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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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 184
    Excellent
  • 53
    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
Authentic Italian Ambiance

Lovely and classy restaurant . Great food . Definitely not for kids they lack food options that fit kids. No kids menu and pasta plain or sauce with kids is not tasty at all however great for adults , love the food and menu , service was great by Leigh and owner/Manager very friendly and caring... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
Ireiny G
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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263 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely and classy restaurant . Great food . Definitely not for kids they lack food options that fit kids. No kids menu and pasta plain or sauce with kids is not tasty at all however great for adults , love the food and menu , service was great by Leigh and owner/Manager very friendly and caring , wine is great... More 

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Gilford, New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Rated #1 in Portsmouth but we had never been there previously. Their rating is definitely deserved. Exceptionally warm interior, friendly and professional staff, excellent service & outstanding food. They have a couple of small dining areas off their main dining room and that is much more intimate. The owner is a very experienced in the restaurant business and making his... More 

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New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Ristorante Massimo is still one of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth, NH. It is often our first choice for celebrations; this occasion was my Birthday. From the excellent wine list (we chose an Amarone) through appetizers (my fois gras and my husband's very fresh Caesar salad) and entres (my Veal chop & Bill's rib eye) to cannolis for dessert, this... More 

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Reading, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I have been to Massimo's many times, and have never been disappointed. The service is excellent and Massimo exudes old-world charm and hospitality. The food is delicious, with nuanced flavors, fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and presented so beautifully that I have actually taken pictures of the dishes!

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Dover, NH
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This was our first visit to Massimo's for my husbands birthday celebration. The atmosphere is truly a delight, Quiet, romantic with little "hideaway" areas and complete with crisp white linens and fresh flowers. The food was delicious, but on a disappointing note, served mediocrely warm. When you are paying $36.00 for an entrée, it needs to be perfect. The owner... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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
110 reviews 110 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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

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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5 reviews 5 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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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: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?