Barrington Area Restaurants

Wool Street

One of the joys of living in the NW suburbs are the fine independently owned restaurants & bars.  One you might like to try is Wool Street Grill & Sports Bar, with locations in both Barrington and Cary.  The Barrington location is a personal favorite of mine and apparently, I have lots of company as Wool Street was the Daily Herald Reader's Choice for Best Neighborhood Restaurant and Sports Bar in the NW suburbs!

There are daily food specials, a family friendly atmosphere and for the grown-ups, an outstanding selection of domestic, imported and premium beers!  Do yourself a favor and check out one or both of Wool Street's Locations:

Wool Street - Barrington
128 Wool Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: 847.304.0313

Wool Street - Cary
800 Feinberg Court
Cary, IL 60013
Phone: 847.462.9665

Check out your favorite team on one of their BIG screens and tell Mark & Mindi I sent you.

Chessie's 111 Grille

200 Applebee St., Barrington, IL 60010
In the Ice House Mall

As Reviewed on  Chessie's Restaurant and its sister restaurant, The 111 Grill, provide a wonderful menu of American cuisine.

Named after the old Chessie System railroad (now CSX), the Chessie's Restaurant section of the building includes a fully-enclosed dining car to enhance the Americana ambiance they are trying to instill.

The food and service are excellent. I like to gauge the quality of the vegetables to rate a restaurant. In many places the vegetables are over-cooked and rubbery. The vegetables I received here were steamed perfectly to where they were warm and tender, but yet still with a little crisp.


Sagano Japanese Restaurant

110 N Hough St
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 382-8980

As Reviewed on Yelp:
"Always fresh, always fantastic, I can't say enough about the sushi." (in 16 reviews)
"I can't get enough of their dragon rolls or their spicy tuna." (in 3 reviews)
"Lee is a true master of his art." (in 4 reviews)


Francesca’s Famiglia

100 East Station Street
Barrington, IL  60010
FAX 847.277.1224

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.  In his latest rendition. Chef Scott Harris joins forces with fellow restaurateur, Michael Noone, to bring you a restaurant that encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually elegant trattoria Ambiance.  Simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices make Francesca’s an experience to remember!

Lunch M-F  11:30-2:30
Dinner Seven days/week

McGonigal’s Pub

McGonigal’s Pub
105 South Cook Street, Barrington, IL 60010

The Lucky Monk

105 Hollywood Blvd
South Barrington, IL  60010

When you name your restaurant after Trappist monks who've spent centuries perfecting their craft, you're serious about your beer. That's why we hired a master to craft our house brews, and why our beer list spans the globe. With everything from refreshing pilsners that match the lightness of our thin-crust pizza to dark, rich ales that stand up to our decadent burgers, you're certain to find a new favorite at The Lucky Monk. We're sure that our Prime beef burgers — served with hand-cut fries — will be the juiciest you've ever had. Our other house specialty, pizza, is crisp and generously topped with fresh ingredients.   And we round out our menu with vibrant, flavorful salads; a handful of classic, satisfying American entrées; and some sweet surprises.

Whether you're settling in at our bar or relaxing with your friends and family in our comfortable dining room, our delicious food and drink and warm welcome are sure to elevate your soul.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
South Barrington, IL (in the Arboretum)

Stoney River Legendary Steaks

Stoney River Legendary Steaks
20504 N. Rand Road Deer Park, IL 60010
ph: 847-719-1596
 fx: 847-719-1605

Monday- Thursday: 5pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 4pm - 10pm
Saturday: 12pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 9pm

Stoney River is a place for legendary steaks, traditional favorites and creative flavors — in a classic lodge atmosphere, casual with contemporary style and flair, plus a staff that is friendly and engaging.

Legendary steaks anchor the menu. Our Coffee-Cured Filet may become your personal favorite, or perhaps it will be our classic New York Strip or Bone-in Ribeye.  Our Prime Burger is made with Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions. A dozen side dishes – mashed cinnamon sweet potatoes and three-cheese mac among them – add more flavors. There’s seafood, too, brought in fresh just for you. Try the Szechuan Salmon or the Horseradish Encrusted Catch of the Day. Our cocktail menu sets the mood, and wines from around the world can complement any entrée

Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant

Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant
Deer Park Town Center, 20560 North Rand Rd.
Deer Park, IL  60010
FAX 847.438.1890

This casual, Italian restaurant offers an extensive selection of house-made and imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts.  Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.  A full Kids Menu is available and children are welcome at all times.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
100 W Higgins Road, Suite U-1
South Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: 847.551.3730
Fax: 847.551.3740

Celebrating 45 years of SIZZLE

D & J Bistro

D & J Bistro
466 South Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL  60047

As Reviewed on Yelp:

"The wine list was informative, well rounded and inexpensive." (in 6 reviews)
"D&J's is a great restaurant nicely hidden in a small strip mall." (in 8 reviews)
"The mini Chateaubriand is fantastic, so is the duck with seared foiegras." (in 3 reviews)

The Kelsey Road House

The Kelsey Road House
352 Kelsey Road
Lake Barrington, IL  60010

The Kelsey Road House is also…

  •   Gino’s East of Lake Barrington
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The Canteen

The Canteen
214 South Hough Street
Barrington, IL  60010

As Reviewed on Yelp:

This is a great breakfast place with all the popular places popping up all over the place, this place is just the quintessential breakfast joint. They offer a full menu although I must admit I always order breakfast.

