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The Colosseum Restaurant

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348 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Wednesday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Thursday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 9:45pm Friday: 11:30am – 3pm 4pm – 10:45pm Saturday: Noon – 10:45pm Sunday: 11:30am– 9:45pm
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Phone number
(603) 898-1190
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Annibale Todesca
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Private party facilities
We have a semi-private room that can accommodate up to 50 people. Parties over 20 guest will require a $100.00 deposit and parties over 30 people will require a $200 deposit that will be latter deducted off the final bill. Parties with 50+ or more guest can be seated in our main dining room but will require a room charge. Please call for further information.
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Private party contact
Michael Todesca: (603) 898-1190
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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 request, please call for more details.
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Cross street
Rte. 28
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Parking details
We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.
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Entertainment
We have a live piano bar Tuesdays & Fridays from 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Special events & promotions
We entertain all types of parties, rehearsal, or birthdays etc. Please call for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 348 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.7
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The meals were not as hot as hoped for,although the server and the hostess made our visit very comfortable . It seemed to be very quite for a Thursday night I thought it would be much more busy than what it was. Overall we enjoyed and most likely would go back some other time.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our Saturday night dinner with our cousins was absolutely outstanding! The food was fresh, authentic Italian at its best, and it tasted great. The waitstaff did a wonderful job too. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves all the way around. We recommend the COLOSSEUM RESTAURANT highly to anyone looking for a great night out!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My husband and I used to be regulars when we lived in the area. Even though we haven’t been there in 20 years, the owners and staff still remembered us! The food was great, service outstanding and the occasion of my husbands 60th birthday went wonderfully. I would definitely recommend the Colosseum to anyone!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Nothing spectacular about the experience. Food was fine, portions were good. It ran through me an hour later :-(

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Started off with flat diet coke in Rum and Coke cocktail. Appetizers were ok. The main course was not very good. My husband requested linguini with his chicken marsala and was brought a doughy squiggly pasta in its place which he did not request and did not like.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We have been visiting for 30 yrs, always consistently good food. Old school authentic Italian food, Not pretentious , just quality. The tableside Caesar salad is perfect, a dying art and the same prep from year to year is well taught .
Eggpjant parm was light and perfectly sauced,chicken colosseum delicate and flavorful, lasagne a great medley of flavor. A better wine list would be nice but not an issue.
Food is high end , nice simple decor, their location in Salem NH does not match the excellent food but we make the drive 45 min . even with dozens of other restaurants in Salem , it is our first choice.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere, food was good with large portions and easy access from highway. Servers were good but slow.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We thought the food to be very good. The bread with the meal was of superior quality. The service was very slow however. They warn you on the menu that it takes a while to get your meal because everything is “made to order” but the same is the true for most good restaurants. But even after the meal there were long periods of time of waiting for the dessert tray, the check, etc. I do not blame the waitstaff for this. It was very busy and they seemed to be understaffed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter Sunday dinner here and the service and food was wonderful...our server was Paul and we tried lots of appetizers and dinner items...we will return another time for sure!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was good. The food was okay. The dessert was really good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Arrived about and hour before reservation, notified host went for a before dinner drink in the lounge. Lounge service was prompt and waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Owner dropped by table to welcome us and Host alerted us when table was ready (at the scheduled time). Waitress was prompt and efficient and each course was spaced appropriately. I had the Veal Parm and my wife had the Chicken Piccata, both of which were excellent. This was my third visit here and it was probably the best yet. Will be back again.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is always amazing and the desserts are so worth the calories. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The restaurant has been part of our family memories for years. Having another celebration in our family was the reason for our recent dinner. Our 33 year insisted we go to The Colosseum because it has marked so many of our previous celebrations in our family! Once again, are were pleased to say, we all were satisfied we chose to return!

Thank you !

