Scala's Bistro

4.4
4789 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
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J
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scalas Bistro is a San Francisco institution. The service and food are always amazing and never disappoint.

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PA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service also. Noise level unfortunately was not good, but that is typical in San Francisco.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great table and the service was superb. Our waiter, Jeremy, was fun and engaging. Great pre-theatre dinner spot.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Although this is in a major shopping/touristy area it is always on my to go to list. Love the bar and food. But...this is a very busy place which sometimes impacts service. Be patient. It will be worth it.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This was the worst time I've ever had at Scala's. First, we waited 20 minutes at our table until a server appeared. We asked if the restaurant still baked focaccia and were told yes but it was not the case. Regular white bread. Then after finally bringing our wine our server told us she'd be right back with an ice bucket which never appeared. Our server also promised small plates so we could share our appetizer and, again, those never appeared. The meal was only so-so which was a disappointment because we've dined at Scala's many times and always had a good experience. I can't say that we will be back which is another bummer because there aren't many nice places for lunch downtown anymore...

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l
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have not been to La Scala for a few years. I was pleasantly surprised to find the food as good as ever, the menu with good variety, dessert was creative and delicious. It is still a favorite place for dining downtown.

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g
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala's Bistro has always been a favorite for lunch or dinner when in San Francisco. Our waiter was great. Very personable and his recommendation for the ravioli was spot on. They were delicious. Interacting with him made the evening a lot of fun. And I always enjoy the true San Francisco ambience of the restaurant.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We chose Scala for its proximity to the Curran Theater -- and on past mostly-positive experiences. We were booked for a show that started at 7. I made the reservation for 5:15, their first available dinner slot. I told Open Table and the waitress that we had the theater booking. She assured us it would be no problem. We were seated at a table in the bar -- along what seemed like mostly other theater goers. We ordered two salads, a fish and two pasta entrees. The salads came right away. The entrees were incredibly slow. We ended up getting them at about 6:25 to 6:30. The whole fish was dropped off first without ceremony or apology. We had to do our own de-boning and filleting. We were so pressed for time, we had to gobble down our dinners, diminishing both the experience and the flavors of the meal. I am not likely to return. Too bad as the food was pretty tasty. Just bad kitchen management and service.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion perfect spot. Can’t beat the location next to union square. The decor and ambiance lovely . Best service and delicious food even the bread was tasty.

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l
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

SADLY it was very disappointing this time. Spent the night apologizing to my daughter for the disappointing meal-instead of reveling in what a great night it could have been. We eat at Scala's all the time because it's our favorite. This time was to be a celebration and I had noted that in our reservation. We were greeted by the host and seated right away. However....Waited, waited and waited for a waiter to come by. Flagged one down and he was abrupt and said, "Well I guess I'll serve you. They didn't tell me I had this table." He went back to talk to a hostess. Looked mad, they take for quite awhile. Got his attention to take our order. Food was delivered timely by another server. Our server never checked on us to see how the food was or if we needed anything else....even water. Long after we were done we flagged him down. Had to flag down another server down to refill our water in between. When we asked for our check he could clearly see presents and birthday wrapping paper on the table. Asked if we wanted to see dessert menu. We did. He walked off and was in deep conversation again with hostess. Decided not to order birthday dessert because he clearly didn't care about our experience and we didn't want to sit for another half hour while he had another conversation with the hostess. Very sad way to celebrate. We choose Scala's over all the other restaurants in the city for the amazing food, ambiance, lively energy and (usually) great service. Expected more from my favorite SF restaurant. Would have had better service in the bar-and have!!!

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

Our experience was haphazard at best. We admit the waiter was probably overwhelmed, but we have a feeling that was business as usual for this lively, busy restaurant. Our party of four ordered two salads, both to be split, but he brought two of the same, both unsplit. We also ordered two main courses also to be split, but he brought only one (a pasta) that got cold before they cooked the fish for the other order. When summoned, the manager insisted on preparing another pasta order, which we did not want, but had them box up to take home. By then our waiter was getting exasperated and became surly. We left with a bad feeling about the whole experience, which was sad, as we used to come to Scala’s on a regular basis when we lived in Marin. Now that we live in Sonoma we don’t get into San Francisco very often so we were looking forward to dinner there once again. Too bad.

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RW
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

very good service, and excellent food, just a bit noisy.

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R
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy food. Consistent yummy food and great service. Perfect for pre-theater.
Reservation is necessary. Enjoy!!!

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service

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S
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding!

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OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience. Great staff! Very welcoming.

