Massimo - Brisbane

4.5
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80 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.
What 80 People Are Saying
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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Massimo. We were a table of four people, one of whom had a food allergy. Our waiter asked about food allergies and then explained the options on the menu which could be adapted. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the location overlooking Story Bridge and the river, together with attractive decor and soft lighting created a lovely ambience. As well as a la carte choices the restaurant has a number of set, two or three course menus which were very good value.

FL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service, lovely view and fantastic ambience. A visit is a definite must everytime we go to Brissie

DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

service was not good ,feeling a bit disappointed .Not as good as our last visit in July.
Don't know if I will be back.

TW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have already reviewed on Trip Advisor & highly recommend for service, delicious affordable food & drinks

JN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Booked , Got table for 2 next to a big column when pretty of table open on the Thursday night. Waiter was great. Wine was good. Entree was very small more show than goodies. Mains’ Crab was frozen too many times can taste it has had too many ice crystal tough. Deserts were good and generous. Good coffee. Cheers.

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 5th visit and it won’t be my last. Best value dining in Brisbane CBD. Either lunch or dinner - food fabulous and service seriously superb! My friends were very impressed with my choice and they will also be returning!

DM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A menu with many options. Food was well presented and full of flavor. Wait staff were professional. Great location and will certainly return.

LQ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely set price lunch menu. Food was delicious. Great location. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

MA
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is in a great location along the Brisbane River with views of the Story Bridge. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is delicious, quickly served and reasonably priced

JH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I have been to Massimo 3 times for dinner in the past 6 weeks but this was my first time for lunch & was disappointed the food was over cooked my chicken very dry

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic value given quality of food and size of portions. Great modern interior decoration and awesome views of the river, storey bridge and all the people passing by on the promenade. Excellent professional service from the staff tops off an all-round great dining experience!

M
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service, only negative was feeling rushed at each plate because of the table time limit, staff were lovely but very quick on clearing and pushing through to have us out by set time. Kinda ruins the mood.

A
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For my wife and myself all the boxes were ticked, great venue, awesome ambience and views. The star of the night was the food, we were extremely happy with the food served to us, also particularly surprised at how quick it came out. It was a great night.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear Alan, Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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D
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Massimo Brisbane has a number of factors in its favour- position under Blackbird is easy to access and for commuters- it is adjacent to a ferry terminal. The view of the Story Bridge is also iconic and their Italian themed entry is inviting. However, undercooked pasta, over cooked barramundi and waiters who appear to be apprehensive to provide service very much alter a dining experience. It was a family birthday and a tiny unnamed card was found during the evening in the centre of the table. No candle in dessert- no wishes from the staff. We were seated towards the rear which still has a nice vibe and business was booming however a speaker was also booming music directly over our booth. I could go on- but would prefer to put this all down to being a new business and wish them well. They have plenty of healthy competition nearby so will get “the hang of it.”

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear Diningbystorybridge, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and provide us with your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously as we use this to improve our food and service standards. We apologize for the disappointment you have had at Massimo and welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you via our email or phone at your convenience. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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CI
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. Great food, outstanding service, lovely night out with friends. I really enjoy an attached bar area where you can wait for your guests to arrive. I am looking forward to my next visit.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear Christinel, Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff, drink orders taken & despite being occupied catching up the wait staff continued to be attentive but not overbearing and gave us time to settle into our groove.
The food was fantastic, good value for money and overall a great experience. I have already told several colleagues and family members we must return for lunch ASAP.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to write us your great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food beautifully presented. Main course quality of the dishes was disappointing. Pasta was "grainy"/congealed in the middle. My daughter's barramundi was either the import or another type of fillet. Desserts were great. Overall a nice night.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear DeniseK, Thank you for taking the time to write us your review and provide us with your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously, as we use this to improve our food and service standards. We apologize for the disappointment you have had with the mains and welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you via email or phone at your convenience. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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SB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the fourth time I have been to Massimo. Each time with different people, I find the service fabulous and professional yet friendly and unobtrusive, the wine selection extensive with plenty of choice. The food is deleicious and extremely well priced, and have tried something different each time. I have not been disappointed by any food selection. The ambience is great, light and airy though at peak times can be a little noisy. I will continue to support Massimo, as the location only enhances the dining experience and the view over Brisbane River and sometimes toward Howard Smith Wharves, only serves to showcase how beautiful Brisbane is, albeit small but stylish.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear SherylB, Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. We are so happy to hear you enjoy all of your experiences at Massimo and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Whilst the food portions are generous and the meals are not eye gauging expensive, taste was lacking. Everything tasted salty and the pasta did not measure up. The deserts were also too sweet, but feedback was brushed off when we told the waiter. On the plus side, the ambience and decor were thoughtful and it was great to hear conversations. So just work on the menu!

