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.
Very good food, atmosphere and service. A true gem
Ate at the bar and it was perfect until three loud women arrived.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!
Cannot recommend enough! Great food and super server!
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.
Terrific all the way across the spectrum. The meatball app was terrific as well as the scallop dinner. Will be back.
Massimo's is always a great place to enjoy a fabulous meal, great service, fantastic food and Massimo himself is always a gracious host
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!
Love this authentic Italian restaurant! Always great food and service. Varied menu with many choices. Love the atmosphere and the environment.
Very friendly staff. The food was delicious. Osso bucco very tasty.
Very special birthday meal.
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.
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!!!
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!
Outstanding flavors, service, ambiance and more, every time we dine here.
Massimos never disappoints! Outstanding food and service. If visiting Portsmouth, a must have on your list.
Service was excellent, and our waiter made great recommendations. Loved our meal
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
It is always a great experience at Massimos. Great food and great service.
Terrific meal and service. The food and wine choices were perfect.
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!!
Good food, great service, a little on the expensive side. Both the server & assistants were very attentive to our needs.
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.
Great experience highly recommend
Such great food, service and ambiance. Perfect place to celebrate our 13th wedding Anniversary
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.
Excellent as always, thank you! Looking forward to next time.
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
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.
As always the food and the service were excellent. The rainbow trout was especially delicious.
We return every year for a delicious meal, great service and peaceful atmosphere. NEERO Conference!
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!
Best Italian restaurant I’ve been to in New England. I can’t recommend it enough.
Great food & service. I would highly recommend.
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.
Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.
We have been going to Massimos for several years for special occasions . We certainly intend to go regularly from now on.