Ristorante Massimo

4.9
1927 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar or Outside Dining options at 603.436.4000. Thank you.
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**

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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LindaB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Based on the reviews, I wanted to love this place. However, it felt old and musty, and my $29 bowl of their signature pasta carbonara was good but not great. Have had better at half the price. Service was very friendly.

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Marjam
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Pamela was an excellent server. Highly recommended.

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vipUnforgettable
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an incredible experience. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant we were greeted with wonderful aromas and excellent service. Cameron actually remembered the wine we ordered in July and Pam was as attentive and engaging a server as we’ve ever met. We started with a lovely mista salad and shared both the gnocchi and pasta carbonara which were exceptional. We shared the chicken Milanese which was tasty but not in the same league as the pasta. Somehow we had room to share a cannoli which was a wise decision.

We highly recommend this restaurant and visit every time we’re in NH.

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BrianG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit and loved it as much as the first time. Service is extraordinary for the area.

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JimM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot fault the service or the food. We started with three small-bites plates. All the were delicious and we probably could have dinner with two more. I had the Carbonara and it was one of the best I had ever had. The addition of a little cream made it not totally authentic but it did make totally scrumptious. My spouse had the Gnocchi which was promptly devoured. We dined in the main restaurant and the room was beautiful. We will go back.

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vipScottP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great service - Massimos never misses

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vipLilbill
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent service.

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Piskadlo
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for any spscial occasion. Adults of all ages always plan their next possible chance to return.

Our server, Christina, was outstanding, and always feel so special when Massimo visits your table. Our alcove table #13, still very romantic!

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DAWNO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular meal and atmosphere as always! Our go-to special occasion dinner spot.

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Deedums
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely an amazing experience would highly reccomend

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and beautifully served; fig and ricotta salad glorious, tenderloin with half lobster tail perfect, waiter knowledgeable, friendly. Plan to go again

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant, especially for special occasions. The menu changes regularly, and never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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DaveA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good.
Secluded.
Great for special occasions.
Service is impeccable.

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo is now at the top of our list for fine dining in Portsmouth. Every aspect of our experience was superb.

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April
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so flavorful and Julia, our server, was friendly, personable, helpful with her great suggestions and so efficient. It was a wonderful experience and we even got a small cannoli treat to help us celebrate our anniversary.

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BerkGirl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to! Staff is very friendly. Food is outstanding. Feels like a special place when inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pamela did an amazing job. Her and the rest of the staff were very attentive, especially great with the kids. Wonderful suggestions for food, although everything on the menu looked amazing. Great communication on when things would be coming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner for my best friend was a hit. We loved the Sea Bass and Carbonara. The croquettes with the caviar was the favorite and they girls ordered another order with our entrees!

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Beans
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, especially the carbonara.. our server was outstanding! Very attentive and personable! We look forward to returning

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This wonderful little old school secret is just that. Great ambiance and excellent service from everyone. Going down the stairs I felt I was entering one of those places the Sopranos would visit. Honestly just one of the most memorable restaurants I’ve been too.

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Stevegoddy
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelled service, well trained and professional. Quality food and great wine

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks at massimo always treat my wife and I like Royalty 👍 Highly recommended for special occasions especially. They really go above and beyond for you. Hats off to this place. Its a tradition for us! The food is spectacular and the drinks are amazing as well. One of the best restaurants in Portsmouth no doubt 👌 💯

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MattT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was our anniversary and they were fantastic. Service and the food and atmosphere - all of it - just great! They even said hello and happy anniversary - love Massimo's!

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RichardK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive and food was outstanding

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RTex
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had such and incredible experience here. The waitstaff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The chef was also very accommodating to my wife being a vegetarian. They made her, her own custom meal. The food was out of this world. We will definitely be coming back to celebrate our anniversary again here.

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KenF
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd visit and it was just as excellent as the 1st ! Garen was our waiter and he was great. He was very pleasant, humorous, knowledgeable, and made up feel very welcome. We look forward to our next visit hopefully soon!

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vipNicholeR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimos has the most delicious real Italian food. It compares with the best of the north end in Boston. The bolognese is out of this world - even gluten-free!! Service is impeccable and Massimo frequently visits his customers while dining to make sure all is perfect. Massimo runs a first class establishment!

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vipnicholast
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gem of Portsmouth if you want something besides seafood. Small bites, pasta, veal, all 5 star.

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Bernie1298
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were incredibly helpful, we followed his recommendations to the T and everything was fantastic. Beautiful space with comfortable seating. If you need to find a restaurant with good food, great staff, and the best ambiance around, especially for a special occasion, Massimos is the place to go. We received a (free) cannoli at the end because it was our anniversary. I couldn’t recommend this place more.

Prepare for a slightly longer dining experience. We were there for just a little over 2 hours, we had no issue with this, but it is good to expect that you will be there for at least an hour and a half. But like I said, it’s worth it.

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MaggieD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always book a table for our anniversary and we have never been disappointed! The staff always makes us feel special and the food is always delicious! Our server Cam made sure the night was one to be remembered!!

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LindsayG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Highly recommend the small plates for an appetizer. Cheeses were delicious.

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MichelleC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t even express how wonderful our experience was at Massimo!! The food… exquisite… the service unbeatable. Every employee seemed to love their job… they all worked together.. good conversation and smiles. A lovely place that we will come back to Portsmouth for. Thank l you Massimo.

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VirginiaM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do it! A delay delightful and delicious experience

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vipRobertQ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Thanks Massimo!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience here

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Scott
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. It’s not just a meal it’s an experience.

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BillM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wedding Anniversary. Food was outstanding. Service was very good and ambiance reminded us of one of our all time favorite restaurants in DC Filomena’s whic we did not expect to see. Only issue was no parking in a very congested section of Portsmouth, NH.

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vipsteve
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner at Massimo’s. We ate downstairs and it was crowded. But the noise level was not a problem
The waitstaff were terrific and they did well to get us out before our theatre reservation
The food was great and the desserts were even better. The cotton candy that came with the dessert was a nice touch

Massimo’s is one of our regular restaurants to go to in Portsmouth and this last visit was excellent.

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MarySpidaliere
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service in a romantic setting

FAQs

Ristorante Massimo is rated 4.9 stars by 1927 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.