Scala's Bistro

4.4
4682 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, 8:00am to 11:30am - Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm - Saturday & Sunday
Lunch: Daily, 11:30am to 3:00pm
Light Fare: Daily, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner: 5:15pm – 10:00pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:15pm – 11:00pm Friday & Saturday
HOLIDAY HOURS
11/22: Café 6:00am-10:00am Breakfast 7:00am-10:30am Thanksgiving Dinner 11:30am- 4:00pm *last seating at 3:00pm
12/24: Café 6:00am-10:00am Breakfast 8:00am-10:30am Lunch 11:30pm-4:00pm *last seating at 3:00pm
12/25: Café 6:00am-10:00am Breakfast 8:00am-10:30am Christmas Service 11:30pm-3:00pm *last seating at 3:00pm
12/31: Café 6:00am-10:00am Breakfast 7:00am-10:30am Lunch 11:30AM-3:00PM *no food service for IRD & Scala’s during this time Dinner 5:15pm-11:00pm *last seating at 10:00pm
1/1: Café 6:00am-10:00am Breakfast 8:00am-10:30am Lunch 11:30am-3:00pm Light Fare 3:00pm-4:00pm Dinner 5:15pm-8:00pm *last seating at 7:00pm
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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 4682 People Are Saying
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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The noise level was over the top, and we sat in the quieter section of the bar. Very busy inside a very nice hotel. Location was great. Was disappointed with the quality of the food. I think we had been spoiled by a better experience the night before at another restaurant. Wine list was just OK, nothing to write home about. Overall, a little disappointing. Probably a better place to eat lunch, than dinner.

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HD
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Wow, Noisy! Husband and I went on a Monday evening. We got a booth and couldn’t even converse across the table due to the high volume in there. It was very uncomfortable towards the end of our meal. The Caesar salad was great. Garlicky goodness! Hubby had linguini with clams. Ha. It had 5 clams in the shells on it and the rest were canned. Disappointing since that is the star of the dish. I got the papparadelle (sp) with pork which was good. Friendly wait staff.

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OT
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Italian food and really lovely wine list. LOVED the coffee crunch gelato!

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had pizza. Since they have a wood fired oven my expectations were high but I was disappointed.
The pizza dough was very ordinary. Good dough if go to Pizza Hut but disappointing for such a nice restaurant.
I grew up in Italy thus I know what a good pizza is.
The toppings were of good quality except the aragula dressed with vinegar. It didn’t belong there.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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BV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and attentive service. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff and management went out of their way to make the meal and night special and memorable.

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MB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant, food very good, ambiance, service great. Only drawback, a little loud.

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b
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Not Per Se of course, but could not find a problem. Great service added a lot. Found a very good medium-priced wine on the per-glass menu via allowed tasting of several. Waiter complicit in the plot. Overall a great experience.

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TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, as always. Wonderful service, as usual. Very loud and noisy, as usual.

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CG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Scala's. The service was outstanding. The food was sublime. We can't wait to go back!

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PJ
San Francisco
271 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to restaurant if we're going to the theater. Today I had the best ever Cobb salad with the freshest ingredients. Finished off my lunch with a rich cup of coffee.

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TD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service! The gnocchi was mediocre and the salad had root vegetables that my husband didn't like.

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner after a day of touring San Francisco

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good food and friendly atmosphere were just as I remembered from my visits quite a long time ago. It felt good to be back. BRAVO SCALA'S

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PS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Scala's Bistro remains one of my favorites, both for the atmosphere and the food. A Caesar salad made with big crisp, fresh stalks of romaine plus the meatballs off the appetizer menu made a very filling dinner. A little pricey, but that's to be expected given the location just off Union Square.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere was great.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food. Not huge portion sizes. Great service!!

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting, delicious food, server Sarah was amazing, overall wonderful evening

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter was wonderful. He made excellent wine suggestions. I will recommend the restaurant to everyone going to San Fran.

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k
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Got a seat near the kitchen which was too loud. It didn’t seem private at all. The food was excellent hence can’t complain! It compensated for the ambiance and noise and space. Loved the dessert too!

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IA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found the restaurant online and was not disappointed. nice ambiance, very good service, the food was good and prices were OK.
we had a lovely evening

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w
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a great place to go for a pre-theater lunch or dinner as the staff are professional. The food is good and the menu includes both seasonal as well as regular menu items. The food is well prepared and that makes for a good experience. Considering its location in Union Square, it is a great place for a meal. The only difficulty is the access to the bathrooms; need to take a very slow elevator.

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K
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service was great. Both waiters we had each day were friendly and personable.
Beautiful restaurant and right next door to Sr. Francis Drake Hotel where we were staying.
Had both lunches there and was perfect

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IM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic, always satisfying. Menu can be updated, but love the atmosphere. I will keep coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala’s never disappoints. Always a fresh delicious menu.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from New Zealand and I always book fir at least one meal when I’m in San Francisco it’s been consistently great for many years I have recommended it to many travelers

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GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn’t eaten here in years. Not our favorite table, but the food was great and the waiter was a real pro.

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NP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly located near my hotel. Reccomend this restaurant because the overall experience was superb!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was nice and busy. The food decent, but nothing spectacular. For dessert, we ordered The Taste of San Francisco. This was a bit disappointing, as it is just a small bonbon box, coming in a box. Would have expected something not pre-packaged.

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RT
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited menu, big effort to be “cuisine” like but they miss the mark. My biggest issue is they are way overpriced, I mean $60 for a standard, nothing special ribeye steak (not even in-bone).
I’m sure many people enjoy this place, just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had two appetizers that were fabulous. One was peppers and aioli, the other was watermelon balsamic. We will definitely return!

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c
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
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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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food and service was excellent. And we’ve been at least a dozen times. The shocker for us was the bill!

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JS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
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 on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was overly salty. Good service.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
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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NM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, awesome experience and great service and food

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
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 on September 15, 2018
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 on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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