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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**
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Ristorante Massimo Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We made a special trip to Massimo's to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary. As always, the food and wine were exceptional. Dustin provided us with great service further adding to our enjoyment of the meal. We are already looking forward to our next visit.
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