From savory/sweet crepes, frittatas, awesome skillets and enormous omelets. This past weekend I ordered scrambled eggs and Canadian bacon crepe with Hollandaise Sauce. I think the sauce is great. Maybe a little thicker than you are used to but it is nice that it is not runny. My old man always gets the Gypsy Skillet which is his absolute favorite. Of course they do the old classics as well but will also put a new twist on them if you are open to it.

We have been meeting here for breakfast for years. It's a great restaurant to even drive out of the way for, no matter where you live. The staff is friendly and the owner is like the greek uncle you never had but always wanted!

The Original Tracks

The Original Tracks
100 Lageschulte Street
Barrington, IL  60010

As Reviewed on Yelp:

Homemade Italian Beef, great dogs, and of course, perfect fries are the staple of this small but friendly hot dog stand next to the railroad tracks in Barrington.  Gets crowded around lunch time, but the efficient staff gets your order out quickly.  Great place to eat in the summer with outdoor picnic tables.

Closed on Sunday.

Giordano’s Pizza

Giordano’s Pizza
455 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: 847-726-1500
Fax: 847-726-1532

We knew the winner before the votes were counted. At Giordano's restaurant it was unanimous love at first taste. It's pizza was so delicious that we applauded the chef, Efren Boglio. He told us this story:

"My brother Joseph and I both own and cook for Giordano's. We were born in a small northern Italian town near Torino, where our mother was known for her exquisite dishes. Of all her repertoire, though, my family was most fond of her deep-dish, double-crusted pizza, which she made on Easter and stuffed with ricotta cheese.

I loved her pizza so much that when I came to America in 1967 I took a job at a pizza restaurant, pleased to be near my favorite food. but the pizza there was only fair-not nearly as good as Mother's. And, as time passed, I tasted pizzas at other restaurants, I was surprised to find that the very best around didn't approach the worst of those I'd eaten back home in the old country.

So I opened my own pizza restaurant. It was called Roma and was doing all right. But then my brother Joseph came to Chicago, and we decided to close Roma and open a restaurant specializing in Mothers's

pizza-one which would be called by her name, Giordano. We worked for months, trying to develop a superlative Chicago variation of Mother's pizza; then, in February 1974, we opened Giordano's.

Don't get the idea that we're satisfied, though. We're not. We alter our pizzas as time passes, as the necessity arises. Our first pizzas, for example, had just the right amount of garlic for us, but too much for most of our customers; so we cut down some of it. But besides surveying our customers constantly, Joseph and I go once a week, to different pizza restaurants, in order to taste the competition.

The thing about pizza is that like everything good, it has to have an evolution. To stay the same means to go backward. It wasn't my mother or my brother and myself who invented the pizza we serve here. The recipe probably began with our great, great, great, great, great-grandmother. You ask how long it took to develop the recipe. I'd have to say 200 to 300 years. And it's still developing."

Excerpted from Chicago Magazine.
© 2005 Giordano's Enterprises, Inc.


ZaZa's Tavola Italiana

5047 Shoreline Rd
Lake Barrington, IL  60010  847.381.1333

ZaZa's Tavola Italiana offers an intimate, comfortable seating, where diners can relax and savor authentic and fresh Italian foods as if visiting a trattoria in the Italian countryside. Pasta dishes are rich and flavorful reproductions of Old World standards, such as the Rigatoni Bosciolla or the Salsiccia Carnivalle. There are plenty of other dishes for our guests to enjoy as well, from salads and appetizers, to pizzas, pastas, and entrees, like the salmon Capensante and the Pollo Polenta. ZaZa's Tavola Italiana also serves lunch. A nice assortment of drinks provides ideal accompaniments to the food, while ZaZa's Tavola Italiana atmosphere caters to all diners, from families to more romantic engagements. ZaZa's Tavola Italiana is conveniently situated by Lake Barrington Shores, not far from Tower Lakes.



Rand Road & Old Rand Road
Lake Zurich

Burger Leads the Charge in Appetizing Bar-and-Grill Menu
Chicago Tribune

Hackney's is a bar and grill made good - good enough to expand into a Chicagoland chain of five. The original Hackney's in Glenview shows the success is no fluke. Prices may be a dollar or so higher than at some other burger joints, but standards here are pretty high.

When the weather cooperates the best seating for all is outdoors, under the trees.

The tavern's renown rests mainly on two items: its burger, served between squares of dark rye, and the loaf of deep fried onions.

Lets start with the onions ($3.45 half order or $4.45 full), as most of the customers seem to do. This dish has to be the brainchild of an enterprising grill cook tired of herding batches of onion rings through the deep frier. Instead of being allowed to run loose, raw rings of Spanish onion are drenched with batter, dusted with flour and packed into a small deep-fry basket before frying. The result is a sweet, delicately crispy tangle. A half-order easily fills the appetizer needs of two or three.

