Roma Ristorante - Allentown
Roma Ristorante - Allentown

Roma Ristorante - Allentown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.romapa.com/
  • Phone: (610) 841-7662
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm Sundays 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Grisafi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Roma Ristorante offers In and Out of House catering. From office lunch-ins to graduations and formal weddings, we can handle it all.
  • Private Party Facilities: We do offer private dining for private functions, events and charities. Times are limited and we do have a 60 people minimum.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Grisafi 6108417662

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Airport Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Roma Ristorante is located in the Airport Shopping Center. Plenty of parking available.
A word from Roma Ristorante - Allentown
Roma Ristorante is dedicated to providing diners some of the finest, freshest Italian dishes in the Lehigh Valley. Tying in old Rome with new Rome, we have created the perfect place to connect with friends or have that intimate dinner for two. From interesting appetizers and crisp salads to traditional favorites and a full-service bar, Roma has it all. Our menu offers a variety of selections from generous portions of specialty pasta dishes, to chicken and veal entrees as well as steaks, seafood and chops. Our full bar offers a wide selection of premium liquor and beer, creative martinis, and a broad range of Italian wines by the glass or bottle. Stop in for Lunch or Dinner. Our experienced wait staff will help you pick out just the right meal to satisfy your appetite!
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Roma Ristorante - Allentown reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (14)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)romantic (9)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great first experience, will be back soon !!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We took our son to Roman Ristorante for his 11th birthday dinner. We requested a table out of the way with a little privacy. I would say that we have the "best table in the house". Our server was very friendly and the food was "EXCELLENT" They even can out with a birthday canolli for my son which was his favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunate experience
    Karen
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I have eaten here many times; however, the past two visits were disappointing, so we will no longer be dining here. The seafood scampi was usually tasty; however, this time it had NO taste. The pasta was overcooked and mushy. The dish lacked flavor. There was something missing...maybe needed more lemon and/or garlic? On our previous visit, my husband had the chicken francaise and it was also missing something....needed more lemon.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great little Italian restaurant
    Bill
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The first time my wife and I tried to go to Roma, we were shopping and looking for a little take out/pizza by the slice type place. Which is what we thought Roma was just by looking at it from the outside. We ended up not eating there when we saw it wasn't that. But came back for dinner a few weeks later and were very impressed. The atmosphere is great, the service is great, and the food is unbelievable. It's one of those places you'll eat until you can't move and still take home half your entree. We've gone a few times now and have never had anything that wasn't utterly delicious. Definitely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Ginactrez
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Many other restaurants, especially those in Manhattan, can learn from Roma! Everything was wonderful. Nothing was frozen or microwaved. All fresh food and quick & friendly service. The website states business casual dress but it is only casual. Jeans are fine. This family owned restaurant deserves kudos in every respect! It may be located in a strip mall but the standards are exceptionally high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meal off menu
    FusionTed
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I asked for a meal not on the menu, and the chef made it without any bother. We always say this is the best Italian restaurant in the valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wonderful surprise
    Valleyfoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was attentive and very friendly & helpful. The food was delicious, came to the table hot and they certainly were not stingy with the amount of food they served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Problem done right!
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The salmon that was ordered didn't show up! It was ok! I was busy with a great big wedge! Quickly the manager was at our table, apologizing for the error and offering to provide several other items to keep our party of 4 happy. Actually, we were all happy! The 4 of us meet here about once or twice a month for nothing less than a great meal and family time together! The salmon was not missed...the wedge with all of it's goodies was more than filling! Really, we were ok! Roma does it all right! Sure it may be a strip mall restaurant but that's where it ends! Inside, the food is the best, the service is always spot on and friendly! We'll continue our monthly lunch! The food and service are just too good!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Experience
    BigjohnT
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our party of 4 had a diverse experience for dinner because we ordered everything from classic Italian dishes to pizza. Everything was wonderful and I personally thought the Wedding Soup was the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Date Night!
    WeEatOut
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love the three courses for $20. We've enjoyed everything from steaks to pasta and seafood, and they've all been excellent. Salads are always very fresh, pasta sauces tasty and the main course cooked to order. The wine list is interesting. Our waiter made a suggestion for my second glass and it was really good. Service is always friendly. The ambience is upscale and modern cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around awesomeness!
