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About The Colosseum Restaurant

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.

264 North Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Rte. 28

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(603) 898-1190

Website:
http://www.thecolosseumrestaurant.com/

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

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.

Parking Details:
We have are own parking lot with ample spaces available.

Executive Chef:
Annibale Todesca

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.

Private Party Contact:
Michael Todesca: (603) 898-1190

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We entertain all types of parties, rehearsal, or birthdays etc. Please call for more information.

The Colosseum Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Cozy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 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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 (New England)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Table size Caesar is delicious!
The food is impeccable.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

my family joined for dinner and was looking forward to an authentic Italian dinner and ambiance. Unfortunately the quality of the food was sub-par, especially for the price. The chicken and veal was overlooked and dry, and the sauce tasted as if it was from a can (chefboyardee like). I'm hoping this was just an off day because this restaurant has been a part of the community for years.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I have been going to the Colosseum since we moved to New Hampshire years ago. We love the atmosphere and the service is wonderful! As far as I'm concerned, you all serve the best Italian food - delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Hands down some of the best Italian food I have ever had. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the wine and our dining companions enjoyed his recommendations. He explained in detail the menu and our questions. The food was served in a prompt manner and it was hot. Our appetizers were delighted and could have made a meal from all the choices offered. Over it was a great night out and I enjoyed my meal twice as the portions are generous.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Amazing as always. Paul our waiter is the best. Knowledgeable and fun to talk with. Pasta is fresh. Almost everything on the menu can be made gluten free with a little notice.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We went to the Colosseum for the first time this past Saturday night. I had 2 teenage daughters and my husband and everyone loved the food. We will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I would highly recommend The Colosseum to anyone! Our waiter Paul D. was wonderful ! He chatted us up and was very friendly. Of course the food was delicious! I always enjoy dining at The Colosseum!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great alternative to North End

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I've never had a bad meal in the 30+ years I've been going there. The owners are wonderful, and make a point of being there every weekend. They walk around and make sure everyone is happy. Very authentic, Italian food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Service was obviously under staffed, wasn't that busy but was slow.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great Mother's Day meal and well worth the price. One if the best restaurants in the Merrimack Valley.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Very busy on Sat nights. Too forever to get food and drinks.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great dinner with friends. Friendly and knowledgeable waiter...delicious food...will go back another time.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

excellent food, nice quiet , perfect for date night!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The Colosseum was a bit of a disappointment. I have seen the owner Annibale many time on channel 9 news cooking segments. He looks like a man who loves his craft (food). I was meeting a business colleague and Colosseum was halfway between Manchester and Boston so location was good. I was always curious about Colosseum, and the decor was nice. The service was fair but nothing special. Waiting line were very few on a Friday night. I had spaghetti and meatballs which were pretty good but nothing special, and I had an italian style salad which was pretty good, but nothing special. My business associate had a steak, and it was nothing special, he even needed steaksauce? Everything is a la carte and the meal was pricey for what you got and the service. I couldnt tell if they were short handed, but it might have been that? Dessert was good but was about 8-9 dollars for a piece of chocolate mousse cake.

I wouldnt call it a bad dining experience but neither would i callit anything above a fair dining experience. In my opinion, personally next time I could get as good a meal and service if not better at Olive Garden and pay about 20.00 a person less.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Outstanding! All of it from service to menu to fantastic dining. Thank you.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I've been eating at Colosseum for over 20 years. I've never had a meal I didn't love. The owner is always there, and makes sure everyone is happy. Highly recommended!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 21, 2017

We're lucky to have the Colosseum Restaurant just a couple of miles from home. This long time Salem NH restaurant has been around for years. We often go just for a nice lunch, the food is excellent and the noon time prices are very reasonable. Service for lunch is a bit slow but not excessive. Drinks are quite good, wine excellent. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2017

They did everything right, waiter, server, food were all outstanding...just love this place!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Very good food, as always...we had a very disorganized and unpolished waitress...could have cared less that we were there 2 hrs and sides came out when we were almost done entrees, she was inappropriate with comments in handling delay of food...

Will go again, but, will be certain we do not get same waitress....

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

My husband and I played cupid and fixed up a couple for dinner. I can't think of a better restaurant for this occasion. The atmosphere was wonderful, we sat at a table by the window, the service (Chris) was terrific and of course the food was amazing.
It is a little bit of a drive for us (almost an hour) but well worth the drive.
See you again soon.
Cherie

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Water glasses and pitchers were not clean. Service was slow. Table side caesar salad demo was a waste of time, dressing was nothing special and the salad portion at the end was small. Food was OK but nothing great. This used to be a really good restaurant, but seems to have gone down hill.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Haven't been here in a long time. Decided to go back.

The server was great and the restaurant was quiet, however we were forewarned by the server that some live music and karaoke was going to start so we got out just in time.

The portions sizes were quite small for the prices. I got chicken with pasta dish and there was hardly any chicken and what there was was overlooked and tough.

Probably won't be back any time soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Waitress was very good. The rest of the staff was inattentive and often spoke in the restaurants areas about personal topics. Much like being at a fast food restaurant and hearing the staff talk behind the service counter. Has gone downhill as compared to our last visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

From the moment we stepped in restaurant we were greeted with very friendly attentive staff. It was my son's birthday and our first time dining it was well above our expectations. The owner visited our table with a round of lemoncello shots on the house. The staff came over and sang happy bday the food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be returning and sharing our wonderful experience there with family and friends!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2017

It was my mother's birthday and it was amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Always a great time. Food is excellent. Waitstaff is knowledgeable and really friendly. It's nice to have a restaurant that can deal with children, always accommodating.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Great food always consistent. Quality dishes done very well and the homemade pasta is a big plus.

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