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Ristorante Massimo
Ristorante Massimo

Ristorante Massimo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.RistoranteMassimo.com
  • Phone: (603) 436-4000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Cancellation Policy
    Monday - Friday: for groups of 5 or more - We ask that a guest call by 12:00p.m. the day of the reservation to cancel or we reserve the right to charge a $20.00 per person fee.
    Saturday: all reservations - We ask that a guest call by 12:00p.m. the day of the res reservation to cancel or we reserve the right to change a $20.00 per person fee.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jethro Loichle
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ristorante Massimo is the perfect setting for celebrating a special occasion or hosting a corporate event. Here guests can enjoy customized menus, an intimate setting and impeccable service. Our elegant private dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests and special arrangements can be made for larger groups. State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment is available. We look forward to taking personal care of every detail of your entertaining needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Massimo Morgia (603) 436-4000
  • Entertainment: Our staff!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ristorante Massimo offers complimentary weekend valet service. Our private lot is available for guest parking midweek. Simply alert the maitre d' of your arrival via telephone and we will gladly provide access to our gated lot.
A word from Ristorante Massimo
Nestled like a hidden jewel in historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massimo's warmly lit brick and stone grotto walls, fresh flowers and oil paintings of magnificent Italian landscapes transports guests to Florence, Rome and Venice. Guests relax in a richly appointed atmosphere beneath mahogany-beamed ceilings and private parties unwind in their own intimate dining room. Ristorante Massimo offers authentic dishes from all regions of Italy. From innovative concepts to timeless Italian favorites, our executive chef creates each dish with a distinctive, refined touch as found in some of the worlds most celebrated restaurants. Thoroughly unforgettable, unbelievable satisfying. **limited dining room availability offered online** Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful cuisine. Not your "typical" Italian American restaurant. The chef's selections transcend the peasant dishes, which we all love and are wonderful, and take the diner into Italy's finer gourmet cuisine. It is wonderful, wonderful. Go!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Ristorante Massimo provides an outstanding locale for intimate, relaxed dining. The wide selection of entrees is matched by the attention to all of the elements that make for a memorable dining experience. Go! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "A spectacular evening, a gracious host and a very helpful waitstaff. A wonderful place for a special celebration (for us it was a birthday) however, any evening spent in such a lovely environment suddenly becomes special. The food is delicious and the choices are many. Spend a lovely evening at Ristorante Massimo and you will find yourself going back again and again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We have dined at Massimo's on quite a few occasions. It is, by far, the best Italian themed restaurant North of Boston!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our first visit to Portsmouth - We secured this reservation as a "default" after 3 other recommended restaurants were booked solid. All I can say is WOW - Lucky us!!! Everything about this place is excellent - food, service, wine selection, ambiance. Would 100% recommend - cannot imagine any of the other 3 restaurants we "missed out" on were better than Ristorante Massimo!! Five stars!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food, service, ambience - all were wonderful! This was our pick, out of so many area restaurants, to celebrate our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for our anniversary, knowing it would be a good experience. From the moment we arrived, we were treated very special with each staff member wishing us Happy Anniversary. It made our anniversary celebration really special. The atmosphere here is quiet and comfortable with wonderful service. The grey sole I had and the veal dish my husband had were both prepared perfectly. We have dined here before and will continue to return."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Ristorante Massimo didn't disappoint. The restaurant is located in a quietly elegant brick cellar dining room that is is both comfortable and intimate and is a step or two ahead of most of the offerings in trendy Portsmouth NH. The house-made tagliatelle carbonara and pappardelle della nonna pasta plates were served al dente in attractive, lid-covered white ceramic deep dishes; and both were hot, fresh and delicious. Our entries - vitello alls griglia (grilled veal chop) and gamberetti fritti (gulf shrimp served over ratatouille) were moderately priced and were also excellent and are highly recommended. R. Massimo's wine list is not extensive, but is well represented by well-priced, mid-level, high quality Italian and US wines."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • " great service. would return to try again, but highly recommend the beef tenderloin. The reduction sauce was the finishing touch"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Ristorante Massimo always pleases. The service is impeccable, and Massimo can be seen going from table to table, checking that everyone is happy with their meals. The food is interesting and well prepared with many small plate offerings. As always, it was well worth the drive from Boston."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant and perfect for a special dining night. Somewhat pricey but the food and service lived up to the expense. They even took the time to stuff our martins olives with blue cheese."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening. The food items are inventive and excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a relaxing and pampered evening. The waitstaff is trained and attentive. The food is artistic and good tasting. The atmosphere cozy and romantic. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Ordering is a bit challenging and you need to really read through how each item is prepared to make sure you are not making a mistake getting something you will not appreciate. There are taste melds that occur and these may not be attractive to individual palates. Overall a nice dining experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time there and it did not disappoint. Ambiance is exceptional: service was outstanding. The waiter knew every food and how it was made. He is a genius with wine. An overall 5 star rating and a great place especially for a romantic night out! Its a little pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had wonderful dinner at Massimo. Our waiter Maurice was both knowledgeable and pleasant. The ambiance was very warm and classic Italian. We had the scallop dish as our first course and then ordered both the carbonara and gnocconi with beef to split. For desert we tried the s'mores dish that was very interesting. We would highly recommend the scallops and the gnocconi as those dishes were absolute top notch. Overall every aspect of the experience was great and we will be going back to Massimo."