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Cafe Alaia, Scarsdale, NY

Cafe Alaia

4.8
4.8
262 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Situated just a short walk from the Scarsdale Metro-North Station, Café Alaia, a Michelin award winner 2020 thanks to its cozy décor, soaring ceilings and welcoming owner (Vincenzo Alaia), the dining room is all buzz. Thoughtfully arranged tables, framed by rustic wooden chairs, typically bear elevated versions of regional Italian dishes. Pastas are a highlight and fittingly so, like tender spinach- and ricotta-filled ravioli bathed in a melted sage-infused butter. Squid stuffed with crab, spinach and breadcrumbs is augmented by perfectly poached cherry tomatoes, not unlike the fresh figs set atop a crostata di pere. A bar in the middle is ideal for solo or couple diners who want to linger.

Our brand new space has plenty of room to accommodate social distancing. We have installed the highest rated air purification system with state of the art UV technology combined with MERV 13 Filtration.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (914) 725-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luca Cabras

  • Neighborhood

    Scarsdale

  • Parking details

    Meter Parking and large public parking lot nearby.

  • Public transit

    Scarsdale Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 262 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westchester / Hudson Valley

    Great for fine wines

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  1. R

    Revisit

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    This was our 2nd time at the cafe. Service this time was poor - no water for awhile, drink forgotten about. Noise level was overwhelming.... Food excellent.
  2. LN

    LukasN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    extremely noisy! menus are plastic sheets of paper - feels like down-scale dinner not a restaurant wine list kind of boring
  3. BS

    BarbaraS

    New York Area

    193 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    193 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Westchester. Food is superb and the service helpful. It gets noisy as the tables fill up. Get there early because it starts to get crowded by 7:30pm on the weekends.
  4. JF

    JFKelsey

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, as always. Such an amazing time. Food and service is always 110%. Amazing.
  5. GC

    GeorgeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and personal attention from owner/chef - best in area.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience3
    The food was very good, noise level was very uncomfortable. They need to put in some acoustic treatments to lower the noise level. Service was rushed.
  7. k

    kimmie

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Never rushed my friends and I to order or leave. Great neighborhood treasure.
  8. KS

    KennethS

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner, Vincenzo, is on the floor constantly, and not just shaking hands, but making sure everyone is being taken care of very well. The menu is excellent and is topped by original specials. We have brought other couples many times and everyone enjoys the great food and service. The bar tender also makes an excellent vodka martini.
  9. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I almost don’t want to share this little bit so secret secret. Delish. Great service great food
  10. MF

    MichaelF

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, the specials were particularly amazing.
  11. m

    mikec

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Super chic nyc bistro food was amazing really enjoyed it.
  12. k

    kenneth

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wait staff. Excellent cocktails and wine list. Mushroom soup was amazing as was the water cress salad. Lemon sorbet was wonderful. Pricey but worth it.
  13. t

    travelpro56

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Alaia consistently rates at the top of my restaurant choices. It never disappoints. The food is sublime and the service terrific. The choice of wines by the glass is also great. We will keep coming back, for lunch or dinner. I am happy it has outdoor seating. We sat indoors because it was fairly empty, but it would be amazing if they got outdoor heaters as the weather gets colder.
  14. DA

    DaveA

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant birthday dinner. We ate early and had 100% staff attention. Excellent food.Large portions
  15. s

    selectivediner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, interesting specials. Generous portions. Will definitely return.
  16. J

    Judy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  17. FD

    FrequentDiner

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent Italian with homemade pasta and superb sauce Superb neighborhood Italian restaurant
  18. LE

    Liv2Eat

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time there. Food overall was excellent. Same for service,
  19. DD

    DDdiner

    Orange County

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good. Food good. Happily it’s a busy place but that also means very noisy and a little less pleasant
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really great - the pulpo is the best! Lamb pasta was delicious! Friendly service and cool vibe. Will be back!
  21. JF

    JFKelsey

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always. Superb service and amazing food.
  22. C

    Chefdom

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite resto. Staff as always, is true to the fabric with providing great service. The restaurant manager is one of the best.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience1
    Incredible noise and poor acoustics make it worse. Can’t hear myself speak!
  24. RG

    RoyG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent specials reminding me of my year in Tuscany. Over last year we have tried at least half of menu (plus specials) in our weekly /semi-weekly visits. Never disappointed, always ready to return as soon as possible. Highly recommended.
  25. NY

    NYCEater

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place, lovely atmosphere, great service, great food
  26. k

    kerryw

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our waiter Domingo was excellent and very helpful. Food was delicious
  27. MB

    MarkB

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going regularly since Vincenzo opened down the street and this new(er) restaurant is amazing. Food and service are always fantastic, Vincenzo makes it feel like the old school neighborhood restaurant.
  28. JF

    JFKelsey

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always
  29. JC

    JenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect place to come for my birthday. The server was fantastic, the food was delicious and right on time, and the restaurant itself was nice and calm. 5 stars!
  30. GC

    GabbyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was extremely good and a very nice atmosphere inside. My only reason to rate it a 4 is because they rush you out of there. They make you order your entree when ordering your appetizer. We told them we did not want to rush and they were insistent on ordering the main course as well. We thought we would have a little time in between our first and main course, but our main course was brought out within 5 minutes. I get it’s a busy place, but paying that much for a meal and being rushed out is not something I enjoy.
  31. T

    Thecity

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food. Will definitely be back and highly recommend
  32. C

    mariaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining experience. The food and staff was exceptional!
  33. DD

    DinaD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food never disappoints! Delicious
  34. w

    westchestereater

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious. Love this restaurant.
  35. JC

    JoanneC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was great
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service good food
  37. RG

    RoyG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly attentive server and staff. Nicely spaced tables, excellent food both from regular menu and specials. Not cheap but excellent food makes Alaia a very good value and great choice.
  38. MO

    MaryO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice ambiance. Fun night out with good food and drinks. Waiter Teddy very nice and attentive.
  39. H

    Holly

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was outstanding. Friendly, professional and made great recommendations. We all made different meal choices and each one was delicious.
  40. J

    Justagoodtime

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a lovely place! Great service. Appetizers and chicken liver crostini are amazing. In terms of our entrees, lamb ragu wasn’t bad. It’s just we’ve had better ones elsewhere. As to the orata dish, we ordered it out of curiosity since we’ve never had it before. If I knew it tasted similar to tilapia, I wouldn’t order it. Maybe others will love it. I guess it’s just not for me.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cafe Alaia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (914) 725-3000.

Cafe Alaia is rated 4.8 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Cafe Alaia

128 Garth Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583-3751

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Scarsdale

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Meter Parking and large public parking lot nearby.

  • Public transit

    Scarsdale Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luca Cabras

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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