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La Scarola

#78 of 7,676 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
+1 312-243-1740
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place and atmosphere was good and the staff are very friendly. Good and tasty food and I had a local beer A good recommends

Thank Ian D
Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has been here for many many years. The vibe is old school Italian and the it is not that large. It is quite popular and you would be well served by calling for a reservation during their most busy times. The food is delicious and service great. Many celebrities have stopped by as evidenced by the pictures on... More 

Thank Carlie
Shorewood, Illinois
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful experience with our family at La Scarola. From the moment we entered until the last good by we felt like we were visiting a family's home for a special dinner visit. I took my wife and two adult daughters and my elderly Mom out after a downtown show. I had walked by the restaurant many times... More 

Thank Daniel M
Franklin, Tennessee
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1,750 reviews
1,212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 633 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When it comes to Italian American fare this place is good. Its your typical American dishes of Chicken Parm, Veal parm,Pink Vodka sauce, meatballs,etc.. The food was good and the atmosphere is old school Italian Trattoria. The wine selection was average to below and the service was fair.

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Birmingham, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an absolutely awesome dinner this past Tuesday night at La Scarola! Atmosphere was fantastic, place was packed and food and wait staff divine!!! Loved every minute!! It's the real deal!!

Thank dawnakuhne
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend had dinner here New Year's Eve and La Scarola did not disappoint. Great food, service and warm atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisine! Armando, the Manager is super friendly and very gracious host. Our waiter (forgot his name) was also superb. Everybody who works at this restaurant knows how to treat customers right and serve excellent Italian cuisine. This is... More 

Thank Paradise168
Chicago, Illinois
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145 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's been a while since we ate at La Scarola, so we went back with family. Everything remains the same: wait staff, quality of the food! The staff makes sure you enjoy your time at the restaurant. So what do you order? ANYTHING! Everything is good at La Scarola! From the house salad to menu specials. Don't forget to bring... More 

Thank Bob M
Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

An Uber driver recommended La Scarola to us & I am so glad he did! Perfect "hole in the wall" Italian restaurant! Everything was delicious. I highly recommend the spaghetti and meatballs!!

Thank SER23
Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 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
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 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.

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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, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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