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“French bistro in suburbs” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barrington Country Bistro - CLOSED

Barrington Country Bistro
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hart Road
Transit: Barrington Metra 1.5 miles away.
Description: energizing the bistro tradition with contemporary flair, barrington country bistro is the new bistronomy -- bistro cuisine interpreted for today's gastronome.
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“French bistro in suburbs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

a great find. Solid bistro food without a drive to the city. Spinach salad with warm dates is an interesting flavor combo. Steak tartar prepared table side with a deft hand. 3 generous crab cakes in the entree portion. Risotto cooked a pointe. Don't miss the truffle fries. Ice cream affogato is served with Bailey's, a little nontraditional but a sweet treat. Service is smooth. Conversational friendly. Great wine and beer selection. Good for lunch and dinner.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jan N
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51 reviews from our community

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English first
Barrington, Illinois
Level Contributor
46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful French food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This restaurant has it all - great food, great service and a wonderful dining room. My husband and I go there every month for a lovely French dinner. We love the duck pate....it is the best we have found locally. The wine selection is good and the wait staff is knowledgeable about the wines available. They have a prix fixe selection that is reasonably priced. As we go often, the servers know our preferences and always greet us by name. I would recommend this restaurant if you are celebrating a special occasion or if you want some really good food! I would like to see the menu change a little more often - but that is my only suggestion.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lfh0521
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Level Contributor
250 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Casual elegance for any occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

OK, so here is the bottom line. This is a great place for a special occasion or just a fun evening out for dinner. Wonderful menu selections for appetizers, salads, entrees, dessert. We all enjoyed everything we ordered. Portions are a nice size but not too big. Wine list is OK but not inspiring. We brought our own wine for a reasonable $20 corkage fee. Service was reasonably attentive. Meal service was at a nice pace for a leisurely time with good friends.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Rvstraz
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Chicago
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337 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Perfect for That Special Occasion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Great French Food without being pretentious. A small number of very well prepared entrees. The appetizers all look great. We had between the four of us the Lobster Risotto(with actual pieces of lobster), the ravioli, and the French Onion Soup. All of them excellent. Each of our entrees was prepared to perfection, and tasted outstanding. For desert the Thin Apple Tart with Ice Cream was great. The restaurant is not cheap, but not over priced for what you get. The service and ambiance were fantastic. We will definitely go back again. Reservations are a must. A slice of Paris in Barrington.

Visited October 2013
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3 Thank CubFan1948
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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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286 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Very friendly restaurant with very good food and great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

We found this place by searching for restaurants near the Sanfilippo mansion, where we were going for a concert. We arrived for an early dinner at around 5:00 PM and were seated at a table near the window in what is a formal but not a stuffy restaurant. The waiter was friendly and informative and the service from him and the busboys was very attentive with dishes cleared and water glasses refilled promptly. We both chose the 3-course Prix Fixe dinner, a relative bargain at $32 each, and the food was very good. Although this place is more than 30 minutes from our home, I would go again for a special occasion.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dedgehog
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