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Ristorante Massimo

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59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's) (State Street)
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in here for our first night of vacation, we were able to make reservations online the same day. Dinner was delicious. Service started slowly but food was worth the wait! We sampled cheese small bites, octopus appetizer, veal chop and short rib. Took a dessert box back to hotel for later. Would definitely visit again!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, though a little on the nouvelle portion size. We ate in the bar area -- inviting, not at all stuffy. (We didn't even check out the dining room downstairs.) Quite enjoyable!

Thank ConnecticutKimberly
Pebble Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Massimo was fully booked for a same night reservation on our only night in Portsmouth - but the upstairs bar with a few casual tables was available (reservations highly recommended there too). We sat at the bar, experienced exceptional service from the bar staff. My husband who is a non alcohol drinker was very comfortable. White wine recommended for me... More 

Thank Patricia S
Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Massimo on a Saturday night for a wedding anniversary. We were interested in fine dining in a relaxed, not rushed, setting, and Massimo delivered on all fronts. The decor ties in the historic nature of the city and old world charm. The wine list is extensive and should satisfy any level of connoisseur. We loved every dish... More 

Thank BeantownGlenn
Half Moon Bay
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75 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything from the first moment we entered was perfect. That says it all. We went early, just upon opening at 5:30 after a day at Strawberry Banke -- we were tired and looked like something the cat dragged in -- however the owner greeted us as though we were royalty, and the server was quite fun. Perfectly prepared food made... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived for our 7:30PM reservation and were promptly seated. We were greeted by a waitress who asked if we would like a drink. We said yes and then she immediately asked what we wanted. I then had to ask for the wine list and cocktail list, since we wanted to see the offerings. We got a bottle of wine... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our servers were spectacular, the drinks were great and the atmosphere is warm and nice. Right on par for those categories. They get many 5* reviews, but there is a level of pretentiousness with these reviewers on the subject of their actual food that I just can't match. Unfortunately, most of our party exited the restaurant hungry. We all ordered... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As always the food , the servers and the atmosphere is always excellent.We had nice assortment of appetizers as well as some great pasta specials for our meal.This was followed up by two great desserts.Be sure to check out Massimo's upstairs for lighter fair or cocktails.

Thank T4349TOinfo
Avon, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read the other reviews if needed but this is one of the best restaurants I've been to. I travel for business and regularly dine out on the corporate card, this place is legit.

Thank matraino
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Living in Newburyport, a town loaded with fine restaurants, we love to explore a bit. Just 20 minutes North we found Massimo. It was our 16th wedding anniversary and we decided, based on excellent reviews, that we had to give it a try. A great choice indeed. The restaurant is on a quaint side street, downstairs in an historic building.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?