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Scala's Bistro

432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
+1 415-395-8555
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Price range: $12 - $30
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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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Ottawa
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Arrived on a very busy Sunday night. Were told we had a 45 min wait; decided to wait and were given a high table in only about 5 minutes. Nice buzzy atmosphere. Good salad and clams and linguine.

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

Dear toerist, Thank you for the kind words. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that we were able to get you faster then expected. Thanks for taking the time to write. Best, Sherry Bastani Restaurant Manager More

Mission Viejo, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I was recently in San Francisco on a business trip and Scala's was recommended by the hotel concierge. The Trip Advisor reviews looked good and so we thought, why not? One of the reviews said that they make the best french fries/pommes frites, and my two dinner companions agreed. They really enjoyed them and even talked about them later in... More

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

Dear Miss Ellie, Thank you for the kind words. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Also, thank you for the feed back regarding your chicken entree and the broccoli rabe, I will make sure to pass it along to our culinary team. Thanks for taking the time to write and we do hope... More

Riverside, CA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My group of three was staying at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, so Scala's was very convenient (it's off the lobby). They graciously accommodated us without a reservation, which was much-appreciated. The food got mixed reviews. My soup was amazing! The sausage and kale was brought in the bowl. At first, I thought it was unusually dry. Then, the server... More

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

Dear Raymond, Thank you for your feedback. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us but disappointed that your dinner companions did not. Your comments were much appreciated and I will make sure to share them with our chef. Thanks for taking the time to write. More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the lovely folks at The Inn on Union Square. It was by far, the BEST meal of our trip. We asked our server to recommend menu items and he did not disappoint. Everything we ate was amazing: I started with Heirloom Tomato Soup. My husband raved over his salad with strawberries and almonds. We both... More

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

Dear Shabby, Thank you so much for the kind words you posted. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We always aim to create a memorable experience for our guests and I am pleased to know that we were able to do that for you. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We visited Scala's one evening during our three nights in the city. We picked it because if was close to our hotel but must say we were really pleased. We had a great meal, I thought the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere. We did not have a reservation, but they were able to fit us in. The only comment I... More

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

Dear Matt, Thank you for the kind words you posted. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope to see you again the next time you are in San Francisco. Best, Sherry Bastani Restaurant Manager More

Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Went here for dinner with my wife and two children. The staff was very nice and the food was great. My wife had the steak and I had the caesar salad. We ordered the ravioli for the children. Also had a nice glass of red wine. For dessert we had the strawberry cake and some chocolate dish that I can't... More

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

Dear Eddy, Thank you for taking the time write. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meat and that we were able to show you and your family a good time. Thanks again for the kind words and we hope to see you the next time you are in San Francisco. Best, Sherry Bastani Restaurant Manager More

Lethbridge, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited Scala's twice on our five day trip. The first time was in the evening the day we arrived. We had the mussels and fries - and it was fantastic! Best fries we have ever eaten! The second time was to celebrate our anniversary a couple of days later. The dinner menu had Happy Anniversary written on it! Again... More

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

Dear Leslie, Thank you so much for the kind words. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We always aim to create a memorable experience for our guest and I'm please to know that we were able to do that for you on a special day. Thanks for taking the time to write and... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Nice staff, good food. A ricotta, fig and procuitto appetizer with grilled country bread that was out of control delicious!!

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

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

charlotte, nc
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Scala' is located downtown San Francisco, just off Union Square. Very popular so a reservation is recommended. The atmosphere is old school and a bit dark but the food is very good and moderately priced for San Francisco. It is a bit noisey so conversation can be challenging. I had a Caesar Salad which was excellent and we then had... More

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

Dear Matt, Thank you for taking the time to write. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and just as pleased that you loved our Bostini "Boston Cream Pie". That dessert has been a staple in our restaurant since the beginning. Thanks for the kind words and we hope to see you again the next... More

San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant has some of THE most delicious food in a city known for its gourmet selections. Every time we go, the service is impeccable--attentive but not pushy, helpful but respectful of individual tastes and budgets. We have been coming to this restaurant for seven years, and the same young woman greets us at the door every time. She is... More

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

Dear Trish, Thank you so much for the kind words you posted. I am very happy to hear that you enjoy your time with us at each visit. With a restaurant as old as we are consistency becomes very important, especially to our guests. It means a lot to know that you have been coming here for seven years and... More

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