Scala's Bistro
Scala's Bistro

Scala's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.scalasbistro.com/
  • Phone: 4153958555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 10:30am,
    Weekend Breakfast: 8:00am to 10:30am
    Brunch: 10am to 2pm - Sat and Sun
    Lunch 11:30am to 3:00pm - Daily
    Dinner 5:15pm to 11:00pm - Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Larry Finn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering:
    We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.
  • Special Events: Please contact Steven Thrun for any private dining needs at 415-395-8506 or steven.thrun@scalasbistro.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Post and Sutter
  • Public Transit: Powell St. Cable Car Line, BART get off at Powell Street and walk up 4 blocks, we are on the right hand side next to the Sir Drake Hotel.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.
A word from Scala's Bistro
Since 1995, Scala's Bistro has garnered a reputation for classic, elegant dining. Warm, earth tones, original murals, beaded bistro lamps, and rich, mahogany booths evoke a dramatic Old World café. Fresh, innovative, Italian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes enhance the Scala’s menu while continuing to pay homage to the old Scala’s favorites.
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Scala's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
324 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (139)neighborhood gem (121)special occasion (105)great for lunch (77)notable wine list (71)romantic (67)good for groups (65)vibrant bar scene (52)hot spot (48)late-night find (32)great for brunch (30)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Dandolly
    Dandolly
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A great place very friendly and wonderful food. We will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for birthday celebration
    Vive2justVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    warmth and hospitality and food choices for birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun times
    JulieBrown0428
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food with very fast service! Definitely worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting Old Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our foursome thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the La Scala. We had dined there when we stayed at the Sir Francis Drake next door several years ago. And we found the service, food served and ambiance exactly the way we remembered it. The wait staff was attentive and helpful without being intrusive on our party. The food was well-prepared and presented, and delicious. Lastly, our accommodating waitress allowed us to have some fun with the desserts. A thoroughly enjoyable time without it costing a lot. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is okay. The service and atmosphere is fantastic. So I have mixed feelings about this. I wouldn't my girlfriend back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    smithberger
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    A lovely meal in a beautiful restaurant. Booths and tables that were not jammed together. Great San Francisco decor. Great wine list and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fince Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    All 8 of us, grandmothers, daughters, grand daughters enjoyed food, ambience and much laughter. Memorable. the waitperson (Sarah, I think) was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "The Opposite of Bland"
    SkierJane
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had dined at the ultra expensive "Sante" restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and this place blew it out of the water, with both quality of meal and value for the money. We started with an entree which we shared as an appetizer, the Risotto with Duck Confit. It was amazing! I followed this with an Heirloom Tomato Salad and Fish Chowder. My husband had the Duck entree. He said it was the best duck he had ever had. It was perfectly prepared, with its skin deliciously crusty on top. At some point in the meal I shared with him that this meal was the opposite of bland. Everything had such marvelous flavor. The service was fantastic. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We used Scalas for lunch and several breakfasts while in San Fransisco. A very relaxing place with excellent food, service and very nice decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • server
    Sparky
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our server was wonderful, knew we had a concert to attend and got us out at the time we requested. All so the food and his suggestions were just what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Another awesome dinning experience. From teh amazing heirloom tomatoes ( must try) to the sole food was just yumm!. Great wine list and as always an amazingly good level of servcie from all staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scala's
    Jojo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Excellent fresh food, excellent friendly service, lovely atmoshere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy food
    WineTimes
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Three of us had brunch here after the Nike Women's marathon. The food was terrific! We all ordered from the brunch menu. The service was a little slow, but everyone was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great honeymoon dinner
    VanWieren88
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very polite staff, great location, and very good quality food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hillsfortiffany
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Yummy duck! great wine! group seating in teh wine room was perfect for our half marathon team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Time
    Fleonard
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to this establishment and again we were well pleased. The food was great, service was attentive and cared for all our needs. We celebrated our wedding anniversary there and our menus were customized with "Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary". The portions were perfect and the food was amazing. We brought our own bottle of wine and they opened and served it as their own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scala's is a real gem!
