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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, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 54
    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
My favorite restaurant!

I've lived in the Seacoast more than half my life and Massimo's has always been THE place to go for a special occasion. Always the meals are exquisite and the waitstaff exceptional! Upstairs is more casual, but downstairs with its old stone walls and brick archways has unparalleled ambiance. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
agt2013
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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274 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I've lived in the Seacoast more than half my life and Massimo's has always been THE place to go for a special occasion. Always the meals are exquisite and the waitstaff exceptional! Upstairs is more casual, but downstairs with its old stone walls and brick archways has unparalleled ambiance. It is a dining experience that is worth every cent. It... More 

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Quispamsis, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

A real jewel of a find. We were met by the friendly owner and he opened up the car park early so we could park our vehicle whilst we explored Portsmouth for an hour or so before we arrived back for our reserved time. Our server Lee, was knowledgeable and she was well able to help us navigate the extensive... More 

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North Conway, NH
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We ate at this wonderful restaurant last week. As some reviewers have stated it is on the expensive side, but I found it to be well worth the price. The food presentation was as wonderful as the food itself, which was superb. The wait staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was most charming with brick and wood... More 

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I recently went to Portsmouth, NH and had a wonderful dinner at Ristorante Massimo. Very friendly atmosphere from the wait staff to the owner. We each tried a pasta dish and both were excellent. The salads were tasty and well presented. My husband had the pork and was very tasty. I had a Canadian beef that was... More 

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Dorset, Vermont
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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Step down into a dimly lit brick walled room. Enter a traditional world. Waiters in tuxedos. Owner as maitr'd. Crisp linens. Chandeliers and wall sconces. Menu is Italian with coastal seafood inspirations. Wine list a blend of Italian and domestic. The carbonara appetizer sublime. Gnocchi with braised short rib excellent. The porcetta, a long time menu item, didn't thrill us... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Longtime residents and visitors will remember this as Alberto's. If you want ro enjoy well prepared Italian dishes-dine here. Although evening had a rocky start (no attention from wait staff for 20 mins), once mgr made known, service couldn't be better. All entrees were delicious. Do try the lamb lollipops-outstanding flavors, the burrsto insalata, pappardell della nonna, porchetta, salmon, and... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My Wife and I just returned from having an excellent dinner at Ristorante Massimo. Nothing could have been better! The atmosphere, the service and the food was exceptional. Our server was the best! Not only was she very efficient, she was extremely personable and made the evening enjoyable. We felt as if we spent the evening in Italy. The food... More 

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CT
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Based on Trip Advisor reviews, decided we needed to try it. Soooooo glad we did. I rate a restaurant equally based on food and service. They win on both counts. From the moment we walked in, to when we left, both were outstanding! Had the lobster two ways: risotto and grilled. I'd put it in my list of top 5... More 

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Boston, MA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We went to Ristorante Massimo on the Saturday night before Mother's Day. Ambiance was very romantic and cozy. Massimo the host was charming and Ken our waiter was excellent. We had a special of the evening, an incredible surf and turf special that included an extremely good quality sirloin and lobster tail with a hollandaise/foie gras sauce (hope I got... More 

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New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The food is always superb. The service is always attentive. The wine list is extensive. The cocktails, like the decor, are stuck in the eighties somewhere-but not enough of a drawback to knock off a star. The ambiance is sort of a dimly lit grotto/wine cave with waiters in tuxedos...definitely not for those looking or a laid-back seaside vibe. If... 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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?