Barrington Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Barrington

April 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Barrington is an affluent suburban village in Cook County and Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,327 at the 2010 census. Located approximately 32 miles (51 km) northwest of Chicago, the area features wetlands, forest preserves, parks, and horse trails in a country-suburban setting.
Things to do in Barrington

1. D&J Bistro

466 S Rand Rd, South East Corner of Rt 12 and Rt 22, Lake Zurich, IL 60047-2359 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating French, European, International, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 46 +1 847-438-8001
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

D&J Bistro

Reviewed By Susan L

Love going to D&J Bistro. Have been dining here for over 18 years - never disappointed. Enjoyed lunches and dinners at this wonderful little restaurant. Great ambience. The food is excellent. The service great. Everything a good French restaurant should be.Merci, Merci! Thank you Dear Susan for your warm great comment!. We love our patrons and at D&J bistro everyone is part of our family. Hope to see you soon, have a fantastic Sunday. Christele.

2. Ambrosia Euro American Ptssre

710 Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010 Takeout, Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 847-304-8278
Excellent
80%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Ambrosia Euro American Ptssre

Reviewed By illinois travelere

I don't know if J.P. Morgan actually said "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it," but here he'd say, "If you have to ask the price, you're at Ambrosia."

No prices are posted.

That's right -- no prices listed anywhere.

I give them 6 stars for artistry alone. Their creations are truly stunning! But I also give them 0 stars for causing severe sticker shock. So my over-all rating is three stars.

Ambrosia is located at the south end of the Foundry Shopping Center -- plenty of free parking

3. Ciao Baby!

232 E Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-3225 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 847-381-3555
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Ciao Baby!

Reviewed By Kim G - West Dundee, Illinois, United States

My brothers and I met for dinner on Saturday night. We made reservations for 5pm and we were seated promptly. the front of the restaurant seems small and quaint, but it extends into a whole other room with plenty of seating. I was expecting more of an extensive wine list but they had they basics. We order the calamari fires which were excellent. the side salads left something to be desired. I felt like they threw all the ingredients into a blender on high. My brother hates tomatoes and had a hard time digging them out. I built my own pasta with penne, marinara, mushrooms and spinach. the marinara was bland but the meal was huge. I can always spice up the leftovers. My brothers had... one was a fish dish with linguine he said it was excellent, the other was a chicken breast with spinach, prosciutto and angel hair. Also very good. The 3 of us split a HUGE piece of Banana Cake! 2 thumbs up!

4. Cook Street Coffee

100 E Station St Ste 170, Barrington, IL 60010-4334 Seating Cafe Breakfast, Dinner +1 847-387-3768
Excellent
37%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Cook Street Coffee

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

Yes, there are alternatives to Starbucks Coffee and Cook Street Coffee is a very good one. They sell all of the typical traditional espresso drinks - cappuccino, latte, machiato, cortado, single and doppio, They strive for locally sourced and fresh quality ingredients and even tout their use of Madagascar vanilla, which is one of the best. Besides the coffee drinks, they also serve panininis, if you are looking for something to eat. Cook Street Coffee is only a short distance to the Barrington Metra Station, so this can be a great place to stop in the morning, for that rush hour coffee and that lunch panini. The staff is personable and quite efficient. It never seems to be a long wait.

5. Tacos El Norte

213 S Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047-2281 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 847-726-9114
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

Tacos El Norte

Reviewed By tedkirby - Lexington, Massachusetts

Went here on a Saturday night. Place was crowded but there were still plenty of empty tables so I got seated right away. Got the Fajita burrito, it was delicious! Like one of the best burritos I've ever had. Chips it came with were good too. The margarita was OK, but was a big size for the price which was good.

Service, it started out fine. However when I had finished half my burrito and all of my margarita, they only asked if I wanted a box for burrito, not if I wanted another drink, which I did. Well, if they wanted me to leave and not give them more money, then I was happy to oblige them.

6. Boloney's Sandwich Shop

114 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-3010 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 847-381-0645
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Boloney's Sandwich Shop

Reviewed By J E - Chicago, Illinois

Solid service and quality and two choices on each sandwich as to how large you need it. Competitive deli shop prices and Great to grab and go or sit looking at the street traffic. Skipping the soup is not a loss.

7. Egg Harbor Cafe

125 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-4302 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 847-304-4033
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Egg Harbor Cafe

Reviewed By doug3979 - Elgin, Illinois

very execellent taste in food great food we loved it. the people very respectful everything is very wonderful very nice respectful we are here on business and had some bad tastes but this egg harbor is very great quality in there food choices thank you very much well recomend this resturant to others we really apperciate the services

8. Zaza's Tavola Italiana

5047 Shoreline Rd, Barrington, IL 60010-1700 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television Italian Dinner, Lunch +1 847-381-1333
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Reviewed By Suzysme

We enjoy the food and service at this local restaurant. It is a comfortable, upscale Italian restaurant that typically offers a number of seafood and pasta specials. Quality of food is good, portions average size and well made. They do a great job with pasta dishes, as well as the always delicious Veal or Chicken Parmesan. Would recommend dining here.

9. Shakou Barrington

121 W Main St, Barrington, IL 60010-4302 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 224-655-2853
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Shakou Barrington

Shakou Barrington, one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America, brings you a trendy modern Asian cuisine eatery featuring a “city vibe” in the suburbs atmosphere. You do not want to miss the succulence, style and sophistication of the dining experience at Shakou. The incredibly talented Shakou chefs, led by Executive Chef, Sang Choi, have mastered the art of producing the menu’s tasteful innovations that offer something for everyone, including vegetarians and gluten free diners! The quality and freshness of every ingredient that goes into the Shakou Signature menu items is unparalleled in the industry. Shakou’s menu will satisfy sushi connoisseurs and novices alike. For the land-lover, Shakou offers contemporary versions of some Asian classics including Teriyaki, Tempura and Katsu. From the impressive wine and cocktail list to the diverse dining and delectable dessert options, everyone will be amazing with the dining experience at Shakou. Book your table today! *** When in Season, the Shakou Barrington Rooftop Terrace is seated on a first-come first- serve basis and only if all members of your party are present.***

Reviewed By travelgirl955 - Chicago, IL

Tons of great options on the menu, not just sushi (but the sushi is great)! Great drink options too! Definitely go for the black rice - so yummy!

10. NEAR

108 Barrington Commons Ct, Barrington, IL 60010-3202 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, International, Gluten Free Options Dinner 847-382-1919
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

NEAR

Reviewed By KarenfromChicago - Lakewood Ranch, Florida

I was interested in the diverse reactions people have had to this restaurant. Then I ate here and now I understand.
If you are comfortable with a dessert menu that describes its offerings with words like "salt" and "balsamic," then this place is for you. If you just want, say, a piece of chocolate cake, go somewhere else.
My husband ordered the pork loin and raved about the different textures and subtle flavors. I had the cheese ravioli with a few tiny scallops and a covering of arugula. I do understand why people put fresh greens on hot food.
The food was not bad but, if I never eat here again, I will not be sad. My husband, on the other hand, would like to return. He'll just need to find another wife to go with him.
Our server was prompt and helpful. The background music maybe something that could be described as techno lite? My husband thought it was fine. I thought it could have been even lite-r.

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