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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 181
    Excellent
  • 51
    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
Most recent review
Fabulous Food and Excellent Service

amazing food - upscale Italian. Our meals were delicious and the service was extraordinary. Ken our waiter was phenominal and so personable. Ken really helped with making our dining experience so enjoyable. He listened to our wants and needs and helped us have such a fantastic meal. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
ko1
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Philadelphia, PA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Philadelphia, PA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

amazing food - upscale Italian. Our meals were delicious and the service was extraordinary. Ken our waiter was phenominal and so personable. Ken really helped with making our dining experience so enjoyable. He listened to our wants and needs and helped us have such a fantastic meal. The kitchen accomodated all my allergies and we felt truly taken care of.... More 

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Hampton nh
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We Love to get a bite to eat at the bar often our waiter Chris always remembers us and gives us prompt service cozy spot! Vibrant seeing always busy good food

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for sophisticated Italian cuisine with an ambience that exudes fine dining, Massimo's is your best bet. Excellent service, a great wine list and old world charm punctuate the experience here. Not to be missed if you're coming to Portsmouth for the first time, a definite return destination if you're visiting frequently. I come here several times a... More 

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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Being greeted at the door by the owner was our first impression. He brought our drinks to us in the cozy waiting area. "Is that enough Lime" he said... This is just not found anymore.. anywhere. The place looks like an old fashion wine cellar. The waitress Dee, I think her name was took our order sand explained her favorites,... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Massimo never disappoints for the VERY special birthday or romantic dinner. Consistently amazing meals in a warm and romantic setting. The staff are excellent too.

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Portsmouth NH
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

There are two Massimos, the original below ground level cosy "cave" style on Penhallow Street and now the upstairs bar and small eats location. Both serve excellent food, well prepared and served by professional wait staff. Tablecloth service, a really good selection of fine wines, and well prepared high end Italian food, no red sauce here, Though they do have... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My husband and I decided to try Ristorante Massimo after hearing glowing reviews. We were not disappointed. The dining room has old-world charm. Our server, Lee, made the dinner even better with her great care and service. We started with Insalata Mista, which was delicious, with just the right touch of dressing. At Lee's suggestion, my husbands entrée consisted of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I specified a table I saw in a picture of the restaurant. Turns out it's the only of its kind, I think it's simply called "8." Well worth it for an intimate dinner with a loved one. We had lobster bisque—my girlfriend thought it was good. I ordered the fois gras on delicately thin slices of french bread (?) -... More 

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Milton
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162 reviews 162 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I can't really say anything that hasn't been said in previous reviews. Massimo's is a fantastic place to dine. The atmosphere is rich and cozy. The service is impeccable and the food is excellent. Our vodka martini's were spot on. Our charcuterie of smoked meats and cheese was tasty and a great way to start the meal. I had the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The building is quite unique and the ambiance is intimate and comfortable. Our server was excellent, the pace of our meal was timely, yet relaxing. The owner, Massimo greets everyone and earnestly seeks your feedback. Try the scallops, they are outstanding!

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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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