Ristorante Massimo
Ristorante Massimo

Ristorante Massimo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ristorantemassimo.com/
  • Phone: 6034364000
  • 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**
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Ristorante Massimo reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (76)special occasion (72)fit for foodies (48)notable wine list (36)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (9)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Exceptional dining
    PaulQ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is delicious, beautifully presented and efficiently served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Welcoming As Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    On the occasion of my husband's long awaited retirement I made reservations. As always greeted at the door with a warm smile and conversation. Love the old world ambience. Wait person was wonderful, attentive, made suggestions about wine choices for my husband, nice sense of humor and very professional. We enjoyed the meal, we always do on our special occasions. Ordered ahead of time a special dessert for my husband and it was done and quite delicious. All in all it was a lovely evening topped off with a walk through downtown Portsmouth ,,,,,,,,,,, just perfect! Now that he is retired we will be able to dine there on more than special occasions ; )
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always.
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am never disappointed at Massimo's! Food is perfectly prepared. As good or better than any place in about on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were welcomed and seated promptly by the staff while we waited for our guests. The food, cocktails, and service were outstanding! I highly recommend Ristorante Massimo, and will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • palu22
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had a great dinner to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Massimo spent a good deal of time with us and made us feel welcomed. We were seated in a private and quiet back room which was nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a great evening
    supt493mass
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had not been to Massimo in several years and were surprised to find their new lounge area upstairs. The food was outstanding! Great wine. Ken, our wait person, was friendly, attentive, and made great recommendations. We thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary dinner at Ristorante Massimo. We would highly recommend this restaurant. Thanks for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upscale
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in NH.
    NHseacoastDiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Friendly and professional staff. I've never had a bad meal here and always leave full and pleased. Wonderful meats and cheeses in the Charcuterie and the best Gnocconi I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portsmouth Delight
    Studen
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The flavor of Portsmouth
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Massimo's is a Gem
    Bill
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have dined at Massimo's on quite a few occasions. It is, by far, the best Italian themed restaurant North of Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly GREAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    BSO1
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food, service, ambience - all were wonderful! This was our pick, out of so many area restaurants, to celebrate our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 45th Wedding Anniversary
    nicetocelebrate
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Touch of Class
    RobertB
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FCJReview
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    great service. would return to try again, but highly recommend the beef tenderloin. The reduction sauce was the finishing touch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Terrific
    redwineVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. The food items are inventive and excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A special night
    FoodDude16
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    buster007
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    NH603
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marlene
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY good upscale Italian food
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh & Flexible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    joanne
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    tlc946
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    One of the finest meals in Portsmouth! Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    Dexter
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Freddy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The restaurant is wonderful. Nice atmosphere and great food. Reserve early, there's never any seats left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    david38766
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Geoff
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Good food, service and ambience. Everyone in our party enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hungry
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Massimos is always top-notch. Very consistent with excellent food and wine, and Massimo himself always makes everyone feel welcome. Our favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    visitingVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great place, very elegant place to dine, very good service, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a special place
    seabronco
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected a little more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Dennis
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner in Italy
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 558 reviews are from the Ristorante Massimo reviews archive.
  • Fine dining Italian style
    NEfoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.