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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great place, very elegant place to dine, very good service, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "You will not find better Italian on the seacoast with service and ambience to match."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "5 stars in all areas - massimo's is the best fine dining restaurant in Portsmouth! Great food, wonderful service, and beautiful space - it's as close to dining in Italy as it can get! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My first visit, during restaurant week. Now that I know how excellent it is I'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Stands out in a city full of good restaurant choices."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We first dined at Massimos during the summer and had a lovely experience. We decided to revisit it during Restaurant Week. Not the best choice. While the wait staff and ambience were wonderful our meals were lacking: everyone's scallops were gritty and a few were over cooked; the beef entree was gristly and the profiteroles were ho-hum with barely any filling. We were hoping for more from such a highly rated restaurant. We left wanting and disappointed."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Ristorante Massimo's is a delightful dining experience. The food is flavorful and innovative. The service is impeccable and the ambiance is warm and inviting."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We went for Restaurant Week and to celebrate a birthday. Everything was delicious. One of our VERY favorite restaurants!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Never disappointed, Massimo's venue was decadent cave like cellar with classical gold framed paintings and extensive wine collection on display . Maurice was attentive without being intrusive. Daughter said the steak was the best she has tasted. Scallops were perfectly seared, spinach and side were exquisite. The portion was on small side. The appetizers of fried oysters were excellent. A fan favorite is the profiterole and it did not disappoint! If you are a local and haven't yet experienced Massimo's, this is your chance to enjoy a special evening with a tasting menu that is affordable and enjoyable!!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, and the waiter was even better. He paid special attention to my gluten allergy (Celiac), and made sure that everything that I ordered was made with this in mind."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Massimo is an exquisite dining experience. From the time you walk in and are greeted by Massimo himself until the time you leave everything is impeccable. The delicious menu, extensive wine list, and service are always spot on. Massimo always makes you feel like a VIP, whether you have dined there many times or only a few. This is by far the go to restaurant for five star Michelin quality food and service in Portsmouth. You will not be disappointed by anything!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We came during the restaurant week, the web menu had chicken and fish. However, when we came April 3d at 8pm, both chicken and fish were not available. My wife actually asked the servant to include chicken or fish into the 3 course offer, but the request was not granted. The ventilation above our table turned on with cold air, all people started getting cold, that was during desert time. Finally, the bill had an error, they charged us for 4 coffees while we only had 2, that was later correct upon our request."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I usually don't write reviews but this place was simply perfect. The service, the food, the ambience, everything . Would recommend it to everyone and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife took me here for my birthday. Found it to be an excellent restaurant that we will return to."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Exceptional service! Exceptional food! Exceptional ambiance! Exceptional wine! Exceptional dining event! Best service I ever have had in 6 decades of going to restaurants! Will visit now many times."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Drinks, appetizer, dinner, and dessert were all spectacular! The service was excellent and we had the best table in the restaurant - it was a very romantic and perfect evening! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really liked this restaurant. Ed combined it with a walk around Portsmouth which is charming . We will go again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food is fantastic. Anything you order is perfectly cooked and presented."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "What a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. It is warm and inviting, very romantic, cozy but not close. The staff is attentive and knowledgable. The food is very good...2 of the 6 in our party were disappointed with their pasta course, surprising for an Italian restaurant, but everything else was great!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Not sure we will return to this restaurant. The atmosphere was outstanding and is what you pay for. The food was bland and tasteless in general, and the fish was overcooked and dry. The attractive presentation may be at the expense of flavor. A dry piece of fish can be accounted for by a bad night in the kitchen, but flavor comes from the recipe and the chef."
    Dined on 2/21/2014