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Scalo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scalonobhill.com
  • Email: info@scalonobhill.com
  • Phone: (505) 255-8781
  • 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: Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 (505) 255-8781
  • Entertainment: Live jazz every Tuesday thru Saturday, no cover!
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food overall; however, way too noisy for an romantic setting."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Bar had limited drink mixes, and drink knowledge, couldn't make pink squirrel or grasshopper, didn't have southern comfort a peach flavored whisky and suggested jack Daniel or makers mark, . Wait staff not attentive to our two top but stood at server station chatting our outside on patio. Bartenders pushed our drink requests aside to chat with friends watching videos on their i- phones. We had to request our check three times from other servers as ours kept walking past us not even making eye contact."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The bar tenders were bad we waited almost 20 min before they noticed us there and the waiters was busy talking to the other waitress about the night before and the drink tasted bad. Not what I expected."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We have always liked this restaurant. It is a staple in Albuquerque. We had been given a gift certificate so we decided to splurge for our anniversary. The service was impeccable. We ordered the calamari for an appetizer. I liked it, my wife didn't. We ordered two of the special entrees. My pork chop was a little tough and my wife's hallibut was a little under cooked for her taste. Maybe it was just an off night for us or for Scalo's. All the side orders were very good and the wine was perfect. The service was wonderful and friendly. We will most certainly go back."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We eat dinner here twice a year while driving to and from our winter place in Phoenix. The food is ALWAYS superb and the service top notch. This visit was no exception. Great Alaskan halibut served by a great server Duane."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "White tablecloth dining with reasonable prices and a great atmosphere. Especially loved the performance of local band Le Chat Lunatique in the background. Highly recommend requesting a seat in the upper balcony area!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We took my in-laws here for a nice dinner while they were visiting. The food was delicious, and the service was amazing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to Scalo's before seeing The Addam's Family. It was great because it was down the street from Pope Joy. The food was delicious. Everyone in our party thought what they ordered was great. The service was excellent. There was a large party that showed up right before us so our food took a while to arrive but the manager came and explained and apologized. I appreciated that. We gave ourselves plenty of time so we were not late for the play. The restaurant was loud and my husband could not hear our conversation. It is difficult to find a quiet place to eat though. I would go back for the food--excellent!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Scalo's is a neighborhood favorite in Nob Hill, but I fear that the quality of the experience has declined. The server was abrupt, never welcoming us or introducing herself, the wines by the glass options were marginal, I ordered the lamb chop and received the lamb loin special without forewarning, the wine glass refill at mid-dinner took so long we finished dinner without wine. The food was delicious and the ambiance lovely with views of the neon artwork along Central Ave."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "SCALO - a nice place - our meal wasn't quite as good as we expected - our waiter person was fab - the place was nice looking..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I went to Scalo along with some family members to celebrate a birthday. We made reservations for 7:15 and arrived around 7:10, our table was ready at approximately 7:20. The table we had was in a high traffic area with lots of noise and passing customers. However, we asked one of the servers if we could move to the back room for a more quiet environment. They willingly moved us, and were very friendly about it. Being moved to the back room, it was harder to get the server's attention for our requests, but that is understandable. The food was out in a timely manner and the service was fantastic. They even held the cake we brought in their fridge and brought it out with a candle when we finished our dinner. Overall, Scalo is a great place!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Awesome service. Great vibe. Food mostly very good. Skip the tiramisu which comes cut out of a big pan and filet is better than the bistecca. They brought me a salad with no dressing. Minor issue they resolved ok."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food, good service just very slow, luckily we were there with friends and had plenty to talk about."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "From beginning to end, the entire experience at Scalo was perfect! For an appetizer we had the "piatto di formaggi"; I forgot the artisanal cheeses we had, but it was wonderful with an apricot mostarda (perfect taste and texture). For dinner I had the "branzino". The meal was perfectly presented. The Sea Bass was cooked perfectly and was tasty - clearly it was flown in that day. The entire serving was the perfect amount - not too much, not too little, but just right. For desert I had the "Semolina Budino" which was delicious and the flavors were well balanced between the berries, semolina custard, and the fresh whipped cream. Service was perfect! They did not rush you - they let you enjoyed your stay and your meal."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "11 AM Sunday brunch with visiting family. Elegant relaxed meal. Nice service. Good food. We left happy."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Made a reservation, well in advance and when we arrived on time to our reservation, we were told our table, was not ready yet and just need to be reset. Fair enough. In my mind that means, clearing table cloth, adding place settings and making sure the table is clean, that should only take about 5 MAYBE 10 mins at the most (to be generous). We waited for about 25-30 for our table to be reset, in reality, they did not have a table reserved for us, they were trying to take our reserved table and combine it to seat a bigger party that was not even there yet and from what we saw, didn't show up while we dined. When asked about it they just made excuses, and did not apologize. Great food, decent wait staff, no concept of reservation."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. Great food great service. We always have a great evening at Scalo's. We never feel rushed yet the food comes in a timely manner."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Amazing food, great service, great location. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We were 15 min early so found a spot in the bar. They found us when the table was ready and brought our drinks upstairs. Server seemed new, very nervous and read the specials from his cheat sheet. Timing was good. Food was great. Only mishap was never refilled our water...we were there over 2 hours."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I received a call from the restaurant the day after being there that I had left my wallet. I had not even missed it yet. Appreciated it very much."