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The Colosseum Restaurant, Salem, NH

The Colosseum Restaurant

4.4
4.4
653 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (603) 898-1190

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Annibale Todesca

  • 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 requests; please call for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Parties over 20 guests will require a $100.00 deposit and parties over 30 people will require a $150 deposit that will be later deducted off the final bill. Parties with 50 or more guests 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

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, New Hampshire

  • Cross street

    Rte. 28

  • Parking details

    We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.

  • Entertainment

    We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We arrived for our reservation on time, and checked in and was told we’d be seated in a few minutes while they cleared a booth. I think it was the owner, might have been the manager, walked up to the hostess booth and took a completely different party that arrived after us to our booth, then another party, and then asked us what we were waiting on…I explained we checked in for our reservation at 7 (it was probably 7:10 by then). Then a few minutes goes by, she again asks if our party was all here…we all had been there since 7…we walked in together. We finally get to our booth around 7:15 and sat there for 20 minutes without our waiter ever coming over. We left without ever seeing our waiter. From our perspective they seem to be understaffed, but they don’t take that into consideration when allowing reservations. If you can’t staff, don’t have so many tables open. People would be more understanding to that issue than just shoving us into an open booth to receive no service at all. Also their communication needs some improvement, if the manager had spoken with the hostess she would have known we were waiting and we could have been seated timely. We went to copper door and had a great dinner, we waited maybe 10 minutes there without a reservation. **I’d also like to note that we have ordered takeout multiple times, and their food is fantastic. We were actually really disappointed with our visit, because we were looking forward to eating here. This review is strictly regarding the service experience the last weekend
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    First time trying Colosseum in many years and afraid it will be a long time before we return again. Food and service were fair/mediocre. We started with stuffed mushrooms which were good and the antipasto was very disappointing. Very strong vinegar flavor, marinated vegetables one slice of prosciutto and I small slice of cheese , very overpriced for what arrived with lack luster presentation. For entrees we had Veal Colosseum/Veal Saltimbocca and baked gnocchi. The veal dishes were average and seemed to be pre-made frozen meat that was deep fried- they were in the shape of sausage vs made fresh. Fresh pasta - fettuccine was okay, a bit over cooked. Baked gnocchi were average. The waitress was very pleasant however the wait for drinks was very very long, waitress complained bar was backed up, but we also had to wait a long time for water.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The veal parm was very soft, not crispy at all and the cheese on top hadn’t even melted. I ordered bolonguese, which was clearly a menu afterthought. The sauce was plain, just ground meat swimming in tomatoes. The best thing we ate was the side of broccoli rabe. Just disappointed.
  4. DT

    1DiscriminatingTaster

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Fettuccine Alfredo was served cool and gloppy with 4 small shrimp! Not worth the wait or price!
  5. CC

    CateC

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best Italian restaurant in the area! We’ve been going for years. It’s a staple whenever we visit. Portions are definitely worth the price because you will always need to take some home. Homemade and delicious!
  6. BF

    BillF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    This was our first time here. We were meeting friends for dinner 2 hours before an event nearby. We arrived at 5:45pm and although the bar was full we were one of the first to arrive in the dining area. After initial drink orders we sat for 40 minutes before one of us had to get up and walk to the kitchen to (very politely) ask if someone could come back to take our order. Shortly after they took our food and second drink order. After 20 minutes someone came to the table with salads (which had anchovies on them - we did not order). Our server went to the next table and took off the anchovies and gave us back the salad. At this point we were just happy to have food in front of us. Shortly after the manager? came to the table with more salads we ordered and was surprised to see we already had salads? We did ask a second time for our drinks that we ordered 20 mins earlier. About 5 minutes later our drinks arrived but not what we ordered (we just asked for a second round of the original beers we got the first time so not sure where these lines got crossed). We just took what they gave us because we really did not want to risk another long wait. Finally 20 minutes later again we had to got to the front desk, at this point we had been there for over 90 minutes with no food aside of the salads. We were hungry and stressing out that we would be late for our event. Very politely again we mentinoed we would have to leave soon. The manager? looked at the server and he went back to the kitchen and got our food, which was not even hot? We ate as fast as we could and boxed up what we did not have time to finish. I typically don't complain, my gut tells me that they were both short staffed and had a new server. We were not looking for any money off, and probably wouldn't have accepted if they offered. We even tipped the server and was very polite the entire time. What made me take the time to write this was that nobody even acknoledged or apologized.
  7. f

    fudgbug

    New England

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was excellent and not rushed. Four of us were happy with our meal choices.
  8. SM

    StudMuffin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was outstanding. the entertainment(Vere Hill) was fantastic!!!! The staff was very attentive and keeping up with all the tables. I definitely recommend the Colosseum Restaurant!!!!!
  9. TH

    ThomasH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The only thing better than the food was the service
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent meals and pricing but they were so busy the service was quite delayed Food was an Aaa++++
  11. L

    Lovethenorthend

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The Colosseum is always consistent. We were a party of 6. We ordered arancinins, clams casino and calamari for appetizers. They were delicious although the clams were a bit smaller than we’re used to seeing. We each ordered a different entree, and everyone was pleased. These included two different orders of gnocchi, veal parm, chicken parm, chicken pizziola and ravioli. Everything tasted fresh and the portions were such that several of us had left overs to take home.
  12. j

    jenniferw

    New England

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is difficult, after more than 40 years together, to have a perfect date night. The Colosseum made this happen. A beautiful evening with the love of my life.
  14. LC

    LisaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the dishes are fabulous. Osso Buco was outstanding, fell off the bone and melted in your mouth.
  15. ML

    MikeandLisaNorthAndover

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We been going to the Colosseum now for over 30 years. From there first location on South Broadway to there present location North Broadway. A great Italian menu selection to choose from. Always good quality and fantastic tasting food and sauces. The Colosseum has never disappointed us whether we are in the dining room areas with guest and or family, sitting at there high tops or even just sitting at the bar to eat. The servers are pleasant and good with Salvatore at the bar serving as well as preparing excellent drinks. He selects our red bottle of wine for us no matter where we sit. Thumbs up to the Todesca family.
  16. JE

    JEANINEL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was hot and delicious. The menu has something for everyone and the specials for the evening do not disappoint! I didn’t have room for dessert but will make time to stop by soon and pick up some of the fantastic looking pastries.
  17. DM

    DonnaM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, great staff, and the food is always delicious!
  18. SA

    SAM75

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Table was ready when we go there but service was a bit slow, server was very apologetic, love music in the lounge so we watched/ listened in on that. Food was good, again, a little slow but we were in no rush so all in all worked out fine.
  19. BO

    BillO

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the server was exceptional
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had my birthday here. Be prepared to wait. Overall had a great time, I think maybe just understaffed. I didn’t mind much. Food was amazing. Drinks were good.
  21. BD

    BobD

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal. A great Italian restaurant. Will definitely return
  22. JL

    JeannieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was not a fan because the food was inconsistent but Vere brought me back in and now I would say it’s very good most of the time
  23. H

    tammyH

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I was pleased to see the Hussle of the front hostess and her efforts to get everyone in. I witnessed a group get frustrated to have to wait longer then their reservation, but I didn't mind waiting for mine since I know how difficult it is for them to manage this with being short staffed. Once we were seated we had to wait a while to order drinks, and then food. But the drinks were amazing and food was good. The wait for food was not appropriate however, and there were no updates given on when the food was going to arrive. We got an apology from the manager on the wait on bread.. seemed like we were forgotten with that after we asked for it.. The restaurant was dying down at end of night, and still service had not "caught up". For a restaurant that had "imported" desserts from the North End which was impressive, the meatballs were NOT North End quality in my opinion. Chewy is not a great look for a tasty meatball. I would go back again to give them another shot however, anyone can have a bad night.
  24. RS

    RayS

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Wife and I sat at table for 10 minutes before waiter came over. Understandable that food service was slow on busy Saturday evening. However, chicken saltimbocca was overcooked and dry. Asked for homemade fettuccine but instead received angel hair that was also dry. “Light sherry wine sauce” listed in menu was nowhere to be found. Waiter was kind enough to take the one meal off the bill. Will not be returning!
  25. MK

    MaryK

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always exceptional and service is outstanding!
  26. EW

    ElizabethW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken Marsala was delicious! For an app we got the bruschetta and that was also very tasty! I highly recommend trying both.
  27. j

    jenniferw

    New England

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jennifer was a wonderful server. Never felt rushed and truest enjoyed the experience. Food was 11/10.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was great and the food was very good!
  29. W

    Wedge

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together for an 80th birthday
  30. GB

    GinoB

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great meal. Authentic Italian.
  31. KG

    KatherineG

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food and service are very good in a wonderful relaxed atmosphere.
  32. EL

    EdwardL

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are long time Colosseum fans. Had dinner for 4. Jennifer provided terrific service, a nice mix of professionalism and hospitality. Drinks were excellent, they don’t skimp. We had 2 pasta and 2 veal dishes. My cacciatore was terrific. Desserts are always spectacular. My carrot cake was not over frosted as some restaurants tend to do. Tiramisu was a unique presentation. Great experience as usual.
  33. CB

    CristinaB

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have always wanted to try and went on a whim. Best Italian meal I’ve ever had at an American restaurant. Will definitely be back again!
  34. PJ

    PJDP2020

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a great experience at The Colleseum. Quickly greeted, pleasant staff, and great food!!!
  35. DG

    DonnaG

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was incredible. Menu is pretty big with a lot of choices- traditional Italian and newer Italian dishes. - lots to choice from. Our waitress was also fabulous. Great experience and will likely be back soon.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great for sharing time with family.
  37. DG

    DonnaG

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers meals drinks desserts and drinks were all delicious. Service was great v
  38. MW

    MelissaW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our server was very attentive and helpful. Food was great and came out super quick. We went early, when they first opened, very quiet, perfect for going with our 2 kids!
  39. S

    Stan

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We went to the Colosseum because we like the Caesar salad made at the table. Unfortunately, COVID has put an end to that. Still, the food was very good and plentiful.
  40. F

    Foodie

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was excellent. I believe our server was Nancy, and she was superb.

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You can order delivery directly from The Colosseum Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Colosseum Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 898-1190.

The Colosseum Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 653 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Colosseum Restaurant

264 North Broadway, Salem, NH 03079

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rte. 28

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, New Hampshire

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Annibale Todesca

  • Entertainment

    We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (603) 898-1190

  • 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 requests; please call for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Parties over 20 guests will require a $100.00 deposit and parties over 30 people will require a $150 deposit that will be later deducted off the final bill. Parties with 50 or more guests 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

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