Our neighborhood favorite
We have been going here since they opened and still go back often for special occasions, out of town guest, business groups, and just because. Great appetizer and dinner selections. I had the ravioli appetizer and the steak fritted which is always a favorite. It was my birthday so we ordered the soufflé for dessert and were not disappointed.
I have had groups that have come from around the world there and they were always impressed to find such a nice place in our area.
5/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was delightful! We made a reservation, were greeted promptly and sat immediately. Beautiful place. The owner/mgr is prideful and professional. Wines were suggested and the drinks were perfect. The escargot was amazing! Lavender creme brûlée was amazing! Great place! We'll definetly go back and tell people about this gem!
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time visit
We had a fantastic experience during our first visit to the Barrington Country Bistro. The food was great, the service was great, the only complaint is that we were uncomfortably stuffed when we left! We felt the need to try and sample too much from the menu. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great options for Veg and GF diners
Had a great meal. Everything on the menu is marked vegetarian or gluten free which we really appreciated and there are delicious options for both. Food is very nicely prepared and presented. Definite focus on flavor over gimmick. We will definitely be back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything about this place
Everything about this place is outstanding - the food, the wine list, the ambience and the service. And everyone who works there is tremendously knowledgeable and friendly. A superior experience in all regards every time we go .
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time we visit my mother
Every time we visit my mother ( we're from another state), we make a point of eating at this fine restaurant. If this place was near me, we'd be in here at least once a week. They never fail to delight us
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Gem
Have always had great meals with excellent service. Prix fixe menu has exciting choices.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fantastic impromptu find. I haven't had such good service and food in many years. As a foodie by nature I must say there is an abundance of menu items that are not possible-- definitely not likely to be re-ecreated at home. The expense was well worth it. I plan to return regularly and bring many persons with me. Excellent, excellent excellent. Service was prompt-professional & courteous-if not rather green. Reservations were literally made while driving into the parking lot and in the 1 minute (or less) it took to walk in the door from my auto tI found it surprising that he greeter hostess was prepared and expecting us.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Service was
Food was great. Service was terrific. Definitely will be back when I'm in the area.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great
Took wife there for her birthday. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent, tried rack of lamb. Romantic. A bit more than what I was planning on spending, but wife was happy so therefore well worth it.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
such a great find in the suburbs
The food and service were amazing. The knowledge of the staff is so helpful.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let us talk all night!
I selected the Bistro for a business dinner - my colleague and I had lots of ground to cover. The restaurant was not terribly busy that night (Blackhawks playoff game 6), so we sat there until they closed and never felt rushed. The food was delicious, as always, and the service was great. This continues to be one of my favorite spots to eat!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food, great service,
Outstanding food, great service, my wife loved it.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and fantastic service
Well, my last French experience was Bouchon in Napa Valley (Yountville), which was a total bust from a food perspective. Barrington Country Bistro, however, met our expectations. We never felt rushed even though we ordered multiple appetizers and desert. The food was prepared quite well and the presentation was great. Best service I've had in quite some time.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was some of the best food that I have tasted in quite sometime. Service was attentive without being very overly done
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
These guys get it
These guys get it, from the welcome to the menu selections and cuisine, to the top notch service without the 'tude. We come here quite a bit and it seems like there's always something new to try. This time we had the torchon of foie gras with cherries (yum) and softshell crabs (bright and fresh with subtly spicy watermelon relish). We ordered a small paella (small? it was plenty) and the halibut with coconut lemongrass broth that was perfection on a hot summer night. Dessert was a rich silky chocolate mousse and a passionfruit japonaise. Another great meal. We are never disappointed here.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
3 times in 2 weeks says it all
The fact that we've been here three times in two weeks says it all. We come here for a midweek lunch or dinner when we don't feel like cooking, and it's our favorite place to meet friends and bring out-of-town visitors. Our cosmopolitan guests from San Francisco were blown away. Great food, great service, and a comfortable atmosphere.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem, service/food always excellent
This is a wonderful restaurant. Menu changes frequently and is always interesting and fresh. I cannot say enough about the service. Servers are very knowledgable and all of the staff go out of their way to make the guests feel welcome and comfortable. The wine list is top notch yet reasonable. What more can one ask for???
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The quality of the meal and
The quality of the meal and the attentive attitude of the wait staff was excellent. We always enjoy the Barrington Country Bistro and look forward to our next visit.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really fantastic food!
The four of us loved our meals from appetizer to dessert! I had visited once and thought the restaurant was stuffy but it did not seem so this time. Also, prices were reasonable compared to other French restaurants. Highlights were roasted hen - wonderful flavors! and we also loved the crème brule. Wines were very good and waiter was excellent. We tried to linger in the bar for a drink but they are sticklers about being seated on time.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Cozy Delight!
A perfect place to linger over a delicious meal ... with a good friend and a glass of wine. The service is wonderful, and the ambience pleasant and friendly.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I picked this spot on a whim for four old friends to dine on a summers eve. The food delighted our wide ranging tastes, the wine complemented the food and augmented the conversation, the service was impeccable, and the entire night was a resounding success!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Barrington Treat
The Barrington Country Bistro was a last-minute find via the internet meant to conclude a weekend trip to Chicago and the suburbs. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't much in the way of upscale dining in Barrington, so this restaurant was quite the surprise. Though the staff was, at times, slow in carrying out their duties, that is my only complaint. The French style food was delicious and well prepared; the ambiance was pleasant and refined; the other clientèle were there to truly appreciate this oasis of elegance and fine dining; and best of all, it was remarkably inexpensive. Overall, a highly recommended restaurant for those in Barrington looking for some classy cuisine.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has been a reliably great place for years! It never disappoints. This past visit we had the carrot ginger soup, which was superb, followed by the pan roasted chicken breast served with fingerling potatoes, cornichons, haricots vert, little white onions and a delectable wine sauce. One of our party had the luncheon beet salad that was almost too beautiful to eat, but she managed to clean her plate very nicely. The restaurant has a very well chosen wine list, with interesting selections, and many excellent wines by the glass. The staff is always very attentive and very professional. It's always a treat to dine here!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are new to the Chicago area and have dined at Barrington Countdy Bistro a few times. The food has always been excellent and the wait staff attentive, without hovering. From the moment we walk in to the time we leave, the staff is friendly and helpful and very patient with kids.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed spending our 12th anniversary dinner at Barrington Bistro. The staff was incredibly friendly, a drank in the bar to start the evening was a fantastic experience. The food was top notch and the service second to none. We plan on coming back very soon. Thank you.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding dining experience
Everything about our evening was special..from the wonderful service to the outstanding food (we had the halibut and filet, and the piece resistance..Grand Marnier souffle..I tell all my friends and family what a gem Barrington Bistro is!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my husband to Barringtom Country Bistro on a dinner date. I wanted someplace we had not been before and we LOVED it! The food was outstanding and the service was spectacular! Our waiter, Todd, was knowledgeable and described the food in such a way that we tried a few things we normally would not have. Again, we were very satisfied, and you can count on us being repeat customers!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the steak salad and it was delicious. Fresh, fresh organic greens, house-made dressing, perfectly-cooked steak...what summer lunch was meant to be!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I recently visited this restaurant for our 6-year wedding anniversary. He ordered the Amish chicken, I ordered the seafood pasta. He also had the French onion soup, and we tried the ravioli appetizer. Everything was delicious. The trio of sorbets is amazing for a dessert, and even though the soufflé was recommended by Google reviewers, I tried it and didn't care for it very much...but, then again, I'd never had a soufflé before. I tried the Devil's Kiss martini, which sort of tasted like rubbing alcohol, but my husband loved his glass of Pinot Noir. We will definitely visit this restaurant again in the future!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We regularly dine here. In fact, we came in just before and after a trip to France and they wanted to know our comparison. We are pleased with the quality and quantity of food and the adherence to haute cuisine.
