The Colosseum Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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DanielD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Colosseum is a place of excellence. The food is great and consistent, the staff is professional and attentive, and the facility it top notch clean and safe. I highly recommend the Colosseum for any and all occasions. Best food and people ever !!

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BrendaT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to this restaurant. Great food, drinks, atmosphere at this longtime family owned and operated small business. They also do catering. I highly recommend this venue

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vipTheDJ
New England
67 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A quick overnight in Salem to catch a flight from Logan lead us to The Colosseum. A nice experience at a fair price. I had the Eggplant Parmigiana which was ok but not excellent, a bit soggy and not much cheese. My companion had The Chicken over Roasted Vegetables which was excellent, nice variety of veggies and the chicken was moist and tasty. Although we opted not to try dessert they looked delicious.

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KennethP
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner here.
Both food and specialty drinks were fantastic. Delicious and reasonably priced. We had an incredible waitress (Michelle D), with the perfect combo of excellent service skills and pleasant personality. Would definitely recommend this place and plan to go back soon.

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DebbieV
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Chicken Parmesan is amazing! We also had meatballs and sausage which were fantastic.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We are always happy when we go here! Great Job!

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Nhtravellers
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice italian restaurant nearby. Did well with distancing. Food was OK - not amazing.

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KevinK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we keep going here for our anniversary, no were else

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vipTerri
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic, Italian Food the way my mother learned in Naples, Italy. Not too many places offer Spaghetti Aglio Olio, a favorite I grew up with. I'm happy to always find it here at the Colosseum. And they make it as I requested, with Shrimp, just as my mother would make it. It's a keeper!

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Steph
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was surprised an Italian restaurant doesn’t ask if you want fresh grated cheese on top of entree. Oh that’s right Covid nipped that. Okay so the sauce wasn’t as thick or red as I wud have liked. More like a vodka I had the eggplant & chicken parm. Merlot was nice & waitress told us what it was. Overall ok but there’s closer restaurant I’ll be going to instead of repeating this one

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dougm
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

4 good Apps. 4 good dishes. Not " blow you away" spectacular but good enough. My Osso Bucco was a little fatty and covered in Risotto instead of under the pork . Great bottle of Super Tuscan at a decent price. The staff was good. You could tell the waitress was new. Very,very nice but i gave her the Bottle of wine order and she thought it was a food dish. We all got a laugh including her.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual never disappointed when I go here

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Awesome food as always

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AvidDiner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to restaurant for amazing authentic Italian food, great service and relaxing atmosphere.
Love it!

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ChristineR
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience4

The food was very poor quality. The sauce taste like Ragu.
The service was amazing but I won’t be going back because the food wasn’t amazing.

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was pretty good quality.
Outdoor seating is what we had originally wanted but it had just rained.
They have a huge tent and tables and chairs setup in the back.
My friend wasn't too big on her Martini

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LisaH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chefs at the Colosseum blend the most incredible sauces to go with the meals. The food is delicious as good as or better than North End restaurants

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vipRroze
New England
64 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The service this visit was terrible, we were seated quickly outside, the waiter we had did not even recognize we were there. Bread was delivered immediately...we continued to wait 23 minutes, mind you very hot and humid out. The waiter served the drinks to table next to us and proceeded to exit back into restaurant walking past us, not noticing we had NO WATER in this extreme heat. As he walked past me heading inside I stood up and told him we were leaving, he turned around and stare in here, way too late buddy!! WE LEFT and had a great meal with great service at Tuscan Kitchen.

It’s a shame I have to write this, because I love The Colosseum.. Ben there for Valentine’s Day, take out during this Pandemic and had Birthdays there...

I rated the food on this review for past meals as we did not eat!!

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JeanC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. No improvements needed on our part.

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LynL
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Colosseum. The service was excellent, our drinks were mixed perfectly. The food was fresh and delicious, and the portions were generous. For appetizers we ordered the bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and calamari. There was plenty for the six of us to share. Our entrees included the veal francese, chicken saltimbacco, chicken alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, stuffed calamari, and chicken parm, and they were all outstanding. The chef's fresh pasta of the day was gemelli and it was incredible. Can't wait to go back.

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MichaelP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CindiB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, as always. The service was wonderful. We got dessert, which we normally don't, and it was amazing!

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RobD
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, the ambiance good service was excellent overall good choice

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

food was very good as always,server was very polite and did a good job, accept he would disappear for long periods of time makig the experience longer than it had to be, we have been customers for many years and we will be back

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DebbieR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant ever! Would recommend it to anyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the food. Always a bit salty for my taste, but still good. Service is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best Italian food around!

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TomF
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The dinner was amazing. I had the shrimp scampi and it was one of the very best I have ever had. Nice work!

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foodlvrs
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent diners and the food and service was great as usual.

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vipRJGJAG
New England
64 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good Italian meals, good service/portions/value.....

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PhilB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. We’ll be back!

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jeffC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love to eat at the Colosseum restaurant. They are always very professional and the staff is great to deal with. Very friendly. Food is very good, always.

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SuzanneW
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The veal is always our go-to! I had the saltimboca and my husband had the veal colloseum. Our friend had gnocchi and meatballs. She loved the gnocchi but didn’t like the meatball at all. Maybe just a bad night.

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WaltH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything excellent as usual, food, service, and overall experience

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LindaC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and wonderful food Highly recommended eating here

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian food!!

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StevenJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the food and service both great. I'll be back!!!

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MichaelW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice way to celebrate with the family on Father’s Day. Food was excellent and the staff was great. Very enjoyable experience and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing !

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WalterL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We would highly recommend others to come dine here.

FAQs

The Colosseum Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (603) 898-1190.

The Colosseum Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 549 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.