Scala's Bistro

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4930 reviews
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Italian
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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Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful time
Very good food
The price of the wine were a little high

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T
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Crowded, vibrant, popular place. Service was good, but not very attentive (perhaps based on the crowd). We weren't extremely hungry, so ordered smaller portioned food. The mushroom pizza with pancetta and arugula was fantastic, and the crust was even better as leftovers the next day after warming in a saute pan on top of stove. Meatballs were really good as well - flavorful, good texture, and delicious accompanying marinara sauce. "Little Gem" salad was actually small heads of romaine, which is obviously different. Decent salad, but not memorable.

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Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Anniversary. Food was nice but massively overpriced for something like a pizza or pasta, and whilst a chef can add a real personal touch to a dish (and therefore cost) I don’t think paying double for a bottled beer is remotely justifiable.

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a
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s a little pricey but totally worth it ! The food was great !

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GJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyed spirits, all dishes and service. Scala's staff's attention to detail was precisely what we needed.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special, server tried to aggressively up sell everything. Small portions but fresh ingredients

I thought the dishes could have used more seasoning

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SS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

But I would not recommend they go on a week-end unless they want breakfast. I have gone to Scala's many times for lunch before the theatre on a Saturday and have enjoyed a wonderful lunch. According to our server, Scala's recently changed their menu for Saturday and Sunday and now only offer a more limited Brunch menu. I didn't enjoy my lunch as much as in the past but my friends enjoyed theirs.

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MZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food kind of hard to hear went on a date here probably not the best place if you want to get personal

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MR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Wow! What a disappointment! Had a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation and we were looking forward to a nice Italian meal. Unfortunately we did not find it at Scala. The food was mediocre at best and the service was just not there. True, they were busy but not so much that our server spent all her time at one large table(who were in the desert stage of there meal when we arrived). She virtually ignored the rest of her tables hoping for a large tip from the big group I would imagine.The best best part of the meal was spending time with my husband on Valentines!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Not impressed with the food and definitely overpriced

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Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely bistro in the city. Excellent entrees and appetizers. Fun evening with dinner and a show.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!

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RS
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their service was excellent, especially accommodating my guests while I was running to host my own dinner!

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NF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and very well prepared. My only complaint would be that the noise level was excruciatingly high.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salmon. Beer salad was excellent!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. We had to wait for everyone to show up to be seated. Our 4th got his meal about 10 minutes after the 3 of us did. One of my guests asked for Chili peppers.... he didn’t get it. Another didn’t get his salmon cooked right. My Cobb salad didn’t have egg.....

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service could be much better

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vincent was courteous, knowledgeable and professional. Excellent service.

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala's never fails to please. Delicious food, attentive staff, and beautiful atmosphere.

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PJ
San Francisco
281 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite pre-theater restaurant. I love the food and the atmosphere. Brunch is great here.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love this place for Italian food when NOT in North Beach!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service the ravioli was incredible beet salad delicious are other dishes clams and mussels just ok clams too spicy.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I just wasn’t wowed. The experience was very ho-hum. The water was polite but not really engaged. The selection was a bit limited and the food quality was very good. I’m not fussy, but nothing on the menu really appealed. So I just picked the most likely to please. It was all ok, but not Lot more than that.

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

While the staff and servers are very nice, the food quality appears to have really deteriorated. We started with the fritto misto. I have had this number of times before. This time, it was so overly fried that it was hard to tell the difference between the calamari and the vegetables. The prosciutto pizza was just okay, as was the whole fish. The cheese cake was also just okay. Overall, our dining experience was pretty disappointing.

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is either a hit or miss. We were five of us and two dishes were good and three were below average. Service was below average. Server dropped food on my cloth (not a lot but enough to stain my white top), but never bothered to apologize. We ordered 4 appetizers and felt really rushed. We had to finish fast because there was no space to put the food.

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RQ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just wish they had soup on the menu on cold and rainy nights

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MM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to SF for the last 20+ years, we make a point to going to Scala's. Dinner was excellent as usual

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Appetizers arrived very quickly - well before the wine!
Other than that, everything was excellent.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

今回は娘の挙式の為サンフランシスコまで来ましたが、そこでのお祝いでお食事をするのに使わせていただきました。心のこもったおもてなしに感謝しています。またサンフランシスコに行く事があれば利用させていただきたいと思います

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Extremely overpriced. $16 for a salad. We are not talking about a "dinner" salad. Both of our pasta dishes were just ok, on the bland side. Had good memories of dining there about 10 years ago. Made the mistake of going back. Overpriced food and wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had been to Scala's a few years ago for an excellent anniversary dinner. Service and food were both fantastic. Last week I hosted guests for a business meeting and was extremely disappointed in what has become of Scala's. The service was terrible. Prices were high. And food was only decent.
It was difficult to get our server's attention to order appetizers. Then he was back a few minutes later and took the main course order. He never even took a drink order! We had to stop him after ordering main courses to ask if we could order drinks as if it was a special request. The food came really fast and appeared to have just been warming in the kitchen. Again, we had to ask for silverware and linens because those had been taken with the apps. We tried ordering dessert, but several items were already sold out (on a weeknight). And again, I had to go find someone to bring silverware. Not sure if we just got unlucky with this server or whether it's an indication of the whole restaurant. Either way, I would recommend trying one of the many other wonderful restaurants in San Fran instead.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It was so loud you could barely hear the person next to you. They need to add some fabric decor or something to dampen the sound. It was so unpleasant we skipped dessert despite wanting to order. I do not recommend this restaurant. It was a painful experience. My ears are still ringing. Food was edible.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great lunch!

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Mussels and bronzino fabulous.
The primi pasta dish was out of this world.
Our server was just the best, everything perfect.
Was a little noisy, but high ceilings always do that. Restaurants all seem to be noisy these days.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bill is The most kind, caring, efficient waiter ever!!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service and the food was just perfect. Also delicious wine. We prefer the old decor before the remodel however. It seemed warmer and cozier before. The serving size of the meals was very generous and worth the price. Excellent preparations.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a go to restaurant for a night out. Great location and the food is always good. We generally eat family style and the staff is friendly and professional.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most accommodating and considerate staff in San Francisco. Made for an incredible experience all around. Our guests were delighted with the choice!

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H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Bill as a server and he was amazing! Aside from his long arms (private joke) he was perfect. Great service, recommendations and personality. Thanks Bill!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very pleasant lunch with a friend had not seen for several years. The staff was very friendly and patient, the food was very good, we talked for hours and never had the feeling that we had to leave, I recommend Scala Scala's Bistro very strongly.

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