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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 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
  • "We attended a Chef's Tasting. our server was very friendly, spent time with us answering questions about the food and the wine. Very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was wonderful, but the evening was marred by the bad service. We had a 7:00 PM reservation and arrived about 10 minutes early. We were seated a liitle after 7:30. The waiter, Ken, took our order. The first course arrived and was excellent. When our main course arrived, we each ordered a glass of wine. Didn't see the waiter again for almost an hour. We had finished our main course and the plates had been removed. The waiter reappeared saying our wine was coming...since we had finished our meal, we cancelled the wine and asked for the check. Wine was on the bill. We were using a gift card and the amount of our bill , including wine, came close to the total of the gift card. We left the gift card and a small tip and departed."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "No surprises at Massimo ! We knew we would find good food and service and we had a wonderful birthday evening for my wife."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Friends had been telling us about Massimo's for months so we, finally, set a date to go and it was worth the wait. Candace took very good care of us. Drinks were well described and tasty. The bread was beautiful. Our appetizer provided a nice variety while not being too filling. The food was delicious with good contrasts and intense flavours. The recommended wine was just right. The atmosphere is cozy with attractive decoration and paintings that take you right to Italy and without annoying televisions all over the place."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Delicious food , top notch service , romantic ambiance."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "From the moment we set foot in this absolute gem we were enchanted. We were warmly greeted by owner Massimo who took our coats and ushered us into his beautiful restaurant. Every table seems to be tucked into its own alcove. Our waiter Ken could not have friendlier or more professional. We shared several choices from the cheese and charcuterie selections which were beautifully presented and accompanied. Two of us had the veal chop, which was huge, and absolutely perfect. The fillet was also excellent.. We could not resist sharing bites of the pineapple upside down cake in its own tiny skillet. Massimo came to check on our progress during the meal and again showed us out upon leaving. We felt as welcome as in a friend's home."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Massimo's is great. The food choices and preperation are top notch. Massimo is the consummate professional restaurateur, personally greeting his guests and sincerely caring that they enjoy themselves. The new upstairs bar is so grown-up and fun. Great cocktails and wine list (though a bit expensive) too."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I was hoping for some genuine Italian food but it was the usual americanized dishes."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Massimo's is a classic dining experience that is slowly fading away. The food is great, the atmosphere is perfect and Massimo himself is friendly, charming, and completely watching over every detail of your dining experience."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was fabulous and great service. Always wanted to go here and glad I finally did."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I took my husband to Massimo for his birthday. We both love fine dining and grew up in the suburbs of Boston and once we moved up here we could not find that until we discovered Massimo .The wait staff are in tuxedos and are very warm and professional. We felt so "at home" and not rushed at all. Both are meals (veal chop/halibut) were delicious and the salad was as if they just picked local greens. We look forward to taking others to our new favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Massimo's on numerous occasions and the experience is always top-notch. The entire experience is amazing and the food is outstanding. Many times Massimo will be at the front door to greet you and take your coat. It's just a classy place that is done right. I'd highly recommend checking it out next time you're in Portsmouth."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Our server was very friendly, knowledgable about the menu and attentive but not intrusive. The food came in a timely manner between courses and was fabulous. Cooked to perfection with abundant flavor. The swordfish was fresh and my husbands pork tenderloin was moist and tender. Butternut squash soup with scallop was hot, creamy and so delicious. Salads were fresh, creative presentation and again delicious. Atmosphere and ambiance are very cozy for a cold winter night. Prices are a bit higher than other Portsmouth restaurants but worth it for that special occasion.Fine dining at its best in Portsmouth. We will return."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Everything was great except the wine which the waiter recommended."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It is not the usual Italian food. No Chicken parmigiana on the menu.the dishes are more creative and original . Nona's meatball appetizer is the perfect comfort food ."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great family evening. Service outstanding. Food disappointing. Will return."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Great ambiance......great staff..........warm welcome from Massimo........................It ended there. We will be back to try again.........I guess everyone .....primarily....... the chef was focused on the weather and not the moment..........guess this is what seperates the pro's from the hacks?........Veal Chop dry beyond belief.......................A piece of meat easy to cook....................even for a hack."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Massimo has always been a terrific restaurant, the bar upstairs is first rate. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Again we loved Massimo. Went with a group this time and it was excellent as usual. Staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. The food outstanding. Will be going there often."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "A friend and I went to Massimo's for dinner. The atmosphere was wonderful. The service was great! The food was anything but special. It was pretty tasteless. Not cooked according to my liking and certainly not worth the money I paid. In all fairness I would give it another try. Everyone has an off night."
    Dined on 12/4/2013