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La Scarola

#81 of 7,630 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
+1 312-243-1740
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Houston, Texas
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is busy and the decor is interesting. The menu has a wide variety of selections. The food is delicious and the portions are huge! Best to make a reservation as it is always busy.

Thank Betsy M
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We where in town for the football game and our concierge recommended this place. What a fun night! Small, loud, lots of fun and great food. Armando was a fantastic host and the entire night was very memorable. I have never given 5/5 but this place gets it!! Just beware of the free shots Armando gives you.

Thank shazbut
nags head
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here for a week with the family. Really enjoyed this restaurant from the moment we walked in we knew we had picked the right spot. The best service we've had so far along with outstanding food made for a memorable evening. Very busy place plan to wait or get a reservation you won't be disappointed

Thank bryan w
Indianapolis, Indiana
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had been here before and loved it. But after calling to make reservations for dinner tonight, when we arrived we were told there was no such reservation or room until more than an hour later. Almost accused Us of lying when I flipped open the phone and showed that I had in fact called. We will never return. I... More 

Thank laurynTravel
United States
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered the Chicken Vesuvio with chicken breast but instead got the half chicken, which was dry. The potatoes that came with were also really dry and not much flavor. I really wanted to like this place but I doubt I will be back.

Thank sherallied
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is incredible. I had penne alla vodka. Perfection. First time here and owner treated us like we were old friends. The wait staff was also great. Overall superb experience and we will make this a mandatory stop every time we come to Chicago. Classic Italian at it's finest.

Thank Whitewoodgang
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Wow. What a place. Local venue with plenty of charm. Comes with close tables, noise and friendly hustle of people enjoying their food. Wonderful Traditional Italian fare. Very authentic. Large portions and plenty of choices. We had the lasagna, linguini with clams, sausage and peppers and sea bass. Oh yes, the bread....did I say the bread? Amazing! Service is attentive... More 

Thank Vincent P
Knoxville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Recommended by Chicago native. Loved the atmosphere. Servings are big enough for 2. Superior service. Will definitely return!

Thank 914ej
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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238 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

If you want a loud, semi-crazy, fun, and very tasty Italian dinner, you have to try La Scarola. It was highly recommended by friends who are foodies but we were warned that it was loud and very busy. I figure that's always a good sign with Italian restaurants, and I wasn't disappointed. The owner is a classic helpful, friendly and... More 

Thank Jay M
Madison, WI
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The venue is noisy and crowded, but very entertaining. Food and service were both outstanding. Would definitely go again.

Thank Schwirtz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighbourhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-243-1740

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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.
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