Scotty's on 21

4.2
70 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Scotty’s on 21 — an elegant and inviting addition to the Vernon Hills dining scene.

Relax with one of our signature cocktails or craft beers in a comfortable club chair in our bar lounge.

Take a seat at our large granite-topped bar, visit with good friends, people watch, and keep an eye on the Big Game.

Move to a table or booth in our open contemporary dining room and enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Marcos Rea.

Scotty’s American Grill menu offers something delicious for everyone, from timeless comfort food to new American classics. Look to our wine list, dominated by California & Washington varietals, for a perfect pairing.

Join us soon. Cheers!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(847) 549-3261
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Marcos Rea
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Cross street
Route 60
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 70 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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4.0
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Family dinner with grandchildren. Restaurant. It busy and service excellent. Food not as good as other times. Pasta not hot and another choice was just average. Would try something else when we return.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time there and I was pleasantly surprised! I loved the ambiance (except for an out of place tv by the bar visible still to dining room). The decor is great and the service outstanding. Friendly staff and very attentive! The food was delicious 😋. I can’t wait to come back. I didn’t know about this restaurant until I went on OpenTable. Great choice! Sophisticated and comfortable.

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IG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

appetizer came cold twice..
main course had not arrived after 45 minutes...

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HC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

We wanted to try a new place and the Scotty's menu looked good. We went for the first time on Sat night. Restaurant has a nice bar area and the dining area is attractive. Food and service were good. Three of us had burgers and the fourth had chicken parmigiana. No complaints. However, the dining experience is a whole other story. Every seat in the restaurant was taken and it was almost impossible to have a conversation. The acoustics are terrible. By the end of the evening my throat was hurting from shouting at the person seated next to me. Forget about trying to talk to the person across from me. We will not be going again.

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T
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and good food. Love the big open space, but the drawbacks are that’s it’s really noisy and there’s no privacy. Wait staff are friendly and accommodating.

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LL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday, I requested for a slice of chocolate cake as a surprise after dinner. They gave it as complimentary! Great food & excellent service! The only thing we didn’t like was the lighting, pretty dark inside. But it’s a great place to eat.

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RS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First visit to the new Scotty's. Been to the one in Ft Sheridan many times. Food was equally good, service not quite as good. Doing very well for a new establishment, however.

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not a negative to be had! Great food and service our waiter was helpful and friendly. I will definitely be going back

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JW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was great and I love the decor and vibe of the restaurant. Beet salad was delicious. Gluten free crust tasted like “freezer”... this kind of killed the otherwise delicious concept of the white pizza.

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CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Service was great. Food was plentyful and delicious.
It was noisy, but everything else was perfect.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I was expecting a new casual and good dining experience and that's not exactly what we got. Some food was excellent the chicken milanese the ribs and the burger but the trout was less than tasty and the service was not up to par. I cant reccomend this restaurant although I really wanted to.

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BE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant décor is very nice. I would have rated as a 5 but for 2 items. 1. Music is way too loud. 2. There was a smell of "fish" I thought I was in a fish house because of the odor.
The waiter was very kind but we had to ask for refill of our beverages water/diet coke. There were only 2 other tables with guests so it was not that they were busy and it appeared he was the only waiter.
I will go back as the food was good but hope the establishments reads the comments of these reviews and looks into the items that were mentioned.

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Scotty's and we really enjoyed it! Juan was awesome - very attentive to our needs. I had the ribs and loved them - the BBQ sauce was a perfect mix of sweet and spicy. The Greek Chopped Salad was great as well. Can't wait to go back!

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was poor: drinks missing garnishes, side dishes forgotten, dirty plates left on table. Food was okay; however, the roasted beet salad was made with canned sliced beets, the French onion soup tasted like canned soup and was very salty, and the crab cake was heavy on filler and light on crab. The chicken and vegetables dish was excellent and the wedge salad was very good.

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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and delicious food!!! We had a wonderful time!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool atmosphere. Everything that we ordered was great. From the calamari app to dessert and everything in between, we were impressed. 5:30 reservations, no wait. It was pretty busy by the time we left at 7:15.

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T
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a relatively new restaurant in Vernon Hills. Great ambiance and classy decor. Very good menu with all sorts of contemporary food options including a variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers as well as pasta, fish, and steaks. The service was very good and the food was delicious. I was there for lunch and plan to come back for dinner. I didn't know but apparently, this restaurant has another location in Highwood.

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OT
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were 6 of us it was ok thought very expensive for what we got!!! One drink no apts it was over $50 a person! Too much for what we got! Just ok not great!!! Place was not busy it was during the Wk!!! Don’t think I’ll go back

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, service and atmosphere. Very nice to sit down with white table cloths and order from a menu for lunch. The prices are reasonable and a good variety to choose from. I will definitely go back and recommend.

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SD
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It's great to have this caliber of restaurant in the neighborhood. The food was great. The noise level is too much and the kitchen flow needs to be a bit better, but will definitely give it another try.

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BD
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but food took a long time to get after we ordered.

