PL8 Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Chinese
The exciting, new restaurant in Barrington. The yin and yang of food and ambiance creating a whole new trend in Asian cuisine. pl8 offers a fresh, imaginative menu of classic Chinese cuisine side by side with Japanese kitchen creations and sushi. pl8 is where you will find a chic city restaurant located in the suburbs. Where you'll find superd et unpretentious service. A menu that is sweet and savory. Classic dished with a smart twist that are 'simply Asian'. We can't wait for you to experience the best of Asian cuisine coming together on one pl8.
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JM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at Pl8!

J
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu choices. Something for everyone. Service was excellent. Been here several times. Will return.

CL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is now one of my favorite places for sushi, and I’d say my tastes aren’t easy to please. The rolls were very flavorful, inventive, and fresh. There were 4 of us and we started out with appetizers, then some sushi rolls, then a couple main dishes. It was all superb!! We will definitely be back — maybe today!!

KP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always great. They had a Brussels Sprout item on their menu. When it was served, the ratio between Brussels Sprouts, carrots and mushroom was disappointing. It was more carrot-centric, then mushrooms and finally Brussels Sprouts. Still good. Would order it again.

IB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PL8 does not disappoint. We have gone there many times and always have had a good experience. Our waiter, Patrick, was wonderful. Patient, easy, and informative.

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service here are always solid. I almost hate to give excellent reviews to any of our local favorites... don't want too much future traffic! Our server last visit was also bartending and did a great job managing his tables and the bar... Nice work Patrick.

ER
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good as always. I like the 6 oz/ 9 oz option for wine. Server was very responsive and friendly. We will be back!

PW
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The young ladies behind the front desk were certainly not the most welcoming ambassadors, but we have previously encountered that more often than not. We asked for a quiet table (nothing available in the bar) and were seated next to a gaggle of seven noisy women when other tables were available!! Come on!! The food was all very good, but the seaweed salad with cucumber should have been renamed a cucumber salad with some seaweed. It’s a salad we’ve had and enjoyed many times before but did not live up to expectations the other night.

LC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our dinners at Pl8! The service is great and the food is outstanding!

T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Pl8 is normally our "go to" place, so this is disappointing to be writing this since this is the first bad experience we have had here. The only reason we want to review is because we had a party of 14 people and it was more than one aspect that was disappointing. I made a reservation almost 2 weeks in advance for a surprise birthday dinner for my husband and it seemed as though they were short handed with wait staff. Our waitress was not only serving our party of 14, but the full patio outside and a few tables around us. It took at least 10 mins from being seated to order our initial drinks, once they were brought to us it was only the soda's, in which two were spilled on the tables and chairs, luckily the kids had just moved from the chairs that were spilled on. Ok we can get past this, then the rest of the drinks came maybe another 10 mins later along with some appetizers. After we were well done with both the appetizers and first drinks, we were checked on again when we placed our meal orders. It took at least 29 mins for the kids meals to come out which were first, then all of the other meals came out in groups of 2-3 a few mins apart from each other. Two of the meals were steaks and were ice cold and we sent them back and got different meals instead, at this point you would think a manager would have come by or someone would have jumped in to help out, nope. It didn't appear there was even a manager on staff that night. During the end of the meal we ordered another round of drinks and only half of them were accounted for. All in all this seemed to boil down to be a management issue and mis-managed staff, which is sad because our server was good, but definitely spread too thin and you could tell her frustrations and the potential to have at least 10 more new repeat customers.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We choose pl8 for special occasions and take out. The service is always terrific and the food is consistently delicious. Our occasion yesterday was first date since becoming empty nesters. Love the food and drink here!

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Naples
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had the waiter who was also a bartender and he was very busy. We had to constantly ask for more service. Bartender was flippant in his approach.

MM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food. New server was a bit slow. Overall great dinner.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Repeat customer.
Enjoyed every bite.
Service very good!

DM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love PL8. We’ve been twice and everything we’ve tried is delicious. Their drink menu is creative and their Mia tai is something special. Lots of variety and definitely something for everyone. Enjoy!

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed PL8 but find it inconsistent.

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food wasn't quite as great as normal, but sushi and service were still great.

CT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Nice restaurant with very poor wait staff. Never attended to during our meal and eventually had to track her down to find she was in the corner on her mobile phone possibly texting.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the service was excellent once we were seated. The only criticism is that the hostess failed to acknowledge people as they entered. Although there were 3 of them, one was constantly answering the phone and the others were handling take out orders.

LS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was not as outstanding as usual but Pl8 always a favorite of ours!! Had the brisket special this time which was an amazing fusion dish.

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. Understaffed.

MG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

after numerous visits for dinner, the decision was made to try the bar area for dinner. This was a good decision, as being it was Fathers Day, the atmosphere was busy, and on the loud(er) side.

PW
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Austin, was outstanding!! In addition to being an attentive, on-top-of-it waiter, he also has a pleasant sense of “fun”. We’ve had him before, and he has always been great!!

TP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite place, there is so much on the menu I can't wait to try!

KA
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great date night. The staff was friendly and attentive. Food delicious. Great atmosphere especially for an adult night away from the kids.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great value
Food tasted great.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been enjoying PL8 and have yet to be disappointed !

JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was slow and server was horrible

0
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Menu had many breaded and spicy items. Not that many otherwise that were not fish (allergic). I had the Orange chicken and it was breaded and too sweet. I was going to try the other chicken dish - had spicy peppers in it so I avoided it. The Ginger Ale was great but a bit too sweet. The asparagus and mushroom dish was fantastic. The edamame hummus was great. I was surprised that the desserts were not Asian-inspired - just normal desserts you can get at almost any restaurant.

TP
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I will always be sure to request a booth on my reservation, it got busy so the drinks and food took a while

R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection, drinks and food were prompt and yummy.

k
Chicago
185 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good service excellent.

JJ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, tons of options, and a beautiful restaurant.

TO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We went at 11:30 on Tuesday. It was SUPER quiet. So quiet that when we were shown our table, we went to the bathroom first, then back to sit down. I think they forgot we were there. I had to hunt down a server after about 10 minutes. Food was very good. We'll go back with hopes the service is better.

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

On Mother’s Day service was AWFUL but we tried again. This is a neighborhood place that frequent regularly. Again the service was awful,slow and uncaring. Witnessed 3 tables around us complaining several times. When I asked the waitress I was told it’s the kitchen’s fault. I think we need a new place

A
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good and there were so many options to choose from. Service was very slow.

TY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

PL8 has very good food but its portions are small coupled with higher than average price points. The service is on the slow side.

B
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner here last Saturday night. The restaurant was extremely busy. Fortunately, we had a reservation. We waited for some time for our server. Patrick noticed that we hadnt been waited on yet and came over and made sure we had everything we needed from waterloo opening the bottle of wine we brought. brought. He checked back to make sure all was well and instead of having us wait for our server, he took our order himself. We applaud his efforts to make sure we had what we needed. The food was delicious as usual. I had the Kung Pao Chicken and it did not disappoint. My husband had a shrimp dish with rice, green/red peppers and red onions. It was also delicious!
Great place to have nice meal. We have eaten here fairly often and will continue to do so.

V
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance were exceptional!!

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