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Good food and good service

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very disappointing. Went for Valentine's Day weekend. Very slow service. No waiter came to our table for 20 minutes. Ultimately the host took our order and waited on our table. If you're looking for Italian food, find another spot. Maybe this passes for Italian food in Salem, NH - but the sauce was orange with a hint of Chef Boyardee. I ordered the Chicken Parm, which should have been a safe dish. I have never seen a piece of chicken pounded so thin - practically transparent. On a positive note, the bread was good, but the peel open butter pats.... wow. Never again.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food, excellence menu offerings all at a reasonable price

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was great and the place was quiet. We were there for a business meal and the prices are very reasonable with huge portions. Everyone in our group had a great meal, drinks, and cake. Would recommend and definitely will be back again.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We took our daughter to celebrate her birthday and also our anniversary. It was a little chaotic during the seating process but luckily we had reservations and waited only about 30 minutes. It was very busy so of course we could understand the short delay.
The food is amazing, all 3 of us loved our meals. The dessert selection was excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Quiet setting for pleasant conversation. Enjoyed a favorite dish not available a many Italian restaurants. Service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Exciting menu poorly executed. Service was an issue as was attention the diners in my party. Thusly it was overpriced for average food.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

As expected. Our favorite server, Pal, has retired.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

A bit pricey. Good food. Portions fair. Excellent service. Parking easy

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful family dinner here. We hadn’t been in over a year, I’m glad we went back! I actually think they’ve improved overall.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We love the colosseum, go there often for lunch. It's inexpensive, great food, and close by. Very authentic southern Italian food. Can be slow at times but they cook to order.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We've been dining at the Colosseum for 25 years, since my daughter was 2 years old. The owner used to carry her around the restaurant to say hi to the other diners. We have always had great food there. I highly recommend it!

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Southern Italian, well done. Appetizers, house specialty drinks, veal saltimbocca, veal piccatas all very good. The only puzzling aspect was their interpretation of tiramisu: a crunchy cookie buried under a soupy pudding... it tasted ok. it just wasn’t what we expected.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waiter was wonderful,on top of everything,food was great drinks were great

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Had reservations for 6:30 but never got seated to 7:00 - let several other couples in before us because they knew them and were regular - not good business practice - waitress was worse - screw up order- had to ask for bread on table- poor customer service. Won’t go back

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Very clean restaurant, service was very friendly, food was delicious, plenty of the off street parking, prices are average for the restaurant.

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1.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was great! Great atmosphere, loved the music and the people. Food killed the whole experience.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and service. Wide ranging menu of both northern and southern Italian dishes. Extensive wine list. Owner/chef patrols the dining room occasionally. Ambiance is a negative, the place looks the same as it did ten years ago. Come here for the food.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, the owner was there making sure that everyone was happy and satisfied. Friendly staff. Had entertainment on that night which was very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here. My family and I have been dining at Colosseum for 30 years. One of their strengths? The owner and his wife are visible throughout the evening, making sure everyone is happy. The Tedescos are wonderful people. Kudos to them!

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant, good selection of food & did not rush us as we were celebrating special ocassion. However, the Veal caccitore did not include good portion of veal which was dissapointing

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2.0Dined on October 7, 2017

I was very disappointed in the food. Furthermore, our waiter was very sweaty when he was making the caesar salad at the table and he kept making grunting noises while mixing the dressing. It was weird and gross. The pasta was mushy and had little taste. I will not be back.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server seemed to have too many tables and unfortunately we suffered due to it. The food is cooked to order and worth the wait but the time to get salads, drinks, refills, clear plates, dessert and coffee is all on the server 2-1/2 hours for dinner for 3 when we weren't camping is ridiculous. I was cancelling the dessert order and asking for the check when the owner offered free dessert and a round of limoncello but I expected better from the Colosseum. Kind of disappointing.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was great. The seafood stuff mushroom were very, very tasty! The Veal Colosseum was a real delicious meal. Could not stop eating it!!

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2.0Dined on September 10, 2017

I went with friends for a Sunday lunch. There was only 1 -2 other tables occupied. The waitress rushed us to order not giving me enough time to even look at the menu. I felt pressured to order my meal. Bread was brought to the table and it was brought as requested. Upon receiving our bill, they charged us for the oil. When questioned, we were told it was the policy. I asked to speak with the Manager and the hostess came to the table. I explained to her that I frequent Italian restaurants on a regular basis and have never been charged for oil. She stated that was their policy due to the fact the olive oil was expensive? This restaurant served basic Italian food at a premium price (the menu on Open Table showed the low priced entrees) then to charge us for oil - ridiculous - you can find any number of Italian restaurants in the area that serve equally basic grade food and DO NOT charge for the dipping oil!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Table size Caesar is delicious!
The food is impeccable.

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