Scalo
Scalo

Scalo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scalonobhill.com/
  • Phone: 5052558781
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Every Day: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday — Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm — 9:00 pm;
    Intermezzo: 2:30pm — 5:00 pm; Il Bar Happy Hour 4:00 pm — 7:00 pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Garrick Mendoza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Coming soon!
  • Private Party Contact: Natalie Penny 5052558781
  • Entertainment: Live jazz every Tuesday thru Saturday, no cover!
  • Special Events: scaloevents@scalonobhill.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carlisle
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of parking near and around the restaurant.
A word from Scalo
Located in the heart of Nob Hill on the corner of Carlisle and Central, Scalo offers an atmosphere that is casually elegant and service which is attentive and knowledgeable. Scalo uses locally grown organic produce and offers classic handmade Northern cuisine with a seasonal menu that changes with the harvests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Scalo reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)special occasion (53)fit for foodies (51)great for outdoor dining (50)romantic (38)notable wine list (36)vibrant bar scene (27)good for groups (22)great for lunch (22)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)late-night find (10)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • BikerguyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was outstanding. My wife had the linguine Del Mare and I had a special with linguine and pork bellies ;very very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As always, Scalo was top-notch. We took my very picky parents there for dinner because we knew it would be great, and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to Scalo for dinner before going to Popejoy for a play. We had a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. We chose outdoor, and enjoyed the evening. Service was excellent, as was the food. The menu had a nice selection, & the specials for the evening expanded on the choices. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu & the wine list, & offered good advice when asked. Portions were generous, but not huge. The seasonal flavored sorbets were outstanding, especially the berry sorbet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    SantaFeAndy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner before seeing a show at Popejoy Hall down the street. Both the sea bass and the lamb chops were expertly prepared. The service was very professional. It was a busy night and the noise level got a bit high, but the delicious food more than made up for it. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a dinner date with my wife at Scalos. We both enjoyed it very much from the service, food, and dining environment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great!
    frelaine
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I would recommend planning a very leisurely meal to at this restaurant to thoroughly enjoy the dining experience. We were on a short timeframe. Not a problem, though, because we were served quickly, but would have like to enjoy the ambiance much longer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual elegance
    mmews
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Choose a culinary masterpiece prepared to perfection; pair it with extraordinary service in an elegant setting that doesn't have a pretentious air and you have Scalos restaurant in Albuquerque.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IZZY
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wife ordered Scalopps special for the night they were very very salty but staff was on it and brought her a new order which was laso very salty. Staff was very nice and took order off bill and gave us a free desert. Short rib is my favortite for dinner and I would highly recommend this dish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent with one exception
    pipesmokeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was extremely spicy and inedible. Everything else was superior.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, Scalo delivers!
    DrJanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent food, patio has great views of Central and the Nob Hill scene. Service is of course superb, and my wife and I come here often and have never been disappointed. The noise level inside would not rate quiet, but it is quitter than most restaurants. Patio of course is ideal for being able to hear one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show
    Chris
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a terrific dinner before going to see Wicked. Food and service - outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ups and downs
    Klamber
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've been looking forward to trying Scalo's for a while now. However, I was rather disappointed by aspects of the restaurant. To be sure, the pasta lived up to its reputation. It had a great bite to it, and the sauce on the chicken alfredo was fantastic. The ravioli in a sage cream sauce was also quite good. However the bread basket was cheap italian bread that I could have bought at the store, and when asked which cheeses were on the piatto di formaggi, the waiter just looked at us blankly. This brings me to my primary complaint: the service. Our waiter was rather brusque and difficult to communicate with, in addition to being generally inattentive. Still, I imagine a different waiter would greatly increase the quality of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Fails
    locustlawn
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Since my husband & I retired in 2001 we have been coming to Albuquerque each year! The food, service & atmosphere at Scalo for a lovely lunch or dinner are always dependable. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Porkchop
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The dinner and service was excellent as always! One of the best places in Albq.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Taken in to eat as soon as we arrived. Server was polite and informative. No delays between courses. Recommend highly. Excellent food, prepared with creativity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but not great
    Diningout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been coming here for many years and first time I had the brunch. The poached eggs were kinda hard and looks very unappetizing even with the hollandaise sauce all over them. The calamari was good as always. The bread was not the same bread they usually have and it was salty. Very weird tasking. Also, I don't like that they do the automatic 20% tip on the parties of 6 or more. That is tacky for a restaurant to do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    ABQVP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had a business dinner at Scalos with 12 people and it was perfect - the right amount of service, comfort and variety. I would go here for non-business too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noteworthy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our sections was DARK - used manager's flashlight - could not read menu printed in gold-ish color on black
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Anonreviewer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The wait staff bent over backwards to accommodate numerous requests. Mussels were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very excellent like always
    GGG1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We asked to sit outside to enjoy the Nob Hill street scene on a balmy summer evening that included a walk about before beefing seated. Our flowers were ready for the table better to celebrate my wife's B'day. The appetizer was perfect, the wine very good and the entrée excellent! The complementary desert topped off the meal and I even got credit for airline miles using my credit card. Can you expect more?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SilverGypsy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Although the dining room was loud (a local basketball team was having dinner!) and quite warm, the food and wine were very good. The wait staff was very busy and seemed to be understaffed. The jazz club, which is in a separate room, was excellent with fun music and a very live audience. We will definitely return but probably not on a Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for a new place to dine?
