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About Ristorante Massimo

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**

59 Penhallow Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 436-4000

Website:
http://www.ristorantemassimo.com/

Entertainment:
Our staff!

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.

Executive Chef:
Jethro Loichle

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.

Private Party Contact:
Massimo Morgia: (603) 436-4000

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Ristorante Massimo Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.7

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4.8

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4.5

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99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
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Notable Wine List (30)
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Worth the Drive (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Business Meals (16)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fun (5)
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Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Clearly one of the best Italian restaurants in New England. Menu was classic and modern at the same time. Small plates are not to be missed. Service was outstanding. Servers were extremely knowledgeable about wine pairings and menu item preparation. A real restaurant gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Authentic Italian. Fresh seafood options. Great small plate choices. Excellent in house Burratta. Delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Absolutely perfect for our anniversary! Beautiful setting, quiet rooms, amazing waitstaff, and INCREDIBLE food!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We had a gift card to this restaurant, and it was outstanding. The food, the service, the ambiance were wonderful. We split two appetizers, the gnocchi with lobster and the meatballs. Both were delicious. My husband had the veal chop and I had the scallops which was very fresh and flavorful. We each had dessert and loved them! Great cocktails and a fantastic waitstaff in tuxedo dress. We will definitely go back for another special occasion like an anniversary or birthday!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Massimo's has always been one of our favorite places in Portsmouth. If you've never been, you need to put it on your to-do list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Amazing place with an amazing owner and waitstaff. Can't wait to go there again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner at our favorite "special occasion " restaurant. The atmosphere is romantic and cozy, with soft music leaning toward Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald in the background. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food is exquisite, with depth of flavor that is not often found at this price. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The wife and I went for our anniversary and for the most part enjoyed a delicious meal. While I enjoyed my meal I did find it a bit salty but the wife enjoyed hers throughout. The wine menu was exceptional. Our service led by our server Sam, was outstanding and contributed to our having a great evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Delicious meal and tremendous service in a very sweet location.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Too much BACON. Both my appetizer and entree were overwhelmed by bacon. I had an asparagus appetizer with a six minutes egg - sounded interesting, but all I could taste was bacon. My scallops entree with brussel sprouts was again overwhelmed with bacon and bacon fat. Really didn't enjoy the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Have never been to Portsmouth before and picked Massimo after reading OT reviews to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. It definitely lived up to our expectations. They had an upstairs bar with an exceptional staff and great cocktail menu (cucumber martini & rum punch). As requested, they sat us in a cozy corner table and the ambiance was exceptional. Our waiter was very attentive and accommodated our request to slow down the arrival of our food in between courses. They had a great wine list and we were even visited by the owner Massimo who seemed to take pleasure in visiting all the guests which gave it a warm and friendly vibe. All the food was great but I'd have to say the meatballs were our favorite. We would go back and would recommend Massimo to our friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great ambiance, service, food and drink. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that this formerly was Anthony Alberto's!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Had some dank tortelinni. The Gorgonzola app was also fire. 10/10

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Ristorante Massimo is our go-to restaurant when we want the very best in food, service, and atmosphere. We were greeted at the door by the owner and shown to our table. Luna, our server, was attentive and very knowledgeable about the wine choices and meals. My wife had the scallops and I had the veal. Both were prepared and presented magnificently. Oh, we also had the signature meatballs as a starter. Incredible! As I've said before, don't waste the trip to the North End for unforgettable Italian food. Just journey to Portsmouth and Ristorante Massimo. You'll be in for a treat!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 17, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! A lovely restaurant with a creative menu. The owner and staff are very accommodating. You will enjoy your visit!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

A really nice place to dine if you enjoy authentic Italian!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Knocked our socks off! The food was unbelievable--I'd recommend the "small bites" to start the meal. The gnocchi with lobster was so good, I nearly wept over my plate. The service was attentive without being intrusive; wine list spectacular. I can't wait till our next visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Seth was a great waiter! The ambiance was very romantic and he brought out a dessert for my boyfriends birthday! All the food was incredible and we loved the wine we chose and the cucumber martinis!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 10, 2017

