Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining

4.8
424 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Join Chef Massimo for an artful blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisines paired with an award winning wine list and full bar.
Appetizers range from Hudson Valley Grade-A Foie Gras, Pistachio coated Pan Seared Duck and Brie to Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and rice flour battered calamari. A rich, creamy lobster bisque is a favorite among customers.
Other specialties include Veal Cognac in a creamy truffle sauce, veal chop, sweetbreads, risotto and Chilean Sea Bass.
Last, but not least, are the homemade delectable desserts.
Complementing his efforts in the kitchen is the gracious, knowledgeable and efficient staff.
Tables at the casually elegant restaurant are dressed with crisp table linens, and candles. Cascading fountains decorate the walls.
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S
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and our waiter B.

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NO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Focused too much on presentation. Small portions and mediocre food. The server was top notch.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Michelle was our server and she was fantastic. The food was excellent and served with enough time between courses to enjoy it. There was no rushing us. It was a great anniversary dinner.

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ZB
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in all categories !!! It is my first choice for any special event in our family 😊

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SH
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection as always with Massimo and his lovely wife and our all-time favorite waiter Bertraund who always makes us feel welcome and special. Can't wait until our next visit! Scott and Dawn H.

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PD
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, never a disappointment. wait staff is friendly and eager to please. Massimo is a wonderful Chef.

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Very disappointed in food. Seafood risotto was poor. Lamb mediocre. Ceasar salad not special. Restaurant came highly recommended. Very expensive. Would not return nor recommend to friends.

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RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite! Michelle is the bomb! The food is amazing.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent. My husband had penne ala vodka which is always excellent. I choose the salmon in a curry sauce. I must say I did not love the curry sauce other than that it was very good.

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RP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Massimo's and also to discuss the experience with Massimo himself. Bertrand, the waiter, was very courteous and knowledgeable about the contents of the dishes and the style of preparation, as he was about the wines.

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GJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, a notch better than most restaurants in the area. One of my favorites.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends / great food / wonderful service

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J
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo’s has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. The food was exceptional (as it always is) and our waitress—Michelle—was excellent. We had a fairly large group of seven and everyone loved their food and had a great time. We will be back again soon. This restaurant is a neighborhood gem!!

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DE
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bertrand was an excellent waiter and both of our “Special” dinners were delicious—Osso Buco and Risotto with Diver Scallops, Big Shrimp and 1/2 Lobster. We enjoyed our bottle of wine and tuna appetizer too. An excellent evening out. Massimo stopped by the table to say hello.

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L
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant which never disappoints. The chef is there always and does most the cooking. He comes around to the tables too. His risotto is fabulous.

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo's was recommended to us from a good friend...we have not been disappointed! Michelle, our server, is friendly, efficient, and pleasant. The food is SO good. We just went there for my birthday and everyone loved this place! Highly recommend all around!

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C
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal & superb service!

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PH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent. Bit pricey.

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RR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome awesome food and great people

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and friendly service

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JG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always has been a favorite place.... Bertrand provides the best service.... The food is wonderful.

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MC
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Our favorite Palm Harbor restaurant.

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P
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. I had the lamb and it was beautiful cooked. My husband had the steak special and it just melted in your mouth. Lovely small restaurant, great ambiance.

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JD
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had heard good things about this restaurant. The restaurant was nice, but the food was below what we expected. I would rate the food average.

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s
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we will definitely return. Enjoyed the experience so much that we purchased a gift certificate for friends.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as usual, service was outstanding and the atmosphere is very cozy.
Everytime we go there we always enjoy chatting with Massimo and Donna...wonderful hosts...

Tony

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h
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. Michelle was a fantastic server who was a total professional. The chef/owner makes sure he visits every table and chats with the diners. Love the quiet ambiance and fabulous menu.

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ON
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is outstanding, nice place for date, celebrating anniversary or dinner with friends. Keep in mind that this is a not cheap place, be ready for prices:)
I wish we had a better waitress service next time, it's looks like she was in hurry and rush us out.
What I do not like about this place, that with coming check tips (20 %) was already added to the amount.

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience from start to finish. Everything we tasted was delicious.

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SC
Minneapolis
59 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal once again at Massimo's. Service is impeccable and the food varied and delicious. We will definitely return. Not to mention a wonderful extensive wine list with knowledgable guidance offered as well.

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L
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best chef and restaurant in the Palm Harbor/Safety Harbor area.

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s
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made this reservation for 7:30 originally, when I arrived at 7:30 frantic server came over and told me that my reservation had been changed to 8:15 and that I've been called and left a message. That was not true nobody called and left me a message. The worst part about it was I was bringing my father for a special occasion and so he was really upset that they wouldn't let us have a table. I would understand the restaurant was full but there was clearly open tables, so in the end I didn't come back for my reservation that they changed for me at 8:15 and will not be going back.

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g
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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BC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very few authentic Italian restaurants you can find in the Tampa Bay area. I have been dozens of times over many years and it always delivers on all levels!

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S
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Gracious service.

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C
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service with a good selection of high quality wines. The restaurant is attractive and comfortable inside once you get passed the idea it is situated in a shop type building. From the outside it is most off putting with black windows which do nothing to enhance its appearance. Don't be put off the quality and interesting selection of food choices is worth going for.

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P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening and great food. Service was very attentive and friendly.

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MW
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed the meal and the service. Only issue for me was the fact the tip was already calculated add to the bill. Any inclination to leave a large tip was tempered when I say the waiter had taken the liberty of setting his own tip.

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c
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always using high-quality ingredients and perfect preparation / doneness. Seafood risotto and sea bass were great. Nice wine selection. Love the chocolate polenta dessert.

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