Scala's Bistro

4.4
4647 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 7:00am to 10:30am - Monday - Friday
Weekend Breakfast: 8:00am to 11:30am - Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm - Saturday and Sunday
Lunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm - Daily
Light Fare: 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Daily
Dinner Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 5:15pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:15pm – 11:00pm

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Phone number
(415) 395-8555
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering

We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.
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Cross street
Post and Sutter
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Parking details
Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Sherry Bastani for any private dining needs at 415-395-8552 or sherry.bastani@scalasbistro.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

In bustling Union Square, Scala’s accessibility makes it the ideal destination for local and out-of-town guests. Whether you are planning a corporate lunch, rehearsal dinner, or celebratory reception Scala’s Bistro has the perfect space.

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What 4647 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to scholars for years. This is our travel day restaurant. The food and service is always excellent!

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JS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

My experience at scala’s was unfortunately overshadowed by a waiter who should have been more honest about the serving sizes. We asked on 3 occasions before ordering what the portion sizes were like and whether we over ordered. We were assured we hadn’t. We felt like we had to eat as much as possible so as not to waste food or money. We left feeling uncomfortable rather than having enjoyed what was incredible food. Unfortunately that ruined my experience of what could have been an exceptional dining experience.

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SV
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was overly salty. Good service.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Didnt have any premium tequila, went there for the veal parm...they took it off the menu...spotty service...generally disappointing. The vesuvio potatoes were only bright spot.

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

The food was amazing and our waiter was really nice and funny.

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

Hotel concierge recommended this place and it was great.
Good service and good food

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W
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Busy, noisy, great location, good cheerful service and very good food. Good value. for money.

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JJ
Washington DC
170 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed Scala's, which was a great surprise! My colleagues and I split their meatball appetizer, which was delicious! Our table had the ravioli, spaghetti and gnocchi. All three were highly flavorful and wonderfully prepared. The sauce for the ravioli was amazing and powerful and the meatballs were rich in flavor. This is a great spot if you're down in Union Square and don't want to venture far. If you're in town for a conference in the area, check this place out! It's a great place for a business meal!

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AZ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was nice. Good place to get with your friends. Nice food though I'm not quite sure it was worth it's price.

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W
Cincinnati
78 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and waiter/service even better! Get their meatballs! Loved it.

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PD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

For some reason, I had expected a tastier experience; the food was okay but certainly nothing to get overly excited about with others. The service was very good.

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CI
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Just another restaurant

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PN
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The halibut is the best I’ve ever tasted! The salad is generously portioned and very fresh. This is a must do when in SF

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DR
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great caesar salad and watermelon salad. Halibut overcooked and pork chop nearly inedible...though and tasteless.
Wonderful deserts, especially the crumble.
Very good service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful night.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience but if you want to truly enjoy this you have to order the meatballs... literally that’s it, you could eat those and walk out having your best Italian meal in San Fran!

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a returning customer and have always been satisfied with the quality of the food ambiance and overall service. I always recommend Scala’s
Keep up the excellent job!!

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Very noisy, couldn’t hear the person sitting on the other side of the table.

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J
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointing! It has been several years but we have enjoyed Scala’s Bistro on more than one occasion when we visit SF. This night the food was mediocre and the noise level unpleasant.

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We live in SF and so enjoy the nostalgia of our historic districts and use of public transit. This location is maintaining some of its history while tastefully updating decor. The service is always excellent, and the food consistently good quality and dining choices. A pleasure to come here as well as bring out of town visitors.

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NS
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem. Our waiter is wonderful, attentive and entertaining. The food is so good- my brother LOVED his spaghetti bolognese- thought the pasta was handmade which it likely is. The pasta with clams is delicious too!

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L
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Hostess honored our request to be seated away from any noisy diners and children. Much appreciated.

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PJ
San Francisco
269 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look forward to eating at Scala's. Today's brunch was the eggs benedict and granola, with a side of pork sausage. So yummy. This is our favorite Union Square spot!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, loved the hostess, she was darling!

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LH
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Too noisy - music too loud at breakfast (10:30a.m.) could not talk with one another.

Requested a "quiet" table, though not much could be done as the acoustics are not good + the music.

Thank you for asking.

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T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and a reasonable night out if you bring your own wine

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service.
Couldn’t have been nicer

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A little loud for my taste, but I do understand the time and in the middle of the city. The service was a bit spotty and the Caesar salad was a joke.....what’s up with standing the lettuce up on its end & then charge $19.00 for it........A millennial salad !!!

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WI
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious. Meatball appetizers outstanding. Food portions perfect. Service excellent. the theatre and Scala's perfect Saturday.

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DP
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary with dinner there. The recommendation came from a friend. We received special treatment for our 28 years together. I will go back again!

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AF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Most of what we had was wonderful: Mussels, salad and pasta. One person had pork and was disappointed and the halibut was not done as well as it could have been. Wonderful atmosphere and great staff. We love it for pre-theatre dining.

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PW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always had superb service and attention at Scala's. The food was good.

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C
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at Scala three times during a recent stay. Outstanding food, service and ambience!!!

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PP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been dining at Scala's for years -- never a bad meal, and always exquisite service.

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CL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ravioli = incredible!!! Might be my favorite Italian ever.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Broke a wine glass.

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CR
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yikes! Always enjoy a great experience but watch prices. As of August 10th they have a new wine list and prices went up. Corkage fee is $25 so plan accordingly.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My very favorite restaurant in San Francisco! The food is fantastic, great drinks, and the hostess and our waiter Bruce the very finest! Can’t wait to go back. Try the ravioli.

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Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dishes were served steaming hot and freshly prepared. Spicy and perfectly al dente version of classic dishes like linguine with clam sauce. Service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive.

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MI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant several times and have not never been disappointed with the friendly service or the delicious food. This is a great spot for most occasions. I will be back.

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