    martex52
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We visit Albuquerque often and are always on the lookout for a new place to have supper. Well, we happened upon Scalo and weren't disappointed. Right in the heart of Nob Hill, its layout is intriguing. I liked the split level design in the dining room. I only wish I had gone toward the rear where the bar was located. The entrees were very good, especially the beef tenderloin which I ordered well-done, an order that can be tricky. All in all, my wife and I were very happy with the choice and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • margaritaville74
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    ambiance was great, food was good, service needed to be a little more attentive, overall great place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prosecco
    prosecco
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, friendly waiter, not overbearing. Gathered with two friends, a perfect Friday night dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    RMike54
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I returned to Scalo where we had our wedding two years ago. As always the service and food was first rate. The dining room has a quiet background level where you can easily have a conversation across the table, which is getting harder to find these days. The northern Italian cuisine is first rate and reasonable priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    ewilks
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Scalo, as always, left us with memories of excellent food in a fine dining atmosphere that was not too uptight. Our kids enjoyed their meals as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scalo
    JimLVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dined on a Friday night, very crowded. Food was very good and reasonably priced with good portions. Service was just ok presumably because of the large crowd Would highly recommend as still good after all these years
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpleasant start to a fine dinner
    dne99
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our hostess walked us passed the (empty) table requested in our OpenTable reservation; after questioning it, she replied they had a lot of reservations. When we challenged her logic, she acceded. Thomas, our waiter, was courteous.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tepid Response
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been going to Scalo for approx 20 years....this was the worst dining experience so far. I requested a table along the front of the restaurant...did not receive it. I know that its not always possible to be seated where you want...there were however at least 4 empty tables available at my requested location. We were not even told why our request was ignored. We were squeezed in between two large parties....totally uncomfortable ! When our orders arrived they were awash in grease...the server was acceptable. Did however have to be reminded time and again to refill the water. As I mentioned above...worst ever...it's been going downhill for the last few visits. We will not return !!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mcc22VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have eaten at Scalos for years, the food has always been perfectly prepared. This time I took friends from New York who love Italian food - it was embarrassing. The pasta was sticky and hard - making our entrees inedible. As always the ambience and service were good - not good enough to make this an enjoyable experience though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Filletto - Awesome
    swww2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    One of the best steaks ever eaten. Usually prefer seafood over steak, but this steak selection would be hard to beat. Already looking forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So
    Eileen
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Never again linguine and claims were so gritty I thought I had a mouth full of sand, the sturgeon was so tough could not even finish eating it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We celebrated our 26th anniversary with a lovely dinner and were well taken care of by our waiter Stan. The food and wine were delicious and it made for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a reservation at 6:15 we did not get seated until 6:40. They said the table we were waiting for was not done yet ,even though they has a lot of other empty tables. We put in our order , got our salads and we waited for more than 45 min and still did not have our main course. We had to leave so we told the manager ,he said he was sorry and would take care of our bill. Not sure what happened I think the server didn't get our order turned in.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outdoor dining in Nob hill
    gr8valu
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoy sitting outside on the patio in the bar or restaurant; there was a band on the patio. The pasta was good & short rib was good - a large portion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was ok. Ravioli I had was a tad under cooked. Great prices on booze especially Champagne. This place had been around for decades I feel like the quality has dwindled a bit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    rrice62
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My wife and I dined for our 24th anniversary this past week and chose Scalo as it has always been a favorite establishment for us to share special occasions. We had reservations at 7:00 and arrived a bit early and were promptly seated. Our waiter seemed confused and was lacking consistency in service. We heard other tables get daily specials and we did not get the same. Some tables got bread before salad, some after, and some not at all. The expediter seemed lost as he was serving tables wrong food orders and some even before they ordered! It took 20 minutes to get a drink refills. Servers from the patio area came and tried to restore order in the dining room. Food was good, service wasn't! Our future special nights wont be at Scalo :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mood4food
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Scalos has been consistently good since it opened. Always wonderful food, courteous service, and a lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Scalo Dinner Yet
    DiningADeux
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I eat at Scalo about once per year. This time was exceptional. The freshness of the seafood and the produce was notable. Flavors in sauces were clear, not overdone; ditto descriptions of food and wine. This is a seasoned restaurant and it shows. The branzini was very fresh sea bass, delicately flavored and cooked perfectly. The Antipasto Mista featured the best chicken liver pate that I can remember. The pasta is fresh daily, truly al dente. Wine list included Italian wines, one of which was new to me and paired perfectly with the fish Even dessert, panna cotta understated . I plan to return more often as a result of this excellent meal and responsive service that let us linger over each of our four courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    jessntere
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner & great time with our small close group of friends! Our waiter was awesome & on point! TY! Your ribeye never fails to amaze me! delish!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.