When we arrived the free valet is a great touch in busy downtown Portsmouth. The hostess spoke to us immediately and got our table ready when we arrived half hour before our reservation time. The wine list was impeccable and the food was amazing. We couldn't finish all our food and found the prices very reasonable. I would recommend and will be going back for future occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Dlsappointing. We have been here several times and always had great meals. The salad was overdressed and had to be sent back. The duck was just shy of being overdone and was salty. Service remains excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Top notch service and food comes with a price. In my mind, it is well worth it when the experience is so good. Go for it, you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants and they never fail to deliver great service and amazing food. If you happen to visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire you should visit this gem of an Italian restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was excellent. For the quality and amount of food the value was good.The lighting downstairs was a little too dark but other than that it was an enjoyable evening. I would recommend this to any friends heading to Portsmouth!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

From the surroundings to the food every thing was amazing.
There was a great wine list, and the menu was different then your normal run of the mill Italian. I also loved the fact the owner was there, greeting guests. Will definitely return !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I highly recommend Massimo's for their excellent food, wine, formal ambience,friendly and attentive service. Our family dined here after UNH Commencement.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This is a gem. Authentic, delicious, and creative Italian fare. Wonderful atmosphere, with terrific service. We had a table of 8 celebrating my son's college graduation, warmly greeted at the door by Massimo, and he set the tone for the evening. He is charming, as is his restaurant. We all had different meals, and each one was terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Always one of our favorite restaurants!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My second visit, but the first was better. During both visits they were out of food options by 6:30. I don't get that. Service was exceptionally slow Mother's Day weekend. Veal chop is the best item on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great restaurant, ambience

the server seemed to rush us through

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Food could not have been better. Nice and quiet. Staff was wonderful. Perfect night out

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Food was excellent!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my wife. We had several courses of delicious food fit for a foodie.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

After hearing its praises for many years, we went to Massimo for our first time on April 29, 2017. One is first taken by the quiet, intimate dining room which is warm, inviting and full of character. This setting creates a great backdrop for any occasion and remained quiet despite a full room of diners. Our first impressions inferred that we should be prepared for greater things to come and we were not disappointed. The wait staff was well versed on the menu offerings and specials, was attentive and accommodating to special requests and further insured that our dining experience was paced to our liking. It was my wife's birthday and additional arrangements were made to enhance the celebration. The staff of Massimo made sure these items were executed beyond my expectations. The menu offerings were inventive to say the least. I have dined in countless Italian restaurants my entire life; however, the menu at Massimo was full of dishes which we had never experienced before. As such, we over-ordered in an attempt to sample as much as we could. Presentation was exceptional and the dishes were complex and full of flavor. Everything we tasted was a sheer delight. The evening was capped off with some inventive deserts, coffee and lemoncello that's was to die for. Thank you all for the wonderful evening. Upon leaving, our only regret is that we hadn’t visited Massimo sooner!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great place. Highly recommended

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

We loved our dinner the other night. Been here before. This time we had three spectacular Kobe beef meatballs to start. Lots of food, wine and an amazing dessert.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great place for a personal or business dinner. Outstanding variety of food choices. My wife has celiacs and they were very helpful... she had many choices. Also a nice wine list... will go back again when I am on the area.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great food and top notch staff. Staff were attentive, but not intrusive.
Would recommend as an ideal spot for special occasions.

Food was delicious and sizes were just right.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2017

I made it clear when I made the reservation that it was a celebration dinner for my wife's birthday but no extra effort was put into making this evening special for us. The service we received from the waiter was far less than I expect from this restaurant, especially in light of the fact that we were celebrating a birthday. The food was very good and the table was very quaint but I was very disappointed overall in the service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Charming and great food. Service a bit slow

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

We visited Massimo's for our sons 21st birthday. The staff was super friendly and could not do enough to make our experience pleasurable. The food was great as well as the cocktails. Of the six of us in our party, five chose the Tagliatelle Pasta Carbonara, Prosciutto, Peas, Black Truffles, Egg Yolk; it is our favorite dish at Massimo's. Most of us ordered the entree portion as we had it for lunch the following day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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