Ristorante Massimo

4.8
1242 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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**
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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.
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Phone number
(603) 436-4000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jethro Loichle
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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.
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Private party contact
Massimo Morgia: (603) 436-4000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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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.
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Entertainment
Our staff!
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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WZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, atmosphere and service. A true gem

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the bar and it was perfect until three loud women arrived.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic experience. We had drinks at the bar while waiting for our table - very interesting specialty cocktails - I'd recommend trying the "Smoked" Porthatthan.

Meal was great - excellent wine list. Finished with desert and cappuccino - both sublime. We will be back!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Service was amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, genuine. Drinks were perfect, cocktails were not watered down, they were delicious, wine is amazing, the wine selection is huge. The food was out of this world! We loved everything about it. The flavors mixed wonderfully and my wife who can be quite picky ate foods she normally avoids because they were mixed with such complimentary flavors and beautifully done. This was only our second time but it was somehow even better than the first. Even though this is clearly an upscale restaurant you can wear shorts and a polo downstairs and feel completely comfortable.

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L
New England
59 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had a gift card for Ristorante Massimo and were excited to try it as we had heard great things. It is a gorgeous place and the menu is fantastic, service impeccable. It would have been a perfect evening except for the food: Osso Bucco was overcooked and dry, luckily the gravy made it edible and it was still very tasty. The lobster risotto (special) was extremely bland - it lacked garlic, salt, wine, etc. We will come back and try again as we've read and heard so many positives. We're hoping they just had a bad night in the kitchen.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Massimo is a gem! The food is delicious and service is excellent. A little pricey for some folks, but if you are looking for a great Italian restaurant then this is your spot! My bf and I went twice in one week and tried different menu selections...everything was cooked perfectly and delicious!!! Highly recommend!

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we celebrated a special occasion with Massimo and his wonderful staff!! Our meals were awesome from appetizers to dessert! The wine was a perfect compliment to our dinners. We will be back for the next occasion!!

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CG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot recommend enough! Great food and super server!

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The standout restaurant in a city known for its restaurants. Excellent, creative Italian cuisine prepared and served in a quiet, comfortable, white tablecloth setting. Very good wine list, featuring wines from all over Italy and other area, as well. Over the past 6 months, this has become our go-to restaurant for fine dining. From the food to the ambience, to the friendly owner, to the courteous wait staff, it's all here waiting for you at Ristorante Massimo. Highly recommended. Allan & Marty J.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific all the way across the spectrum. The meatball app was terrific as well as the scallop dinner. Will be back.

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p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo's is always a great place to enjoy a fabulous meal, great service, fantastic food and Massimo himself is always a gracious host

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Ristorante Massimo doesn’t disappoint. We are local to Portsmouth, and this is our “go-to” restaurant for a special night out. It’s not just a meal, it’s an experience. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and attentive, but not an overwhelming presence. The food......AMAZING. I have never had a meal that wasn’t incredible. Even food items that I wouldn’t think pair well, taste remarkable together. The ambiance is generally quiet; even on a Saturday night it wasn’t loud. All in all, this is a restaurant experience you don’t want to miss!

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P
New England
52 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this authentic Italian restaurant! Always great food and service. Varied menu with many choices. Love the atmosphere and the environment.

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S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. The food was delicious. Osso bucco very tasty.
Very special birthday meal.

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LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Massimo's, maybe our best ever. Every bite of food was delicious, every plate held an unexpected treat. There are many good restaurants in the area, but Massimo's always gets it right. Exquisite and delicious food, exceptional service, and a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for any special occasion. We are so grateful to have a restaurant of this quality nearby -- one that doesn't just rest on its laurels and never disappoints. Thank you, Massimo. We hope to be back soon.

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KL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Excellent meal. Wonderful wait staff. The owner welcomed us warmly and wished us a happy anniversary as we left. I would definitely go back!!!
Great meal!!!

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RF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 39th anniversary. Massimo was the perfect Italian restaurant. Decorated like Italy with stone wall. Excellent wine choices. Not your every day spaghetti and meatballs so if that’s what you want you won’t find it here. Food choices eclectic but delicious. Awesome desserts!

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TM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding flavors, service, ambiance and more, every time we dine here.

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LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimos never disappoints! Outstanding food and service. If visiting Portsmouth, a must have on your list.

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RC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, and our waiter made great recommendations. Loved our meal

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LD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. A complete find in Portsmouth. I often meet clients or Boston friends in Portsmouth for dinner, and had never known about Massimo. I live in Portland with no shortage of stellar restaurants. But there was something really special about this place. The brick and stone interior is old school lovely, the staff are superb. For some reason, I didn't expect the food to be top notch. I am REALLY picky about Italian food, given it's my heritage, and I am nearly always disappointed with something at Italian restaurants. Not so with Massimo. The best carbonara I have ever had is being served here. Truly delightful. I can't wait to return

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a great experience at Massimos. Great food and great service.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal and service. The food and wine choices were perfect.

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DM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Massimo's. It was perfect from start to finish! Service was impeccable! Steve was outstanding. The food was the best we've had anywhere in a long time!! Highly recommended!!

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BK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service, a little on the expensive side. Both the server & assistants were very attentive to our needs.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The experience was a pleasure from the hostess's greeting to paying the bill. The servers were attentive and welcoming. The food was spectacular. The room was intimate. Can't say enough.

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t
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience highly recommend

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AN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food, service and ambiance. Perfect place to celebrate our 13th wedding Anniversary

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GS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything at Massimo's is top notch. Food, service, ambiance. We go back for special occasions and are never disappointed. Do yourself a favor and dine at Massimo's.

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JD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, thank you! Looking forward to next time.

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CF
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal best from here to Boston and back!! Absolutely delicious. Have the short rib/pasta and lamb appetizer both were out of this world!!!!! Yummmmy

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I was very impressed with the waiter and service he provided. The dinners were good but a bit over priced for the overall taste.
I seating was a bit dated and not comfortable for a 2 1/2 hour dinner.
My lobster broth stuffing was not to expectation. More like a bread loaf.

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p
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and the service were excellent. The rainbow trout was especially delicious.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return every year for a delicious meal, great service and peaceful atmosphere. NEERO Conference!

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Z
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a special date night/babymoon/birthday dinner. I cannot believe we had never been before but will definitely be back. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was incredibly attentive. We ordered too much food, definitely could just do a cheese plate and apps next time! We would recommend to anyone in the area and anyone visiting for authentic italian cusine!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant I’ve been to in New England. I can’t recommend it enough.

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FG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food & service. I would highly recommend.

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MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Massimo is ultimate host. Found unusual wine from great list and it was as good as promised by server. Had a WOW moment with appetizer flavor - flavor flooded senses. Main course fantastic.

Surprised by complimentary dessert for my birthday. My favorite restaurant for anytime.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Massimos for several years for special occasions . We certainly intend to go regularly from now on.

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