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear LindaT, Thank you for taking the time to write us your review and provide us with your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously as we use this to improve our food and service standards. We apologize for the disappointment you have had with the food and welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you via email or phone at your earliest convenience. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time dining for lunch at Massimo for my wife and I. We booked online and were given a table with great views of the river. We had a pork main and a chicken main. Portions were extremely generous and were both delicious. Waitstaff were attentive and polite. Overall a wonderful first time experience. We will definitely do lunch again.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear TomR, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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J
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Massimo was lovely great location, great vibe. Food was lovely and well priced, gnocchi was a little cold but other than that great experience overall.

G
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really nice place , food was nice and you get a good value with the lunch menu if you booked before 6.30pm , was a bit noisy due to the club nearby.

S
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fine dining without the price tag! We chose the course menu, the food was delicious, and the serving sizes are generous. Each dish was a hit, and great location looking out over the water and Storey Bridge. Wine was also good - Italian wines better than the Aussie selection. We will definitely go back for more 😋😊

TM
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was lovely but the standout was the beautiful fit out, and more so, the service was exceptional.

JT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great location, close to ferries and lovely view over the Brisbane River.
Service was great considering it was Sunday and busy.
Food was good value for the money.
We will be back.

S
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and value for money. Meals were delicious and recommend getting the house baked focaccia and zucchini fritters with any meal you order. We went for Sunday lunch and the atmosphere was warm and inviting, great views too!

TS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a best time at Massimo! The menu was amazing, food delicious, and staff we delightful. Highly recommend.

RC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Really enjoyed the food and service. For an open environment the heaters were adequate in keeping us warm. The only downside was the noise level. Very hard to have a conversation with dinner guests unless right next to you.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 5 August 2019

Dear Rebecca C, Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review and provide us with your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best value for money dining along the river

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 5 August 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you!

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SB
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had booked an outer window table for a party of five, and on arrival discovered we were seated in a booth, with an extra large party of 4 tables beside us, the noise was deafening and because it was a combined birthday celebration we were unable to enjoy our special time. A quiet word to the Maitre D had us relocated to a quieter table and what followed was top quality service, food and attention. I cannot speak highly enough of Massimo. That was my third visit with a different group of people and the others were not dissapointed. Thank you for making our dining experience special.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 5 August 2019

Dear Sheryl B Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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NS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

This is my second visit. The foods were ok this time. The side dishes we ordered were a little bit over seasoned. But overall, it is a nice experience.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 5 August 2019

Dear Nicholas S, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously and use this to improve our food and service standards. We are glad you enjoyed your experience but please do not hesitate if you wish to contact us further about this matter. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are blown away with everything about this fabulous restaurant. The food was delicious, affordable and delivered with outstanding service by 5 star standard waiters. Their attention to detail, friendliness and professionalism is a credit to this stunning venue. Great location for travellers to town on the Cat, and ambience which is to die for. We're going back next week with friends to take advantage of their happy hour prior to early dinner. Thank you for a fabulous experience. Vikki

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 1 August 2019

Dear Vikki H, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review, we appreciate all feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at Massimo! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Booked a 9pm sitting on a Saturday night. Waited 15mins to be seated as table wasn’t ready. Sat down and within 5 minutes we were notified that the kitchen was closing and we needed to order within 5 minutes. Meals were rushed out (actually came out with the bread) and felt slapped together and reheated.
Plates were cleared with food still being eaten, we were then told if we wanted coffee we needed to order as they were turning off the coffee machine at this time staff began closing doors and packing away lanterns.
Super disappointing!!

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 1 August 2019

Hi BlairM, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We sincerely apologise for your disappointment and would love the opportunity to speak to you about your experience. If you would be so kind to contact the restaurant on (07) 3221 1663 at your earliest convenience to discuss. Kind Regards, Massimo Management Team

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LC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My girlfriends and I did a long lunch here over the weekend and it was absolutely faultless. The food was incredible, decor outstanding and our waiter was amazing! Thank you - will definitely be back :)

MC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed the experience - good food and ok service. The main reason for choosing this restaurant was because of its location on the river. They sat us riverside, but the entire restaurant has the ferry terminal in front of it.- Very close. That is all you can see with people shuffling on and off the ferry in front of you.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 26 August 2019

Dear MajorCat, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and provide us with your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious
Our waiter was charming chatty and helpful
The cost was reasonable
However we should have been seated further from the extremely large and noisy business lunch celebration beside us,several tables of noisy young people
It was possible as there were several empty tables for 2 at the other end of the restaurant

ID
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, good position comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Overall good service

TG
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We have been to Massimo a few times now and everytime has been great experience. Food options are so good and all have been delicious and so well priced.
Customer service is great they have some new young team members but they all have neat attitude and make for such a pleasant experince

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 23 July 2019

Dear TonyG, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We take great pride ensuring our customers receive the best food and service and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a gorgeous venue, the service was amazing and the food was just a whole other level! I can highly recommend the lamb shoulder too. We had a great experience and I would recommend every check it out

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 23 July 2019

Dear RoxyM, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a positive review! We take great pride ensuring our customers receive the best food, service and experience and are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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DV
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent, served promptly and the service was friendly and helpful.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 23 July 2019

Dear DonnaV, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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