counter. The bloody mary was incredible, spicy and smooth. The deviled eggs were fantastic as was the salmon bagel plate (could have used...More

Thank Erica B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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: +1 207-761-7909
  • E-mail
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