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
267 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (85)neighborhood gem (84)great for lunch (69)romantic (48)notable wine list (45)good for groups (42)vibrant bar scene (39)hot spot (34)great for brunch (33)late-night find (28)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandeattheriver40
    Sandeattheriver40
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The very best pasta dishes we have had in San Francisco. A popular venue, always packed and "energetic"! Not so suitable for large groups, as tables are best for 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was deleeecious service was ok
    WininginNapa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had to go track down food, and water, however the recommended dish was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I ate here for dinner with another couple and had a terrific time. Everyone loved their food and we found a great bottle of wine of which we had 2. Waiter was very attentive and nice. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As usual, it was fantastic. The tomato and watermelon salad was superb. The service was faultless. Thank you for making my mother's 80th birthday special. It is one of my favorite haunts when we go down to the city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Whenever we are in the city, we try and make a stop at Scala's. The food is always delicious, the service is great, and we leave very happy with our overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for brunch
    KatyGran
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great menu choices, friendly and efficient service, brilliant cocktails and a convenient location. It's not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    always a nice meal and great staff that serves their guests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Winner!
    PhxFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The host & servers were very good... their suggestions were spot on, delicious food!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Scala
    bobbies75thVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Have not been to Scala's is years, will not be back. Service was OK once they waited on you, but we had to ask before they did wait upon us. Drinks took a long time to arrive, and when it did it was not right. Menu is limited and pricey. Had to ask for grated cheese, and drinks. Food was just OK. Overall, our lunch was not satisfying. With so many good restaurants in SF, how can Scala's survive?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So sad....
    outoftowner
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant popped up when I was looking for a pre-theatre place to eat, but I don't expect to get my dinner 5 minutes after I order it. While my son's ravioli was adequate, the linguine with clam sauce was past bad. I think I've had rubber bands with less elasticity. It was also odd one had to ask for bread in an Italian restaurant. And for two entrees it cost over $50....unbelievable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpectly Great!
    Jals1955
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The Octupus Salad and Linguini with clams were superb. Service is the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFFoodie
    SFFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The service was exceptional, the dining room old SF quaint but was disappointed in the fried green tomatoes … tough and polenta hard otherwise it was a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pasta
    hbfam14VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The pasta at Scala's is out of this world! Fresh and innovative. Something for everyone, even kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scala's Is Always Great
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The combination of service, menu and ambiance are always such a perfect blend. The salmon is cooked perfectly and my companions enjoyed the hangar steak. Fresh salads and vegetables are standard. The HUGE difference-maker is the reception and trenmendous greeting on arrival. The restaurant is always busy and on a wait and, yet, the hostess brings a family-owned sense of friendship and concern for each arrivee. That greeting and recognition make Scala's one of my San Francisco favorites.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Scala
    michelleVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We go each time we get to San Francisco and it never disappoints. The wait staff is friendly and professional and doesn't seam to have too many tables to be attentive. Food is always excellent. Will go back again. The hostess is awesome, she runs the place as if it were hers (maybe it is?) and is always accommodating in the midst of chaos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly and Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were greeted warmly by the hostess. The seating was comfortable. Loved the pork chop. Loved the Greek yogurt dessert. Great place for a conversation with a friend or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Scala's Bistro is a family dining restaurant. The pizzas are excellent, and the decor has an old world charm. The service tends to be slow at times, however the staff is friendly. Menu choices are great, wine list has some good labels.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good!
    penny
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    That time of year for Squash Blossom flat bread--one of the best creations I've ever tasted! Anda Zvingule is the server you want!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening
    Virginia
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great spot for a fun evening....very good food and active ambience! Dependable choice for entertaining.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service but noisy
    EdBishop
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the price
    Mald1990
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, ambience for lunch
    purrr
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway Great!
    ChrisNZ
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my all time favorites
    SJSPECVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Anytime I am visiting the Bay Area, I make sure I get one dinner in at Scala's Bistro--it is that good. I have taken many people there over the past 9 years, and everyone, no exceptions, has loved it as well. One of my top 5 restaurants, and one I will continue to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5:30 PM Early Dinner
    MarkDee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special times made special, again!
    Discouraged
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent time at one of our favorite SF restaurants. This time we celebrated our son's birthday. We had a great time in a fabulous venue with excellent drink and food, and outstanding service. We like to keep coming back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate