Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining

4.9
435 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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L
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to bring our out of town guests to this restaurant which is consistently excellent.

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DM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and ambiance. We could not have chosen a better place to go with friends.

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TW
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden jewel in Tampa Bay. Delectable food, accommodating chef, attentive staff, extensive wine and drink options.

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KB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at Massimo’s. Excellent service and food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun evening

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, our server Jenifer was very helpful and accommodating. The food was cooked to perfect. Will recommend to everyone I know.

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KB
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food is the best in the area and the service cannot be beat. Massimo is a fantastic chef!

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m
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in everyway!!! We like taking our friends there because we KNOW everything will be 100%!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Massimo's based on the high reviews and recommendations from a parents group to celebrate a special family birthday.
We arrived, were warmly welcomed and taken to the private party room which was tastefully decorated and contained an an impressive display of chilled wine bottles.
Our server, Michelle was friendly and very accomodating, offering the evenings specials and making helpful recommendations.
We started with a great bottle of Pinot and Tuna Tiradito and Calamari appetizers. The Tuna Tiradito was absolutely delicious and the Calamari was tender with a tasty dipping sauce. The hot crusty bread and roasted red pepper butter was a great compliment to the appetizers.
We dined on Lobster Ravioli, Eggplant Parm, fresh grilled Grouper, Gemelli and a "melt in your mouth" Filet Mignon. Everyone loved their meals and there wasn't a bit left on anyones plates.
We were also very pleased as Massimo's was able to provide a child's plate of pasta for my 4 year old granddaughter. She loved the pasta and red sauce.
We were pleased with the entire experience and will definitely return.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sons (39) birthday and he chose Massimo’s. To celebrate my wife and I invited our other son, wife and 4 year old to dine with us. Just an excuse to be with family.
Ok...to make a short story long...kidding...
I love veal parmigiana and my other son loves chicken parmigiana and happened to see that bot are only in the lunch menu, so called to see why.
I called the restaurant was told that, because each meal is prepared that day, they like “special” requests to be called in a day in advance.
Okay...new guy...are you serious? I go to XYZ and ZYX and I can always get both !!!
I said thank you, I’ll go to YXZ and get my parmesans...serious ??
A minute later, my Phone rings...gee...Massimo’s is calling. Serious...they could have just said “okay”, but loose 5 adults & a child $$ ?
Miraculously, guess what? The owner, chef can make the parmigiana dish for us.
Cancel the other reservations, because...my son (for his B’Day) requester this restaurant, and my wife told me to give it a try.
Here we are, all sitting at a table, enjoying family and awaiting (a never been there) dinner. Now, here we go..our server promptly introduces him self and dies all the typical “waiter” stuff ((Like XYZ restaurant) and tells us specials and (our Parmigiana) dishes.
We started with bread & butter, because my 4 year old grandchild likes it and wasn’t bashful.
Out comes the most delicious herbal butter (and plain) with warm (apparently) fresh lightly crunchy baked bread...gone in 45 seconds!!!
We were then told that LOBSTER bisque was the soup of the evening!?!? WHAT? Here’s a guy from Boston and...what is the soup?!
Now, the rest of the meal didn’t plateau, or get less delicious, but was a journey of pure pleasure.
Bottom line..this is the BEST Italian restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area, hands down and the gentleman that served us, is the most detail oriented person I have ever had the pleasure of being served!!!
I am ABSOLUTELY sold as was every one in our family!

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S
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and our waiter B.

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NO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
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
7 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 5, 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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2
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 January 31, 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 29, 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
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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
15 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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PD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th Wedding Anniversary and it was the best restaurant in Florida we have eaten in since moving here 7 years ago!!

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DE
Tampa
31 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
18 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 9, 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
30 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome awesome food and great people

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors and friendly service

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JG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 26, 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 21, 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 12, 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
5 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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