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Ristorante Gioia

18 reviews
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$30 and under
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Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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From the moment you enter Ristorante Gioia, you will experience unique and enjoyable dining in a Authentic Italian setting. In Italy, every meal is a journey; the same is true at Ristorante Gioia. Start with appetizers featuring a selection of Bruschetta and antipasto, then move to a traditional Italian dinner, Insalata (salad), to primi piatto (pasta), to secondi piatto (main course), finally a delicious dolce (dessert) and cappuccino. Discover the true feeling of Italy over dinner with family and friends, making conversation with the most famous Italian music in the air, and enjoying savory wine in a setting that is very relaxing in a casual atmosphere surrounded by attentive servers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation


Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(978) 729-3520
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private dining and event space in Downtown Historic Salem, Massachusetts for business, pleasure or both. Ristorante Gioia's eventful space is perfect for your special occasion of up to 45 guests. Our staff will present a menu of authentic regional Italian cooking, from homemade pastas and breads, to delicious antipasti and entrees, delectable desserts and an award-winning selection of Italian wines.
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Cross street
Barton Sq.
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Parking details
Public Parking and on-street parking
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Public transit
Washington St @ New Derby St (426/455, 450, 451, 455, 456, 459, 465, 468)

New Derby St @ Klopp Alley (426/455, 451, 455, 459)

New Derby St Opp Klop Alley (426/455, 451, 455, 459)
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8based on all time ratings
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

We totally enjoyed our delicious dinners at Ristorante Gioia on Mother's Day. Each meal ordered was different, cooked to order, and all were served piping hot at the same time. Our waitress was very cheerful and efficient. It was a very relaxing atmosphere complemented by soft background music, allowing easy conversation among our party of 5. We definitely will return.

4.0Dined on May 10, 2014

We went here for my son's 14th birthday because he wanted veal. The restaurant has a large selection of veal, pasta and fish. We all enjoyed our meals. This restaurant is a more traditional "old school" italian menu that everyone liked. My only complaint is that they could have a better selection of wines by the glass.

2.0Dined on February 8, 2014

We booked through OpenTable a few hours before we arrived but they had no record of our reservation and no available tables so they seated us at some small bistro sets they have near the front door. They seemed short-handed with servers as there were only 2 and the restaurant was fully booked. They did the best they could and we weren't kept waiting too long. The bread was underbaked and raw in the middle. We pointed it out, they brought a fresh loaf over and it too was raw in the middle - not a good sign. The food itself - pesto gnocchi and lasagna - were not any better than we could have made at home. Dessert (Chocolate Mousse Cake) was good and wine list was good too, but there are better options in the area. We will not be returning.

4.0Dined on January 10, 2014

Asked for a "romantic" table and a simple birthday treat! All was done very nicely. The owner, Vito, very pleasant and inviting.

5.0Dined on December 12, 2013

Went on an off night and were the only ones there. The service was terrific, the menu was great and our selections were wonderful. The super cheesy garlic bread was delis. We had the gnocchi pesto and eggplant pram...both really good, piping hot with plenty to take home. Nice wine selection too. Will go back!

4.0Dined on October 22, 2013

Lobster ravioli was awsome. Near everything in town. We would go back.

1.0Dined on October 19, 2013

Open table said this place had availability, after making a reservation I was called by the restaurant to be told they do reservation on their own website and that they were totally booked.

Clearly a breakdown in communication and agreement between open table and this restaurant .

And then to get a follow up survey from open table asking about my experience. Well if you must know it stunk!

4.0Dined on October 8, 2013

Tuesday night anniversary - great spot.

4.0Dined on October 5, 2013

One of our favorites. The owner cooks every meal to order, which is a rarity these days. You may have to wait a bit for your food if it's a busy night, but it's definitely worth every second!

2.0Dined on September 14, 2013

Based on the other reviews, we expected decent food. It was so average, we wouldn't go back, wouldn't recommend it, but the waitress was very efficient and it's a great location. Too bad.

3.0Dined on September 12, 2013

This was my second visit to this restaurant and my pasta and shrimp dish in a vodka sauce was outstanding!!! Reasonably priced and an excellent meal!

4.0Dined on August 10, 2013

Very nice find in Salem walking distance from downtown and the waterfront. Ample portions, excellent food and plenty of vegetarian options on the menu.

5.0Dined on June 15, 2013

We found this restaurant by accident, and happy that we did. The menu is extensive, the service was attentive without overbearing,
and the dining room reminded me of a bistro in Italy. The minestrone soup was hot and filled with lots of vegetables. I had a
veal/eggplant dish which was generous in portion and very tasty. Definitely will return, and highly recommend this North Shore

3.0Dined on June 7, 2013

Not as great as we had anticipated!

5.0Dined on May 14, 2013

I've walked by the place often and we finally went in. The service was the best we have had in a long time anywhere, and the server was well informed and guided us in a pleasant dining experience. he was attentive yet not distracting. We each had a veal dish and it was the most tender veal we have ever eaten, and we've eaten out a lot. We started with the Caprese Salad and it was so fresh and crisp, it was delectable. Even his wine selection was spot on. We will return with an appetite, I cant wait to try dessert!

4.0Dined on May 1, 2013

After reading some reviews we were hesitant to go but we were pleased overall.

4.0Dined on April 19, 2013

This our second time here. The food is very good, my daughter ordered Lobster Ravioli. I have never seen Lobster Ravioli actually have a big chunk of Lobster in the Ravioli, most of the time it is all Ricotta with a sliver of Lobster. Great recipe here! We will definately go back.

5.0Dined on March 28, 2013

Our favorite Italian restaurant!