The Colosseum Restaurant

4.4
603 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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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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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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
5 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!

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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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DavidM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, the Rice Balls were amazingly fresh.
Being under covid restrictions, it was very quiet with only a few other parties present, even though we got the only open reservation for the evening. We've been there before and it was a little more bustling, but don't remember it being super loud.

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Suzanne
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was outstanding...so fresh and delicious.

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jonathanb
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The pasta was supposed to be fresh and it arrived at the table severely undercooked. No attempt was made by the staff to correct the situation and the service was so slow the hostess felt bad and took our drink order after waiting almost 10 minutes.

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DineandDash
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Was a bit busy but efficient

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Messed up food order twice. Had to eat dinner after everyone else in party. Still charged full amount. Service was very slow

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Our waitress wasn’t familiar with the menu and I specifically pointed out what I wanted and she still brought me the wrong entree which I refused and it took 20 minutes to get the correct one. In the meantime my wife was done with her entree. We were the only ones in the restaurant at the time we were there. Very disappointing service but the food was delicious.

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Jjbee
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday! We had a lovely evening. The food was delicious.

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DONNAB
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Streak was all grizzly
Couldn’t eat it
Didn’t feel good after dinner, wife also didn’t feel good after dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good: Food was great, as expected. Server was very polite. Food came out on time.
Bad: Both my and my wife’s orders were slightly incorrect. Wrong sauce. Wrong type of macaroni. We also noticed that the wine we ordered was different than what we were served. (Same grape. Different winery).
All of the errors were slight enough to the point where we weren’t willing to wait for them to go back and make the corrections, but they ended up being an extra $5 more expensive when it came time to pay the bill... again, not worth the complaint/correction, but just kind of annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and nice atmosphere- all around a great spot

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EdwardL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat there often because it is consistent in quality, clean, friendly and it has great food. My only issue with the Colosseum is that, I wish it would open earlier!

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WayneL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service are consistently great

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Mitch
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My expectations may have been too high after seeing the inviting commercials. Food was average and not worth the high price in my opinion.

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KathieC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Ordered a pasta dish took one bite and didn’t like as it tasted very off (I get this dish all the time at other restaurants). I told my waitress as soon as she came over, asked if I could switch out the plate, she said no. There was no empathy. So I had to share with my sisters. We were also rushed from the beginning. Within 10 minutes of arriving and being seated, we were asked 5 times if we knew what we wanted to eat

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was Salvatore and he was awesome!!! Food was great and atmosphere is always inviting. Went for my sons birthday and they sent over dessert and sang. Love this place!

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MicheleH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visiting this establishment. The staff was friendly. I went on a Wednesday, which had more open tables, so the noise level was low. The food was tasty. This is a restaurant where you come for the pasta as the meat prices were extremely inflated, but again it's an Italian restaurant, so pasta is best. A lot of the basic pasta dishes on the menu, such as Eggplant Parmesan, Fettuccini Alfredo, etc. Cooked well. No complaints.

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StuartM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service made for a very nice dining experience.

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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 603 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.