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Local 188

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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” (65 reviews)
“paella” (58 reviews)
“tapas” (59 reviews)
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American, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate brunch at Local 188 Saturday, Sep 9th, 2017. My wife had the Special: Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Corn, Summer Squash, and Feta. Fantastic. Home Fries - Not So Good. I had the Huevos Rancheros. Large portions. Every bite delish! Restaurant had...More

Thank CoolBreeze42
Reviewed September 6, 2017

While it is easy to think of this as a Spanish restaurant, the menu offers that and so much more. Our server was on top of the menu and was available to offer great suggestions for drinks and dinner. Especially liked the cocktails and beers...More

Thank GWW
Reviewed September 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. The drinks are awesome too. Our family was very content with what we ordered. Only issue is half the restaurant was empty and they said wait time of 30 minutes. We went out for a bit and then returned to just...More

Thank DreamgirlBoston
Reviewed September 5, 2017

What a Great place.....the vibe was great, the people were great, the4 service was great. Small plates are "false advertising".....they are not small.....everything can be shared.....Desserts left a bit to be desired, but al in all it was the best meal and the BEST MUSSELS...More

Thank ark390
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

We were so pleasantly surprised by our dinner here. We had the Spanish tortilla, meatballs, and patatas for starters. Seafood paella and fish main courses were amazing. Reasonably priced for the quality. Nice drink selection. Fun, casual vibe. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Thank MNWorldTraveler
Reviewed August 7, 2017

My daughter and I stopped there for brunch this past weekend. We sat promptly, but after about a half an hour there were people waiting outside to eat. we both had the Corn beef hash for brunch, and it was amazing! crispy potato wedges on...More

Thank Matt J
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

When i think of biscuits, i think of gravy and when there is gravy, where are the biscuits. I got a meal that wasnt to heavy and satisfying to my belly. Beautifully plated dishes and service with a smile. Cocktails on point. Looking forward to...More

Thank 893contact
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

It's official; Local 188 is our favorite restaurant in Portland Maine! The food is Spanish influence but I wouldn't know that if I didn't read it on the menu. What I do know is that it is a farm to table, casual place with food...More

1  Thank Freckl2
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We were guests at the Westin hotel over the holiday weekend and we asked the concierge to recommend a local breakfast place where we could bring our dog and she suggested Local 188. We liked it so much we went back again the next day....More

Thank Brett L
Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

Went there with my friend for dinner. We had the shrimp and mushroom for appetizer and also shared the stewed clam and paella. Ingredient was very fresh and I liked the source. Portion was pretty generous and enjoyed the dinner.

Thank Jessica Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, 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, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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
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