About Scala's Bistro

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.

432 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7:00am to 10:30am - Monday - Friday
Weekend Breakfast: 8:00am to 11:30am - Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm - Saturday and Sunday
Lunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm - Daily
Light Fare: 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Daily
Dinner Hours:
Sunday – Thursday, 5:15pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:15pm – 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Post and Sutter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 395-8555

Website:
http://www.scalasbistro.com/

Catering:

We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.

Parking Details:
Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.

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.

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Sherry Bastani for any private dining needs at 415-395-8552 or sherry.bastani@scalasbistro.com

Private Dining

In bustling Union Square, Scala’s accessibility makes it the ideal destination for local and out-of-town guests. Whether you are planning a corporate lunch, rehearsal dinner, or celebratory reception Scala’s Bistro has the perfect space.

Scala's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Good for a Date (52)
Pre/post Theatre (47)
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Casual (38)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Great for Lunch (34)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Groups (29)
People Watching (28)
Business Meals (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Romantic (25)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Bar Seating (21)
Fun (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Authentic (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Scenic View (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Organic (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Ordered the bacon and egg sandwich. The roll was so stale, it was rock hard. Practically not aioli to soften it. I couldn't eat it. The bacon was tough, the egg overcooked, the potatoes soggy. I've had better breakfast sandwiches at McDonalds and Starbucks. Do not recommend for brunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

The Hostess welcomed us and we were seated immediately. Our server was able to explain a few dishes and accommodate a request to add pasta to the appetizer meatballs.
We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, spinach budino - very rich, 3 giant scallops spiedini, and the meatballs (3 huge ones) with a side of pasta. The staff acknowledged our anniversary dinner date and gave us a complimentary dessert. Very professional and kind service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Very yummy. Meatballs and sauce for appetizers were delicious! Good wine selection. My son got risotto and said it was “ok” but I got the rigi with meat sauce and it was decadent. Big portions, neither of us could finish. We had table by the window which was perfect, anywhere else may have been too noisy. Service was good, would definitely go back!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a wonderful experience celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. The food was incredible and the service was amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a great evening. Our food was great and our server was amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Scala's Bistro has good food and is centrally located in downtown San Francisco, close to theaters and a night out on the town. We had great service but I do think that $100. for a plate of pasta, a small pizza and two glasses of wine plus a small cappuccino is a lot of money!

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent but it was way too expensive. The service was average, and the kitchen was a little delayed due to valentines.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time to Scala. The food was very good and service excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great as usual
Our annual sF visit
The lovely woman at the front desk is always a pleasure to see and chat with

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Wine list states incorrect vintage. Pricing and vintage should reflect appropriately.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

It was my first time coming to this restaurant and it was amazing the service was great and the food was great. If you want to come here I recommend it and bring money and not so pricey but worth to try. Thank you for a good service Meghan

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

It is convenient to shopping and my favorite hotel and I love the historic building.
I have been going there for many years... every time I visit SF.
Menu has changed and I am missing some of my favorites, though

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

Our service was outstanding, delightful wait staff, but the lobster risotto was very disappointing. No flavor! The meatballs and red sauce, outstanding!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We booked La Scala for an anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. Our special occasion was noted and we were given a window seat and in San Francisco that's priceless! Our waiter, Jeremy, was knowledgeable about all areas of the menu and wine list. We had a great Caesar said and the mist delicious rigatoni I've had in years with a meat sauce without tomatoes! And we were gifted with dessert. Overall, one of our best meals in recent history and best service all weekend. We will return again and again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants, never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We came for lunch Saturday and found it pretty easy to enjoy a leisurely meal. I had the portabello mushroom sandwich and my hubby had the rigatoni. Nice place to watch people going up and down Powell Street.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

From the Hostess (very efficient, friendly and professional) to the food, everything was excellent. As a tourist in San Francisco I would recommend Scala’s. The clientele was a good mix of local professionals and tourists as it’s right off Union Square. All 3 courses we chose (pear salad, pastas and budino) were delicious. Service was very good. Book in advance if possible.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Got together with someone I hadn't seen in more than 20 years; wanted a place centrally located and offering a variety of tasty fare. Scala's was just what we needed -- both of us enjoyed our meals very much, and the environment was perfect for catching up ... the maître d' even placed us at a window table, so we had a good view of the passing scene.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The Food was o'k for some, not so good for others. The ravioli was overcooked, and the Marinara was bland. The appetizers arrived late, and at the same time as the entrees. Appetizers were cold (not supposed to be). If we hadn't been so hungry and already waited for so long we would have left. The Maitre'D was charming....bright spot of the restaurant. Will not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was quick and prompt and the waiter was very keen on making sure my dietary needs were met regarding dairy free options.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We eat there a couple of times per year. We always sit at a high top in the bar area. Real nice atmosphere. Food always good. Nice wine choices.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The cocktail and Caesar salad were great! Bolognese was blah and the fettuccine with clams way too spicy to have with our pinot noir. Had to order a glass of white for myself and still it was too hot. The service is quick and responsive but our waiter was kind of brusque. Not at all friendly and when I mentioned how spicy my fish was, he said “the menu mentions it has peppers”. True but rude I thought. So no I wouldn’t recommend. I feel bad because I really wanted to like this place especially the food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent food. Excellent service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We have been to this restaurant before, had forgotten how great it is. The ravioli is sumptuous, the waiters suggestion of half and half sauce choice was really terrific.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service. Food was well presented and good.
I loved the retro feel. Good wine and cocktails. Bartender very accommodating.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good dining option before or after theater at the Geary, Curren and other Union Square area theaters. Professional and accommodating wait staff and fresh, local ingredients.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Delicious!! Ordered the fettuccine special which has caviar on top. The pairing went well. Service was on point as well.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 22, 2018

One of our absolute favorite restaurants in San Francisco. The pasta is perfection - you will not be disappointed! I would suggest reservations - it's always busy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great location, wait staff and menu. The meatballs in marinara were exceptional.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Food was wonderful. Table position was horrible. No server showed up at the table for 20 minutes.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Four of us celebrated a late Christmas here in January while I was staying at the St. Francis. It was perfect.From the minute we walked in we knew we were in for a great night. Our waiter, wish I had his name, was just terrific. Took care of my sister's gluten free needs easily and watched out for her the whole meal (pointing out what had gluten and what didn't in the appetizers and took anything with gluten out of her salad and meal). The food was fabulous, the rose cremant a steal and perfect with our meal and our booth cozy. I came down for breakfast the next day. I would eat here again next time I am in the city. The menu is varied enough to find something for everyone which is a real plus

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Waiter was rude. food not really good. very loud in the restaurant.

No Thank you.

Good Luck

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We came for a quiet evening after a busy business trip, and enjoyed our dinner and ambiance. We got the great table we requested and had excellent service, nice meal, and could walk back to the Union Square hotel we were in. Wonderful!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is delish. It was a bit noisy, but overall great place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Disappointing at best.

I’m assuming this is a California thing next w to cut costs that Saturday is now brunch with an extremely limited menu.

I grew up in a San Francisco where brunch was a big Sunday thing. Paying over $100 for brunch for two does not cut it with me.

Very noisy and cold if seated in line with the door.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A warm, cozy experience.
Terrific service of wonderful cuisine and libations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 19, 2018

You MUST try the Parmesan budino! It was sooooo delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I love Scala’s! It is casual old school San Francisco with great food. I have been many times and it is always terrific. A San Francisco’s standard

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Scala’s is a long time favorite. This time was just ok...food and service and wine. Acceptable, but not up to my other experiences here.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Loved it!!

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