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Scalo Italian Restaurant, Albuquerque, NM

Scalo Italian Restaurant

4.4
4.4
562 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

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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What 562 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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

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  1. a

    aramonce

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

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

    Cupcake

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your very encouraging words. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon! Mille Grazie!

  3. MM

    MikeM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank 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

  4. A

    Angie

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank 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!!

  5. c

    chefpantsii

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my first visit to this establishment. I had the meatball appetizer, the pasta with mushroom, and tiramisu. I also had a lovely glass of red wine and a cognac with my dessert. The service was very good, especially considering that the white person had a lot of territory to cover. I also thoroughly enjoyed the music of the Brazilian jazz duo. Sitting on the patio with elegant food and wonderful music was a truly great evening for me.

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your kind words! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Scalo. If you have any particular suggestions to improve us even more, we'd love to hear from you. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie Mille!

  6. 1

    1stqualityalways

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our salmon dish was very tasty. We were pleased to find our meal to be an improvement over meals in the past. The new chef seems to be on his game!
  7. JG

    JulienG

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our arrival was uneventful. The hostess promptly took my wife and I to our table. Our server came and introduce himself to us and explain that the menu recently changed, which we were very excited about. We ordered the bison carpaccio, bread basket, seafood linguini with duo color pasta and Anatra. No dessert as we had cake waiting for us at home. The carpaccio and bread were delicious. Kudos for having the butter soft. My duck was well executed and the profile flavor was great. The pasta tasted perfect, the only inconvenience was that it was slightly overcooked. Aside from that it was a great dinner

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your kind review! We are delighted to hear that the new menu was to your liking. We will definitely take your pasta feedback to your kitchen and work on it. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie Mille!

  8. T

    Texkendall

    Houston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great patio to watch the sun set on the Sandia Mountian. We even had a double rainbow. Good food and service

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review! Please note that we do have heating on our patio during the cold months, should you still want to enjoy the outdoor view. And the dining room seats along the glass wall also provide wonderful view of the mountains. So you get to take your pick! :) Hope to see you again soon!! Grazie Mille!

  9. JO

    JanetO

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Scalo is a very old friend, but prices have increased at lot and last night on the patio was very loud, with traffic on one side and too loud jazz group on the other. Our veal piccata was well prepared but the meat was chewy. Our waiter was intrusive. Overall, not an good as usual.

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your feedback. We will take your food and service feedback to our staff and act on it. Unfortunately, the outdoor seating does get loud on occasions. However we request you try it out on an evening when we do not have live music. Our music schedule is posted on our website. We do hope that you will give us another chance sometime!

  10. JH

    JohnH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall we really liked Scalo. Our server, Alisa, was outstanding. Very customer focused and often anticipating our desires. We also loved the room (there was an option for indoor or outdoor dining; we chose indoor). Floor to ceiling glass on two sides and beautifully appointed, linen covered tables. The only exception was an order of veal piccata; it was quite overcooked and tough to cut and chew. The rest of the food was well prepared, well seasoned, and nicely sauced. Importantly, there was a good selection of wines and they were reasonably priced.

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review! We will definitely work on your feedback on the piccata. Hope to see you again soon!!

  11. E

    Erin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

    Scalo Italian RestaurantResponded 3 days agoThank you Erin for your kind words and support! Hope to see you again soon!!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Server was very good. Kitchen rushed out appetizers and main course even after being told to slow it up. 1st drink and app showed virtually same time. Told server to slow the main. That too came with 2nd drink. Not server fault. Clearly a management protocol that needs change
  13. CJ

    CJNM

    New Mexico

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best crab cake, great pizza (carne, was spicey, yeah!), nice wine and great service (thank you Gibson).
  14. CO

    ChristopherOlson

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The salads and pizza at Scalo's were excellent. The pesto on the wild mushroom pizza was notably delicious. Our party had chicken under a brick, beef filetto, and grilled tuna steak, all nicely prepared. The tiramisu and the cannoli were delicious for dessert.
  15. AH

    AmandaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly a wonderful restaurant! Some the best Italian food I have ever had. Beyond delicious! Service was fantastic. 5 stars for all!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places, great food and cocktails and the service is exceptional. Our server Gibson really made us feel well cared for, just what we needed after a long day at work.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a early dinner. Everything was excellent from the service to the food. It was our Anniversary and enjoyed the it all.
  18. BS

    BeckyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! You won't be disappointed.
  19. C

    Carol

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The wine pairing Sicilian dinner was super fun. The food was delicious and corresponding wines were lovely. We will seek some out at retail. So relaxing to simply be served food and wine without giving thought to our choices.
  20. W

    Whinefan

    New Mexico

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Scalo's in most of its incarnations over the last 20+ years is a solid ABQ restaurant. The current version is no different. Our main (Sole) was very good.
  21. JN

    JessicaN

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place for brunch with friends. The Bloody Mary was AMAZING - and the food was delicious! Definitely will be coming back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The paired down menu and new chef are very wise choices for the owners of Scalo restaurant. We ordered the Pacific mussels and seafood mixta appetizers and they were not overcooked as is so common. The salad were dressed a bit more than I like but that is personal preference and didn’t detract from the freshness. The entrees shined. The pasta with mushroom ragú was Devine as well as the squid ink pasta. Our friends had the filet and a beef special which were cooked to perfection. All entrees had great presentation. My friend has celiac and I am gluten intolerant and we had the utmost trust in the food as the chef presented our dishes and assured us of his care.
  23. l

    lbi63

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Experience was very good.
  24. SJ

    SaraJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food was trying to be too fancy. I didn't like that they put lemon in everything... even on pizza?! Go back to some classics and do them right, simple. The server recommendations were terrible. I liked the ginger beer and bread the best as well as the mashed potatoes.
  25. H

    Hungryhippo

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    First time here since they reopened. The waiter was nice but overworked. The smell of the kitchen is so strong all our clothes still smelled like the kitchen the next day. Needs a serious ventilation upgrade. Food was ok, not coming back. Make sure to sit outside.
  26. LU

    LUCIUS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu presents excellent and varied choices. The service was superb managed by knowledgeable wait staff.
  27. RG

    RobinG

    Italy

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, knowledgeable wait staff. Very good food, nice side walk view.
  28. CM

    CMinABQ

    New Mexico

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn't been to Scalo's for awhile so we decided to celebrate our anniversary there. The food was delicious and the service excellent.
  29. IS

    IsraelS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    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.
  30. RC

    RigoC

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    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.
  31. LP

    LoriP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    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.
  32. NA

    New2Abq

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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.
  34. SS

    SusanS

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience3
    Thé food was awful. Calamari was full of tiny pieces and lots of grease and the fish was a tiny fillet smothered in a horrible cheese sauce. I wrote the restaurant manager and never heard back. There were 3 of us, celebrating a birthday and none of us, plus friends, will go back.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. C

    Claude

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Great service!

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 4.4 stars by 562 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 27 times today
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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