Scala's Bistro

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

Very pleasant atmosphere and beautifully set up.Vincent is amazing. very knowledgeable. I live in SF however my nephew and his family live in the San Joaquin Valley. I want them to really know SF thats how I can to invite them to Scalas for dinner. I am the aunt and the tour guide. Vincent is amazing. very knowledgeable on everything we ask. "Who is the General Manager; What is the average income for an Executive Chef in SF; what is the difference between a Maître D’ and a hostess.."and by the way Nathaly is Awesome!

The oysters as well as the appetizer that my nephew and his girlfriend ordered were splendid. My salmon dish was GREAT! My nephew and his girlfriend enjoyed their meals. We were celebrating the kids 11th year Anniversary. They have been a couple since high school. Alina Rose is 19 months. These 3 are some of my favorite people and it was a pleasure to have celebrated their 11th year anniversary at Scala's Bistro.

I will definitely return.

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

We loved Scalas. It's our go to when visiting the city for shopping or a show.

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

A truly outstanding dining experience. From the friendly check-in to amazing custom cocktails, an excellent meal ending in a delicious dessert. See you next time. Thank you.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the housemade chocolates. they were spectacular and just the right amount for a small desert.

RL
San Francisco
297 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was very good as was the tasty Radiatore with beef and pork bolognese, a dish worth coming back for.

PS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each year for the past 4 years we come up to San Francisco from Palm Springs and during our stay we make our way to Scala. Not only is the food terrific we look forward to our waiter Bruce who has a phenomenal memory remembering us year after year and besides his memory he is very attentive and knows the menu inside out. He is truly a delight to have as a waiter and an asset to Scala Bistro for making our evening memorable.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, fantastic food and nice ambiance! A real gem!!!! Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, service was somewhat spotty.

P
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and even better food! Friendly server too! Our go to Italian in SF

m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good experience overall. Pleasant welcoming by the hostess upon arrival. Quick attention by waiter upon seating and then very good attention throughout. Excellent food at reasonable prices. Wines by the glass reasonable as well. Obviously great location (near Union Square).
Definitely worth a visit...and a return visit.

LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice small Italian, good service, good food,noisy, well located, reasonably priced

KH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had several business meetings (breakfast and lunch) scheduled at Scala's. The menu has a good variety and the food tasted wonderful. The noise level was a little louder at certain times, but this was fine for our meetings. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

K
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! Had gnocchi and meatballs with chianti! Yum!

RF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant and bar were packed and quite"energetic" even for a Friday night. It was hard to hold a conversation. The food is good and consistent, the portions are reasonable. The price is a bit high, but this is Union square SF. The service was very attentive, knowledgable and fun, even with the large crowd.
Overall good.

CE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've stayed at the Sir Francis Drake many times but have usually run out to some of my other favorite restaurants when in the city. This time, I had a "free glass of bubbly" coupon that was supplied when the bellman took my bags to my room. That plus the fact that I wasn't looking to go too far off in search of dinner made it a good evening to try Scala Bistro which I could book with my Open Table App very easily. I had Burrata to start and the pork chop entree. I guess I'll try more traditional Italian next time but what I did have was wonderful. They also have a Vermintino by the glass which is rather rare even in Italian restaurants. My favorite thing of the night was that the hostess, Natalie, was engaging. She spoke with many of the patrons but did circle back to have a chat with me several times, all which made the dining experience better. Cheers to Natalie.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and enjoyable. We will return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was not seated on top floor as reserved.

ED
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! I will definitely go back again soon!

RO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was not the warmest person! Food was good but pasta not cooked all the way which was papparedelle. We had 2 waiters ...we were impressed with the dessert.

BG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Love the place.

OT
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service were awesome! I‘ll visit this restaurant again when I‘m in SF next time... :-)

c
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala’s is always our travel day restaurant and has been for nearly 20 years. The service and food never ever disappoint!

R
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice attention to our table and prompt service. The fusilli was not originally overcooked and the sun-dry tomato sauce was very good. Unfortunately it was extremely hot from the lamps, which tended to overcook the pasta. Your chef would not have been happy with that part of the job. Also, a bit pricey for the whole experience.

p
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were nicely accommodated in a booth per our request so that our service dog could be under the table and not obstruct the aisle. Our server was excellent, we were not rushed whatsoever. We started with oysters and an heirloom tomato salad which we shared. The salad was plenty for two. We then shared the Wood Fired Oven Whole Fish (branzino- a type of bass) served with head and tail over yummy eggplant camponata. The fish was done to perfection with crispy skin. It was delicious and our server boned it right at the table. The fish was also plenty for the two of us. We then shared the blackberry sorbet. Entire dinner was wonderful and it was a most enjoyable evening. I also love the decor with the dark woods and brass rails. I always have the feeling of stepping back in time a bit when dining at Scala's. Though the restaurant got busy and therefore quite a bit noisier, we were not rushed at all. Highly recommend!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing breakfast experience, our waiter Jesus was so sweet and got us everything we needed and then some! It was my birthday weekend and he brought me out a special birthday dessert, and the service was already excellent before that. I can't wait to go back sometime!

A
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Maitre D who accommodated my wishes perfectly .

LA
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite union square stop: excellent. Salads and pasta and meatballs.

KM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scalia's is consistently good...professional and pleasant staff...

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Will not be disappointed with your meal. Consistent, great quality & taste!

B
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from Adrian and Bruce. Please thank them!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere, great service.

HD
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for great food and service. Natalie makes everyone feel valued and welcome. Mary is a great server.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food as always. The pappardelle and mushroom and prosciutto pizza had wonderful flavors. Can’t wait to go again.

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was out of this world!! A little pricey for the portions. Our server was nice but not very conversational. It was a great spot to suit many preferences.

JC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the service was very good. I felt that the server is a seasoned salesman. He kept trying to upsell. Good for him and his employer.
The Burrata needed help, a bit dry and chewy.
The dessert was ok. Not exceptional. We ordered tiramisu. Which was also pricey for what it was. $11.00.
Yes I knew coming in that it was a pricey establishment. But charging double digits for dessert should have been made with gold.

AA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Muy buen restaurante italiano en el corazón de Union Square. Servicio amigable y platillos deliciosos

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wine list was really great and food is soo good!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

We used to eat there all the time this was our go to place. Things change no clams and Linguine. Oh well. What I had the Fussilli pasta was average. My wife Halibut was dry or over cooked with no flavor.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natalie starts the evening with her beautiful welcoming smile. Bruce is the best server and the meal was outstanding! I highly recommend Scala’s to anyone who wants a wonderful meal an d dining experience!