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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 230
    Excellent
  • 58
    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
Perfect for a special Evening

Fabulous evening at Massimo's our meal from start to finish was fantastic. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the wait staff was excellent. We would definitely go back again if we were ever in Portsmouth.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Debbie J
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Shelton, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Fabulous evening at Massimo's our meal from start to finish was fantastic. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the wait staff was excellent. We would definitely go back again if we were ever in Portsmouth.

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DEstin Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Massimo. Nice atmoshpere, good service ( thank you Lee) and excellent food. The ravioli special with clams, razor clams and shrimp was fantastic! Great flavors! We also enjoyed the meat ball appetizer. The main course lobster dish was incredible-- a grilled lobster tail on top of a risotto with great flavors and some lobster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Food, service & atmosphere Massimo's offers the complete package! Amazing menu with unique assortment. Staff is very attentive without being intrusive. On weekend definitely suggest reservations & get there early to enjoy a drink upstairs which has a solid pewter bar & beautiful wood work.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Massimo's is in the old custom's building in downtown Portsmouth. We sat down stairs and had a wonderful dinner. Massimo welcomed us to the restaurant and was charming.

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New Hope, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Good food. I ordered the region special (Thursday Nights) and the appetizer was amazing in the 3 course meal. Kids ordered lobster aragosta (very good a bit salty) and bucatini bolognese (meh, pasta over cooked). The service was stupid slow and many tables were released before ours felt a little neglected by the wait staff only due to very slow... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Absolutely delightful time with friends at this excellent restaurant. Many unique and tasty appetizers and main courses. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Two in the party had the Bolognese that was superb. The ravioli appetizer was magnificent while the pork porchetta was outstanding. Save room for dessert. The chocolate Napoleon and sfogliatelle were incredible. Extensive wine selection.

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Hooksett, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Went to Massimo for dinner on a Saturday night. We made reservations. We got there a bit early and decided to try the bar. Great atmosphere and drinks. Tim our bartender was great. The dining room in in the lower level. It is located in a 200 year old customs house. The food was very good. Portions are small and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

My husband and I had dined here last time we visited Portsmouth. The experience was absolutely Italian at its very best! So this year when we planned to visit Portsmouth, we knew that we had to go to Ristorante Massimo again. We were able to be seated within a few minutes without a reservation which I am sure is not... More 

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Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I can only echo what others have said about Massimo's. It is fabulous! My wife and I were in town for a couple of days and someone from the hotel recommended Massimo's. She attempted to make a reservation for us but they were booked solid...they did reserve us a table at the Upstairs at Massimo's section and we were in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I never would have gone to this restaurant had there not been an event thru work taking place there. Excellent food, great service. The place is small and intimate. It is not somewhere you will eat and run. It is a dining experience. The waitstaff are all very attentive and friendly. The decor is that of old Italy. For my... More 

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
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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