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Permanently Closed - The Saucy Italian Bistro

66 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Saucy Italian Bistro is a culinary exhibition of North Italian dishes, with piano string notes and dim ambient lighting adding intimacy to its served dining. White linen cloths furnish the tables, pattern carpet floors the walking platforms and vintage Italian style fans aerate the black-textured-ceiling room. A comfortable relaxing outside patio adds to the dining convenience at the Saucy Italian Bistro.

The restaurant has a separate brunch, lunch and dinner menu with North Italian staples priming the choices. Bistro's specialties are Italian strip steak, Tuscan scramble, calamari fritti, pasta lugano, pizza Bianca and grilled pork chops. Decked at the Saucy Italian Bistro is an extensive range of beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) to enhance the overall dining experience.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Mediterranean, Greek
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Daily: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30p to 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30p -10:00pm
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Phone number
(505) 294-2990
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Maria Constantine
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Private party facilities
We offer a private room for dining. Our private room holds up to 45 guests.
A great room for meetings, special occasions or family gatherings.
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Private party contact
Maria Constantine: (505) 294-2990
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Catering is something we love to offer at The Saucy Italian Bistro we bring the wonderful cuisine and expertise in catering to you.
In addition to our Italian venue we can offer any type of cuisine for your special event.
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Cross street
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Parking details
We have private parking up to 80 cars.
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The Saucy Italian Bistro presents live entertainment four nights a week Wednesday through Saturday starting at 6:30pm.
Wednesday Nights John Martinez Guitarist extraordinaire.
Thursday and Friday Nights Piano Music with Sid Fendley,
Saturday night Susan Clark a pianist extraordinaire.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Saucy has been permanently closed for some time now.

OpenTable Diner (Tucson)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

This restaurant just sold to someone new, a group of people, apparently, so from here forward we will need to evaluate the place on a new basis. The previous owners had run another successful restaurant in town, Mediterranean/Greek, so it was not surprising that this place was so good. I hope the new owners continue with the tradition, but also expand the menu so that its not just northern Italian and heavy sauces.

GerryM (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

We enjoyed great service and good food. The piano was an added surprise; it was very enjoyable. Natasha worked hard to make our experience a really good one.

TedW (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

The waitress (Jessica) was not very good. We were not presented with the specials, She forgot to order the appetizer, and one of the meals was served cold with overcooked pasta. The over all service was slow considering we were dining at 6 pm.

vipOpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Always delicious and great service!

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on May 4, 2016

Food was good but my portion of chicken picatta was much smaller than I've had in the past.
Probably won't be back for awhile.
Whole time we were eating dinner the owner, her daughter and granddaughter were sitting next booth over and the few employees that were there that evening all hung around the table talking. Made us kind of uncomfortable.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

Loved the live music (piano), prompt greeting and good service by both our server and the manager. Only thing that wasn't on point was the steak: ordered it medium but most of it was well done. Fellow diner commented that the name doesn't give it enough credit for how classy it is. Patio looked nice so I plan on returning during warmer weather.

vipNMtravelersvelers (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

I ordered the veal Marsala and my husband had the veal picatta. Both cuts of veal were quite tough and had little of the flavor of the respective dishes--a disappointment for my husband's birthday dinner. Service was very good and the wine was excellent as usual.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

Excellent experience from the moment we walked through the door. Staff was outstanding and so was the food.

MelissaM (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

the customer service was awesome but aside from that, the brunch menu was not too great, they had things on their menu that they did not offer such as the scalloped potatos, they arent consistent with bringing out bread to the table, which is crazy but if one person orders off the lunch menu, they will bring it?!?! food took WAAAAYYY too long and we were one of the only people there. red chile was REALLY too salty! food was pretty bland.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

The the waitress Tasha she was great she was outstanding she did a wonderful job always checking up on us making sure that everything was okay from the food tasting well to our drinks really like the place excellent place to eat great service will most definitely go there again.

vipNMtravelersvelers (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The piano music was most enjoyable--not too loud. The food was excellent--lamb shank so tender the meat fell off the bone and a good veal piccata. We visit Montalcino every year so we splurged on the Rosso de Montalcino, an excellent wine.

ABQReview (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Friendly, attentive service but this is not Italian food. The lamb dish is
ok but the sauce its cooked in is remarkably like the Greek joints in town. The veal marsala on the night we dined was all pasta with a couple of chunks of veal. It may be a nice place for a cocktail and an appetizer but the food is far from authentic.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

waiter ignored us, took forever to receive dinner, had to ask for drink refills, pasta was not made properly, took a long time to receive bill - not a good night

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The food quality was terrible and poorly prepared. Additionally, they were out of menu items for both food and drinks

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The restaurant was very kind in getting us a table for a large party of eight when they never got the open table reservation. We really appreciated this and had a wonderful evening at the restaurant. Thank you so much!

Pate (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We enjoyed it so much we sent our four adult kids there for Valentines. They loved it💕

Desertrat (New Mexico)
2.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

This is the second time I have had an eating experience at the Italian Bistro. Sadly, I was disappointed again. My food was served lukewarm, the potatoes were under-cooked, chewy and cold and the taste of the omelet was nothing special for the price I paid. I was sadden just as I was with my first experience~that was just about the same as this one. There is an unevenness about the food. I had brunch for the visit and will not go back for brunch. When there-the restaurant looked to have many regulars, who look to be ordering off the lunch Italian menu. If I do go back-(because I like the location and the ambiance) I will try the Italian menu. What I ate off the brunch menu was not spectacular nor worth the price. The other time we ate at the Italian Bistro was for Valentine Day. Again, it was hit or miss-Our service for brunch was sketchy at best as well. Our server seemed to be in hurry and very busy. However-I did enjoy the gentleman that seated us-I just wish the food was good consistently~with different dishes to rave about to family and friends.

vipDJVillan (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

Amazing food and amazing service. An excellent dining experience. I highly recommend it!

Hector505 (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Nice atmosphere, great food, and incredibly friendly staff. Totally enjoyed it!