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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” (72 reviews)
“paella” (58 reviews)
“tapas” (60 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 16 October 2017

We were a party of 6 on Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. We absolutely expected there would be a wait for a table and there was, about 20 minutes. The seating for waiting was very cool...low comfortable couches around a large coffee table-this added a...More

Thank Krissyatcrest
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Nice and open with good ventilation which is much better than the cramped diner down the block. The grits are a must!! Loved the huevos rancheros with Mexican rice and beans. The only issue was slow service but overall very good!!

Thank GG21GG21
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed, the food is excellent as is the service . Try this place if you're looking for an open concept dinning experience

Thank rham290
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Breakfast saturday 10/7 for five adults and two children ages 4-1/2 and almost 6. Very busy but seated quickly. Lovely setting, with local art adorning the walls and couches in the center. Meals were scrumptious. Corned beef hash and Breakfast Paella were excellent as was...More

Thank Sharon A
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

While I don't hesitate to try different food, I think anyone would have difficulty finding something on this menu. I enjoyed incredible mushroom dish that I wish I could remember the name of. The mushrooms tasted like I was eating meat. I am not a...More

Thank eloquentone1
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We were on the look out for something quick to eat for lunch after a long day on the road and were delighted to stumble across Local 188. The menu looked fantastic and we plumped for the black bean wrap, which was delicious. Coffee was...More

Thank Jonathan T
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We came in for brunch but we were told we would have to wait even though there were tables available and no one else was waiting. The hostess said those tables were only for parties of four and since we were a party of two,...More

Thank Kimberly G
Reviewed 18 September 2017

A large airy hip interior with some amazing tapas choices. We tried the white anchovies, north spore mushrooms, montaditos, patatas bravas and all were delicious! The service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant location was only a short walk from our inn, on the corner...More

Thank Rich K
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

We were on vacation, went to this place on a recommendation. Cute vibe, relaxed atmosphere. It was busy inside but we got a table right away. There were 3 of us. We ordered corned beef hash and 2 orders of huevos rancheros. The food took...More

Thank Grgirl25
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This restaurant has the same vibe as the surrounding area, dingy and hip. Like Greenwich Village back in the day. It wasn't crowded and we were tired after a long trip and ate here. This place just doesn't look clean. Maybe that's the intent. Service...More

Thank MapleAveCrowd
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Nearby Attractions
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.41 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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