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Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca's Famiglia

Francesca's Famiglia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Phone: (847) 277-1027
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday and Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Harris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available at your home or ours.
    At your place of work or ours.
    From drop off to full service any size and any occasion.
    Call us for Details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Let our highly dedicated proffesionals make your special occasion,
    a great experience, for you and your guests at a great value.
    Let us do the cooking and details to us!
    Be a guest at your nown party.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hough Street
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located within walking distance from the Metra train stop. Enjoy a quick bite or coctail or a leisurely meal while you wait for train or friends on the train.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Indoor Heated parking garage conveniently located below our restaurant. With ample street parking and other public parking lots within 1 block in either direction.
A word from Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants is happy to announce the 16th addition to the Francesca’s family! Francesca’s Famiglia, nestled in downtown Barrington’s quaint shopping district, features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. In his latest rendition, Chef Scott Harris joins forces with fellow restauranteur, Michael Noone, to bring you a restaurant that encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance. Simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices make Francesca’s an experience to remember!

This non-smoking establishment features three intricately designed dining rooms, an impressive oak bar and personal wine cabinets for its guests. Striking photographs of rural Italian life by Paul Elledge line the walls to create a comfortable, urban setting throughout.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I went to Francesca's with family for dinner on a Sunday. We were late for our reservation but they were very gracious and still able to accommodate us. My husband had to leave early, and they were able to serve his meal very quickly. All of our meals were amazing! Our server was very friendly, and so were all the wait staff. It was a wonderful experience overall."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We love going to dinner here. My teenage daughters love it also. If there is something not on the menu, they are always happy to make it."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food is excellent as well as the service. Very nice environment. First is our list!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We eat here with some regularity because the food is good and it is convenient to our home. Service is attentive."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food good service Bar was a little slow Definitely a GOTo place"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Perfect for family celebrations. Wholesome tasty food. Friendly service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed a very pleasant celebration dinner in the heart of downtown Barrington. We were surprised by the quality of the food and the reasonable wine list. The menu offered a wide variety of choices. We split a pasta first course - and that was quite enough for an appetizer. We both had seafood secondis. I had soft shell crabs over a bed of spinach. My wife had skate wing. Both were nicely prepared. A bottle of Italian white wine went well with both dishes and was reasonably priced. We shared a lava cake dessert that was great. Service was very good and the staff paid close attention to our needs. We enjoyed a very pleasant, very special evening and will be back. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "They did not have my reservation, even though I had received a confirmation through OpenTable - so I did not receive OpenTable credits. The restaurant was not busy so despite the lost reservation, we were seated quickly and our server was attentive. The food was spotty. The calamari was really good, prepared well. But the entrees were so-so. My risotto was gummy, and my friend's pasta was undercooked. When I lived in the city, I loved Mia Francesca's and the Northbrook location is also a gem. I was very disappointed with the Barrington location and probably won't return."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We are frequent diners at Francesca's in Barrington. We are always warmly welcomed and greeted by name. The entire staff, from management to servers, are attentive, without being intrusive. The food is outstanding! We will continue to patronize this restaurant on weekends and for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This is the fourth Francesca's restaurant we've visited, and the experience was both consistent and distinctive. We enjoy the salads made as entrees for a healthy option, but also like the heartier options from time to time. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We arrived at our reservation time and had to wait about 10 minutes before being seated. Once we were seated, we waited another 10-15 minutes before our server stopped by. Once she did, she said Dessert would be comped. Calamari and Tortellini were very good and the bread to die for. We were the last couple in the dining room. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had an important first business lunch meeting with a potential client. Really appreciated the high quality of service from the staff. The food was excellent and the price was reasonable making Francesca's Famiglia a good value. Being seated near the windows you get bathed in sunlight. I recommend Francesca's Famiglia. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with my wife and son late in the day but still very busy which is a testament to the quality of food and service. Highly recommended for dinner anytime of year - some outdoor seating."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went on mothers day, it was very busy, and it appeared to be too busy for staff. Waited a long time for food, and when it came the chicken was not cooked and had to e returned and the pasta was delivered cold. A great disappointment. Have been to two other Francesca's resturants with outstanding results, just a disappointing meal at this location."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Second visit and food was excellent both times. Good wine list. First vist we had excellent service so we requested the same server and we were disappointed in the level and quality of service. Everyone is entitled to an off night and this was hers."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have always had a wonderful experience and Francesca's Famiglia and this visit was no exception. The menu is always changing but everything has always been excellent. I especially love their calamari and fresh salads. Come hungry!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Waiter and bus staff all seemed genuinely warm and eager to please, which we appreciated on Mothers' Day. Food was underwhelming for the price. $25 salmon entree was tasty but small and overcooked. Other food was too highly salted. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is a very good restaurant and we have been here before. What we were surprised at was that we had a party of 4, two of us ordered the special Ravioli's. After 10 mins or so the waitress came back and said the restaurant was out of the special. She made excuses that no one told her after she had already taken our order. We had to re order, and we were not offered anything for our inconvenience. I would have thought we would have been offered at least a dessert. Very disappointed with the service in that regards. Not sure if we will be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Quality of service and food was outstanding. Noise level was well beyond moderate, hard to have a normal conversation across the table. Have been here many times previously and always experienced the high noise level."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Have visited Francesca's many times over the years, both this location and others, but this may be our last. The noise level was so loud, we could not communicate at our table and our server had to ask us to repeat ourselves multiple times and vice versa. Nice spot to meet friends but what's the point if you can't talk? Will look elsewhere next time. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My wife and I went out on our date night. We eat here approx 2x month because of the ambiance and the food. Friday night typical jammed packed Francesca's and unfortunately had a disappointing momentary end of an other wise great meal and social time ( we were sat at the table for two in center of room, very cozy :-) and met the folks on either side ) at the end a female waiter ( hadn't been ours) came to the table, after I had signed credit card slip, grabbed receipt pad and said ok are you ready to go!!!!!!! The answer was NO still finishing our drinks RUDE. We sat for a moment and then left. I chose not to mention as my wife and I were having an enjoyable night with GREAT food and new friends we had just met there. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Despite the fact it is a chain...they manage to keep a independent feel- The wait staff is very good- round enough- not too much. Knowledgeable and professional as well as friendly. The food is awesome- nice selection that changes to keep it fresh."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I love this restaurant for it's well-prepared food, pleasant service, interesting menu and lovely atmosphere. Every meal that I have eaten here has been excellent and I have tried pastas, pizza, salads and entrees. The roast chicken is fabulous with a lemony-rosemary au jus that will have you licking your plate. I substituted veggies for potatoes and they were plentiful and great-tasting. Dine there and see for yourself!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We like the atmosphere here, but my Italian husband is consistently disappointed in the pasta. The penne/rigatoni is often undercooked."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "So one big secret - Chicken Parmesan: not on the menu but they can always make it. Absolute HUGE portion - my husband has it for an entire meal afterwards. Plus delicious. I had the Avocado Salmon and thought I had died and gone to heaven. Waitress said some people even bring in their own avocado's to make sure they can have this. The bartender also made a new summer drink - some sort of watermelon, mint, tequila concoction which was also fantastic. Overall a wonderful night. The bar was packed due to first communion and birthday parties but I'd rather see a local restaurant filled to the rim than empty. Means they are doing something right."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Francesca's is my family's go-to place. It never disappoints. Every single dish is good. The service is great too. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Francesca's lives up to its reputation. Situated in a charming spot in Barrington with great street views. Diverse menu with nice twists on basics, so something for everyone's tastes. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is my 2nd time here and we're never disappointed. Food was great! Service was great! Even when I commented on my drink having too much ice in it and not enough drink, they brought me another drink that was twice the size. How thoughtful! A little pricey so its a place for special occassions or treat. But its becoming a favorite place of mine to dine. Now, I'm eager to see what else they will do to go beyond to surprise me that others do not."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "My family has ALWAYS had great experiences here. We will definitely come again "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Francesca's is our "default" restaurant. It's just right - not too expensive, not too plain, and just plain tasty. We usually go with our 4-year-old son during the early dinner window on Fridays or with extended family on another weekend night. Everything we have ordered has been top notch, but there's something about just the plain old pomodoro sauce that is delish. My son (and I) practically say "yum" with every bite. Prices are not cheap, but definitely reasonable for what you get. My only critique is that the beer list is a little forgotten and kind of weak. We will keep going back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "our majongg group meets here in the backroom for lunch. On the plus side we get a private space and separate checks. The service can be very spotty as they are very understaffed but sometimes it is like that even when the place is empty. The food quality is poor and very few vegetarian options or healthy choices. The put chicken broth even in their tomato sauces and seem surprised if you ask for anything vegetarian"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is the place to go! Excellent Management, Staff and Chef's!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I had dined there sometime ago for a X-Mas banquet and decided we should return due to fine food and service. We returned to celebrate our anniversary and again was impressed. From the greeting at the front desk, to the wait staff, food and price, we enjoyed it all. Our server had a suggestion for a meal my wife had ordered and she truly enjoyed it. My selection was done to perfection. We will definitely return and I suggest those who have not experienced this restaurant to give it a try."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Francesca's has never disappointed. With their constantly changing menu, you may think there might not always be something for you. But I've never been even remotely unsatisfied with my food here. As well as that, they are always more than happy to change up an entree for you to fit your taste. The service is always friendly and attentive. It's a great place to go with family or even for just a two person romantic dinner. The place does get a little loud once they open up the entire floor on the weekend nights, but they're just busy and that can't be helped. It is never much of an inconvenience, you can still have a conversation without yelling. 100% recommend!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "salid was poor, calamarie not prepared well enough and too small amount, wine cost to high, service was great"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the my experience. In fairness the restaurant was packed. Considering how busy it was service was acceptable. The food as good, not great. It was very NOISY. So much so that you had to raise you voice to be heard. I may give it another try at some point but I'm certainly not dying to get back there anytime soon. We spent about $100 with tip which only included one drink, no apps and two entrees. I thought this was on the expensive side for a chain restaurant with average food. There are better options for Italian food in the area at better prices."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was extremely disappointed with our experience here in virtually every aspect. We were seated in a secondary dining room with a large table of 12 adults nearby and another table of 10 or so 12 year old girls. My wife and I could barely hear each other with all the noise. Particularly frustrating since the primary dining room appeared to have plenty of space. My wife's risotto appetizer was so undercooked the rice was crunchy. The Bucatini Amatricina looked and tasted like a can of Beefaroni. Only highlight was the server."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The best gluten free menu that I've seen in a long time. It's so nice to be able to eat out, have a variety of gluten free options that are delicious and feel good the next day. The pea pod salad is my favorite salad of all times. And the chocolate lava cake was a nice treat!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Good vibe, service was excellent...too efficient really. Excellent food. The menu varies with each visit but there's always a good selection of entrees. Pasta is arguably the specialty here but there are tasty alternatives. Generally not too busy but I recommend you make reservations on Fri & Sat nights."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had the bone in pork chops this visit garnished with sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Excellent dish! One of my pork chops was more well done but the taste was still excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014