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner, Steve the owner selected a beautiful bottle of Silver Oak to compliment our dinner. I had the seafood pasta special and it was delicious, my friend had the fish special with gnocchi and brussel sprouts we were completely impressed with the food, wine and service. Don't miss it!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Late lunch at a good restaurant can be a foodie's delight. We shared Scalo's spectacular antipasto plate (which we rate a 10) with half a bottle of wine. By chance it was Monday when bottles of wine are half price. Then we ordered the pasta special of the day: perfect light pasta smothered in a variety of mixed sea food with well-developed flavor and subtle garlic slivers. Reheated leftovers were an excellent appetizer before whatever we had at home for dinner with the rest of our bottle of wine."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We love to dine at Scalo's, however the past few times we have been at the restaurant the service was very slow."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had reservations for a 5:00 dinner, but didn't expect the restaurant to be busy. It was! Our table was waiting, our server was friendly, enthusiastic and helpful. The shared salad we ordered was served on 2 plates, without a request - nice. We both enjoyed our main course. Also, having the option to order a half glass of wine is appreciated."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I was extremely disappointed in Scalo the evening we went. We have been many times before, but this was definitely our worst experience. We were a large party as I had planned the reservation for my husband's birthday. They were out of everything on the menu. It would have been nice if they had mentioned this before seating us. I had made the reservation in advance so they should have also been expecting that volume at the restaurant. It was a bit embarrassing to invite all of our friends out to a restaurant that couldn't provide many of the dishes offered on their menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Small food portion size for the price and the service was very disappointing. There are too many good restaurants in this area to want to return to Scalo."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, quality food, unique variety of food"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Wow, why do we not come here more often. The energy of Scalo is palpable. Our server, Thomas, was perfect. Just present enough but not overbearing, knowledgeable and responsive. The food selection was great and presentation and taste lived up to the menu. Our only issue was our initial table seating. It was a bit public for the intimate dinner we planned. However, the hostess was quick and professional to slide us over into a less exposed table. Delightful, wonderful and delicious. We are coming back for our next night out! Go, you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went here to celebrate a birthday and we had a really great dinner. We were both very pleased with our dishes. I ordered the Linguni con Cozzi. The mussels were fresh and the sauce was light making for a satisfying combination. My dining partner ordered the braised short ribs. The portion was generous and the meat was tender and savory. The service was outstanding, our waitress was knowledgeable but not overbearing, she made us feel comfortable, was attentive but not annoying. I would recommend this as one of nob hills best restaurants for Italian cuisine."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The fish special was one of the best entrees I have ever had the pleasure of eating. It was fun sitting up next to the front window along Historic Route 66 and seeing everything that goes on at twilight along Central Avenue. Actually, everything from the soup and salad through dessert was fantastic and our waitperson was great. One of the best meals we have ever enjoyed at a restaurant anywhere in this country or Europe and that is saying a lot!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Met friends for lunch! A tasty and quality plate! I had the carrot soup and salmon lunch item. Exceptionally high quality lunch meal ... Best tasting olive oil on carrot soup! Salmon perfectly prepared medium and celery purée yummy ! Scalo always a terrific lunch choice! It's fun to sit in upper window area ... Watching vibrant and interesting street scene on Central!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This was dinner with an old friend and we decided to spoil ourselves at Scalo. The soup -- butternut squash bisque -- was very different and very good. Main courses excellent. Dessert? Divine. We chose not to enjoy wine but Scalo has always had a great wine list. Service was exceptional; she was there when we needed her and absent when we didn't. We love the corner table on the Central Ave side by the window. I could have lingered for hours over coffee and dessert. A very nice time was had by all."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Everything was excellent, however they didn't have mint for their famous mojitos, which was one of the key reasons we choose to go to dinner there. Being from out of town, it doesn't behoove us to drive 50+ miles for Scalo's famous mojitos, to find they are out of mint. Otherwise the meal was flawless, service excellent, specials divine but sangria substitute fell way short."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was wonderful! Service was excellent! Wine was great! The only complaint is that it's a little cold in the winter to sit near the windows...."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was disappointing and it seems to be a pattern of late. The restaurant's food is inconsistent and we'll wait some time before we return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Have always loved scalo's alto it has had it s highs and not so highs! We had a delicious and fun dinner for four. Mother service was excellent and the waiter had a nice sense of humor. The bib lettuce fig salad was outstanding as was the pasta with mussels. If you haven't been to scalo's for a while, give it a try."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday and this is our special occasion place. This is where we had our first date. We love it. I think the server was Dave. He waited forever just to say hello and take a drink order to the point where I went to the bar and he still hadn't stopped by. He struggled all night and we didn't complain but other staff noticed so we got a discount and free champagne and dessert. And the food was phenomenal. We will always go back but that night and that server was poor."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "When driving to and from our home in PA to our winter place in Phoenix, we always make it a point to overnight in ABQ for the sole reason so that we can eat at Scalp. The restaurant ALWAYS provides a nice balance of excellent food, fine service and reasonable prices. I am in awe of such finesse."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food Is very good and service is also they have a vibrant bar scene with live entertainment that has always pleased me"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I have lunch at Scalo every so often but it had been a while since I had dinner there. It was outstanding! The food was fresh, exactly as described, and prepared perfectly. Service was great, the waiter was helpful and went out of his way t to accommodate some special requests."
    Dined on 1/4/2014