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
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
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.
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!,,
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.
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!
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).
Always a great meal - most reliable restaurant in Barrington for good food and service.
Always excellent, fabulous time
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?
Authentic Italian food, delicious salads. Many choices on the menu
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was our first time at the restaurant and we will be back.. Our sever Joy was very nice and the food was delicious.
Always great, never a bad meal bere
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.
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
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.
The food was really wonderful and so was our waitress.
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.
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
Carpaccio portion was small and past dishes were not good
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!
This is a wonderful place for a good meal. Worth the half hour drive.
Welcoming and attentive service
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.
Great food, friendly and caring service. Love the atmosphere. Always enjoy the restaurant.
Sara was fabulous food great. There was a kids party that was incredibly loud with children running around. Other than that fabulous.
The food was tasty and the service was wonderful. Everyone was very pleased.
Its a great restaurant. The service is exceptional and the food is outstanding!
The lemon chicken with capers is my absolute favorite!! It wasn't on the lunch menu but they made it anyway! :)
Got very loud
Always ha e yummy left overs for the next days lunch !
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!!
Our dinner was wonderful however the wine pour was very disappointing! They used to be much more generous for the price you're charging.
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!
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.
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.
We enjoyed a few appetizers and soups and found everything to be very good. The waitstaff was a bit overattentive, but I'd rather see that than be left to fend for myself with no service. We got there before the dinner crowd, and it was quiet, but quickly got loud, and a bit hard to hold a conversation, it was very busy, but then again, it was a Saturday night. Wouldn't recommend for a romantic quiet evening out, but the food, atmosphere and service were very very good.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food and atmosphere are great. Had food envy for the spinach ravioli. Love that dinner starts with bread, olive oil and cheese.