Scalo

4.4
1737 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Located in the heart of Nob Hill on the corner of Carlisle and Central, Scalo offers an atmosphere that is casually elegant and service which is attentive and knowledgeable. Scalo uses locally grown organic produce and offers classic handmade Northern cuisine with a seasonal menu that changes with the harvests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm and Saturday -Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:15 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm, Sunday: 5:00 pm — 9:15 pm;
Intermezzo: 2:30pm — 5:00 pm; Il Bar Happy Hour 4:00 pm — 7:00 pm.
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Phone number
(505) 255-8781
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Garrick Mendoza
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Private party contact
Neta Dominguez: (505) 255-8781
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Catering
We offer full service catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carlisle
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Parking details
There is plenty of parking near and around the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live jazz every Tuesday thru Saturday, no cover!
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Special events & promotions
events@scalonobhill.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1737 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We loved the formality: white table cloth, napkins. Very good wine and food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious. The waiter was appropriately friendly. It is a wonderful place and I would go back.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service. Fantastic scallops and filet of beef. One of our favorites. Wish you had creme Brule on your dessert menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and drinks we awesome. Their squash soup is my favorite and their cheescake dessert is amazing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our final evening of a long vacation before flying home we treated ourselves to dinner. I found Scalo recommended in tour book and on line list of 20 best in Albuquerque. I had the salmon entree and my husband the trout special. For dessert he had gelato and I had custard dish. The presentation and flavor combinations were excellent for dinner and dessert. The service was very good too. We stopped at the hostess desk on our way out and shared our compliments. I highly recommend Scalo to all.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great place, great food, superb service, relaxing atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Fourth time at Scalo. Always a great meal. Good wine list and prompt wait staff. Love the specials.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Nice restaurant which we get to several times per year. 200 miles away! Food is great and freshly prepared.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Scalo is just good all around. Food is amazing, the fritto misto was perfectly cooked. Atmosphere is relaxed, the restaurant is clean, service was good. If you want excellent food in a great restaurant go to Scalo.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Excellent quality and quality of food. The seafood was fresh and deliciously prepared!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

I have been going to Scalo's for as long as they have been in business. The service and general ambiance was very good but the main courses were disappointing. They have their ups and downs with respect to food and they may be in a down trend. Not sure who is running the kitchen these days but it may be time for a change.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We were there for a mid-afternoon Saturday lunch. The fried polenta was greasy and the pasta was way overcooked. We were pretty disappointed. The waiter was apologetic and comped us a dessert (which was delicious). But for an Italian place that brags about their polenta in particular, our meals were a poor advertisement. It will be a long time before we venture in here again.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My husband and I dined at Scalo's for my birthday. We were very disappointed. We opted out of any drinks but ordered a pizza which took forever because the first one got burned. (things happen so we can't fault anyone) The manager came by our table to share this information after we waited a long time, shortly after he told us, our pizza arrived. He said he would comp us a dessert because of the inconvenience and also because of my birthday. We never received any dessert. When our main courses arrived, I couldn't believe how flat and tasteless and meatless my fusilli bolognese was. I should have refused it but I didn't want to complain on my birthday. My husband's meal was very flavorful and he actually let me finish his plate because he felt bad mine was so bland. Between the waiter and the manager, to which both were casually told that it was my birthday, neither one wished me 'happy birthday'. On the contrary at dinner the next night at another establishment in town, I got the treatment and courtesy and free dessert that I would have expected at Scalo's. This waiter got a very handsome tip. Probably won't go to Scalo's again. We left an appropriate tip at Scalo's but the guy would have gotten a lot more had he been more personable.

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1.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Must have been an off night. We sent two dishes back because they were poor quality, and over cooked. I have eaten the chicken Alfredo pasta twice before and it was amazing. This night two of us ate the dish and rather than send it back ( the pasta was not fresh made pasta,) we ate some and left. It tasted like noodles with just a flavorless white sauce on it.
So dissappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Italian Southwestern--the creativity never ceases to amaze me. Halibut on fingerling potatoes (lots of other flavors below), the top of the perfectly cooked fish layered with an apple/green chili marmalade. My wife's shrimp scampi had red chili flavoring blended in the pasta, along with fresh peas. Started with the burrata bruschetta--too much for two people as it was quite rich, but wonderful. Great wine list.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Was a very nice night out. The service was great, the food was good and the outdoor patio was very nice...overall a nice time!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I love Scalo. The food was amazing. The drinks took a long time. I can’t tell if our waiter was trying to be funny or was just odd or rude. He mocked my friend for not pronouncing a dish correctly and was a little too sarcastic at times. All in all, it was a good experience.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Have gone to Scalo since it first opened. Alas, this trip was frustrating and disappointing since my guest and I waited for an hour between appetizers and entrees. This is unforgivable in a restaurant with Scalo's usual high stabdards,

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

A fabulous meal. The Agniolotti (short rib ravioli) was amazing! Great service, low noise and outdoor seating. What else do you need?

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We enjoyed lunch on the patio. It is probably the only patio in Albuquerque that has table cloths! No matter how good the food is, eating on a harsh metal table ruins the pleasure of eating outdoors, so hooray for Scalo! Also they have full shade which is very important in our sunny weather. The only bad thing is all the heavy truck traffic that passed by on Central.

