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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
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Newton, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

All areas rate a 10 plus. Has been my favorite restaurant for over a decade. Recommend to everyone - a dish for all tastes!

Thank ckuzmitski
Portsmouth, NH
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the finest restaurant in town. Goes to prove that those who are experts can do something well at any level. Upstairs at Massimo's is the cozy bar/restaurant that locals have come to depend upon. And the full Ristorante Massimo is never ever a disappointment. Food, staff and ambiance are as good as it gets.

1 Thank KatherineWilliams99
New Castle, New Hampshire
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our dinner at Ristorante Massimo, as much for the menu as for the really unique setting amidst the centuries-old brick walls of an historic building in downtown Portsmouth. It reminded us of some of the restaurants in Old Quebec.

1 Thank J Michael D
Needham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On Thursday, January 5, 2017 my wife and I hosted 20 family members at Ristorante Massimo. The occasion was a family dinner before our son's wedding on Saturday the 7th. My wife and I are from Boston and our family traveled from Ontario Canada. We wanted to treat them to a special dinner where we would all be together before... More 

1 Thank jml1838
Westford, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere is warm, welcoming and beautiful. The owner greets everyone as a new (or old) friend. Service was excellent as was the choice of food and wine. We felt well-cared for and loved the meal. We shall be back!

1 Thank Babson15
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a delightful, romantic dinner at this first class Italian restaurant. The food was great, Veal Chop (best ever), and a braised beef pasta dish. After dinner we had a nightcap at their upstairs bar with two very entertaining bartenders. Probably will eat at the bar next visit

1 Thank Bazirgan
Nashua, New Hampshire
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't know what all the hype is about! Made a reservation one month ago for a special birthday dinner. Asked for a quiet, alcove table. When we got there we had to wait 20 minutes for our table (which would have been ok if we got what we asked for). When we were seated we were put in an alcove... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The location of this restaurant is outstanding. When you walk into the dining area it is like taking a step back in time. Wonderful place for a romantic dinner or special occasion. And the food is great!

1 Thank JB6569
Fishers, Indiana, United States
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We visited Massimos with a wine club (39) people for a wine pairing... the service was very good; the food was delicious; the wine very nice; and the venue lovely! We will return. My husband's entree was seared scallops and I had roast duck! Both were delicious! The salad was simple but deliciously dressed/seasoned! My husband's first course was a... More 

Thank Carmen G
Saco, Maine
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We found the restaurant on-line, read the reviews, menu and wine list and ventured out in a snow storm to NH for a new experience. After finding our way there we were pleasantly surprised to find an upscale restaurant tucked down under an old building creating a cozy atmosphere. The menu was completely different than what was online and certainly... 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
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
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?