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
281 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)neighborhood gem (98)special occasion (90)great for lunch (66)romantic (59)notable wine list (56)good for groups (42)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (39)late-night find (33)great for brunch (32)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    Korean
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Dinner for six wS a dream come true! Great food, wonderful service, good friends and handsome wait staff! I couldn't have wished for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Great Food!
    MerrieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is one our favorite places in San Francisco. We've always had great food and excellent service and this time was no exception. We ordered the pappardelle pasta and the halibut. So good! And we love the ambience and the old charm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    Stumpy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Staff is wonderful. We reserved for 3; one did not show. No problem. Only problem was the closeness of the table area. I took off my jacket and clobbered woman at next table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was tasty. We were received very well. The server was quite attentive. the mixed fried was TERRIBLE. Very little Calimari and it was greasy. I remember it being a signature appetizer. ron macaruso
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watch the world pass by
    2KlecksVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of our favorite spots downtown for lunch or early dinner. Good food & wine. Nice ambiance. And when the table's available, a good window on the comings and goings on Powell Street. Hanger Steak was perfection. Halibut was delicious. And Chicken Caesar Salad hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Bad Service
    FredUno
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was reasonably good, however the service was awful. Plates were removed from our table without the server asking if we were through eating that dish. At times the server would just appear at our table and start taking away dishes without saying anything.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my LONG TIME Favs
    daddybear
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When I lived in SF this was my go-to place for special events i.e anniversaries but I moved away 10 years ago. I happened to be back in SF for a conference and invited three of my colleagues to dinner there. It was wonderful to find that Scala's was still a wonderful place to take guests with food that drew 'oh's' and 'ah's'. This will always be my go-to when I am back in the City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Humma1965
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Everything here is local, organic, made on site like their excellent pastas. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    badservice
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was decent, but the service was terrible. It was a busy night in the city and it appeared the restaurant did not have enough help on to handle the numbers. After our initial drink order which took some time, our waitress never came back to the table to see how things were and if we were in need of anything else. When she did finally take our dinner order, she did not put my husbands order in so we were short one meal when the order finally came out. It was bad and there were no apologies made.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for sinner and a play
    DineNPlay
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, great service, and good wine selection
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Michael
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We took a friend visiting from out of town who was in the mood for pasta. Scala's was perfect. From the minute we walked in the door everyone and everything was great. Great service and wonderful food! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent San Francisco Charm
    GeoMacSFVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've been going to Scala Bistro for some time now and each experience builds upon the last. Your greeted by a lovely staff that takes the interaction between customer and restauranteur seriously and with grace. The menu is always different, with some classics that you can depend upon. I recently had the Pork Chop and it was prepared perfectly, plated professionally, and presented with pride. Don't miss the opportunity to try Scala Bistro - but don't try do do so without a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food mostly good, service lacking
    CarolCVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    While my companions loved the mussels and tender, perfectly grilled pork chop and I loved the generous Margherita pizzette and nicely-prepared Caesar salad, my plain spaghetti with marinara and cheese tasted soapy. The chef was kind to substitute marinara for cherry tomatoes, which I can't have, but the dish had an odd flavor. Service uneven, spotty. Never got bread but other tables did. An inordinately long wait before main course. Delicious coffee; desserts mostly had nuts or seeds and I can't have either. When our (older) waiter asked how food was I praised the other dishes but said the pasta wasn't very good--he didn't respond, just stared at me blankly. The corner booth we were in made hearing almost impossible. No reason to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    John3
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were seated in the back dinning room near a window, very intimate and nice atmosphere. Service was very attentive, wait staff knew the wines well. Food was perfect. I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Servicce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    When I arrived I asked for the ladies room. The hostess told me to take the elevator up a floor. I waited for the elevator which didn't seem to work. The hostess saw me waiting but didn't address it. I waited and waited then I asked a server for help as I thought it seemed it wasn't working. He showed me how to go through the hotel lobby up some stairs. When I came back to my table my menu was gone, I suppose because the process of using the restroom took so long. I told the hostess that my menu is gone and about the elevator. She says oh well I just turned the elevator on. No apology or anything that she sent me to a turned off elevator and left me stranded. The service was awful too. Served coffee but didn't bring milk, and very slow.
