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Scala's Bistro

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432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504 (Post and Sutter)
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.
+1 415-395-8555
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3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Scala's Bistro: A Class Act

Scala's is determinedly Italian, starting with the hostess and right down to the runners. We had a late night meal there after an opera performance. It's a noisy place, but the noise is at least partly due to the joy of eating good food. We ate just salads and pasta considering the hour, but they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Davis, CA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Davis, CA
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Scala's is determinedly Italian, starting with the hostess and right down to the runners. We had a late night meal there after an opera performance. It's a noisy place, but the noise is at least partly due to the joy of eating good food. We ate just salads and pasta considering the hour, but they were first rate. I had... More 

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Pasadena, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Crab crostini was great and so was the charcuterie. The Bell Weather Farm ricotta was suberb. Pass on the linguine with clam sauce.

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Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

After spending a week in San Francisco we decided on a whim to eat at the hotel restuarant on our last night . Our waiter was wonderfull , so friendly and welcoming ! The ambiance fantastic , busy but with old style comfort and hospitality . The food was great too , we had the fritto misto , a wonderfull... More 

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

Dear Scrumptydumpty, Thank you for your kind words. I am very delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that your server was able to add to your expereince. Thanks for choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to write. Best, Sherry Bastani More 

Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake and dined here for breakfast and dinner. Both were really fantastic. Service was excellent, as was the service as the hotel. Food for dinner was really amazing! Great Italian food. Very accommodating staff.

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

Dear Tlhoooper, Thank you for the kind words. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Drake, as well as the time you spent with us. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope that you will visit us again the next time you find your self in San Francisco. Best, Sherry Bastani More 

Bacliff, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Overpriced for what you get. It's a $$$$ place with $$ food. Small portions and little to no flavor.

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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223 reviews 223 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

I dined at Scala's on Valentines, without a reservation and solo. That I was seated at all is a compliment. And, it was all very good from there on. Some highlights include; Cocktail sauce made starting with the horse radish root being ground and sliced by the bartender. Their own quality filtered sparkling water. Caesar salad with very fresh marinated... More 

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

Dear George, Thank you so much for the kind words you posted. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that our staff made you comfortable and welcomed. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope that you visit us again the next time you are in San Francisco. Warm Regards, Sherry... More 

Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Not sure we would have gone into Scala's if we were just passing by - the outside isn't very inviting. However, both the doorman at our hotel and the host at Saks recommended Scala's - the host at Saks said he eats there whenever he can! And we found out how correct he was - good food, excellent service, fair... More 

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

Dear Eric, Thank you for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that we were able to win you over despite your initial hesitaion. Thanks for taking the time to write and we hope that you will visit agian sometime soon. Best, Sherry Bastani More 

San Francisco
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a good meal and good service. Don't try this place with a reservation but outside of that it is a very good choice around Union Square.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We visited in a group of eight on 150107. Every one of us loved the food, the drinks, the waitering and simply the atmosphere. I had a cocktail, the Italian Greyhound); it was unbelievable. This is a restaurant I definitely wont miss when i visit SF again the next time.

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

Dear Stephen, Thank you so much for taking the time to write and your kind words. We look forward to seeing again the next time you visit San Francisco. Best, Sherry Bastani More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My husband and I arrived in SF from Singapore and were tired but somewhat hungry. (who eats on a plane). We went to Scala's for lunch. I just wanted soup but I saw the soup was Cauliflower soup. I hate Cauliflower! Our server, Jeremy, was very nice, professional, and explained that the soup had a lovely spicy,nutty flavor and was... More 

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

Dear Rgvgj, Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that you felt well taken care of by Jeremy, he is a new addition to our team and I am sure he will appreciate getting the feedback. Thanks again for taking the time to write and we hope to see you again sometime soon.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
    (Post and Sutter)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-395-8555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, French, Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?