    IheartIronHillBrewery
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food delicious and the service is excellent! We are never disappointed at Roma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great prices
    jenneyelitetraveljourneys
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I hadn't been to Roma for a few months. I forgot about it as it's not in my neighborhood. I was looking for a place to have a couples dinner and my daughter suggested Roma. "Oh yeah, I love Roma!" I was very pleased with the prices and the food is excellent! The chef stopped by our table for a little chat. I will remember to go back more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine whine
    BuddyLove
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is great and deserves better wines. The red wine selection is less than average. Riunite Lambrusco? Really? To compete with the other area better restaurants you need a few higher rated wines. Offer them by the glass so people will get to have at least one really great glass of wine with dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Bikergal50VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always the food is delicious and the service great! Portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Have never been disappointed
    jcatt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    So glad we found Roma. I have been there with family four or five times and it has consistently been great! I have been there with my mother who is in a wheel chair and they have always made sure she is comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food not so good service
    jdavis120410
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great menu and great food but poor service. Kids that knew nothing about the wine menu and who were not very attentive. They got the job done but didn't seem to care much. Didn't make me feel welcome. When asked about desert we were given a menu and that was it. No recommendations or anything just dropped it off and walked away. With it being such a lovely restaurant I would at least have a dessert tray and wait staff who care about their customers.
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  • Great food, Great service!!!
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I was visiting the area, food was excellent!!! Great food and great service!! Highly recommend Roma Ristorante!!! Neighbor hood gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Engaging, warm friendly host/staff. Delicious food...molto buono!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long wait- again
    JoeKVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoy going to this restaurant occasionally, and we like the food and atmosphere, but for our last two visits, we experienced a long delay between ordering and receiving our meals. Most recently, we waited over 30 minutes for two meals that should not have taken more than 15-20 minutes. What was even more frustrating was that once we declined ordering a second round of drinks, our server never returned to offer any explanations or to apologize for the delay. We understand that things happen that might prevent kitchens from getting everything out in a timely manner; however, it has been twice in a row for us (and we noticed other tables were not getting their meals much faster.) Occasional check-ins from staff would be helpful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 331 reviews are from the Roma Ristorante - Allentown reviews archive.
  • Roma Restaurant Review
    hawrltyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We always go for the Italian Wedding soup, their specialty of the house. Great homemade taste. The Caesar salad is good. The cut the romaine lettuce is always fresh & crisp. The Greek olives in the salad are a nice touch. Consistently good service and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    very disappointed in our recent visit to Roma. we choose this restaurant to entertain out-of-town guests because of past experience with very good food and service. both were missing. very thin cut, overdone NY strip steak did not resemble this popular menu selection. lobster mentioned in seafood scampi included only shrimp. server meant well; unfortunately, intentions don't cut it in a restaurant atmosphere. appears that Roma is cutting corners. if so, customers will cut Roma.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Steve
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Brought my new girlfriend here for the first time. She was really impressed and wants to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time, as always
    GMan
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had a great time out to dinner with a friend. Wait staff and management are excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMMMMMMY!
