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Permanently Closed - Scotto's Cafe

4.3
258 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Scotto�s Caf� in Bel Air, Maryland has been serving its patrons great Italian food for more than 20 years. It is the place to go for a wide range of pizzas and pastas. Each dish is made from scratch using the best meats and vegetables sourced locally. Italian culture is on full display at Scotto�s Caf�, so lunch or dinner here is quite special.

As one would expect, the wine list at Scotto�s Caf� is quite impressive. Take a look and ask for a recommendation to pair with your favorite dish. In addition, there is a full bar in house to serve up your favorite spirits and cocktails.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11;00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(410) 515-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

We were seated promptly at our reservation time. Our waiter was courteous and as attentive as possible since they were very short staffed. Food was good but I think just a bit overpriced. I would go again at sometime in the future.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

We had dinner for six on Saturday. Arrived a few minutes early and were able to secure a good table. Food and service were both above average and would recommend to a friend. Everyone in our group was happy with their meal !!!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Alas, but this is the last review we shall write as dear Scotto's Cafe closed last week. It just doesn't seem fair that the freshest food, friendliest and most helpful staff, and the atmosphere of being "at home" should fall to the greed of out-of-town corporate landlords. As always, our dinner was fresh and wonderful. I am using the memory of their veal parmigiana as a standard of comparison for other Italian restaurants. Already, one has failed the test. So, guys, get together, find another venue, and give Scotto's the rebirth that you so richly deserve.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2016

GREAT FOOD ,GREAT BREAD AND OUR WAITRESS, SAMANTHA WAS FANTASTIC!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Great! Great

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2016

If you like Italian food, this is the place

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2016

Mmmmm the food is always soooo good!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2016

We dine here often and this was the first time that the food did not meet our expectations. The food was good, but every other time we have dined here, the food was excellent. Bruschetta appetizer tasted bland, like it was missing something. Hopefully this was just an off night and we will dine here again.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Never disappointing. Consistently good service, great menu selections and inviting atmospher. Highly recommend, without hesitation!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

We have been going here for over 20 years. Bel Air's best kept secret...

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Visited Scotto's for dinner on a Saturday evening (5:30 p.m.) - no wait time (had reservations) and restaurant was lightly crowded. Server was pleasant and attentive. Food was tasty - I had the Chicken Scotto and my partner had a salad with grilled/blackened shrimp. Will return.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2016

Great food in a pleasant atmosphere with attentive waiters. We have been here many times which have all been good!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2016

Outstanding food and service was most attentive. We are never disappointed when we eat there.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

Never had a disappointing meal. Excellent Italian food!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Bruschetta and Eggplant appetizers...and Shrimp Parmigiana excellent! Our server Lauren was great.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

The food, service and ambiance are terrific. I have been coming here with friends for years and plan to continue the tradition. Also love that we can hear each other talk! Thanks Scotto's !

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2016

Amazing fresh tasty food. Our waitress was so kind and wonderful but not all waitstaff are as nice

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2016

Food as usual is very good. On the pricey side.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Food is always good and service was excellent. We asked the wait staff to please pace our meal and they do so We didn't feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

We have dined at Scotto's several times. It is our favorite Italian restaurant in the Havre de Grace - Bel Air, MD area.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Scotto's chef outdid himself the other night. Both of our meals were exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Scotto’s is a restaurant you can depend on to be consistently good, and will impress any guest you invite to dinner. We chose the Crab Ravioli (sautéed with sundried tomatoes in a vodka cream sauce). After we shared four Ravioli, we asked our server to leave the plate so we could dip the house bread in the leftover cream sauce. The Bruschetta is delicious, and was the perfect portion for us to share. We ordered the “Marylander” (chicken breast sautéed with organic grape tomatoes in a white wine sauce, finished with jumbo lump crabmeat) and the "Special" was four Jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat, served with Capellini in a lemon butter sauce. Both entrees were delicious, and we were satisfied consuming half the portion, enabling us to enjoy the rest for lunch the next day. Our server was attentive and each course was timed perfectly. The food was exceptional and obviously fresh and of high quality. We look forward to returning to Scotto’s soon.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

Very good food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

A great, genuine Italian restaurant. My wife and I have been going for several years and have always enjoyed the dinner. Miss the complementary bruschetta that was brought out like rolls many years back.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Dinner Saturday night. Delicious fresh pasta! Pleasant atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2016

Food was good but feel a little pricey and would only come
for something special

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3.0Dined on April 17, 2016

Overall, this restaurant provides good food and atmosphere. The only negative from our evening is that we had two waitresses sharing our table. While one of the waitresses was really attentive and on point, the other faltered to a great degree. When the check arrived gratuity was already included which was fine as we had a large table; however it was a shame that the bad waitress was getting the same tip as the good waitress. Be wary of shared tables.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

We have been eating here for at least 17 years and every meal has been outstanding! We will continue to be repeat customers.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

We went with a party of four. Each of our dishes was delicious and the service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2016

The service was attentive. Food was deliciously prepared. Portion was not too big which was perfect for us. My husband and I were able to enjoy our meal on our own pace and have a conversation.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

This was only our second time here. Our first time was on 1/20/2016 for our birthday. Food, service, ambiance was top notch. Our 2nd visit was 2/13/16 for V Day. Was not like the same restaurant. Felt rushed, food was cold, server was too busy to see to our needs. Very bright and our table was in the middle of the mess.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Took my significant other there for her birthday on Feb 6. The service was exceptional, albeit the Tables were uncomfortably close. The food was terrific. Had lamb chops with tiny ravioli, a wonderful Caesar Salad, and a dessert -choc. mousse to die for. My date had the veal with proscutto and pasta and was heaven. The wine was terrific and had to buy a bottle for ourselves. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2016

We have been eating at Scottos since they opened. Their salads and main dishes are consistently good, with pasta cooked al dente and sauces complementing, not over powering. They readily alter any menu item to one's liking. We stopped reserving for special occasions, when the table cloths disappeared and tee shirts with baseball caps became too common .

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2.0Dined on January 18, 2016

It was decent

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

I really think they do veal very well. I have ordered other meals here I did not like as much as long as I stay with veal this place is a winner.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2016

We always enjoy our dinner with friends and family when we come to Scotto's. The food is delicious and service is superb. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2016

They were great and welcoming of our 15m old as well

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We went for New Year's Eve, a little hectic, but that was understandable. The food was excellent, highly recommend the lobster with crab imperial, which was the special that night.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Even though it took awhile to be seated with reservations, we enjoyed our New Years meal, and the staff did a great job of trying to keep up with the New Years Eve crowd!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

So this New Year's Eve, Scotto's offered a shrimp cocktail: 5 plump, juicy fish with a delicious cocktail sauce. (The secret is that you can order this most evenings: it's on the bar menu!) One of us had lobster tail stuffed with imperial crab, a nice way to end the Old Year. The other had a baked mahi-mahi that virtually melted in one's mouth, an equally nice way to end the year. Service was excellent. For starters, I recommend the "Limoncello Italiano," martini made from vodka, limoncello, and lime peel. It's difficult to limit oneself to one, but one of us had to drive afterwards. Happy New Year.

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