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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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5:00 PM - 10:30 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Bowser_10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 17 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
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary with friends at this beautiful restaurant. The food was fabulous. I had the Braised Short Ribs as my main course and it was incredibly good, very rich. My husband had the Tagliatelle Carbonara and said it...More

Thank Kay S
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Two of my friends and I went to Ristorante Massimo for dinner during restaurant week in Portsmouth. I chose this restaurant based on its great reviews and they were correct. The atmosphere was nice - we were seated downstairs in a nice, quieter room at...More

Thank Penni1126
Reviewed 13 November 2017

We had wanted to try this Italian restaurant before and never quite made it, wow were we missing out! being Restaurant Week It was kind of a mixed blessing, so many good choices besides the price fix specials, but boy were they great choices too!...More

Thank Jackaroe-99
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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.
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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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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