Francesca's Famiglia

4.5
1118 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food with good service for our anniversary celebration.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Normally very good, on Mother’s Day, we were put out in the party area, but there were chairs piled up at one point and they were moving tables too. The tables they have lined up for say gifts at a party were not covered and it looked rather shabby. Also it was very cold and we had to ask to have the heat turned up. The waitstaff was concentrating on the main rooms and we were not taken well care of and had to track down someone to get more coffee. One of the specials was also out by 7:30 pm, and the food was not up to its usual delicious level. Cost us $175 and felt worth much less. I’m sure on a not holiday it will be back to four plus star rating, but we will stay away on holidays.

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C
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though it was the end of the day on mothers day, Virginia gave us wonderful service. Francesca's is consistent in the important things. We had a great time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was good, not outstanding. Drinks were overpriced. The service was impeccable! It was in a cute & elegant downtown Barrington location. No problem with parking. But overall I think we could have had a similar experience if not better at another local Italian restaurant with a better price point. So overall it was just ok.

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fantastic buffet for Mother’s Day. Service was a little slow.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was very loud leaving me feel like we wanted to just eat and leave. My husband took me for a Mother’s Day dinner and it just felt rushed. Food was okay but not fantastic.

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SU
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is consistently excellent!! For a change of pace we ordered the Spicey veggie pasta and the fish selection topped with a crab concoction. Outstanding as usual.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service.

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was delicious, the service was a little slow. There were also kidsconstantly running through the restaurant it seems playing tag, and nobody asked them to stop. That ruined the experience a bit.

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D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Menu is rather limited. It does have an extensive gluten free menu, which was one of the reasons we chose it. Her food was OK but that was less true for others on our party. Overall I would rate the food as overpriced for only so-so food. Our waitress was OK, but my seat was constantly bumped, often quite hard by a waiter for another table who apparently was unfamiliar with terms like "excuse me". We also had a large boozy party behind us that made conversation at our table vary difficult. Overall this was the worst dining out experience we have had in several years.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good except the noise level was high. Made talking business more difficult.

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LL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have continually gone to Francesca’s for holiday dinners are are never been disappointed. Great food and service.

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Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Virginia our server was impeccable. Her presence was timely without being intrusive. Her personality as engaging and fun

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service here was excellent. The menu had some interesting dishes. I would not say the food menu was extensive, but what was on it was a good selection. The Lobster Risotto appetizer was excellent. The bread warm and tasty. The Italian Collins drink was very good...made with Blaum gin. Would definitely go back.

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PF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food and service were amazing, but way too loud. Can barely hear the person at your table.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Sara was great, the food was delicious; definitely will return

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great. Thanks

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CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We never felt rushed. The food was delicious and the service wonderful.

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l
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good but waitress was very intent on rushing us.

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LB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great pasta with yummy fresh salad. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive

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KW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It was a little quiet at Francesca's Famiglia for lunch on Monday, but the Salmon with Lentils was fantastic!

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service and atmosphere was very good. We had an eggplant pasta and a pizza which was very good. We also ordered the new york strip which had potatoes. It was bland, the meat was not up to our expectations. It was a bit pricey for the quality.

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B
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent!
Value excellent!
Service...Excellent!
Will be back, again.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Wonderful staff. Relaxing dinner.

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PT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. This was our 2nd visit to FF in a year. Our server was attentive and helpful, and didn't interfere in our conversation while she helped us order. She accommodated special food requests. Food was excellent. Didn't even mind the cold and rainy weather outside! Everything inside was outstanding.

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FW
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Ate there on a Saturday night. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We asked to be seated in the bar area as it was not as noisy as the dining area. Service was excellent and our waiter soon got the picture that we were not in any rush. We had a Bruschetta appetizer which was a bit dry for my taste. But our meals (chicken and Strip steak) were excellent. The sauce reduction with the steak was outstanding and the little roasted potatoes were perfect. We had a nice gelato dessert that was also very tasty. All in all, a very nice meal at one of Francesca’s locations.

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ZC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very fresh and tasty food at reasonable price. Very good service.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
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
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service!!!

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G
Chicago
103 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
3 reviews
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
3 reviews
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
18 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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OT
Chicago
8 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
73 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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