Roma Ristorante - Allentown

4.5
637 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service was excellent. Enjoyed sitting outside.

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j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as usual. We were there at 1 pm on a Sunday. Hardly anyone in the place.

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WF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here many times. It’s one of our favorite places to for Salmon. Unfortunately this time when we ordered our Caprese salad, it was half the size we normally get. Yet the price was the same. Also our salmon sides which were spinach and potatoes were also half the portion we normally get. We are hoping it was just a one time fluke. If it happens again we will say something and it may be our last visit. We pay too much money to have portions cut down.

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CB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always. Took another couple for their first time. They raved about their meal choices. Waitress excellent. Desserts and specialty coffees great as well.

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family of 5 visited Roma on Mother’s Day. It was our first time dining here. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. The service and food were fantastic. We had the fried calamari that was tender and perfectly cooked. The Bolognese was excellent, as were the meatballs, eggplant parm, and marinara sauce. We will definitely return.

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PN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, had to wait for my reservation. If not for having to wait excellent food

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SJ
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Roma is a wonderful little secret. You don't expect great food and a super wine list when you see the store front, but once inside, its great. I sat in the bar area, the service was stellar. Prices were more than fair, and the service was top shelf.

The wine list was great, good choices for by the glass. The appetizer and main dishes were prepared perfectly, its a place I will return to for certain. Thanks.

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CR
Poconos
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Roma on a Thursday night. We were greeted warmly and directed to a table immediately. Our server was efficient but I thought the food was a bit slow coming out of the kitchen considering the restaurant wasnt busy at all. We both had eggplant dishes which were delicious. I will definitely be back.

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R
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved my pasta! Excellent pomodoro sauce! Great find while traveling - will return if in the area again!

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L
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service. Very good value.

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t
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of four and we had a great time! ! Our waiter was awesome.....very attentive and friendly! Was there on a Saturday night at 7:00PM and it was full but not overly busy. Our food arrived in a timely manner and each of us loved our food!

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RM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent

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HM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. My only complaint is that seating is a bit tight. If you are used to NYC dining it is not an issue. A booth can sit 4 people but always seems a bit small, especially if you have a coat or purse. Yes , there are hooks by the the bathrooms to hang them up but not really convenient. Atmosphere is very nice, even for a strip mall.

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CV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Roma is located in a strip mall. The food was good but pricey for Italian Cuisine. There are many other Italian restaurants in the area that have wonderful food at a lower cost.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roma never disappoints. Courteous hostess and servers, delicious drinks and food, great atmosphere.

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JB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food and a good crowd given the location in a strip mall complex

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was off for some reason. Usually the best in the valley.

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ST
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food was SO GOOD! Our server was so nice, attentive, cheerful. My Husband and I left there wondering why they don't move to a much larger place to accommodate more people however it seems what they have going on works well for them. I got the Lobster Ravioli Fantasy... OMG! The lobster ravioli was perfect and had huge scallops, lobster tail and baby clams mixed in the vodka sauce. I don't really care for baby clams (I should of told them to hold them, however they were still in shell so they were easy to pick out.) We will be back! Thank you!

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BP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little spot in Bethlehem / Allentown with real good value for the service. We had an excellent waiter and all the food was very very good. Highly recommend for a simple night out with the family.

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BS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Jordan was my server, and was very cheerful and accommodating. I arrived at 5:30 for dinner because I had not eaten any lunch that day and was quite hungry. I had been handed the lunch menu, but Jordan exchanged it for the dinner menu, no problem. I ordered the dinner package that included choice of salad, pasta & choice of sauce, and entrée: house salad with balsamic vinaigrette, angel hair pasta with garlic and olive oil, and eggplant parmigiana. While I waited I had warm sliced Italian bread with olive oil and spices- needed salt. The salad was fresh and tasty, pasta cooked just right with roasted garlic on top, and the eggplant parmigiana was very good- not over-sauced, and just the right amount to satisfy without leftovers. (Especially important since I was traveling for work and staying at a hotel.) The entire meal was under $20 before tax and tip.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner as always

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful meal. Everything was done perfectly and tasted great. They even presented my wife with a complimentary desert since we were there to celebrate her birthday. Thanks to all that made this a wonderful experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roma is one of my all time favorite restaurants.
I have been going there for over 8 years!!
I recommend them for everything from a great meal, to parties, and especially catering events!!
Geno is truly a great chef, host, and all around great person!!
Roma is my home away from home!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service, inexperienced staff. Obnoxious bartender. The food was good, but the entire restaurant seemed to be looking around and waiting for something- food, a check, a refill, someone to process payment. I hope it was just a bad shift due to Valentines Day volume, but this place has been open for years- no excuse!

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K
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Menu has changed since we were there last, and much smaller. Was told several times that additional place settings were coming, but had to ask 2 additional times then when our food arrived we asked a final time to get it. Some of our meals seemed like they sat under a heat lamp before served. Waitress was was nice but perhaps had too many tables (it was Valentine’s Day) and was not very attentive. A little disappointed overall for the price-

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation and were immediately seated. Ordered drinks which were good. Hot bread with olive oil and spices were brought to the table. Entrees came with soup or salad. Hubby had Italian Wedding Soup and I had a Caesar Salad. He had lasagne and I had Veal Fantasy. OUTSTANDING. Huge portion. I will get at least three meals out of it. Went because I got a gift certificate for Christmas. First time there but it will NOT be the last. New fav Italian restaurant!

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d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, and delicious food!!! The service is fantastic, and the people that work there are very welcoming.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value for the money. Busy on the weekends. Reservation highly recommended

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k
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many good food choices. Staff is very attentive. They have never mixed up my request for a decaf espresso martini. I would be jittering all night. Good value, good place.

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FT
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food with wonderful service

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great!

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WF
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite places to visit. I usually will get thee salmon or the crab cakes. I must say my last crab cake entree was not very good. Hardly any crab and was mostly breadcrumbs. Won’t be ordering it anymore.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful - We love their authentic Italian menu and that they are willing to accommodate special instructions. It is a regular restaurant for us and will return again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was New Years Eve so we did not have really high expectations. At the last minute we secured a couple of seats at the bar. The food and the service were top shelf. Toward the end of our meal, the chef came out of the kitchen and introduced himself, which we thought was very nice. Remember it was a very busy night. He mentioned that he decided to redo one of our meals because he did not approve of the sauce. Amazing for how busy they were.
It was our first time at Roma, but we plan on going back soon and often. The food was great and the staff was super friendly. What more do you need.

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BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

New Years Eve. The restaurant was busy as you might expect but the service was very slow even taking into account that it was New Years Eve. It took an interminable amount of time for our drinks to arrive and we waited forever to order our meal. We enjoyed our meal once it arrived. Don’t know what the problem was but our experience left a great deal to be desired.

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation, came in to find that it didn’t exist apparently according to their records despite my email from Open Table saying it was confirmed. Said they have had no availability for weeks and that they were booked all night. Tons of time slots still saying they were available for reservations so I’m sure other people were turned away too. Made no effort to make it right in any way, hosts were basically “well, you’re out of luck I guess”. My party was angry and frusturated especially because we are not from the area and drove 2 hours to get there. No way to tell if the food is good or not because I never got to try it but safe to say I will never try to dine here again.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last-minute reservation via the Open Table App when another restaurant kind of let us down. From the ease of the appointment to the great service to the wonderful food, the entire experience was near perfect.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Xmas eve great time

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MG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Christmas Eve dinner was great. Food tastes fresh and they give you a lot of it so bring your appetite.

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