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  • Great location, amazing food
    Jill
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have dined here several times with friends. Everything we ordered was beautifully presented, perfectly seasoned, and had interesting - not weird- combinations of flavors. We were all served at the same time and all the dishes were freshly prepared and piping hot. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Nice wine list. The bistro is adjacent to the Sir Francis Drake hotel on Powell, close to Union square
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating and fun staff
    Coachnmimi
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    After two unexpected guests arrived after we had already been seated, we were promptly shown to a table for six. Table seemed cramped at first but proved to be great for conversation. We ordered six different dinners and we were all pleased. Wait staff was very lighthearted and playful and quite efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coming from a fellow owner
    Langer
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The service was good the place was overcrowded and too noisey. Had the potential to be romantic but how could it be when people are tripping over each other and you can't even hear your partner let alone your server. Seemed to be a fast food Italian restaraunt versus a comfortable unique dining experience. In all honesty it will not be a memorable one. So when my wife and I think back we will not remember this meal. Which is brutal as it was my wife's birthday meal too. Had more of a diner feel.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in great ambience
    WineSQN
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed the food in this special ambience, big rooms with high ceilings. Wine list was very good. Will be on my restaurant list for the next trip to San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Non Touristy
    NYChungry
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was delicious!!! Considering that this restaurant was not even a block away from Union Square in San Francisco, a highly trafficked tourist area it obviously had high standards for it's food, service and decor. We were pleasantly surprised and will return next time we visit this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • use2bperusse
    happyeater
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have dined several times but thr good run ran out. We were seated near the kitchen and servers were continually circling our table and bumping our chairs. We did have a reservation not just a walk in. Both the pork chop and halibut were over cooked, the evening was save by the service but we will be finding a new go to spot for awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Authentic Italian food - fresh and flavorful! May as well book your next reservation before you leave there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scala Scales the top of list again
    Selva
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My group was in SFO for a week and we had the best service and food that i have tasted. The ambiance was great and while they have rained at the greatest service level ever. I was here before…two years ago. So next time in SFO it will scala again for a meal and great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Birthday Dinner
    dawnsmith
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband & I were in SF for vacation and visited Scala's on a recommendation. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. Upon going into Scala's we told them we had a reservation and when they pulled our menus, the staff immediately wished my husband a happy birthday, even the menus were printed Happy Birthday, Dennis! The server was awesome and made recommendations, which were greatly appreciated. We both enjoyed our food. The flavor and taste was incredible. I would highly recommend them when in town. Service, atmosphere and food were all top notch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had very good food, excellent service and a fun evening. I would not recommend this for a romantic evening. Bar is close to the dining areas and is more old-school charm with dark walled interior. We were seated near the entrance and had good light and not a lot of hustle and bustle.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic S.F. restaurant
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Scala's Bistro is a San Francisco classic - always a warm greeting from Natalie, the maitre d' and a wonderful booth close to where the twins could be seen regularly "back in the day". The ceasar salad with white anchovies is at the top of our list for starters along with a combination of ravioli, both lemon and tomato along with a pizza. We recommend the wonderful California wines which always complement our meal. Our kudos to the head chef, manager, and all of the professional and friendly staff of Scala's Bistro for making it one of our top destinations over the last 15 years!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Only complaint that it took a while for entree to arrive otherwise, a lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I recently had dinner here. The staff were welcoming and attentive, but sadly the food did not equal the level of service. I ordered the salmon and it was overcooked, dry and inedible. Soooo disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    DutchVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Service is friendly and professional. Atmosphere is upscale Parisian bistro. Lighting and noise level aren't great, especially for anyone with the usual vision and hearing deterioration of age; but that seems to be par for the course these days: if you can read the menu without a flashlight or hear your companions without cupping your ear, it must be an Olive Garden. (Age discrimination class action, anyone?) The food was terrific. The batter for my fritto misto appetizer was light, crunchy and nearly oil-free. The saffron pappardelle with clams was truly al dente with a wonderfully-balance sauce that complemented the clams. Friends had an excellent tomato/watermelon salad and a different pasta dish, equally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy!!!
    mangiabene
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We found the restaurant extremely noisy. I wouldn't call it energetic (noise level rating above), I'd call it plain old 'bad'. Although the food was good, I would not go again as I like to hear what my table mates are saying and be able to carry on a conversation. Also, the lighting was too low. We had to use a flashlight to read the menu, even our young guests. I think they have crowded in too many tables. The waitress (small young lady) accidentally knocked over a wine glass on the table next to us as she stood between the two tables. We sat at the bench-chairs table. A diner does not care to see the backside of a wait person so close to their table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch before the show
    bellacucina55
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have always enjoyed Scala's Bistro. It is a great spot before seeing a show in the city or stopping in to have lunch while shopping. The food is good, consistent, with a varied menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nothing special
    service
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    food was good, nothing to write home about. waiter was mono tone with no personality, but ok if your a robot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    exPasoResident
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Whenever my wife and I are in San Francisco we dine at Scala's at least once. We arrived early and went to the bar. The service was great and the drinks were perfect! When we sat for dinner we felt like family, Anda was very friendly and gave great service. If you are near Union Square, stop by Scala's, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lackluster service on 8/23/14
    byronrx2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Waiter was disappointing. Wasn't really engaged in serving us and had a rather disinterested attitude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scala's A Must
    Karenah
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Scala's Restaurant has a fantastic chef who prepares the freshest, tastiest food you could ever want. No matter what you select from the menu, it's guaranteed to be delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scala's is climbing high!
    Roo2614
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great restaurant in every way! Service, food, ambiance! Located downtown, makes it easy to park, two garages very near. Cable cars passing through, San Francisco vibe at its best! We found that the food has been improved, even though it was always good. Now, we think the food at Scala's is climbing to new heights! Good job! We will be back and bring friends and guests from out of town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    SuburbanSam
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were here on vacation and a friend in the area highly recommeneed Scala. She was so right about finding great food and atmosphere here. Everything was so good, from the salad to entree to dessert and wine and we definitely overindulged. Walked a few more hills the next day in penance. Well worth it - great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't order eggplant pizza
    MaxDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Soggy overly smokey heaps of eggplant on underdone crust and barely melted cheese. Scala should ditch this menu item entirely.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable On Every Level!
    BeautifulDining
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Escorted to a rich wood-framed booth beneath gorgeous architectural ceilings, our waiter immediately made us feel like it was his honor to make this a special culinary experience. It was! The wine list was extensive, the food incredible ( halibut and salmon were our choices..flaky and crisp on the surface, moist, succulent and flavorful inside..perfectly cooked, and beautifully presented with a mouth watering array of varied vegetables). The flour -less chocolate cake was a spiritual experience , just heavenly, perched on a dark, dark chocolate cookie base, and garnished with a chocolate lattice cookie speared into the top. So happy we made this reservation. Epitome of the San Francisco vibe! So looking forward to returning, soon!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious pork sugo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The pasta with pork sugo was delicious! The pork was tender and the sauce was a perfect tomato sauce. Try their mussels! Lots of herbs and save your bread to dip in the sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.