Scaletta Restaurant
Scaletta Restaurant

Scaletta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scalettaristorante.com/
  • Phone: (212) 769-9191
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm, Sunday 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Omer Grgurev
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Upon request only

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave
  • Public Transit: 1,9 79th St and B,C at 81st St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Scaletta Restaurant
Located on the west side across from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. Tasty Northern Italian specialties and on-site pastry chef's masterpieces. Scaletta Ristorante is a "must eat" for anyone who enjoys fine dining.
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Scaletta Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (34)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (23)romantic (20)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • jayjayVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    What stood out was the caring service. I called when 2 of my party were caught in heavy traffic, and was told not to worry, they'd expect us when they saw us. When we finally arrived, 2 came in and 1 took almost half an hour to park and walk back, and everyone continued to be solicitous. The delicious food was then the topper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UWS gem
    TheConstantDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service is always attentive and the food is quite good. It is so nice to find a restaurant on the UWS that doesn't jam tables together. You can actually have a conversation without the table next to you joining in. Tends to get an "older" crowd but so what--we don't always need to DINE with the uber chic crowd. Just wish it was a little closer to Lincoln Center, but it is worth the walk. We took friends this week and they were extremely happy with everything. They are already planning a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Scaletta is the type of restaurant you choose when the evening is truly about the food and good conversation with your dining companions. Wonderful food served in casually elegant surroundings. The wait staff is attentive but not hovering. Good wine selection . Definitely a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    andrew
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    As usual, we were not disappointed! The service, the food and the total experience was very enjoyable. We always look forward to dinning at Scaletta! JB/AS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinearoundVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Spacious with tables not jammed together. Very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smooth party of 15
    love2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Special event for 15 people went as smoothly as silk. Very impressed with table, food and service. Could't ask for more1
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Italian Food
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had been at this restaurant another times. This restaurant has very delicious plates, great service and nice atmosphere. We had one of the special dishes of the day which was seafood and monk fish in a very delicious italian sauce. The waiter will bring a cart with great desserts for you to choose. We had a chocolate mousse pie slice that was a pleasure for finishing our dinner. Great place with wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • somewhat disappointed
    PeterT
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were a party of 8, had a very nice round table. Our friends and us both had invited our children with their significant others. Everyone noticed that they were the perhaps the only customers under 60 in the restaurant. Didn't like the fact that we had at least 4 different waiters who served us and that one of them was constantly filling only half empty glasses of wine and asking if we wanted another bottle. The food was excellent but I would not go back or recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food; mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was excellent. Traditional Italian. The service was disappointijg -- the restaurant is large, and the waiters seemed too few in number and over extended. Still, overall, it was a pleasant dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently first class
    revanduwsVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been coming to Scaletta for several years, with family and friends or just for a quiet evening. This is truly an old world gem, unique on the upper West Side. Tables widely spaced, attentive but not intrusive service, a gracious host and always menu and special selections of high quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and Beautiful
    SecondvisitVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were visiring friends on the upper West Side and they took us Scaletta's. It was beautiful and elegantly decorated, but the prices did not reflect this..it was so reasonable, and all of our dishes were yummy..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AdvisoryVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Multiple visits. Predictably well prepared and well presented fare. Attentive but unintrusive service. Old school quiet ambience. All around winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED
    Themusicmaven
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This visit to Scaletta was not a happy one. I took two people as my guests. The restaurant was having some large party in the back behind the screen walls. This obviously overwhelmed the kitchen AND the wait staff. Our appetizers arrived 15 minutes after we ordered and were NOT up to par. The main courses did not arrive until I spoke with a waiter and asked where were they? 45 minutes after we finished the appetizers. It was not a happy time. They did not even offer us some type of "compensation". I have been going to this restaurant for 20 years. It was the worst experience ever. In the future they should not have regular guests with parities unless they can accommodate both.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Scaletta
    likequietrestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Scaletta is one of the best restaurants to choose when you want a quiet restaurant so you can talk with the people you're dining with. There classic Northern Italian food is terrific and they always offer interesting specials. Save room for dessert. One of the quietest restaurants in Manhattan. They always greet us with warmth and they always provide delicious food and thoughtful, attentive, professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • serabv
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food, service, ambience - a winner for an Upper West Side venue!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in classy setting
    Chocolatediva
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We always enjoy our dinners here with friends and family. The tables are spaced far apart so we enjoy wonderful dinner conversation and the excellent Italian food, especially well prepared salads and fish. The quiet and relaxing ambience and attentive service add to our enjoyment. We always return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4Thought
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is a great find, a neighborhood gem. It is classic, timeless, and is a romantic spot. The food was delicious, unfortunately, the portions were extremely small. I could count the number of rigatoni in my portion. The service was not so great.If you're going to order, don't ask any questions or ask to modify anything, and you'll be fine. If you do, well, you may get the look me and my date got, one where it seemed as if we had three heads. The waiter could not understand what I was asking and we only asked to add a vegetable to a meal. Pretty simple. Overall, the food was very good, just spotty on the wait service, although the bus boys were very helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner Experience
    DonnVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my second time at Scaletta's, this time for a business meeting-dinner for 7, on Saturday, 9/13, at 5:00. The place is gorgeous, white table-cloths and very nice surroundings. As requested in advance, we were given a table in a quieter part of the restaurant. Italian food, both delicious and plentiful. Even though half our party arrived at 6:00, we were not at all rushed through our stay. Very nice people, very beautiful restaurant, and excellent food. What more should one ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be busier
    TheConstantDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We dine here once a month and can't figure out why it isn't busier. Great food and service. Accommodating staff. Quiet. Tables well spaced so you can both talk and listen. Caters definitely to the 50+ crowd and needs some interior updating but otherwise it is worth the trip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointed
    michyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Horrible service, decent food and be careful if you have an allergy. Went here for an very important dinner, engagement of my son, I was embarrassed taking my new inlaws here. They forget about you (restaurant was not crowded at all), send over different waiters or none at all (we waited 20 minutes to get menus) and get your orders wrong. I will not be coming back here again unfortunately.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everybody will finish every bite
    retiredtraveler
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Six of us had dinner at Scaletta. We tried 3 different appetizers, 6 different dinners, and 6 different desserts. Every single bite of everything was eaten. We all thought our entrées were fantastic. Definitely on my return to list although just a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a face lift and CPR
    decerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant is occupying one of the most coveted blocks in Manhattan and wasting the space. The food is mediocre. The wine list is a joke. The energy of the room when you walk in feels like a wake. We live on the block and only go here in extreme weather so we don't have to walk far. We always leave and promise not to return and waste our money. Alas, they sent us a 20% discount and we returned. Sigh...mea culpa.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinahVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Scaletta doesn't disappoint--we've been going there for years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BirminghamVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delightful dinning experience. Lovely setting , great food and good service, The host makes you feel welcomed. Always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Restaurant for Grown-ups
    Sarabee
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is how I described the restaurant to friends and it met this reputation. It is quiet. You can hear the conversation at your table without raising your voice and you don't hear the conversation at other tables. There is no background music, no noise. Pleasant surroundings, competent waiters who provide good service but don't hover, good food and a spectacular dessert cart. Twenty- or thirty-somethings would probably not like this place but it is great for grown-ups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    bronxborn53
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Excellent meal and wonderful service in a beautiful neighborhood setting across from the Museum of Natural History and down the street from Central Park West. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scaletta
    InsuranceMaven
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Alway a winner. Lovely ambiance, attentive service, tables generously spaced, excellent for conversation. Food is good and prices fair. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect restaurant!
    luvItalianfood
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My family enjoyed everything about Scaletta Ristorante. It was situated on a quiet, charming street just west of the Park. The atmosphere inside was quiet and lovely. The tables were appointed with linen, which was first class, but we felt comfortable as did almost all the guests around the room to be in business casual. The table hosts were very helpful and informative. Our Montelpuciano Rossi was just right and went so well with our meals. We thought the veal sauce on the spaghetti Bolognese and lasagna was superb and the pasta itself light and delicious. I had asked for a quiet charming table where could celebrate as a family, and I could not be more pleased with the corner table our hosts gave us. I love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smithereens
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were fortunate to be in NYC during restaurant week and staying in Upper West Side. We chose Scaletta and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The food was delicious and service excellent. We will recommend this restaurant to our international travelling friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Jacki
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I found this place through restaurant week and was pleasantly surprised. The food tasted fresh and came out promptly. We made reservations for my Father-In-Law's 70th Birthday, and I must say he enjoyed it greatly. We had ordered a cake which they made in house and tasted delicious and looked GREAT! The ambiance was great and the service was attentive and engaging! Recommend Greatly!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • paulh
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were a party of five, and we arrived earlier than planned. However we enjoyed the relaxed environment with our drinks and then ordered dinner. I think everyone enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eastsider
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Very good food and service. Nice size portions. Would not hesitate to recommend to a friend and would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restweekVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    this restaurant is very peaceful. the food is always delicious. we liked the restaurant week menu. many good choices as if from their regular menu the veal was very tender. we could choose from all the desserts on the dessert cart .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allergic1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. Fantastic attention to allergy details.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 676 reviews are from the Scaletta Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Past its Prime
    CWrightVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Scaletta may have been a wonderful place in the past, but that day is gone. The service was lacking, server could not even remember the specials or what was in them. The wrong bottle of wine was brought to the table, no one actually listened to what you wanted. The food, was less than mediocre. The Carpaccio had no flavor, capers were stale. The mushroom risotto was the only thing decent. I had the rack of lamb special, quite possibly the worst lamb I have ever tasted, more like mutton, tough, gamey, and way to much salt. Temperature of restaurant was also unpleasant. Not worth the first trip so won't be back.
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  • TiggerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My favorite restaurant in NY. Perfect for conversation, and they never rush you. Food and service are consistently good. Just wish they would deliver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced food/depressing decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food is fine, but way overpriced for the quality. A $34 halibut dish came in a nice red sauce accompanied by a tablespoon of tasteless polenta and 2 small broccoli florets. The decor is so dated it's depressing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely late supper spot
    FoodieFamilyVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our group drifted in after an event at Natural History on a Tuesday night -- table of 3, table of 5, table of 4 over the space of half an hour after 9. We were all well taken care of, with excellent service right down to water refills. The food was delicious-- the salads, the soups (especially the gazpacho), and the fish. Enjoyed our time there and will add it to our regulars in New York.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for conversation
    new2nycVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Good for seniors, and anyone who would like a nice meal enjoyed in a relatively quiet ,old fashioned atmosphere.Menu seems out of the past-which is good for those who want food they can recognize -not at all precious...Everything was well prepared, and tasty. the service was mostly good- and my companion and I could enjoy the opportunity to have a leisurely meal, in a spot where the tables are far apart, and diners mostly quiet.(One larger group in the rear of restaurant erupted in loud laughter --making it occasionally festive, but hard to hear) Food could be a bit more inventive, and seasoned a bit more.... we will likely come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!!!
    SuesQ
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a very enjoyable evening...good food, great service, and nice atmosphere. I would definitely return to this restaurant! They obviously have a lot of loyal local customers...a real gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate