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Local 188

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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303 (State St)
+1 207-761-7909
17:30 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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Portland, Maine
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535 reviews
423 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

A new friend was in town and we planned to walk to someplace close to me for dinner. I decided to get over my grudge with Local 188 (see prior review "Not Rude but Plenty of 'Tude' ")- knowing their food is excellent and that my friend would enjoy it here. So we went. I wondered if I'd get any... More 

Thank James F
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Okay, so not the greatest value (small to tiny portions) but it is a fun casual spot to hang and grab some great nibbles. Service is very pleasant and helpful without being overbearing. Drinks are inspired, wine list is awesome. Comfy vibe, will do this again!

Thank Daniel P
Portland, Maine
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I visited Local 188 with my boyfriend, his parents, and his grandmother. Although we had a reservation, they took 25 minutes to seat us. They were also clearly understaffed -- the hostess was running around doing everything form buses tables to managing the kitchen. She was fantastic! Apparently the chaos was due to large crowds eating dinner before a concert... More 

Thank KailinaM44
Camden, Maine
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138 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We walked in late Sunday morning for brunch. Waited about 5 minutes for a table. Our service was great, meal was served quickly after ordering. The food was well seasoned and served plenty hot. Will certainly go back.

Thank raptor86
New England
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Three of us went for breakfast. There was a 45 minute wait at 10 a.m., but after we got in the food and the service was great. Lots of specials. Bloody Marys were very good. Casual atmosphere with tables relatively close together, but comfortable.

Thank NEFrequentTraveler
New Hampton, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Coffee was good and service so so but the food was so bland and very expensive. Nothing was seasoned. My food was ice cold. Go somewhere else.

Thank HiT9977
Boston, Massachusetts
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230 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We waited for a table for about 30 minutes mid- morning on a Sunday. It was worth the wait! We couldn't decide what to order so we shared the ricotta fritters, the "legs and eggs", the corned beef hash and the fall scramble. The variations on the Bloody Marys were many - I had the Bloody Bloke made with gin... More 

Thank Lisa R
Islesboro, ME
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This was my 3rd visit to Local 188 in 3 months. We had a long wait (35-45 minutes) seeing it was 7pm on a Saturday but walked around town a bit to kill time! We were quite hungry & ordered several delicious appetizers: scallops, Thai chicken skewers & sweet potato gnocchi. Even though the place was extremely busy, our food... More 

Thank mbblake
Gainesville, VA
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

In a city with so many highly rated restaurants, seafood or otherwise, this establishment near where we were staying almost escaped our notice. However, we decided to try it after seeing it was quite busy at 6:00 on a weeknight. We didn't have a reservation and were offered a seat at the bar, but decided to wait for a table.... More 

Thank Connie359
Charlotte, North Carolina
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485 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We visited Local 188 on a Thursday evening at @ 6pm. It's a very large place and it was quite full for a weekday. We chose to sit at the kitchen bar and were seated promptly. They have a nice selection of craft beer as most restaurants in Portland do, so we ordered a Maine Beer Company "Lunch" while we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
17:30 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?