Scotto's Cafe
Scotto's Cafe

Scotto's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scottosbelair.com/
  • Phone: 4105152233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11;00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Scotto's Cafe
Scotto's Café is a privately owned and operated Italian restaurant featuring a European atmosphere in Bel Air, Maryland, the heart of Harford County. We offer generous portions of made-to-order Italian cuisine using only fresh, high quality ingredients at reasonable prices. Menu items include a wide variety of pasta, chicken, seafood, and veal and are gladly exchanged to suit diner's preferences and dietary needs. There is also a full-service bar with a fine selection of wine, spirits, domestic and imported beers. After dinner, guests may enjoy unique Italian desserts, espresso, or cappuccino. We also offer on and off-site catering and fixed menus for small or large parties are available. We will do our best to accommodate your specific needs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Scotto's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (11)notable wine list (11)romantic (10)special occasion (10)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Consistently Good
    JoeDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Scotto's is one of our favorite local restaurants. We have never had a bad outing. It's not inexpensive, but worth the occasional splurge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groupon keeps me going back
    Jt23VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I like this place. It's a little pricey for a mid week meal, but the groupons help. Always has good food. They were out of my first choice for wine selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant.!
    ExquisitelynGreat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant was amazing. The service was fantastic, the food portion was fit to value price, and the interior was astonishing and very exquisite.! Definitely worth taking a love one or even celebrating special occasions in this phenomenal restaurant. Most certain i'm coming back to enjoy the service, the food, and the peacefulness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    cgetz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went to Scotto's on recommendation of a friend and we were very glad we did. Bartenders were extremely friendly. Table service was great - waitress was very nice and friendly. The food was excellent and I am sure our group of 6 will go there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable fresh italian cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service were great. We went on a very quiet evening, 7 pm, dinner for 3. The decor was ok. Table for 4 would be a bit small. Also, the dining experience would benefit from some nice table lighting. It was a bit dark.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great service, great food! Made reservations here for the family to celebrate my birthday. Food selection appealed to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to place
    lpita10
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one of our favorite places to go! The food is always fantastic and the service is awesome! Comfort food! Great italian food and their specials are always great as well! Love going here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flash
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    this is one of our favorite Italian Restaurants. The food is consistantly good and it is a friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kathie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Enjoyable food and atmosphere. Service was good. The wine list is extensive and the appetizers great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, service needs some help
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have eaten at Scotto's many times. The food is alwasy consistently good but the service this time left something to be desired. We were five and they seated us at a table which barely held four. When we commented that we were five they said, "yes" but looked at us as if they were puzzled why we did not fit (wer are not big people!) We asked for a chair and they told us to turn the tables on the side. Then, when that gave us very little table surface they finally realized they did not bring over a third table. A Friend ordered wine--was told it was Beringer Zinfandel--it was not-took it off of the check. friend ordered saltimboca--assumed veal-was chicken--delicious and marked on the check as chicken but he did not seem to know.
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  • Always great
    Vendicator
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have never been disappointed at Scotto's. Great food, a great wine selection and best of all, great service. Wait staff is there when you need them, but not bothersome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure in MD for those from NY
    JBNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A treasure in MD for those from NY. Always good food and service. A local gem. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Scotto's Cafe reviews archive.
  • Good and Local
    ChessMan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We returned to Scotto's for the veal. Both my wife and I loved our meals. My wine was very good for the price point and my wife loved her sangria. We like them so much we went to the bar afterwards for another round. Only down side it is took quite a while to get our check all sorted out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maryl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Shared a salad, then had shrimp scampi with pasta and shrimp and scallops with pasta. Both were excellent! Splurged on dessert: tiramisu (best she ever had!) and fudge cake which was delicious! Will go back soon again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was the correct temperature. It was delivered promptly and had goos flavor
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dining Experience
    fanofdining
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Our family of four dined at Scotto's on a Thursday night during restaurant week. Our waiter was very knowledgable regarding the specials and very professional. My daughter ordered from the special restaurant week offerings and enjoyed her appetizer of calamari, entree of veal Marsala, and dessert , which she took home consisting of a very large cannoli. The balance of us ordered from the regular menu. My son had the lasagna which was very generously portioned and delicious. My husband had a pasta dish with sausage which was very tasty and I had the chicken Scotto which was flavorful and quite good. Our waiter was attentive and the meal and our overall experience was enjoyable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Scottos
    AshStall
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Scottos is the place to go for Italian in Bel Air. The staff is always courteous and the food delicious. My husband got the veal parm and it was so tasty and not overly breaded. The marinara sauce is amazing! I got the seafood pasta with shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari. It had a ton of seafood which was all cooked perfectly. It's one of our favorite date night spots and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, as always!
    BelAirMrandMrs
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had never tried the famous Chicken Scotto until this visit; it was awesome! We had also never had dessert at Scotto's before, and that was great as well. Scotto's never lets us down! It's our favorite place for a quiet meal in an intimate setting for just the two of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local find
    ixlr8VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were just passing through Baltimore and stopped off - what a good turn! Good Linguinie and Chicken dishes
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graduation dinner
    Carmi
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great neighborhood dining! A family favorite. We had a group of seven for dinner. Everyone was pleased with the service and the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My favorite Italian restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but expensive
    MRod
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I came here for my birthday. My meal was very good but the prices were expensive. Because of this, I will not return unless it is for another special occasion. I would have felt better about the prices if the salad and bread were included like you get in most Italian restaurants. It can get extremely pricey if you order any alcohol or extras.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    It was unfortunate that they did not serve olive ol and herbs with the bread. Also, the entrees should include a small soup or salad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Amazing food. The Tortellini here is now in my top 5 favorite meals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Choice For Local Night Out
    luv2travelVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Took my family from Florida out for a Friday night meal. I typically take them into Baltimore for a night out, but wanted to stay local. Scotto's was a great choice. Good food, service, and atmosphere. Nice job.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    From the greeting at the door to the coffee Patron, perfect! Pleasant staff and the food was delicious, I would recommend Scotto's to everyone!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surf and turf
    BrintVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    No, Scotto's didn't actually offer "surf and turf," but the specials this night were a succulent and flavorful Dover sole and a very nice New York strip steak. We ordered one each and shared. A special starter of jumbo shrimp cocktail was refreshing and tasteful and was complemented by a nice cocktail sauce. As always, the service was impeccable. There is no need to have a "favorite server," for each one meets Victor Scotto's high standards for taking care of diners.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than espected!!
    enjoytrying
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service excellent. Went with friends using a Living Social coupon. Would definitely go again! One downer! The table for 4 are quite crowded.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I am usually very critical of restaurants! Nothing negative to say about Scottos cafe. I have eaten here numerous times and have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scotto's Cafe
    JTUU
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Showed up at 6:10 for a 6:15 reservation for two and did not get seated until around 7:00. Numerous other parties of 2 with later reservations for 2 or no reservations were seated before us. The hostess was very disorganized. Once seated the waiter was very friendly and helpful, and the food was above average. I would maybe give this place another try, but probably not on a weekend.
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  • The Best
    Greatniteout
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    For great food, feeling special, and good service, Scotto's is a gem of Bel Air!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen needs some help.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    It was out first time dinning here. Had dinner with my wife and daughter. The server was nice, but the food took forever and at 6:15 Friday night when the place wasn't packed so i was a little surprised. it took us over an hour and a half for 3 basic meals. We were not offered any bread either. We may give Scotto's another chance some time down the road, but we have plenty of choices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Lydell
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Everything was very nice. Our two pasta based dinners were well prepared, great flavors. Our server was attentive, and everything arrived on time. We started with the bruschetta, which wasn't over the top but well prepared. The entrees were a good size if you were starving or enough for a carry out if you have an appetizer and vegetable. Limited beer selection (no crafts), but ample wines available.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    WanderingWalt
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I have been here several times and have never been disappointed. My only regret is living in the area for 7 years before I tried it. This place has the best Italian food around for miles. The only time I've had better was in Italy. Great adult romantic atmosphere. I would say this is the best place to take a date in Harford County. Anything you get will impress you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian in HARCO
    Karson0303
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    For Harford County this restaurant is a standout. Great food, warm atmosphere, and good service. Perfect place for date-night or a group of friends looking for a nice meal without traveling to the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice romantic dinner
    Angela
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was a new place for us to try, and it was a nice place to go - without kids. I didn't see any other tables with children, and I didn't see a children menu, so I think it's a great place to go without bringing the children with you. The eggplant dish was wonderful and my husband had the fish special - which he really enjoyed. Overall, a really nice romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chef boyardee
    Justus
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Well this was not for me, way too many better restaurants, the meatballs we good but the sauce is like chef Boyardee... I left 60% of my pasta due to the sauce. Dinner for my wife & I was 75.00. Sorry not worth the $$$$
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty loud but I think that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Pretty loud but I think that was probably due to Valentines Day. Food was great with filling portions and the wife enjoyed the House Pinot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    LKTK
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Love everything about Scotto's! The food, service and friendly staff are what brings us back time and time again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Groundhog
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Scotto's Cafe is our favorite Italian restaurant in the Havre de Grace - Bel Air area. We ordered our usual - my husband ordered the chicken parmesan, and I ordered the Napoli. We dined right before the Super Bowl, so the restaurant was rather empty. Considering fewer patrons in the restaurant than normal, the service was rather slow this particular evening. The shrimp in my dish were a little chewy, but the dry scallops were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.