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Scala's Bistro
Scala's Bistro

Scala's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.scalasbistro.com
  • Phone: (415) 395-8555
  • 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, French, Californian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great spot for a fun evening....very good food and active ambience! Dependable choice for entertaining....."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Good things are foods such pizza and pastas, wines and service. As the restaurant is dark and noisy, it might be not suitable for family but for friends."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Both the Halibut and Chicken dishes over cooked. Waiter rushed. Ambience nice but noisy. With so many restsurants in San Francisco, would choose elsewhere."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great location off union square. Pleasant, quiet ambience and good service for a weekday business lunch. Enjoyed the fritto misto and cobb salad. Did the job nicely."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had lunch, and our waiter was very helpful with recommendations. A little too helpful. He tended to monopolize our time, and made too many trips to our table to suggest food items we should consider. The food was fabulous as usual, and although I "complain", it is hard to find fault with such a friendly, foodie restaurant."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went on a Friday and so glad we had reservations because it filled up quickly. Fast friendly service. Raviloi's and clam linguini were both excellent ! Only bummer was the bathroom facilities are very small and located up an elevator. Have had dinner at Scala's several times over the years and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a flawless evening; we shared pizza as an appetizer; them ordered salads; then entrees; literally everything was outstanding. Had a great bottle of Duckhorn Merlot. I love this restaurant; my favorite Italian restaurant in San Francisco Bay Area."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was very, very good. The servce was terrific. Everyone on the staff was friendly and accommodating from the moment we arrived. Although it was crowded, they did not rush us. Overall, this is an excellent restaurant that is located in the heart of Union Square."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Scala's in years and was delighted to find the food is still very good and service excellent.The location to Union Square is great for shopping and having a nice lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Too loud and not genuinely Italian, too bad it came highly recommended. Personnel is attentive but that's not enough."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Looks are deceiving from the street as it looks tight and crowded, but inside it was quite spacious. We were seated in a booth. Food was excellent and service was great, attentive but not hovering. Price fixed option was a great value."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My guest found the electronic wine list strange. We both found it strange that the prices of the wines would change daily."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We've been to Scala Bistro many times for both lunch and dinner over the years, and was quite surprised with the lack of quality in the foods. Definitely not worth the prices they now charge for very mediocre food. Too bad as it's a very convenient location when going to the theatre."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "we have dined at Scala for years. salads and the grilled octopus are favorites. We were disappointed in limp salad with too much dressing. The octopus preparation was a step backwards as the sauce overpowered."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've been to Scala's a few times over the years, usually for lunch. Dinner last week with a friend we hadn't seen for a few years was noisy, and we were unable to hear very well. The food was very good and the service as well. It was very difficult to see the menu in the darkened room. I would go back for lunch. The hostess was very efficient."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Right in Downtown by Union Square, Scala's Bistro exceeded expectations for lunch in a tourist area. Attentive staff and inventive menu ( lunch of grilled chicken sandwich w/blue cheese, as well as thin crust asparagus pizza with lemon). In older building connected to Sir Francis Drake hotel. Bathroom was quite a walk to get to."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our family was visiting San Francisco for a few days and after a day of walking around the tourist sites we found Scala's to be a nice place to relax and recharge. The service was excellent, and the food was good. My wife had the half and half ravioli, I had the sausage pizza and Caesar salad with anchovies, one of my daughters had zuppa with chicken, and my other daughter had linguini with clams. You have to ask for bread. We didn't have any drinks except for coffee but the wine list looked good. Our total bill was about $110."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We had a very busy day of touring so were looking for a place to eat close to our hotel. This was right across the street so the location was exactly what we were looking for. We had made a reservation so did not have to wait too long for a table; however, our table ended up being in the lounge. I had a strawberry basil lemonade cocktail to start, which was very good. They served sourdough with flavoupred olive oil to start. We shared the ravioli with - half with lemon cream sauce as well as marina. It was recommended by outer waiter and it didn't disappoint. We also ordered a marguerita pizza which was very I good as well. If you are looking for so e great Italian food this may be a place you want to add to your itinerary."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very nice meal. Very good service. Nice special occasion touches provided by staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Been coming here for years. Service was outstanding. Food was exceptionally good. I had the seafood chowder - it was so unusual and absolutely to die for! Dream of going back for it again. Very light broth - full of delicious seafood. Lots of fresh herbs. Just wonderful. Not that thick horrible stuff most people pawn off on you as chowder that is more like a stew. Friends ordered the burger and fries - both absolutely perfect. Husband ordered off the brunch menu and loved his Benedict - eggs cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I ordered the price fixe menu and really only enjoyed the soup. The pork was tough and the artichokes that came with did not taste good. Also the nutella pizza was very disappointing. The crust was dry and overdone and the it really was not worth the price. Also it was very dark and noisy which did not make for easy conversation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined here because it was close to our theater and we wanted Italian food. The food was very good. Bath pastas were tasty and my caesar was excellent, especially when the white anchovies finally came on the second request. The presentation of the wine menu on an I-Pad is innovative, but they don't tell you the pass code until after it times out. I wonder what the added cost of an I-Pad per table is. The cost was found in the relatively high price of wines by the glass and the chintzy portions. I ordered the full pour twice and verified with the server. The first glass of white looked like 4 ounces at best and was less than some of our neighbors got. Later, the red wine served with dinner barely seemed to be a full pour."