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#32 of 335 Restaurants in Erie
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2826 Plum St, Erie, PA 16508-3234
+1 814-866-9621
17:00 - 21:30
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Greenville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fantastic meal! Great drinks and awesome meals. I could have eaten the entire basket of bread with the delicious herb and garlic-infused oil. The portions of our meals were so large; my husband and I both took half of our meals home. The server, Emily, was sweet and helpful.

1 Thank LWinterberger
Erie, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for the first time, even though I have heard nothing but great reviews for years...this is by far one of the most wonderful restaurants I have ever been, the food was heavenly and the service was fantastic. It's a perfect gorgeous date night restaurant!!! Cannot wait to go back and try everything on the menu! And definitely say... More 

1 Thank lgooley
Holland, Michigan
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had dinner last night at Colao's Ristorante with two associates. The waitress, Emily, was very informative on the menu and on the extended list of specials for the evening. We had appetizers of crab stuffed mushrooms, scallops, and stuffed peppers and all three were excellent. For entrees, we had osso buco, and the Chilean Sea Bass. The pork shank... More 

1 Thank rsullivan2017
Morton, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent service and superior...superior gourmet food. Hands down the best restaurant especially for Italian in Erie. The positive is it is a "GREAT VALUE"!! Made a reservation while the restaurant was closed by leaving my message on a voicemail system. The owner called me back and confirmed my reservation. I have dined though out the world and Colao's is within... More 

1 Thank james h
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is one of the better restaurants in Erie. Reservations on the weekend recommended. I had the grouper that was prepared excellently with a side of risotto and broccoli. The sauce was perfect. My husband had the Seafood Florentine. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. They have a well rounded wine list that is reasonably priced. We shared a... More 

2 Thank Catherine L
Erie, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

2 couples out for a catch up visit. No rush the server was engaging just enough to allow us to Enjoy our conversation. Service was timely and complete "We met the Owner nice touch" We enjoyed our favorite wine and each had a recommended appetizer to share (very good ) , dinners were Veal Osso Bucco , Lobster Ravioli ,Fish... More 

2 Thank WTB1234
1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2017

The waiter was such a cringe-fest of racism. He spent so much time trying to "entertain" us by trying to pronounce the names of various people at the table based off of their credit card. He actually called one friend a profanity several times insisting he was saying it correctly. He tried to coach me on how to pronounce my... More 

Thank N A
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Like other reviews, the soup ordered came out ice cold and was reheated with steam coming off but the soup still was luke warm at best. With the server taking the soup off the table still 3/4 full she didn't ask if there was a problem and sending it back twice wouldn't have made sense. We were still charged for... More 

Thank cmonee
Erie, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a Friday night between Christmas and New Years Eve. We both had the Calabrese Broccoli. It was ok - kind of like an $8.00 Chinese dinner with 2 scallops and shrimp. Certainly not a $22 (or $27) fine Italian dish. There's an up charge for homemade pasta otherwise you get standard fare. The bread and dipping oil... More 

Thank travelThecountry78
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125 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

First the good part: the service is pretty good, the atmosphere is quaint and comfortable, and some of the appetizers (we tried several) were nice -- particularly the sausage stuffed peppers. Now the not so good: my soup (pasta fagipoli) came out cold (all of ours did) and was so-so. Main dishes were generally bland. I had the lasagna. Folks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
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Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2826 Plum St, Erie, PA 16508-3234
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Erie
  • Phone Number: +1 814-866-9621
Colao's Ristorante serves traditional, authentic Italian cuisine made from recipes that have been passed down through our family for generations. We also offer fresh veal, seafood and steaks, as well as unique nightly entree and appetizer features. We’re known for our uncompromising standards to the highest quality and freshest ingredients, all meals are prepared to order. Check out our extensive wine list featuring 12 premium wines served by the glass. Fresh, ingredients, handmade pasta, ravioli, rum-soaked tiramisu and cannoli!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?