Scala's Bistro

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5109 reviews
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Italian
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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great birthday dinner here. Staff is pleasant and attentive. Food is delicious. I had an amazing mushroom and prosciutto pizza with an absolutely perfect thin crust. Will return next time we visit SF

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostes and waiter (Jesse) were fantastic!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a business lunch and the restaurant made sure we had the ability’s to discuss business and get a great meal.

Great staff.
Food was very good.
Highly recommend for key client lunches.

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KT
Birmingham
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, very attentive service and beautiful ambiance.

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MI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Didn’t love it. The food was average.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

10/10 food - seriously. But server was a little slow and wouldn’t look at me when I needed her attention.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We would go back!

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Scala’s. Service is always great. Food is good and it’s cozy there. I like it’s steps away from the main Union Square area and right next to Saks.
My favorite is theBoston Cream Pie.... Yummy!!!!

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PF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. Service is premier.
My favorite is the carpaccio, and linguini with clams, the pork chop and Calamari.

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SF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The short ribs were outstanding. The pork chop was very good too!!

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GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waiter was fantastic!! We shared items and each one was great!! We started with the Beet Salad and Beef Carpaccio - so good!! Then we shared the Margherita Pizza and the Pork Chops - delicious! We were stuffed but went for the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Budino - it was worth every calorie!!

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DD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Average food at best, expensive thought it would be a little bit of an Italian restaurant but it was American mostly. Beet salad was poorly prepared and dressing was light in flavor. Pizza was average. Would never go back

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l
Singapore
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, attentive service. Pork chop is great

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here before and enjoyed it. This trip to S.F. we stayed across the street so Scala's was a three minute walk from the hotel. Made dinner reservations on OpenTable. Confirmed via the e-mail we go the day before. Service was outstanding. Loved the food. Great bar. Enjoyed dinner so much that we went back the next morning for breakfast before heading for home.

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AL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is acceptable albeit obviously priced for the tourist market. Location is excellent. Service was very good. Noise level was horrible.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonesy provides amazing service!!!

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BP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looked, felt just as expected. Excellent service. Food was fine

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CK
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve eaten at Scala much times and it’s good value for the money.

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fast, friendly service - good food for a reasonable price

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Large party made it really loud and impossible to have conversations

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YY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely would come back! So happy to have found this place.

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ME
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from the moment we entered! Our waiter, Bruce, was wonderful and recommended excellent wine pairings for our meal. Many delightful dishes to choose from and serving sizes were just right for appetizers and pasta items we chose. Easy walk from Powell St. BART.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went there for Saturday lunch and they only serve a limited brunch menu.
After 15 years having lunch there 6 x year this was a total disaster and we will have to look for a new place for future visits to SF

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Scala’s I have been going to this restaurant for over 20 years! Work meetings, family bday celebration’s ! Food very consistent service always excellent!!

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MK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant!!! Overall ambiance is perfect clean and well maintained! Service was perfect friendly courteous attentive and helped explain menu items in detail and made recommendations that were spot on!!!! Food was amazing super rich and flavorful totally impressed by the diversity of the menu and the quality of the food! I’m only sad that I’m visiting San Francisco and can’t eat there again SOON!

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LT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

As you can see, I gave only 2 stars for service. Our server did not know when to stop with his silly jokes. We are having a business lunch and didn't appreciate being interrupted so often by his jokes. We like engaging with servers with a sense of humor-but they also need to know when to stop.

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ND
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dining experience. There was more than enough food and it was very fresh and flavorful.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and had a wonderful experience! First, we were greeted with champagne. Our waiter was kind, attentive, and very informative with the food and wine options. My fiancé has dietary restrictions and he was more than accommodating to ensure he spoke with the chef and shared if certain food items included things she could not eat. The food was incredible and beautifully presented. This restaurant is highly recommended for a fantastic fine dining experience.

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c
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

we always come to Scala's when we come to San Francisco.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Decent food for the price. The service was a bit inattentive, and the restaurant is not very accommodating of substitutes.

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JT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The linguine and clams were delicious! We didn’t care for the veggie deep fried appetizer. It tasted just like oil.

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e
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant with good food and service

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KB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience...and will definitely be back!

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PR
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not what it used to be. Mediocre

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was a special birthday dinner that I had set up for a dear friend. I informed the restaurant that I would like a special dessert to be presented at the end of our meal. She received a stale strawberry shortcake with a kid’s candle on it. Ho hum - very banal. Service was a bit slow. The pasta special was greasy and the salad had no dressing on it. The only good thing about the meal was the olive oil and bread. It’s not inexpensive and it’s not very good.

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RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately the old menu has changed, very low staffed and while we had a previous reservation the hostess wanted to seat us in the bar with a minor! Will never go back again

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HE
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was beautiful and we loved how it connected with the hotel next door (Sir Frances Drake) but it was extremely expensive for the food we purchased-each person in our party of 4 had pasta. I definitely think we paid more for the location and environment of the restaurant than we did for food.

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k
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I dined at Scala's for lunch before the theater matinee. It was abnormally hot outside and we were wary of no air conditioning but it was fine. The place was not full and we could eat, talk and relax until we needed to leave. The waiter was excellent - just enough information to help us decide what to eat and he checked back to see how we were doing and to refill our ice tea. We shared the carpaccio appetizer which had an arugula pesto and the capers were toasted which made the whole delicious. We also shared a cobb salad which was large with warm, just cooked chicken breast, fresh greens, and all the other ingredients one would expect. Definitely recommend for lunch. they also have good Arnold Palmer's!

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RK
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The only reason the ambience was not a 5 star was because it was unusually hot and the air conditioner was not working wel. Otherwise I would highly recommend. The pasta is homemade and melts in your mouth

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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