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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
+1 603-436-4000
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here a few times and have ordered something different every time. Never been disappointed by a drink or food. Chris the bartender is worth the trip alone!

1  Thank dogorman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome classic Italian food terrific service tiara miso to die for make ressies small but oh so quaint

1  Thank DogFoodGuy_57
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the old brick building that housed the restaurant and bar! The downstairs restaurant has such great old style charm with exposed bricks and bottles of wine lining part of one wall. White tablecloths, fresh flowers on each table. The service is outstanding and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to cancel a reservation at another restaurant and visit Massimo's at 7 on a Friday night and were so happy with our decision! We had all heard amazing things about the food but the atmosphere and service was such a pleasant surprise! Massimo...More

2  Thank Lindsay E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything that we ordered was excellent. We appreciate the nuance of flavors, the fresh ingredients and the variety of selections on the menu. I tried a small bite, an entree and dessert. I left feeling extremely satisfied. This is the best restaurant that we have...More

1  Thank Grandma_PhD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful evening here in a cold Saturday in February. From the moment we walked through the door till our last sip of wine, we were warmly and attentively hosted by the amazing and experienced staff. Every bite was perfect. Each and every...More

1  Thank EssexOnTheGo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at this restaurant. Our waitress, Ala, was very knowledgeable about the menu and made great suggestions on food options. I loved my goat cheese with watermelon and tomato salad. I had the daily special and it was delicious! Atmosphere was...More

1  Thank andreagladu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ristorante Massimo serves wonderful Italian food in a comfortable setting. Shrimp with polenta is a brilliant appetizer; homemade pastas were terrific. The wine list was good and the service was warm and welcoming (and they didn't mind when we walked in at closing time at...More

2  Thank v0yageur22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Warm, refined, exceptional. Even though we arrived late in Portsmouth and the restaurant was booked, they accommodated us with an early reservation. Entering the cozy, fine dining room, we were welcomed like old friends. I realize that sounds terribly cliché, but it was true. The...More

2  Thank Kat S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The moment you walk into Ristorante Massimo you know you are in for treat. It is warm and inviting. You immediately feel welcomed and at ease. The food is fantastic and the service was impeccable. I had the veal chop which was the best I...More

1  Thank LargeTarget
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Questions & Answers
27 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
4 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
USD 31 - USD 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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