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SK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at Scotty's on a Saturday evening. We arrived early, around 5, and had no problem being seated immediately. Our server was friendly and attentive. Upscale, sophisticated yet casual ambiance. The food is outstanding!! We started with large mussels in a white wine/butter/garlic sauce. My husband and I ordered the whitefish special,...the fish was fork-tender and perfectly cooked with an amazing sauce. We also had the bacon wrapped scallops - of course anything wrapped in bacon is nirvana - the scallops were large and tender. There were some delicious looking desserts on the menu as well, but we were full at that point. We'll definitely dine here again!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always excellent!

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C
Chicago
108 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Scotty's on 21. I was expecting a sports bar by its name, but it is a real gem - tablecloths on the table and a quiet ambiance. Our wait staff was very attentive. I had the Turkey Meatballs with White Beans and Kale and really enjoyed it. I want to return and try other menu items. I recommend this restaurant.

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l
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday. We enjoyed a great lunch with great service. Special touch was a delicious piece of cake delivered to our table. We have been to Scotty’s in Highwood many times, will definitely go back to the “new” Scotty’s in Vernon Hills also.

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V
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

We had eaten at Scotty's in Highwood which served appetizing food with good service.

Scotty's Libertyville was sub-par.

The Libertyville service was excellent as we were one of only two groups for a full service meal at 6:30 p.m. on 10/3.

The mussels with red sauce were chewy; the red sauce too thick to cover the spaghetti.

The salmon sandwich and the turkey burger sandwich were so unappetizing; they looked as if they could have been served in a vending machine and all the kitchen did was to remove the plastic wrap.

The turkey burger was very thin; the salmon was broken in 4 thin pieces.

The ribs were dry.

We were terribly disappointed and will not return.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and wonderful food! You won't be disappointed with the ambiance and beautiful decor. This place is truly a gem and surprisingly sophisticated for a neighborhood restaurant in a strip mall.

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RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Candian Walleye Pike was outstanding. Of the party of 5, 3 of us had the Pike and all thought it fantastic.

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JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As this was the first time that we had eaten at this location we had some difficulty finding it, but when my wife walked in. while I parked the car Francisco found a table for us even though we were about 40 minutes late. The food was, as usual excellent, my wife had the Walleye, which was a special and I had the Pork Chops.

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JM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and I read about Scotty's on 21 in Vernon Hills opening up a few weeks ago. We knew nothing about it be were very pleasantly surprised. It was a nice atmosphere and the food was excellent. We both ended up having fish that was very good. The service was really great. We will go back. We went early. We understand it can get crowded later so I would recommend a reservation.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not use open table to reserve your table you will be waiting more than hour to get a table call first but than Young lady at the front desk won’t pick up incoming calls her excuse I’m busy

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I don’t know how it was because we had a reservation at 7:45 and and when it was 8:30, we hadn’t been seated. The group also waiting with a reservation since 7:15 wasn’t too thrilled. We left and walked in to another restaurant that was a lot less noisy and had a positive vibe. The food did look good, but guess we will never try it. I did deal bad for the hostess because people were getting very mad at her and calling her names. It’s not her fault people weren’t getting seated. Shame on the owner or manager for NOT coming up and explaining the situation to the irate customers.

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JB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

A 6p reservation. I spoke to the hostess at 7p and was told that it would be another 20 minutes. I went to the bar and met a couple who had a 6:30p reservation, but were still waiting. We left and had a nice dinner elsewhere in town. Horrible service, inadequate attention to detail.

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I
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

This Friday night they accepted too many reservations so had to wait an hour for table even though we had a reservation. Service was efficient and friendly.... just having opening hiccups!

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a
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Extremely Chaotic evening.
A 7:00PM Open Table Reservation and do not get seated until 8:15PM was just a start of a terrible experience.

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PT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

One hour wait with reservation and noise level was ear splitting.

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AC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

When we first arrived we waited 10 minutes than asked if we could order drinks. A server finally came and took our order but it still took another 10 mins to get our drinks. The food was ok and it was super loud.

Our server once he knew he was our server was great but it was like he and one other guy were everywhere. Besides taking care of us he was busting tables and resetting and helping other tables.

We also received our food before a couple that was there and had ordered before us. They did get up and leave without eating.

Probably won't go back!

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EK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a 615 pm reservation. Drinks served after 15 min. wait. Order was placed, at 7:30 after asking when our food would arrive my table was informed printer was down and no order placed. Other tables being seated after us were being served, that printer was working. SEEVICE UNACCEPTABLE WALKED OUT NO SERVICE NO FOOD!!

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KL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This was our second visit to Scotty's for dinner. Arrived just before 6 to find only 4 tables seated. By 7, the place was packed with quite a few folks waiting to be seated. For some reason, the service was quite slow, perhaps a few people were out. Multiple requests went unfulfilled, such a another glass of wine, water, dessert, etc. Food was ok/acceptable and we enjoyed the pear salad. The mussels were cooked through but the broth lacked any sense of taste. Still enjoyed the dinner overall and will try another night.

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