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PL8 Restaurant

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736 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010 (Hart Rd.)
Just a few minutes away from the Barrington Train Station.
(847) 382-1988
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The exciting, new restaurant in Barrington. The yin and yang of food and...
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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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good for lunch

I have heard this place can be quite crowded on the weekends for dinner, but we went for lunch and it was not crowded at all. The server was very appropriately attentive and had a friendly personality. The atmosphere has an air of simplicity, and is tastefully done. We shared a few dishes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
GypsyJudy513
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Thursday nite..not busy and my food was chilly! Second time we have been disappointed. Sad! Food is creative but not at room temp as was our appetizers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I have heard this place can be quite crowded on the weekends for dinner, but we went for lunch and it was not crowded at all. The server was very appropriately attentive and had a friendly personality. The atmosphere has an air of simplicity, and is tastefully done. We shared a few dishes and enjoyed them all. We will go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was a warm Friday at 6:00 p.m. and the restaurant was crowded, including the diners on the outside patio. The food was delicious, especially the Orange Peel Chicken and won ton dessert. It was very noisy in the dining room and I wonder if the bar area would be a little quieter. The next night we ordered "to go"... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Carryout - basil chicken had too much dried basil. Not spicy. Kung pow just ok. Very bland. Not sure we will go back because we asked for extra spice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had an 8:45 reservation on a Friday night hoping to miss most of the crowd. Recommend getting a reservation on weekends.The atmosphere was lively with a great mix of customers and a lot of energy in the air. It's a smaller place but good selection of tables or booths for more intimacy. After a long day we nearly opted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

The food is quality! Ingredients authentic, preparation consistent with the best Chinese restaurants in USA. I've been to great Chinese restaurants in Chicago and NYC -- this place competes with the best there is. Add to that service which is classy, friendly and you'll find a spectacular experience here. The bar is fun and lively; a great place to meet... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The owner was previously the general manager of Ben Pao, one of Lettuce Entertain You best restaurants which, for reasons unknown, closed. Ergo, PL8 was started in Barrington, bringing the best Asian fusion to the area. Every entree and the sushi are winners....especially enjoy the soups, stir fried spicy green beans, and the lobster roll. A real treat !

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been here a few times. Every time we go it has been great. I love that they have a Gluten Free menu!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Got to the restaurant for a 7:15 reservation but was not seated until 7:30. This would have been ok but we had to pick up our kids at 8:20 so we felt rushed until Kylie with a hurt hand became our waitress. Very nice and made us not feel rushed and yet got our food out promptly. Food was great... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

PL8 welcomes diners to an attractive, upscale dining room at the Foundry. Billing itself as Asian Fusion, PL8 delivers on the promise with a wide-ranging menu offering a variety of fare. I recently met two colleagues there for lunch, and all of us enjoyed our selections. Appetizers were highly spiced and very delicious. Main courses were equally delicious and beautifully... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 736 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010
    (Hart Rd.)
  • Public Transportation: Just a few minutes away from the Barrington Train Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Barrington
  • Phone Number: (847) 382-1988

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?