Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 17 times today

PL8 Restaurant

4.4
601 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Chinese
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Chinese, Japanese
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(847) 382-1988
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Please call the restaurant directly for any off-site catering inquiries.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Hart Rd.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We are located in the Foundry Shopping Center which has many spaces available to park.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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
What 601 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is good and the service is fantastic....Lots of different choices.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We love PL8. The food is always interesting, varied and delicious. The service is friendly and helpful. The cocktails and wine list is extensive enough to make it a well-rounded meal.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always top notch fresh and appealing. Service excellent. Our “go to” restaurant on a week night or weekend

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Tight quarters, but food was really good. Wish there were more GF options, but my rolls were very tasty. Likely could have ordered different rolls without sauces to make GF. Close to home. Would go again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Good food, good service, good basic asian food, very well done. Ambiance was a little basic but no complaints. We’ll go back to try more items on the menu.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was phenomenal, as usual! Love my go to dish...Thai Basil Shrimp!!😋

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was not our first visit to PL8 and won't be our last!! It's one of our "go to" restaurants even though it's a bit of a drive. The food was excellent as was our server, Anna. We were additionally impressed when the chef (Chris?) came out to ask about our experience. We have recommended PL8 to several of our friends, some of whom have not previously been Asian fusion fans. We will be back!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food & service was fantastic! Recommend!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was good. Best chicken teriyaki ever!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Stopped in for a quick bite in between meetings. Delightful conversation with host and owner/bartender.

Impressive vibe and made great suggestions. I’ll be back and not when I’m in such a rush!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service was very good and the ambiance was nice. The food quality for the price was not a good value. We had the the kids orange chicken, which had small pieces of chicken with a lot of breading, the same goes for the seven flavor chicken. They also put an abundance of sauce on it, which made me feel like they were trying to hide the lack of chicken. We also had the dry stir fry shredded beef, which was bland. It was supposed to be spicy, but I felt no heat from it. We felt that the price of our meal was not worth the quality of food served.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

my first time at PL8 and will definitely go again! food was fresh and awesome! great selection for small and large plates!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Usually GREAT! This last visit lacked attentiveness. Maybe they were understaffed...we’ll go back.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Making a reservation for a Saturday night meant nothing. When we arrived at our reservation time, they had no tables available and we were told to wait. Seriously, why take reservations?There is nowhere to wait comfortably.....the limited available space was overcrowded and cramped. The wait staff was sorely understaffed for such a busy time. Waited far too long for basics such as water refills. This restaurant is much more pleasant to go for lunch or for a weeknight dinner. Will not be coming here on a busy Friday or Saturday night again......

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Only one bartender to handle every table and the bar patrons. Sat at the bar for 30 minutes before the bartender even looked me in the eye....never got a drink. Had a reservation and was on time. My table was 30 minutes late, hence sitting at the bar for 30 minutes with no drink. Waited at the table for 15 minutes before a server came to the table...too bad, wanted to like this place.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food is always good but the place needs a good cleaning

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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..

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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!!!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Super busy in NYE.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service and food!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and service.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
16

Tweets by PL8 Restaurant