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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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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
Sunday – Thursday, 5:15pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 5:15pm – 11:00pm
Post and Sutter
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.
Parking is $12.00 for 3 hours and $4.00 every half hour after that.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
Great Italian option in the Union Square Area. While it has been a 'go-to' breakfast spot for years, this occasion was a business lunch. The Burrata was outstanding, and the chicken and salmon dishes were excellent. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner - a highly recommended option.
This place definitely dated look and couple have been nicer but really harsh lighting. For was absolutely terrible. We both had the rigatoni bolognese and it tasted really horrible. Like leftovers way past throwing out. Worst I've ever had. The server was nice enough (when he finally came by) and comped on meal. But it was the same entree! Anyway, never again!
In SF for the weekend; this restaurant was recommended by a SF native and described it as "always my fave for pasta and Italian"; she was right; excellent service from those hostess to waiter and other waitstaff; excellent recommendations by the waiter; will definitely return on another visit to SF.
Union Square isn't really known for dining options but Scala is a spot you can always depend on for good food. I've eaten there several times over the last few months and have been pleased with the food and experience. The service is attentive without being intrusive. Menu options should please a wide variety of tastes. Our food was excellent and nicely presented. Prices seem in line with other dining opportunities in the area.
At one time it was charming, though a bit too noisy. A recent remodel stripped most of its charm and character. They replaced intimate lighting which was at many of the tables with generic globe lighting, which is way too bright. They replaced part of the great tin-type ceiling with a design which is more plain.
Scala's could have, and should have, done something to reduce the noise level when they remodeled. They did just the opposite. It is now even noisier.
The food is still good, but somehow is not as enjoyable, due to the ambience.
We were greated warmly and seated quichly. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive, making useful suggestions and frequently checking on us. We had the ravioli, mushroom pizza and lemon silk pie desserts. All were delicious and we really enjoyed our experience. We highly recommend La Scala.
We were disappointed in our meal. The salad was just ok, the ravioli didn't have much flavor and the porchetta was not that good. For the price it was definitely not worth it. The service was efficient, but the waiter wasn't very friendly or personable. Overall, certainly not a special meal.
We had a delightful time at Scala's Bistro. We arrived early, but it was a treat to watch the hostess handle the crowd with authority and finesse. The Parmesan budino and Caesar salad wre both top-notch, as were the panzanella salad and ravioli. Our server suggested I try both sauces on the ravioli, and I'm glad she did. We were first timers at Scala's but felt right at home. A busy and fun atmosphere with delicious choices.
The place was very busy Friday evening and the wait staff did an exceptional job taking care of us. The appetizers, food and drinks were all amazing. Both our waitress and the rest of the staff were very attentive. My only complaint would be that the noise in the restaurant was very loud.
We had dinner reservations on a Friday night. We were seated promptly but unfortunately we're forgotten about for about 20'mins.
Food was good and priced appropriately for the city.
Waiters seemed disgruntled / hurried. We weren't checked in on until we finished our plates. I would've loved to have another beer but the opportunity never occurred to order anything additional.
We waited for our check for quite a while as well. If service would've been better wouldn't given a 4 star overall
This was a disappointment! While the waiter was excellent the food took way too long to arrive and my eggs benedict were barely cooked even though I had asked them to be "well done". The noise level was amazingly high which I hadn't noticed in other visits. Overall the food and the ambiance were downgraded because of the noise and the lack of attention to details on the order.
Not a very good meal. I enjoy cooking and do a lot of "farm to table" in my home. The fennel and rosemary on the porcetta taste stale, which seriously affected the overall experience.
The octopus appetizer was good. The octopus was cooked properly, and the sauce added a nice kick to it.
I had their burger. It was perfectly done. I asked for crispy fries, they to were perfect. We got a side of cauliflower it had little heat to it... very good. So, with 2 burgers, 2 glasses of wine plus a side, the bill was 87$. So not for the faint of heart.
Glad we had a reservation. Line out the door when we got there. We were seated promptly, asked about drinks and had menus in hand. Waitress was very pleasant, described dishes and answered question. Having recently returned from Italy appreciated that the food matched our experience there. As crowded as it was, we never felt rushed or ignored. We split the melon appetizer. It was fresh, crisp and a nice variety of melon. My wife had the linguini with clams. She was very pleased. I had the Rigatoni with Pork & beef bolognese and was very happy with it.
I have been dining at Scala's for over 20 years and it's one of my favourite restaurants to take friends from out of town or for a date - unfortunately the lightning has been drastically changed for the worse, with overly bright round lights which make the formerly elegant room feel like a diner. Nothing wrong with diners (I love them) but Scalas is not a diner and the lighting needs to be changed to make the room more like it was before. The service and food were excellent, but my friend and I both agreed we won't come back until the lighting brings back the ambiance it had before.
My husband and I had dinner at Scala's prior to a show and it couldn't have been better. They make their own bread from scratch and it was so fresh and soft. We shared a Caesar salad which may have been the best we've had. No anchovies laying across the top, but chopped up and mixed in the dressing in such a way that you actually tasted the bold hit of flavor. I wanted the recipe. I ordered the half roasted chicken, smashed potatoes with spinach and it couldn't have been any better. My husband had the salmon with soft polenta topped with fresh corn and cherry tomatoes that had been roasted. We are already talking about going back. Our server, Enrique, was on top of everything and as cute as a button.
Simply superb food and completely delightful service. I am allergic to garlic; often this severely limits my options. Not at Scala's Bistro: the delicate, delicious chilled avocado and cucumber soup was garlic-free, and they prepared a delectable lemon cream pasta just for me. This cheerful willingness to assure I ate well showed their devotion to service and their pride in their culinary art. Too often, restaurant kitchens more or less tell me I'm on my own and out of luck.
Our waiter was also charming, polite, good-humored, capable, and very efficient. He made everything even betters.
Altogether this was a wonderful dining experience, and I will surely return the next time I am in San Francisco, to have another Bellini and another memorable meal!
Our experience at Scala's was mixed. The food was tasty and our server was a very pleasant and professional waiter; however, the restaurant was extremely noisy, and the wait staff were overwhelmed with meeting the needs of the tables that they had, resulting in long delays. Overall the noise level and high prices made the experience low value for money. Can't say that I'd recommend it.
Wow! We visited San Francisco and the first night we needed an easy, no hassle meal so we stopped in since it was attached to the hotel. We were blown away! I had a burrata salad and the porchetta and both were amazing. My husband had a ceasar salad and pasta bolognese. Simple preparations that were all perfectly prepared. Since the restaurant was hooked to our hotel we had breakfast here 3 times and it was all great. We also went back one more time for dinner - fettucini was excellent! Every meal was awesome! Special thanks to TJ, Mary, Aya, and Travis! You all made us feel like locals and we will definitely be back.
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