Massimo - Brisbane

4.5
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166 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
Ciao and welcome to Massimo Restaurant. Our aim is to source the freshest produce - simple and authentic style cooking to bring people together.

Eat. Live. Enjoy." - Michael Tassis.

The Tassis family have been running successful award winning restaurants for over 30 years from the Southern States and NSW to multiple locations throughout Queensland. By always keeping the restaurants under the family umbrella, Michael Tassis has been introduced to the hospitality industry from a young age allowing him to become a successful restauranteur in Brisbane.

Michael’s next venture, Massimo Restaurant & Bar, is a contemporary new concept aiming to impress in a true Italian style. Massimo Restaurant & Bar’s Head Chef Davide is from the Abruzzo region on the east coast of Italy. Davide’s passion and dedication to the culinary arts are the bench mark of the Massimo kitchen. Offering spectacular Italian cuisine matched only by exquisite service and beautiful river views.
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D
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

We had prebooked and were shown to a table which proved to be near a very noisy table of about 8 people. Could barely hear ourselves think. Our waiter was a bit hit and miss. We poured our wine ourselves as he was not alert enough after the first pour. The food was reasonable, but have eaten far better in places only a stone's throw away, so we will not be returning.

SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here and catch up with friends

MB
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Comfortable, immaculate and well presented restaurant. Spectacular food, so delicious and great value. Fantastic location and service was superb. Cannot wait to go back, everyone left happy, well fed and relaxed.

LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Staff very friendly and I had the steak which was perfectly cooked. Great atmosphere, good value and great food.

VM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We dined right at the front of the restaurant in full view of the Storey Bridge. Whilst we chose a simple meal it was well prepared and came with nice sides. The waiter was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. We chose wine by the glass and both types were good. Pleasantly surprised by the pricing, very reasonable for the quality and ambience. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Brisbane waterfront.

LT
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fantastic value and quality Italian food. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Stifling hot and the 'outdoor air con' didn't work. Maybe some fans circulating would have been good
Food was overpriced eg $25 for 2 prawns (that's it, nothing else on the plate) seemed ridiculous

DC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Entree of calamari was lovely. The scollops over cooked on the grill. The veal was dry and tough. They they cooke another for my partner but the second one came out the same and she could not eat it. They gave a complimentary deseart but unfortunately parfait icecream had to many ice crystals. The lamb shoulder was lovely. Unfortunately it was a poor experience for our first visit to Massimo. Satff were great though

CH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went to Massimo on a date and had a great time! The food (highly recommend the cioppino) and drinks were delicious, generous and very more-ish. We found the staff to be very friendly and attentive. Wouldn’t fault the experience and I look forward to returning to Massimo soon!

SW
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

This was my third visit to Massimo and unfortunately was very disappointing. The food was fine, and at the beginning of our seating the service was consistent, however after our entrees things went downhill. The waiter dropped our entree bowl upside down on my lap and, while apologetic, I had to chase up the soda he’d promised to deliver to help me with the stain on my dress. Our water wasn’t topped up, we were never offered more drinks, and though I was checked on regarding the stain, we weren’t offered any kind of recompense. As we were exiting the waiter made a half-hearted offer of some dessert wine—but given we already were on our way to exit, was a bit too little too late. Disappointing as our visit was for a special occasion.

GN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food2Service1Ambience5

Barmundi was very dry service just okay yet Resturaunt was nearly empty

JR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual, I’ve been a few times now and am always blown away by the quality and authenticity

S
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Our table for four all chose the multi course option which was both delicious and good value for money. A good variety on the menu meant that we could choose from a number of seafood options as well as more traditional offerings. The panacotta was a stand out. If a special occasion I would request the seating closest to the bridge as some views are obstructed (it didn’t worry us though)

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Service overall was really good. Food was amazing and we had some cocktails before dinner that were really good. However, when we arrived to the restaurant, the hostess/floor manager was in a bad mood or something and it seemed as she wasn’t very happy to see us and ask her if it was ok to have our table a little earlier than the booking time. She was actually rude to us. This situation could have easily been handled by asking us to sit at the bar and have a drink while we waited for our table to be ready (which was what we had thought we would do if the table wasn’t ready yet because we knew we were coming in earlier than our booking time). If it hadn’t been for that terrible experience at the arrival, it would have been a 5 star Christmas Eve dinner. Good thing the service provided by barman, waiter and food runners were outstanding! Which made our experience better.

