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“Jennifer B.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Francesca's Famiglia

Francesca's Famiglia
100 East Station Street, Barrington, IL 60010
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Ranked #7 of 66 Restaurants in Barrington
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hough Street
Transit: Conveniently located within walking distance from the Metra train stop. Enjoy a quick bite or coctail or a leisurely meal while you wait for train or friends on the train.
Barrington, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Jennifer B.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The portions are large, enough for take out or to share. The atmosphere is lively and the service is great.

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  • English first
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English first
Barrington, Illinois
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Very Good Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This restaurant is quaint. The food is excellent. The menu is limited. The pricing is reasonable. Service is very good.

Visited January 2012
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Chicago
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Think Twice!!! They lost our credit card!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

We paid for our dinner by credit card. When the server brought the check back for signature the card was gone…just gone! It was like pulling teeth trying to get any help. I saw staff standing around but not what I would call looking…unless a glazed stare out the window is looking. After 10-15 minutes the “manager” came over. He said that this “happens all of the time here” and that they were busy taking care of customers and he would call us the next day if his cleaning crew finds it. On our way out (without the card) they didn’t even lift a finger to help my father (uses a walker) to get through the crowd.
Fast forward to the next day and shocker! no call from the restaurant manager as promised. So my mom calls and he has the nerve to ask her if she has found her card because it isn’t at the restaurant.
Bottom line…you can get good Italian food at a multitude of restaurants in the NW suburbs…you can only get the crappy, I couldn’t care less about the patrons attitude at Franchesca’s in Barrington.

Visited February 2012
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“My family loves going here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

My family has all been here many times. My wife and I also go here just the two of us often.
The service is always top notch from the greeting at the door through the whole meal service.
The menu has limited selections but the quality is always exceptional for what is on it.
There is a good mix of couples at the bar or families at the tables so the atmosphere is very enjoyable for us whether it's just the two of us or the whole gang. What we like most is the food. Two thumbs up!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Barrington, Illinois
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“Excellent Service and Great Food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

Wife and I have been here twice now and neither time disappointed!

First off, the service in both of our visits was great, from the person greeting us at the door, to the bartender while we waited for our other guests, to the servers themselves.

The atmosphere was comfortable, the customers ranged from couples on a date to medium/large groups with a few families in the mix as well.

At first I was a little taken aback by what initially appeared to be limited menu options, however, their menu changes frequently and the selections appear to offer a little something for everyone. That said, as also noted by the previous reviewer, they are very accommodating in made to order requests as well if you have a craving for something that doesn't happen to be on their menu at the time.

Taste and quality of the food were excellent. The entree portions are huge, plan to bring some home if you go with a pasta dish, unless you really have a huge appetite when you visit.

Bottled wine prices were very reasonable relative to other restaurants I have been to.

If you have a Costco membership they sell discounted Gift Cards which should help justify having one of their excellent desserts even after you are completely filled up by the huge portions. Can't go wrong with the Profiteroles and Pistachio Ice Cream!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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