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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
+1 603-436-4000
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have been eating at Massimo’s for years. The consistency of the high level of service and quality food is remarkable. It starts with Massimo himself who personally greets and engages every diner and makes you feel at home. The menu regularly...More

Thank Paul Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have had dinner at Massimo's at least 8 times over the last 10 years. Every visit to Portsmouth has to include dinner at Massimo's. We are making plans now for April! The atmosphere is amazing. As a frequent traveler to Italy,...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had dined a number of times at Massimo’s while working in Portsmouth. I was always delighted by the dining experience. I wanted my husband to enjoy a special birthday dinner so I planned an overnight stay in Portsmouth. From the moment we arrived, the...More

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

First time here and we loved it, the staff were friendly, warm and professional. The food was excellent, but the Char was a bit dry. The small plates were very good and the Kobe meatballs were the best we have ever had. The burrata was...More

1  Thank coastie55
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Portions were small and prices were fairly high for what was served. Steak was over cooked and dessert only showed up after 20 mins of waiting and then asking to cancel it. No offer to comp dessert or anything. Meals were good but most likely...More

1  Thank Bowser_10
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. The ambiance and setting is one of the more romantic places to take your bride. It was so refreshing meeting everyone at the restaurant. We walked in and the bartender greeted us. We walked towards the stairs and an upstairs...More

Thank Bmoran4711
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

This review is for the “upstairs “ less formal dining. A place to impress your friends, five star service and understated posh and frankly you will pay the price but who cares? Small portions for apps. The burger was dry with little taste and served...More

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Ristorante Massimo is one of our favorites. From the moment you enter, the staff, ambiance and aromas are so inviting. The wait staff is superb as they are very knowledgeable and helpful. The food is incomparable to other Italian fare in the area and the...More

Thank Lala04046
Reviewed 23 December 2017

The food was simply delicious. The assorted small bites of cheese with the pairings were excellent. The tagliatelle was the only pasta dish I've experienced that was just as warm and tasty at the bottom of the bowl. The last bites were just as enjoyable...More

Thank pickyeatter
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Excellent...Exceptional...Outstanding...Consistently Awesome! Highest recommendation! Fine dining the way it should be!! Massimo himself on site and always insures a great experience!

Thank David C
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17 February 2018|
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Response from coastie55 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are two sets of stairs, one short set to access the bar and a second long set to get to the restaurant that is below street level. I don’t recall seeing any handicap access features. I suggest you call to confirm.
26 March 2017|
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Response from Babson15 | Reviewed this property |
Some of the meals come in a smaller size so it really depends on what you order. I think a couple could dine for closer to $100 if having just one glass of wine each. It is a lovely spot.
Ellen S
3 October 2016|
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Response from Dave L | Reviewed this property |
There's not a dress code, but I think you would want to look dressed up. The place is pretty elegant and I would hate to feel silly in anything less than nice jeans and a dress shirt.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
    (State Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-436-4000
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