AH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We were a party of 8 (6 adults and 2 children) and had a pleasant evening at Massimo's. We have two recommendations for improvement in the menu:
1) The dish with prawns and sand crab was disappointing. For $31 we think you could do better than provide only ONE prawn! You need at least 4 prawns in the dish, and the sand crab should be more prominent and not so overwhelmed by the tomato sauce.
2) The barramundi was quite good, but a little overcooked. The feta in it could have been more prominent, and the charred vegetables need improvement (the aubergine was bitter. Try roast pumpkin, sweet potato and broccoli with the zucchini).
The snapper and deep fried zucchini were good. The desserts were very good, especially the chocolate cake. Service was good.
Overall, the evening was nice, but these improvements in the cuisine would make it outstanding.

ED
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely great place.
It was our first express email
Emily was a great host- thank you.

AD
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service were fantastic will definitely be back.

PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the service and ambience, combined with great food, Massimo is wonderful and we will all be returning.

TM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I love the interior of Massimo.. this time we sat in a booth. The food was nice and the service good. One small criticism however was the music. I think it was too loud and the wrong style of music for this restaurant. Our party of four struggled with conversation over the white noise that would have been better suited to a bar.

LD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is my second time at Massimo in two weeks and once again it didn’t disappoint! I had the swordfish and it was the best I’ve ever had! My friend had the prawns and she said they were amazing! Thank you!

MC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great views, wonderful service and excellent food, what's not to like.

CE
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Poor service and food was not fresh, would not recommend.

DM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was my second visit and the food was superb on both occasions. Service was a little slow the last time (about an hour from order to service) when the restaurant was not fully booked.

MD
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

On a very hot Brisbane Sunday I was so pleased to arrive and find that even though this is an open air restaurant they were pumping out the air con making all their customers comfortable. A first I think for Brisbane.... thank you.

Food very good and service was great. Overall a great lunch.

AL
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had 4 kids and the staff were so kind and lovely.
Especially the girl that greeted us.. I am sorry, I can’t remember her name.. she said she had been there 7 months and loved it. She was so amazing with the kids and really made our night!
We will be back!

LD
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my mother out for dinner for her belated birthday and from the moment we stepped in to Massimo, we enjoyed great service and great food! Such a wonderful evening and we will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Drinks took ages from the bar.
Fish wrapped in prosciutto was very, very dry.

SF
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Overall we had a lovely night. The food was excellent with a good range of alcohol. The atmosphere was nice, however the waiter was quite abrasive and unpleasant. He actually threw a napkin across the table at one of our party. Additionally, he got quite angry at the start of the visit when we were waiting on another guest and this was mentioned to him as he was filling up the glasses of water. He replied "I know" in a very stern tone. Apart from this, it was a nice experience and it won't stop us from coming back.

CP
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The $45 three course option was outstanding 👍 the flounder was hanging off the plate and cooked to perfection. I had grilled octopus which melted in your mouth followed by bbq grilled prawns ,, mmm mmm
We shared the panacotta desert and by nights end had eaten our fill 😋 $300 of which $100 was on wine is great value for great food with great service ! ,, we will be back and sooner rather than later 🙏

E
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to Massimo for a dinner with a friend and everything was above and beyond expectations! The ambience is very modern and stylish, the view is beautiful by the river facing the bridge, good service but most of all... the food was divine! I highly recommend the mix seafood carpaccio, the pasta with pippies and pistacchio and the cornetto to finish off with a unique dessert. Everything was perfect and the best thing is that if you go before 18:30 you can enjoy a discounted menu which is great considering otherwise it would be quiet dear. My new fav spot in Brisbane

MG
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good with service, pricing, food portions and views/outlook.

NC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

The location is fantastic.
This last meal was inferior to a lunch I had a month ago.
I was a little disappointed with meal

AE
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was five star! The only thing I would suggest would be that it could have been a little cooler but than that I was overly satisfied and have already recommended to many friends and family!

CG
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waiters were lovely. Food amazing. Great view of the story bridge

RS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance,food was superb and so was the service.We will definitely be going back on our next visit to Brisbane.

KC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This dining experience was excellent. From food to service. We will definitely come back! Well done to the team at Massimo

SB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The service was appalling. I had to call the waiter over to order wine after trying to attract his attention seberal times when he was at tables near us


I ordered the Bistecca whjch was wuite grissly, not very tender and only luke warm on arrival.

I took a long time for our plates to be cleared even though the restaurant was quite empty by this time and we were asked if we wanted dessert or coffee about 30 minutes after we had finished our meals.

MO
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Staff. Food was fantastic, my main was very big, could not finish it.

AL
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great and my overseas visitors were suitably impressed.

E
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The atmosphere is fantastic, though not for the hard of hearing. We had a pleasant waiter, took a while to get the drinks menu though. Wine and meals weren't exorbitant. None of us enjoyed our meals though - 2 of us had the prawn and crab pasta, if it weren't for the one prawn on top you wouldn't have known it even had seafood in it! The other chose the fish wrapped in prosciutto but the latter understandably overpowered the fish. Will give another go and pick different meals but wouldn't rush back straight away.