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Scala's Bistro

4.2
4.2
5053 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
***Temporarily Closed***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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Light Fare Daily 2:00 pm–5:15 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 395-8555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Deering

  • Catering

    <br />We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lauraine Edir: (415) 395-8556

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Post and Sutter

  • Parking details

    Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,053 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. EB

    EastBayGirl

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We were really looking forward to coming here having scouted it out in the past, wanting some good Italian in a friendly atmosphere. But there was a large party of about 40 when we walked in, which was very, very loud, boisterous and shouting out at times so we could barely hear each other speak. At first they sat us at a very small table close to that table and after asking to move put us at a larger table but even closer. We decided to leave but they offered us a third table further away but still the noise was deafening. They encouraged us to stay by saying they would try to move the large party to a private room or would tell them to be quieter but neither happened. We could barely hear each other talk so it wasn't the kind of atmosphere we wanted. Really wished they had just apologized, maybe offered us a free drink and suggested we come back another time. We bought our drinks and paid for them ourselves and the wine wasn't all that good either. Doubt we'll come back now. Okay if want to be in a bar scene with loud people drinking and oblivious to those around them, but if you want a date night dinner out, would not recommend it.
  2. m

    mperk

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great dining experience at Scala’s from the gracious hostess to the wait staff. It was a special occasion ( wedding anniversary) which I noted in the reservation. We were greeted warmly with congratulations and recipients a lovely celebratory dessert!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    We all loved almost all of our food, however the Cauliflower soup was over seasoned, I couldn’t taste the cauliflower and it was almost brown in color, I expected a lighter white creamy color, kind of unappetizing.
  4. BI

    BILLIEC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    server with very polite and explained very meal we were asking about? The food was great and the restaurant was quiet. Plan to go there before every Broadway Production.
  5. JM

    JaneM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our experience at Scala’s Bistro was very good. The food was very good especially the pasta with fresh crab. The service was attentive, she didn’t try to rush us even though we were there more than 2 and 1/2 hrs. The Bostonians for desert isn’t as good as it used to be but still good. One complaint is the cost. In addition to increase in prices for the food and tip tacking on other charges makes dining here very expensive. Reinforces staying in the East bay to dine.
  6. f

    foodie001

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We wanted to book somewhere close to our hotel, we were not disappointed with this restaurant. Only a 5-0 min walk. It was a Wednesday night , a bit late, 7:45 pm, they had plenty of open tables. We were seated right a way. The wine we had was excellent. We had a few questions for our waiter, who had no problem telling us how the artichoke was prepared. We went for the asparagus ( a side dish) as an appetizer. The asparagus were the big , juicy kind, prepared excellently. I had the Caesar salad & a frito misto ( 2 appetizers) but the serving size was big. Enough for 3 to share. Needless to say, my husband & I were well fed. The only thing at the end of the night was the bill. There was the SFO Health Mandate tax an extra 4%, then the gratuity, then the city tax. In total of 3 taxes on top of the food charge. As a tourist we were felt a bit ripped off, but what can a tourist do? The waiter said some restaurants would put the health tax in the food cost ( hidden tax) but now we know why the food costs is priced what it is.
  7. TT

    TaigaT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to this restaurant as our last itinerary of our America trip. We had a soup, pasta, fritto and they were really awesome, especially the pasta was the best I've ever eaten. What's more, I was touched by their thankful services. My girl friend had stomachache at that time then they gave her a cup of hot water and cared so much. To sum up, I strongly recommend this restaurant both for couples and families!
  8. SS

    SpqSpq

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve eaten here many times over many years. It is consistently excellent.
  9. TK

    ToddK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scala’s is a beautiful upscale restaurant. I loved their specialty cocktails, and everything food wise was great. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs (although a bit over-smiley) and all of my needs were met, and then some! Would most certainly come back, even if just for drinks
  10. L

    Lovegoodfood

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I always have an amazing time at Scala’s! I go almost every time I am in San Francisco. The food is delicious and the servers are so kind. I would reccomend this restaurant to anyone in SF!
  12. AJ

    AnneJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The main dishes were very good but the sides of vegetables were overdone. Great service and ambiance! I will continue to go there!
  13. ZM

    ZMd1234567

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Slow service, expensive and not that tasty. Low value for the buck
  14. PS

    PS33110

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waiter was amazing. Food was great.
  15. KS

    KathleenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought our friend a special birthday dessert!
  16. RB

    RobinB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Historic, lovely old world style interior, with outstanding service. Appetizers were stand-outs, enjoyed every bite.
  17. AS

    AndreaS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Very disappointing. We were here for our 40th wedding anniversary and staff congratulated us. Starters (salads) were good but my main course was delivered while I was still eating my first course!! We both chose the fish which was oily and not at all special. It tasted similar to mackerel. Water was only served once and the bill was presented while we were still eating our desert. Very unprofessional. Also, very expensive, about $200+ and we felt really rushed. The place was virtually empty too. My husband was furious, as we'd come to SF from the UK to visit family and this place was chosen for this special anniversary after visiting many years ago. Would not recommend Scala at all.
  18. H

    Hbrasil

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent Food and amazing customer service. Clean well appointed venue. Great wine selection and a very good menu. A true treat to have lunch or dinner in the heart of Union Square.
  19. PP

    PastaPete

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've loved Scala's for years - NEVER have had a bad meal there! Their menu was updated this time with healthy, close to fresh options that tasted great, authentic. We are always glad we have Open Table reservations, allowing us to wade through the waiting walk up throngs to the front of the Maitre d's desk.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to take my girlfriend to a nice dinner and came across this place. I was blown away by the service, the gentleman that was serving us was spectacular. Always made sure we were taking care of. The food was amazing, she had the ravioli and I got the wood baked pizza and had tons of flavor. The scene was very nice, wasn’t too loud or quiet, was just right. It was an amazing experience and will becoming back soon.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food but they unfortunately sold out of the special by 630:(
  22. K

    Kerimac

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were greeted right away and seated. The staff was very friendly. Food was excellent.
  23. P

    Patron

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff was attentive. Food was very good.
  24. SD

    SDHD

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentines Day!😍
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is good!
  26. LM

    LindaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super great meal with perfect service from beginning to end. So glad we chose this restaurant for valentine's day! Had great wine pizza and pastas.. definitely get the crab pasta delish. Thanks!
  27. EG

    EdwardG

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Edible Italian fare dreadfully overpriced. But what can one expect in SF?
  28. G

    Gaylemerks

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was exceptional! We dine there often, but on this particular evening the Caesar Salad was better than ever, and the raviolis were wonderful!
  29. SS

    SpqSpq

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have eaten here many times over many years—consistently excellent menu and service.
  30. S

    Sacman51

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! Excellent meal throughout. The food was excellent, the service was impeccable and the ambiance was great. I would highly recommend it!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great! Everyone was very attentive & the food was delicious. I enjoyed my meal. Would recommend!
  32. D

    Diner29

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Reliable after theater dinner. Octopus appetizer was outstanding, rest of the dinner good but nothing special.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Recommend by friends from Australia and Crab Pasta is a favorite of ours. At 7.30 reservation they had run out of crab. Disappointed.
  34. KS

    KristyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From cocktails at the bar to dessert. all recommendations were excellent. Haven't eaten here in awhile and will definitely be back!
  35. GR

    GRACEM

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent everything!
  36. GR

    GRACEM

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, felt special and at home.
  37. T

    Tom1

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and outstanding food.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inactiveville

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Server was MIA. Will not be returning.
  39. F

    Foodlover

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Seats to tight. Food was good service was Ok
  40. C

    Cederdome77

    Sacramento

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the most wonderful server. I’m sorry that I didn’t get his name, he had a delightfully dry sense of humor and made excellent suggestions. The food was great and we appreciated the late service.

FAQs

Scala's Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Scala's Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 395-8555.

Scala's Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 5053 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Post and Sutter

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Light Fare Daily 2:00 pm–5:15 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:15 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:15 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, French, Californian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Deering

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 395-8555

  • Catering

    <br />We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Lauraine Edir: (415) 395-8556

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