    MLaRocca
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I absolutely LOVED this place. I can thank 'Tripadvisor' for sending me here. Our waiter, Matthew, was GREAT! My daughters and I all ordered different dishes, and of course martini's, wine and apps. Each item we had was heavenly! We started with the Mozzarella Carrozza which was perfectly cooked and gave us insight as to how fabulous their marinara sauce is. One daughter ordered the NY strip, full of flavors and very tender. My other daughter ordered the house salad (she wasn't feeling 100 percent) and the ingredients were as if they came out of Grandmas garden. I ordered the Veal Fantasy, and it WAS a fantasy of bliss for my taste buds. I'm from the coast, and this seafood tasted very fresh. I will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    crich113VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had been on the road all day and wanted something close to the hotel. This restaurant was suggested to us. Food was good. We had the veal marsala and a caparese salad. Portions were generous...we did not leave hungry!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service and food are both outstanding. Huge portions!! Enough to take home
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Warm crispy bread before the meal. Don't leave with there being more. Dinner, E X C E L L E N t ! ! ! You will take some home with you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    Deespicks
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Awesome food,very nice wait staff and a great place for singles,couples and families. A must try if you haven't already.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roma
    CapriceVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food was very good .Service between courses was slow Waitress seemed to have disappeared for long periods of time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Italian
    Dineguru
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Roma is a great dining place. The atmosphere is modern with a very cool looking bar area. We ate at the high tables in the bar which we like because of the trendy, modern look. Start with a hearty bowl of Italian wedding soup, a caprese pomodoro appetizer, a bottle of wine, and dinner arugula salads with shrimp and chicken. The food presentation is excellent and the taste is delicious! Nicely done Roma! Great Italian place to take your sweetie at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, weird service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our particular waitress was a bit rude. She reach over when she didn't need to (we were at a table without anyone on one side and she easily could have walked around) She was overly awkward about refilling our drinks. And the thing that really annoyed me was that as we were getting up from the table she picked up the payment and checked her tip. While we were looking right at her. (Luckily we left her 20% or that might have been really awkward) Working at a restaurant I know that there are always a few servers that don't have their stuff together and by no means should that speak for the whole team. And I know that some people just have weird nights. But looking at your tip in front of a guest is absolutely tacky and poor judgement.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have ben to this restaurant before. The food and restaurant themselves are very good, nice atmosphere, good prices, very generous portions. However, me and my wife went to get dinner before a movie, and we were there and hour and a half for a salad and entree. We spent most the time waiting for food, and we noticed at least 2 other tables, who had the same waiter, and they didn't look happy either. We had to get our check and a box from another server. The server then told us that she couldn't close out the check herself, and that our waiter (I believe his name was Norman or Melman, or something like that), and he couldn't even bring the check back to apologize, he sent it back with the other server.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kudos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Was going to go to a local favorite of over 20 years, but they no longer are open on Mondays. So next best italian decision was Roma's because every occasion there since opening has been gratifying for whatever occasion it was... The greeting to seating, the service, the recommendations and the cuisine and wine/bar selection... outstanding. Mother Nature was also extraordinary this particular evening. We stayed longer than anticipated and the owners brought out a heating unit just to make the night last longer in comfort. Kudos. Thank you... We will be back and I will recommend to my corporation of global friends. I'm also a musician. Would love to provide an ambviance to such a night on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodisFine
    fizzle
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food at this restaurant is amazing. Every time I've been there it has been delicious. All the portions are large and very flavorful. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed bag
    EandH
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were sat immediately upon arriving for an early reservation, then sat and read the menu and watched tables seated after us get drinks and appetizers, with no sign of a server at our table. After 15 minutes, we were getting up to leave when a waitress appeared, and said she was just told about the table. I believe this, because from that point on the service we received from Andrea was very attentive without being annoying. The food was a mixed bag; my wife loved her scallops with asparagus risotto ( a recommendation from Andrea), but my gnocchi with marinara wasn't that good. The gnocchi were leaden and the sauce had a bitter overtone of burnt garlic. We ordered a side of meatballs; they were very good. We'd go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian around!
    MollysMom
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My family and I were looking for a great Italian restaurant to celebrate my dad's birthday. My husband who works in New Jersey has coworkers that travel here because of the amazing food. We decided to give it a try and we could've been happier with the food & service! The quality and portions were amazing! We will definitely be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    happydiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Have eaten in this restaurant a lot, and it never disappoints. All of the food is made to order! Best veal or chicken francais in the Lehigh valley!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The meal exceeded our expectations and the staff was wonderful. The prices were less than you would expect for this type of quality. Wewill be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time but not the last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Was looking for a great restaurant to take my wife to on her birthday and this place consistently came up at work. I was a bit scared because I heard of negative reviews about the food being bland. But this place was exactly what I wanted: quiet, beautiful, great waiters and the food was very tasty! I guess my only gripe is that I wish they had more of a variety for desert or more desert LOL. But overall it was a great experience and I recommend it for a great occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Much better than most "mall" places
    NotAFoodie
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Great menu range, very good food, terrific service. An affordable, unpretentious place that's a cut above the usual big-box-plaza restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian Food in the Valley!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mother to Roma for Mother's Day this year and we had a great experience! The food was delicious and handmade. The service was exceptional especially considering the size of the crowd. Roma is the best restaurant for italian food in the lehigh valley!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.