Scapa Italian Kitchen
Scapa Italian Kitchen

Scapa Italian Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scapaitaliankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6303237000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm (Kitchen) Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am (Bar) Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Special Events: Scapa Italian Kitchen is pleased to announce our private party events. Memorable get-togethers begin with attentive and careful planning. Our team will work with you to design a distinctive menu that expertly complements food and wine.

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Scapa Italian Kitchen
The ambiance and aroma of delicious Italian cuisine make Scapa Italian Kitchen an obvious favorite among Chicago area residents. Located in the heart of downtown Clarendon Hills, Scapa is a flurry of hospitality. Between the remarkable food, chic and elegant dining room, lively bar and exceptional service, Scapa is the perfect choice for a simple night out or for a special occasion. Just step through the door and you will become mesmerized by the world of Scapa. Refined dishes exhibit an extraordinary blend of bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Soft lighting enhances the exquisite decor and contributes to a timeless quality. Scapa is an impeccable combination of old-world sensibilities and a contemporary fashion in both the cuisine and the interior design. We warmly welcome you to our downtown Clarendon Hills restaurant. Come in and see why Scapa is considered a gem in the Western suburbs.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Scapa Italian Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (29)romantic (28)good for groups (26)fit for foodies (20)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Kylie
    AussieMum
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent food. We will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner1
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent Italian food & sauces. Good service and appetizers/bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Place
    INRAE
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went on Friday but there were two parties.... Sooo we went Saturday evening... This is our place & the food was great, so was the ambience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food and ambiance was excellent. It is nice to find fine dining without having to drive far. My only complaint was that the kitchen ran very slow on the night we were there. We had children with us and we asked for their food to arrive with our soup/salad course since they do not eat appetizers or salads. But we must have waited about 40 minutes to receive our first course of food. Our children are accustomed to eating in nice restaurants. But this meal ran a little too long even for them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    anniversarydiner
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I specifically chose Scapa for a birthday dinner because of the ambience and menu. I love the heavy draped curtains encasing the booth seating; everything I've ever ordered to eat has been wonderful; and our server was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DON'T THINK ABOUT WINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant has a great potential. The ambience is nice and the food quality is good but it needs a little more from a good chef to get to very good. The wine list is so overpriced that none of the selections make any sense. I am talking at least 3X retail! In some cases 4X!
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  • Stick to the basics
    Giveme1morVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had not been to scappa in awhile. The menu had changed again and I was excited to try something new. I had the blackened grouper. The fish was over cooked and tasted fishy. Also tried the lobster mac and cheese appetizer. The Mac and cheese part was good but the pieces of lobster were not. The lobster had a heavy idione taste. I think if you order something traditional you will probably enjoy. Stay away from their seafood items.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    BruceB
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our server , Tina, helped make the occasion special. Her knowledge of the offerings and wine list plus prompt and friendly service made the evening for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dotsy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent food! Very good service. Nice patio. Somewhat noisy on patio due to a small child.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slim14u2
    Slim14U2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Scapa is a.great Italian restaurant. I have been there with as many as 20 and as few as 2. The owners, Tony and his wife make the place very comfortable and inviting. I love the lobster ravioli, linguine with clams, and especially the gnocchi dishes. My wife's favorite are the eggplant and chicken parmesans. As a matter of fact, I have never had a dish there I haven't loved and all of our guests have enjoyed their food equally. Another reason I enjoy Scapa so much is you don't feel rushed and can take your time if you choose. I would recommend Scapa for size group and for any occasion. It is not just a great meal but an excellent dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Foodie1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service is friendly and attentive. Food has always been very good. Would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great neighborhood joint. Great food, and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian in the suburbs
    SaturdaynightVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went here with a Groupon and were impressed. A large menu, with a wide range of prices as well. We liked that soup and salad are included with your entrée. My favorite dish was a shrimp and polenta appetizer. The restaurant isn't on the main street in Clarendon Hills and we didn't know it was there, but we will be back. It takes perfection for me to give 5 stars, but this was very good.
