Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
11:30 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 19 times today
Special offers available. See details

Francesca's Famiglia

4.6
955 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(847) 277-1027
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Salomon Aguirre
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Full service catering options are available. Please contact our restaurant for more details.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Hough Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Indoor Heated parking garage conveniently located below our restaurant. There are ample street parking options and other public parking lots within 1 block of the restaurant.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
Conveniently located within walking distance from the Barrington Metra train stop. Enjoy a quick bite or coctail or a leisurely meal while you wait for train or friends on the train.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our family style menu, “Tavoli di Amici” (Table of Friends), encourages an interactive dining experience for groups of 15 to 280 guests. Family-style dining offers you and your guests an eclectic selection of flavors spanning three to five courses.

View Private Dining Details

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show Mom some Amore! We'll be serving a brunch buffet from 10am - 3pm $38 adults, $16 kids (12 and under). Our full dinner menu from 4pm - 9pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 955 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and outstanding food! The server was exceptional. A great place to dine.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Francesca's never disappoints. Always have the best options for fresh flavorful dishes. I have been there many times and never walk away thinking they didn't give me my money's worth. The dishes are outstanding and enjoy having a great dinner. Service is top notch also right there to service you and very nice.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I MADE A RESERVATION THREE DAYS IN ADVANCE AND WAS SEATED ON THE CAFETERIA SIDE .PACKED IN WITH LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE AROUND US. I won't be going back again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A bit noisy as it was a Saturday night. But exceptional service, cuisine, 🍹 cocktails... the salmon and porkhops, and chicken dishes were to die for!,,

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had to wait 30 min beyond reservation time and then were seated next to an over served group of 6. We asked to move to a different table - and all was good. Francesca's has been a "go to" for us for years - and we'll certainly be back. The bar area can be extremely loud - better in the dining room. We should have known better.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Thank you, Open Table....I had made the reservation requesting a quiet table, however we were placed right by the entrance where people were walking back and forth. I reminded the host of my request and immediately he apologized and gave us a wonderful table “in the back room”. Our waiter, Francisco was attentive, helpful, and accommodating. The busboy kept our water glasses full and brought additional bread to the table without being asked. All four of us had the delicious Gnocchi alla Valdostana...it was fresh, hot, well seasoned, and a generous portion. Thank you Francesca’s Famiglia!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was excellent but waitress was horrible. We only saw her to drop off the menus and take the orders. She came to ask if we wanted another glass of wine and ask about the dessert menu (felt like she was a nothing more than a salesperson). But she never checked for anything else~~i.e. how was your dinner? Busboys brought bread, oil, refilled water, brought the bill, boxed the food. And another waitress returned the signed payment. Our waitress did basically NOTHING! We were very annoyed as we noticed the 2 tables adjoining us had very attentive wait staff (different persons from our waitress).

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Always a great meal - most reliable restaurant in Barrington for good food and service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always excellent, fabulous time

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Unfortunately, service was very disappointing. We have had better service in the past however this is the second visit that service or dining room management has disappointed. The food was delicious, we truly enjoyed the mussels in spicy marinara. This dish is our favorite and is why we chose Francesca’s for our night out. Our cocktails took some time to prepare, waiter was not available. Water glasses remained empty during our meal, salads were late, entree arrived shortly after. This would’ve been ok but we decided to order coffee and dessert. Desserts arrived, we had no silverware. Then we saw our waiter, asked for silverware and still waited for coffee. Coffee arrived cold. No explanation from waiter. The waiter walked by the table left the check without offering a refill of our coffee. So was this the kitchen, dining room or waiter that failed?

