Francesca's Famiglia

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1091 reviews
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Francesca's Famiglia is proud to be the 16th member of the Francesca's Restaurant Group. Francesca’s Famiglia, nestled in downtown Barrington’s quaint shopping district, features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Francesca's Famiglia encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance. Simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices make Francesca’s an experience to remember!

About the Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of 5 concepts across 25 locations in 3 states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 18 Francesca’s Restaurants, 4 Davanti Enoteca's, Disotto, Fat Rosie’s and Hillgrove Tap.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Our table location was close to kitchen. Staff bumped my chair. My entree , a seafood risotto was excellent. My wife’s pan seared cod was too salty. A better table would have made for a better evening. Our server was pleasant. I will give them another chance.

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AM
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service!!!

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G
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good fish, and service was right on.

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very good. The French Fries were especially tasty. The service was very good at first, but after checking to see that we were satisfied with our food, our waitress disappeared. Luckily the manager and bus boy were able to get us coffee.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Geno was awesome. Great recommendations, super service, attentiveness was top notch, and excellent conversation.

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SU
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is consistently excellent. Great service from Kristina. They never been disappoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was very good. Cocktails were ok. The Old fashion has too many small ice cubes, got water down.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Good food, well-presented. Too noisy and inattentive service for the ambience they try to present. Could be so much more, but as it is there's a lot of competition performing better at the mid-to-higher end.

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BR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We live out of state and come to Barrington to visit our daughter and her family several times a year. We ALWAYS plan a dinner at Francesca's. In fact, it was so good this last visit we came twice in a week. The Caprese Chicken on the Special Menu was memorable. It is so nice to know that the food is always prepared to the highest standard. I can't wait until our next visit?

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KF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to see Virginia. Still miss our Francesca’s in Dundee but the Barrington locu alwAys welcomes us.

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F
Milwaukee
71 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful dinner w/ great food and terrific service from Gino on a cold snowy winter night.

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KF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous salmon, not to be missed! Great waiter with strong wine knowledge and great smile!

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JC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall, very nice. A bit loud, but after a while you just get used to it. The pricing of the meals is slightly above average, but it wouldn't stop us from going back. Our server Joanna was awesome!

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DL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a great dinner and wonderful service!

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KT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice experience. We ended staying past close. We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived and the food/service was great. Thanks!

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JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great - as always! - and our server, Joy, was awesome

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AJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service as always. We will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Was good but service was really slow: even after the rush was gone I felt lime our server was avoiding us generally. Made me sad.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We were a couple and were seated in the back of the restaurant amongst a sea of families with small children - who as is typical these days can't seem to stay in their seats. The food was good, just not a romantic experience for Valentines Day.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I know it was Italian which my wife loves but was hoping for a few more steak options. I knew in advance but just a wish list. Food was good and service was great. Very busy but quicks service. Will be going again.

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JV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our favorite local restaurant! Great staff, always friendly and accommodating. Love that the menu changes frequently. The bar is a favorite of ours for small plates and great conversation. 👍👍🍸🍷

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Being Valentine’s Day, it was refreshing not to be forced to order off of a special menu. We had drinks, dinner and bread. All delicious and great service!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server was great, bought us a drink because they were busy and we had to wait a little, but really wasn't long at all, he was great and took very good care of us.

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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B
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Francesca's never fails to please. Our server Morgan was delightful and very attentive. The South Barrington location is warm, welcoming and feels like home.

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B
Chicago
165 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely date night with my husband. We had a nice table, had good service and the food (pasta with braised short ribs and pasta with seafood) and wine were very good. My seafood pasta was prepared as requested vs. as described on the menu. Bread was served hot out of the oven. Wine was also very good.

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I
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Upon arrival, restaurant was very busy. I was surprised as I made an early reservation thinking I would miss the rush. Server was quick to arrive and take our drink order. Drinks were a bit slow to arrive, but once that was behind us, service was good. Wine list was well rounded with plenty of good options. Food menu offered a good selection and the server had no issues with us sharing our dishes. Dessert was awesome. Overall, a very pleasant experience!

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London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Out of town family visit

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DD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really good overall experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was good , authentic Italian

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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've been dining here for the last several years. Great Italian food selection, good wine selection (need more New Zealand-Cab Sauv) and wait staff on top of their game. I never give 5-Stars out of habit but this dining establishment comes very close. FYI, Open Table availability changes with number of attendees in your party. Thank-you.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal at Francesca's. Great service and a really nice experience. Vibe of the restaurant is similar to restaurants in Italy. Always enjoy dining at Francesca's.

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VF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Been to many Francesca's locations I was there for my anniversary & was a little startled at first when thy didn't seem to have my reservation, they did however get us seated quickly.
The waiter came over after a few minutes & seemed unprepared for us, he fumbled around a bit, lit a candle, then said he would be back to get our drink orders & bring us water, 10 minutes went by before I had to go and ask for water. We placed our drink order & when drinks came we orders appetizers. At this time I was asking about entrees, specifically the skate wing. Now whenever I have asked about a menu item at any restaurant the waiter has told me about its taste, texture, how fresh it is, thing it is similar to etc.. Not this guy he took out a pen & drew a half circle on the table cloth & said "it looks kind of like this."
Shortly after this bread was brought to the table, but no oil which appears to be brought out with bread at every other table. After trying multiple times to get our waiter's attention I asked a busboy.
Our appetizers came shortly, but our waiter had never come back so we were done with them before we even ordered dinner. Dinner came & he never came over to ask how everything was, so our drinks were empty through most of dinner. When he did finally come back and ask about drinks he disappeared for 25 minutes. Came by again and asked if we wanted more drinks, like he completely forgotten that he was supposed to bring them 20 minutes ago. By the time we actually got our drinks we were done eating.
He seemed to know people at every table including table that weren't his. Spent most of the night exchanging hugs and stories with them. 5 min to get seated, 15-20 to get water, 45 before appetizers came, over an hour before we ordered dinner, had to track down the busboy for water, oil, a knife... Overall he seemed put out by having to deal with us, won't go back to this location.

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BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated promptly and courteously. Our server was attentive and willing to describe the specials available. Food was delicious and hot. A very nice meal in a very nice restaurant.

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LR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love sitting at the bar and having dinner. Moses is a terrific bartender and usually has a pretty good opinion about the wine we are asking about.

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JH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat. Never disappointing.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent wait staff. Only complaint is that despite our reservation; us and many other diners still had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated- to the point where the bar and entire waiting area and entryway were completely packed solid. It was New Year’s Eve, but 30-45 minutes is really behind and complicated our plans afterwards. However, once we were seated- everything was truly excellent.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Considering it was New Years Eve, everything about the evening was great. Friendly server, excellent food etc. It was rather noisy, but it was an exceptionally busy night.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

It was an early New Year’s Eve dinner. I had a delicious lobster bisque followed by a lousy Caesar’s salad. For my main course, I had the dinner special which was Pasta Aragosta. When it was delivered it smelled very fishy. Good fresh seafood should have no overpowering smell. I should have known right there not to eat it.

My wife had a sautéed shrimp appetizer not properly or fully cooked, a good chopped wedge salad. For her main course, she had sea bass drowned in cream sauce. She removed the sea bass and placed it in her salad bowl and it was then OK.

For dessert, we had the worst chocolate creme brûlée, which tasted like bland instant pudding. We sent the dessert back and it was taken off the bill. The server, Liberato was very professional but the food was not good.

Later that night and for most of New Year’s Day I was weak and ill with a painful stomach which I attribute to the pasta seafood entree. There you go.

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