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Ristorante Massimo

59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
+1 603-436-4000
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Opens in 11 min
All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
59 Penhallow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3800
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary with friends at this beautiful restaurant. The food was fabulous. I had the Braised Short Ribs as my main course and it was incredibly good, very rich. My husband had the Tagliatelle Carbonara and said it...More

Thank Kay S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two of my friends and I went to Ristorante Massimo for dinner during restaurant week in Portsmouth. I chose this restaurant based on its great reviews and they were correct. The atmosphere was nice - we were seated downstairs in a nice, quieter room at...More

Thank Penni1126
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had wanted to try this Italian restaurant before and never quite made it, wow were we missing out! being Restaurant Week It was kind of a mixed blessing, so many good choices besides the price fix specials, but boy were they great choices too!...More

Thank Jackaroe-99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came during restaurant week for my wife's birthday. The ambulance is tastefully muted with Frank Sinatra type music. Our first course was lobster for my wife and ravioli for me. My wife's second course was scallops and I had the pasta torte. Dessert was...More

Thank CapePorpoise
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

Our whole team went for dinner and had a lovely evening with great food and exceptional service. They have a nice wine selection and delicious food. We had several appetizers and I would recommend their meatballs and their cheese tray. I had the veal chop...More

Thank Beth_McD05
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended. All seventeen people in our party left feeling they had an outstanding meal. The wait staff, especially Brittany, could not have been more attentive. Thank you for taking such good care of us.

Thank DJKxyz
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Restaurant is off the main street and tricky to get into. The place is cozy and the place is slightly dated. The staff is amazing. Our server was outstanding. Wish I could remember her name. The fig appetizer was a little weird, meatballs definitely a...More

Thank Tripking07
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Honestly, my wife and I didn't expect to find world-class Italian cuisine in New England, where lobster and haddock and clams and oysters and mussels and other freshly caught seafood dominate the menus of most restaurants. But Portsmouth, New Hampshire, covers all bases. Ristorante Massimo...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I had a lot of difficulty finding something to order in this Italian restaurant. It is a beautiful old house with very friendly attentive service but the menu needs updating. The pastas were unimaginative and there were no veal dishes. My lobster pasta was way...More

Thank Steven W
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

While hearing this was top italian in city, walking in was a great atmosphere. Sound levels make the experience starting at a high level. Then Lee, our server, was knowledgeable and attentive. Food, well an experience to enjoy. Roasted carrot salad, ravioli with lobster and...More

Thank Jellybeandean
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26 March 2017|
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Response from Babson15 | Reviewed this property |
Some of the meals come in a smaller size so it really depends on what you order. I think a couple could dine for closer to $100 if having just one glass of wine each. It is a lovely spot.
Ellen S
3 October 2016|
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Response from Dave L | Reviewed this property |
There's not a dress code, but I think you would want to look dressed up. The place is pretty elegant and I would hate to feel silly in anything less than nice jeans and a dress shirt.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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: +1 603-436-4000
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