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Just average at best- Food was not cooked to order, cheese plate was full of molded cheese and that was the sliced or presentation side. Left it in the plate and the waiter didn't notice or say anything. All the meates were overcooked to the point of dry. Wouldn't go there a second time- just better places to spend your money

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

My husband and I live in the neighborhood and eat here often, it's consistently tasty.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Prompt and friendly service. Goid wine suggestion. Tasty food.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The food and service were both very good. We ate on their patio outside & it was delightful. Some traffic noise but so nice to eat 'al fresco'.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Scalo never fails to disappoint. Their menu has been slimmed down a bit, but we can always find something we really like.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Made a last minute reservation for Mother’s Day dinner on a recommendation from a Lyft driver. We arrived late and our host still got our table together very quickly. We were in a rather cramped section for our good-sized party of 6, but it was still cozy.

Our order was a little complicated with a couple primi for the whole table, some split salads and secondi for everyone. Our server seemed new to the menu, but he was extremely careful to make sure he had our order down exactly. Also, the kitchen was out of a large number of items. In any case, not sure if the kitchen got things confused but many our our steak orders weren’t cooked to order. Our server made sure to coordinate everything, sending some plates back, and when they did they were just perfect.

Delicious cocktails and really fantastic food. We ended up having a really memorable dinner. Thanks again to our server (wish I could remember his name), he dealt with a lot very professionally.

Can’t wait to come back!

Sean

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was not Scalo's typical great food and service. Hopefully, just a bad day.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Who runs out of eggs at noon for Mother’s Day Brunch?

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was fine. I've had way better for the same price. Waiter seemed cool until he blamed the party for his bill mistakes. Charged wrong cards and mixed up bills. We were kindly telling him how to fix it and he became very rude. Bottom line, it was his mistake and he did not apologize.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Absolutely horrible service. We waited over an hour and a half for our food . Then were told they ran out of lamb. Then waited an additional hour. We almost walked out!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Never disappointed in the food when we dine with Scalo

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Awesome atmosphere, super friendly staff and great food!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a great meal here. The service was friendly and prompt. Interesting desert choices - but our waiter made a recommendation that was very tasty. I would definitely go there again if I am in town.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is one of my favorite Albuquerque restaurants. The food is good and so is the service. On Friday evening, however, the meal had a couple of glitches. We waited a very long time for pizza and when they arrived, one was cold. When I mentioned the wait to the foodrunner, he essentially said "don't blame me." To the waiter's credit, he took the price of the pizzas and our appetizers off of the final bill. Finally, I believe my son got sick from the Linguine Bianchi e Neri con Frutti di Mare.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I chose this restaurant pre Popejoy Hall event because it was nearby and I hadn't eaten there before. I met my 2 friends there. We were seated on time at 6 PM, placed our orders, started with salads and wine and watched other diners arrive and get their entrees served before us. Our waiter kept telling us our entrees were coming 3 times. We suspected our waiter didn't get our order in right away. Dinner FINALLY arrived after 7 PM and we had to hurry and eat so we can pay and leave and get to the event barely in time of doors closing. My spaghetti with shrimp was pretty bland. I didn't enjoy having to rush my dinner. I'm sorry the service and food wasn't up to par.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Our server was the worst. He removed my wife’s silverware with her salad. Our dinner was served, but he was nowhere to be found. After 15 Minutes, I approached the hostess who was able to find us silverware so we could eat our cold meals. Our server was non-apologetic and said he was waiting in the bar for 20 minutes because they were backed up.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was not good. Too much carbs even with meats. Fat from having a Mediterranean taste. Bill contained items we were not served and a 20% tax for parties 6 or more and we were 5 people.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fun 50th birthday celebration! Our cocktails and appetizers were perfect. Two of us had the seafood pasta special and it was ok. Next time both of us will get a tried-and-true from the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Scalo is an Albuquerque institution for a reason. We went on a Saturday for brunch and were not disappointed.
The bloody Mary bar is insane. Start with a large glass, half full of vodka and ice, then add almost anything you can think of. There is every kind of tomato type product you need plus all the normal accoutrements. Or you can go crazy. Add everything from wasabi paste to truffle oil. Then skewer 15 different types of hors d'oeuvres and garnish with at least 30 options, from olives to asparagus to blue cheese. There is also a huge wine list.
The food was delicious. We ordered Eggs Benedict, Salsiccia e polenta, spinach ravioli and a salad with kale, prosciutto and pears. In the Benedict, you could actually taste the lemon in the hollandaise and the egg was perfectly poached. In the Salsiccia, the polenta was perfectly crispy and the sausage was life changing. Seriously the best sausage I have ever had. The ravioli and the salad were also delicious, so much so, that they weren't shared.
Service was a bit slow, but friendly and helpful. Our bill for 4 entrees, 2 bloody marys, an ice tea and a ginger ale was just over $70. We can not wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Scalo is a restaurant that rarely disappoints. We don't usually get an appetizer, but we wanted to have something while we enjoyed our wine. We ordered the Bruschetta and I have to say it came with slightly burnt toast points and the worst dip I have ever had in my life. Some kind of honey or something poured on top of it. It was so bad the waiter had no problem removing it from the bill. Otherwise it was great...

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