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About PL8 Restaurant

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.

736 W. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL 60010
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Hart Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 382-1988

Website:
http://www.pl8simplyasian.com/

Catering:
Please call the restaurant directly for any off-site catering inquiries.

Parking Details:
We are located in the Foundry Shopping Center which has many spaces available to park.

Public Transit:
Just a few minutes away from the Barrington Train Station.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

PL8 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Good for a Date (10)
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Fun (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Cozy (5)
Romantic (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Authentic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Consistently Great ...
very good menu variety and interesting special

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always good but the place needs a good cleaning

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Patrick was our server and he was great!!! The food was great too

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved the Biltmore sushi combo platter appetizer, and the dry beef stir fry was delicious. A very nice setting for special occasions and romantic dinners with a lively vibe.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

730 reservations. Seated at 750. 10 more minutes until acknowledged at our table by a server.

Disorganized, slow, cold appetizer, no napkins/silverware until asked for.

Food was nothing special. Disappointed.

First and last time here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

As always, pl8 is great. Great sushi and Chinese with flair.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our second time at Pl8. We had a great time and shared many different dishes. the food and service were both great. So many choices from sushi to traditional dishes. The only reason for a 4 star overall rating was that we were sat right next to the kitchen door which was a little distracting. Regardless, we will return again.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

First time at Pl8. Server was very attentive and helpful. Dim sum was good but next time will order it steamed so more tender. The shrimp Basel dish was very tasty and interesting; lots of raw red onion. Very fresh tasting. Must like cilantro. The chicken dish was very good and more traditional. Chicken fried rice was Ok. Had lots of left overs of everything. The wine was good but very expensive. Desserts are from local bakeries and the lemon one is excellent. Nice evening out. Our bill came to $96 before tip. Will go again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Wonderful service! The menu is pretty big and our server helped us pick through to find the best! Portions are somewhat small for the price, but the taste is on point for everything! Great for groups of all sizes. Will be back soon to make my way through the rest of the menu..

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful Asian options on PL8's interesting menu, and a fabulous selection of specialty drinks, too. Make a reservation, as it gets super crowded on weekends.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I come to Pl8 frequently and even bring our young kids here on occasion. We are never disappointed by the food, drinks, atmosphere and the service. Great sushi menu and really unique rolls- we love the rolls that use the black rice— SO good!!
The only thing that kept me from giving a 5 star is the hostess. I am a super friendly person and always greet people with a warm smile. I tell ya- there is this particular hostess who seems so annoyed at the world in general. I have come in with a reservation, without a reservation, with my kids, with just my husband, with friends and lots of times for take out. This girl is SO rude always! For no reason. She has a look of contempt on her face before you’ve made it to the hostess stand. Other than her, Pl8 is great!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

it was ok. some of the food was REALLY salty. 6oz of wine was $9??!?!!? are you serious? I can get a long Island Ice tea at Breakers ni Crystal Lake for less than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. veggies in fried rice were HUGE and no knife was provided. service was a bit poor.. I waited a LONG time for a second drink. she was more interested in new customers than us. Very nice when talking to us.. but un-attentive. didn't like the LED lights over us.. too bright. glad we tried it.. but probably won't be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We tried some favorites and dared to try new items... all were amazing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Pl8 always has excellent foid and service. They recently added a few things to their main menu and the specials are ALWAYS something we look forward to.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was really good but service could be better. We had to request water refills, drinks and waitress wasn't as attentive. It wasn't very busy either. However, the food was delicious and ambiance was great. Would recommend and would go again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our meals were fantastic. Great presentation, fresh, and flavorful. We have been to PL8 numerous times. Unfortunately, this time the wait staff were slow and forgetful. Took 20 minutes to get our initial drinks followed by repeat requests for other items and for the table to be cleared of appetizer dishes. Definitely an off night that changed my guests perception of the restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Super busy in NYE.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Upscale asian restaurant. Loved the food and atmosphere. We'll be eating there again!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Server was awesome. Had time. Good recommendations. Love the specialty rolls.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been here several times and this time was disappointing. Our waiter was also working the bar so he was not very attentive. I ordered the orange peel chicken and although plentiful was just average in the taste and presentation categories. My husband had the wide noodle dish and felt the same, just okay. Our friend had the 7 spices chicken and a tempura dish that they said was good. Will give it another try to see if it was just an off night.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

First time here. Food was very good and service outstanding. Did find price for glass of wine a little high for suburbs. However, will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was great! Portions were pretty big. Sushi was very good! Our waitress was helpful and prompt. Overall it was a great place and somewhere we will definitely visit again!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always good for a good meal and fast pleasant service!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service and food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

First time.
Creative use of shipping cargo container!! Ambience is very warm and friendly. Lighting is low but not dark.
Our menus were rather old and tattered (well loved?) but they were clean so who cares?!! We only ate sushi. Patrick our server/bartender was EXCELLENT in offering rolls and describing them to a T.
Our rolls were presented beautifully and they tasted even better!
We will go back!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The Sushi tasted and smelled as if it were stored out in the open compared to being stored on ice. The ingredients were absolutely not fresh.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great experience overall. Food was hot & fresh. Service was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great. A little loud when we first arrived which made it hard for us to hear each other. Would definitely go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have been eating here for years. I love the food. Wild caught seafood, fresh ingredients and one of my favorite restaurants. I have brought many friends and they all love it. I eat here at least once a month.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Cozy, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Met a friend here for dinner and was pleasantly surprised by the great service and food. It was a Saturday night so I made reservations and we were seated as soon as we arrived.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It is a good rule of thumb to help the customers in front of you before a phone call. Not too many people at the restaurant and our table was set... Minus the tablecloth when everone else outside had one. Before the host sat us she took a phone call and someones order. We waited... Not a long time but enough time that everyone in my party noticed. Moral to the story... Help the customer in front of you first.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food at reasonable prices. But very noisy not good for conversation. Not sure what can be done about that.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We have few GOOD choices out here and this is one of the very best!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

TYou a t M m

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Pleasantly surprised - rolls, sushi well made and fresh, good selection. Missed Udon noodles, but many other choices.

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food, Healthy, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The phone is great! I have not had a bad meal. The firecracker shrimp is to die for. A must do

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Terrific service and tasty food. The decor has gotten dated and could use a real shot in the arm. Brings the experience down. Time to remodel.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Went to celebrate our anniversary. I even called to let them know it was a special occasion. Slightly disappointed that there was not even a Happy Anniversary for anyone there. Food was great as usual. We splurged for desert and it was good but too expensive for what we got.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The server was very friendly. The paper menu was pretty beat up, they should definitely look at printing new ones.

The tuna wonton appetizer was good, but they put the wontons on top of a sauce that made the wontons soggy. The Chicken curry was okay, but there was more tofu in it than chicken and the tofu didn't have a good flavor. The brownie sundae was amazing!

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