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For 2
Sun, 2/18
10:30 PM
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Booked 6 times today

Ristorante Massimo

1162 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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Our staff!
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 1162 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined a day ago

All in all it was a great dinner

vipOBone (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Our first time dining at Massimo and we were impressed.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Had an awesome experience at Massimo. Alexandra was a great waitress and Massimo wished us a good night on the way. Great dinner!

JohnnyT (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Simply, it's one of the top restaurants in Portsmouth.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have always had a fantastic time here! It’s more of an experience than just a meal. The service is impeccable, and the food is phenomenal. The wine list is comprehensive, the staff is experienced with wine pairing, and have always made great suggestions. The ambiance is perfect for a special occasion. This has quickly become our favorite restaurant!

5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Met a couple of college friends for dinner. We sat in the bar during our short wait for a table and it had a great atmosphere. We were sat in the lower level dining room which was very comfortable and had great ambiance. The food was fantastic (I had the fillet) and staff, including multiple visitors from the owner, were attentive and friendly. A really great experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful find in Portsmouth. We were just hunting through Open Table for a place to stop on our way back from a ski trip and happened on Ristorante Massimo. Everything was just perfect - the staff was excellent, the food superb and the wine list very good with alot of depth.

Will definitely put this restaurant on our list of places to re-visit. Wish that we lived closer.

5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Being relatively new to the area, this restaurant reminded me of a true "dining" experience. Lots of good food around here, but not fine dining. The entire evening was a pleasure: ambience, impeccable service, and absolutely delicious food prepared beautifully. It was a completely!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Everything was exceptional! We started with a selection of three Italian cheese pairings, with a couple of wonderful cocktails, followed up with the special if the day in an appetizer size, the chunks of lobster were decadent, soft, and perfectly cooked, with a perfectly balanced sauce that had just the right amount of heat in it. I'm not even sure how to describe the humbly named veal chop I enjoyed, it was massive, perfectly cooked, soft as butter and delicious. Dinner was followed by the decadent tiramisu cheesecake, which was also done perfectly. The waitress was attentive and very knowledgeable about the entire menu, from the cheese plates to wine pairings and even digestifs.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

A truly amazing experience. The staff was amazing. The food was superb. Will definitely go back again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

2nd time eating here. Consistently excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

1year Anniversary dinner with my beautiful bride. Couldn’t have asked for a more romantic setting and fine Italian meal. This was a first time experience and well worth it. My only regret with this review is we couldn’t give a 10 to our waitress, Candace. Food is amazing (try the veal chop or tenderloin) drinks are good pour ( had a gin and tonic that was more like a martini) it was awesome. The host was courteous and professional just as everyone else we interacted with at the establishment.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We loved our experience, only compliant was our appetizer took over 45 mins to come out and then our meals came out immediately after, not sure if server forgot to put in our apps. And nobody came over to explain.

Louis (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Highly professional staff and lovely setting. The food preparation exudes professional quality and the menu selections are examples of superb culinary design without the trendy excesses so often seen.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

From the moment we opened the front door, we knew we were in a magical place. Massimo himself greeted us and from that moment on we were treated like dear friends. Our server was fantastic and the meal was even better. We enjoyed every bite, every sip, every nuance of the restaurant from the decor to the dessert: magnifico! A treasure!