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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
+1 603-436-4000
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • 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 2 days ago

What a wonderful experience! Our server, Candace, was outstanding! ( And I never remember names) The owner stopped by the table and chatted for a few minutes. Felt like an old friend by the time we left! Was here for my birthday, but didn't want...More

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I dined here a couple of times. The first time with a group of friends and the second time just the two of us for our anniversary. This restaurant does not disappoint. The restaurant itself is very quaint, and the food was...More

Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome experience here. the food all homemade and absolutely perfect. The staff was attentive and very friendly. I was dining by myself and unfortunately this sometimes means that I am over looked for a larger party. I didnt have this feeling at all here. They...More

Thank StoweLocal84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A dark, warm, cozy ambiance greets patrons at the door. The staff make a real effort to be friendly and present a happy to be at work attitude. The food was a wonderful surprise. We had a few of the specials for appetizers and entrees....More

Thank TookieGal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This remains as one of my favorite restaurants in Portsmouth. Food is excellent, as is the atmosphere at the bar.

Thank Marcus C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in without reservations close to 9pm on a Saturday in February and were warmly greeted and seated within a few minutes. This is authentic Italian at it's best rivaling some of the best NYC Italian restaurants we have visited. From our incredible waitress...More

Thank EssexOnTheGo
Reviewed 11 April 2017

With a reservation we were greeted warmly and seated promptly in a delightful basement space. The waitress was attentive and explained the various menu options and discussed some of her favorite selections. The appetizer was delicious, a baked lobster tail with Meyer lemon. The entrees...More

Thank hjackmyers
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Our friends had never been to Massimo's so we thought Restaurant Week would be the perfect time. As always everything was fabulous. We had two great bottles of wine, we tried the Brussel sprout small plant and it was SO good. For dinner, I had...More

1  Thank WanderlustLady2
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

The restaurant ambiance makes this one of my favorite restaurants to visit plus the amazing service and food. An excellent place to go for a special occasion because the restaurant is truly special.

Thank Napalicoastkauai
Reviewed 30 March 2017

If you want a smaller scene go upstairs to the bar and have dinner. Amazing food and the bartenders are great!

Thank CEK03802
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Can you tell me how much a three course dinner would be please.
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
Is there a dress code?
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.
Do they have pizzas
28 July 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail