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Scaletta Restaurant

1084 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Located on the west side across from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History. Tasty Northern Italian specialties and on-site pastry chef's masterpieces. Scaletta Ristorante is a "must eat" for anyone who enjoys fine dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 769-9191
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Omer Grgurev
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Upon request only
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Cross street
Columbus Ave and Central Park West
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Public transit
1,9 79th St and B,C at 81st St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Warm, professional service and home-style cooking describes this popular and affordable Upper West Side spot for bar mitzvahs, weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, graduation parties and receptions. The large main dining room can be divided into smaller rooms for completely private dining.

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What 1084 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.1  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vinf (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food still good to very good; service way down, unfortunately; prices up. Just not what it use to be.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Love the food, ambiance, and everything else about this place.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

always reliable very good food. Comfortable and not noisy. Varied menu. Friendly.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

I dine here every three months with a client who likes Sceletta. I find the food and service is solid but nothing great. He happens to like it a lot. On this occasion, they offered a special restaurant week menu. My client, who dines her a few times a month, asked if they would substitute and allow a Caesar salad which they would not since he ordered off the prize fixed menu. We asked the manager to come over and she explained that if she did it for him she would have to do it for everyone. This was a Monday night and there was one or two other tables at 5:45 pm and the rest of the restaurant was empty. My seafood pasta entree was $42 and very average. Caesar salad was $16. For those prices I would expect incredible food and a willingness to accommodate a simple substitution request.

Overall, a decent restaurant but would not be in my personal top choices. That said, my client always enjoys it here and although he left a bit annoyed at the lack of flexibility, he did enjoy his meal. And in my book, the client is all that matters....

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. The food was absolutely amazing - best chicken parm I have ever had. There was plenty of people but the noise level was at a minimum. Restaurant itself and restrooms were very clean. I would definitely go back!

vipLikesToEat (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

How restaurants used to be: thoughtful service, piping hot and delicious food. Old school in the best possible way.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Very nice Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side close to the park. The bartender has all necessary skills. Most professional wait staff. Welcoming atmosphere. The chef does wonderful things with veal. The wine list is small but nice. Solid and worth a visit. It's been there for years and it's reputation for reliable fare will keep it going many more years.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Very nice restaurant. Wait staff wonderful, one gentlemen who brought menus and took order was profusely sweating and kept wiping his face of sweat and then picked my my glass to move it. Gross. He stunk of sweat. Other than that the food was unreal! I recommend the veal scalopini and the mango mousse for dessert

vipChuck (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We are regular guests and go for the food, but also like the setting.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Very good ambience. Food is not highly spiced and taste is natural.
The noise level is excellent for having friendly conversation and the prices for food are good.
drinks may be a little overpriced.

vipBobM (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

For a supposedly upscale restaurant, the service was terrible. We were ignored for a long while and then after finally ordering, we were asked several times (once by our own waiter) to order. Even then after several requests to hurry things up, it took about an hour(!!!) for the food to come out. Others around us got served before we did even though they came after us, but were served by another waiter for the most part.
Also, entrance steps are treacherous for anyone with any disability.
Dinner and dessert tasted OK at least.
The restaurant needs a lot of management attention to fix up. The cooking, at least, is OK.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Quiet place, very good food and excellent staff. For this neighborhood it's terrific.

Suzanne (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was decent - not bad but not great. Restaurant is very spacious and comfortable - they don't cram a bunch of tables in there so you feel like you are in top of your neighbor. For that reason the acoustics are quite good and very quiet & spacious compared to most nyc restaurants. The service was extremely slow, we had to keep flagging down our server to get him to do anything. Nice and polite, just not attentive at all. They are definitely pricier than they can get away with. $28 for spaghetti bolognese made of boxed pasta - not even fresh pasta - give me a break! I will say the lasagna was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent as usual! A family favorite for decades.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

A wonderful restaurant, quiet with attentive service and a very comfortable space for conversation. Food was excellent. On the expensive side but worth it.

SLG1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service are always great! Highly recommended and will go again and again.

vipMishKirke (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and service were both uninspired. Ordered shrimp scampi which is a very basic Italian dish. I did not recognize what I was given as it did not resemble or taste like shrimp scampi except that it had shrimp. Starter salad was completely boring - literally lettuce on a plate with some dressing drizzled on it. Waiters seemed annoyed.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

As usual, Scaletta was wonderful!
I love their Funghi e cariofi appetizer and Lasagna.
Highly recommended!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Our experience started out ok, we were seated right next to a family with 3 small children who were loud and running around and into my chair all night. The table across from us were extremely rude to the waitstaff. The waitstaff seemed flustered as it was a busy night, and were not prepared for it. The food was ok. The appetizers were really good, our main courses were just ok. The Lasagna noodles were over cooked, but the portion size was large. My husbands dinner was not presented as it was described. It took 3 hours for dinner, which was fine for us as we weren't in a rush. However, the other guests made the time almost unbearable, which is not the fault of the restaurant at all, but did detract from our experience.

vipFrazie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

I come here a lot, enjoy the food and staff is WONDERFUL and attentive to me. Nice dining experience indeed.