The Colosseum Restaurant

4.3
605 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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JosephL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service friendly and attentive! We will definitely go back!

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AnthonyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our dinners were just ok. Nothing special. With all the other choices for good Italian food in the area, I won't be going back.

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KarenV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed appetizers, including oysters, Shrimp Francese, Pasta Fagol soup. Entrees were flavorful, portions large enough to bring home some leftovers.
Best limoncello ever!
Owners were friendly, attentive, and added to an overall great experience.

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Irish
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haley was our server. It was very busy that evening, yet, she was attentive, very pleasant and professional and took care of us as if we were the most important people there. The owner’s were active in making sure everyone was taken care of. Meal was delicious and presented well on the plates. Had a good experience.

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JackieW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The Lasagna noodles with brown on the corners huge chunks of hard boiled eggs which is disgusting I had asked the waiter about the eggs and he said they were chopped up small not true the drinks not very good either!! very disappointed!!! I will not be returning and that was my third attempt .. In all honestly the food at the Olive Garden is way better than yours.

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RayleneT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had reservations on open table and mentioned our anniversary. Requested seating near the entertainment. The hostess said she saw our reservation but didn't know what to do with us. We were sat in behind a wall on the back of the restaurant. Our waiter kept forgetting us because of where we were sitting. He asked us if we were ready for the bill or dessert before we even ordered our food. We asked if we could sit at the bar that was empty and we were told no. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service can't go wrong

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, great food, great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to this place for years! Never disappointed

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vipArleenP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We came for our 23rd Anniversary. The food was excellent BUT the service was terrible and our Anniversary was ruined.. The WORST service ever! Hostess seated us then while we were waiting for our waitperson, someone threw a basket of bread on our table while they were walking by. The hostess came over 15 minutes later and asked if we were waited on, told her no. She took our drink and appy then we told her we knew what we wanted so she took our dinner order. One person brought drinks and the appy. The dishes sat until our meal came which another person dropped off. No one came by to ask how everything was and if we wanted more drinks. Never got water for the table. Finally the guy who brought us the drinks ( I think the bar tender) came by I got another glass of wine and my husband got water. After that it we got the bill. Never knew who our server was because we had so many people bringing stuff over and not in a timely manner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the server. We would recommend it to our friends and family

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, awesome menu quality all around.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Father's day, were seated immediately, had amazing service and food. No complaints.

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WalterM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food portions were small. Wait person had too much to do. Took plate away before we were finished.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Father’s Day dinner we went out for and it is by far the best Italian in town. Don’t change a thing!!!! So good!

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MarciaS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food continues to drop in taste and appeal. Orders mixed up and replacement inedible. Quality was much higher pre-pandemic.
Service adequate but not up to ok’d standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The food was not freshly prepared. Our Eggplant Parm was frozen, still cold in the middle. The bread tasted like it had been frozen. We were so disappointed as it was our first time back after the pandemic. We were looking forward to what we remembered was the best eggplant Parm. Our server was lovely and accommodating, very apologetic.

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BobM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First time. I must admit that I was disappointed to see a restaurant of this caliber in a strip mall. The seating is very open, and potential for it to be very noisy. Fortunately, we were there on a slow evening.
The food was outstanding! I’ve never had better Italian food. Prices were reasonable. The service was good. We were a little hurried. Doggie bags offered before I was even done eating.
All in all, a solid 8.5/10. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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JeanetteS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My food wasnt hot enough...you need more staff....

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NancyD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Colosseum! Great menu, food is always consistently great. Service was also excellent.

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, it was our server's 1st night and she didn't skip a beat, she knew the menu, the pasta choices that were available and was very attentive to our needs.
A bonus of live entertainment greated us as we arrived and played very upbeat background music. Kudos to the Colosseum for making our Friday night very memorable.

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EMichele
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience. Food was amazing. Prices were reasonable for the fantastic quality. Live entertainment was great- thank you Vere Hill. Our server was Cam, he was wonderful.

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Rhonda
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a wonderful time when we are there. Owners and staff are extremely nice.

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RobertK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was four of us and each person had something different and everyone said their meal was delicious. We would come back again.

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BillW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice quiet dinner with my wife.
The reservation for 6:30 PM was honored on time ,no waiting.
The service was outstanding, as was the food and drinks.

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HeidiT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live band on the weekend. Could hear it in the dining room. Great service. Amazing martinis. Food was great but small portion for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just okay.

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WalterL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good as usual. Food was very good. Lobster Ravioli and Scallop Scampi

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vipTracey
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at the Colosseum! Very accommodating and the staff is welcoming and friendly.

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DianaF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was horrible, pasta is so inexpensive and there was hardly any on the plate. Veal cutlet was dry and sauce was sparse. Pork and pepper, French fry dinner was so salty and drenched in vinegar. I would never go back and pay another $130 again, nor would I recommend this restaurant.

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JamesH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a find! No need to go into Boston for an authentic, upscale Italian restaurant. Food, service, and atmosphere are all top notch. I highly recommend the Colosseum for an upscale Italian restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to eat—one of my favorites! Food is authentic and excellent, especially for the price. Owners are consistently there and are incredibly friendly. Sal at the bar is amazing. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great Italian food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always. Family has been eating there for over 25 years, going back to the original location.

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AlanC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always - we go there at least once a week lately. Great place to dine! We love it!

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DebbieR
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Great place for a date night.

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nickv
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything thing was delicious. Atmosphere was spot on for a Saturday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We waited over an hour and a half for our food and the waitress was not only unapologetic but also rude, “everyone is waiting.”. The food was delicious so it is a shame we won’t be back.

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HeidiM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!
Come here often-highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It's kind of hard to screw up pasta bolognese but they managed to do it. Very expensive and not good at all.

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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 4.3 stars by 605 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.