Francesca's Famiglia
Francesca's Famiglia

Francesca's Famiglia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115,3263
  • Phone: 8472771027x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Francesca's Famiglia reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (29)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (23)romantic (15)great for lunch (15)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (12)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    Habers
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 502 reviews are from the Francesca's Famiglia reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • Francesca's Famiglia Business Lunch
    StandardofTrust
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mother's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Below Expectations
    Jack
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinning
    TKLZVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    margie
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service / so-so food
    onanon
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodie
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level well past energetic
    BillS
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sooooo LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Date night
    Chall
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Suzanne
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and consistent!
    Dermmom
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dianaprince
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We like the atmosphere here, but my Italian husband is consistently disappointed in the pasta. The penne/rigatoni is often undercooked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avocado Salmon a MUST
    Gwhiz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    Smiley
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Francesca's is my family's go-to place. It never disappoints. Every single dish is good. The service is great too.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding situation
    FoodiewithfamilyVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.