Scala's Bistro

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***Temporarily Closed***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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4.3
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4.2
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EastBayGirl
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We were really looking forward to coming here having scouted it out in the past, wanting some good Italian in a friendly atmosphere. But there was a large party of about 40 when we walked in, which was very, very loud, boisterous and shouting out at times so we could barely hear each other speak. At first they sat us at a very small table close to that table and after asking to move put us at a larger table but even closer. We decided to leave but they offered us a third table further away but still the noise was deafening. They encouraged us to stay by saying they would try to move the large party to a private room or would tell them to be quieter but neither happened. We could barely hear each other talk so it wasn't the kind of atmosphere we wanted. Really wished they had just apologized, maybe offered us a free drink and suggested we come back another time. We bought our drinks and paid for them ourselves and the wine wasn't all that good either. Doubt we'll come back now. Okay if want to be in a bar scene with loud people drinking and oblivious to those around them, but if you want a date night dinner out, would not recommend it.

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vipmperk
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience at Scala’s from the gracious hostess to the wait staff. It was a special occasion ( wedding anniversary) which I noted in the reservation. We were greeted warmly with congratulations and recipients a lovely celebratory dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We all loved almost all of our food, however the Cauliflower soup was over seasoned, I couldn’t taste the cauliflower and it was almost brown in color, I expected a lighter white creamy color, kind of unappetizing.

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BILLIEC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

server with very polite and explained very meal we were asking about? The food was great and the restaurant was quiet. Plan to go there before every Broadway Production.

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JaneM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience at Scala’s Bistro was very good. The food was very good especially the pasta with fresh crab. The service was attentive, she didn’t try to rush us even though we were there more than 2 and 1/2 hrs. The Bostonians for desert isn’t as good as it used to be but still good. One complaint is the cost. In addition to increase in prices for the food and tip tacking on other charges makes dining here very expensive. Reinforces staying in the East bay to dine.

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vipfoodie001
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We wanted to book somewhere close to our hotel, we were not disappointed with this restaurant. Only a 5-0 min walk. It was a Wednesday night , a bit late, 7:45 pm, they had plenty of open tables. We were seated right a way. The wine we had was excellent. We had a few questions for our waiter, who had no problem telling us how the artichoke was prepared. We went for the asparagus ( a side dish) as an appetizer. The asparagus were the big , juicy kind, prepared excellently. I had the Caesar salad & a frito misto ( 2 appetizers) but the serving size was big. Enough for 3 to share. Needless to say, my husband & I were well fed.
The only thing at the end of the night was the bill. There was the SFO Health Mandate tax an extra 4%, then the gratuity, then the city tax. In total of 3 taxes on top of the food charge. As a tourist we were felt a bit ripped off, but what can a tourist do? The waiter said some restaurants would put the health tax in the food cost ( hidden tax) but now we know why the food costs is priced what it is.

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TaigaT
London
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant as our last itinerary of our America trip.
We had a soup, pasta, fritto and they were really awesome, especially the pasta was the best I've ever eaten.

What's more, I was touched by their thankful services.
My girl friend had stomachache at that time then they gave her a cup of hot water and cared so much.

To sum up, I strongly recommend this restaurant both for couples and families!

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SpqSpq
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times over many years. It is consistently excellent.

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ToddK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scala’s is a beautiful upscale restaurant. I loved their specialty cocktails, and everything food wise was great. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs (although a bit over-smiley) and all of my needs were met, and then some! Would most certainly come back, even if just for drinks

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vipLovegoodfood
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I always have an amazing time at Scala’s! I go almost every time I am in San Francisco. The food is delicious and the servers are so kind. I would reccomend this restaurant to anyone in SF!

AJ
AnneJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The main dishes were very good but the sides of vegetables were overdone. Great service and ambiance! I will continue to go there!

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ZMd1234567
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Slow service, expensive and not that tasty. Low value for the buck

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PS33110
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was amazing. Food was great.

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KathleenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought our friend a special birthday dessert!

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RobinB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AndreaS
London
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
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.

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vipHbrasil
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
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.

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PastaPete
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Kerimac
New York Area
4 reviews