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La Scarola

#31 of 7,613 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
West Loop
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721 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654-5507
+1 312-243-1740
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Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Thank 914ej
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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235 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank Jay M
Madison, WI
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank Schwirtz
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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314 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a matter of principle, I don't like tiny, crowded, loud restaurants with only one bathroom for each gender. I feel claustrophobic and inevitably have to go to the bathroom and stand in a line while my food gets cold. We came to La Scarola to celebrate a friend's birthday at her request. The food was really terrific. I had... More 

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Thank Bonnie T
Venice, Florida, United States
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136 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A verrry good Italian restaurant, and there are many of them in Chicago. This was one of the yummiest places we've tried. From the appetizer of mussels with red sauce..... it just went from really good there, to excellent.

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was OK, nothing sensational. Service was average. This restaurant appears to appeal to a lot of people (thus it's high rating wth in most reviews). Unfortunately, we weren't thrilled.

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1 Thank A H
Edmonds, WA
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518 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

From the street, you would easily pass it by as a non-descript hole in the wall. Once inside you step back in time to a venue that has the look and feel of what the new ersatz Italian restaurants can only try to emulate. The website does not say how old the restaurant is and I failed to ask but... More 

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1 Thank DP49
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Perfect dinner all around! Great little place that has authentic Italian food. Enjoyed the penne ala vodka and gnocchi. Pasta fagioli was great too.

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1 Thank LeannePas
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Went here on a recommendation from a local and it was AMAZING!!! The portions are HUGE, delicious and the service is wonderful. We had a wonderful dinner celebrating our anniversary. I highly recommend this if you would like delicious Italian food!

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is our restaurant for special celebrations. NEVER had a bad meal. The management makes you feel at home and looking around, you can tell everyone is having a good time.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 80
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighbourhood 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.
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