Scala's Bistro

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4970 reviews
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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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C
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food itself was pretty tasty, but just offensively overpriced for what it is

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

Amazing pizza and salad! Service was perfect!

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DK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Feels very San Francisco. Centrally located. Friendly staff. Good food for the dollar. Decorations are really historical and interesting!

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We paid 20 dollars for meat balls that were chewy. The ravioli was good but also very pricey. Wouldn't go back. Also, they never asked if I want Parmesan and it's an Italian restaurant!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast. Meal was delicious and of adequate quantity. Its was a bit loud inside though. Price was good value.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent, throughout. Food was simply prepared, and was reasonably tasty. Several guests ordered the whole fish, and it was fresh. We could have done a better job selecting the wines.

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CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Bruce is a fantastic waiter!!

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San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. The mussles are terrific. Wonderful desserts.

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t
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service
Great food
Good value

I will return again.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Terrific waiter.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Italian restaurant I’ve ever visited. Reasonable price, comfortable services, sophisticated facilities.

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DP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Child’s birthday

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Sacramento
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Caesar salad with kale was a fun and healthy version of a classic. The octopus appetizer didn't really live up to the server's recommendation. Both pasta dishes were flavorful but a bit salty. The restaurant is loud but convenient to the Union Square area. Service was great from the front of the house to the server and busser.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, warm staff, much enjoyed!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for kids

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was attentive. Food portions are on the small side. Ambiance genteel. Drinks costly. Wonderful dessert for a birthday gathering.

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P
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, ambience and meal. Killer meatballs appetizers.

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JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very busy bistro in union square. Food was good but a little overpriced.

Drinks service was slow.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing all around. Wine to appetizers to main dish. I ordered the special - branzino. Best I’ve ever had. Really great atmosphere and service as well. Excellent and will be back.

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RW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant NOT what it was in the past. Greeting indifferemnt, restaurant appears in need of good cleaning. Host escorted us to table, left with no greeting or “ Enjoy”. Waiter confusing, Food ok, not worth the $ 112 price. Host indifferent upon departure. Restaurant not what it was as a Kimpton operation. Will not recommend.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Read good reviews. We had reservations and got there a bit early. The nice ladies made sure we got seated ASAP and had a nice table. We were promptly greeted by server and orders were taken. Service was excellent, attentive but not overly hovering. The food was OK for the price. Didn’t felt it was anything to create a WOW factor. A dinner for two with an appetizer, two drinks and two entree set us back $125. Hmmm. Seems steep, for just good ambiance and EXCELLENT service.

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KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food delicious. As a San Franciscan, always bypassed the restaurant because it is in the hotel. Although it is pricey, the classic Italian menu was authentic, fresh, and terrific. I will definitely return.

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PJ
San Francisco
286 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their dinners but have been coming lately for lunch when I'm going to a play in the downtown area. It's a nice and quiet venue with a great view of the cable cars climbing up and down Powell Street. (How much more San Francisco can it get?) Try their French toast. Yummy.

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ND
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an very good meal and the service was excellent. The ribs were on the dry side and the vanilla gelato was off and mango-passion fruit gelato was so tart. Our server, Sarah, was the best. Thanks for a good time!

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F
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food, pity our waiter was pushy and obnoxious

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BD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding and exceptional service!

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WG
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Modest restaurant but not extraordinary. Avoid if you want to impress.

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S
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a safe choice for friends getogether in the city. Timing was perfect so there was not a large lunch crowd left by 1:15 pm .
Our waiter was very accommodating and attentive to our needs ... never felt rushed during the entire meal .
Food was fresh and appetizing ( we all ate different salads and one ordered the fusilli pasta dish).
All in all , ambiance was quiet and we were able to carry on good conversation with each other.
I have eaten often at Scala’s and have yet to be disappointed , so I do recommend this restaurant especially during the non-peak hours for lunch or dinner both for its central location , good bar and pleasing menu choices !

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host was a bit rude about seating me in an empty restaurant when my guest was only blocks away. Food and waiter was great.

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T
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We both had linguine and clams and shared a little gem salad. Our waiter was great, but the best thing was when the bartender came to our table with my friend’s purse that she accidentally left at the bar! That was special!!

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M
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our dinner at Scala's Bistro. The service was excellent and the food delicious, especially the tenderloin carpaccio.

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San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Three of us are SF and Bay area residents for over 60 years, but have never been to Scala's as it is a tourist restaurant, so we finally tried it because it is so close to the theater area. Of course, restaurant is perfect location, but food is just average and ok but service is excellent. Salad, calamari, ravioli, mussels all ok, but nothing exceptional. Glad we got this off our bucket list.

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CH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 6 and appreciated the quiet corner table in the bar area.
Thank you!

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S
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The noise level in this restaurant was loud. Our meal was good, the service was average.

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jeremy was our server thus past Friday evening! Provided good and quick service!
Food, drink and dessert delicious!

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was directly across the street from our hotel.
We ate there the night we arrived and loved it. Being Italian and coming from New York makes that a very big compliment. Our waiter was charming and all of the staff was so helpful.
Therefore we enjoyed another meal there on our final night. We were not disappointed!

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little on the pricey side but then again you are in middle of SF tourist zone. Excellent service, delish food. Pork sugo was a tad too salty for me though.

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CJ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious dinner with friends. Specials of the day were exceptional. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful time
Very good food
The price of the wine were a little high

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