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Scalo, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo

4.6
4.6
598 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 14 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

  • Gin Tasting Dinner

    $115.00 per person

    Nov 30, 2022 only
    Chef David's 4-Course Tasting Menu paired with Artisanal Gin Cocktails from the world! $115 per person all inclusive!!! Click on the picture at top right to view the menu.

What 598 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Hot Spot

  • New Mexico

    Notable Wine List

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Albuquerque

    Fit for Foodies

  • Albuquerque

    Hot Spot

  • Albuquerque

    Great for Lunch

  • Albuquerque

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Albuquerque

    Notable Wine List

  • Albuquerque

    Outdoor Dining

  • Albuquerque

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. EG

    EmilyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely space, delicious food, attentive service. Will be back.
  2. S

    Sooz

    New Orleans

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal ever at Scalo’s. The new executive chef is creative but grounded, and his kitchen puts out expertly cooked and seasoned, and attractively plated, dishes, with fresh, bright flavors. The quality of the service has been greatly improved. Scalo is now a fine dining experience, well worth the increased expense.
  3. d

    damiand

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service in the dining room was fast, quiet and unobtrusive. Food came out quickly and tasted great. The eggplant parm, risotto and pizza all got great reviews during dinner. Price was good for the quality of the food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  5. L

    Larissa

    New Mexico

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks, excellent service, and everything was great! A lovely way to celebrate my anniversary with my husband on our special date night.
  6. LP

    LoriP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, ambiance was great. Food was a bit pricey.
  7. LO

    LeslieO

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable and we enjoy dinner or bring everyone. Great service
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service chef and general manager greeted me as a return customer at the table appreciate that attention to customer care. Strongly supports my desire to return. Thank you all
  9. BL

    BeckyL

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Thus was our first time back at Scalo under the new ownership. The food is excellent and the changes to the restaurant (new entrance, reconfiguredmain room) are improvements. Our server was a little frantic because the restaurant was fairly busy, but overall we got good service and she was very personable.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were fantastic.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Friday evening dinner. Incredible meal! Service was a tad overly attentive if you can imagine. Wine and spirits lists were extensive and well selected. We are returning for Sunday brunch before traveling home.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing dinner combined with excellent service!
  13. J

    Jacque

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my son out to dinner. Scalo had great service and delicious food!
  14. LN

    LesN

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a brunch for two couples on Sunday Morning October 30th. We were promptly seated by the hostess and immediately greeted by our server. The place was clean and the tables were covered with white tablecloths. Our server explained the menu and made some suggestions. We had the breakfast sandwich and the crab benedict. Both were nicely prepared. We had the Mimosa kit with pomegranate. The combination was very nice. Being that it was a birthday celebration with had the Tiramisu. I have had this dessert in many places in the world. Scalo's was excellent and my favorite. For such a lovely meal the price was reasonable. We were surprised the restaurant was not more crowded. We will be back. Always love Scalos.
  15. H

    Hank

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic! I had the linguine, another person had the chicken with polenta, and two had the short rib special. We had the bison carpaccio and the bruschetta for an appetizer and the panda cotta and tiramisu for dinner. Everything was delicious! The waiter, Matthew, was friendly. He had great recommendations and never let us run low on drinks. We can’t wait to go back!
  16. D

    Diner525

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Sat for 30 minutes before we had to get up and find the head server to send over someone to even give us a glass of water. Server came over we ordered a bottle of wine and bruschetta to start…. Took another 15 minutes to get said bottle of wine, then the server didn’t know how to open it… she had to go find someone else to open it. Finally got our bruschetta, then waited another 45 minutes to get the server again…. Was going to order dinner, decided it would take another hour and we just leave. Went next door to Geckos and had server and service the minute we sat down. Ate dinner and had drinks…. No more Scalo for us…. Waste of time I cannot even say how really disappointed we were.
  17. S

    Sugaree5

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food is excellent. Ambience wonderful. We sat on the patio the last two times we were there, but when you do that, you expect a little noise from Central Ave.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here often and it’s always good, but our recent experience was exceptional. Sergio’s enthusiastic and attentive service and his menu recommendations elevated the meal to a special occasion and we really appreciated the chef and manager coming by to speak with us. From bread to dessert everything we ate was delicious, perfect autumn comfort food.
  19. C

    Claude

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared the formaggi to start, then my partner had the tagliatelle and I the linguine con frutti di mare. She had a NA beer but I had two of the delicious lavender drinks. We finished with a shared ice cream.
  20. N

    Nuclearvol

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love Scalo and am never disappointed when I go there. Food is outstanding, they have a great wine list, and the service is superb. I recommend it very highly.
  21. H

    Hecky

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Had an excellent time.
  22. GH

    GastonH

    New Mexico

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were honored to be the first table our waitress had ever served. Her name is Hannah and she was assisted by Gibson. The service was excellent, professional and kind. She is already a five star wait person. The Frito Misto was overly salty; the bruchetta excellent; the duck, superb; the veal piccata, good but the side disappointing; the pear ricotta tart, okay.
  23. TT

    TracyT

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our group had the beet salad and carpaccio for appetizers. They were both delicious! We also had the salmon and crab ravioli. Both dishes were delicious! Dessert was a bit lacking but there were still some winners there. The tiramisu and cappuccino gelato were great. The panna cotta was too sweet and had the texture of a marshmallow. We will return for more of this delicious food! Highly recommend this place for dinner!!
  24. MW

    MarkW

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a nice place to eat. We enjoyed the live music on the patio. It's actually pretty quiet for being right on Rt 66 without live music. We enjoyed the steak and pork ragu dishes.
  25. GP

    GayleP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Could actually taste the eggplant seeds in the parmigiana Server moved us to a quieter table without a problem.
  26. S

    Sugaree5

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It's been a while since we've been there. Food and service was excellent. Thank you for bringing the music back. Charging for bread is a little over the top. Put back on the menu "bread upon request".
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so nice and welcoming. Our waiter was friendly and professional and attentive. Made us feel very special. The food (filet and salmon) was perfect and the ambiance was very romantic.
  28. MG

    MarkG

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were superb. Chef Ruiz is a tremendous addition to the Albuquerque culinary scene. Bravo Scalo!
  29. S

    Sammyelcid

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As out of towners, we had a delightful meal at Scalo, in a lovely and upbeat setting, great northern Italian food and a server named Gibson, who went above and beyond the call of duty. We wish we lived closer to revisit from time to time!
  30. CS

    ChristineS

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted to find that the crab cake appetizer is back on the menu--no fillers, just lumps of delicious crab meat! Pasta main dishes were yummy, and our waiter let us try two different wines to help decide which one we liked better. Great pre-theater dinner spot.
  31. DW

    DisappointedWoman

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Scalo Brunch is not recommended. I took my out of town guests in hopes of a fabulous experience. Instead we received mediocre slow service (it took 15 minutes to get a cup of coffee), a limited menu of ordinary dishes (pizza with an egg on top sold as a breakfast pizza) and a noisy background of street sounds (motorcycles, etc.) The street noise is unpredictable but the food quality and service was disappointing.
  32. SE

    SESE

    San Antonio

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food including pasta hand made by restaurant staff. We had frito misto, pasta with pork ragu followed by salmon with risotto . All were well made and tasty!!! Service by Gibson was excellent al also -- attentive but not excessive -- perfecto! We'll definitely be back on our next trip to Albuquerque.
  33. AB

    ABQJRC

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Albuquerque favorite. Consistently delicious food and service in comfortable indoor and outdoor seatings.
  34. D

    Drjohncc

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Scalo! Food was terrific, beverages were well made and Gibson (our waiter) was thoughtful and attentive!
  35. LD

    LisaD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Entree (fish) was undercooked, sent back to kitchen; replacement entree (veal) also undercooked. Server was slow, not particularly attentive. We have been to this restaurant before, and this is not what we usually experience.
  36. P

    Peter

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place seems to have recovered well from COVID times. Was quite busy when we were there. Drinks and food arrived quickly, waitstaff were top-notch.
  37. a

    aramonce

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was the best pizza I’ve had in Albuquerque!
  38. C

    Cupcake

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, Matthew, took great care of us. The veal was excellent, prepared perfectly and the pizza was exceptional! Would definitely return

    ScaloResponded on October 4, 2022Thank you for your very encouraging words. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon! Mille Grazie!

  39. MM

    MikeM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A lovely Sunday brunch to remember. First, with the OpenTable reservation, the restaurant was ready to seat us the moment we walked in. The brunch menu is new and has a good mix of light fare and decadent, rich options. The eggs benedict over a generous portion of lump crab meat and truffle potatoes was spectacular. A very enjoyable meal and dining experience.

    ScaloResponded on October 4, 2022Thank you for your wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that our newly released brunch menu is to your liking. We are hoping to have it available on Saturday morning as well. See you again soon. Grazie Mille1

  40. A

    Angie

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Filet was not cooked well and wasn’t the best cut and seafood was not fresh. My husband loved the veal and their mushroom risotto was good. Ate semi-outside and it was nice environment with music

    ScaloResponded on October 4, 2022Thank you for your feedback. We are very disappointed to hear that you did not like some of our dishes. We'd like to assure you that we order our seafood from the best vendors several times a week. We will take your feedback to our kitchen and try to improve on it. Hope to see you again soon! Grazie Mille!!

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 598 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 14 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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