Very good quality food & good
Very good quality food & good service.The veal medallions were wonderfully prepared and decent portions.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Birthday celebration spot!
I took a friend for a birthday celebration --- he loved the food. The ambience, and the special dessert!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We met late and closed the place, but they never once made us feel like we had to rush. Everyone treated us like they valued our being there, from the host to the waitstaff and everyone in between. Food is wonderful and the dining area has a warm, relaxing atmosphere.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food; Too noisy
We had an good experience for a group of 10 for a birthday party. Our table on a Saturday night was ready at 7:15 per our reservation time. The food was excellent overall, especially the pasta and clams. The appetizers and salads were excellent also. Two points: They seated our table of 10 directly next to another large group of people, which made the order taking, serving very awkward for the servers as the squeezed by the people seated on the common side. Also, it was too noisy in our area of the restaurant.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great pasta, delish desserts
Great pasta, delish desserts and good service. A little loud for the older guests..
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
very good food and wine selection
very good food and wine selection at an affordable price!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food is excellent, just like
Food is excellent, just like all other Rrancesca's restaurants. Lots of room in this restaurant, so can enjoy a quiet private evening. Kid friendly menu!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service and food
We usually go to the Dundee Francesca's and decided to try another location. We were quite pleased with this location; it's larger, has a bigger bar and the service was very attentive. It was great to be able to maneuver between tables without having to excuse ourselves or bump into people.
My husband had the special of trout w/ roasted tomatoes and spinach. I had the mushroom ravioli. Both were delicious. We do think the drink prices are too high; $9 for house wine is absurd, but I realize that's where they make their money. We'll be back.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
food and service excellent.
food and service excellent. very fresh and made to individual order. we loved it.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the online booking.
Loved the online booking. Wish doctors offices had that
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
As always, another great night
As always, another great night at Francesca's Famiglia! I love to be remembered and greeted warmly at the bar even though I'm not a "regular." New menu items are always worth a try - never disappointed.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Italian restaurant with
An Italian restaurant with the ambience white table cloths bring, serving great wines, personable service, and food worth the time and money. This restaurant is one of our favorites. The changing menu allows us to come frequently without becoming bored by our choices. The only flaw is that it gets noisy as the crowds grow. The bar always appears to very lively. Open Table makes booking a table Quick & easy.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
super friendly hostess and
super friendly hostess and owner. waiter was silent but efficient. the place was soo loud it was very difficult to hear one another. I was not at all happy with our table which was constantly bumped on all four sides by waiters and other patrons trying to get in to their booths or tables. food was good - wine was way overpriced. I think we would have spent more $ and time there if our waiter would have been even a little engaging, but he was zero personality.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Eaten here many times. Quality food and good service.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
vodka and pizza
martini's were great and the pizza was yummmm! ps... they have Willa vodka now!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great but service was bit below par
Been a long time fan of Francesca's in Barrington. The salads and bread were fresh. The main courses were good. I enjoyed my dates meal of Penne with asparagus over my dish of a spicy seafood spaghetti. The only reason I knocked the service is our waitress wasn't the best. Our salads came out after over more than a 10 minute wait. I assume This is mainly due to her not checking on us since it was just a mistake in the kitchen. It was a Friday night but the tables weren't at capacity. I think she was just not on her A game as a waitress. It happens.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always great food but this time, we had o wait for ou r table for more than 20 minutes. And it was extreme loud and noisy.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
The food was delightful, well prepared, and everyone talked about how good it was was. Our server was very attentive, and managed our time there very well. He never made us feel rushed, and the entire staff worked hard to ensure that plates were on and off the table without interrupting any of the conversation and "sharing".
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Francesca's for my sons high school graduation dinner on a recommendation. We had a party of 11. We were early about an hour so I called and they did accommodate. That was great of them. We were seated and served pretty quick. They had a lot of large parties and we were in no rush. I found the food to be fresh and Abundant. My teenage kids were able to find something to make them happy on the menu as well. Our server was fantastic. He took really good care of us. To me that's 50% percent of the experience.
I would return to this restaurant.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a very pleasant outdoor
I had a very pleasant outdoor dining experience at Francesca's.
The food was great, service prompt and friendly.
The entire staff was attentive to our needs.
I intend to return in the future, and recommend to friends.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, decent service.
The veal medallions my wife and I had were excellent,but a bit pricey@ $33 each al-a-cart. Caesar salad was very good as well.
Overall, a nice dinning experience.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go with our adult kids
Our kids love the pasta. The quantity is quite large and they almost always bring some of it home. We enjoy it as well. It is a nice, upbeat restaurant where we can enjoy a glass of wine, good food, and good conversation.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yum & Fun!
The service was exceptional...thank you Francesco (hope I got the spelling correct) - also Stash was a terrific host. Both gentlemen made the dining experience most enjoyable.
The food...fabulous! Cannot wait to go back again and again to try probably everything on menu.
Now that I know there are other locations, I will automatically check the website when I am traveling to see if there is a restaurant where I am at.
Thank you again for contributing to a wonderful evening.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was fantastic;
Our server was fantastic; she knew the menu and the drinks available at the bar. She was knowledgeable about the wine selections. And her personality was just fun. The other wait staff were very courteous and prompt.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As I expected, the food was perfect. The service was very good and I have not one complaint......Sirloin Carpacchio, Ceasar salad and Veal in a Brandy cream sauce. Need I say more ?
