Scala's Bistro

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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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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful server

RF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Excellent food and great selection. Good service with responsive staff. Dessert menu was great

AD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Beautiful place, great service, but very loud and food was bland and unexciting. Not worth the money.

D
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went to dinner in between Harry Potter sessions. Good atmosphere; a little pricey. Food was okay - not exceptional for the price. Coffee was downright awful, had to send it back. Servers were exceptional... I was in a bad mood but he went out of his way to please me.

BR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We love Scala’s and have been going for over 25 years. This time we were very disappointed that the wine prices on bottles were astronomical compared to the retail price. They have gone to two carafes where you don’t know how old the wine is or even if the wine is what you ordered. The food and service was as fabulous as always. We will probably consider another place next time that has more reasonable wine prices .

JD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had to wait a long time even though we had a reservation, but they apologized and took care of us with personized management service! We had a 16 year old birthday and the service made up for the wait.
Thank you Scala's

S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Service staff was amazing. Very fun and friendly, which made our visit even more special. We had a lot of fun and also greatly enjoyed the food and ambiance.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious crab bisque, oysters Rockefeller and the 3 fish entree.... dessert was delectable as well. Highly recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and very professional wait staff.

s
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary with a special bottle wine from the date of our wedding. Seated at a table for two with a fabulous waiter who shared our love for wine. His service was attentive, efficient and fun. The food was fabulous as always.

Make a reservation. You will not be disappointed!

SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruce was our server and he was exceptional. He timed out meal perfectly so we could get back to the theatre. He suggested I order the porchetta and it was so delicious. Started with the fritto misto and it was crunchy with aromatic fennel; ended with the chocolate hazelnut budino which had a velvety texture. The atmosphere is lively. The hosts were also welcoming and had a great sense of humor. A San Francisco classic!

AG
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always ...a must do when in SF.

DM
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a scrumptious meal at Scala’s Bistro. There were 5 of us and everyone loved their starters and entrées. My starter was the Fall Salad (roasted squash and kale polyps with burrata, etc and is was very delicious). Service was excellent. Easily accommodated my mother’s wheelchair (no steps). Will definitely return.

AC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and I had a great dinner. Highly recommend and our waiter Vincent was great.

AH
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Disappointing. Hostess was snarky. Wait staff did best with little to work with.

C
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very delicious. I ordered pasta and coke. Linguini is very good. And server is friendly. So I enjoyed the food. I recommend to everyone.

AD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great surprise! we thought the menu was a little light on variety but it delivered on the quality .

MW
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff discovered it was an engagement celebration and went above and beyond! The food was amazing. The dessert was awesome! Great evening in San Francisco! Thank you!

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious and reasonably priced, great Italian food. Our server Bruce was wonderful and had a great sense of humor!

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

テーブルがバーコーナーだったので、少し落ち着かなかったです。

生牡蠣のソースが美味しいと、みんなが言っていました。

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Y
San Francisco
175 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Burratta on grilled bread and beets was fantastic. Margarita Pizza was great as was the ceasar salad. But for the dry chicken, I would have given a higher score.

SB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was nice. The food was very good. The waiter was very attentive and entertaining. He checked on us often but never rushed us and tried not to interrupt when we were having a conversation. I enjoyed Scala and would recommend it.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Regular place to eat if your hungry and don’t have so much time . Its like a fast food of pasta .

OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 7 of us and every dish was excellent! The pastas were wonderful. Salads very fresh. Our waiter was terrific, very knowledgeable and attentive, with a great personality. It was really a fun night.

JH
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food.
Noisy!
Superb service.
We were here last 9 years ago for a National Meeting and would return again in the future. Only issue was as the noise. Both of us had the salmon and were ecstatic with its presentation and taste. Portions appropriate but excessive.

CK
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone who works here is always so kind and welcoming. The service is phenomenal and the food is always delicious. Definitely one of our favorite places to eat when we're in the city!

KT
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Scala’s Bistro was a nice meal. Food was tasty! Ambiance and service was good, too.

f
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It’s not really Italian food, it’s lije a cafe. Server said the Italian menu is only during the week. Disappointed to see only 1 pasta dish on their menu

E
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Have been there several time while being in San Francisco. This time we were not pleased with the menu selections and the quality of the food was not up to past standards.

j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's amazing how Scala's is so consistent on all counts and for all these years. Besides the food, their employees are exceptional!

MD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. The octopus and meatballs were a great way to start. Good wine selection but pretty pricey with the cheapest bottles in the $60’s. Atmosphere was very traditional but rather noisy.

m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Scalas. It's our go to when visiting the city for shopping or a show.

AG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere and beautifully set up.Vincent is amazing. very knowledgeable. I live in SF however my nephew and his family live in the San Joaquin Valley. I want them to really know SF thats how I can to invite them to Scalas for dinner. I am the aunt and the tour guide. Vincent is amazing. very knowledgeable on everything we ask. "Who is the General Manager; What is the average income for an Executive Chef in SF; what is the difference between a Maître D’ and a hostess.."and by the way Nathaly is Awesome!

The oysters as well as the appetizer that my nephew and his girlfriend ordered were splendid. My salmon dish was GREAT! My nephew and his girlfriend enjoyed their meals. We were celebrating the kids 11th year Anniversary. They have been a couple since high school. Alina Rose is 19 months. These 3 are some of my favorite people and it was a pleasure to have celebrated their 11th year anniversary at Scala's Bistro.

I will definitely return.

LF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly outstanding dining experience. From the friendly check-in to amazing custom cocktails, an excellent meal ending in a delicious dessert. See you next time. Thank you.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the housemade chocolates. they were spectacular and just the right amount for a small desert.

RL
San Francisco
297 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very good as was the tasty Radiatore with beef and pork bolognese, a dish worth coming back for.

PS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each year for the past 4 years we come up to San Francisco from Palm Springs and during our stay we make our way to Scala. Not only is the food terrific we look forward to our waiter Bruce who has a phenomenal memory remembering us year after year and besides his memory he is very attentive and knows the menu inside out. He is truly a delight to have as a waiter and an asset to Scala Bistro for making our evening memorable.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fantastic food and nice ambiance! A real gem!!!! Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, service was somewhat spotty.

P
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and even better food! Friendly server too! Our go to Italian in SF