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Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca's Famiglia

Francesca's Famiglia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com
  • Email: famigliacontact@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
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Francesca Famiglia in Barrington. The service could not have been more considerate and caring as we were with my 89 year old mother. We were seated immediately even though some in our party were not there yet which really helped with my mother. The wait staff did not rush us even though they were crazy busy, and the food was excellent.! From the number of people that were there on a busy Saturday night, many people feel as we do, worth going there!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was good. I would consider going back to one of their other locations. This one, I will never go back to. We had a booth for 6 people and I could only talk to the person next to me. It was impossible to talk to anyone else."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Service & food was fabulous! No rushing us off the table!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food taste is good. Valentine's Day service was just OK. Very limited menu selections."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to this restaurant for valentine's day and she loved it. I reserved a table and the spot they had picked out for us was next to the bar where everyone would walk by to get to the back and I asked if we could be seated somewhere else and they did so with not asking any questions. Even brought the candle I had asked for to be at the table to the new table. When we ordered, their menu was pretty limited because of how busy they were, and my girlfriend I were in the mood for cream pasta with chicken. The waiter said he would see what he could do and certain enough he comes back with what we had wanted. It tasted great too! If your looking for a nice romantic night out and great food this is the place to go."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I left kids at home for a valentine dinner. We have been at other Francesca's prior to this one. However, this one was much larger and a more modern feel and look to it. The service was ok- not great. It took about 15 mins from the time we ordered drinks to arrival. In addition, my wife ordered a second glass of wine and the waiter totally forgot about it. Important to note that we got there earlier near 6:30 so it was not even that busy at the time. The food was excellent. Very flavorful and good presentation. The menu is somewhat it's with a heavy mix of fish. Overall good experience. We would try again but would not go out of our way."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had an amazing evening on Valentines day. Was able to score a table for my special date a week before and I am glad I took the earlier seating as the crowd grew very large at the door. The host was very charming when we first arrived and set the mood as we were seated. We were given warm bread, oil and fresh parmesan cheese, very tasty. The wine list was extensive and the waiter was able to help us pick out a bottle to share. The specials on the menu for the day looked great, the food that passed us smelled and looked very tasty. We ordered the bruschetta and it was the hit of the night. We ordered a main pasta dish and salad to share for dinner, it was really good. I will be back, if not just for the bruschetta, the date was a success."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "ordered wine and was told they did not have it even though it was on the menu. Not a good selection at all for food, what kind of italian restaurant doesn’t have a simple pasta with marina or chicken parm? we ended up just having a few drinks and going somewhere else for dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very busy on a Saturday night, but the service didn't miss a beat. Try the specials, and don't pass up the tiramisu!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were very disappointed, as we've had many good experiences with this restaurant before. I know it was Valentine's, but the restaurant clearly overbooked the number of guests they could reasonably handle. When I made the reservation, I was given the option of 7, 7:15 or 7:30. We arrived at 7:20 for a 7:30 reservation, but could not make it up to the host station until after 7:30. The place was a zoo. We waited at the bar for 30 minutes and did not see anyone being seated. After 30 minutes I went back to the host table to inquire as to our status and was told "we'll seat you immediately". We were then escorted to a table for two that had been unoccupied since our arrival. The food was not nearly as good as previously."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great ambience, friendly server with great attitude. Didn't rush you through all your courses. Food was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've had a lot of Bolognese as it is one of my favorites. By far the best ever."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. The lunch special was an excellent price for the amount of high quality food served. Fresh ingredients make this place top notch. Great place to go on a date or with friends. Definitely worth the trip."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Consistently good food. Our waiter perfectly paced our meal. Solid choice for all occaisons."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Our server was not real attentive. He missed getting one entree so it came much later than the others. And he never came back to ask how everything was so did take some time to let him know we were missing that entree. Water glasses were empty before someone came to refill them. The noise level is a little loud. However, the food was excellent."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Great place! The waiters are knowledgeable and friendly. The food is fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This is the spot if you're looking for good food in a neighborhood environment. Solid Italian cuisine with occasional flashes of brilliance. Something for everyone on the menu. Enjoy."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was excellent, best Italian food of the 'burbs. Service was incredible. Ron, our server, did a great job at recommending the wine, appetizer and entrees, he even recommended sauces that would fit our tastes. We will be going back frequently!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The ambience was relaxed and casual, but with an upscale feel. It was our anniversay and it felt like a "special occasion" with the white linens and lovely music. The food was excellant! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Good as always, but a bit pricey for anything other than pasta dishes. Drinks/wine are typically pricey as they are at most decent restaurants nowadays. Overall an enjoyable dinning experience. Best to get there early on a Saturday night (6-7pm) as it gets very busy."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We have celebrated Christmas Eve here for the last three years. Great service, great food - lobster risotto was marvelous. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We went to Francesca's Famiglia for a holiday celebration with friends. The atmosphere was lovely, right in downtown Barrington. There are several well-decorated dining rooms and a nice bar. Our server, Jackie, was nothing short of FABULOUS. She was friendly & fun and really added to the festive mood of the night. Service was attentive without making us feel rushed. We received our delicious food and drinks at a nice pace that also allowed us to sit back and enjoy relaxed conversation and a lovely night with friends. The menu was wonderful (even a nice gluten-free menu for one in our party who does not eat wheat). I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and will most certainly be back! Thanks for making our celebration so lovely!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Both food and service were great. Of all the Francescas restaurants, I like this one best."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I had the lunch fish dish w/ mushroom, sun dried tomato and asparagus for lunch, sauce was absolutely delicious, was like a perfect balsamic buttery reduction....Mom and I went for a long overdue lunch, we both are great cooks, so we appreciated the quality & taste The sauce on my fish dish was incredible, very rich & was the right balance to the fish. My mom had the burger, commented on the quality of the PRIME beef, I got a bite of that too, it was very very good to say the least, just perfect, not dry, not greasy, just good meat, cooked to perfection. The fries were crisp, perfectly fried and fresh, not greasy or heavy, made to order. From the bread to the meal, excellent. The olive oil and cheese served with the bread was fresh."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We ate at the bar, because the bartender was amazing, so decided to give up our table, and enjoy a meal at the bar. Amazing experience and will always opt to eat at the bar!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I took my sister to lunch for her birthday. It was fabulous all the way around. We had the one price lunch that included appitizer, soup, main course and desert. I asked what was allowed for the main course and they said anything on the menu! It was an outstanding deal. Saved so much $ from the alacarte menu. And all the food was out of this world! My eyes were rolling with every bite. We sat by the window where the sun warmed us (since it was only 15 degrees outside). Servers all very attentive. Beautiful place. feels good just to walk in. I've been there before. always the same excellent food and service. That's why I picked it for my sister's special birthday. A must go!!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "It is so nice to have such a good restaurant in Barrington. One of the fabulous aspects is the constantly changing menu. I had a wonderful dish that was truly gourmet quality. We were given a warm welcome and as we left a thank you for coming that evening. There was parking close to the restaurant. Which was so nice on a very cold evening."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Francesca s is consistently a good meal with interesting daily specials. The menu offers something for everyone and the service and staff always make you feel welcome."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "In a word....Outstanding! They were extremely busy Saturday night but yet we still had the best attentive service both from our waiter and from his assistant."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Really good italian food at great prices. Nice place to take your family or a date."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The food and atmosphere are very good but the noise level in the main dining area is so high as to be distracting and annoying."
    Dined on 11/2/2013