Scala's Bistro

4.3
4615 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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 4615 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great food! Great service! Near Union Square- great location!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Very pleasant atmosphere from the moment we walked though the door. The hostess was joyful and quick. The food was awesome but or server “Bill” made the evening. He was attentive, funny, and helpful.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Still great after almost 20 years of coming here. Great food, love the booths and location.

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I like Scala’s for an early lunch or early dinner. Good food and a beautiful space with nice wine selection. It gets really loud once the tables fill up so go early unless your hearing is outstanding. It’s a good place to sit at the bar for a solo meal or dinner for two and the noise level isn’t as bad up in that area.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

This restaurant reminded me of a French brasserie. Similar level of noise and similar ambience. Salad was quite good, pizza okay. Waitress was very attentive. Don’t think I’d go again if I lived here. I found it expensive but it’s probably typical of downtown San Francisco.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Delicious dinner which was reminiscent of old Italian restaurants in the city. Attractive place, open kitchen, and good wine list.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Lots of
Good traditional fare. The best was the fish of the day roasted in the brick oven with herbs and tomatoes. I ate it clean! Initially really liked our server but then couldn’t find her for awhile while wanting the check.

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1.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I had been at Scala's numerous times when I lived in San Francisco almost twenty years ago and at the time it opened it was a charming room with great Itallian food. That restaurant no longer exists. Today it is a noisy tourist trap that looks and feels worn out. The service was unbelievably bad....at least fifteen minutes for the first glass of wine which got us introduced to the underwhelming manager on duuty....for the entire remaindr of our meal NOTHING improved. terrible experience and a bad value proposition at any price.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Always good food and wine, one block from Union Square.

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Poor service (slow, non-responsive) and one dish was served virtually inedible.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Poor from start to finish.
Table not ready on arrival , nowhere to sit, had to stand whilst people leaving pushed past.

Ordered plan pasta for my daughter. We requested it cooked for 4 min. ( after confirming it was dried and not fresh) when it arrived it was so soft, not even al a Dente.
They apologised and said we will cook for 2 minutes, remember this is dried not fresh pasta)
We had so ordered coke for my daughter which I had to request on three occasions.
My wife and I had finished our main course with no sign of my daughters pasta. When I enquired I was told there are other orders in the queue it will arrive shortly. There was no apology.
When it did arrive it was cooked exactly the same as the first time.
I refused to pay for my daughters food, for an Italian restaurant not to be able to cook pasta a la dente !!!!

I could not recommend this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The bolognese taste like top ramen and meat sauce. Probably worst I’ve ever eaten. The service and dessert was great though......

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had horrible seats. Better seats were given to people who came after us. I really hope they paid more for their food. I do not recommend this place. As the poor service was not worth enduring the insulting service.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The salads were by far raved about by all of us. The woman who sat us was very friendly and accommodating! Our server made great recommendations and they remembered that I indicated that this was a friend's birthday!! Very nice and definitely will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great taste. Excellent service. Recommendation for breakfast. Good coffee, with almond milk, soy milk. good pastry.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Service started out great. As the dining progressed, service faultered. Had to search for someone to give us the ticket after 20 minutes of waiting.

Became disappointed

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Every time I’m in town I make it a point to hit this place! And it never disappoints! Truly one of my favorites anywhere in the country!

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We always enjoy the "old SF" ambiance. The pork chops were delicious and the spaghetti with meat sauce was dry. The bostini was always a favorite, but reduced cake and custard was a disappointment.
The waiters and hostess were great making feel special.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Though we had a 9:30 reservation and we were early and seated by 9:30. The restaurant closed at 10:00 pm to letting new customers in, we were made to feel very rushed like they wanted us out quickly so staff could go home. Made us feel very unwelcome

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Outstanding food and service

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Great service and fantastic food. Good restaurant for a special occasion. Did not disappoint.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Not same quality Scalas that we visit yearly. The new look is not same ambiance as before.Nothing special about the place anymore.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

they took a last minute reservation and welcomed us warmly and by name. table was great. service was very helpful even though we arrived close to closing time. dinner was excellent and we found a relatively inexpensive bottle of italian wine that was delicious. they even encouraged us to stay for dessert!

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1.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Food was over priced and not good. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Excellent was recommended by the hotel. Food, service was great.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

For years this has been our travel night restaurant. Food and service always outstanding!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I ordered the baked eggs dish which was cooked to perfection. Yolks were soft over creamed spinach and toast with prosciutto.
We shared a Cesar salad which was excellent. Dressing was perfection. My cousin had the cheese burger.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Service was terrible. Our server was apathetic and disinterested. Everything was too much of an effort. Our milk came when the coffee was cold. Our butter and preserves never arrived. The manager tried to compensate but the experience was already tainted.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Walking into a restaurant and being seated sets the tone for your experience. I wanted to love everything about this restaurant but... we were not greeted. We stood amongst a group of 5 or so and waited to be acknowledged. When we were finally acknowledged the hostess, no smile no welcome seemed distressed. We waited while our table was readied even though there were other tables ready for guests. Our waiter, Alejandro, went from cold and stressed, my impression, to warm and smiling. Just an air of stress, at first. The food- the Spaghetti bolognese was a combination of average sauce and poor noodles. The noodles cannot carry the sauce. It was more the a Chinese noodle. The carpaccio was very good, beautifully prepared and presented. The Spinach Budino was a star and not to be missed.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I was shocked by the poorly dressed diners! Tourists?!

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Ravioli was definitely not fresh but frozen. Barely any cheese inside and not creamy. Croque Monseir sandwich had bechamel sauce on top instead of inside and no cheese baked on top. Service terrible. Had to ask for water to be refilled. Used to be a wonderful restaurant. Decor outdated and old looking. Would not return.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Best veal parmesan ever! It’s served on the bone. Each bite melts in your mouth! Delectable!

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