How It Works brings a fresh take to the online dining guide in Maine! Showcasing a more comprehensive guide into several local Maine restaurants, plus offering gift certificates at 50% off.

There are a lot of reasons why we created, but the most important one is people. You, your friends, and your family members. Food brings people together. We want you to have a good time with friends, family, coworkers. Trying out new restaurants, relaxing over a hot meal, catching up over new cuisine. That's where comes in. Our main goal is to give you the incentive to try something new - and save you some money in the process!

Thousands of happy customers have emailed us saying that they never would have found some of their new favorite restaurants if it hadn't been for the fact that they were able to take a view a restaurant’s video and purchase a Gift Certificate at half price as an incentive to try the restaurant for the first time.

Please USE US to discover new restaurants and try something new. Look around the website, click on a restaurant and see what they’re all about with our comprehensive dining guide. You never know what great little find is 10 minutes from your home. And remember - our restaurants love customers. They love meeting new people as much as you love sharing a meal with your friends and family.

Have more questions? Here's some common answers:

How does work?

Simply choose a restaurant searching by keyword, location or alphabetically, and click on a restaurant. On each restaurant’s page, you’ll find detailed information including photos or video, address, menu and reviews. You’ll also be able to see the discounted gift certificates available and the terms. Then just add the gift certificates to your cart, check out, print the gift certificate from your computer and you'll be dining in no time. There's no club to join, no membership fees, no coupon books, no catch. Simply purchase, print, and save money. It's that easy!

How do I register for an account?

Click on User Login located at the top of the page, then click on Register for a New Account. Enter your information in the fields, and then click on the Register button at the bottom. IMPORTANT: When creating your account, we recommend you use a password that isn't used on any other website. At a minimum, passwords should have no fewer than 8 characters - and we recommend you use a password with 13 or more characters. Make sure your password contains both numbers and upper- and lowercase letters. You should also consider mixing in special characters, including punctuation marks. Once you've registered, you will receive an e-mail with an activation code, which you must copy and paste in to the activation page. Once you accept the terms, it will direct you back to this page where you can purchase certificates or manage your profile. Some fabulous deals our restaurants offer at are limited to ONE (1) certificate per household. must RESTRICT ACCOUNTS TO ONLY ONE (1) PER HOUSEHOLD. We must restrict the number of accounts in order for us to be fair to our customers and restaurant owners. We verify your accounts by cross checking all new registered users against all of our current customers. We cross check both the mailing address and the billing address. If your addresses match any current customers addresses, your order will be canceled, your credit card will be refunded and your account will be suspended. We must do this in order to be fair to everyone. In order to prevent this from happening, please make sure you only have one account per household. Once your account has been verified you will be able to print any certificates you have purchased.

How do I find restaurants I want?

On the right-hand side of the website, search for a restaurant searching by keyword, location or alphabetically. When you find one that interests you, click on the restaurant to find detailed information including photos or video, address, menu, reviews and available certificates.

How do I print Gift Certificates?

You must be a verified user in order to print. Once your account has been verified you can print certificates directly from your account. Just log in to your account and click on the PRINT button next to any of the certificates you have purchased. We recommend you download each PDF and print using these files. This insures you always have a copy of the certificate on your computer.

Can I use my smart phone to use a Gift Certificate?

Some but not all restaurants accept certificates via smart phone, so just check the terms before redeeming. If so, log in to our website using your smart phone, to access your certificates, then present your certificate codes directly to your server by showing them the screen.

I lost my Gift Certificate or I let it expire before I used it. Now what? and participating restaurants are not responsible nor are there any exceptions for lost, stolen, misplaced or expired certificates. Certificate promotional values are valid through the expiration date. The amount paid by you does not expire. There are no refunds, but you may extend or return an unused certificate for LocalDines credit anytime! Simply contact us with the Certificate Code Number of an unused voucher and the purchaser’s account will be sent an extended certificate, or credited for the amount paid.* *Not valid for “EVENT” tickets or certificates marked “ALL SALES FINAL”.

I see Dines Dollars in My Account overview. What are Dines Dollars*?

