Scalo Italian Restaurant

4.6
354 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Scalo is currently open on the Patio as well as limited capacity indoor dining.
Due to extremely limited seating capacity, reservations are highly recommended. We have a fully covered patio with partial glass/wall enclosure and a built-in heating system. We also supplement heating with portable heaters.
We respectfully request that should your plans change, please cancel/modify your reservation at the earliest. This allows other guests on the waiting list, to confirm their plans.

See you then!
i migliori saluti!

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 354 people are saying
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PaellaLover
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time at Scalo is amazing. The staff is always friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. I was very much hoping to try the boar, but it was sold out. The gnocchi is my go to and this seasons rendition was truly out of this world! I can’t wait to return.

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Susan
New Mexico
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Scalo's before a Popejoy Hall NM Symphony concert on Saturday, Nov. 20. Our server was Bry
( Bryana). She was knowledgeable, polite, attentive, professional and friendly. We appreciated her recommendations and suggestions regarding the menu, portion sizes etc. Our food was delicious. It was a very relaxing way to enjoy dinner before the show. Thank you.

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AdrianS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best filet I have had in town. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

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SuzanneM
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the ease of making a reservation to the consummation of a delicious meal, all resulted in 2 happy customers. We will come again.

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MIRSglow
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scalo was a great place to eat with a nice, open, central location. The menu offered just the right amount of choices and was not overwhelming. The food was cooked well and was tasteful and thoughtful. The wait staff seemed professional. Overall, a good experience.

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VenetiaY
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lee was our server and despite there only being two servers at work during a peak and busy time, she did a fantastic job as did the kitchen.

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LisaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our 1st time back to Scalo’s since the new owners opened the restaurant. Went for Sunday brunch. The food was delicious and great service, the owner came table side and spook with us, We will go back again for dinner.

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vipNealS
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Scalo has never been the same since the Italian chef left. We gave it a try a few months ago and we were very disappointed. We had friends who said it has changed and they are pretty good now . We gave it another try tonight. It was very disappointing. The pasta was heavy and nothing to come back for or try again. The salad was horrendous, lettuce little dressing and dry. I don’t think we will be going back anytime soon. The place was half empty on a Saturday night that should’ve told us something. I would stay away from Scalo for the near future

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Our group dinner was long overdue so we were looking forward to this evening. We loved the drinks and appetizers and our server was very pleasant.

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ChuckS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our waiter had zero experience. We have been three other times in the last 2 1/2 months. Those experiences for excellent. This experience was pathetic. Most likely because the manager was out of town. We know this because the waiter told us so when we’re trying to select the bottle of wine. Sucked

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, however the meat was more on the medium side than medium rare

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LanV
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, food and superb service. I highly recommend even for very picky persons such as myself.

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RobertVP
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely marvelous job.
Taking on a large crowd like you did and carrying it off as well as you did was a difficult task and it was handled beautifully.

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vipeiei
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Back to normal with a better variety of Italian food. Service was ok, but all restaurants are struggling with short staffing

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Goodeats
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinning experience! Really tasty food with exceptional service. Every time we come to Albuquerque we include Scalo in our plans!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have eaten here several times over the years. I must say that it has gone downhill. Food does not seem as fresh nor as tasty. Our server Jessie was excellent.

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Mare
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

After a week of Mexican fare as we traveled around Arizona and New Mexico, we were looking forward to a different experience our last night in Albuquerque. Scala did not disappoint. The relaxed atmosphere was great, and the food was outstanding.

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Larissa
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful date night here! The drinks, food, and service were fantastic. I can be pretty picky, but our kind and professional waiter accommodated all my requests. Every staff member and manager was very polite and you could tell they wanted to do everything to give us a great meal, and an excellent experience. I will definitely come here again, and strongly recommend it to others!

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ChrisC
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow. Food was quite good. Would go again if service faster. We like a leisurely meal, this was too slow. Waiter apologized as understaffed. Very good wine.

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nfweiss
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a phenomenal birthday meal! Great Nob Hill atmosphere. Appetizers were awesome, Grilled Octopus and Burrata. Great Italian wine wine list. My wife had the Wild Boar Tenderloin (never had before) and I had the Sea Bass. We loved both!! We had cannolis for dessert. Everything was great!

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AnneA
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the service was excellent. If you are outside Central Ave can be quite noisy at times but the patio is a nice space. Heated too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner on beautiful covered patio for dinner with work friends.

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IoanaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and wine. Service was excellent. We dined outside si the noise from Central was too much at times. However the large overhead heater was fantastic and made eating outside really pleasant.

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nodirtydishes
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate Burrata and grilled octopus for appetizers. They were great. Dinner was the veal chop. It was the best I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to eat it again! Bry was our server and she was excellent.

