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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the experience two weeks ago, but arrived Thursday for dinner at 8:05 and were greeted with sorry but the kitchen is closed. In from out of town and was looking forward to dinner

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed December 29, 2023

Our waiter was great, loved the place but we found the food underwhelming, and everything there surprisingly expensive especially for mediocre food. $6 upcharge for Woodford Reserve $12 Bourbon Manhattan and $2 upcharge for small ice....WHAT????? Calamari was well cooked but bland, as was the...sauce that was essentially tarter sauce. Baked cod was a very small serving and lacked seasoning. Mushroom Ravioli also was very bland, lacked much filling and the sauce was heavy cream based.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 4, 2023

Went here for dinner and the service was absolutely amazing! The owners were phenomenal and so was the staff!! Strongly recommend eating here if you’re looking for an amazing experience!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed September 22, 2023

We went there for dinner and ordered a bottle of wine. The server brought the incorrect bottle which was not noticed until it was opened. in addition if was about $60 more than the bottle we ordered. She apologized several times and admitted her mistake....She went to get the correct bottle, but instead the owner Nick came over and accused us of making the mistake. We offered to keep the incorrect bottle and pay his cost for the wine rather than the mark up price which was still about double the cost of the bottle of wine we ordered. After some argument from him he agreed, however told us not to return and when I asked for a business card he refused to give me one saying "I don't feel like it". Never have I been treated so poorly as a customer in a restaurant for a mistake made by the server and and admitted to by the server. I would not recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 21, 2023 via mobile

The place is authentic in this little neighborhood. We sat by the window, and it was just so nice. The waiter was great! The food was excellent and very big portions. I'm so glad we went there. If we ever go back to Erie, we...will definitely go back!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 16, 2023 via mobile

Absolutely charming corner restaurant …could not have been more pleased with quality of food, service, and ambiance. Lovely, friendly setting at the Bar for one…will surely return.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 15, 2023

Absolutely amazing. The perfect Italian restaurant with wonderful food! So glad we found this place on vacation.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2023 via mobile

The food was less then average. Vodka pasta tastekess. Bread rom a loaf and not warm. I didnt think it was possible for a salad to taste bad..

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 13, 2023 via mobile

Called last minute and they were good enough to fit us in. Visit every time we come to Erie. So delicious, sea bass was amazing! Pastas so scrumptious! Fee and his wife are always welcoming. Waitress was so cheerful and attentive. Love this place. ❤️

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 18, 2023

Was recommended by the front desk at our hotel when we asked for a 'good' Italian place since our 'go to' has been closed, and she did not steer us wrong. Located in a residential neighborhood, you wouldn't see it just driving by. Beautiful cozy...atmosphere and not too loud even though the dining room was full. Apparently there is no dress code as we saw people in shorts and T-shirts, which never seems to stop surprising me, but I wouldn't want to miss this experience just because I hadn't thought to bring something nicer on vacation. Service was impeccable. The salads were fresh the olive oil was not just plain oil, it had some kind of tasty seasoning in it, reminiscent of sun dried tomato. Wouldn't have turned down some Parmesan to sprinkle on to, but not a deal breaker, since the oil was so good. I ordered the lobster ravioli and I have to say the lobster sauce was delectable. I don't remember if it had lump crab on top like some menus list (others don't) but I'm thinking it did. Probably the best sauce I've ever had at an Italian restaurant. I could have eaten a bowl of it as a bisque! I got 5 ravioli which was about right for me. My friend ordered the 4 cheese which came with 2 huge meatballs, so she gave me one (so glad my bestie is a light eater) and it was delicious. I tried a ravioli since she got 6 and could only eat 4, and the cheese had a grainy dry feel on the tongue, so if you like smooth cheese, be aware--I do so I'm glad i didn't order that. I know, they say authentic Italian red sauce doesnt include sugar but she always adds a bit and I have to admit it enhanced the flavor, from what I tasted on the meatball to the pasta. Easier to add than to take out so not a problem if you like it that way. We decided to split a piece of cake to go and ordered the lemon-Italian cream. It was very good. Light and fluffy. I didn't ask how much it was since it was, after all her birthday. An online menu (clearly old) said $8, and their website says $10, but when I checked the bill it was $11. Not that bad for a birthday splurge. The owner (I presume) was on premises and friendly, greeting us. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Erie.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2022

We visited Colao's last night at the recommendation of The Victoria Inn. It was a great suggestion. The ambiance is inviting and casually upscale. The calamari was light and the lemon aioli was a fresh compliment. Salads were fresh and crisp. Veal Piccata was flavorful....The Shrimp Carbonara was a generous serving. The sauce was both light and rich. Would repeat this menu again.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 15, 2022

Eater beware. Sneaky gratuity added on bill for take out. Then a space for added gratuity. Staff was rude upon calling back after arriving home to question 20% on a take out. In fact, said that is the way it is and do not come...back. Ten minutes they called back and said someone at the bar overhead the conversation and said I was aggregous to be so cheap and paid the tip for me. Did receive refund.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022

I can't say why we haven't been here in a very long time, but I can say that it was a big mistake. For my wife's birthday, we wanted to just go somewhere 'different', so she suggested we go to Calao's, so we did just...that. The place is unique and you get that right away when you walk through the door, but it turned out that the entire experience was just about all you could ask for. My wife had the Chicken Piccata, while I tried the Chicken Parmesan and both were perfect choices. The service, food and atmosphere really make the visit absolutely worthwhile. The service was spot-on and the meals were piping hot and delicious. When we were leaving, I made it a point to let them know that the meal was fantastic. I'm certain that we'll become regulars here and will share our opinions with the whole family!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022

I LOVED THIS RESTAURANT. I lived in Italy, and know "good" Italian. This is where it's at, folks! I ordered the beef short ribs and they accommodated my gluten-free pasta request rather than the risotto (I am unable to eat dairy) and it was still...DELICIOUS. We got a chocolate cake dessert that was just heavenly as well. We came on a busy Saturday night and was able to sit at the bar because there were no more seats, and it was delightful thanks to the friendly bartender. We could tell the entire place is well run; the owner is so pleasant and knows a lot of his clients and his entire staff works so efficiently. It's a beautiful atmosphere to dine in, and again, the food was TO DIE FOR. I come to Erie often, and look forward to dining here again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed December 9, 2021

This is a favorite restaurant of ours. It has GREAT Italian food and a nice atmosphere. We have always found the staff friendly, polite, and helpful. Since Covid, service has been slower then before, but that has been the case in dining anywhere. One of...our favorite appetizers are the sausage stuffed peppers - order plenty to drink with them as they are hot! Their bruschetta is also excellent. My wife favors their veal and chicken dishes (picatta and parmigiana). I like their seafood dishes, especially Frutte Di Mare and Calabrese Broccoli. It is a great place for a a couples dinner or family and friends.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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COLAO'S, Erie - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Colao's offers takeout services.

Colao's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5