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Scalo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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 :("
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Scalos has been consistently good since it opened. Always wonderful food, courteous service, and a lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent food. Always good fresh fish. One of us had the Bronzino, and pronounced it excellent. The other two had veal, and it was outstanding, with very generous portions. Salads and vegetables also excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I wanted to take my out of town friends to a nice quiet place to eat with a variety of food. Scalo came highly recommended and we had a wonderful time with delicious meals for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great food and service! Waiter was from Texas! Very nice guy and Great Resturant!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Had a party of eight with a 3 yr old for a birthday dinner. Server was very good, kidded around with the kids, prompt, well versed in how to handle a large party. Food was served properly, delicious, plated perfectly. Overall an outstanding experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service: Our waitress didn't suggest anything other than day's specials, and wasn't aggressive in adding things on. When we ordered dessert, no coffee or digestif was offered, but we ordered them anyway. Timing was off entire night. Bread was finally delivered just before appetizer, which came out at the same time as salads. Then dipping oil/vinegar for the bread. We waited over 5 minutes after dessert came for our coffee and digestifs. Food: Ask for lime twist in scotch, got lemon. Ravioli was tough, possibly undercooked. Lamb chops were excellent. Salads were fresh and crisp, though the dressing was sparse and only on half of one salad. Tirimisu was delicious. A little noisy for an anniversary. We won't go again for a romantic night out."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "restaurant has improved greatly. Worth giving it a try."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I was looking for a place to take my wife for dinner to celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. I had never been to Scalo before so I decided to give it a try. When we arrived, we were greeted promptly, and after about a 5 minute wait were escorted by the maitre d' which was beautifully set, and contained the bouquet of roses that I ordered that afternoon. We were then greeted by a very friendly waitress, Ms. Emrys (sorry I don't remember her first name) who explained the specials and answered our questions about menu items. She then took our wine order which was promptly served. I might add that their wine list is quite extensive. The food arrived hot and delicious. Our entire experience was one of complete satisfaction."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "One of the best meals we have had in NM/ABQ. They did it. Monday's also have half price on bottles of wine. Definitely worth going there."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We've dined here repeatedly when in town. Always a fun choice. Especially enjoy the Sunday Brunch!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Dinner for two was almost perfect. Got the table requested, service and server were most helpful and pleasant adding well to the evening. Spent two hours with dinner from soup to nuts and not complaints to rush us out! Thank you. Then visited the lounge to hear the blues band and dance. Stayed another two hours dancing and the guys in the band made it even more fun. Very good music too! Do wish more people would dance as we were the only ones dancing the entire night! Tough on a guy dancing so exposed!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Online reservation service wouldn't allow a dinner reservation earlier than 6:45 pm. When we arrived at that time, the restaurant was no moe than one-third full, and remained so occupied for the entire evening. We were seated in an unoccupied wing of the restaurant where the air conditioning was not working. Server said they would turn on a fan: but did not. We had to ask twice to be moved before we were seated in a more comfortable area which was, also, only one-third occupied. Food was marginal and not as good as we have experienced at this restaurant in the past. My veal was undercooked. The calamari was not tender. My wife rated her ravioli as just "ok". Would not allow gratuity to be charged to the gift card we were using."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great place to go after Popejoy theater and they give you 10% off if you show them your tickets. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I hadn't dined at Scalo in many years.(we're in ABQ just a few nights a year). The energy level is still high, making for conducive atmosphere for lively, fun conversation etc.Food is creative,without being eclectic. Portions ample.wine list is balanced with plenty of selections in $35-$60 range.Service was great.friendly,knowledgeable ,efficient.We look forward to returning"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The temp on the thermostat red 83 degrees. Another patron asked for the AC to be turned on and waiter just shrugged his shoulders. The food was really salty - do not order the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Service was very poor - drinks not refilled, only came by twice - once for bread/drinks and once for delivering the food. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "An excellent meal and with very good service. Definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great place in heart of Nob Hill, front door/bar/wait staff were great, and they compliments the fine northern Italian cuisine really well .....all dishes, pre, main, dessert were very good, and they serve the largest bone-on braised short rib you will ever encounter ......we were very pleased with this dining establishment on a whole and would not only return, but would highly rec to anyone visiting ABQ "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had the Chicken Alfrado and I did not enjoy it. The noodles were dry and the chicken tasted like it had been boiled until all of the taste was out of it. In fact, I had to pass it on to my son-in-law because I just could not finish it. My daughter ordered a special drink and it was never delivered. She waited, thinking that the waitress had forgotten, but she felt that she shouldn't have had to keep reminding the waitress to bring her what she ordered. If fact, we selected your restaurant because of the wine list. It was both my sons and my daughter's birthday and we wanted to take them to a place where they could get something different and special. On a side note, it was nice that you brought us dessert to share with everyone. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were there for dinner with another couple for a birthday celebration. We were seated immediately, were given menus and told of the specials. Bread and water were served very quickly. Our server, Alise, was friendly and knowledgeable. She helped with a question about a menu item. Each couple ordered one salad to split. When our salads arrived the kitchen had split them for us. Loved it."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was delicious and service was spot on with wonderful wine."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Scalo has been a old reliable for a great lunch or an evening out. Over the years the food has always very good and the wait staff friendly and efficient. This night was no exception. My seafood pasta was tasty and perfectly cooked. The wine and drink list was lenghty and covered any possible mood. Dessert was perfect. The bread excellent. The wait staff attentive and friendly. It is really amazing that they have kept their standards so high all of this time."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Terrible!! Worse experience I have had at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We are used to eating lunches and dinners at Scalo, our favorite neighborhood restaurant. But this was the first time we tried brunch. We came for a friend's 82nd birthday so we asked for - and received - a quiet table. The Bloody Marys were outstanding. While the brunch menu only offered three breakfast dishes, our eggs benedict (served on crispy polenta rather than English muffins or toast) were the best we've had anywhere. Our server was terrific, kind, and friendly. Overall, a wonderful brunch."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Scalos in many years. It was especially nice taking my daughter to dinner there. Happily Scalo hasn't missed a beat. Everything was as expected: service, food and wine were very nice. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We arrived promptly for 8:30pm reservations and were seated right away. Immediately,our server arrived at our table and asked us if we were ready to order. It was obvious by the look on his face that he was not happy with having another table to service.....he wanted to get out of there. We decided on a wine and our entrees faster than we would have preferred because he made us feel very unwelcome and uncomfortable. Once we received our food, he never returned to the table to see how we liked our meals. He never refilled our wine glasses. It was a very unpleasant, rushed experience and within 45 minutes we were done and out the door. We were really looking forward to a nice dinner after an 11 hour drive and reading the reviews online. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Food was very good, great choices , just superb! I will recommend to my friends and family . A little gem away from restaurant row. Great ambiance and not too pricey."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great food at reasonable prices. My favorite restaurant in Albuquerque."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "On a Saturday evening we made a reservation for two for 8 pm. The concert we attended before dinner was over sooner that we expected. Also, we came upon two friends, who had no reservations, to join us. Even though Scalo appeared to be full, the hostess found us a table for four on the patio an hour before our reservation. The Scalo staff was very accommodating. The meal was superb. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant. When we are in Albuquerque, always make a point to dine here. We were never here on Monday but were surprised to find that bottles of wine are 1/2 price on Mondays and they will "cork" the bottle when you leave for the unused portion. Food is always good and service is great. Great to sit and watch the cooking area. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "My friends and I wanted a nice dinner before a show at Popejoy. We alerted our waitperson to the fact we would be attending a show so needed to get in and out fairly quickly. He was most attentive. Our food was delicious, ranging from grilled salmon, pasta and fresh mussels. There was an excellent selection of wines by the glass. The ambience was energetic and lively. I will return again when I have more time to linger."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food and a very relaxing atmosphere sitting outside. Bloody Mary bar was fun!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We took my mother-in-law out for an early Mother's Day Celebration. So we were there at noon on the Saturday before noon. The meal started with calamari which was absolutely delicious, but the entre was the real treat. It was Scalo's special of the day and couple next to us was having it. The presentation looked so amazing, all four of us ordered it. It was so incredible, I asked the server to write it down for me. Best meal I have ever had!!!! - Pan Seared Yellow Fin Tuna - Fried Parmessan Polenta Cake - Lump Crab Meet tossed in tarragon ailoi - Sauteed Spinach - Herb infused olive oil Layered with the Polenta on the bottom and the tuna sliced perfectly across the top with all those wonderful ingredients layeredd between"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The lamb chops were tender, the sea bass was light, without any fishiness. No dessert for us, we had the calamari appetizer instead. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Friday was a busy time, though last minute dinner reservations were possible through OpenTable!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "To be fair, I have just returned from a month in Italy so the first time having Italian food since my return just did not measure up. The service was almost comical, primarily because of the "runner". He cleared the salad plate from one guest, brought the entrees and then brought another salad to the guest, forgetting he just cleared the salad plate. We were celebrating my sister's 60th birthday and suddenly the runner brings out a piece of tiramisu and asked if we had ordered it. We had not. Then the server shows up with a candle. Both wine managers were absent that evening so I had to walk to the bar with the wine list to confer with the one bartender who knew something about wines. wine list did not have many affordable Italian wines"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We hadn't been to Scalos in years so we made a last minute reservation. Great table, wonderful service. My Seanad was excellent. Great fun atmosphere and the bar was hopping!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The food and service at Scalo were outstanding. They had a 50% off special on wine that night which was really nice. We thought the noise level was TOO LOUD. We sat along the front window at a nice table, but there were too many people crowded in a narrow space and the noise level was just too much. Luckily 3 parties left shortly after we sat down, so that made a bit of a difference. The acoustics in this area really reverberate the noise and make it not so nice. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014