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Ristorante Massimo

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59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's) (State Street)
603-436-4000
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 221
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Transported to Italy

This was an amizing dining experience. The place is romantic and cozy. The server paced our meal slowly at our request. The food is beyond amazing and the service professional and friendly. We rank this as in the top 5 places we've dined...ever. Do yourself a favor. Pricy but well worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Dale T
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Glendale, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Glendale, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This was an amizing dining experience. The place is romantic and cozy. The server paced our meal slowly at our request. The food is beyond amazing and the service professional and friendly. We rank this as in the top 5 places we've dined...ever. Do yourself a favor. Pricy but well worth it.

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Phoenix, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We decided to sit upstairs and have the 'small plates' as we did not want a huge meal and it is expensive. All I can say is 'go there'! The lobster ravioli was fantastic and flavorful. My wife had the halibut which she is still staving about it. Service was friendly and professional. It is rated highly for a reason.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Loved Massimo's. Had a delicious meal, great friendly service, overall wonderful experience. Hope to be back soon for another feast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I started with prosciutto and hot salami and they came with pickled fennel and cherries, all delish. Then I had the veal chop which came w home made gnocchi. So wonderful and then some. I look forward to having another meal at this restaurant.

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

very intimate fine dining Massimo the owner personally visits many tables to ensure a fine dining experience

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We came here for a special, romantic anniversary dinner and everything about the experience exceeded expectations. We were seated in a romantic corner alcove table. Our servers were among the best we've ever experienced. Every bite of every dish exceeded expectations. They have a very good wine list and helped select different wines for different courses/dishes. Desserts were heavenly. The... More 

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Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

By far the best restaurant in a town filled with good restaurants! The food at Massimos is always outstanding, you always need to try any specials as they will always far exceed expectations! Ken has been our server many times and he is top notch! He is friendly, attentive, helpful and charming! Excellent food and service! The cost is well... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Wonderful welcome by Massimo upon entering the restaurant! Once seated we were introduced to Ken, our server for the evening, and boy, did we get a great one!!! He was very personable, so knowledgable about the menu and "right on" about recommendations for our dining enjoyment. Ken made our dining experience very enjoyable. The food was awesome!!! We started with... More 

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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

By far the best restaurant in town. The food is always inventive and delicious, and the ambiance is welcoming and fun. The added bar is also an amazing addition. If you haven't tried Massimo's, call for a reservation NOW!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

You won't find any better. This place is as good as it gets. Top of the line Italian restaurant. The ambiance, food and service was outstanding.

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Additional Information about Ristorante Massimo

Address: 59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
Phone Number: 603-436-4000
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

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: 603-436-4000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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