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Ristorante Massimo

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59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800 (Formerly Anthony Alberto's) (State Street)
+1 603-436-4000
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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NH
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96 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Always have a good meal here and the atmosphere is great. We usually see the owner walking around greeting customers too. The upstairs bar is our preferred place to dine as it's a bit less formal and stuffy than downstairs.

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Thank SweetDee11
Boston, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Okay, so I'm going to join the list of many fans of this restaurant! The food was well prepared with manageable portions. My tagliatelle carbonara didn't look too appetizing but it was wonderful! I had the buratta salad which was also very enjoyable. They do cater for vegetarians. We were seated in a cozy book so it felt a little... More 

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Thank Stewart T
Menlo Park, California
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere of the restaurant was really nice and the food was very good; the wait staff and hostess were excellent; I would go back!

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Thank emes9
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ristorante Massimo is a very cozy place to enjoy a meal! I have been here several times with my wife as we live in Portsmouth NH. Massimo himself is usually there to greet the guests and does a wonderful job as an owner. The food is usually very good quality and prepared quite elegantly. However, my last dinner there was... More 

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Babylon, New York
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Massimo during restaurant week, which meant it was very busy. Perhaps that had something to do with our experience. We arrived about 30 min early, hoping to be seated a bit ahead of our 8:15 reservation. Unfortunately, they were overwhelmed and not entirely organized, so we were seated about 30 min late (8:45). Our table and dining room... More 

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Southwick, Ma.
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to say that Massimos is one of the finest Italian ristorantes I have been in. first being in Portsmouth parking is at a premium, so they have complimentary valet parking, then you are greeted at the desk like you are an old friend. the atmosphere is like old Italy. I had the Insulata Mista and the Tagliatelle Carbonara... More 

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Thank Leesmuffin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 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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Connecticut
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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!

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Pebble Beach, California
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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 

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Milton, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 22:30
Saturday
17:00 - 22:30
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: +1 603-436-4000

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