Massimo - Brisbane

4.4
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191 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 191 People Are Saying
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MoniqueP
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious food at a reasonable price with a great view. If you are a seafood lover, there are a lot of yummy options!

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DionS
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Massimo experience was amazing and such great value. They had implemented a new menu which was very tasty. The restaurant itself is lovely and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great - I hope the new menu which is coming out this week will be as good!

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ChiaraB
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Average food, terrible service. I was quite disappointed.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Loved the meal.
Most disappointing part of the meal was when out amazing waiter was removed and replaced with someone else. Would have happily covered his last hour's wages but never got the opportunity. Replacement was rushed and no where near as efficient or personable

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Mkate1
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Amazing location; however unfortunately the food was a let down and service wasn’t very good.

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marden08
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food great, prices good value for lunch, service friendly and efficient. We will go back

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The venue is beautiful, the food was great as always, our waiter ( Italian, I think) was very pleasant and professional.
The only thing I didn’t appreciate was the female staff member dressed in black as she touched my baby without permission. I felt a bit unease by that considering what is going on at the moment.
But we will still be coming back.

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SarahD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined at lunch with a large group for a 60th Birthday. The staff were very accommodating, were prompt and kept the drinks topped up very efficiently! The food was delicious and was very reasonably priced. The location was very handy and the ambience was very good.

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Brian
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

this is now my go to in Brisbane. Only issue was that it was quite hot.

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NellyH
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were 5 of us for dinner and we all selected the 2 course meal (main & dessert) for $35. which was excellent value. I'm not a sweet eater but I highly recommend the chocolate cake.

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JulieH
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Second visit to Massimo, food was beautiful. Relaxed friendly staff, lovely ambience and position on eagle street. Highly recommended.

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MichelleD
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was lovely and the service was great. It was a very hot day so it was a little warm sitting near the outer part of the restaurant, but overall a positive experience.

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service was good. I reserved a table inside but they seated us outside. The summer heat kind of ruined the evening as we were so hot and uncomfortable the whole time.

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GregM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great setting. Excellent value. Quick service. Waiter was flexible in that 2 people wanted entrees and the other had a tight timeline. scallops superb. Grilleg bugs were very good. All worked well. perfect for a business lunch

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ChristinaT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

It took an hour for our order to be taken and the food took another. When we arrived the restaurant was almost empty and there was still large delays.

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TheDutchcouple
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with delicious food and very good ambiance! Massimo serves a creative menu, which I haven't seen in other Italian restaurants in Brisbane. We went for the 3-course menu, which had plenty of options to choose from. Each course was well plated and had a generous serving! Great value for money. Our hostess for the evening was kind and very friendly! The restaurant is also situated at a convenient location,right across to the citycat terminal. We would certainly be back at Massimo!

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vipFoodlion
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The food was good and the setting is hard to beat. Our waitperson would not follow our direction on the order which we wanted our food served. She proceeded to argue with us. I believe our problem was the particular waitperson and not the entire staff.

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JaniceC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Great river front location for a catch-up with family or friends

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KellyE
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely lunch with overseas guest, great wine, great food, great service. Will definately be back!

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AnneW
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We had a very pleasant experience at Massimo on Thursday night. Food was delicious & good value for money especially when choosing the combined menu options. Wine selection was good & the little bar area perfect for a pre dinner drink. The only thing we felt lacking was a Maître De to oversee the smooth running of the Restaurant. We will go back.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Choice and variety on the menu was great.
The waitress did an excellent job.

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GrantJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Seated at front or Restaurant without asking if good , table on a lean and noisey from foot traffic

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Eric
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service is good , staff are very nice and friendly... Food good, beer good... desert good.... River view.... Very wealthy to go

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Dusk
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
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.

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SandyB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here and catch up with friends

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MajellaB
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.

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LaraLofts
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.

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VickyM
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.

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

Fantastic value and quality Italian food. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
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

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DsleC
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

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ClareH
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!

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SarahW
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.

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vipGaryN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food2Service1Ambience5

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

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JacintaR
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

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Smygirl
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)

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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AnneH
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.

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EllenD
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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