Scala's Bistro

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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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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

H
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

PP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but they unfortunately sold out of the special by 630:(

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

HA
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was attentive. Food was very good.

SD
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day!😍

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is good!

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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!

EG
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 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!

SS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Sacramento
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 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!!!

D
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 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.

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GR
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!

GR
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, felt special and at home.

T
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and outstanding food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Server was MIA. Will not be returning.

F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Seats to tight. Food was good service was Ok

C
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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.

SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scala's is a longtime, after-theater favorite. The menu is a mix of new and seasonal treats and old favorites. The cocktails are fabulous. The service is warm and attentive, never rushed. I love this place.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere .Delicious Food!

MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great food! Super great service! Very energetic city vibe with high noise level. I need to remember to ask to be seated in the bar area as it is a bit quieter.

b
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

G
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were a party of 7. Got there early and were seated very quickly at opening at 5:15. I think basically what I think is that the service was great, but I did not think it was a two $ priced place. It came out to about $85 each, including drinks, etc. The appetizers and entrees were good. Just good. But too much food for a classic real Italian restaurant. The waiter should have warned us that we could get away with at least 1/3 less food, and share. I felt I paid too much. We were between Harry Potter shows so could not take leftovers. And though the food was good, I was not knocked out. So I would recommend it, given some shortcomings that I am mentioning. Order light unless you're a big eater. My sister, who is not a fancy eater, got a mushroom pizza, and it really was not good. I should have refused it. But the lamb shank was good. The waiter said my salmon might be on the rare side ordered medium, but it was not -- a little dry. So I guess I am somewhat so-so in the end.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud group of Young men at next table were insufferable

SF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very nice experience at Scala’s, got to the restaurant earlier than our reservations, no problem. Host person was very nice and that it was no problem to sit us early. We first sat at the bar for a few minutes, bartender was friendly, then we were shown to our table with a nice friendly wait person taking our order and tell us about the specials. Overall a nice evening with good food.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely accommodating is an understatement. Outstanding foo.

S
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I visit this restaurant every time that I come to SF. It is consistently good. This time the food was OK, but the service was perfect. I ordered the ravioli, and it was average. Next time, I will order something else on the menu.

JG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our waitress was horrible, she was hard to find.

R
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

All in all it was good we had to wait a long time to get water refill and we could barely ear each other without shouting

JH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

What a mistake!!!

We were set at a tiny table (5 people) , we could not hear each other due to the noise and the service was terrible

Stay away!!

LE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I ordered the crab pasta, after all it’s crab season. The pasta came it was swimming in a butter sauce and minced crab with other ingredients. For the price there should have been some large crabmeat on it. Very disappointing. My friend ordered a meat pasta that was overly salted. The Caesar was delicious! The waiter was completely inattentive. We ordered 2 glasses of wine and got one, we asked for parmesan cheese and waited and waited. I brought out of town guests there. I was so disappointed, i will never go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was amazing as was the food.

HZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Amazing food. Our server Bruce was just the best! Can highly recommend it. We'll be back soon again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good service, great food. Beautiful ambiance. Right by Union Square. Great place for a special occasion.