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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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3:00 pm - 9:00 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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    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
Great for lunch!

Pl8 is a great spot for a quiet lunch and we come here often. Menu is varied, and lunchtime dishes are always served quickly and hot. Food is excellent, especially the starters - the potstickers are great, as are the crab rangoon straws. In our experience, however, dinner service has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
mrsbennetts
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pl8 is a great spot for a quiet lunch and we come here often. Menu is varied, and lunchtime dishes are always served quickly and hot. Food is excellent, especially the starters - the potstickers are great, as are the crab rangoon straws. In our experience, however, dinner service has been lackluster - the food arrives all at once and... More 

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Thank mrsbennetts
Barrington, Illinois
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

we were treated to a birthday celebration dinner and after recital dinner combo at this really nice asian style cozy neighborhood restaurant. the staff greeted us and placed our group at comfortable table/chairs. the menu is varied enough to please any palate and our group chose family style items that we all agreed upon. we were not disapointed in the... More 

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Thank glkarlin
Chicago, Illinois
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116 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Overall lackluster. I'd really enjoyed this restaurant years ago and was looking forward to a pleasant reunion, but was dissapointed. Menu is American Asian, mostly Chinese and sushi. Decor is playful upscale dining. Mildly attentive wait staff (I had to go to hostess to get my check), food delivered to table lukewarm, restrooms are overly worn and were somewhat dirty.... More 

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Thank LadyLux86
Barrington, Illinois
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Have been here many times, great atmosphere can get kind of loud as the floor plan is very open. Waitstaff is always great food is prepared very well and price point is on target. Highly suggested.

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Thank William1996
Cary, Illinois
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Was very busy when we arrived, we'd booked ahead and had to wait a few minutes for our table which was no big deal. Restaurant has interesting decor and the sushi was pretty good, not the best I've had. Service was a little chaotic, waiters bumping into tables and such with no apologies.

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Thank Al P
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Carol O
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank GypsyJudy513
Chicago,il
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank 61domer
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank jms1212
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

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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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, Japanese, 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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