The Hampton Social - South Barrington
Atmosphere is great, the food is just ok. Chips were all very stale. Food doesn’t seem fresh for the price. Desserts are the worst I’ve ever had. The berry crisp is room temperature berries with very hard to cut shredded wheat bits over it. Not at allllllll what we expected. Scallops risotto is amazing so are brusselsprouts but the rest of our food was just average.
Overpriced for mediocre food and drinks.
I went with friends to celebrate, two birthdays. We had great service! They treated our friends to free cocktails and birthday dessert. I had a great time & would recommend!
More of a seafood menu. Limited options for those that don't like or are allergic to seafood. Very loud because of a private party that was going on that night. Their rooms are all open to each other so when a person in the private party was whistling to get their groups attention the whole restaurant could hear it. He did it several times. Decor theme was cute.
Excellent service, delicious food and beautiful ambience.
Food is delicious! Service was fast and friendly. We will be back! Couldn’t be better.
We absolutely loved this place. Our waitress was very nice and helpful. Lots of choices on menu for everyone at our table . Portions were very good and one person had some leftovers. Fun drink choices too. Will definitely go back.
Nice ambiance. Good menu options. Nice place for a casual meal!
When we entered the Barrington location there was a line and there were 2 hosts checking people in. Someone bypassed the line and walked right up and they took this persons info and seated said person and who’s group wasn’t there yet. My suggestion, we have a line and we will be right with you.
Secondly, when you seat a guest and table Serves should be there and greet table working the first 3-5 min. This is lacking
We went there on a night that romaine lettuce was not available due to recall—get some iceberg to add and make wedged from it. You’ve got to have more salad choices not with just mixed greens.
No management ever came to say hello. There were several mgmt. there. It only takes a minute
Friday 6:15pm reservations, arrived early requested a high top table. Waited 45 mins to be seated. Disappointing had a Long wait. Good food and service. Previously dined at their Burr Ridge restaurant. Different setup and vibe.
The service was friendly and on point. We were a group of friends catching up. We were not rushed to order - and the wine continued to flow.
We ordered and shared several small plates, overall I was disappointed in the food. My favorite was the brussel sprouts. The mushroom pizza was tasty and the avocado / corn pizza was bland. The crab croquettes had a mushy texture. And the Nautical salad - while it had shrimp, I don't recall it having any crab.
Great food, great entertainment, great service, but no acknowledgement of our anniversary
The host staff is always very friendly. We had Ricardo for a waiter. He was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, attentive, and had a great personality. The food was fabulous. Portion sizes were large. Everything was sharable. The only downside is that is becomes so loud due to the acoustics, that you are sometimes having to speak louder than normal to have a conversation. If you don't mind the noise level, you are fine! However, taking all of the positives into consideration, you should not pass Hampton Social up. It is surely a must try! I cannot wait to go back for their brunch on the Saturday and Sunday.
Lovely sparking rośe!
8pm Saturday night reservations
Out of fish and out of chicken on a Saturday night when there are no other specials. Wait staff extremely apologetic but management couldn’t have cared less.
Only saving grace was the food we did order was good.
The service was okay, but the restaurant is way too loud...portions were small, as were the drinks.
Loud restaurant, expect to leave with a headache and a cute selfie. Enjoy dressed up TGI Friday’s food for added cost but equal level of sub par service. Could be so much more. Solid drink menu is the only positive. Ruth’s Chris, Coopers Hawk, and other great alternatives in the area.
Great food and drinks and the atmosphere was really nice
Very nice restaurant l! Also very loud and VERY overpriced for basic quality food. It’s one of those one and done kind of places. The price value for quality of food just doesn’t match.
The lead hostess forgot about us and did not make us feel welcomed. Our reservation was for 715 pm and we arrived at 645 pm. The initial greeter was very nice but was interrupted by the lead hostess who said “your reservation is for 715 and we are full you will have to wait”. We did as we were “told” and waited and got a drink at the bar. Many people were seated before us and there were was no one left waiting. At 720 I went back to the lead hostess and asked if our table was ready and she asked for my name again. I provided it and she says oh yes your table is ready sorry go get your party and I’ll seat you. I went and got them and returned. She once again asked for my name and acted like she forgot us a second time. I did not feel welcomed in the restaurant and felt like I was an inconvenience to her. Your food is great but your lead hostess that night ruined the experience for me. .
We enjoyed our first visit! Our server Ricardo was so personable and knowledgeable. We loved the apps and the pizza. The wine Ricardo recommended was excellent. The only issue is the noise level. It was difficult to hear at our table for 4. Overall, excellent! Looking forward to being there in the summer months.
Loved this place. The decor is SO cute, very comfy feel, fun cocktails! Will definitely return!
Oysters tasted fishy and the water tasted like mildew. Expensive for the quality of the food.
Went to Hampton Social in Chicago, much better experience. Service was poor at South Barrington location. Our waitress barely came by to check on us. We sat with our dinner plates half full, waiting for to-go boxes and out check for over 30 minutes before she finally came by to ask if we were done eating. For the quality of food, food was way overpriced.
Absolute Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service and outstanding food. Drinks a bit pricey.
Food was great as is atmosphere. We were seated by 9 screaming ladies and the noise was UNBEARABLE. They were rude and over served. Ruined what would have been a perfect experience.
Delious food with s fun atmosphere
This was my second visit. The first time was in the summer for drinks in the bar. This time I had dinner with my family. The drinks were the same which were really good but not a lot of selection. Minimal beer and wine variety. The wine is good but not a great value or selection. The craft cocktails were very good . The food was great but not a large selection. The service was excellent. The were plenty of staffers and all very professional. The decor is great. So the restaurant is very good, but there are better in this Arboretum
Birthday Lunch with my mom!
It was great.
We sat down at 730 and didn't get served until after 9. The waitress was nice but, we didn't see her often. She apologized and let us know the cooks were backed up. All the food was served hot so I'm not sure if the cooks were really backed up or perhaps our order got overlooked. The menu was pretty small when it came to options unless you like or are in the mood for seafood which would be nice for you. The food and drinks were also on the higher end of the average spectrum. Ambiance was very nice though.
Very, very, very LOUD. Our waitress was yelling to try to talk to us. We couldn’t even hear each other
across our table.
The soup ( clam chowder) was not hot ! SOUP should be served piping HOT.
We had a terrible table by the front door. It was busy ... not a comfortable environment!
Food is good but not great, service is excellent. The water they serve is awful, it taste like there is bleach or some strong chemical in the glass. We’ve eaten here twice and both time it was the same
Came here for my birthday and was such a good experience. They had live music going, the whole place just had a good ambiance and the service was great. All the food is amazing, a little pricer but all very impressed. Would go back again!
This is such a great review! Sounds like you were able to have the full Hampton Social experience, including the musician, which is amazing! Glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again in the future.
This is our second time to Hampton Social, but first time for brunch. I must say that this might be my favorite place for brunch. I had the Crab Cake Stack and it was to die for. Everything that is in this dish was well thought out. The hash browns at the bottom, the wilted kale/greens in the middle, the crab cake, and the pepper hollandaise on top. Definitely a must!! Their daily changing Rosé was the first glass of wine I've ever ordered and drank. It wasn't very busy when we went, which was a bonus. Sarah was an amazing server with honest and perfect recommendations, which made our meal that much better! For dessert, we took her advice once again and split the Berries Crisp. Delicious, but definitely one for sharing! We will be coming here more often for sure! Love the decor inside, as well. Reminds us of being back on the East Coast. We have also been here for our anniversary dinner and the poke, shrimp tacos, and other items we had were outstanding!
Overpriced, loud and nothing special. They have depended on the "social media opportunity" reputation to move them forward. The service was not great, the food very meh, nothing extra different or special, and it is overpriced. The noise in the main area is beyond comfortable to have a dinner/conversation.
RobinC, I'm sorry that your visit disappointed. It is always our intention to provide our guests with exceptional cuisine coupled with exemplary service. If we failed to accomplish those objectives, I apologize. We appreciate the feedback and will use it to improve for the future.
The noise level is really loud!.....That is bearable for me....the one thing that I would like to see is a higher quality of wines...specifically, Prosecco.
WilliamO, thank you for the review and the feedback. We will take both observations into consideration and hope to see you again in the future.
Large space but as most it tends to be noisy when the crowds pile in. Bar area is good size as well.
colormeimpressed, thanks for the review. Glad that you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate both the recommendation and the feedback and we look forward to seeing you some time soon.
Had reservations for a large group. Confirmed res for table in main dining area. They had us set up at a high top in bar area - I specifically requested a low table and one of my guests is handicapped. I was assured it would be a low table no more than a few hours before arrival. We were stuck in a back room with two TVs and a few other tables. Not the ambience I was expecting. Food is way overpriced. Won’t be back for dinner with my group.
First visit to The Hampton Social. We will definitely return. Great vibe and decor. We were there on a Friday night and there was a guitar player playing in the bar area at a nice volume that you could have dinner conversation and still enjoy the music. Bartender was very friendly while we waited for table (we were early) . Three in our group got the fish and chips and they were pleased. I had the scallops with cauliflower risotto. It was delicious. Great substitution for the risotto, tasted like the real thing. Our server was attentive and helpful.
Loriannp, what a lovely review. Sounds like you were able to have the full Hampton Social experience, including the live music. We appreciate the recommendation and we hope to see you again in the future.