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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's)
603-436-4000
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Ranked #1 of 189 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: State Street
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Waterville, Maine
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

The appetizers are beautiful and forward thinking. I highly recommend the meat and cheese selections. The entrees, however, (for all three of us) seemed boring and were salty. The décor absolutely needs to be updated, it felt straight out of the 80's, and the alcohol racks in the middle of the restaurant need to go. Excellent, pleasant service, but there... More

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Gardner, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ristorante Massimo is a definite must for special occasions! The food was superb, the service outstanding, and the ambiance exceptional.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

All I have to say is wow! Tonight's culinary experience has exceeded my expectations... From the Lobstah appetizer to the succulent Osso Buco my taste buds are in a constant state if euphoria. An amazing dessert right down to the fine detail of a Rock candy stir served in fine bone China... If this were sex I'd be having a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This place is simply wonderful! The ambiance, the staff, the food... Oh my! The food is just amazing! If you want to dine in a memorable location, go to Ristorante Massimo's!

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NY
Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Visited during recent "restaurant week" on the recommendation of friends. Menu for restaurant week looked interesting and the price point was excellent so we were excited to give it a try on a busy Friday night. Service was great (thank you Ken!) and the atmosphere is lovely--several rooms, tastefully decorated with subtle lighting and 1940's type music playing lightly in... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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1,263 reviews 1,263 reviews
858 restaurant reviews
441 helpful votes 441 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had to set up a quick dinner locally for some of my customers and they accommodated at the last minute. (15 minutes before). The owner is especially friendly and a smart Italian host. The misto of meat and cheeses was delicious but I thought for the cost it was a little bit light. The carbonarra was off the chain... More

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Rye, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This restaurant has been a staple on the Portsmouth scene for 20 years and always gets rants and raves. During restaurant week, we ate downstairs, and I had the Osso Buco,...very dry. Waiter gave me extra sauce. One had the beef and it was very good. One had the salmon and it was overcooked. Overall experience was good, but not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is by far the best restaurant my girlfriend and I have ever gone to. We have been to our fair share of Italian restaurants but none compare to Massimo's. Our server was Ken and he was extremely polite. He introduced himself and always made sure we were satisfied. You must go!

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New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My husband and I have been wanting to dine here for a long time. I made reservations a couple of weeks ago for last night (Saturday night during restraunt week)...I read all the reviews and must agree.......it's definitely one of the best places to dine in portsmouth! Service was superb, Ken did a fantastic job...he knew the menu very well... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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119 reviews 119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

upstairs is fun but tiny and a little loud with a great menu with better prices than downstairs. Downstairs is lovely and a special occasion spot with fabulous service and romantic. Both have great food and a helpful staff

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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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