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vipPaVaNc
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night in town before heading home & made a spur of the moment decision to spend my birthday at Scalo. It was a great decision. We were welcomed into the restaurant & seated promptly.
Both my husband & I throughly enjoyed our entrées, appetizer, & the extensive wine list. One of the best Italian meals we have had in years. The waitstaff was friendly, professional & attentive. A truly wonderful way to end our vacation.

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Erica87043
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for the special $60 meal before the Italian Film Festival movie at National Dance Institute. We had a lovely Tuscan Red (got a whole bottle), salad, bread, Salmon and asparagus on a bed of creamy risotto. We were stuffed so took our huge piece of Tiramisu home. It was soooo good! We highly recommend Scalo. We are glad you are back!

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NatalieB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food. Friendly server. And the special $60 menu for two people was a GREAT value for money. My friend and I liked it so much, we talked about going again the next day!!!

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Hawaii1107
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and everything was wonderful. From Alyssa’s service to the Burata appetizer, the entrees, desert and wine selection the four of us had a great time and all enjoyed the food and the evening

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TomT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday celebration with friends could hardly have been better. The pulpo special appetizer was tender and tasty, perfectly (lightly) grilled with sensuous butter and garlic dressing the pre-cut morsels. The stuffed veal chop that followed was near as big as my head, with a luscious, mushroom-laden, dark demi-glace to highlight the meat-and-fresh-mozzarella flavors underlying it. The rest of the table swooned over the perfectly pillowy gnocchi, the gigli chicken pesto, and a personal-size pepperoni pizza.

Our server, a cheerful lass originally from Brooklyn, brought her New Yawk Italian sass to the party, while providing highly professional and properly attentive (i.e., not over-hovering) ministrations that let us chat, laugh and lounge without spending the whole night at it.

I'll come back. if you try the place, I think you will, too.

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vipSarahC
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Havent been to scalo’s in years. Everything was great, just didn’t feel worth the high cost.

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AmyK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Two of the four orders came out wrong - not what my friends ordered. The waiter said it was our fault because we accepted the plates, but we didn’t want to make a big deal out of it. However, one entree was cold so we sent it back. He was nice and said that he would remove the cold entree from the bill. Instead of taking off that entree, he took off the lowest price entree. That’s not right.

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LorettaC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the waitress’ voice is loud and carries across the room. Great waitstaff. Our waitress offered which appetizers would be good for our table and made out decision much easier!

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Swingdancegal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scalo is always a great place to eat and this has not changed with the new owners. The staff is very nice and helped us pick out a bottle of wine for my friend's birthday. The patio is a good option for those who are concerned about eating indoors and the tables are spaced apart.

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RachelE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scalo was fantastic! Ambiance, service, and food were all really just wonderful. I am hit or miss with pesto, I either love it or hate it, but I took a chance on the chicken pesto dish and I was not disappointed. It was the best pesto I have ever had! We will definitely be returning!

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ItalianLover
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We have always loved Scalo. It's our "neighborhood" restaurant, and has had a superb reputation with us and everyone. Our dinner was terrible. My kale salad looked wonderful but was completely tasteless because the dressing had no zip to it. My short rib pasta had fatty short ribs, far too many, glutenous sauce (far too much), and it was all poorly seasoned with too much salt. My companion's entree was a pasta dish with chicken he said tasted "day old" - it was dry inside. This is the third time I have enthusiastically made reservations at Scalo and come away disappointed. The fabulous chef that was there for a while after reopening has been replaced by one who hasn't got the touch. I'm sorry to submit such a negative review, but I hope Scalo gets a better chef (this was a Wednesday night) so we can return to what was our favorite restaurant in Albuquerque. Right now, I will not recommend it to anyone. :(

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vipQ1127
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall very good. We had a nice table by the window. We had a bit of everything. Salad, Pizza, Pasta and Fish. My Tagliatelle was outstanding. Gave a 4 starts instead of 5 for just a couple minor criticisms: Margarita Pizza was more of a cheese pizza than margarita - but still good. And the risotto under the salmon was a bit salty. Overall recommend!

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks you for your kind review. We have made a note of your issues and will address them. Thanks again and hope to see you again soon!

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John
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 4 of us for dinner last night. All were satisfied Greatly Good food great staff and a really great manager Chuck and great owners


John Snyder

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks John for your kind review! We are glad that your visit was great!

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vipFoodie
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service was slow, waiter rude and despite having a reservation our table was given away so we were stuck in an undesirable area. Bolognese way too salty; won’t be back

Scalo Italian Restaurant
Responded on October 9, 2021

Dear Foodie, Thank you for your feedback. We are very disappointed that your visit was so unsatisfactory. We can not make any excuses for bad service ad will address this with our staff. We sincerely hope that you will give us another chance to make amends. Thanks again!

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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 354 OpenTable diners.

Scalo Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/scalo/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.