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  3. Distance: 2.95mi
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About Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining

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.

31876 US Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary European, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Tampa & Curlew Rds.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 784-1881

Website:
http://www.massimosrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Music available on certain holidays/private functions.

Executive Chef:
Massimo Patano

Private Party Facilities:
Private room available for meetings/banquets up 32 people.

Main dining room available for larger parties, up to 60 people.

Customized menu and on-premise audio/visual equipment rental available.

Private Party Contact:
Massimo: (727) 784-1881

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (16)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Special Occasion (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Cozy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
People Watching (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

I will preface this review that our standards have been skewed after living and eating in New Orleans. However, this is one of the better restaurants in the local Clearwater/Palm Harbor area. The appetizers were very good (riced flower calamari) and excellent (maple leaf duck and brie). If you stick to the regular menu, the prices are VERY reasonable for what you're getting. On the other hand, we heard that the specials are where you get the best of what the Chef has to offer at the moment. The only drawback is that the specials jumped from $20-30 for main entree up to $40-50. One of us had the veal chop which was very good ($47 I believe?) and the other had the lamb rack (regular menu), which was very good as well. The rest of the specials all sounded awesome and we would have been happy with almost anything on the regular menu. The server was very attentive but not to the point of annoyance- which was appreciated. One other thing to note is that although we weren't in a rush nor did we ever feel that from the staff, we were in and out of there within an hour- that's appetizer, drink, main course, and dessert. Granted, it wasn't terribly busy. With all the strip-mall, commercialized, run-of-the-mill food spots up and down Hwy 19, it's refreshing to have some real quality dining nestled in.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This small restaurant serves the best food with a touch of class and very personal service. It is always nice when the Chef comes out of the kitchen and asks you if everything was prepared to your liking.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What a great dinner! Here with friends from out of town and this was our first time at Massimo’s. I would rate this as one of the top restaurants around. Michelle was our server and she treated us like royalty! Will definitely be back again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food had very little flavor, I would have rated the food as mediocre at best for the price.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The steak au poivre was delicious, and so was the veal chop. Both were specials for that evening.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I were looking for a romantic dinner for our 33rd anniversary we made a reservation and were put at a table very close to another table. Our reservation was for 6:30 and there were only three other tables filled. When I asked if we could be put at a different table because I didn't want to sit that close to another couple I was told by the owner (female) that all the tables would be filled and that's where we had to sit. At that point we should've left but we thought we would stay and see how the food was. As the night went on several couples came in and got to sit at tables for four. I was annoyed by this most of the night and it really did ruin my dinner. There'll several tables open during the time we were there. I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend. I felt I was treated like a second-class citizen.
Although I have to say that Jennifer who waited on us gave us excellent service. But because of the table situation I will be returning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place for a quiet dinner we will be back very soon

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Dining at Massimo’s is always a pleasure. The staff remembers our preferences and treats us like royalty. The Chef also caters to us and his food preparations are magnifico.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Chef Massimo is fantastic! We are never diss appointed! We will always go back!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We had another outstanding meal with perfect service from Bertrand.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food was great - atmosphere was really nice. Wine prices by the glass a little too high.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 6, 2017

First time. Lovely room. Extensive wine list. Much appreciated professional wait staff.
My warm duck salad was quite good; my wife’s Caesar salad was indifferent. My Osso Bucco was very nice again. My wife’s seafood special was nice, but not special. Risottos with both dinners were a cut above.

