I have been wanting to visit Barrington Country Bistro ever since it opened. I grew up in Barrington, but I've been living out of state for more than 30 years. I still keep tabs on what's happening in my lovely hometown, and I've been hearing a lot about Barrington Country Bistro since it opened. Finally, I had my chance!
I visited for lunch. The first thing I noticed was the fantastic staff. From the moment I entered I encountered graciousness and a staff anxious to please. Although I was dining solo, I never encountered a hint of attitude or condescension. The maitre d' offered to take my coat and check it-something you rarely see this days. On the extremely cold day I visited, this was most welcome.
My server was unfailingly pleasant and attentive without hovering. She gave an excellent suggestion for a wine to accompany my lunch. I had the walleyed pike special, and it was wonderful. The fish was cooked to just the right degree of doneness, and was served with a succulent sauce.
The decor is what I would describe as understated French country. There are ample windows to give plenty of light. From the moment you walk in you understand why this restaurant is such a good fit for Barrington (my fellow Barringtonians will understand).
I will definitely plan a return visit to Barrington Country Bistro. This restaurant is a wonderful addition to my hometown.
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