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The Colosseum Restaurant
The Colosseum Restaurant

The Colosseum Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecolosseumrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (603) 898-1190
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Wednesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Thursday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Friday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 10:45pm Saturday: Noon – 10:45pm Sunday: 11:30am– 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Annibale Todesca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer full or half trays of all the food items listed on our menu. We provide both pick-up or delivery. We can also handle special request, please call for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Parties over 20 guest will require a $100.00 deposit and parties over 30 people will require a $200 deposit that will be latter deducted off the final bill. Parties with 50+ or more guest can be seated in our main dining room but will require a room charge. Please call for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Todesca (603) 898-1190
  • Entertainment: We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: We entertain all types of parties, rehearsal, or birthdays etc. Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rte. 28
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.
A word from The Colosseum Restaurant
The Colosseum Restaurant is an award-winning Italian restaurant offering elegant surroundings and exquisite Southern Italian cuisine. Opened in 1987 by Chef Annibale Todesca, the Colosseum has become an established favorite for diners in Salem, NH and the Merrimack Valley. Chef Annibale Todesca serves the same authentic Southern Italian cooking that he enjoyed growing up in Italy. Like many generations of Todescas, he ventures to the market every day to ensure that he cooks with only the freshest vegetables, seafood and highest quality meats. Please stop by for lunch or dinner. It will be our pleasure to serve you.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "From my appetizer to dinner then dessert I was I awe of the taste portions and quality. Looking forward to my next visit"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Server said hi then took a very long time to wait on us. Bread but no complementary bruschetta.Very Long Wait for our food.Server didn’t write down our order. The drinks took a Very Long Time & one was wrong. Server couldn’t remember what we order & had to ask again. Server Cleared the table before our main course came out. We said something, the server then brought out a dish right away.Server said it was going to take a while they hadn't put the order in.The dish came out within seconds.It Wasn’t what we originally ordered. It was Terrible.The check also took for Forever.It wasn't busy for a Saturday.That should have been a first clue.We have been coming for years to the Colosseum following them from their old location.We will not be back"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went for our 23rd anniversary and was very pleased! great food + service. Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is outstanding! Freshly prepared, perfectly seasoned and delivered by a courteous efficient wait staff"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food at The Colosseum is exceptionally good. Can't go wrong either for lunch or dinner. Shrimp dishes a bit pricey but that is to be expected with current market prices being high as well."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance was excellent. The booths are a little snug and the background music (60's 70's) was not obtrusive but not consistent with the ambiance. Classical Italian music would have been better. We have been going to the Colosseum a couple of time a year since it first opened 15/20 years ago and have never been disappointment."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A very enjoyable dinner. We requested a quiet table near window and we got it. The service was great. Would def. return."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Made reservations through open table and it worked out well. Arrived a few minutes late however we were promply seated. The waiter was very attentitive and our food arrived in a timely manner. Outstanding quality and the portions were a little larger than the last time we were there several years ago. The server offered several suggestions as to wine and apps and we took him up on those and we were not disappointed. Overall, a very pleasant experience and we will go back again and recommend this place to others. We also noticed that the bar had some entertainment and we will keep this in mine for the future as it looked very warm and welcoming."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I frequent the Colliseum with my 9 1/2 and 4 1/2 year olds daughters. It is our favorite spot for Mommy date night! The waitstaff is also so pleasant they are always so accommodating, food arrives promptly and everyone leaves happy with a full belly and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Our 1st time visit & on New Years Eve. Very impressed with all the dinners & all were absolutely delicious. The place was packed but we were not rushed. Our waiter was very polite & courteous. Water glasses were promptly refilled without asking. Noticed the owner visiting tables where he could get to them. A return visit is in order."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant has an amazing menu. I counted thirteen (13) different veal dishes alone. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The wine list was decent and the price was, well, on the high side. All in all, excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Awesome menu & food is authentic and outstanding. Highly recommended. We always go to the Colosseum after shopping in Salem. See you again soon."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We use to visit this restaurant quite often; however, we haven't been in quiete some time. Feel something is lost menu is very pricey. Food is good but doesn't stand out like in years past!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "If you don't mind waiting, even with a reservation, the food is good."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The wait staff at Coloseum is attentive and professional."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "The food is always very good and they try and make You are special"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Everything was elegant, our service, table placement, drinks and especially food. We all enjoyed ourselves and have talked about it since. Great time, looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We found this place on OpenTable after not getting a table at our usual Italian resturant. This turned out to be a better overall experience. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and the owners were especially welcoming to the elders. One note is that the food takes time to come and there is a "disclaimer" on the menu! But when it arrives, it is worth the wait. This will now be our go-to place when we are in the area."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "This was our third time at this restaurant and it still is amazing. Complimentary appitizers, afordable drinks and wine, entrees are special, Haddock Aqua was superb. Service was right on time and very special. ( attention to details of our date ). Highly reccomend this restaurant to romantic couples."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. We enjoyed everything we ordered. The baked mozzarella with pomodoro sauce was delicious and the Caesar salad was crisp. The homemade fettucini noodles in a carbonara sauce were very tasty. Equally good was the lobster ravioli in a vodka cream sauce. We finished off our meal with chocolate cake, which was quite good."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "I took my wife to The Colosseum Restaurant for our 1st year wedding anniversary. I had been there once before when I was younger and I still remembered how good the food was from 15 years ago! The dessert was like nothing I had ever tasted before and stuck with me to this day. Our experience was just as good as the first. Great food, great service at a reasonable price. They pull off flavors like I've not had anywhere else. Would highly recommend to anyone!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "The food and wait staff were both excellent. I would go back."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "My husband had the veal parm and I had the veal Romolo and Remo. Both were good. We shared a bottle of wine that was very reasonably priced for a resaurant. Dessert was excellent and the service was very good. Overall, a good value."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "The food was good, not hot but it was good. Service was not good, our server kept forgetting us and forgot to bring drinks like 3x's so that wasn't pleasant. This place is probably better for groups than a couple. Looked like the group had no rpblem getting good service"
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "We chose The Colosseum because we wanted to have a wide variety of Italian foods to choose from. The menu is varied enough to accommodate all tastes and desires. The food was excellent and our servers were wonderful."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "Service was wonderful. Several appetizers were enjoyed by all. Dinners were shared and received great reviews by all. Can't wait to go again. Some in the group had never been but, are looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "My wife and I were greeted promptly and seated right away and the server was quite friendly and amicable. The food was good but definitely not as good as was hyped by all the advertising. They have awards plastered across the building entrance which seems tacky. The appetizers were good although the octopus was tough. The veal was lacking in some texture (all very one soft note) although flavorful. The pasta was good with hearty portions of seafood but the sauce was runny. Dessert was horrid. I had a cannoli which tasted that sort of chrunchy soft texture from being left out too long. The filling was too artificial and was lacking richness. I got a chocolate cake instead (from a Mass. bakery) and OMG was it poor quality. Old+artificial."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "The atomsphere was pleasant, the background music appropriate, the menu (and pricing) reasonable. We both enjoyed different versions of a veal dish and each tasted superb. Cooked perfectly and seasoned for what I suspect is authentic Italian flavors. If I were to point out two drawbacks: 1) some of the tables and chairs were wobbily, we had to change table and a chair to be more comfortable, but the staff was very cordial in accommodating our choices; 2) With the fresh bread - I enjoy a good seasoned dipping oil and not just butter pats, this was provided when we asked for it but was the one low spot in the entire meal. Overall - it was a plesant experience and I would go back again, especially on a Thursday - its $5 martini night."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "I decided to take my husband out without the kids for his birthday. It was perfect. Piano player who sounded like Frank Sinatra, attentive service and amazing food. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "The service was very good and the meals were enjoyed by our guests. The owner visited our table several times and offered a complimentary limoncello after dinner. I would recommend this restaurant !!"
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "The meal lacked flavor. I had Chicken Francese. This is my favorite dish and I tend to have it at all restaurants. There was plenty, but not flavorfull. I took the leftover home, doctored it up with a quick butter, flour and wine sauce added and it was good. You can not just add lemon to this dish and expect it to be good!"
    Dined on 5/19/2013
  • "We have been to the Colosseum, Salem, NH many times. On every occasion we have not been disappointed. The food and service were all excellent. And I received a rose for Mothers Day!"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "When we got to the restaurant our Open Table reservation was not in their reservation system. When I showed them my confirmation email from Open Table, they were very helpful and found us a table for 4. Mother's Day dinner out was very nice! Meal and service were very good and Mom was very happy."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Fresh and good. Enjoyed the homemade pasta. Service was good."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Heard so much about this restaurant but for the price was just not over whelmed (spent almost $200 and did not even have a bottle of wine). Drove over 45 minutes to get there, went with another couple whom had not been there, and when we left we were just not that impressed. The food was just OK, appetizers were the best part of the meal, so do not believe we will be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "The food was good as always, the service was ok. Good value for the money, and the food is very consistent"
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "The food and the service was excellent. The atmosphere was horrible. I requested a quiet table and confirmed it twice with the restaurant. When we arrived they tried to seat us at the table next to the hostess station just inside the door. As far away from a quiet table as you could get. The tables are literally on top of each other. My husband and I were seated at a table for two. The other tables were so close we couldn't hear each other and had to shout to have a conversation. On my left a man's back was literally 6" from my face. My chair was bumped 3 times by wait staff going by because it was so crowded. I got up to check out the bar and went one way and then another and could not find a path to get through. I don't know what"
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Not being from, or living in, NH I have little knowledge of the local restaurants. This place was recommended to me by several locals and I must admit that I was very pleased. I will be dining there again when I'm in the area. The food was very good and I could not find any fault in the service. While their menu had excellent choices in many areas, it did fall short in the area of seafood -- only five choices, four of which were shrimp dishes."
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "I was not impressed with the food. Very bland for made at the restaurant. The service was marginal at best. I do not believe I will return or recommend."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "I usually go to Boston for good Italian. But the colosseum was just as good. The drinks and service were a little weak, but for the price I didn't expect much more."
    Dined on 3/23/2013