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The Fritto Misto appetizer was short on calamari, no shrimp and mostly fennel. The sausage pizza was greasy and crust was not memorable. I was expecting something with a thinner crust and if not, then at least a little more baked so it wouldn't be so doughy. My mouth was coated in grease and the topping was not a pleasant smell."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dinner here before and lunch was equally as delicious and satisfying. The Cobb salad - yum, with just the light vinagerette dressing for those who don't want blue cheese. The sausage pizza with red and yellow peppers generous and delicous! Service is exceptional and timely for those who want to make a matinee in San Francisco. We'll be back again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The hosts are welcoming and the restaurant's ambience is inviting. Our family includes 2 teenagers who enjoyed it as much as we did. My son loved the Nutella pizza ( I tasted it and was pleasantly surprised). All the meals were tasty."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As a regular visitor to the city of San Francisco for several decades, I make it a point to pop by Scala's after a spot of shopping at Union Square. As long as one makes reservations and comes on time, one is spared the wait. I always order the lemon ravioli and start with a dry martini. Am happiest when a bunch of friends both local and fellow visitors join me so we can all try other dishes. But I do like predictability and I am always pleased by Scala's consistency of delivery of my choices..it is always good. So good I recommend it to my fellow-Asians when they visit the West Coast...And they likewise have been pleased."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We ate at Scala's bistro before going to the theater. Made reservations for 6:30 and were seated immediately upon our arrival. We were quickly greeted by our friendly and very knowledgable server. We shared a Caesar salad and I enjoyed linguini and clams and my husband had the pizza. Our meals arrived quickly but not so fast that we felt rushed. After a pleasant relaxing meal we were able to walk to the theater and enjoy the show. Will definitely visit Scala's again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The whole petrale sole was excellent, cooked perfectly and very tasty. The fried calamari was mostly vegetables ( this dish used to be so good we ordered it every time we go there), this time it is a disappointment, it was hard to find the few thin calamari rings . the octopus salad tasted very good on the first bite ( soft, cooked perfectly, not chewy ) but on subsequent bites, the dish was very salty ( and we do not usually shy away from salt) .My New York strip was ordered RARE, with an emphasis, and it came out medium to medium rare. You shouldn't have steaks on the menu if you cannot deliver. The overall ambience was very pleasant although it was quite noisy , the waiter did not rush us and was very knowledgeable. The food can improve"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been going here for years, and keep coming back for the excellent food and great service!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had a conference downtown and took several clients here for lunch. Perfect place with good service and food. Menu specials were excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The evening was Too noisy for meaningful conversation"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Surprisingly long way to get to the bathrooms. Good portion size. I would repeat."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As usual, I enjoyed my lunch here with my clients. Nothing bad, nothing wrong, but nothing new for longtime. Can say "Stable"? - Yes, but not in positive way. I would say "bored", period. Menu need to updated, staff needs to be more vibrant, other than that, this long time "Gem" in Union Square going downhill quickly. Do I want bring my clients here?-need to think twice. Do I want bring my family here? I may not. Because there is tons of new restaurant popping up all over the place. Its time for updates !!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We booked a reservation to have lunch before seeing a play at the Curran Theater. Arriving about 30 minutes late due to excessive traffic with the Giants in town (day of Timmy's no hitter), they sat us immediately and rushed our order to ensure our food would be done in time. All of our food was outstanding. We ate with time and made it to the play in plenty of time. Wonderful experience. Will definitely back where we can spend more time enjoying the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Always fantastic! Service is wonderful, special price fix lunch menu is very substantial!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Prices were once lower, quality higher, the Bistro is on a descent. Wine pours way too minimal, servings bland and overpriced"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to get the Wine Room for our party of 10. Eight were visitors to San Francisco and I wanted to show off the history of our city but also have great food. The service started off a little slow because another party of 16 came in at the same time. But once we got our food order in, they were great. The food was fabulous - everyone was very happy, comfortable and we were able to enjoy conversation. Plus the lobby of the Sir Francis Drake is stunning. I would bring out of towners there again for sure."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Always a nice meal at Scala's. We have been dining there periodically for a few years."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I come to San Francisco quite often and when we do we find ourselves having lunch at Scala's most of the time. They have a wide variety of choices and they are all excellent. This last trip we had a cold avocado soup to start and then we shared a small pizza and a Caesars salad. They were all very good. The wait staff have been there for a long time which is another testament to Scala's consistency. The restaurant is located just a few steps from Union Square which puts you in the middle of all the shopping and theaters."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a wonderful solo dinner here. Great orecchietti pasta dish. Yumm. A busy, friendly place to eat overlooking a characteristic San Francisco street."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
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