The Colosseum Restaurant
The Colosseum Restaurant

The Colosseum Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecolosseumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6038981190
  • 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 6038981190
  • Entertainment: We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Special Events: 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.
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The Colosseum Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (9)romantic (6)fit for foodies (5)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Birthday Dinner
    Boston1italian
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    From my appetizer to dinner then dessert I was I awe of the taste portions and quality. Looking forward to my next visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone Down Hill
    AMcoupleVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for our 23rd anniversary and was very pleased! great food + service. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    MamaLoomer
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food at this restaurant is outstanding! Freshly prepared, perfectly seasoned and delivered by a courteous efficient wait staff
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 179 reviews are from the The Colosseum Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A very enjoyable dinner. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A very enjoyable dinner. We requested a quiet table near window and we got it. The service was great. Would def. return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Night at the Colosseum
    Bill
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with Kids
    Anakalia
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time customer
    Patsy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome menu & food is authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Awesome menu & food is authentic and outstanding. Highly recommended. We always go to the Colosseum after shopping in Salem. See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We use to visit this restaurant
    luv2eat
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you don't mind waiting,
    LoveItalien
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    If you don't mind waiting, even with a reservation, the food is good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wait staff at Coloseum
    Marilyn
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The wait staff at Coloseum is attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food is always very good and they try and make You are special
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a good time
    3188
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise!
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time another charm
    rek2elec
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy meal
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A+ Experience
    PhenomFood
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and wait staff were
    jacksgirl
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The food and wait staff were both excellent. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Value
    SalemVisit
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    AliKev
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Annie
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Eight
    otis0726
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant, but over hyped...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations
    BuddhaPepe
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Heather
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Italy
    Francesco
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I had hoped
    fussyeater1
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    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!
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  • We have been to the Colosseum,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice!
    DiningOut
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and good. Enjoyed the
    violetbleu
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Fresh and good. Enjoyed the homemade pasta. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just not Impressed
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good as always,
    Dan1
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    The food was good as always, the service was ok. Good value for the money, and the food is very consistent
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but VERY LOUD and CROWDED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be back!
    landj
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was not impressed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I usually go to Boston for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate