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Scalo, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo

4.6
4.6
640 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
A contemporary interpretation on authentic European Italian flavors served with superior service and an upscale ambiance—this is Scalo. More than just a restaurant, Scalo is an experience, inviting guests on an Italian excursion of flavor, flair, and finesse. Prided on fresh ingredients and scratch-made recipes, Scalo is praised as one of Albuquerque’s best Italian eateries.
Scalo boasts elegant dining room, beautiful patio as well as a trendy bar with ample seating.
Reserve a table and prepare to indulge in a delicious, exquisite experience we like to call squisito!
i migliori saluti!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 522-3800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Ruiz

  • Catering

    Cater your next party with special Scalo menu for groups of 16 or above.

  • Private party facilities

    Scalo boasts multiple private and semi-private dining venues for groups of 12 to 60

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Cross street

    Carlisle

  • Parking details

    Park in front of the restaurant or there are two private lots behind the Nob Hill Shopping Center south of Silver St. Street parking is free after 6PM as well as on Sundays!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Valentines Day 2023

    $85.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for Valentines Day 2023. Chef David will be publishing a wondereful 4-course pre-fixe menu for this event. The price for this event will be $85++ per person. Menu coming soon.
  • Galentines Event

    $200.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 9, 2023 only
    An elegant novelty event, complete with Speakeasy Private Entrance. Cocktail hour with flower wall and vintage photo vignettes to capture the magic of the evening. Four Course meal carefully curated by Chef David Ruiz. Dress Code: Speakeasy Glamour

What 640 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Great for fine wines

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Albuquerque

    Best Service

  • Albuquerque

    Best Ambiance

  • Albuquerque

    Neighborhood gem

  • Albuquerque

    Great for fine wines

  • Albuquerque

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Albuquerque

    Romantic

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  1. AP

    AliciaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an absolute delight! The host, waiter, food everything was exquisite
  2. G

    Guyfood

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding and the recommendations for food and wine hit the spot. The duck was and pork cheek pasta both were amazing. Half price wine night too! Great experience at Scalo.
  3. C

    Chazz

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had a reservation here booked two hours before a play at UNM. Kitchen is very slow. Took over an hour to get appetizer and we ended up leaving after an an hour and forty minutes of waiting on our dinner. When we left, the kitchen hadn’t even got to our order yet. Menu looks good, but you will need a solid three hours to eat dinner on a weekend night.
  4. JL

    JenniferL

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    We aren’t strangers to Scalos. We love it. We chose it this last Saturday evening particularly because one of our favorite bands was playing. Unfortunately, where we were seated we couldn’t hear them- but that’s irrelevant. Our reservation was for 5:15pm. We were there by 5:10pm and were seated right away. At that point there were only about 2 other tables filled, and maybe 1-2 others who had visibly already eaten. However, service was ridiculously slow and we didn’t get food, not even bread, until almost 8pm. We were so hungry, we asked for bread to tide us over, and the response was that it would cause major disruption in the kitchen, and the bread would take longer than our food to come out. What? Our server, clearly irritated and never apologetic, finally brought out bread, just before our plates. One of us had a garlic allergy, which was made known right away. After she placed the bread down and walked away, and later came by to say, “oh, the bread has garlic”. Too late for my friend, unfortunately. When the manager asked how everything was, we told him we had placed our order an hour before it came out. His said, “an HOUR???!!” in a very disbelieving way, asked my date to love his chair for someone passing by, then walked away. Never an apology or explanation. When our bill was brought out, we were actually charged for the bread. When we questioned it, the server, irritated, said she would see what she could do. I am still in disbelief that we were there from 5:15-8:30pm, and the manager could not believe we had waited an hour for our food after ordering. And how he, a manager, had not a better response to our complaint of waiting as long as we had. We will not be returning to this once staple for us. This was one place we could always count on for great food and service. It’s sad that there isn’t better service recovery and I can guarantee this place will continue to lose business if this is how they treat their loyal patrons- or anyone.
  5. MK

    MikeK

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great place to dine. Their rotating menu is always amazing and their regular items will not disappoint. The pizzas are the best I’ve eaten. Love this place.
  6. KH

    KatyH

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Haven’t been in almost 40 years as we’d moved away. It was as delicious now as then, to spite newer ownership.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was good, but they were out of lots of stuff. Service was great.
  8. DG

    DeenaG

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Did not have all menu options available but food was tasty. Pizza was definitely a larger portion than the others. Pricey for portion sizes overall.
  9. R

    Roma

    New Mexico

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food at good price.Excellent wine.
  10. K

    Kathy

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Scalo is a wonderful special occasion dining experience in Albuquerque. Great ambiance, attentive wait people, great little fine dining touches (eg providing clean silverware between courses). My food was a delicious but borderline too rich for me -next time I'll take half of the delicious risotto home for next day's meal! Too pricy for anything but a special occasion, but terrific!
  11. F

    Foodie

    New Mexico

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been a few times in the past couple of years, and this was a pre-fixe menu for New Year's Eve and a party of four. Every single course was terrific and portioned just right. We also ordered cocktails and went with the recommendation of our server - who could give us a heads up about whether we may like the cocktail (one cocktail had anise in it - so one in our party changed her choice to the recommended one). And, for an NYE event, the service was still excellent.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were exceptionally delicious. Service was wonderful. Best meal I’ve had in years.
  13. FP

    FredP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Expensive but okay for special occasion. Appetizers and main dishes very good. Dessert (especially the pear tart) was a big disappointment. Too bad, because dessert finalizes the experience and becomes prominent in the memory of the evening.
  14. GK

    GideonK

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good new menu, or new to me. I was a regular until a couple of negative experiences last year. I will go back again!
  15. GN

    GlennN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect Northern Italian dining experience. Great though abbreviated menu. Succulent salmon and a beautifully done pasta dish were rounded out by a rich Italian brownie ( more like a flourless torte) and attentive service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wine list assembled by someone who knows their wine. Attentive service. Happy surroundings. Italian food done as I’d expect in Italy. A very lovely evening. Exceeded expectations.
  17. RS

    RickS

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great prix fixe Christmas Eve dinner. First had tomato basil bisque, gulped it down and almost licked the bowl but caught myself. Second, had cioppino and it reminded me of my times on the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Lastly, had some tasty Olive Oil Cake, a wonderful way to end the evening. Need to compliment my waiter, Gibson, who made it all happen. Great interpersonal skills, and super attentiveness. Thank you.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve with Family
  19. TJ

    TeriJ

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was outstanding! I did not know they were having a set menu for Christmas Eve. That was disappointing. The selection was VERY limited and the price for what you got was ridiculous. The waiter redeemed the evening for us. He was excellent.
  20. CR

    CharR

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was a pricey evening for food that was only good; not exceptional. Nice atmosphere and very good service.
  21. D

    Divine

    New Mexico

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Delicious food, great service, but some aspect contained sugar as I got very sick for 12 hrs afterwards.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Way over priced. Ive had better pasta at Chilis. Smh
  23. KP

    KathyP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal. Best steak I have ever had. Our waiter, Gibson was outstanding!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Food was horrible. Calamari was burnt. Bruschetta tomatoes we’re not close to ripe. Service was horrible.
  25. LO

    LORRIO

    New Mexico

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It's Holiday time so it was pretty noisy in the restaurant. My husband, who has hearing aids, had trouble conversing with me because of the noise level. Our server seemed overwhelmed. He was nice when he came to the table but he kept making excuses for the level of service we were receiving. My pasta was undercooked and oversalted. This was my first time to Scalo in many years, and the quality for the price was not good. Our dinner, pre-tip, came to almost 100.00, it was not worth it. We won't be rushing to come back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely! Wonderful food and cocktails
  27. CM

    CathyM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, cocktails fabulous and the eggplant parmesan was one of the best we've had. Kudos!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Chef David went out of his way to make our daughter’s college graduation celebration special. The service was great as always.
  29. SP

    ShellyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The cocktail selection was wonderful, and the honeybadger did not disappoint. Entre wise, we were both left unsatisfied; the half chicken dish was served with the chicken mostly raw (manager offered a complimentary dessert to make up for it) and the mushroom cream pasta was bland. While we had a lovely evening, we aren't sure if it was our meal choices that left us wanting more, or the entire menu itself. Interested it trying again in the future to give it a second chance.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Ok- everyone has to go check out Scalo! If you haven’t been in a few years it’s a must go! Excellent food and great ambiance. Love the bar as well. Service was excellent.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service!
  32. S

    Sweetypt

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, our wait person (Hannah) was wonderful, & 1/2 off a bottle-of-wine-on-Wednesdays was icing on the cake. My friend & I shared the most crab generous crab cake I've ever had and a crispy fresh salad (miste) as openers to a delicious pork entree for him and the melt-in-your mouth veal piccata for me. It was my friend's first visit to Scalo's and one of many visits for me. We both agree it will not be the last!
  33. CB

    ChristopherB

    Richmond

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scalo has been a staple for us over our 30 yrs of traveling from the east coast to NM. The new owners, managers & chef will not disappoint as they continue to put the guest's needs as a top priority. We have enjoyed ever one of our dinning experiences and look forward to the next. Thank you.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First of all we had Mathew , who was our server. He was knowledgeable about wine selections and food. He was attentive, funny and so sweet. All our food elections were spot on. We had calamari, egg plant, pizza, risotto, crab cakes. Everything was soo good. Yes, this place is fabulous.
  35. SC

    SamanthaC

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed brunch with the in-laws, and cannot wait to go back!
  36. S

    Sooz

    New Orleans

    46 reviews

    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Brunch at Scalo is very expensive, and the food and service did not justify the price the one time we have tried it (contrary to our experience at dinner, which rates five stars for wonderful, imaginative food and attentive service). We both ordered the egg Bennie with a jumbo lump crab cake, a splurge at $30. The crab was pasteurized, and had a hard texture, not pleasant. The single egg was tasty, although not cooked to our requested “medium”, and the potatoes and Hollandaise sauce were perfect. No fruit or other accompaniment. The service was adequate, but not the polished competence we see at night. Could have been an off day. Other menu items looked good and may be more to my taste, but at these prices, I won’t explore them. So YES I recommend Scalo for dinner, but sadly, NO for brunch.
  37. BS

    BuffieS

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dinner! Amazing service by Zach. We had a wonderful time!
  38. WN

    WarriorNun

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Wanted to spend a nice evening celebrating. Service was great but the menu and wine selection was lacking in all areas. Two of the bottles we would have liked were not available and the charcuterie board was dismal…would have preferred a more rounded selection of meats and cheeses, with olives thrown into the mix. Also, NM chile should never be “seasonal.” PS: the menu was beyond lacking and overpriced.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, server very attentive and personable.
  40. LS

    LarryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening with friends in an appealing setting.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Scalo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 522-3800.

Scalo is rated 4.6 stars by 640 OpenTable diners.

Scalo does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 27 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Scalo

3500 Central Ave SE Suite J, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Carlisle

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Park in front of the restaurant or there are two private lots behind the Nob Hill Shopping Center south of Silver St. Street parking is free after 6PM as well as on Sundays!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Ruiz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 522-3800

  • Catering

    Cater your next party with special Scalo menu for groups of 16 or above.

  • Private party facilities

    Scalo boasts multiple private and semi-private dining venues for groups of 12 to 60

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