Massimo - Brisbane

4.5
67 reviews
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$40 and under
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Italian
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  • Waterfront
  • Lunch
  • Good for a Date
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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Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.”

CI
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

DK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Second time, just as good as the first. Amazing value and great location. Thanks team!

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 23 July 2019

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

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CU
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the restaurant, the staff were very professional and friendly. The food was delicious and very traditional (I had the osso bucco). Definitely coming back very soon.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

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

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MW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything that was in previous reviews was bang on .

Highly recommend !

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Matt W, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Managament tEAM.

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BB
Brisbane / QLD
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The food is good and the service was excellent, the surcharge turns us off either put i the price or dont put it in at all.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Brenton B, Thank you for taking the time to write us your review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service, however, we do apologise for your disappointment with the weekend surcharge. We try and provide the best possible value for money, with mains around $20 and entrees around $14. We have tried to ensure our prices are competitive whilst providing full table service and being positioned on the Brisbane water front. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We thought that the food was great and reasonably priced. The negative would be how packed in the tables were. It seemed over crowded for the space. The poor staff that have to navigate through the narrow passageway between tables.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Tamara J, Thank you for taking the time to write us your great review and provide us with your feedback. We take all feedback very seriously as we use this to improve our food and standards. Thank you for your feedback again and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team

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HI
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Waiter was really rude. And totally inflexible to customise dish which was as simple as making spicy. Pasta were really bland and had no taste.
Had high expectations but disappointed

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Hira, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We take all of our feedback very seriously as we use this to improve our food and standards. We would like to apologise for your disappointment you had with the food and service and we welcome you to discuss this further via or email or 07 3211 1663. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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HS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food here is beautiful. I took clients from Melbourne and they were impressed. The staff are also very friendly, and always checking on you without being annoying.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Holly S, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion..........or just because it's Wednesday night !My 3 dining companions and I arrived before 6.30 so we were able to partake of the "Dinner Special" = 2 courses for $35 !! Considering the fabulous food and portions - this is exceptional value for an inner city restaurant with such great views. The wines were all reasonably priced so a fun time was had by all. We will all definitely be back..........with others ! Even if you can't make the early dinner time-frame, the prices are still great value for such a high standard.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

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

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TG
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. Will definately be returning.

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Tania G, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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AO
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a lovely meal at Massimo for my husband’s birthday. Really enjoyed the bugs and octopus. Thank you

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Amelianna O, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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JL
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hosted a small Italian foodie Meetup at your restaurant it was amazing foods was tasty and great value not to mention the service was absolutely fabulous we were so lucky have Johnathan the lovely Italian guy looking after us not once we have to Asks for anything from him. Thank you for a great night !! We will definitely be back can’t wait to come back for another great night!! Instagram: Foodie_in_dream Brisbane foodie Meetup host

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Jenny L, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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

As Italian living in Australia, I felt like home. High quality food, ambience and service. Thanks!

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Alessia B, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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G
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing that a friendly worker, gave me his scarf as he could see I did not have a jumper. I was wearing a strapless top and he covered my back with his scarf. Thank you

Massimo - Brisbane
Responded on 16 July 2019

Dear Georgia1, Thank you for taking the time to post your great review! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Massimo's Management Team.

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