Call it what you want, but at this price point I would like to be documenting “exceptional” and “toe curling”. There wasn’t any of that this time. Would we go back -yes.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Have come here for years and is always excellent experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food prepared by the owner. Best Italian restaurant in Pinellas County.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 24, 2017

A neighbor gem. Excellent service; great wine selection and menu for all test buds.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We enjoyed our evening very much, food was delicious, service was outstanding.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Outstanding as always. The only slightly negative comment was that the rack of lamb was not cut perfectly, but the flavor was there. The penne vodka was amazing and the veal scaloppini was awesome.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Our first time dining at Massimos and it won't be our last. The Duck L'Orange was excellent. Very meaty and moist.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We have eaten at Massimos many times and the restaurant never disappoints. This meal was excellent and the service top notch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our first visit could not have been better. Our service was excellent. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive . The food was outstanding. The Chilean Sea Bass melts in your mouth, the salad was delicious. My dining partner had the Salmon and was a bit skeptical about the curry sauce, so he requested it on the side. Later he said he really enjoyed it as the curry was very subtle, not strong at all. Dessert was so tasty. It was so nice that the owner and chef Mossimo came to our table, introduced himself and was very gracious. We are looking to make this one of our favorites and frequent places to celebrate good food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

It never disappoints. Always a great meal and great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was excellent and the chef cane out to check on us to make sure everything was good. Service was very attentive. Overall great experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Excelente comida!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Massimo's was delicious. The menu was intriguing and there were also a variety of specials available. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We enjoyed Massimo very much. Nice white table cloth place. It was a little on the pricey side especially the wine list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Awesome. Exceptional service, amazing food and a wine list that is the best I've seen outside of Napa.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Awesome food and wine list. The risotto was amazing

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Lovely evening. we hadn't been there in about a year. Food and service were excellent. Only downfall, and NOT the restaurants fault, was when 2 couples were seated next to us and one of the women proceeded to very loudly talk about something not appropriate at a dinner setting. It was actually quite gross.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Was in the area for a concert at the Ruth Eckard Hall. Stopped here for lunch before the show. Service very good. Waitress, Michelle, was top notch. She was very attentive. Food plentiful for the price. Had leftovers to bring back to hotel. Would dine here again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Always reliable, always OUTSTANDING food and amazing wine (hint: ask Massimo).

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Everything was superb! The food was melt in your mouth, the service was excellent, and the setting was perfect!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 13, 2017

First time visit for Mother's Day. Everything was absolutely delicious from appetizers to dessert!! Nice selection of wines...Definitely will return!! Service EXCELLENT!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food is excellent; service is excellent. Staff is attentive. Wine list is good including wine by the glass.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Celebrates Mothers Day early! Fabulous restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The food was excellent and our server, Michelle, was fantastic!! This restaurant is a "hidden gem" in Palm Harbor. I highly recommend you visit this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Two couples ordered the veal in a cream sauce and two, the lobster ravioli. They were excellent choices and we recommend the restaurant for an interesting and diverse menu. The wine list is daunting in size and price and, I think, pretentious. If you are conscious of costs, the Chilean wines were very good and reasonable. The waiter hovered too much and we felt pressured by his somewhat overbearing approach. Overall, we would return because the food was good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We've been dining at Massimo's for years & have , every time, been pleased. The service & the food fantastic . From the lemon sole to the risotto.. excellent.

If ones a bourbon lover Massimo's is one of the few restaurants with a selection of Pappy's !

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 11, 2017

I thought I had been to every type of Italian restaurant but... Massimo's is fantastic, with a very creative menu (never thought I'd say that about Italian), authentically and expertly prepared. We had the opportunity to meet/speak with Massimo who is also the chef; yes, he's the real deal and takes extraordinary pride in what he serves, which shows. The food is first-class, and has combinations you would not expect. Everyone was VERY pleased with their meal. In addition, the two wine experts at our table (and they truly are experts!) said this may be the best wine list they've ever seen -- anywhere -- and they've have both been to the best restaurants on several continents. Want Screaming Eagle? He's got it, along with a lot more. Hint: Speak to Massimo before you order your wine and let him direct you to bottles you may like. He suggested a bottle to us after we had already had one and it was better, and less expensive. Overall: A world class meal. We'll be back, and often. P.S. Yes, it's in a strip mall...do NOT let that deter you.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Always and excellent meal and never disappoints. We will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Very good food

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