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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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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Smart American Italian

This restaurant is in a very good location near Union Square and looks great, with its wood panelling, high ceiling, somber murals and semi-private dining booths. A very good Italian and Californian wine list. I have a feeling that it is very fine-tuned towards an American interpretation of Italian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant is in a very good location near Union Square and looks great, with its wood panelling, high ceiling, somber murals and semi-private dining booths. A very good Italian and Californian wine list. I have a feeling that it is very fine-tuned towards an American interpretation of Italian food (as it should be), so some of the things like... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is next door to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. It is included as a place you can use your vouchers is you don't have your room cleaned during your stay. We got $20 off our breakfast cost. Cost for breakfast is on the expensive side however, so not sure that we saved much. Food was good though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a lovely dinner there, only a short walk from the Westin at Union Square. Excellent food and service in a beautiful historic Italianate building. Good kids menu options for almost fine dining - highlight was their signature dessert , can't remember the name Bostini?? Like a cross between a tiramisu, trifle and chocolate mousse yum!

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Evans, Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We went there on our first night in town. Even though it was late in the evening, the service was still good. The food was delicious. The evening overall was do enjoyable. I recommend this place.

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San Fernando Valley, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. Stumbled upon it our first night in SF. Everything is fresh and seasoned to perfection. It was so good we went back with friends the second night! Hostess is a LOVE!

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London, United Kingdom
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24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The food menu was really interesting, the wines lovely, and the setting romantic at night. Lovely architecture. Service was good. It's a bit pricey but that is down to the location. Would recommend

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

Dear DutchCleo, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for choosing to dine with us. Best Sherry Bastani More 

Rochester, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Absolutely delicious food and outstanding service. We live in the mid- west and have become accustomed to rather bland fare. Not so, here in San Francisco! Fresh ingredients - could taste each of them in a dish. Not normally a pizza fan - was pinching the kids cheese pizza when they weren't looking. We will be back as soon as... More 

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

Dear Emer, Thank you so much for taking the time to write and sharing your experience with us. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to having you visit us again. Best, Sherry Bastani More 

Olympia, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

we have eaten at this bistro four times now, over the last 15 years. It has a nice ambience, a big city eatery with a casual demand. I had a salad and petrale sole. The salad was uninspiring while the sole was bland and some what mushy. My wife had a Caesar with salmon, which she liked. The deserts were... More 

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

Dear Oregon Traveling, Thank you for taking the time to write and for sharing your experience with us. I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the dishes that you ordered when you dined with us. The Petrale Sole is a popular dish for us and usually very flavorful, so it is disappointing to hear that your dish... More 

Plantation, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

When we came for wine and dessert the night before it was great. When we came for breakfast the next day we were not impressed. Service was so slow and the food was just ok. However they do have a great wine list.

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Burlington, Vermont
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Nice ambiance. Food was good, wine selection was good. Overall a good bistro with a nice feel to it. I enjoyed our dinner there but can't fully remember the meal (good as expected but not earth shattering).

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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: Italian, French, American, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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