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Scala's Bistro

432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
+1 415-395-8555
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Ranked #370 of 4,930 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American, French, Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Post and Sutter
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Came here for breakfast. Asked for fried egg whites. Apparently too difficult and egg whites can only be scrambled. I was told they could only fry eggs if the yolk was present. The oddest thing I've ever heard - when it comes to eggs. Had scrambled. Was fine but the presentation was awful. It was dumped on a side plate.... More

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Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

We'd been out all day, Alcatraz then biking the Golden Gate Bridge, when we turned up at Scala's. We were sweaty and bedraggled so when we walked in and saw lots of smartly dressed folk out for a posh meal we almost walked out again. However the woman at the desk immediately made us welcome and said she'd have a... More

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Moultrie, GA
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124 reviews 124 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Could not asked for a better time and dinner. Scala's was recommended to us by a former employee. Everything was delicious. The host and the waitress made us feel like part of there family.

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Adelaide, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A busy place but they play the game of leaving seats empty to make people queue, having got past that service was good, food pretty good but over done with too many flavours rather than letting the produce speak for it self, but worth a visit

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I went with my lady friend and two other couples for lunch. The server was terrific and had the patience of Job, dealing with this bunch. My octopus salad was terrific. The margherita pizzas ordered by the other two men was thought to be pre-made with not much to recommend them. My lady friend's arugula salad with peaches was a... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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140 reviews 140 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stopped in at 3pm...had a terrific experience! All the staff were at full speed and the kitchen was hopping. We had one of the best waiters we have experienced in many years. Absolute skill in handling the whole experience. Wine, salad, entree and desert were excellent...but the service was even better. Great experience. So much that we had to stop... More

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sherry b, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Greatfood4ever, Thank you so much for the kind words you posted. I am delight to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that your server both times was able to enhance that experience. We always aim to create a memorable time for our guests and I am happy that we were able to do that for you.... More

Sacramento
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On a recent business trip to SF, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite city restaurants. Located just off Union Square on Powell headed to Sutter St., this bistro never disappoints in their food and bar service. Seating in the bar at raised tables for one to four provides a relaxed atmosphere for a cocktail and pizza.... More

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sherry b, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear tbgranite, Thank you for the kind words you posted. I love hearing that we are your go to place in San Francisco. I am also, very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Orecchiette with the spicy sausage, it's one of our staples here and one of my favorite past dishes. Thanks for taking the time to write and... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great restaurant, friendly and forthcoming staff, wonderful food and wine. I was there for a quick meal: a delicious selection of dried meats with fresh melon and amazingly pickled vegetables, followed by spaghetti with pesto and tomatoes but this wasn't just spaghetti, this was home-made taglerini, cooked to a wonderfully al dente bite and the pesto - equally home-made -... More

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sherry b, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Ella, Thank you so much for the kind words. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us from the food to the service. We always aim to create a memorable experience for our guests and I glad we were able to do just that for you. Thanks for taking the time to write and... More

north carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

had very nice lunch and were out in less than an hour on a monday. mix of travelers and business folks.

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sherry b, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Orchidguy, Thank you for taking the time to write. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you will visit us again the next time you find yourself in San Francisco. Best, Sherry Bastani Restaurant Manager More

San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The lunch special at Scala's is fantastic. The price for 3 courses is $25.00. I had the cold avocado and watermelon soup to start which was a perfect summer dish. My second course was the Ravioli which is light and delicious. I ordered it with 1/2 lemon cream sauce and 1/2 marinara sauce. I finished with the Scala version of... More

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sherry b, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Traveltattle, Thank you for the kind words you posted. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed both your meal and your service. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Sherry Bastani Restaurant Manager More

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