Dines Dollars are gift certificates you can apply to purchases on You can receive, or give Dines Dollars as a gift. We may add them to your account because a certificate to a restaurant you purchased went out of business or changed owners and stopped accepting them. You may also receive them as a recipient of a promotional event or contest online, on the radio, etc. You can see and manage your Dines Dollars under My Account / Dines Dollars. This will show you how much in Dines Dollars (credit) you have available and you can view details which will give you a complete history of all Dines Dollars associated with your account.

Do I have to pay a fee to use your service?


Can I open more than one account?

No. And your account could be suspended if you try to. So no.

Can I purchase more than one certificate of the same deal at a time?

No. The fabulous deals our restaurants offer at are limited to ONE (1) certificate per household. We must restrict the number of purchases in order for us to be fair to our customers and restaurant owners.

I see a restaurant I like! Now what?

Once you find a restaurant you like, you can decide whether you'd like to purchase a dining certificate for 50% of the face value. If you're a brand new user, you will be prompted to open a new account when you click on the "add to cart" button. Again, there is NEVER any fee to join Once you open your account, you can add the gift certificate to your cart and check out; or keep shopping for more great restaurants! Once you checkout you will be able to print your certificates immediately if you are a verified user.

What are the restrictions on the Gift Certificates?

See Local Dines terms below, but when you visit a restaurants page on Local Dines, click on the “Terms” tab for any restaurant terms.

Local Dines Terms: You may only use ONE (1) Gift Certificate per table. Certificates are valid for THREE (3) MONTHS from date of purchase. The expiration dates are printed on each Gift Certificate. Please note: certificate promotional values ($10, $12.50, $15, $20, $25, $30) are valid through expiration date. The amount paid by you does not expire.
Certificates cannot be traded in for cash and no change will be given.
Certificates may not be used in combination with any other coupons, certificates, or other restaurant promotions. and participating restaurants are not responsible for lost, stolen, misplaced or expired certificates.
Tax and gratuity is NOT included unless otherwise stated on the certificate. Please make sure you compensate your server on the TOTAL bill before discount.
Each restaurant may have its own additional restrictions, but in general this is quite rare. certificates are valid for food and alcohol unless specifically stated otherwise on the certificate. Some certificates are not valid on certain days, such as major holidays. You may view any restrictions by clicking on "View Terms" on each individual restaurant's page on If placing your order by phone, please inquire about any restrictions for the Gift Certificates you are purchasing. We intentionally try to limit any additional restrictions, and most of the restaurants accept the Gift Certificates at any time. 

How do I pay for the Gift Certificates?

Our online Shopping Cart is very user friendly. We accept online payments with MasterCard or VISA. Your privacy and security are of the utmost importance to us. is a secure and encrypted website. Please be assured that will not sell or give away any information about any of its customers. You may also place your order by phone (additional phone order charges may apply) at 1-866-379-DINE (3463).

How and when will I receive the Gift Certificates?

You can choose to print your certificates right away, e-mail them to a friend or have them snail mailed (additional $2.00 shipping charge). We process snail mail orders daily and customers usually have their Gift Certificates within 1-4 days. They are mailed via US Postal Service. You can also access your purchased Gift Certificates on the mobile version of make sure to check the restaurant terms to make sure they accept mobile certificates first.

How much do you charge for processing?

There is no charge for processing.

What happens if I buy a Gift Certificate and the restaurant goes out of business before I am able to use it?

The "Customer Service" tab under "My Account" can extend or issue credits for most certificates. Or simply send an email to with your name, e-mail address, restaurant name, and certificate number. We will apply a credit of equal value to your account. Credits will AUTOMATICALLY be applied to your next order(s).  You can then purchase a gift certificate to another restaurant using your credit. Sorry, no cash refunds.

What's the catch?

We hear that all the time and our answer is always the same. There is no catch.  We are local diners just like you, teaming up with local restaurants who will gladly accept certificates as an incentive to dine with them. That's it. No club to join, no coupon book - no catch!

How do I contact

Call Toll Free: 1-866-379-DINE (3463)

Mailing address: 

Local Dines Maine
201 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074


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