Francesca's Famiglia

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Francesca's Famiglia is proud to be the 16th member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group. Francesca’s Famiglia, nestled in downtown Barrington’s quaint shopping district, features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Francesca's Famiglia encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance. Simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices make Francesca’s an experience to remember!

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.
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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our evening here. The food was delicious. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining spot, food was awesome, and so was the service!

MS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Very very bad service.The restaurant was half empty,but personal was busy with the private event.
We were waitin SO LONG for anything,what we asked for.The food was amazing,but nobody refill drinks,big problem to have coffee latte(it is on desert menu)and all atmosfere there was not friendly.It was my second visit-the first one was perfect.I would recomend the place only becouse of food.

Francesca's Famiglia
Responded 6 hours ago

Monika, I am terribly sorry for your experience with us. High service standards is something I take very seriously. I would love to talk more about this so we can make this right by you. Also so I can use this as a training tool to help ensure this doesn't happen again! I look forward to speaking with you.

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JB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food ! Great Service! Love the atmosphere.

PC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Morgan, our server, was solicitous and so patient with my 7-year-old. She was excellent!

Francesca's Famiglia
Responded on November 4, 2019

Peggy, this is great to hear!! I agree Morgan is a true one-of-a-kind gem and we are lucky to have her as part of our team. Please feel free to request her whenever you come in next!!

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AW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Gino, was very helpful with wine selection and menu items.

B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding for our group of 5, really enjoyed appetizers and I personally had the short-rib which should move to an every day item on the menu!

CR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, with good prices and good service!

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch combo offerings and lovely wait staff!

LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tasting food in Barrington for certain enjoyable atmosphere too

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We normally go to the Arlington heights location (at least twice a month), but met friends at the Barrington location with expectations of a similar dining experience.
I have nothing but rave reviews for the Arlington heights location, but I cannot say the same about the Barrington location. Overcooked fish, poorly prepared sauces, and overall poor management. They are a poor reflection of the Francesca’s brand.

Francesca's Famiglia
Responded on October 25, 2019

Steph, I'm terribly sorry you had a poor experience at our locations. I will be following up with you to talk more about how we can fix our mistakes and better ourselves!

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LT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Asha did a wonderful job. She gave us honest recommendations and checked on us frequently.

W
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our dining experience at Francesca's. The food was great, and the service was good too.

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive and prompt service, food was great.

TS
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our meals add service were great!

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and value in a perfect location , relaxed atmosphere

SC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a party of 7. All the food we had was excellent, and service seemed to be right there every time we needed something. All staff was friendly. Only problem: they had run out of tiramisu.

MB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This Francesca's location always has excellent food! I was in the mood for beef, but no beef was on the menu. I spoke to the server who talked to the chef, and had an excellent filet mignon with an "al fungi" preparation that I love and have had many times, which was also not on the menu. Every dish is always wonderful!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance, nice portions, food good, accommodate gluten free.

BB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a sea bass with shrimp in a lobster sauce. It was very good. I had a cocktail followed by a glass of red Italian wine which was very nice. The service was friendly. It was a bit noisy but not to bad, it didn’t distract from the dinner. Sometimes I prefer a lively atmosphere

MM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid choice. Great food, great service and a beautiful place to sit outside on a nice evening.

LM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner and the service was outstanding. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and had a good sense of humor. He remembered us from a previous visit, and made us feel very welcomed.

SH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to dine

LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the exceptional choices in every category, generous portions, worth the trip

JB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and really attentive service. Had an obnoxiously loud group right next to us, or score would have been perfect

PM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to be cognizant of the noise level in restaurants. My husband wears two hearing aids, and if the music is too loud or if the tables are too close together that you hear the other people talking, that’s not a good experience for my husband. We always look for quieter restaurants or outside seating.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, will come again

p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Friends gathering

t
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Back of the house always on point. Compliments to the kitchen for yet another great meal. Front of the house...well...is consistently okay.

JM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

So disappointed in the Barrington location. The service was poor. we both had different chicken dishes, my companion had the half chicken with potatoes. The chicken was so dry and the potatoes had no taste on top of that they were cold. I had a chicken with pasta that was missable. It was like eating a frozen entree. We both had a cup of corn soup, which tasted like a can of cream corn the was put in a blender and reheated.
stay away from this place.

OT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food that showed up at the table was not what the description was on the menu. No flavor and cold! Worst Italian food I have ever had in my life! Room was so loud you couldn't even speak to the people you were with. When we complained about the food manager never came over but sent the waiter to tell us we could have a free dessert but did nothing about the entrees! We never took the dessert we just left never to return again.

WL
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Francesca’s in Barrington is part of a small chain of Francesca’s. The service is excellent, and the food is quite good. It is higher end Italian and other dishes, and the pizzas, which are reasonably priced, are both unique and delicious. There are other good dishes - the Salmon choices are quite good. Try it - you’ll like it!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable on all levels Thankful for his hometown business that always makes you feel welcome.

RB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, good food, nice setting. Appreciate that we were able to have a relaxful dinner with our out of town family.

s
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

TB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We are long time Francesca’s customers and frequently dine there - at least once every few weeks.

The food and service is always excellent.

Unfortunately, our last three dinners have been interrupted by extremely loud parties. While there are separate rooms at this Barrington restaurant, the parties are frequently seated in the main dining room. The parties get louder as the evening wears on. The behavior is not just loud talking but yelling and singing as well distracting flash photographs.

Management has the prerogative to seat these parties in the private dining rooms. I question why they don’t do this as a routine practice.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! It was Lasagna Day and the portobello lasagna was absolutely delicious! Never dissatisfied here.

LS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sit outside, it was a beautiful night. We had the Lasagna special and some wine.
Everything was great!

E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I haven't visited the Barrington location for approx. 2 years and it will be at least that long if not longer before the next visit. It took 3 attempts to get our appetizer correct; out of 2 meals, 1 was good and 1 fish dish was under cooked and raw in the middle (salmon). I also couldn't quite believe the size of the salmon relative to the price which either the fish should have been more generous or the price not so high for the size of the fish. It was not a crowded, busy night so there was really no excuse. On the bright side, the servers were wonderful and did everything they could to solve our food issues. They are to be commended. Sorry for being blunt but I will spend my dining dollars elsewhere.

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable with a diverse menu and wine list. Good service.

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