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Massimo's about 4 years ago. The food was outstanding and so was the service. We had a chance to go back to Portsmouth so we decided Massimo's was a good choice for dinner. Unfortunately, the waiter got our dinner mixed up with the table next to us. When dinner was served, the gentlemen got my husbands dinner and the lady got what she ordered. I was served an entirely different dinner and waited, in my opinion, too long for the correct dinner to arrive. My husband ate as slow as possible so he wouldn't finish before I received my dinner. I think this was an isolated incident and I am not judging the restaurant on this one hicup. I got a free dessert which was delicious. We will go back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "it's in a basement so it's a bit dark/dreary, but more than makes up for the setting with attentive, stellar service and terrific food choices & execution. scallops, pasta & apps were all excellent. a very strong choice in Portsmouth & the best Italian on the Seacoast region."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was very fresh. Also there were unique and lovely Italian wines to choose from. The menu list was short but the waitress (and chef) accommodated our table's (of 8 people) every request for individual preparations Definitely going back"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We have been enjoying Massimo's for years. It is one of our favorites. The food, service and ambience are the very best! The owner Massimo always personally stops by each table. Massimo's is an exceptional place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "One of the finest meals in Portsmouth! Outstanding service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had the seven course chef tasting menu. It was the best meal I ever had. We chose to do the wine pairing as well which was a great idea. Everything paired very well with each dish. We will return many time. Our server Candace was fantastic. Thank you Massimo for a very enjoyable evening you always make it special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience on our return to celebrate birthdays. Our waiter, Ken, had excellent recommendations for the menu selections and wine. He was detailed and attentive. We were in the room at the back which is lovely but when you sit facing a wooden wall the experience would be better with a mirror to project the ambience of the room that is lost on the diner that gets to face the wall."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our dinner at Massimo's was superb. We felt like we had been transported to Italy with beautiful setting and music, thoughtful service and excellent food. When they ran out of the lobster special for the night the chef went out and got a lobster and whipped up another portion for us. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly appreciates great food and service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is wonderful. Nice atmosphere and great food. Reserve early, there's never any seats left."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I took a first date here and we had a great time. Our waiter, Maurice, was exceptional. The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Good food, service and ambience. Everyone in our party enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Massimos is always top-notch. Very consistent with excellent food and wine, and Massimo himself always makes everyone feel welcome. Our favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great place, very elegant place to dine, very good service, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Massimo graciously welcomes and sets the tone for a wonderful evening. Waiters are helpful and food selection is fabulous. Great wines with a comfortable pricing range accent the outstanding taste of the food. A truly memorable evening with Massimo bidding you a good evening!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "What a beautiful restaurant! The atmosphere was lovely - the food however, not so great. The manager was very nice and came and spoke to us regarding our occasion. He was very accommodating. The service however, not so great. We clearly weren't a priority as some of the other patrons. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant before and really loved it. But this time I chose the special because the entre sounded so good with pouched shrimp over ravioli. The dish I received was fried soft shelled crab over ravioli. I like crab so I ate it...half way through I told our waiter what I had as I felt he needed to know so he wouldn't advise others it was shrimp. He apologized and said he thought that special was over and he would correct it but I was almost through so I said no that was alright. When I was done, a bowel of shrimp appeared..too late"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Having dinner at Massimo's is as close to Italy as you can get without traveling there! The space is beautiful, food excellent, and service impeccable. Your host, Massimo will welcome you and make you feel like you are family. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Is an island of fine Italian dining in a sea of good but casual area restaurants. Visit when you've had your fill of the typically repetitive Italian menu. Michael and the other servers are attentive and knowledgeable about food and wine pairing (harder given variability of Italian wines) yet unobtrusive."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Massimo's warmth and enthusiasm about serving great food and managing a wonderful restaurant show in every aspect of the restaurant. Everyone from the weekend valet to bussers has a ready smile as well. The food is delicious and appropriately portioned. Magnifico! We enjoyed this visit so much, we made another reservation before we left the building!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "You will not find better Italian on the seacoast with service and ambience to match."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "While it was a little slow getting initial drinks ordered it got better as the night went on. The service and advice to our questions eas excellent and the food was coked to perfection...great restaurant and excellent choice when visiting Portsmouth!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "we did the chef sampling and their suggested wine pariings. the food was fabulous and the wine charge of 15 pp allowed us four different wines to go with each food. highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Ristorante Massimo is one of our favorite places to eat. Massimo is so present in his restaurant and is such a wonderful man. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Wonderful and attentive service from Megan. Her recommendations from cheese to wine to dessert were all spot on! The ravioli of the day topped with ribeye was fabulous! We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Massimo's is a class act. 5 Stars all around. Staff is well-informed, ownership is present and the food was marvelous. Thanks so much, you made my wife's birthday dinner a night to remember. She ordered the Lobster Risotto and I ordered the Scallops. Homerun. Can't wait to try something else."
    Dined on 4/16/2014