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PL8 Restaurant
PL8 Restaurant

PL8 Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pl8simplyasian.com
  • Email: manager@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "PL8 has quickly become our favorite restaurant. It's outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "They have GREAT appetizers and their entrees are awesome too. There is a great menu with many choices."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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
  • "I have been to Pl8 many time and every new person I bring absolutely loves it."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed another fun evening at Pl8. Tangerine chicken special was outstanding. Tried the dragon noodles which said spicy on the menu and they were painfully spicy. I like spicy food, but my face turned red and I was uncomfortable. Wish the waiter would have suggested we order medium. Next time we know. Overall, love the creative appetizer and the quality of the meat and seafood was excellent."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our favorite place for rolls. Have tried them all on the menu and favorite is the Godzilla Roll, and Tuna poke salad. Tried the Triple c with cucumber and not a fan, the cucumber overpowers the flavors. Service is generally very good, tonight I think they were understaffed so a little slow. Great atmosphere and energetic vibe."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The menu had great options, lots of drink choices too. Cute inside and fast service. A great place to go on date night or with a group of friends. Will definitely be going back to try everything!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We chose PL8 to celebrate a friend's birthday. Great evening!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This was our first time with the kids. We had made reservations via open table, so we were seated right away. The food was great. service was good. The kids liked it too. We had sushi as well as other entrees."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "They had something for everyone in our party. Unique and fresh sushi combination or try the Thai Basil Chicken. The wine was great and the ginger - ale is worth trying. We had great service and a great time."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Our party of 6 had a great evening at PL8. We've looked for years for a place close by that does a good job with a melded Asian menu in a comfortable and attractive setting, and finally found it. Our server was casual, friendly and very attentive -- just the right tone for this spot -- and he guided our eclectic group through the menu very well. Everything we ordered, from starters, the soup (the special shared pot is terrific), each entrée (easily shared) and the desserts, tasted fresh and special. Members of our group noted how every dish had it's distinct flavors, setting it apart from every other one we tried -- which is often not the case with dining in this type of cuisine. We all left satisfied, happy campers and will be back soon."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Very modern looking and clean,food was very good,will return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Had an excellent dinner and evening. Food was excellent as well as the service!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "UNBELIEVABLE. One of the best Asian dishes I have ever had. The Chong Ching Whitefish Soup was also very, very good. This food rivals and/or beats some of the best from Chicago's Chinatown."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Interesting takes on standard Asian dishes and stalwart favorites as well. Didn't try the house maki rolls but they looked great. Coming back again for sure!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We ordered six different dishes (appetizers, sushi, green beans, shrimp special) and shared everything. I love the green beans and have to have them every time we eat here. The shrimp special was just OK but everything else was great. The waiter was very attentive. The noise level at PL8 is lively but not so loud you have to scream to have a conversation with the people at your table."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We really need to come here more often. The food is so great. You have so many options from sushi to great dishes that are large enough to share. We started with sushi - with help from our server. Then ordered 3 main dishes - a pad thai, a wide noodle and a sweet and sour dish as well as more sushi and shared among the 4 of us. We ate ALL of it. Each dish was excellent."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "PL8 is becoming our "go to" restaurant in Barrington. Interesting, delicious food, good (a little pricey) drinks, and overall good service. If you desire a lower noise level, ask for a "quiet booth" when booking."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great menu, very fresh ingredients. Our favorite waiter, Patrick, provides outstanding service!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Good food at a reasonable price. Good portions. Great Crunchy Lobster roll. Loved the Blood Orange Martini."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This was the first time dining at PL8. Our waiter was very helpful suggesting entrees and highly recommended their house specials. The crab rangoon chop sticks for an appetizer was amazing! I alsos enjoyed the Triple k.c. under the speciality maki house plates. Pl8 is definitely not your typical Asian restaurant. We plan on going back soon."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food. I had the dry stir fried shredded beef. I rated it a 9 out of 10. My wife had sushi and thought it was great. My daughter had the sesame chicken and loved it and my son had the teriyaki chicken, substituted broccoli for the bok choy, and loved it as well. We were there for my mother-in-laws b-day and they threw in a free desert which is a noice touch. My only complaint was the service was not great. Other than to take our order and drop off our food and then the bill we never saw the waitress. Overall I would rate our experience a 7 out of 10. If the service were better I would give it 9 out of 10."
    Dined on 11/9/2013