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Local 188

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685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102-3303 (State St)
+1 207-761-7909
09:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 01:00
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Never made it into this place. After waiting patiently for 45 minutes (with plenty of empty tables around) we caught so much attitude from the hostess/waitress when we asked if it would be OK if we took a couple of empty seats at the counter that we decided to spend our money elsewhere. I have a bunch of family and... More 

Thank familyfoodie1
Andover, Massachusetts
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82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our Innkeeper suggested we try 188 and so we walked up on a very snowy evening -- and were quite glad we did. We really enjoyed the fun of sharing tapas - each of which were delicious. Our excellent waiter , Andy, explained each one to us and gave us good service all night. Their salad with buttermilk dressing was... More 

Thank Farmme
Portland, Maine
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106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Local 188 has a great staff, a hefty wine selection, nice cocktails, fun appetizers...when it comes to the main course, choose anything but the seafood, as the kitchen isn't skilled in the preparation of it. Even when the items went back and were replaced by new shellfish, it was over-boiled, unseasoned and was still well overcooked. The waitress was very... More 

Thank ExplorerGals
Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Went for brunch with a group of friends and our kids. The service was attentive, the food was delicious and the bloody Mary's (we tried the ginger and the cilantro) were just what the doctor ordered. Loved the quirky selection of coffee mugs.

Thank Naimh C
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Very generous portions and all delicious. The mussels in white sauce were outstanding. It was my first time there and I would go again to try some of the other items. It was hard to choose.

Thank NancyGoesAway
Watchung, New Jersey
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119 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

liked the industrial, subway, market rough decoration, very open, has restaurant area and lounge on the other side, both work fine, good crowd, entrees are small, for example , shrimp brings 4 small shrimps that is all and it cost what you would pay for an entree with 20 or more in other very good restaurants, the spanish tortilla is... More 

Thank Claudio G
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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129 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Wide Open concept with view to the kitchen from all over. Very informal and eclectic. Couch seating as well as regular tables, and a Chefs bar option. Nice bar with view to the street and to Longfellow square. Parking in the rear of the restaurant. Friendly wait staff. We ordered 3 small plates to start with, which came when made.... More 

Thank RCS3rd
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Good food, tapas & full size menu. Good wine list. prompt, pleasant service, nice, not too noisy vibe, open kitchen. I thought reasonable price (in fact I noted how inexpensive their wine list was) dinner for 2: apps, entree dessert, wine w/ tax/tip ~ $90 Enjoyed the meal and would return

Thank 50sNewEnglander
Methuen, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Went for dinner 4 people each had a drink cucumber collins which had no flavor of cucumber or alcohol tasted like soda water and lime very disappointing. We ordered the cheese board and the charcuterie board that was worse very little food on each board total for 4 drinks and the two boards 77.00 without tip to say we did... More 

Thank Gee4299
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Always a pleasure enjoying a meal with 188. The staff treats you like a good friend has come over for dinner and always has a smile. We celebrate everything big & small here, from moves, relationships, sunny days and completing school. The Menu is creative & simple Spanish food done exceptionally well. Never had a bad meal or experience. The... More 

Thank April P

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?