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Scala's Bistro

432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
+1 415-395-8513
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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American, European, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Typical italian food at typical San Francisco prices. This place stands out becuase of the helpfulness and professionalism of the staff. If they can seat you, reservation or not,they will. Excellent customer service

Thank cannopener
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Don't miss the superb lemon pesto ravioli! Whole fish was delicious (Dourade), our waiter was charming and the scenic open kitchen was fun to watch..

Thank msmaggie6
Allison W, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thank you, Maggie! That fish is a special just for this week so I'm ecstatic to hear that you loved it. I hope your lovely review means we will get to see you again! Thank you again for your thoughts.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Good food, good atmosphere and excellent service. Didn't book so had to wait for a table. This restaurant is linked to the hotel next door, but this did not distract from a pleasant experience. Not cheap but would eat here again in a flash.

Thank Andy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined in a room out the back which was private with our own wait staff and sommelier. It was a fixed menu with multiple choices. All the food was quite excellent matched with beautiful wines. The ambience of the room made the night.

Thank Craig W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We originally tried Scalas because it was close to our hotel but liked it so much we came back three more times. We particularly liked the breakfasts because they have a bagel with lox and capers. Dinner was also very good. I loved my risotto...More

Thank Sheila E
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend suggested that I meet her here for lunch so I had no choice in the selection. It's an attractive venue just off Union Square so the atmosphere is lively and the location is convenient. But that's where the good news ends. My tomato...More

Thank janiewa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably had our best meal here while in SF. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Would come for another meal in a heartbeat.

Thank ConnieMt_Pleasant_MI
Allison W, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Connie! We love reading comments like yours - it's what keeps us motivated and happy to come to work everyday!! I will share your comments with my team and we hope to see you again in the future :)

Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard so much of this place and was very disappointed in the food. The service was good, but food was disappointing Ordered a pizza to share as an appetizer and it came cool, not hot send it back. Ordered the ravioli and the edges where...More

Thank mspatron
Allison W, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal! I do hope you let your server know so we could take care of the issue for you. If you have extra time on your hands, I would love to hear more...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment I walked in it seemed like no one in the staff really wanted to help or want my business. I almost walked out it was so bad, but really wanted to try the food. My waiter would walk by my table without...More

Thank Shelly S
Allison W, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Shelly, I am so sorry that you had this experience! We are extremely devoted to giving great service and I feel awful that we didn't offer you that. I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to reach out to me personally...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate a Scala's for lunch and our meal was delicious. This cozy yet elegant restaurant had impeccable service and fabulous menu. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting San Francisco.More

Thank agranier
Allison W, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you so much for your fabulous review. I will be sure to share it with my team - it will surely brighten up their days to hear such nice compliments! We really appreciate you taking the time to write us, and we hope...More

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Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:15 - 22:00
08:00 - 16:00
17:15 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:15 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:15 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:15 - 22:00
07:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 16:00
07:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 16:00
17:15 - 23:00
17:15 - 23:00
08:00 - 16:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-395-8513
  • E-mail
You don't get more San Francisco than Scala's, located just off the Powell Street cable car line, steps from Union Square. And with great location comes great responsibility: that's why we work hard to maintain our reputation as one of the city's most essential dining destinations by creating an atmosphere as sophisticated and inviting as the food we bring to the table.
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