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    chrischicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food rivaled a lot of "downtown" restaurants. The service was outstanding. I had the risotto which was one of the best I've had at any restaurant. We had a group of 6 and all agree we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding birhtday celebration
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a party of 12 for a birthday celebration and everything (food, wine, service and ambiance) was great. Our group ordered a variety of dishes including the honey glazed salmon, chicken pesto, saltimbocca, chicken parmigiana, lake perch, rigatoni abruzese, spaghetti and meatballs, and other dishes. I tried several dishes and they were outstanding, particularly the rigatoni - spicy, perfectly prepared and delicious. Our waiter was exceptional- gracious, professional, knowledgeable but friendly and not superficial. The dining rooms are tastefully decorated in warm colors with a somewhat modern aesthetic. You can easily hear others talk even in a big group. Can't wait to go back and try other dishes. Entire staff was welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Teekay
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    So glad to find this lovely little neighborhood restaurant! Great ambiance, interesting and tasty food offerings and stellar service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Comman1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to Scapa's many times and are never disappointed. Tony the owner makes sure he visits every table when he can. Great food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    Joshua
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lights flickered the whole time. Unnecessary guitar singer. Empty glasses most of the night. Terrible service. Food came out wrong.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great evening
    TrySomethingNew
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Over the last 3 months I have brought 8 friends, neighbors or business associates to Scapa on 4 separate visits. During these visits most of the people tried different entrees. Everyone love the food and said they would be coming back. Some have already come back and brought their friends. With 3 separate rooms and alfresco dining you never feel crowded. For that special occasion they even have tables behind curtains for an intimate feeling. It is nice to find a place you can bring others and not worry about the food or service. In the 10 plus times we have been here the food and the service have been superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ladies Night Out
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A group of friends went for dinner last Friday, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and not over-priced. Our server was friendly, but not intrusive. She even did separate checks for us. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DICK64VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a friendly and pleasant restaurant to visit. Food - especially the hamburgers and veal - are excellent! The social environment as well as the positive attitude of the entire staff and owners is excellent! We feel like we are having a meal with family. Dick Pabst.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to come
    Redfox127
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We took our friends and they really enjoyed it. They had music which was in the bar area. We could hear it but it was not overpowering. The waitress was friendly and had good suggestions. Enjoy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    GrandGastronomy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Have eaten here for several years, never disappointed. Menu has changed recently and is even better. Try the new Steak Diane - the mushroom gravy-style sauce is delicious. Whenever family is in town we go here, start with the tasty cocktails, then on to the wide range of appetizers (try the sausage and peppers), then to the main courses - chicken, fish, steaks, pasta - service and food, like I said above, never disappointed. Priced right, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We took a group of eight -- all of us from out of town, attending a conference. This place was a real find! It smells divine from the moment you walk in the door. And the food was excellent! The calamari appetizer was the best I've had anywhere -- ever!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ideal dining
    Redfox127
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great spot to have a wonderful dinner. The service was outstanding and they were willing to make a dish that was not currently on the menu but had been in the past.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Just visited Scapa Italian Kitchen for the first time on a Sunday night. Really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere is very nice. Our complaint was the slow service. We ordered 2 appetizers to start with. The second appetizer arrived well after we finished the first. Then came the long wait for our entrees. We were very surprised at the slow service since most of the tables were open.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service very good
    Tarheelborn1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed dining at Scapa on Saturday night. Everyone was satisfied with their entrees, Lasagna, Veal Limone, Lobster Ravioli and Steak Diane. Sandy was a very attentive but not overbearing waitress...her timing was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed
    PJandAl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the atmosphere, food & wine were enjoyable, the service was very intrusive. We were rushed thru every course, dishes being cleared if any one of us looked like we were almost finished. We dine fairly often as a group of four or six, and enjoy catching up with each other. It was impossible to relax with the waitstaff all over us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful service
    FuzzballVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A group of 4: we had appetizers Rissoto with scallops, very good. Eggplant rolls also, very good and baked clams loved them. 2 fish dinners, rigatoni and lobster ravioli. All good but, my one complaint they could ease up on the salt. Desserts I'd pass on. Lemon bars but they had an aluminum taste and spumoni that was crystalized. I'd go back,
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice
    Sndnman
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Drove a half hour to eat here. Great food, great service. Tony the very nice, professional owner stopped by our table to see how our service and meal was. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 302 reviews are from the Scapa Italian Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Love this place
    mnamsapVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a fine restaurant food and service are outstanding! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    mytakeoftheplateVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Checked Open Table and decided to take a chance with a new place. What a great place, friendly staff and delicious food. Brooke was our server and appeared with great timing. The beef short ribs with pappardelle - WOW! We will be back. BTW, live music on Fridays.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    jf51VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My wife and I often dine in the bar for half price appetizers. Tonight we brought a couple of older friends to dine in the main restaurant where we had a great time. We could talk comfortably at the table. The wait staff was prompt, friendly, but not overbearing. Food is excellent. The veal parmigiana is outstanding. I had perfectly cooked scallops with the best risotto in Chicago. Tony, the owner, works the room so everyone feels as if they are visiting his home.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you to the host
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The host was great, found my son and I a nice table with a TV so he could watch the World Cup. Very accommodating on a busy Friday night!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Seafood preparation
    MeateaterVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Alaskan Halibut was super fresh and wonderfully prepared. All their dishes are ver tasty, and moderately priced. Very enjoyable dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Crica
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Was a very good food and drinks. We advised them it was anniversary and they gave us special seating and more. Was not crowded but busy on the friday evening we went. Loved the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slim14u2
    Slim14U2
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is one of my favorite places! The owners are fantastic! They make a point of coming out to greet the customers and ask their opinions. They also make things right when there is any problem with your experience. We had a slight wait to get our drink order taken, only 10 or 15 minutes, so the owners gave us our first round on them. The food is also fantastic! I have been here on multiple occasions and have ordered many different items from the menu and each one is better than the last! I would recommend for everyone to try Scapa for a total dining experience. I even recommend if you want going up there to watch a sporting event and grab some drinks and snacks with friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Scapa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The restaurant is friendly, food is excellent, service is outstanding. The chicken limone is awesome. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!!
    ItalianFanactic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was the first time for my wife, son & I at this establishment. A new find for us that we will be returning too. This place has a great staff and awesome food!! Enjoyed every minute spent there. A huge drink menu to choose from. Highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Frenchy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have to be fair. I went to Scapa around 8 years ago when they were at a different location, it was a tiny place. The food and the ambience was outstanding. I just went for Mothers day and found they changed locations. They moved to a bigger place which is a good thing, however the service was horrible. They were really backed up. Our food took an hour and 20 minutes to arrive. The manager came out (I think it was the manager, he didn't identify himself) and apologized and comped our deserts. Every table waited an enormous amount of time. I will go there again just because I feel like they were busy because of a holiday. The food was good. Just go there when you are not rushed just in case this is the norm but I highly doubt it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.