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Scala's Bistro

432 Powell St. (Sutter St.) Send to Phone
415-395-8555 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A topnotch wine list and a creative cocktail program make this upscale Italian restaurant good for dinner or just drinks.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late

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Scala's Bistro, San Francisco, CA

Scala's Bistro Restaurant Review

: Adjacent to Union Square's Sir Francis Drake Hotel, this restaurant caters primarily to a tourist crowd, but executes such solid dishes that locals like to stop in as well. A high, coffered, elaborately etched ceiling creates spaciousness, while rich mahogany paneling and warm lighting generates intimacy. An open kitchen built with blond brick and decorated with shiny copper pots, pans and platters feels straight out of Tuscany. The menu favors simplicity over adventure, but delivers dishes that easily satisfy palates that seek the exotic. Creative touches include a house bruschetta that ditches tomatoes in favor of seasonal fruit, such as grilled peaches or figs, sprinkled with refreshing micro mint. Breaking with the dish’s traditionally oily and heavy preparation, Scala's linguine and clam sauce is light, spicy (due to generous amounts of chili flakes) and features a delicate tomato sauce. Tender salmon comes on a bed of mashed potatoes drenched in chive butter. Desserts include the Bostini: a small scoop of chiffon cake amid a pool of creamy custard, covered with house-made chocolate sauce. A topnotch wine and cocktail program provides added draw.

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