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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
+1 603-436-4000
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“veal chop” (50 reviews)
“cannoli” (17 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30 Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ristorante Massimo is my favorite restaurant in Portsmouth. The atmosphere is great and the food and wine are outstanding. Never had a bad experience here. It is our go to place for special occasions.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Sandycom
Reviewed 4 days ago

1.5 years ago I authored a very positive review of Massimos, as always having great meals there. Last month went there with some family right before Christmas. Clean, festive, tables were set great etc. Two misses though: 1.) the cod was either cooked too long...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank NorgeNH
Reviewed 1 week ago

My significant other and I treated my parents to dinner here the Friday after Thanksgiving to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. The four of us had a wonderful time -- truly no complaints whatsoever. We stopped in and had a lovely drink at the bar...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank schubertalison8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I were looking to stop at Massimo for drinks and appetizers on New Year’s Eve in the upstairs bar. We knew it would be busy so we made sure we got there at the 5pm posted opening time. We actually got there...More

Date of visit: January 2019
3  Thank dickozski
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite places to have a nice dinner in Portsmouth. Food is always excellent and the staff is top notch. Very good wine list and good dessert choices. Fresh pasta is always a good choice.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank mskubisz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My expectations were high based on reviews, and that it is rated #1 restaurant in Portsmouth on TripAdvisor. I was very disappointed. The only thing we ate that was good was the meatball appetizer, our entrees were overcooked and uninteresting. I had pork tenderloin, and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 911jillianr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was referred by a good friend. I've visited many restaurants in Portsmouth but never been here and I cannot tell you how sorry I am for that! From the time I made the reservation in the afternoon with Massimo himself, to the cannoli...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SNP1000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were seated in the lovely upper wine room-warm and cozy. They take reservations for seating at the bar! Very busy this time of year-Make reservations ASAP. You will not find americanized Italian food at Massimos. Truly creative Italian cooking. Not a huge menu, but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank FekusW
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Massimo, besides having excellent food and an extensive and high quality wine list, is so wonderful because it is like going to a restaurant of days gone by when the owner would greet you at the door, the staff wore formal waitstaff clothes and provided...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank S7681SEthomash
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Four of us went for dinner and we were all extremely happy with the restaurant. The service was prompt and courteous. It was very clean and comfortable. The food was outstanding and the specialty drinks were delicious. The menu is alacart with a lot of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jonmorse
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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 T4349TOinfo | Reviewed this property |
Their entrees vary from $20-$35. range .If you are looking for the best deal that they offer,try the Bistro Night on Thursday. It is a 3 course deal for $29.95.You get an appetizer,main meal and dessert.
Ellen S
3 October 2016|
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Response from corianderchef2018 | 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, Romantic, Business meetings, 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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