Two other fried appetizers - the mushrooms ($3.95) and clam strips ($3.95) - aren't quite as good because they use a cracker-meal coating instead of the onion-loaf batter.

On to the burger, a half-pounder they will serve on an egg bun instead of dark rye, if you ask. Well textured and beefy, it satisfies any burger cravings you might have. Accompanying fries are plentiful and perfect: golden, crisp and just the right size. The dollop of coleslaw is the creamy sort.

Fat-conscious burger-lovers can try the buffalo burger ($7.45) or the Tom T turkey burger ($6.45); both come with fries to negate any health-giving properties. We tried the turkey burger, which requires a dose of ketchup to counter its blandness.
Among the dozen sandwich choices (all with fries and coleslaw) is a fine Reuben ($6.95), generous with its lean (if preternaturally pink) corned beef topped with crisp, fresh-tasting sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese between slices of grilled, buttered rye.

A house salad ($2.25) is colorful with deep green lettuce and shredded carrots and not much else, but the greens are crisp and well dried before dressing: No wet salads here.

Daily specials range from bratwurst on Monday to a Friday fish fry. Steaks, ribs and grilled fish are available but start at $10.95, just out of Cheap Eats territory.

For dessert try a tall wedge of apple pie ($2.95). The tender but not very flaky crust can barely contain its load of chunky fruit, which is mercifully free of the goo found in many pies. When asked whether you would like it warm, with cinnamon ice cream, say yes.

Servers are fast, helpful and adept at negotiating the minimal space between tables filled with families. A full bar and several tap beers are a given; a test of the bartender's skills produced a creamy, well-poured glass of draft Guinness.

The Broken Oar Marina-Bar & Grill

The Broken Oar Marina-Bar & Grill
614 Rawson Bridge Road
Port Barrington, IL  60010

As Reviewed on Yelp: Always great friendly wait staff.  Food is never great but if you stick with the Texas chicken and tots it's not too bad.  Fun place to take the boat on a summer night.  If you show up on a Sunday in the summer you will see everything from a family with kids having lunch to Grandpa biker.  If you like tattoos and people watching you will fit right in.


Dock’s Bar & Grill

Dock’s Bar & Grill
313 East Liberty Street (RT 176)
Wauconda, IL  60084

Docks Bar and Grill offers high quality, affordable cuisine and spirits in a comfortable yet classy setting, allowing you to escape your day and be pampered.

Located in the heart of Wauconda directly on Bangs Lake. Enjoy fabulous food selections along with wonderful lake views.  Panaramic views of the lake are available from indoors and from the deck: DOCKS ON THE ROCKS.  In addition, Docks Bar and Grill offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday in the bar and, during the summer, on Saturday and Sunday at DOCKS ON THE ROCKS.

DOCKS is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Hours are:

                                                   Monday - Thursday   11 AM - 9 PM
                                                   Friday - Saturday      11 AM -10 PM
                                                   Sunday                    11 AM -  8PM                      
                                                   Monday - Thursday     11AM - late night close

Our late night menu is available on Fridays Saturdays in the bar from 10pm-12:30am.

Complimentary valet is offered on Friday and Saturday.

Egg Harbor Café

Egg Harbor Café
210 South Cook Street
Barrington, IL 60010
Tel 847.304.4033

Egg Harbor Café is a restaurant specializing in gourmet breakfast and lunch creations served from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily, in a warm, charming, country setting with fast, friendly and efficient service.  The first Egg Harbor Café was hatched in December 1985. The founders were regular breakfast diners who always wanted to open a breakfast restaurant. They spent years visiting various breakfast houses across the country, looking to create a breakfast restaurant that had just the right menu, the right attitude and the right atmosphere. Today with 15 locations and in our third generation as a family-owned business, Egg Harbor Café reaches a wide range of wonderful customers who appreciate the winning formula created by our founders and refined over the years.                    

Egg Harbor Café´s mission statement is, “Improving service in every sense.” The mission is based upon what the owners call “The Foodservice Triangle,” where each of the five senses are taken into account when balancing the quality of three essential elements - food, service and atmosphere. Egg Harbor Café leadership teams undergo a comprehensive training process to learn the highest standards of food preparation, effective management skills and the guiding principles of service.

Owners John Wright and Mike and Aimee Farrell believe that Egg Harbor´s regular customers are the glue that holds us together. As a family-owned company involving three generations of children and grandchildren (including siblings, nieces and nephews), we pride ourselves in being an extended family to a great number of people, both employees and customers, and in our restaurants´ active involvement in their local communities.

Bacchus Nibbles

Bacchus Nibbles
20817 N Quentin Rd
Lake Zurich, IL 60047-9325

As Reviewed on Trip Advisor:

Great environment. Wine bottles line the walls of the restaurant. Just the right size for comfort. I always get the Chicken Kabob, it comes with a creamy buttery sauce. It's GREAT! Bread is great, wine is great! I enjoy going there!


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