Ristorante Massimo

4.8
1842 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Please Note: Online Reservations are for our Main indoor dining room ONLY. Please call us directly for WIne Bar or Outside Dining options at 603.436.4000. Thank you.
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**

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1842 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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foodie
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great, as always. Always enjoy the atmosphere at Massimo. Massimo is always a great host

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StevenT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Wonderful food but several missteps with service. We didn’t know who are waiter was for 20 minutes. Long periods on service to clean up table.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo’s was where I decided to go for my most recent birthday, and I definitely was not disappointed! They have outstanding food and service, but what really makes them unique is their intimate and comfortable ambience. The atmosphere is perfect, and I hope it stays the same for many more birthdays to come.

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DorotheaB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect to celebrate a special occasion. Real old school Italian restaurant feel with a twist on the traditional dishes. Best Carbonara I ever had and the homemade pasta- incredible!! It’s a must go!!

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vipSFOflyer
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We thoroughly enjoyed most of our food. Service here was very attentive at times yet lacking consistency when things like water needing refills and dirty dishes removed. We felt that the server misled us on the pasta portions which were very large and should have been split. Also, the “upsell” on the wine didn’t add to our experience. Overall, a nice experience, but next time I would follow my instincts and not listen to a server trying to upsell more food and wine than necessary.

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Destiny
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hubby and I went for our anniversary. Awesome food, amazing service. We had 2 waiters in our section that made our night, Abigail and Cameron. They were so kind and had the perfect suggestions for food and drinks. If you don't want wine, get a cocktail... they are low priced but tastes expensive. Overall best visit to Massimo's on the last 4 years we've been going.

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AmandaMike
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here, the food was amazing, the atmosphere was superb, the service was good and everyone was very accommodating. The restaurant is over several floors with tons of artwork and lots of visual interest throughout. We plan to return and highly recommend this restaurant.

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ChristinaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with exceptional and personable service! Cameron went above and beyond to ensure our dining experience was one to remember! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, personable staff. Lovely dining area, food was great. Overall we are thrilled with our experience and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys being treated to a gorgeous Italian meal.

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MauryaM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. We had a partyof 5 and had a number of different pastas. They were all delicious. The veal chop was excellent as well. I would definitely go back any time I was in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this was the best Italian food I’ve had in a very long time. I had the bucatini alla amatriciana and it was to die for, my fiancé had the excellent bolognese. Do not miss this place!

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duxselden
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was outstanding, fig & burrata with EVOO and pickled onions for an appetizer, then house-made pasta Bolognese for one diner and the special Salted Cod - crispy, fried cod, just the most delicious I've ever had with an arugala salad topping. Wonderful service and overall a lovely dining experience.

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Foodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo's is a wonderful white table cloth experience. It is in a cellar surrounded by paintings of Italian. The food is excellent and creatively displayed and the attention to detail is fun! They have a perfume spritzer on the table with hand sanitizer. Lastly, the service is friendly and efficient. Thanks for a terrific night out.

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nonameprovided
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was worth the wait for vaccination. Awesome.

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vippauls
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go-to restaurant for special occasions!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was spectacular! Original recipe's and all was superb. The waiter was attentive and was able to describe each and every dish.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, the tiramisu was fun. Definitely try the carbonara!

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marcl
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cams were a little tuff in the spaghetti with clam sauce

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Pete
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

There was a table of 8 seated next to us that had a few loud talkers.

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vipCharlie
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best in Portsmouth without exception! Been coming here for years.

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MylesF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best...we consider this the finest Italian restaurant north of the North End. Certainly the best in NH.

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ErikaJ
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we can’t wait to go back! The hostess was so nice and our waiter Zack was very attentive. Food was awesome, ambience spot on!! Thank you!!

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ErinB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, food and company! A perfect place for a romantic dinner date.

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vipfws3
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was excellent. Cocktails on point, appetizers amazing and entrees were all perfectly delicious.

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vipDavidH
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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Integrity6358
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. I will definitely be back and soon.

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MichaelF
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel to Portsmouth to shop and dine a couple times of year, and we always dine at Ristorante Massimo because of the great food, great wine, great atmosphere and terrific wait staff. Can't wait to go back!!! Highly recommended!!!

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DafnaG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Downstairs was a bit hot because we said in a booth that probably had little ventilation. Quality of food and service was excellent. Sangria special was okay but would omit cinnamon in the recipe. Black mission fig appetizer was good but needed more fig. The fig was tiny and only few quarter pieces. More cheese than fig by far. Veal was amazing and carbonara was very good.

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vipcramadia
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. The downstairs dining room is amazing. Staff is very friendly and attentive.

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AndrewP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! Highly recommend! Great location!

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Paul
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massimo was extremely helpful in finding us parking.

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RobertB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was excellent throughout! My only reservation: I would have preferred my chicken seared in EVO & butter, then oven baked as needed

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VTfoodie
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined here a few times since our daughter moved to Portsmouth a year ago. Definitely "tops" in a town that has some very good choices. The food is absolutely delicious, and the service impeccable. It's also nice when the owner takes the time to visit and be sure that everything is exactly the it should be. I highly recommend Ristorante Massimo's.

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Muffy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. The food, the waitstaff as well as the atmosphere was perfect. Every time we go to Portsmouth I make my reservation for Massimo's. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipAPBS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the food to the ambiance, this place is top notch. A must go-to when in Portsmouth.

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Gourmand
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine recommendations were spot on. The gnocchi & lobster was out of this world. Service was perfect.

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vipLisaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both amazing!! Definitely recommend the salted cod entree and the chocolate box for dessert :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is so perfect, only outdone by the waitstaff and incredible food. We had the gnocchi and bucatini for out entree and both meals were plentiful and delicious. The cocktails and wine are so well done as well. There wasn’t anything that we didn’t like about our experience at Ristorante Massimo.

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jpl1nh
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience all the way around! I absolutely recommend.

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vipTony
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I discovered our new favorite restaurant on the North Shore. We have now eaten there at Massimo several times and it has consistently been exceptional

Every choice on the menu we have ordered has been wonderfully presented and delicious. Additionally, wait staff is attentive, knowledgeable, pleasant, and helpful.

Do not miss this gem In Portsmouth.

FAQs

Ristorante Massimo is rated 4.8 stars by 1842 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.