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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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (41)
Special Occasion (39)
Good for a Date (38)
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Casual (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Business Meals (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Comfort Food (22)
Authentic (22)
Fun (22)
People Watching (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Cozy (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Romantic (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Organic (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Has lost the ambience after renovating. Lighting is terribly bright and now feels like a cafeteria. I used to always come here when on biz in SF. I hope they will fix it!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

The restaurant offers great italian food and service. Excellent localization and also great choises of italian wines.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food and service was great. Very casual environment.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent service, great food, overall great experience.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Bench boot seats not anchored a d moves completely away when getting up. Noisy dining.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Natalie is amazing, besides the great food, ambience, and professional crew. Natalie is the reason we have been coming back for 21 years.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A truly classic SF bistro with lovely service. One of our favorites for many years. A great place to stop right off Union Square.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely space, and food was pretty good. Nothing special, but attentive service, and convenient location.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Zack gave us wonderful service- 6 ladies came to SF for a meeting. Catered to our special needs- Food delicious- meatballs, chicken- nice presentation- would definitely go again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

So grateful you are located near Union Square! We used to go to Kuleto's and simply cannot abide it there anymore. So sad. We walk up the hill and happily have all of our Union Square lunches at Scala's now!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

very small menu for brunch and if yo don't eat pork the menu gets really small. Cocktails are fair -

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Nice, knowledgeable waiter. Helped us find meals that fit our dietary needs.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Fantastic food and service.
Menu isn't massive but it's still hard to decide what to have as it all sounds so good. And tasted good too.
Good wine list. Really great wait staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We stop by before a concert and the food was yummy. Waiter was very attentive.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

ALWAYS have an excellent time at Scala's. Friendly staff who take extra care to make sure I don't eat anything with gluten since I'm Celiac. Everyone I've brought there is impressed with the delicious food and superior service.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is our favorite place. Perfect in every way. We love going to San Francisco for our anniversary and Scala's has been so generous as to provide us with complimentary special dessert several times which is also always delicious! Definitely recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Tried through and through. Always dependable and enjoyable. Over the past ten to twelve years I have never been displeased with the service or the food here. I shall return many times!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Scalia is back! With a new chef, a freshened menu, Scalia is a true Italian bistro with its great service and attention to detail fully restored. It is our go-to in SF.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Usual thoughtful service and timely attention. Much improved decor with lighter color tones giving the dining area a more open feel. Food was the usual high standard and I always look forward to dropping in for a cocktail or bite to eat.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

On a hot day in SF (108F) air conditioning was sub standard. Go there on a cooler day and its an all round 5*

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! The hostess, Natalie, and our waiter, Bruce, took very good care of us and made it a truly memorable dining experience. Old line Italian favorite dishes with re-imagined chef specials that will delight foodies.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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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