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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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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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venice fla
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

How can this not be our favorite we dined here on our wedding night with friends. One of Portsmouth's best rooms food is always ***** and good wine list. Make a reservation as its that well liked .

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Thank peter s
Somerset, NJ
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We started our experience upstairs at the bar. The drinks were well portioned and the appetizers were very good. We had the meatballs which were in a great marinara sauce and had great bread to soak up the extra sauce. The other appetizer was the zucchini flower with shrimp. Again very good and worth the other top reviews. Then we... More 

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Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The perfect restaurant for a special occasion. Located in a quiet basement, the setting is intimate, service is outstanding, and everything on the menu is delicious. Just save room for dessert! There's no doubt why this is considered one of the top romantic restaurants in the country.

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Thank Josh T
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Special restaurant for a special evening. The food is wonderful, and the service could not be better. We went for our anniversary and were seated in a brick lined alcove. The waiter was attentive without being overly present. He gave good advice on the wine and food. The whole evening was lovely.

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Thank dpage918
Chicago
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whether eating upstairs in the bar or downstairs in the restaurant, you will find the staff to be most friendly, service-oriented and professional. Our food was excellent, - my prom chop was probably the best I've ever eaten, and pork chops are getting better everywhere these days. The wine list is comprehensive, and is reasonably priced, - the ambience in... More 

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Thank JOSHWYCS
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133 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful choice for a special occasion. The staff is top notch and wear formal dress. If you're there as a couple, ask for one of the tables that are set into the wall. It's a great place for groups, too. We've been many times, as we live in Portsmouth, but our last visit was special because we... More 

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Thank Marian E
Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great experience at Ristorante Massimo. We had been very much looking forward to a return trip and were not disappointed. Everything was superb (again). The Carbonara is unbelievable, veal chop divine. Candace couldn’t have done a better job making sure we always had what we needed when we needed it. Highly recommended!

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Kennebunk, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've traveled extensively in Italy and appreciate excellent Italian dining and how lucky are we to have one of the best Italian restaurants practically in our backyard! This was our second visit and we were celebrating a special day which I mentioned when making the reservation. We were seated at their best table and shared an unhurried, lovely dinner. The... More 

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Seabrook, New Hampshire
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were four in our party and we all were very happy with our dinner. Great food, outstanding service and an attentive owner. Our server Allie was outstanding. Very knowledgable and helpful. Very cozy but formal lower level. Will dine there again.

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Thank Alan D
Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food, but the outstanding feature was the extra special effort of the staff. The servers were knowledgable and helpful. We had a reservation but were a little early and we were offered a different table which was totally acceptable to us. However, after being served cocktails, we were moved to an even more intimate table. This was totally unnecessary... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$31 - $50
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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
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?