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VA
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

This place is noisy...very busy and took forever to get our food which came out wrong. Even though the manager was very apologetic and gave us a free lunch,it didn’t make up for the awful dining experience.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot say enough good about my experience at Scala's. The salmon entree I had was probably the best I have EVER had. The presentation of both meals was wonderful, our waitress was very friendly and sweet.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overpriced with limited choices during mid day.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

First time to eat here for our annual family Christmas outing to Union Square. Had reservations and was looking forward to it all week. Poor service, with our server offering apologies at the end of our meal with varied excuses. Our water wasn't filled until mid way thru our meal. We asked several fast-walking staff to fill our glasses, but they never returned. We ordered the mushroom pizza, margherita pizza, burger and I had the salad and ravioli. The pizza was loaded with arugula to hide the lack of mushroom toppings, the margherita was very average, no basil, no tomatoes, no mozzarella balls, just plain topping. My ravioli arrived when everyone else was finishing. My husband did enjoy his burger. (The condiments arrived after he finished it!) We rarely saw our server so couldn't order more wine with our meal. (We were lucky to get the water) We saw other patrons rolling their eyes , with one annoyed that they hadn't received bread and butter after waiting a while to be served. We read some of the other reviews with the same complaints but thought we'd try for ourselves. With all the anticipation to be going to Scala's, it ended up being a very disappointing experience. The family consensus is to find another Holiday restaurant next year. We won't be coming back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Not good. Waited 30 mins after our booked time and ate in the bar. Menu limited, service sporadic, food mediocre. $28 for a glass of champagne. Will not return for sure.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Very disappointed in the menu Italian favorites are gone! Too basic brunch options. Would not go back again with current menu.

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had lunch on a Saturday afternoon. After being seated we didn’t have a server for over 30 minutes, no water, no bread, no drink orders. The server apologized that they were slammed and under staffed. I would expect the management would expect it to be busy on a Saturday in December. We did enjoy the food.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It was very busy. The service was horrible. The waiter kept apologizing, but nothing got better. We wanted to order additional items, but never had the chance. The food is overpriced for what you get.

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P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Too loud, service was bad, but the waiter was bussing his own tables. The host stand and those manning it were great. But the food was sub par, the service too slow and the value is ridiculous.

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FL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in San Francisco for a seminar, and we were staying overnight in the city, so I selected Scala’s because my friend had recommendede it, and because it was a pleasant walk from our hotel. We enjoyed the food, but the noise level is pretty intense, and not conducive to talking. It’s a happening place for sure, but overall I would prefer something a little less hectic.

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RS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

First let me say I do love Scala’s. Our server was great but the food coming out was soo slow(9:15 on a Thursday night). Problem food was un believably salty. Server comped one of 3 entrée and was very forthcoming with the offer. The chef needs to make sure that the food is being tested. All three were un able to eat. Please check for salt. I will be back.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to celebrate with family or friends in the City.
Very good service and kind staff. Very close to Union Square.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and everyone as well!
Except Cappucino was lukewarm and did not have time to ask for warmer.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food, excellent service, beautiful place, but TOO LOUD to have any sort of conversation
So loud it gave me a headache
I don’t think that they can do anything about it
Won’t return
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SH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great old San Francisco ambience; we had a great time!!

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

Delicious and fantastic waiter & maitre’d/ manager!

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I come here every year during holidays. Always have enjoyed the food and the excellent service we’ve had. Will definitely be back!

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t
London
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food, but nothing really stood out. The place gets really busy with business lunches and ladies who 'lunch'. It definitely does cater to a certain cliente and prices reflect that. Overall, a nice spot but not spectacular.

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SV
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and craft vocktails were exceptional. Never would I inagine gin and tonic as presented 😊 and our server was attentive, non obtrusive and friendly - great service combination.

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K
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

4 Dec..meeting friend in City for lunch.

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R
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Thanks to Natalie for giving us such a great table for two for our 6 o’clock reservations. Please mark it our favorite.

Food was great. How do they make chicken that moist? And the Bolognese sauce perfect as usual. Our waitress was super friendly and on time. Ambiance happening as usual.

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A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch, food was excellent! I had the special - artichoke risotto. My 2 friends had the portobello mushroom sandwich, which was so big they had to eat it with a knife and fork : ) All the dishes were very fresh and delicious. I thought it was good value for what we had. The service was excellent and the restaurant was very nice. Would definitely go again.

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San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala s is my favorite place for breakfast.
Great atmosphere and amazing food.
The breakfasts are delicious .
The service is terrific.
Great place for cocktails too.
A San Francisco institution

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