Excellent service and ambiance and the new menu was incredible. Candace was amazing as always!
Very good meal, even though not that biliary it was a bit loud
As soon as we walked through the door, Ristorante Massimo quickly became a favorite. The setting was cozy and intimate. The hostess took our coats and we were seated at a private table under a brick archway. Although the bench could have had a bit more padding, it was perfect to me. The paintings were real and not prints. Our server, Olive, was very attentive along with a very pleasant gentleman. The food far exceeded expectations. We ordered a 3 selection cheese board (excellent) Kobe meatballs, and octopus appetizer. I don’t eat octopus, but my other half said it was delicious. Kobe meatballs with the ricotta were amazing. My entree, the Carbonara, threw me off a bit when it arrived as it had a raw egg yolk in the middle. I stirred well, as instructed by another pleasant server, and it turned out to be the creamiest and most delicious carbonara I have ever had. My other half got the veal, and he says it was perfection. Both desserts were beautifully plated. Mine tasted of a Black Forest cake in its most elegant form. I didn’t even get a taste of the pear dessert as it was eaten too quickly. The drinks were also top notch. Mr. Massimo checked in to see if there was anything he could do. We assured him it was fantastic, not knowing who he was. We will definitely be returning.
Very nice date-night dinner, with friends.
Celebrated my husband’s birthday! Evening could not have been more perfect! Every aspect was 5 star. I have dined here a number of times before and am always delighted when dining at Massimo’s.
All in all it was a great dinner
Our first time dining at Massimo and we were impressed.
Had an awesome experience at Massimo. Alexandra was a great waitress and Massimo wished us a good night on the way. Great dinner!
This was our first time here. We were a party of four. Our food was outstanding, carbonara, beet salad, scallops, beef sirloin, artic char, veal chop was enjoyed. Our server was friendly and had very good knowledge of the menu and wine list. We can’t wait to return!
Simply, it's one of the top restaurants in Portsmouth.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Thank you for another excellent meal! We love your restaurant!
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.
A truly amazing experience. The staff was amazing. The food was superb. Will definitely go back again.
2nd time eating here. Consistently excellent.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food was good. Service was great and the staff were personable and well trained. Enjoyable dining experience.
Good Food, fantastic service! Quiet atmosphere, low light, very comfortable place to be in.
Service was impeccable. I had the Turkey Special, but it was dry. Other plates were fantastic according to my wife and friends.
Overall, great place for that over 30 crowd.
Not much to complain about. Service was outstanding, cocktails imaginative and tasty, most food incredible. When the dessert we ordered wasn't quite what we expected the waiter, despite my protest took it off the bill and then without saying anything brought us something else to replace it. Beyond the call of duty. We will dine there again when in the area.
We went to Massimos for our wedding anniversary which also happens to be New Years Eve. This is our third year in a row celebrating with Massimos and we plan to return each year after. Thank you for a lovely celebration!
Excellent service , Excellent food, Excellent atmosphere. We were welcomed from the minute we arrived and said goodbye to when we left. We were not rushed and were able to relax. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
The best recommendation I can give is I would go back again and again and again
Food was average, service was friendly but too slow. It took way too long for drink and food delivery.
Excellent overall experience. The staff were professional and friendly. The food was great but just a smidgeon luke warm.
Really enjoyed the evening. The waitress was very friendly and excellent at her job and the host helped us with recommendations for eating options for the next day in Newburyport, MA. The ambiance was really superb. The food was delicious, we got the smaller portions and wished we would have order the larger one.
Our seafood dishes (arctic char and monkfish)were fabulous and enough food for us. A hearty eater should probably order appetizers as the portions were quite small. We loved our alcove table for two, quiet and good people watching
Feels very cozy yet elegant
Love the albino peacock in foyer
This was our second visit to Massimo’s since we moved to Portsmouth in September. We had planned a pre Christmas dinner celebration with some of our friends. Upon our arrival Massimo immediately remembered us from our anniversary dinner in September. We were made to feel very welcome and special. Our party of 6 were ushered to the table without waiting. Dustin our server was fabulous! He assisted us with menu choices and wine selections. Superb! Homemade pasta amazing! We love this restaurant and plan to continue to recommend to all our friends.
Very nice. We had a quiet corner. Loved it. To often restaurants or just a barrel of noise. Service was great. Food was also. Will definitely be going back
Again we rate Ristorante Massimo a solid 5! Everything about this restaurant is first class. The staff is unbeatable. From the moment you enter until the last bite the staff is there to answer questions and be helpful. As on other occasions our waitress was Candace. She is truly a gem. So professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is just superb. They get is all - from the cozy ambiance to the lighting and artwork it is a joy to dine here. And then there is the food!!! Really? Just excellence in every bite. I never usually give such high reviews but this restaurant deserves every accolade. I only wish that we lived closer...but the drive is worth it. Please go - you will not be disappointed.
Superb dinner, date night out. Excellent menu selections and seasonal cocktails. Our waiter was wonderful. We loved the elegant, but cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend it!
Our favorite spot for special occasions like anniversaries. Great ambiance, service, and awesome menu.
Massimo's is one of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth. The care that the owner goes to to be sure each and every guest is happy and satisfied with there food is priceless. If you are looking for great food and intimate atmosphere, then you need to go here!