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PL8 Restaurant
PL8 Restaurant

PL8 Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pl8simplyasian.com
  • Phone: (847) 382-1988
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call the restaurant directly for any off-site catering inquiries.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hart Rd.
  • Public Transit: Just a few minutes away from the Barrington Train Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We are located in the Foundry Shopping Center which has many spaces available to park.
A word from PL8 Restaurant
The exciting, new restaurant in Barrington. The yin and yang of food and ambiance creating a whole new trend in Asian cuisine. pl8 offers a fresh, imaginative menu of classic Chinese cuisine side by side with Japanese kitchen creations and sushi. pl8 is where you will find a chic city restaurant located in the suburbs. Where you'll find superd et unpretentious service. A menu that is sweet and savory. Classic dished with a smart twist that are 'simply Asian'. We can't wait for you to experience the best of Asian cuisine coming together on one pl8.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Diner Reviews
  • "Love the location, great with group or for two. Food is outstanding, and bar is awesome. Even when they are packed, service is friendly and awesome."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Good food that costs too much. The place is nice and the service is good but the same quality food can be had at a much lower price elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was our first visit to PL8. Read about it in a local magazine awhile back and decided to make a reservation for our daughters 19th birthday. She LOVES sushi, but I'm not a huge fan so we wanted an Asian restaurant that offered both, which PL8 does. The food presentation was awesome, the portions very generous. I had a scrimp with asparagus dish and it was fantastic! All of us were extremely pleased with our entrees. To top if off, our waitress brought my daughter four banana chocolate dessert wontons accompanied by a small scoop of ice cream with candle for her birthday. PERFECT! Thanks PL8 for making our day special."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The feel of an upscale restaurant without the heavy price tag."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "So happy we found! Everything was excellent! Very friendly service and terrific food. Will be back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I am never disappointed when I eat here. The food is tasty and portion size is average. If you are really hungry I would suggest soup or some appetizers. We tried the tempura and it was very good. The prices are very fair."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very extensive menu with lots of choices beside Sushi. Lots of appetizers to choose from and reasonably priced entrees. Excellent martini-lemon with a hint of ginger. Restaurant was not full but service was slow and food came out even slower."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of the most important attributes of a great restaurant is consistency which is what PL8 continues to provide each and every meal experience. Great food and Great service (thanks Austin, again you make our dining experience amazing)!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This has become our new favorite Asian restaurant. It has every kind of Asian for all different palates. Great Sushi and everything else. Service is pretty good, but the place has such a unique interior, I just love it. All reds and black with great taste."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Up til now we've had good meals and service at PL8 before, but on this particular night we had neither. The servers were harried and confused, or disengaged. The dishes we've enjoyed in the past were all "off" in one way or another (too greasy, too warm when they should have been served chilled, etc.), and a new dish to us (scallops) was so salty it was inedible. Won't be in a hurry to go back this time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I wanted to list the service first since our server was unbelievable! Our server, Austin, was fantastic. He knew all the different dishes, and helped us with all the great plates that are offered at PL8. Our food was excellent and we look forward to going back soon to try the other dishes that their restaurant offers. Thank you for making it a great experience for my Family!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Staff is always friendly. Food is fresh, very tasty and beautifully prepared. Mai Tai's to die for!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "After trying this restaurant 6 weeks ago, I have dined there at least once a week and introduced several friends to the restaurant. Dined there Saturday with a friend. We had a drink, appetizer and dinner and were having a nice conversation when we were approached by a gentleman who told us it was time to go because they had people waiting. There was a table of 6 sitting near us who arrived at about the same time. I didn't see them ask them to leave. The only difference I could see was that there were men and that table and only women at ours. I had Belen's spreading the word that PL8 was a good restaurant, but I will. No longer recommend it based on my experience on 5/16."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great flavors. Nice size portions. Will definitely go back. Went for lunch, not crowded. Consider this a hidden gem."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "...so we were expecting a zoo, and we got one. Arrived early for a 6:45 p.m. reservation, and were seated on time. Waiting for water, and then for a waiter to notice us was interminable, probably 15 minutes. The waitstaff, food, and management are all impeccable, but they were seriously shorthanded on a busy night. The food itself was great. it was about the fourth time we've been to Pl8, and I'm sure we'll go back. Other visits would have netted a 4-star rating. Sunday night was loud and slow. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food is good, the service was horrendous! Our waitress was clueless..from the beginning she took our drink order but never brought out the drinks but came back to take our meal order however we were not given menus when seated. She or bus person never refilled drinks unless asked, never cleared one empty dish or glass rather left everything piled up on the edge of the table. It took 45 mins to get our dinner after order was placed. Not once did she come by to see if we needed anything or explain why it was taking so long!! We watched several tables eat and leave and they all had arrived after us. They must have been seated where the server actually knew how to wait tables! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went to PL8 for a mothers day dinner at 5pm. The restaurant was only about half full at the time, but soon was packed. Our server gave us great service and the food was fantastic, as usual. Being a holiday service at restaurants is always questionable as they get extremely busy. Well, PL8 is an exception. No matter how busy they are they can not only deliver on the food, but they sure know how to deliver service. Definetly looking forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Love this place. Supper fresh. Portions are great. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My ratings are from past experiences and I love Pl8, however, when we arrived, the restaurant was closed. I don't know who's at fault, but, there must be a way that Open Plate and restaurants post when they might be closed. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We moved out of the area 6 months ago and returned for a brief visit. We got together with some friends and thought it would be good to go back to PL8 for dinner. We were not disappointed and the food was consistently good. Our friends had never been to PL8 and were impressed with the food!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Lots of ambiance and good energy. Food selection is broad, something for everyone. Sushi was good but many in the party do not like but lots of asian and other selections. Everyone cam away enjoying the experience. Service was very good with the chef coming out inquiring about our thoughts. Three hours went by so fast!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Was quite surprised to find this place as i was unfamiliar with it. Food was delicious. Very comfortable atmosphere, both modern and relaxing. Service was outstanding. Would definitely return and tell friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Decided to visited PL8 rather last minute Friday night. There were 6 of us and we were seated at a perfect semi-closed corner table with little stools and an artistic chandelier overhead. Our waiter who's name is escaping me was amazing. We had him select most of our food and he was spot on. Lots of signature rolls and sashimi to start. all fresh, generous and attractive and then on to some asian hot dishes that pleasantly surprised me with their lack of sweet syrupy sauces. We were stuffed and my husband who picked up the tab for the table since it was birthday found the value to be great. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This place has the best sushi and other plates. They staff is very nice and friendly. Pl8 is a great place for kids and dates. I recommend Pl8 to all my friends and family."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "PL8 has quickly become our favorite restaurant. It's outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Two visits in less that a week were stellar. It's nice to have the chef come out for a chat and offer to make something special and the staff remember something about your last visit . They knew when to be attentive and not hover. Great job!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have eaten at PL 8 a few times and took my husband for the first time. He is not a fan of sushi so he was skeptical when I said there was a variety of items on the menu he would like. The food is so fresh and prepared beautifully. The Crab Rangoon "sticks" are delicious and different that the norm. Everything I've tried has been delicious and impressive. The wait staff is friendly and courteous. Definitely will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Intriguing twist on Asian food. We had calamari with cilantro and chipotle sauce. Loved it. I also had fish sticks with a wasabi tartar sauce that was amazing! Menu ran the gamut. sushi (i don't think anything was raw though.) Fish sticks, normal asian fair...like Kung Pao chicken, orange chicken. Also saw basil chicken. Can't remember all the different things but there was stuff you would expect to see at an Asian restaurant as well as a few items that were new. Prices were very reasonable. Four of us ate. Two appetizers, no drinks for 90 bucks. I will go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Very attentive welcome and service. Food was very fresh and cooked to perfection. Will definitely return with family and friends."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My husband and I met another couple there and the food was excellent and the wait staff was equally as good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you like Asian flair and fare, this little spot is perfect."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food is always very fresh and tasty. Service was also very good. Would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The on- line map was incorrect, and even though we had been there before we were wondering if we were on the right track! BUT the food was great, and the shrimp bisque and Lychee martini were delicious..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great service but the bar tender gave me a brush off. But the rest of our experience was superb for us to ignore the Bar experience! Fantastic food and PL8 is certainly a Neighborhood Gem - a frequent visitor"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food here is great! It is always very crowded though, and the bar/waiting area is not very big. We had a 7:30 reservation, but did not get seated until around 8:15....They were very nice about it though, and gave us a free dessert."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed our Asian inspired cuisine in an energetic friendly environment. Everything is very fresh, from veggies to seafood. Service friendly and well paced. Will be back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "They have GREAT appetizers and their entrees are awesome too. There is a great menu with many choices."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "PL8 food can be great...it can also be fair. Unfortunately, Valentines eve, with my wife and daughters, was only a "fair" experience. Menu specials (scallops and mongolian beef) tasted like they had been cooked hours ahead...Panda would have been better. Sake (Chokaisan, which helped us forget about the food) and dessert saved the meal (chocolate-banana wontons and mochi). Two weeks prior, my wife and I had dinner here...Sake, fried whole fish, maki was great. I don't understand how/why this place can be so inconsistent. The restaurant was not that busy on Valentines eve...parking lot was full do to the crowd at the Barrington Bistro."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is the second time my wife and I have been to Pl8 and we have love the place. The ambience is nice, the food is flavorful and the menu has an array of chinese and japanese options. Our waiter was knowledgable and attentive and the food cam out in a timely manner. Pl8 is great for a date, special occasion, or after work meal. A must-try in the Northwest Suburbs."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I would just rate this place as ok. Don't get the Mongolian beef here as it was very very basic. For apps we had the pot stickers which were good and the ginger ale was awesome. I would maybe come back and give it another shot because there were other things on the menu that looked good but it's hard to pick it when it's sitting right next to a amazing restaurant like Barrington Bistro."
    Dined on 2/13/2014