La Barra - Oak Brook
Celebrating, Valentine’s Day with the family 2019 delicious food, Thank You
Was sat over a half hour late, even with a reservation. It wasn’t until we said something did the manager offer an explanation and complimentary appetizers.
BEYOND FABULOUS food, drinks and a service!! It’s always a pleasure to dine at LaBarra!!
The food was fantastic, highlights included the braciole(short ribs) and the sausage and peppers appetizers and the entree chicken florentino. The pizza was spot on also. The atmosphere is pleasant and lively but most importantly comfortable. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. A truly authentic Italian restaurant. We will definitely return.
I fell in love with this place! Our server was friendly and helpful. I went for Valentines dinner date and it was not packed at all. I will recommend to anyone that loves pasta and pizza to try this place out! The food was delicious.
Pizza was very watery .
Always a treat. Good service and good food.
We went for Valentine's Day dinner. I would say it was good food, not great. We had the Meatballs and breaded Calamari appetizers, both were good. I had the Lasagna Bolognese and thought it was really good, very large portion. The wife had the Gnocchi and thought it was pretty good, not great. The bread they served was not warm and wasn't great. I asked the server if they had warm bread and she offered to have it toasted for us. She brought us the toasted bread which I believe had olive oil on it, it was excellent. They should serve all their bread that way, waaaayyyy better. We finished with fried Cannoli pie and it was delicious. The server was very nice and did her job, but we felt she wasn't a great server and maybe lacked some experience. Example, when we were done with dinner she didn't offer us another drink or coffee, just brought us the check. It wasn't very busy so there was no need to turn the table over quickly. She missed out on a higher bill/tip, and could have given us a better experience. It did smell awesome in the restaurant, maybe next time we'll try the pizza which looked really good. This was my second time there, last time I had the Lemon Chicken and it was really good.
The manager I worked with when I got onsite was AMAZING! She was friendly, professional and so incredibly helpful/accommodating. Our waiter (Jerry) was also awesome!! They made the business event we had there perfect & run very smoothly.
Thank you to both of them!!
Tuesdays are apparently ladies night. My friend & I were just there to dine but in the bar next to the dining room there was a DJ & loud music. Not what we were looking for. We were solicited by someone who wanted us to join a raffle which was annoying, and twice again interrupted by someone other than the waitress (who was doing an excellent job) to "check on us." Great that they care, but together with the waitress there were too many interruptions during our meal. There was a large table of loud women next to us-not the restaurant's fault, but again maybe beware that Tuesdays are going to be loud in there. I wouldn't return.
A pleasant setting with friendly attentive staff. We ordered the toasted ravioli which was heavier on the calories than I would have expected, it may work better with a light dipping sauce. That said it was tasty. All the pizza here is good. We had a specialty pie with sausage and veggies that was very good. Every time I've been here a manager has stopped by the table to ask if everything was OK which to me demonstrates a commitment to quality service.
Got a chance to show off La Barra to my brother and service, food and ambiance never fails- FANTASTIC
We had a reservation and Still had to wait 20 minutes they were crazy busy and it appeared only 1 server was working she visited our table maybe twice the whole visit we ordered pasta and pizza pasta came and nearly 45 minutes later no exaggeration the pizza came even tho our server asked if we wanted everything together but even once the pizza finally arrived we had no plates so we waited for our server to come back which took forever and our pizza was cold they gave us free dessert for getting there card and the dessert looked so much better then it tasted
I had requested a booth on open table and we were seated at a table. A little disappointing. Our waiter seemed a little pained that he had to wait on us, even though we tried to engage and talk with him. The food and wine were both very good.
Great night at La Barra. The restaurant was jammed and placed my reservation as “outdoor seating”. Katrina made room for me as it was a business partners birthday. There was a large table of kids that were ignored and unsupervised by the parents placed next to us. Alicia comp’d some lemon cello shots and topped off by Katrina bringing out Tiramisu. Thanks for making the night uncomfortable to fantastic!!! Great job!
Katrina and Nes were super welcoming and introduced a new client. Great Ford and fanfare had by all.
Family dinner including 4 kids from 10-14.
Very enjoyable evening. Excellent service and attentive management
We frequently dine and always great in all areas. Will return
Great food, introduced another colleague to La Barra. Nes was great, always looking forward to another meal here.
