Ristorante Massimo

4.8
1781 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1781 people are saying
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BELinMA
New England
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining companion and I arrived at the time of our reservation and were promptly greeted and seated at our table. All aspects of our meal were very good - food, service and ambiance.

I am compelled to mention both the Carbonara style pasta dish and the veal chop. Bellissimo!

The wine list provided a Barbaresco Produttori to accompany the first 2 courses and a fabulous Banfi Brunello to go with the secondi.

Absolutely awesome. Make reservations for the dining room and GO!

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CindyE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the Carbonara. I do ask them to go light on the peas but that is just my preference.

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MichaelH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding!!

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vipShamus
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, personal, homemade with love!

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QualityCounts
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the Seacoast's best for romantic, quality dining. Never disappoints!

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krob
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal service, great romantic atmosphere, and delicious food/drinks. Had overcooked steak, mentioned it to the server, and received an entire replacement that was perfectly prepared, no questions asked. Will definitely visit again!

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Stephen
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our high expectations. Ambience was great, waiter knowledgeable and attentive, and food outstanding. Veal chop was delicious, and dessert one of the best we've had.

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NHDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. The only drawback was a loud group at a table next to us, otherwise it would've been a perfect night out.

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vipnormH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exemplary food and service! Massimo's always succeeds in delivering the perfect night out!

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wmkot
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Massimo's. Food is outstanding, ambiance is elegant.

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vipDeniseM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was to perfection! My husband and I shared appetizers, one special with steel head trout which was outstanding and the absolutely amazing carbonara. For main course we had veal chop (cooked to perfection) and scallops. Best dinner out in a long long time.
Thank you Michael for your incredible service- job well done!

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KenW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful old world charm, atmosphere and service! They don't make em like this anymore. Wife and I love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing simply spectacular food and service!

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CT100
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. All dishes were well prepared and delicious. Handmade pasta. Love the Sicilian Cosmo. Service prompt and unobtrusive. Being able to sit in a restaurant w/o mask unlike MA made me feel like a human again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a good time

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ChristineD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in over a year. Excellent t place for our birthday celebration.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Very attentive staff. Delicious food. Perfect for a special evening.

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JoshuaG
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, would definitely recommend!

JC
JohnC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An enjoyable evening for a birthday celebration at Massimo’s. Service was terrific food was great. Overall wonderful time.

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AlexE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo's is amazing! It's like having a little slice of the North End in Portsmouth. Great food and Massimo is a wonderful host. Highly recommended!!

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Levy
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfume bottle on the tables is really hand sanitizer and I appreciate the esthetic. As well as the overall atmosphere. It’s very intimate and high end feeling while being a gem in the neighborhood. I absolutely love finding new high end places to dine with my husband and this is one we are sure to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here last night for my boyfriends birthday and it was amazing! The service was incredible, the menu had so many options, and the food was mind blowing perfection.

I was truly impressed with the level of service we received and a round of applause to the chefs. Everything seemed carefully thought out and the staff worked together to make sure we were always taken care of.

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vipJLyman
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world elegance; superb cocktails; professional service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointing.

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JessecaS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience! I felt completely safe, the food was delicious... it was a perfect evening for our family.

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OrsolyaG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner in 4 at the restaurant, the food was exquisite, as always, and the service friendly and respectful. Highly recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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Jaybles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've travel around and have eaten at a lot of top quality restaurants over the years. But, I always find myself coming back to Massimo's. Exquisite food quality combined with a great atmosphere.

I highly recommend their Cabanara and Kobe beef meatballs!

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SherrieS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, engaging service. A perfect upscale experience, but as welcome and unstuffy as hanging with friends in Italy! Consistently perfect food!

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markk
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and food was good. Great service!

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vipJacksonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all around perfect.

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet unique atmosphere, with outstanding food and service.

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VTfoodie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant, in my opinion, serves up some of the best Italian food I've ever had. The meatball appetizer is a must. The carbonara pasta dish is always ordered by someone at our table and shared by all. The "Sunday Sauce" is the definition of authentic Italian cuisine. Always order desert, even if you are full, take it home for later...so beautiful and delicious.

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vipShamus
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to date night place!♥️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled across this hidden treasure. If you are looking for an elegant evening for two, or a couples night you will not be disappointed! They truly do pay attention to every detail.

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ArthurD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo is a wonderful place for a memorable dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! From the food to the service it was spectacular. Might just be our new favorite restaurant! Excellent

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vipScottP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in northern New England

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Kimayla
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The service was not as good as it usually is, as well as the food, it was a bit disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service are always top notch! If you don’t order the tiramisu with homemade buttercream cotton candy, you’ve done it wrong.

FAQs

Ristorante Massimo is rated 4.8 stars by 1781 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.