PL8 Restaurant
PL8 Restaurant

PL8 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pl8simplyasian.com/
  • Phone: 8473821988
  • 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: Japanese, Chinese
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
PL8 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (21)special occasion (20)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (9)romantic (8)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • always a good evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always have a good evening at PL 8. Great apps, good drinks & beer selection, and outstanding food. Service was awesome too...didn't hover, kept us comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pat
    PatE
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A group of six of us went to PL8 for dinner and shared our meals. Had a lazy Susan in the middle of the table to accommodate sharing. The food was very tasty. Sushi came with adequate amounts of ginger and wasabi. Had a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerD
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We started with a sushi appetizer which was perfect in taste and temperature. The 7 flavor chicken was tender and tasty. The dry stir fried beef was my favorite. It was as tensor as a filet. The Pad Thai noodles were good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On a Whim we found this Restaurant
    Eatables
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wanted Sushi plus something for those not liking seafood or sushi so much. This restaurant has a great variety of Asian cuisine. Sushi was modern style and flavors delightful. Service was also a delight. We sat outside so can't speak to noise level inside, but interior looked aesthetic and not run of the mill. Reasonably priced and encourages trying/sharing several dishes. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeslieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    PL8 is truly a hidden gem in the suburbs. PL8 consistently offers wonderful food with unique twists on traditional Asian plates. Their hot and sour soup is the best in the Chicago area and their signature cocktails knock it out of the park. Enjoy a great lunch or dinner with the best service and staff around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Otis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A great place for drinks, food, and friends! Got together with the girls to celebrate my sister's Birthday, and she was still talking about what a great time she had at PL8. The service was impeccable, I stood up to locate the restrooms and a staff member noticed me straight away and assisted. The Asian Fusion of Chinese and Japanese food is worth trying, I would recommend the Crab Rangoon Chop Sticks to start, out of this world! If you like Martini’s, you have got to try the PL8 Pear Martini. Can’t wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linda
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good But Pricey
    Jbird
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    grwtr
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant and affordable
    PolishHam
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The feel of an upscale restaurant without the heavy price tag.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    So happy we found! Everything was excellent! Very friendly service and terrific food. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!
    Globalgourmet
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extensive Menu-not just sushi
    Paula
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    hpstines
    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)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our new favorite Asian place
    Pammy1946
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as past experiences
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service and Food
    hpstines
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loving PL8
    Lovindatenight
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Staff is always friendly. Food is fresh, very tasty and beautifully prepared. Mai Tai's to die for!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the PL8 Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Don't linger....
    Kmkdiner
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Surprise!
    JanL
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great flavors. Nice size portions. Will definitely go back. Went for lunch, not crowded. Consider this a hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well, it was Mother's Day...
    idesofmarchstreet
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    ...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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Holiday restaurant
    Dan582
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jake
    JakeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Love this place. Supper fresh. Portions are great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came back for a visit
    Happyinfla
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pan Asian
    Sfwport
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Out2eatrs
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    pl8 = Delicious meals, creative decor. Although busy we have shown up on Saturday nights and be quickly seated. Wonderful blended spices and sauces. Our friends who are Sushi enthusiasts were on a foodie cloud! Even has pick up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    BucciBergeron
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi in Barrington
    JGBarrington
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    EdkirkVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    PL8 has quickly become our favorite restaurant. It's outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pl8
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very attentive welcome and
    shellfish
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Very attentive welcome and service. Food was very fresh and cooked to perfection. Will definitely return with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere great food
    Steph
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband and I met another couple there and the food was excellent and the wait staff was equally as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hits the Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    If you like Asian flair and fare, this little spot is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always very fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The food is always very fresh and tasty. Service was also very good. Would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hard to find ... but worth the hunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate