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Ristorante Massimo

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59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's) (State Street)
+1 603-436-4000
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Newton, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Massimo's is a first rate place. From your warm welcome when you enter, to the professional service of the elegant waitstaff who make you feel at home no matter how you are dressed. Wine list is excellent and menu provides choices for every kind of food lover. Presentation is at a high level. We loved our proscuitto cantaloupe salad, our... More 

Thank Ellen S
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Outstanding service, delicious food and lovely atmosphere! What more can you ask for...And the prices are reasonable for what you get. Absolutely going back! Perfect for a romantic dinner.

Thank cricket333
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103 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always have a good meal here and the atmosphere is great. We usually see the owner walking around greeting customers too. The upstairs bar is our preferred place to dine as it's a bit less formal and stuffy than downstairs.

Thank SweetDee11
Boston, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Okay, so I'm going to join the list of many fans of this restaurant! The food was well prepared with manageable portions. My tagliatelle carbonara didn't look too appetizing but it was wonderful! I had the buratta salad which was also very enjoyable. They do cater for vegetarians. We were seated in a cozy book so it felt a little... More 

Thank Stewart T
Menlo Park, California
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere of the restaurant was really nice and the food was very good; the wait staff and hostess were excellent; I would go back!

Thank emes9
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ristorante Massimo is a very cozy place to enjoy a meal! I have been here several times with my wife as we live in Portsmouth NH. Massimo himself is usually there to greet the guests and does a wonderful job as an owner. The food is usually very good quality and prepared quite elegantly. However, my last dinner there was... More 

Thank JP P
Babylon, New York
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Massimo during restaurant week, which meant it was very busy. Perhaps that had something to do with our experience. We arrived about 30 min early, hoping to be seated a bit ahead of our 8:15 reservation. Unfortunately, they were overwhelmed and not entirely organized, so we were seated about 30 min late (8:45). Our table and dining room... More 

Thank charlieb65
Southwick, Ma.
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have to say that Massimos is one of the finest Italian ristorantes I have been in. first being in Portsmouth parking is at a premium, so they have complimentary valet parking, then you are greeted at the desk like you are an old friend. the atmosphere is like old Italy. I had the Insulata Mista and the Tagliatelle Carbonara... More 

Thank Leesmuffin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for our first night of vacation, we were able to make reservations online the same day. Dinner was delicious. Service started slowly but food was worth the wait! We sampled cheese small bites, octopus appetizer, veal chop and short rib. Took a dessert box back to hotel for later. Would definitely visit again!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great food, though a little on the nouvelle portion size. We ate in the bar area -- inviting, not at all stuffy. (We didn't even check out the dining room downstairs.) Quite enjoyable!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?