Scapa Italian Kitchen
Scapa Italian Kitchen

Scapa Italian Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scapaitaliankitchen.com/
  • Phone: (630) 323-7000
  • 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
Scapa Italian Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (32)good for groups (32)romantic (30)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Italian Meal
    PacomusVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We've been to Scapa several times and never been disappointed. Food is outstanding and service is great. Portion sizes are just right. It's a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scapa's - Attentive Service, Outstanding Cuisine
    JMaxSr
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We were greeted by the host, who recommended that we dine in one of Scapa's romantic enclosed tables. Great choice. Angel was very attentive to our wine, appetizer, entre', and, of course, our dessert needs. The supporting staff also did a terrific job ensuring that our water classes were full, the table was as neat as possible, and the garlic roll basket remained full. The salmon entre' was large enough for two meals, as was the braised short ribs. Both recommended choices. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improved!
    Chica
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Recently revisited and a pleasurable experience. We will dine again much sooner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost the personal touch
    RJS6675
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been to Scapa Italian Kitchen several times and enjoy the food - watch out for the wine - some of their pricing has been marked up 5 to 6 times. We ordered the spicy italian pizza for an appetizer and it was excellent! My husband ordered the Chicken Mele and I the Eggplant Parmigiana and they were both good! The one disappointing thing about our latest dining experience was I had requested a table in the 'draped' area when I made my reservation at 9:00am thru the Open Table website and when we got to the restaurant- they sat us at a standard table! When I questioned the request for the 'draped' table (and there was one open when we arrived at the restaurant) I was told 'let me look into it' but no one ever came back to acknowledge either way and by the time our server came i had already looked at the pricing of the wine - another nerve pushed! I wanted to enjoy my dinner - so I just sat there and tried to smile while biting my tongue. It is obvious the restaurant has lost that personal touch! R&J
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy as Ever!
    GMaBVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a great dinner at Scapa, as usual. This restaurant does a wonderful job catering to families and also is terrific for romantic couples (the romantics may want to dine a little later!). Entrees include soup or salad, which doesn't happen often any more, and wonderful garlicky rolls. We had chicken, fish and veal dishes and all were very good. We look forward to our next meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration.
    Sarge157
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    5 of us out to celebrate a birthday. It was great fun all the way through desert. A little noisy but very nice. The owner stopped by to thank us for coming in. The service and food were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food/Too Loud
    LovToEatOut
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was outstanding. Atmosphere a little loud, but the delicious entrees more than made up for the noise. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet nice place
    givitatry
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Good food, full menu from "start to finish". A comfortable place to enjoy an evening meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scapa
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was good. Wine was great. Brook was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A party of 12 in the same section made the noise level awful (not "energetic"as stated above). The apps and salad were good. We had 3 different main dishes and 1 was good (fillet), one was tasteless (chicken with apples and pecans) and the short rib and polenta was not good. They were out of the first 3 red wines ordered and what they offered was a cheap, poor tasting wine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    JoshuaVIP
    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
    TrySomethingNewVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 312 reviews are from the Scapa Italian Kitchen reviews archive.
  • 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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.