Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca's Famiglia

Francesca's Famiglia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3263
  • 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, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Salomon Aguirre
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full service catering options are available. Please contact our restaurant for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hough Street
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located within walking distance from the Barrington Metra train stop. Enjoy a quick bite or coctail or a leisurely meal while you wait for train or friends on the train.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Indoor Heated parking garage conveniently located below our restaurant. There are ample street parking options and other public parking lots within 1 block of the restaurant.
A word from Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca's Famiglia is proud to be the 16th member of The Francesca's Restaurant Group. 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. Francesca's Famiglia 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!

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Francesca's Famiglia reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (32)good for groups (30)fit for foodies (29)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (17)great for lunch (16)notable wine list (14)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Loud and obnoxious
    mcz1
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Large groups of loud ( and intoxicated) people. Restaurant packed full, service slow, food bad The name of the restaurant is Francesca's Famiglia. Definitely not a "famiglia" restaurant, rather the whole place is a loud "bar scene"
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our Go-To Restaurant
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We always pleased with the ambience, the service, and of course the delicious food. Thank you Francesca's! See you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typically a favorite
    Dinr42
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I have been to this Francesca's location several times. Maybe it was an "off" night as it was extremely crowded, and all staff were working hard to try to move things along. However our party was seated in the back of the restaurant where it looked more like a small banquet room. The decor in that room was "blah" and carried excess chairs and other furnishings not used in restaurant. The service was slow, even though our server apologize immensely. Food was ok. I will try again as this was my first poor experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food!!
    DaveKVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    always enjoy the food! Very consistent!! The portion size is reasonable and adequate for us trying to manage our calories!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    jgirl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had an appetizer, main course and dessert. Didn't realize that the pork chops didn't come with a side though. Otherwise it was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    windycitygal5VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We always have great food and service! The noise level can be loud when it is crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food and service!!
    Dermmom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a charming attentive server and the food was delicious as always. The pastas are large and tasty-the chicken was perfectly cooked.. I had a glass of Castlerock Pinot Noir which was really good. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Came for our 36th anniversary, waiter was excellent and very familiar with the menu. Great atmosphere food was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • msobjesVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The service was friendly, but a bit slow. Busy Saturday night. Waited quite a while for our drinks. All the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pear martini ever!!!
    Prostark
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The bartender whipped up a pear martini, and it was hands down, the best one I have ever had! The tilapia was delicious, the monk fish was good also, but the salmon left a lot to be desired. Very good service, and overall enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful food wine and staff
    dinedivine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A very good menu with reasonable prices. Staff was very attentive and our linguini dishes were very tasty. Street parking easily found for 5th Saturday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Varied Menu
    Barb
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Nice selection of food. I had the braised beef ribs with pasta and was not disappointed. Our table of 7 ordered 6 appetizers and all were nicely presented and delicious. Food has greatly improved over the years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant
    Dave
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Delightful evening; helpful waitstaff. i would suggest offering half portions on some entres. Not always able to take food home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, have had better service
    AnOccasionalDiner
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Barrington's Francesca's Famiglia did not disappoint in the food department. We've never had a less than outstanding meal there. This particular night however, the service was less than we usually expect. Once our order was taken, we waited nearly an hour for our meal to be served. Had our orders been something complicated it would not have been an issue but 3 pasta dishes do not warrant that kind of wait. It probably wouldn't have even been an issue that night had our waiter come by to let us know there was going to be a delay. We didn't see him until just after the meal was delivered to the table. All that being said, the food was outstanding just as we expected.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food on point, but service lacking
    AODonnell
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Unfortunately, this was the second experience we have had with extremely slow service. Granted, the first time was on a weekday evening when we were some of the only patrons - which made the service unacceptable. But this instance was on an extremely busy Friday night. Our waiter just had too many tables and did not check in often enough. It's one thing to leave us unattended when our drinks had been replenished but we were just waiting too much between each visit from him - to place our order, to order dessert after receiving menus, to get the check... The food was great and it was a bit too loud, but it was a special occasion and I feel if they would have known that the service might have been better. That should be irrelevant though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fabulous
    Mich7240
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A l ways enjoy a weekday dinner followed by enjoyable time and conversation at the bar. Dario is the reason I love coming here with girlfriends - so cordial and always has great wine recommendations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manga
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great service. Large portions. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!!
    windycitygal5VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We went to Francesca's to celebrate my friend's birthday. The food and service was excellent! Our server went out of her way to make sure we were happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flexible kitchen
    starsoba
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Because I have food allergies, I ordered off the menu and was accommodated graciously and deliciously. Service, by Martin, was, as always, excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    GreatPl8
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was incredible from appetizer to dessert! Cocktails were also excellent.only negative is earl closing time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CAN'T COOK A GLUTEN FREE MEAL...
    passthisup
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I ordered a gluten free sausage with sun-dried tomatoes in a tomato sauce base with goat cheese sprinkled on top. It was as though someone in the kitchen opened up a can of tomato paste and whipped that up with the other ingredients including the noodles. I was so hungry I suffered through a few bites. To make it somewhat palatable I poured water from my water glass into my meal to give it a better consistency. I also added olive oil and parmesan cheese to my dish. My meal was thick, glutenous even though there was no gluten in my meal. The "CANNED CHERRY TOMATOES" gave it an incredibly bitter taste. I ordered two glasses of wine. I ate something else when I got home. Food does not match the quality of decor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    TrSusan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great drinks (best martini in town), wonderful food---love all the fish, welcoming ambience. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodeliVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always good food and the menu changes regularly which is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Downtown Eatery
    mlnelsenVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Vibrant dinner spot in the heart of downtown Barrington. Excellent wait staff and comfortable bar. Food is always well prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joantarc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Francesca is a dining pleasure. Its ambience added to our desire to be treated in a special manner - welcomed by the maitred', the location where we sat, the service by "Tucson,Az." friend, Francesca was the perfect place. I knew it would be ! Will return as soon as possible. Joan Bocian
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Food and dining!!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love coming here because the staff is friendly and the food is wonderful. The pasta is fresh and they have a great selection of meat and non meat dishes. I recommend this
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First of many
    KDBalVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Francesca restaurants rarely fail to please and this is no exception. The is a gem in the center of a quaint shopping area. The food is delicious, especially the roasted grouper, and we had excellent service. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food, Great Service...it was a Birthday Celebration and the staff worked with us to get a large round table...thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wholesome Italian food for families
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoy this restaurant when our family wants to dine out. Food is plentiful, wholesome, and a great value. Manager and wait staff are friendly and courteous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 508 reviews are from the Francesca's Famiglia reviews archive.
  • Always a great meal!
    Jenman
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • goodtime1962
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is excellent as well as the service. Very nice environment. First is our list!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular Diner
    HabersVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We eat here with some regularity because the food is good and it is convenient to our home. Service is attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Makenzy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great food good service Bar was a little slow Definitely a GOTo place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family dining
    MitchVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Perfect for family celebrations. Wholesome tasty food. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than I expected
    ChicagoHockeyEpicurean
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Cindy
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Francesca's Famiglia
    Wolffie1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great effort on salads
    mozzarellaman
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening out.
    DaBearsFans
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.