Scala's Bistro

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4921 reviews
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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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MR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Wow! What a disappointment! Had a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation and we were looking forward to a nice Italian meal. Unfortunately we did not find it at Scala. The food was mediocre at best and the service was just not there. True, they were busy but not so much that our server spent all her time at one large table(who were in the desert stage of there meal when we arrived). She virtually ignored the rest of her tables hoping for a large tip from the big group I would imagine.The best best part of the meal was spending time with my husband on Valentines!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Not impressed with the food and definitely overpriced

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!

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RS
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their service was excellent, especially accommodating my guests while I was running to host my own dinner!

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NF
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and very well prepared. My only complaint would be that the noise level was excruciatingly high.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious salmon. Beer salad was excellent!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointed. We had to wait for everyone to show up to be seated. Our 4th got his meal about 10 minutes after the 3 of us did. One of my guests asked for Chili peppers.... he didn’t get it. Another didn’t get his salmon cooked right. My Cobb salad didn’t have egg.....

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service could be much better

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Vincent was courteous, knowledgeable and professional. Excellent service.

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scala's never fails to please. Delicious food, attentive staff, and beautiful atmosphere.

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PJ
San Francisco
281 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite pre-theater restaurant. I love the food and the atmosphere. Brunch is great here.

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

We just love this place for Italian food when NOT in North Beach!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service the ravioli was incredible beet salad delicious are other dishes clams and mussels just ok clams too spicy.

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DL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I just wasn’t wowed. The experience was very ho-hum. The water was polite but not really engaged. The selection was a bit limited and the food quality was very good. I’m not fussy, but nothing on the menu really appealed. So I just picked the most likely to please. It was all ok, but not Lot more than that.

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

While the staff and servers are very nice, the food quality appears to have really deteriorated. We started with the fritto misto. I have had this number of times before. This time, it was so overly fried that it was hard to tell the difference between the calamari and the vegetables. The prosciutto pizza was just okay, as was the whole fish. The cheese cake was also just okay. Overall, our dining experience was pretty disappointing.

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

The food is either a hit or miss. We were five of us and two dishes were good and three were below average. Service was below average. Server dropped food on my cloth (not a lot but enough to stain my white top), but never bothered to apologize. We ordered 4 appetizers and felt really rushed. We had to finish fast because there was no space to put the food.

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RQ
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just wish they had soup on the menu on cold and rainy nights

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MM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to SF for the last 20+ years, we make a point to going to Scala's. Dinner was excellent as usual

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Appetizers arrived very quickly - well before the wine!
Other than that, everything was excellent.

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m
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

今回は娘の挙式の為サンフランシスコまで来ましたが、そこでのお祝いでお食事をするのに使わせていただきました。心のこもったおもてなしに感謝しています。またサンフランシスコに行く事があれば利用させていただきたいと思います

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Extremely overpriced. $16 for a salad. We are not talking about a "dinner" salad. Both of our pasta dishes were just ok, on the bland side. Had good memories of dining there about 10 years ago. Made the mistake of going back. Overpriced food and wine.

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1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had been to Scala's a few years ago for an excellent anniversary dinner. Service and food were both fantastic. Last week I hosted guests for a business meeting and was extremely disappointed in what has become of Scala's. The service was terrible. Prices were high. And food was only decent.
It was difficult to get our server's attention to order appetizers. Then he was back a few minutes later and took the main course order. He never even took a drink order! We had to stop him after ordering main courses to ask if we could order drinks as if it was a special request. The food came really fast and appeared to have just been warming in the kitchen. Again, we had to ask for silverware and linens because those had been taken with the apps. We tried ordering dessert, but several items were already sold out (on a weeknight). And again, I had to go find someone to bring silverware. Not sure if we just got unlucky with this server or whether it's an indication of the whole restaurant. Either way, I would recommend trying one of the many other wonderful restaurants in San Fran instead.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

It was so loud you could barely hear the person next to you. They need to add some fabric decor or something to dampen the sound. It was so unpleasant we skipped dessert despite wanting to order. I do not recommend this restaurant. It was a painful experience. My ears are still ringing. Food was edible.

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

It was a great lunch!

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Mussels and bronzino fabulous.
The primi pasta dish was out of this world.
Our server was just the best, everything perfect.
Was a little noisy, but high ceilings always do that. Restaurants all seem to be noisy these days.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bill is The most kind, caring, efficient waiter ever!!

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service and the food was just perfect. Also delicious wine. We prefer the old decor before the remodel however. It seemed warmer and cozier before. The serving size of the meals was very generous and worth the price. Excellent preparations.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a go to restaurant for a night out. Great location and the food is always good. We generally eat family style and the staff is friendly and professional.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the most accommodating and considerate staff in San Francisco. Made for an incredible experience all around. Our guests were delighted with the choice!

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H
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Bill as a server and he was amazing! Aside from his long arms (private joke) he was perfect. Great service, recommendations and personality. Thanks Bill!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a very pleasant lunch with a friend had not seen for several years. The staff was very friendly and patient, the food was very good, we talked for hours and never had the feeling that we had to leave, I recommend Scala Scala's Bistro very strongly.

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Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best ceasar salads ever! Everytjing was excellent. My guests were very happy.

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b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There was a group of 4 of us and we all enjoyed the food very much. Better than we expected especially with quite a few less than stellar reviews on Yelp. Our server Mary was very sweet ,always smiled and was attentive. I would definitely go back !

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OS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, Love, Love, this place! My husband and I come here every chance we get! We love taking friends here to enjoy Scala's. We always tell our server we are there for the dinner and the show. The show? Yes, the show. We love watching how well the staff works together. We typically spend 2 hrs on dinner here and it NEVER feels like 2 hrs. We like getting our different courses slowly and being able to enjoy each others company. We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this past 26th. We really appreciated the surprise dessert that we received! Very touching.
We spent our honeymoon at Sir Francis Drake Hotel and had dinner at Scala's on our special night. Scala's feels like family. We are always thinking of who else we can invite to share the experience with.
The attention we receive is always appreciated. Already looking forward to our next visit!

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DV
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Scala's after a friend recommended for my birthday. Pleasantly surprised and definitely will be back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is exposed to foul smelling toilet sewage back up problem upstairs wafting through the walls toward the right back corner near the grill. The food was not able to mask the sewage odor. The waitress confirmed that during "certain parts of the day" you can smell it and that the bathroom is above the dining room. She did not offer to move us. We went to reception where the woman who has worked there 22 years acted surprised, complained about moving us and would not find a table for us NOT in the same dining area. We left! This is a health hazard and several tables are affected. That area not being closed off to the staff and customers is wrong.

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JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice place with ok service but when full the place is extremely loud. It’s very hard to have a conversation with your dinner guests.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was VERY GOOD. The place was very load and noisy, thus hard to have a conversation.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quick business breakfast

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Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bistro centrally located in Union Square but in walking distance from the Theater, Clubs, Nob Hill, Financial district. The food is consistently good, nice wine list, lively and fun bar, and great service. The only complaint one could have is the level of noise, but where is there quiet dinning? The booths are cosy and decor very European. I have been going for over 20 years and never disappointed in the dinning experience.

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