Barrington Country Bistro
Barrington Country Bistro
  • Address:
    718 West Northwest Highway
    Barrington, IL 60010
    Neighborhood:
    Barrington
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $31 to $50

Barrington Country Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.barringtonbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8478421300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Luis Quiroz, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: parties and events from 20 to 80 customized to suit the occasion, the mood and the season
  • Private Party Facilities: chic decor, spirited cuisine and radiant hospitality set the stage for memorable entertaining
  • Private Party Contact: Freddy or Mark 8478421300

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hart Road
  • Public Transit: Barrington Metra 1.5 miles away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking in well-lit on-site lot.
A word from Barrington Country Bistro
barrington country bistro is the new bistronomy -- bistro cuisine interpreted for today's gastronome | casual and chic, seasonal eclectic innovations and spirited bistro favorites bring our perpetually evolving menus to life | our menus are updated daily online at barringtonbistro.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Barrington Country Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (35)romantic (34)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent local restauraunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went to dinner at 6PM with my wife on a Thursday night. A few folks dining when we entered but mostly empty. Nice and quiet. Our waiter was knowledgable about the menu and the wine list. We have had mixed dining events here but this night was excellent. By the time we left about half of the tables were filled. No issues about getting in this night. Too expensive for frequent dining but very nice for special occasions - certainly less expensive than most of the restauraunts in down town Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Makenzy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is delicious and an excellent value. Service is excellent and a well run operation Lovely evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Birthday Dinner
    digicoffee
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Took my fiancée here for dinner on her birthday since it was a weeknight and we didn't want to drive to the city. Menu wasn't huge, but food was very good. Service was friendly and attentive. We tried some of their specialty cocktails with our food and some were quite good (Devil's kiss). However, I got one I didn't like so much. The Manager noticed as I was drinking, came over and discussed it with me and made a suggestion and brought me another for no charge. It was very good When I made the reservation I let them know that it was my fiancées birthday. I never mentioned it again but her dessert came out with a candle on it and a "chocolate note". I was impressed and she was happy! That's great service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We've been going to Barrington Bistro since they opened. The food is always good & always consistent. The servers are polite & do not rush the meal. Overall a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for special occasions
    BirthdayDuo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We picked BCB as a great place to quietly celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary. We had dined at BCB several times in past years, usually on special occasions, and it's always been a positive experience. This time was no exception. We will look forward to another celebration in another year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday must be a Bad Night
    ErichVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Have been to Barrington Bistro many times but it seems the service is not what it used to be. Wife and I went on a Thursday evening and restaurant was not crowded when we got there. We placed our order for appetizers, salad, and entree. The bread came out quickly and so did our drinks. Forty five minutes later out came the appetizers, both of which were meant to be serviced cold so there wasn't much cooking involved. We had to wait another 15 minutes for the next course and by now the restaurant was very busy. Finally the entree came (Halibut) and it was ok but a little dry. After 2+ hours we decided to skip desert, paid our bill, and left. I hope this was just a bad night due to staffing, but I was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for special occasions
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Wouldn't dream of having a romantic wedding anniversary dinner anywhere else. Fortunate that it was Duck Night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HeyHey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    ALWAYS WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE-GREAT FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIENCE
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barrington Country Bistro
    JohnnyK
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Even though many privately owned restaurants have closed-up in the last few years, The Barrington Country Bistro continues to prosper. The reason that it is still in business is obvious: the food is outstanding, the service is great and the ambience is wonderful. It is a real gem of a restaurant. It is a little pricey, but it is money well spent and a real good value for the money. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!!!
    MLoBueVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Read great review on this place and they were all true. Food was absolutely delicious and service was attentive, but not intrusive. Especially loved the Duck Breast, and the pate and cheese plate with all the accompaniments. salads were fresh and delightful too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous meal and service
    Coneygree
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was delicious and well cooked, waitress was perfect. Would highly recommend. The only downside was the snooty lady who answered the phone when I rang to apologize for being a little late. She set a bad tone but fortunately all the other staff were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What an unbelievable night at this restaurant. My party was celebrating a 40th birthday, everything was perfect. Starting with the wine , appetizers , diner and lastly desert. Service was impeccable. Thank you barrington country bistro for making this a celebration to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Definitely enjoyed dining here. The food was delicious and the service great! The halibut was an exceptional entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. I would go again and will continue to recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Dusty Rose cocktail was pretty and delicious. Must like the taste of gin. The food was delicious as usual. The service was good as expected. Sat outside and was pleased with the outdoor seating area. Overall, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time. Chose for an occasion based on reviews. Not up to expectations . . . Ambience - country bistros are typically intimate, atmospheric places; this is a big open sea of white table cloths in formal, almost institutional, white room. With well-to-do much older crowd, felt more like the dining hall of a retirement community in Boca. Service - knowledgeable, professional, efficient and unobtrusive; but stiff and cool. Food - very uneven. Hard tasteless bread, nice tapenade; great carpaccio, horrible lamb dish, overdone pork; die-for chocolate cake, bland but "technical" apple tart. Noise -contrary to other reviews, not an issue despite full-house; tables far enough apart to hear companions but not clearly overhear other tables.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional
    Jimschoices
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food, the service, the ambience, my wife is recovering from surgery, the first place she wanted to go for lunch !!!!!!!!!!! They never disappoint, a great wine list and service that always seem to have impeccable timing . After many times it is still fresh with an ever changing menu !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food, menu has been expanded and improved. Only dislike was the seating of a chatty group of women, using cell phones as well, next to our table, when most of the restaurant was empty for their late lunch reservation...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place for that special date
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Whenever my wife and I want to celebrate a special occasion, treat visitors, or just have a romantic dinner this is our choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always outstanding!
    SuburbFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food and service are always outstanding!! I always have a tough time deciding what to have, and the waitstaff is always well informed to help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot
    Lovegreatfoodand2havefun
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent lunch that was not too light or heavy. I had the whitefish and it was excellently prepared & presented. I love it when you can taste various ingredients - and they all taste great - rather than feel you're eating a combo of items that tastes like a combo of items with no particular taste! Very good service and we were able to sit outside on a beautiful day without being rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    tconn
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The Bistro always has excellent service! The food is always delicious. Can not say enough about this superb Bistro
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Roger
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was my second time here. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. Two people in our party had food allergies, a fact noted in the reservation. Our server was quite aware and mase appropriate suggestions. I ordered the sweetbread appetizer which turned out to be the best I have ever eaten. I expect to enjoy many more fantastic meals here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Fabulous, beautifully presented food…wonderful, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    EmmaPiesMomVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything thing about this place is top notch. The customer service goes above and beyond to the point it was pouring raining and I just was going to make a run for the car when the hostess offered me an umbrella and said I could keep it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fine dining friendly atmosphere
    Kelly
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Barrington Country Bistro is everything you want in a fine dining experience without the pretension and/or overpriced menus of similar establishments. The service you will experience at BCB is second to none. All patrons are treated with the utmost kindness and when we dine there we feel like everyone, from the host/hostess greeting us at the entrance to the waitstaff, is genuinely happy we are there. The owners are on site often and always stop at the tables to say hello and check in on the dining experience. The menu changes often and the food is always fresh, interesting and made in a simple but elegant way, in keeping with French tradition. For me, BCB is an easy choice and one in which I am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in the Northwest Suburbs
    SaturdayGourmetVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tough to get to, limited menu, tables too close together, and very pricey. Once you get past the nitpicking, this is the best quality food and service of any restaurant in the northwest suburbs.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    occasionaldiner
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Everything plate was made with thought and attention to detail. Full of flavor and a very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yankee blackhawk
    yankeeblackhawk
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Nothing to add to my comments at this time. This is a restaurant we have been too many times that is well known in the area
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Dining Experience
    Raymo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wife dined at bistro for first time and were very impressed. A small menu done well. All dishes impeccably prepared and presented. The service timing and friendliness was first class.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Found this restaurant on Open Table to celebrate my husband's birthday. We were surprised and very pleased. The food was more than we expected. The gazpachos was excellent and wasn't a tomato base. My husband had a steak that was delicious. Our waitress was trying her best - it was her second day on the job. The hostess was very helpful, especially regarding my food allergy. There were several others that had been there before. We will return with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A true delight!
    Newtoem
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. Our go to place locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 261 reviews are from the Barrington Country Bistro reviews archive.
  • excellent every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food and service is always superb. It is our favorite restaurant and never disappoints. Good mix of favorite dishes and seasonal items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    SuburbFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food at the Barrington Country Bistro is always great. We enjoy going for special occasions like our birthdays and anniversary, and any other event we can translate into a special occasion because we love it so much. It never disappoints in food or service. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mama
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were celebrating our kid's anniversary....a good place for a celebration! The food and the service were wonderful.We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad at Prix Fix menu
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Normally, the Barrington Bistro is a good option, especially for special occasions. However, this Mother's Day was the first time we've gone while they had a prix fix menu and the food was not up to par to their typical standards. It was mass produced and spotty. The ravioli was dry. The sauces were sour. It was all quite disappointing. I would never go again for a limited menu like that. They couldn't even accommodate a vegetarian for dinner. They just gave him an appetizer twice and still charged the same prix fix price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Barrington Treasure
    brngtonfoodfan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We love the Barrington Country Bistro for family occasions. I have taken business clients there for lunch because I know that the quality of service and food will not disappoint. When we are looking for a "nicer" dinner experience, Barrington Country Bistro is on our short list.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Tomcgarr
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our family had a great experience here, with four different, perfectly prepared meals and excellent service. Everything was very well done and we will definitely return to the BCB.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality in an Remote Location
    wowie25
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a great meal priced very reasonably. The food was outstanding - my mouth still waters over the duck. Our waiter was professional and helpful. Their limited beer selection had great choices as I had a La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue brewery out of Quebec, Canada.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bills review
    Bill
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was great but the entrée took a long time to get tot he table. The server was attentive and was knowledgeable about the menu. The noise level was too high but that is probably impossible to change on a night when the restaurant is full as the main dining room is very open.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.