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food - Great Service
This place does a great job of creative, excellent cooking and meal offerings and great, friendly and attentive staff. I would highly recommend ding at Francesca's in Barrington.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian food with a flair
You won't see your common Italian dishes, but you will have a variety of distinctly prepared entrees. Our party all had different dishes ranges from pasta to fish, all nicely prepared. Would recommend if looking for something a bit different. Due to sitting arrangements not necessarily place for children.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites!
Francesca's has always been one of my favorite restaurants. Consistently great! Always a treat. Great food!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Barrington Italian restau
Good food. Nice decor. Friendly service. A little over priced but quantity is above average,
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was charming and the food was delicious (great flavors). We didn't go there thinking it was going to be a romantic dinner, but the ambience lends itself to it. They were also willing to accommodate substitutions, which restaturants like this don't always do.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very friendly staff
Everyone was very friendly. Our young son was hungry and they brought his food with our salads.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
You get a small neighborhood
You get a small neighborhood feeling at this location. Staff was friendly and efficient. We tried two menu items and one special, all dishes were fresh and delicious. I liked the sauces, did not overpower any of the dishes. Desserts were very good and nice presentation. Restaurant was a little noisy, had a cafeteria noise level, didn't totally love that, but otherwise a great experience and we will be back!! We went on a Tuesday night, not known as a great "chef" night, however each dishes was perfectly made, no worries there.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Barrington Village Gem
Great food, lively friendly venue in the heart of downtown Barrington.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was the best. It was a girls lunch and he was very attentive. He took our picture and even made suggestions. We left him a big tip.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Family Restaurant
I took my wife, parents, and 4 year old to Francesca's Famiglia for an early dinner this past Saturday, and it couldn't have been a better experience. All of the staff was friendly, and helpful; the food was great; and everyone had a great time.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have never been disappointed
Have never been disappointed here. Consistently good and different. The only complain I ever have is the noise level can be high. Not a big enough issue to keep me from going back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always delicious and well done. The only really bad thing was the $48 charge for a bottle of Pinot Grigio. I bought that exact wine at Costco for $18. It is no surprise that BYOB type restaurants are so popular. There is no way I would spend that kind of money on white or red wines.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy dining at Francesca,
I always enjoy dining at Francesca, a popular local restaurant
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat there about twice month
We eat there about twice month and always enjoy a great meal. The fish preparations are our favorites. Would highly recommend trying it out and the service is superb.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
I had not been to Francesca's in a while. I find the restaurant a great, local spot. The service is always welcoming and efficient. The asparagus, Gorgonzola, tomato salad is a refreshing start followed by many main course options to choose. Their fish entrees are fabulous with just a touch of sauces and cooked just right.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Birthday Celebration
I have had many birthday dinners and this was one of the best...not only for the food but for the table location and the wait service. You cannot choose wrongly when you choose this restaurant for any dining situation. Bravo Francesca Famiglia!!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anything but quiet!
The food and atmosphere are very good but the noise level in the main dining area is so high as to be distracting and annoying.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Place and Great Food
Really good italian food at great prices. Nice place to take your family or a date.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
In a word....Outstanding!
In a word....Outstanding! They were extremely busy Saturday night but yet we still had the best attentive service both from our waiter and from his assistant.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasant experience
Francesca s is consistently a good meal with interesting daily specials. The menu offers something for everyone and the service and staff always make you feel welcome.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is so nice to have such a good restaurant in Barrington. One of the fabulous aspects is the constantly changing menu. I had a wonderful dish that was truly gourmet quality. We were given a warm welcome and as we left a thank you for coming that evening. There was parking close to the restaurant. Which was so nice on a very cold evening.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my sister to lunch for her birthday. It was fabulous all the way around. We had the one price lunch that included appitizer, soup, main course and desert. I asked what was allowed for the main course and they said anything on the menu! It was an outstanding deal. Saved so much $ from the alacarte menu. And all the food was out of this world! My eyes were rolling with every bite. We sat by the window where the sun warmed us (since it was only 15 degrees outside). Servers all very attentive. Beautiful place. feels good just to walk in. I've been there before. always the same excellent food and service. That's why I picked it for my sister's special birthday. A must go!!
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Lunch, Great Food
I had the lunch fish dish w/ mushroom, sun dried tomato and asparagus for lunch, sauce was absolutely delicious, was like a perfect balsamic buttery reduction....Mom and I went for a long overdue lunch, we both are great cooks, so we appreciated the quality & taste The sauce on my fish dish was incredible, very rich & was the right balance to the fish. My mom had the burger, commented on the quality of the PRIME beef, I got a bite of that too, it was very very good to say the least, just perfect, not dry, not greasy, just good meat, cooked to perfection. The fries were crisp, perfectly fried and fresh, not greasy or heavy, made to order. From the bread to the meal, excellent. The olive oil and cheese served with the bread was fresh.
12/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate at the bar, because
We ate at the bar, because the bartender was amazing, so decided to give up our table, and enjoy a meal at the bar. Amazing experience and will always opt to eat at the bar!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM