Outstanding in every way. The perfect special occasion location.
Excellent in every way
Great food, great service. We had a really special table in a corner nook - romantic and fun spot to be able to not only enjoy our dinner/date, but also to enjoy watching the rest of the restaurant! But again, it was the food and service - top.
Excellent service and ambience - unfortunately, my entree was so overcooked that I couldn't get a steak knife through it. The rest of the dinner (appetizers, salads, dessert) was fair to good, but certainly not outstanding.
Just fantastic. We had a splendid meal, fantastic service and a very romantic New Years eve. Thank you Massimo, you have a very fine restaurant and it was a pleasure to meet you and your very professional crew.
What a charming restaurant! We had a cosy little corner, and a lovely wait staff. But as beautiful as it was, it was the food that was a knockout! Such interesting combinations. Perfect presentations. And soooooo delicious! Wish it were close by, so we could go there often.
I took my now fiancee here to propose on our 1 year anniversary and the service was outstanding! They treated us like royalty and made the entire night very special for us. I highly reccomend it for a date or special occasion dinner spot. The food was amazing as well we got the carbonara and the beef filet and both were spectacular. The desserts were also amazing!
Massimo's is always excellent. The food is top notch, the welcome warm, the service very good. So glad it's still going strong in Portsmouth.
Excellent food at affordable prices. Great staff! Would highly recommend.
Ristorante Massimo has an overall 4.8 rating that is exactly how we would rate it. Overall excellent food, service and ambiance, one of the most romantic restaurants in New England. The proprietor, Massimo, is available and welcoming, he makes a point of speaking to all of the diners. I had a small plate to start, Gorgonzola and figs with prosciutto, excellent! My wife had the Rosti di Patate to start, something different for her. We both had fish for an entree on this visit, Cod for my wife and I tried the Halibut. Both were cooked perfectly and beautifully presented. The wine I tried was an Italian Sauvignon Blanc, wonderful taste and a perfect match with the fish. Dessert was the Chocolate Cake, the only slight disappointment as it was a bit dry. Excellent coffee was excellent. Another plus was the Parking, it is nearby and we were thankful for that on a night in the teens. Quite expensive so it's very special occasion kind of place.
As usual this restaurant continues to please. From the warm initial welcome from Massimo to the wait staff ie: Candace and Michael we had a superb evening. The food, ambiance and overall experience is one of joy. Thank you again Massimo...we will be back.
Excellent food and service! We were not rushed at all. Very much enjoyed our dinner. Thank you!
Definitely a little gem in Portsmouth. Well worth the trip and you won't be disappointed. We have been coming here for years and hope to make it many more!
Excellent all-around. They accommodated two vegetarians and a low sodium diet in our group of five with delicious homemade dishes. We would definitely go back!
We went to Massimo’s for dinner before a show at the music hall and to celebrate my birthday. It was delightful! The service was wonderful and food was delicious. The butternut squash and burrata salad was delicious!
This is the best place to go if you want to score points with the one you're with.
Had a small pasta dish which was delightful! Wish I had more of an appetite to eat more.
Wonderful birthday dinner! Worth every penny! We will definitely be there again!
Cod and halibut were fantastic. Cod was a little heavy on salt, but preparation and service made up for that. Service was perfect.
We had a great meal as usual. This is the best restaurant in portsmouth.
It is a little pricey, but well worth it. Top notch food with top notch service.
Carbonara was amazing! Attentive service and ambience was perfect!
Great experience. Food was excellent and service was better!
Our meal was exceptional - our appetizer was SOOO GOOD - the caviar and potato. It was my husbands birthday and he had a wonderful time. We loved our cozey corner. The pork chop and the veal was delicious.
We were greeted at the door making us feel special.
Our waiter was EXCELLENT- he was very good to us. Very polite and friendly. He helped make our night!
My partner and I agreed - the BEST meal we’ve ever had. Their food and the overall experience gets better all the time. They continuously strive for new levels of excellence in each category. Thank you, thank you, Massimo. Never have we left feeling disappointed. Not even a little.
A spectacular meal with a wonderful ambiance. Service and atmosphere are as good as it gets. From the moment you walk in, the hostess, owner, wait staff, etc make you feel comfortable, welcome and special. Highest recommendation
Our food was outstandingly delicious and served by attentive but not overly familiar wait staff. Our host was molto amichevole, coming to our table for that personal touch.
If not for another rudely loud table that dominated over everyone’s polite conversation it would’ve been a perfect evening.
We participated in Portsmouth’s annual Restaurant Week. This gives us the opportunity to sample restaurants in the NH seacoast area. We will be revisiting Ristorante Massimo!
We had a nice little booth in the back corner of the restaurant. It was so romantic! The food was very good and the service was excellent. I definitely recommend.
It took a long time to get a menu but once we connected with our very informed server, placed our orders food came, it was delicious. What a great spot and super cozy downstairs. Ambiance was phenomenal with all the stone and brick. It reminded me of La Truffière in Paris, a 5-star Michelin rated restaurant. The Veal Chop entree unbelievably delicious.
Restaurant week and the menu and food did not fail to impress. Totally love going to this restaurant.
Such a wonderful dining experience. Staff is very attentive to your needs and the food is always fresh, innovative and delicious!
Service was very good but was very underwhelmed by the food, especially for the very high prices
Excellent dining experience, as always at Massimo’s.
Even though we ordered from the restaurant week special menu, the portions were generous, not skimpy.
Our guests from out of state raved about the experience.
Amazing celebration for our wedding anniversary
The food and service was amazing.
Outstanding service and delicious food!
My wife and I had a great time here. Service was marvelous, food was impeccable, ambience was pleasant. Went during restaurant week and it has been my favorite restaurant in Portsmouth. Absolutely recommend this establishment!
unfailingly superb from ambience to service to food, every time, every person, every flavor.
It was like coming home to my Italian family I never had! Thanks for taking care of a couple of Iowans!
The staff was very courteous and respectful, the food was great. It is more expensive, but worth it completely.
We had a wonderful experience dining at Ristorante Massimo. Massimo himself greeted us and our server Candace was fantastic. Food was delicious - party of 8 and everyone loved their meals. Favorites included the carbonara and the short rib pasta entree. We felt like family and really had a nice night. Thanks again to Massimo and the staff for a perfect night!