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Scalo Italian Restaurant, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo Italian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
515 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

8:00 PM


Booked 15 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

  • 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

  • JULY WINE DINNER

    $60.00 per person

    Jul 27, 2022 only
    Join us Wednesday, July 27th @ 5:30pm for our Wine Dinner featuring wine and food pairings from the Antinori Family of Wines.

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What 515 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Albuquerque

    Great for Lunch

  • Albuquerque

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Albuquerque

    Notable Wine List

  • Albuquerque

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. CP

    CatherineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great destination for a special occasion or relaxing dinner with friends. Very personable owner.
  2. B

    Bikerguy

    New Mexico

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from our hand-crafted cocktails to unusual dessert were excellent. Two of us had the seafood-pasta special which was very good. One had the ribeye steak and said it was very good. The Limoncello Cake was unusual and very yummy. Gibson our waiter was excellent and helped to make our evening special.
  3. TL

    TeresaL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food service drinks and overall experience! We WILL be returning again!
  4. SB

    SylvieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food & service! We love coming here when we visit Albuquerque. Thank you!
  5. MA

    MissAlmeida

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a sautéed seasoned risotto and a great selection of wine classic Italian. the staff very much dedicated assisting the dinning experience. Enjoyed meeting all the staff include Bar, table and chef. The manager is a wonderful person, he is catering this community. I am enjoy very much Scalo Restaurant scene. Friendly environment, Social, Female friendly, highly recommend foodies in town give a try this restaurant experience… Buon appetito!
  6. DK

    DKReviews

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was sad to see how far this once great restaurant has fallen. The filet mignon came out looking like a lump of raw meat, not an appetizing medium rare filet that was ordered. The hostess stand and entrance has been completely dismantled, giving the interior the feel of a diner. They had two servers covering a dozen tables inside and out, as well as filling in at the bar. The magic is just gone. Sad.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, bruschetta wasn’t great. I got the pizza and it was good. Large wine selection.
  8. EH

    EileenH

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We did not get acknowledged until sitting for 15 minutes. We then asked the waitress at the next table if she could wait on us. She said it was not her table but would take care of us. She took our drink orders and everything else was in a very timely manner thanks to Alyssa. Food was excellent. Came out hot and delicious. Whoever was to be our waiter needs more training. Sitting down and waiting 15 minutes to be acknowledged is too long for a fine dining restaurant especially with reservations.
  9. CR

    CharR

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service and their covered patio was comfortable on a very warm evening with the overhead fans creating a soft breeze.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had not been to Scalos for a while as we had gone several times and had mediocre service and food. So on a whim we went about 10 days ago hoping for a better experience. We had read they had a new chef. Well we had an awesome visit! Matthew C. Took such good care of us. We had some fun cocktails and he was Great at not making us feel rushed. We had a dairy allergy to accommodate and he talked with Chef who made suggestions and we were so pleased. Food was Cooked perfectly. Chef Ruiz came out to make sure we were happy and took a few mins to chat with us. We sure did appreciate his time. He was so personable! We then looked At a dessert menu and with dairy allergies, the choice is usually sorbet but surprisingly they had two more choices. We were over the moon! Major gold star Scalos! Very very few fine dining restaurants offer dairy free desserts. I hope you keep the standard so high for Albuquerque! We will be back. Scalos offers a lovely patio as well. I hope others will go and have the same experience! Thank you Scalos for a wonderful evening 😊
  11. QB

    QBall

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome craft cocktails. Super attentive service. The redesigned menu is better than ever. The filet tip pasta special was a perfect match for the Barolo by the glass.
  12. N

    Nobhilian

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Filet Mingion was cooked perfectly medium, but cut of meat was very tough for a filet. Very limited menu. Calamari/Shrimp appetizer only had one shrimp and more breading than calamari. This was the new Summer menu so may have still been working out the kinks. Great service, wine menu and ambiance. Have had many great meals here in the past, so usually an A+ all the way around.
  13. AB

    cwABQ

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Favorite brunch spot! They have creative menu options, excellent service, patio seating, and a Bloody Mary bar.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    very polite and attentive wait staff.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, crappy menu. There needs to be more of a selection. Not a minimalistic menu. Supposed to be white meat in the pasta, but it was more dark meat than white. Broccoli was easy to cut at the top, but couldn’t cut the stems. Miss the old menu.
  16. w

    wheee

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great return to an old friend. Diverse menu, we’ll-curated cocktails, lovely patio with a view.
  17. GG

    GastroGuy

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, drinks, service, and overall experience. Sat out on the patio…loved it.
  18. CF

    ChuckF

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. Our waiter Sergio was amazing. Everything he suggested was delicious. I highly recommend for a romantic dinner.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dover Sole was delicious! Presentation was excellent.
  20. D

    Danny

    New Mexico

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Similar to the old Scalos, but with a much more limited menu. Still an excellent choice for dinner.
  21. CW

    CherylW

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Probably won't go again for dinner. Brunch was fine.
  22. GM

    GretchenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff, nice outdoor seating, food was delicious
  23. LO

    LOvelee

    New Mexico

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All but one of the dishes ordered were fantastic. The calamari was superb, along with the polpo and mushroom taglarrini.
  24. CO

    ChristopherO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good. The portions were adequate but not generous. The service was outstanding.
  25. RB

    RonB

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Arnaldo provided excellent service and recommendations.
  26. n

    neighborhood

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The sole seemed on the salty side to me, but the creamy potatoes and spinach it came on were very tasty. The peapodi appetizer was delicious, and the herbed butter with the bread was a nice touch. Overall, it was a good experience!
  27. IL

    ItalianLover

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We keep trying Scalo, an old favorite, and Scalo keeps changing. For the most part, for the worse, but more importantly, it's clear they are aware that improvements are needed and they keep trying. The most recent chef (of several that have come-and-gone) is a step up but not at the level that brought us and many loyal fans again-and-again in the past. The newest menu is very nice. The bruschetta (appetizer) has tasty pretty ingredients and the crust on the bread was perfect but the juiciness of the chopped food made the bread soggy (not great). So, the preparation of that recipe needs some adjustment. The meatball (appetizer) was delicious - served hot, plenty of cheese and just what I love for the flavor of a tomato sauce. That's promising! I was there for a light meal with a new friend, who is also familiar with Scalo. She was pleased with her wine. We ordered a dessert that had just run out so got the lemon cake, which was so-so (too dense and wet). Every time I've arrived at Scalo lately, the host goes through a lot of hoopla about the seating, where they can, can't, the short staffing, all sorts of troubles that are not confidence building, time-consuming, and there we stand. On my previous visit, a business meal, my client and I hovered for 5 minutes waiting for the host and the seating waiter/server (not sure the exact role) to discuss the entire chart before just taking us across the room to our table. Not good, not a good start. Will I go back to Scalo. Yes, I will. I'll keep trying, it's close to home, there's hope for continued improvement, but either management is lacking or feedback isn't being applied (I'm not the only critic out here). We want Scalo to succeed. We want to LOVE Scalo. They should go take some lessons from Pranzos in Santa Fe - great service, beautiful delicious food start-to-finish served fresh, hot or cold as intended, and big tips at the end in gratitude. Please, keep working on what you offer and how and we'll be here to applaud.
  28. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We were going to be late for our reservation (the NM PHIL concert ran long). I called as soon as I could, spoke with Roger to let him know. He responded that it was not a problem and he would make sure our table was still reserved. He seated me and was very accommodating when I said some of my party of 4 would be arriving after I did. Our server, Alisa, (I think) was always be in a big rush and seemed to have something better to do.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alyssa was amazing, so friendly and Knowledgeable! The chef brought out our wild boar and duck the dishes tasted as kind and virtuous as he. All of the staff and customers seemed so happy and truly enjoying themselves! We sat right next to the window and it was great to see the clouds and Albuquerqians pass by at Subset. This wonderful experience was great since I had not seen my Last be in over 6 weeks, great place to bring the ones you live and car about. Thankfully Joe/Primo
  30. T

    Taff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful pasta. Hadn't been out for a fine dining experience since the pandemic began, and this place satisfied all that had been missing for us.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful as usual. Only complaint was the noise level was very high compared to most times. The restaurant had only 6 tables of people all sitting next to each other rather than spacing them out. It was a slow evening and few people even in the bar.
  32. C

    Carol

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Interesting cocktails, reasonable wine list, delicious food, excellent service. It doesn’t get better than this.
  33. PL

    PeterL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal. Excellent food choices, great wine list and spot on service. You won’t be diss appointed.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my birthday! Number 44! We had been to SCALO before under the old ownership, so after all of the COVID closures and the restaurant shutting down, we were eager to get back! Those that haven’t been in a while will notice mostly the same place but there are a few renovations to make the inside a little more lit up in my opinion. The service and food were great. The menu is small and seasonal I imagine. I prefer this, because concentrating on a smaller group of entrées makes for better quality food usually (my opinion). Our server was named GIBSON. Great young man. He was attentive and very courteous. It was a pleasure to have him. The head waiter was also very present and aware of how the operation was running. I also noticed that one of the executive chefs was in the trenches the whole time helping the line and making sure stuff was moving. It WAS VERY BUSY!!! They did a very nice job of using personnel to overlap in duties so nothing was missed. This was very good to see. Because you could see that people CARED about keeping thing going right! That is a recipe for success and we hope it continues. We look forward to going back and a big THANKS to Gibson for his efforts to make our evening special! Cheers!
  35. P

    Peter

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice location, lots of natural light
  36. J

    John

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s been a long time since our last visit due to Covid. The food was wonderful with excellent service. We will be back again soon.
  37. SS

    SandyS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The noises coming from th open kitchen were extremely annoying— pans dropped other scraping noises. Our conversation was interrupted several times because if this
  38. GC

    GuillermoC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried once, so I decided to come back again, and still love it
  39. s

    sheilar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    I was impressed by the flexibility of the manager when we had a last-minute change in reservations. He was most accommodating, and staff were very pleasant and attentive. The restaurant was full on a Tuesday night, the kitchen got slammed, and some quality was lost. The food was good and presented well, but there was little too much salt in everything. I would return. Scalo is worth another try.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely evening. We love this place, and my husband thinks it’s the best pizza in town!

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded on May 9, 2022Good day to you. Thank you for your 5-star review. We appreciate you for being valuable guest to Scalo. See you soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Scalo Italian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 515 OpenTable diners.

Scalo Italian Restaurant 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

8:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Scalo Italian Restaurant

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

  • 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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