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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Cozy (31)
Notable Wine List (28)
Worth the Drive (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Authentic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Business Meals (15)
Local Ingredients (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Casual (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good. Service was great and the staff were personable and well trained. Enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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food4
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best recommendation I can give is I would go back again and again and again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, People Watching
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was average, service was friendly but too slow. It took way too long for drink and food delivery.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent overall experience. The staff were professional and friendly. The food was great but just a smidgeon luke warm.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Just perfection
Service impeccable
Food excellent
Feels very cozy yet elegant
Love the albino peacock in foyer

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our favorite spot for special occasions like anniversaries. Great ambiance, service, and awesome menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Massimos is one of the better (if not best) restaurants in Portsmouth. The service, cuisine, and ambiance is top notch.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. One of the very best in Portsmouth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant. The staff and the food are impeccable in all ways. I would highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere, great dining, great food. Worth the price tag.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Lovely space broken up into smaller rooms great for quiet conversation. Food delicious with nice presentation. Staff assisted us with parking which is always a challenge in Portsmouth!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food4
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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