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Authentic Italian food, delicious salads. Many choices on the menu

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food but poor service. Had to ask the server to clean out table all the time.
Made a reservation for my birthday party - no one congratulated me.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food was delicious, but I ordered the special specifically for the braised short ribs, and there was not ONE piece of meat in my dish--how does that get left out? They fixed it, but it's a pain, because by then of course everyone else is almost done eating. Also, the waiter's initial response when I pointed it out (politely) was, "I didn't make it." Errr...right, but you're supposed to check the food before you bring it to the table, no? Other than that, the food is always consistently good and nice quality, and I would still recommend.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Both of our entrees were wrong when served. They both were sent back. Correct entrees arrived at different times and when mine arrived I questioned the sauce. The server(I think it was one of the mgrs) became defensive and I deferred anymore conversation.
Very unusual here although it happened a couple of months ago also. I always said I never had a bad meal here and I hope it’s not changing!! I haven’t heard of management change. If it continues to be questionable food and service, I Il be finding someplace else.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

food was outstanding. 3 of us had veal medallions that looked like filets. they melted in your mouth. our guest said it was an excellent meal. he was impressed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was our first time at the restaurant and we will be back.. Our sever Joy was very nice and the food was delicious.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Always great, never a bad meal bere

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

One problem, our first course orders never came. Our hot entrees arrived at the table but no soups and salads. There was no sense letting our food get cold or eatting backwards so we told server to cancel. They offered us a round of free lemonjelo but some of us never drink that. Our original order was what we wanted.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This was my first time here. My sister works in The area and always wanted to try it. She took me there for my b-day. It was delicious from the lemon drop martini to the mini size dessert them gave me with a candle in it .
I have a pasta dish with shrimp and sis had the salmon which next time I will get. Mine was amazing but that salmon was the best ever!!!!
Thanks for making
My birthday a very special one!!!
Ps it’s does get noisy but it is very lively not stuffy

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We had a group of 4 for dinner. Food was good. The stand out was mushroom risotto and scallop linguine special. Service was good but a bit slow.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was really wonderful and so was our waitress.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Reliable local favorite for Italian food. The room is comfortable, the service competent. The minestrone soup is some of the best around; rich and flavorful. Desserts are excellent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Anthony made our dinning experience fantastic
We had requested his section when we made reservations. When we got to the restaurant his section happened to have a lot of kids. So we went to the bar. We were thrilled when Anthony said he could come to the bar and be our server.
Thanks for a great dinner

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Carpaccio portion was small and past dishes were not good

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had a small pre-wedding celebration. The staff could not have been more accommodating. The food and drinks were great and Francesca's gave the happy couple a lovely, special dessert.
We had a wonderful dinner!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is a wonderful place for a good meal. Worth the half hour drive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Welcoming and attentive service

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We loved it, had a great time with close friends. Valentines night, busy, service was slow but food was excellent. They brought chocolate strawberries around after dinner as a nice treat on the house. We’ll definitely keep going back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, friendly and caring service. Love the atmosphere. Always enjoy the restaurant.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Sara was fabulous food great. There was a kids party that was incredibly loud with children running around. Other than that fabulous.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The food was tasty and the service was wonderful. Everyone was very pleased.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Its a great restaurant. The service is exceptional and the food is outstanding!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The lemon chicken with capers is my absolute favorite!! It wasn't on the lunch menu but they made it anyway! :)

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Got very loud

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Always ha e yummy left overs for the next days lunch !

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

We frequently dine at the Francesca's Famiglia restaurant in Barrington. We are constantly impressed with the quality of the food and the terrific service. We will be back!!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Our dinner was wonderful however the wine pour was very disappointing! They used to be much more generous for the price you're charging.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

After our Granddaughter’s swim meet and our Grandson’s soccer game we were all hungry!

The only problem was that some of the promotional websites and signs said the restaurant would not open until 4PM even though we had a reservation on OpenTable for 11:30.

We almost went to another restaurant!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was good, but the noise level was very loud and it made it difficult to hear the conversation occurring at our own table. Clearly it was a busy night and the service lacked. Our service was nice and attentive when he was around, but we waited a long time for that service. Don't think we would return.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Our food was very good overall and Renee, our server was excellent. The restaurant was busy and he was attentive without being intrusive. My wife, son and his girlfriend each had a pasta dish and reported that they were all very good. The price on those also were reasonable. I tried the osso buco. While it was tender it was more bland than I have experienced and it was a relatively small shank. It was not as good as some osso buco I have had at other Italian restaurants in other cities. So, while good, I would not rate the osso buco as excellent. We had some carrot cake for dessert and that was very good. We also had a good bottle of Argentinian Malbec.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
24

Tweets by Francesca's Famiglia