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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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Italian, American, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
432 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Authentic San Francisco, Italian brasserie atmosphere, right on union square, unbelievably kind waiters who help you with your choices which is very important if you suffer gluten allergy: 3 pasta dishes to chose from, we had the chicken Alfredo, plenty fish, meat etc dishes too...More

Thank dianamna
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 1 July 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 2 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 3 days ago via mobile

We have eaten at Scala’s numerous times, often with friends. On this occasion, we made an early (5:15pm) reservation as several in our party were going to an evening event. On past visits, the restaurant has been busy and noisy, but an earlier reservation gave...More

Thank U028477
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, Thank you for continuing to choose Scala's over the years. We have several guests that dine with us before the theater. And you are correct! At 5:15pm, our larger parties have not usually arrived, which tends to be what makes the restaurant so lively...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake and ate breakfast at Scala's every morning. The food was fine, but overpriced.

Thank Jennmello
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten at Scala’s several times over the years with good memories. This Holiday season we made a reservation over a month before coming to the city. Arrived an hour before our reservation for dinner and were directed to the adjacent bar in the...More

Thank Dale R
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Dale, Thank you for choosing Scala's over the years! We're glad to hear that Travis in Bar Drake took great care of you as if you were with us at Scala's. Jeremy is an awesome server as well and knows the wine list and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As a Dutch person in San Francisco, Scala was a breath of fresh air. In true Italian hands-on spirit, we were seated (even though we didn't make a reservation), we ordered with our waitress and her Italian flair and accent, and enjoyed great Italian food!

Thank SanderBerkouwer
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We’re thrilled you chose Scala's and had a great time. Sending happy, shiny thoughts right back at you! Ciao!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just had an early dinner at Scala’s after attending a conference all day long. I was warmly greeted and given a nice table . The server was very friendly and helpful recommending the gem green salad and Margherita pizza. Both were excellent and were...More

Thank Mary F
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Mary! Thank you for your wonderful review! It's guests like you that make us happy to be in hospitality. Toku, your server, says he remembers you and said you were lovely as well. We would be delighted to have you back in our restaurant...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, ambiance and service but dont hand me a bill with a minimum 18% gratuity in addition to 2% for “health insurance” for waiting staff. I dont charge my clients for my health insurance nor do i make it their problem or play on...More

Thank SA T
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello, So glad you liked everything about your meal and service! We work really hard to create a wonderful atmosphere for our guests to enjoy.. It's unfortunate that you chose to rate us at 1 star when this is a mandate proposed by the City...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited twice on a recent business trip. The first, just before the kitchen closed, was ok. Not outstanding at all, and pricey. Returning again at an earlier hour, the pizza was very good, enough so to dramatically improve my view.

Thank Anthony C
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Anthony, Glad you gave us a second shot! Things happen and we apologize for your first lackluster experience. We won’t fail you twice. Thanks for your updated review and we will see you in next time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a mushroom wood-fired pizza and it was really good. Staff was supper friendly. The food is pricey but that’s probably expected in a spot so close to Union Square.

Thank Chris C
Andrew B, Manager at Scala's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Chris, Thank you for your review. We take pride in our friendly service and the wood fired oven makes our pizza's like no other. We hope to see you next time you stop by Union Square. Cheers!

Union Square
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
Drinks, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:15 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
5:15 PM - 11:00 PM
5:15 PM - 11:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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