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La Scarola

#20 of 7,898 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 243-1740
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chicago Charm

An old favourite of Sven's this local Italian restaurant has a great wine selection and excellent food. You cannot go wrong.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

An old favourite of Sven's this local Italian restaurant has a great wine selection and excellent food. You cannot go wrong.

Red Deer, Canada
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Walked into la scarola after the game on Friday. Place is packed and obviously booked with reso's for the evening. Owner shoehorns us in by the bar. What a find! Service was outstanding! Then came the grilled octopus and Italian sausage and pepper appies! We had a cross section of the menu- breaded veal chop, lasagna, meat balls with spicy... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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132 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I really enjoyed the food at La Scarola. The ambiance is very old school with a ton of celebrities and local politicians who I assume have dined there over the years. The extensive menu had something for everyone, but the waiter mentioned the kitchen can whip up anything you like. He suggested the veal Parmesan as it was not on... More 

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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

No fusion, nothing fancy - just really good old school Italian in a great quaint and crowded ( but not unpleasantly so) setting. Service was prompt and excellent. Great wine list with many appropriate offerings at all price levels. We arrived at 8:45 on a Thursday with no reservation ( 2 people) and got a table immediately, I would recommend... More 

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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I've had dinner here many times over the last 15 years and it continues to amaze me with great food and service. Wonderful people don't miss this restaurant.

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San Antonio
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

It was exactly what makes me happy: Authentic, DELICIOUS Italian food, local, family run, busy,intimate, small, old building, excellent service. Everything was perfect and made our dining experience unforgettable! Thank you!

Saint Charles, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Be prepared to wait for a table. It is worth it. This is not a formal restaurant and it can be fun bantering back and forth with the host and waiters.

Corpus Christi, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This was a great little authentic italian restaurant. The owner was extremely friendly. The restaurant was very crowded but fun. You expected to see Al Capone come walk in in any minute.

Concord, NC
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Service is wonderful, everyone moves quickly and efficiently. All the old favorites are on the menu and the food is wonderful. Prices are very reasonable. Drinks were good. Pictures of the famous past guests line the walls. The experience was like going to a neighborhood family-run restaurant with good food and comfortable setting. We loved it!

Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Very busy & obviously popular spot. Despite a reservation, we had a waiting time of 30-minutes upon arrival. The owner was out & about the restaurant talking to guests all night, and was apologetic about the delay. We had shrimp for starter and gnocchi with chicken for main course, followed by cannoli & ice cream for desert, plus coffee. The... More 


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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 243-1740

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine


Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.