We love everything. We will return as always. Great in all ways
Food and service was excellent! Cant wait to go back!
Food was great! Went the lunch and there didn’t seem to be anyone there aside from a couple that came towards the end of our meal. Was interested in getting a refill but server was nowhere to be found. After waiting and failing to flag down the hostess that seated the couple, someone cleaning up another table helped.
Restaurant was great, food was great, waiter was a jerk.
Food was really good. Service from or wait staff was unexceptable. Gave no bread, no refills on water and drinks, disappeared for long periods of time.
Best chicken parmesan ever; great pizza and pasta dishes. This is our spur-of-the-moment go-to place and doesn't disappoint
The manager and waitstaff were friendly and helpful throughout our meal. The food was delicious. This is a restaurant to frequent often, and we plan to do that!
Had dinner New Year’s Eve, had live music which was great. It looked like everyone was enjoying, although the music was a bit loud that we could hear our server and we couldn’t have a conversation. The food was fabulous. Will continue to come.
Apps were good but food was ok. Great service but super loud and hard to hear conversations
We went to La Barra for an early New Year's Eve dinner. We had a 6:45 reservation and had to wait just under 10 minutes for our table - hardly surprising given how busy the restaurant was. Our server was very attentive despite also handling a table of 14 next to us. After that table was seated, he was not able to check back with us and was very apologetic. The restaurant was quite loud - the bar was even louder and when the band started setting up at 8 p.m. it became impossible to hold a conversation. If we were to go there again on New Year's Eve, I think we would try to make a much earlier reservation.
Food was excellent.
Wasn’t a busy nite but our server forgot about us.
Finally were able to order wine and an appetizer, took a long time. Got appetizer then had to wait for a while for a bottle of wine.
A cozy family place with great food. The large bar was separate from the dining room, which kept the noise down. We’ll definitely be going back - the braciole was out of this world!
It was my birthday very enjoyable thank you.
The service was terrible. We walked in and 5 young people were standing around the Hostess station, talking, laughing, very unprofessional. Sat at the bar, waiting for our entire party to arrive. There was a terrible "sour" smell coming from the bar. Possibly dirty water, dirty rag????? Took forever to get a drink, even though there were 3 bartenders at the other end of the bar. Then the bartender did NOT know how to pour any mixed drinks. Our waitress had 4-5 tables, and was trying her best. The busers were all standing around their station laughing and talking. They never cleaned a table or poured water. We were in the bathroom after dinner, and found many, many guest receipts from that date laying in the garage can in the ladies bathroom. Granted only the last 4 digits of their credit card number was on the receipt, but the name was on the receipt. This was really unprofessional. Is there NO paper shredder in the facility? Is this common practice to throw the guest receipts in the bathroom garbage? We advised the "manager". Never heard anything after that. We ate here six months ago and had a fabulous time. However it is obviously h falling apart. It was a very disappointing experience for $255.00.....
We’ve tried this place probably 6 times now. While the food has always been very good and the bar makes great drinks something has been off every time. Once food was dropped, once we waited far too long for our reserved table & most often service has been the issue. On this visit their were honestly more staff than customers yet once seated we waited 10 minutes for our waiter.
We keep hoping they will get it remedied however...???
Wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Our server was very good and the manager even checked in. Overall a wonderful place.
Our waiter Danny was fabulous. The food was good and it was a great place for four old friends to get together. We were not rushed at all.
We waited at our table for 30min. Our waitress took our drink order and appetizer order. 20min later the manager informed us that none of our drinks or appetizers had been received by the waitress. We sat there for 5in with no food or drink
Was seated for 10+ minutes and not even a buss boy came by with water. I called the host from our table.
A server came to take a drink order, came back with water and notified us one of our drinks could not be fulfilled. The bartender must have been swamped as it took forever.
Our appetizer never came but we weren’t charged.
Christmas Eve was very nice here!
La Barra was great!
The food, service and personnel were outstanding. Owners/Managers of many high priced white table cloth restaurants should go to La Barra for lessons on how to treat customers. The staff from the Hostess to the bus boy were helpful, efficient, pleasant, extremely polite and extremely well trained. The hostess came top our table twice to make sure we were comfortable, well taken care of and have a short conversation.
If you like good food and good service this is the place to go!