    ChaineLady
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Authentic and delicious Italian cuisine with faultless service. Servers appeared from nowhere whenever we were low on water, bread, etc. Unobtrusive yet omnipresent -- is that even possible? And the food! Everything we had was as good as or better than any food we've had anywhere, including Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    HeidiCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Overall is was just okay...my pasta was salty and my friend's pasta was not even al dente but hard. I have been many times, not sure I'd go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • baffled by no baffle
    mindmavenVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nice ambiance, in a dark wooded room. but when crowded, the noise is terrible. You have to lean over half the table to hear someone on the othr side. too much salt in some of the food. Margarita pizzeta is delicious. Hostess is really good, helpful, warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Umore
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. The staff is caring and added special touches to our Birthday Celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lawrence Amaturo
    LawrenceA
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    GREAT selection for private parties.....theres a special room with room for three tables of ten or twelve. Amazing service and care. Strong reco!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Italian
    GerpVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Scala is a very traditional Italian restaurant in the St. Francis Drake Hotel. The food is well prepared and the options are just what you would expect for Italian food. The portions are generous. That said, it is very average in every way, but not disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Breakfast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent breakfast - delicious eggs benedict with a very good portion of tasty ham. Lox were very fresh and beautiful. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • October Dining
    FoodieEnthusiast22VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food seemed not as good as the last time we were there about a year ago. Soup was very good but the meals we had (hanger steak and halibut) were just okay and nothing special. For the price we expected more.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • san fransisco treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    scala's has several places in and around san fran -- we went to the one in the theater district near our hotel...excellent food, and vibrant scene. the portions are small (we like that) but the price was still san fran/ big city prices. you will enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome pizza
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had lunch. By far the best pizza I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AbbyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Not one of my favorites in the city. The food and service were adequate.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    travlinfoodie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A great place to bring visitors to the city. We always enjoy eating at Scala's Bistro for both lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    DMCCHGO
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Waiter anticipated our every need. Entire experience was welcoming and the good was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as prior experiences
    fourfordinner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Four in our party. Three people ordered petrale sole which was deboned by our waiter at the table but fish still contained many small bones which made eating it a challenge and not very enjoyable. The fourth person had the halibut. It was served on a very hot plate as though it had been under the heat lamp for some time and as a result, the fish was quite dry. We've dined at Scala Bistro 3 times previously and love the ambience and energy, but this time the meal was a miss.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable
    SFdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We wanted a sure thing for dinner before the theater and Scala's was just right. Our party was varied in the orders and everyone was pleased with their selections. Pastas can always be relied on to fresh and perfectly prepared. Do get the carpaccio - it is better here than in Venice. I really wanted the bostoni cream pie - but got the sampler instead. It was very good, but next time, will stick with the original.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy but handy
    CJDH
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Scala's Bistro is a beautiful place; food and service are great, but when it's full, the sound is deafening. We skipped dessert just to get back to the relative silence of the busy sidewalk outside. If you're looking for a pre-theater restaurant near Union Square, it is in just the right location. We only had a short walk to it from the Sutter/Stockton garage and after dinner another few blocks to the ACT theater on Geary. Traffic made us late for our reservation but we were seated right away anyway. The menu has variety. The mussels (in a sauce of preserved lemons, pernod and fennel) were absolutely wonderful. Noise was the only drawback.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Uniqlady
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation; the hostess very sweetly suggested we go to the lobby bar. My husband asked the bartender if he made a specialty; he prepared a drink he had created that wasn't even on the menu yet. My husband loved it. The food for dinner was excellent. The wait her was very attentive, and provided several suggestions to us. We had a fabulous meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DJT Software Sales Manager
    Guido
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Nice meal. Great food. it would have been perfect except that it was loud. Stay away from the ice tea which is very bitter. The waiter made one mistake but quickly corrected it. The assorted chocolates were a fun dessert for my guests. Best on the menu ... the pasts with sausage and Broccoli!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little neighbor find
    goaheadandaskme
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We were visiting the City for Oracle OpenWorld. I made reservations online, which worked out well. The food was good - not fancy but the fried calamari starter was really good! The place was packed to the gills, though, and so loud, we had to yell at one another across the table to have a conversation. Not very relaxing. One guy in our party went upstairs to use the restroom and said the room up there for private parties is stunningly gorgeous. I would eat there again on a quieter night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All round great restaurant
    prudenceVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Scala's is very consistent, with excellent service, very good food, and a full bar. Drinks are expensive, but this is Union Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite SF Restaurant!
    zorrothecat
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I live in Davis, CA, and try to have dinner at Scala's each time I spend a night in San Francisco. The hostess, Natalie, has always been able to find a space for me and anyone who has accompanied me, regardless of my having a reservation or not. I have always accepted whatever opening became available, regardless of the time of evening. In addition to the wonderful food and great service, I have always appreciated Natalie's "Welcome back, Patti" message when I arrive, with or without a reservation. What a gem she is for that restaurant. She goes out of her way to make everyone feel welcome. I recently celebrated my 75th birthday at Scala's with my son, who lives in Thailand. It is also his favorite restaurant when he visits SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at Scala's. The hostess was amazing. Our waitress was attentive to our needs. The food was very good. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian at it's finest
    Love2explore
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was recommended by two San Francisco tour guides which we had the honor of meeting. It was close to our hotel and lived up to their expectation. From the time we entered Scala's Bistro the service was excellent especially our waitress. She was the cutest, friendly, and helpfuland waitress we have had in sometime. She made our experience very enjoyable. Scala's has a prefix 3 course menus with a good selection which I like. My wife had a salmon and I had pork chops. The presentation was nice and the food fabulous. Had a nice bottle of wine from Sonoma region. The dessert was excellent with good coffee to go along with. Being French and loving good restaurants this one you want to eat at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions
    localinthehoodVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Spaghetti portion was way too small. Rip off. Service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.