Our Parisian trip did not offer us a comparison of foods as we tended to local dining and frequent wine.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service, the Food
Excellent Service, the Food is always an experience.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been dining at the Barrington Country Bistro for years. Our last visit proved to be no exception to our high expectations. The menu was varied, and contained several delights, such as goat cheese flan. Service was top notch, and the presentation of our dinner bordered on spectacular. Earlier in the evening, the noise level was indeed energetic, but as the night progressed, the restaurant became quieter (and more romantic). I highly recommend the BCB.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegant dining……Service and Food were excellent. Tod, our server made some excellent suggestions. We will be dining at the Barrington Country Bistro again.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the Visit
A French Restaurant priced fairly and the chef does a good job. White linen tablecloths nice table space chairs are just normal. Lots of wines to choose from. Food is good. Our waitress I couldn't understand and I hate that but, she did a great job.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
An all-around great experience.
An all-around great experience. Interesting menu very well executed and presented, plus a reasonably priced wine list well suited to the food and many by the glass. Pleasant dining room and great relaxed atmosphere. Knowledgeable wait staff giving the right amount of attention for us. This is a great find and definitely among the best in the burbs.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had and excellent meal here. The food was interesting and well prepared. The service staff was very knowledgeable about the food and were very helpful in guiding us through the menu. The wine list is excellent and has selections for everyone. We will definitely be coming back
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Good Experience
WE had a delightful dinner. We were not in the regular dining room which was much quieter. WE are in the senior age group so it was a chance to visit w/o the loud background noise. The food was excellent and the service was equally as good.
A good experience and we will be back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the best in Barrington
We've made occasional visits to the Bistro for over fifteen years, and never come away less than elated at the quality of the preparation, presentation, and service there. Barrington Bistro is peerless in the area when it comes to French-style cuisine with creative modern twists. We've become vegetarians in the last five years and still find the menu choices appealing, and the meat selections alluring invitations to return to being a carnivore. This trip, the panko- encrusted fluke on a bed of veggies in a cream and sweet vinegar sauce was outstanding. Thanks to the friendly staff and amazing chef for another memorable visit.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
outstanding food & service
one of the best places in Chicago area. Very nice service, creative and gourmet food and great wine list. I'm from France and this feels like home.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This has been a popular dining spot for me for many years, and I am never disappointed. The service is impeccable, and the food is marvelous and always beautifully plated. Just a gem of a restaurant! Mercy beaucoup!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always enjoy all aspects of this restaurant - from the greeting and taking your coat upon arrival and all through the meal and dessert. We had two of the seasonal special entrees - braised veal cheeks with sweet potato strings; and lamb with Morrocan spices and couscous. The flavors were wonderful for each. Wine selection is great and we really enjoyed our California Pinot Noir. Service was excellent throughout.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were visiting a group of friends who live in the suburbs while in town from San Francisco. They took us to the bistro for dinner, and we had an amazing time. We really liked the vibe- it was modern and lively, and the manager there Freddy took really great care of us. Our waiter helped us pair our wines to our meals, and really did a fantastic job. Best part of all, he recommended a "special" that wasn't on the menu- pork shoulder, and it was incredible!!!! Coming from such a foodie town we had really high expectations, but we're really excited to come back to the bistro next time we're in town!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't believe it's been there for 18 years and this was our first visit. Wonderful server, great food. Generous portions that are full of flavor - great experience!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a joy to dine here
This is our stand-by, always-great place to bring people who come to visit in the burbs! The Bistro is a perfect place for conversation and for enjoying a food and wine experience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three words: lovely, lovely, lovely. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, nice menu and first class execution. Makes for a great time you feel like you've really been somewhere. And the bill is less than you'd think for this quality of experience.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going to the
We have been going to the Barrington Country Bistro for many years and the food and service are always excellent. A very consistent restaurant.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bistro never fails to
The Bistro never fails to shine with us! We have enjoyed lunch or dinner here many times, and have never been disappointed. The entire staff is pleasant, attentive, and well-informed about each dish. The menu changes as their inspired chef expertly prepares each delicious dish with the freshest ingredients. Highlights from two recent visits were a salad prepared with figs and dressed with a fig vinaigrette, pork tenderloin delicately blanketed in a mellow Calvados sauce, slowly-braised, melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank and white beans, and a dessert of plum and berry crisp with rum ice cream. Pure heaven!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Highly recommend. Best food in the area. Service people are highly competent.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect every time
We come here often and it is our favorite restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. I would recommend it to anyone.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM