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Scalo Italian Restaurant, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo Italian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
533 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

  • 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

  • August Wine Dinner

    $99.00 per person

    Aug 31, 2022 only
    August Wine Dinner

Popular dishes

What 533 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Notable Wine List

  • New Mexico

    Italian

  • Albuquerque

    Best Service

  • Albuquerque

    Fit for Foodies

  • Albuquerque

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Albuquerque

    Notable Wine List

  • Albuquerque

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. IS

    IsraelS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and staff were amazing and made for a lovely evening and were very attentive. They provided a wonderful atmosphere and a comfortable dining experience.
  2. RC

    RigoC

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were very good. They had our reservation special requests and they sat us right away. Only one very minor complaint, they were a little slow getting the bread and butter out. And, the tiramisu was a little sweet so not as good as previous visits. Our waiter Matthew was especially attentive to the two children, ages 1 and 2, in our party.
  3. LP

    LoriP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Remodeled patio was lovely. Plexiglass 1/2 wall drowns out noise from Central avenue, but still gives that open feeling.
  4. NA

    New2Abq

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We hadn’t been to Scalo for years and decided to try it with a group of friends. What a great surprise. The food and service were both exceptional. They have a fabulous bar inside and a range of interesting cocktails. I love that their is indoor and plenty of outdoor seating on their patio too. The waiter was attentive and professional. Overall it was a great dining experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We are at Scalo last summer and it was dreamy. The food was perfection. This time was underwhelming. We had antipasti, bruschetta, filet, radiatori pasta, chicken, pizza, broccolini, and risotto. The drinks and the olives on the antipasti were the best thing on the table. They have work to do on their menu. Very bland. Disappointed.
  6. PO

    PatrickO

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A surprise spot for us. Great Italian with excellent service (Gibson). Executive chef here does great work and his pork is not to be missed.
  7. E

    Emily

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner and it was wonderful! The food tasted phenomenal - so many little details that made every bite delicious! The outdoor seating area was nice, even during the heat wave. And our server was great! We were one of the last seating times of the night, and our waiter made sure to check with us about dessert when the kitchen made last call so we wouldn’t miss out. Would definitely eat here for a special occasion again!
  8. C

    Claude

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We look forward to dinner at Scalo for weeks! We don't get to Albuqueque that often, especially in this heat, so it's great to know this place exists and still offers to best food in Albuquerque.
  9. JC

    JuliaC

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening - great value as pricing was reasonable and food and drinks were amazing. Our waiter was wonderful - attentive and knowledgeable but not overly so.
  10. R

    Ronn

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sean, our waiter, and the assistant servers were excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Great service!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our evening out on the patio dining with friends visiting from the Caribbean. Crab cake was delicious and a pleasant evening with attentive service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite date nights. Perfect ambiance and service.
  14. BG

    BobG

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was good, as was wait person, but host seated people randomly instead of according to time of arrival for reservation.
  15. P

    Pawel

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very pleasant experience. Our server was fantastic and we all had a good time. Overall, the pasta dishes were quite good. The frito misto was bland and disappointing.
  16. WD

    WillD

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!! Chef David Ruiz rocks!!!! Waiter was exceptional
  17. CP

    CatherineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

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

    Bikerguy

    New Mexico

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    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.
  19. TL

    TeresaL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

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

    SylvieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

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

    DLISH

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I grew up in Albuquerque and I can remember the early days of Scalo. For a long time it was the treasure of nob hill. Fine dining at its best. I really enjoyed returning to reminisce about good dinners with good friends and good wine. However, the food just isn't what it used to be. It's good, it's just not great. Our server was amazing though and he mad sure we enjoyed everything. The restaurant itself is still charming and a nice place for a romantic dinner. The cost for the food was reasonable and as always, the mark-up on the wine was ridiculous (gotta make money I know). I'd eat here again.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. EH

    EileenH

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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 😊
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    very polite and attentive wait staff.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Dover Sole was delicious! Presentation was excellent.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. GM

    GretchenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff, nice outdoor seating, food was delicious
  40. 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.

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 4.6 stars by 533 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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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