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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

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Good for Birthdays (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Business Meals (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Fun (6)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was great. Food, service, hospitality all top notch

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week in Portsmouth. It was our first time there. We will definitely return!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The Carbonara was our favorite! Very delicious meal. We will definitely be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We make the trip twice a year from Connecticut and Massimo’s never disappoints!! Excellent food and a nice wine selection!! The staff is very friendly and the service is excellent!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dinner at Massimo’s is always a treat. They have the most wonderful food, the service is excellent and Massimo himself is the jewel. He’s always attentive, friendly and goes out of his way to be a wonderful host. Dinner prices are not cheap, but they are worth every penny.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a 6;30 reservation. got there 10 minutes early was told our table was just finishing up and then it was given to a group that didnt have a reservation. When we were finally seated the hostess did not give us menus so we had to wait another 10 minutes for menues. Our server was not the caliber that we are used to for this place andwewere very disappointed with the service. The food, however, was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food at Massimos is simply perfection. Every time.
The chef's creativity shines, from ingredients, flavors, & textures to presentation.
Servers are professional yet friendly, a welcome cut above those at other restaurants.
Ambience is our favorite--wine cellar feel, cozy and special, never cold nor hot. Fine for friends or couples.
And Massimo himself always makes you feel special. :-)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fabulous foods and warm service. Gggggggghhhhhhhh fugtttyygygtgy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent! Attentive service and deliciously prepared and present food. Warm cozy atmosphere. A must visit in Portsmouth.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always Excellent: service, ambience are extraordinary and so is the food! The manager is a true host and imparts his ethic to the entire staff.
I havebeen to italy at least 20 times and the food at Massimo is exceptional.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

An outstanding experience in a setting of elegance and impeccable service.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Second time to this establishment. The first was an anniversary, this was Restaurant week. Both times the food was excellent and service great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Ristorante Massimo for resturant week. It was absolutely wonderful! The wine was delicious, food was absolutely delicious as always and the service was top notch! We will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant in the world! Food is exceptionally gourmet; service is impeccable. Latest visit was our anniversary celebration, which happened to coincide with "restaurant week". Unlike many area restaurants, Massimo's offers a broad menu with full-sized servings of their best entrees, as well as appetizer and dessert, for restaurant week. At other times, every meal we have ever had here, over a period of 15 years, has been amazing and well worth the prices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent all around experience! What more could a diner want.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I've visited Ristorante Massimo's several times and am also pleased with the quality, presentation of the dishes, and outstanding service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Outstanding in every way. Owner personally visited each table while we were there.w

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great spot and always a wonderful dining experience! Wait staff are superb and Massimo himself is a delight! Brought two first timers with us and they will be back soon!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went during restaurant week. Food was delicious
Service fantastic and host was wonderful. Will definitely go back again

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had reservations at 8:15, It was the beginning of restaurant week in Portsmouth, so they were running a little late. No problem they gave us a couple glasses of wine and where seated 15 minutes later. The server was absolutely the best and the food was fabulous. This will be a regular destination anytime we're in town!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always first class

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love the food and the service. Upscale! I wished more people would dress up for dinner like we do! Not a shorts and t-shirt type of restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant with top notch food and service. It has great ambiance and is classy. Won't be disappointed!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The minute you walk in the door you know you are in for an enchanted evening. You are greeted and immediately recognized and congratulated for your special occasion! The wine and dinner menu's are a great read and the choices are vast. Each dish is crafted and there is nothing common place about any entree. There is something on the menu for almost everyone, and the worst part is that you have to choice but one for yourself. This was our third time there and will definitely NOT be our last.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I met a friend here for restaurant week and we weren’t disappointed. The waitress was very attentive and the food was delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food and superb service. Classic Italian cuisine with modern ingredients and touches.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was good but not worth the price.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding food and wonderful personal service. Really paid attention to details.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was my third time at Ristorante Massimo. It has always been great. The menu and atmosphere are notably great, and they incorporate a lot of local and seasonal ingredients. This time the service was a bit slow, but that was a first (it was very busy however). Overall, still excellent and we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Best meal we have had in years - you have to try this restaurant!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, the food, service and hospitality at Massimos was spectacular. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting I would highly recommend Massimos.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. Quiet, secluded table. Great food and service. A perfect evening.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very nice menu -- creative and innovative and not "typical" Italian fare.
There are two areas for dining -- a more formal dining room downstairs and a bar/lounge area upstairs .
Great cheese and charcuterie presentation and options, and nice pasta options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very attentive owner. Authentic Italian cuisine. Wish more choices and bar options.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Fantastic meal! Had a business dinner for 8 people, gave us a terrific round table-a must for a large group. Food was terrific, service exceptional!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Outstanding food, drink and service. Best restaurant in Portsmouth!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We went for my partner's birthday, and loved it. It was all so perfect. Thank you for a great experience!

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We have a fabulous dinner there last Thursday to celebrate our Anniversary. The food was awesome, so delicious. The service was excellent and if couse the restaurant is beautiful inside. Warm and cozy. We were seated in a lovely cozy corner table wth pillows. We have been here before and would definitely go back again! Thank you for a lovely evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

From the moment we walked in we felt welcome. The ambience was great which was an older building that had post and beam Construction with brick walls. The service was fabulous. Our waitress, Ala, was extremely Pleasant and made sure everything was great. This was my first time but will not be my last primarily because of the quality of food and service.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Massimo's is our favorite restaurant in Portsmouth. We went for a tasting menu on a whim 5 years ago, and now we go back for our Anniversary, my Wife's birthday, my birthday, and any other occasion we can make up for it.

The restaurant is a bit small and always full, with tasteful decor. The service is immaculate - many of the staff members we've had multiple times, and they remember us - including Massimo himself. The food is divine - the charcuterie plates are delicious and frequently have pairing we wouldn't have considered, and the pasta dishes are outstanding. We've been to Italy and if we were offered a dinner in Rome or one at Massimo's, we'd choose Massimo everytime! I especially enjoy the Carbonara, and the Meatball appetizer is a classic.

The wine list is comprehensive without being intimidating, with quite a few reasonably priced options. Sometimes they'll have something very interesting available by the glass (last time I tried a 1990 Borolo glass, which I would not have afforded a bottle of). They have an equally appealing after dinner drink list.

Can't recommend enough.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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