Marion Street Cheese Market
Marion Street Cheese Market

Marion Street Cheese Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marionstreetcheesemarket.com/
  • Phone: 7087257200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11a-10p
    Friday 11a-11p
    Saturday 9a-11p
    Sunday 9a-3p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christi Dallam
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Marion Street Cheese Market would be delighted to cater events in your home or business. Fabulous artisan cheese trays, a delicious selection of charcuterie, paired with wine and beer. We can also provide breakfast pastries, sandwiches, desserts and quiches made to order. Other menu options available.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Anderson 708-725-7200x
  • Entertainment: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Night, WDCB and Marion Street Cheese Market will be featuring some of the most respected jazz acts in the Chicagoland area, live in the MSCM bistro! No cover, music begins around 7pm.
  • Special Events: Tuesday July 15th 6-8pm:
    All you can eat and drink: Beer and Cheese Tasting. Featuring Lagunitas beer, Sumpin' Sumpin' and IPA. Delicious cheeses to pair with,
    Cost is $25.00. Call 708.725.7202 to make a reservation or stop by our retail department to sign up.
    Come eat, drink and mingle.
    100 South Marion Street Oak Park IL

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Blvd
  • Public Transit: Located at the Harlem stop of the Green Line CTA & the Oak Park stop on Metra (Union Pacific/West Line).
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is street and metered until 6pm but free all day on Sundays.
A word from Marion Street Cheese Market
We are a 3 star, green certified and Bib Gourmand recognized establishment. The Marion Street Cheese Market cafe pulls together everything that is great about local farms, wineries, breweries and more and transplants them onto our small plates menu -- a menu that changes with the season and the tastes of our customers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Marion Street Cheese Market reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (21)great for outdoor dining (21)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)special occasion (8)romantic (6)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Two entrees below par.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Two items disappointed, well below the standard we are used to at Marion Street. The halibut special was bizarrely over salted -- apparently some sort of technique that crusted one side, but the whole thing was barely edible and required some picking apart to get at the edible chunks. They comped us dessert when we pointed this out. The shrimp risotto was under-shrimped (two pieces I think), on the gummy side and under seasoned. Otherwise a great meal: service, nice wine selection, cheese plate, steak, salads, and perfect weather for end of season outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, bad service
    Henry
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I wanted to like this place. The menu offers some nice options for a light lunch with a good wine list. The service was a mess. They seem to have enough staff but they never bothered to check on their tables. A lot of running around empty handed. Asking for more water was an ordeal. Getting the bill took three tries. We had a flatbread, salad and cheese and charcuterie selection. The salad was fine, the flatbread was ok, except the one we ordered had prosciutto on it and they cooked it in the oven with the flatbread which rendered the usually supple delicacy, tough. For $15 the cheese/charcuterie offering was skimpy. The outside canopy amplifies sound, very loud. The few tables on the side are more intimate and quiter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Michelin Bib Gourmand
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went for brunch. I enjoyed my bananas foster pancakes, though it was light on bananas foster. It was not your typical decadent brunch. Much more reserved in portions and feel/vibe of the restaurant. The cauliflower sandwich sounded much more interesting than it was in reality/execution of the sandwich did not live up to its description. The restaurant has a great store with wonderful local finds, such as Black Dog Gelato and Chocolat Uzma Sharif.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    olia
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My parents were visiting from out of state, and we took them here for brunch for my mom's birthday. She loved it! The food was traditional brunch food, but the preparation was a notch above so it still stood out from many other brunch spots. Coffee was great, prices were reasonable, and the outdoor seating was really nice as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Mac & Cheese
    JP10
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We dined on the sidewalk patio on a lovely Saturday night. The Midwest Tour cheese flight was a good mix, but the mac & cheese with BBQ pork really knocked our socks off! We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty yet slow
    TravelingTess
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The lunch crowd was all sitting outside. We were one of three tables inside. The service was super slow!! It was tasty but took 45 minutes to get sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Accommodating!
    Cdunnran
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived for our 10:30 reservation and though we stayed past closing, service never lagged. Delicious macaroni and cheese, and a great flourless chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it appears
    GalewoodGal
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here often for brunch but hadn't been awhile. I checked the menu on line and it had some of the items I enjoyed in the past. Well the menu has changed and it's different then what's posted. I was really disappointed that they no longer had my two favorites. The waiter politely told me "We only have the items listed on the menu". Bummer. What I and my companion had was good but not what I had my mouth set for. The bloody mary was average. I asked for blue cheese olives but did not receive even though they sell them in the store. Bummer. The service was so so but did appreciate being able to chat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You should go here - really.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This place is literally a stone's throw from the Oak Park METRA/CTA station, so anyone can get here. The Sunday brunch menu is a bit limited, and the main menu has a greater variety of interesting choices. No matter - the cheese flight was fantastic, and that is this place's calling cards. If you do Sunday brunch, make sure to go on a day when they offer the chocolate chip pancakes. The gravlax special was very good, although the bagel was unremarkable. I recall from my first visit that their bread was very good, but they didn't get their delivery so with appropriate wait staff apologies the cheese was accompanied by a small loaf that tasted stale and defrosted - the only disappointment in an otherwise excellent meal. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New menu was disappointing
    OakParkdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was a favorite place for years, especially for brunch, but there was a new menu that was missing some old favorites. Wonderful cauliflower/cheese/apple sandwich no longer available on the weekend, we were told. Dish that I had, eggs benedict with asparagus, was bland.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live music, great food
    love2dineop
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love the ambiance - great place to start the weekend! The shrimp 'cocktail' with roasted potatoes and watermelon specials were outstanding, and the chicken macaroni was to die for. Great wine and drinks menu. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    JT78VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We didn't care too much for the chicken mac n cheese (dark meat kind of tasted like turkey). But the 18 hour pork shoulder was absolutely fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not my best visit, still very good!
    Fergy
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was good, service was great! The website currently displays an outdated menu, so I drove an hour craving the Cauliflower Sandwich, only to find they've taken it off the weekend menu. They were kind enough to make it for me anyway, but left out a key ingredient (apples), so it didn't taste the same as last time. I'm not complaining-- I appreciated them trying to accommodate me-- they were kind to do so, and were very gracious to offer. The order of doughnuts that we decided to try was incredible-- homemade and delicious!! Our server was stellar-- my friend and I stayed until closing and we were never made to feel rushed. Still worth the drive, and I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Betsy1212
    Betsy1212VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great as usual. Menu always changes so there's always something new to look forward to. Four of us at dinner; two ordered the salmon plank, two ordered the porkchop. All were happy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Gloria
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The curry carrot ginger soup with he crab cake is crazy delicious! The cheese selection is great. The tuna was just okay, and the bread pudding was rather bland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Very good food but overpriced - $10 for a cauliflower sandwich?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck!
    NooneVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Always good food and margarita's. This time dinner was superb as always
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Excellent
    trailfighter82
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I've been to the Marion Street Cheese Market & Bistro on several occasions for both Brunch and Dinner and the food, service and ambiance are consistently on par with other top restaurants in the area. Each time I visit Marion Street my previous experience is exceeded by the friendly waitstaff and evolving menu. You cant go wrong with this Oak Park staple!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 361 reviews are from the Marion Street Cheese Market reviews archive.
  • Always slow service and more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food here is good but the service is unbearably slow. And I mean time and time again; lunch, dinner, early, late - doesn't matter. The new menu is not allergy-friendly either. Seems odd for a foodie place in 2014. May have to give up on what was once a local favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Fabulous Sole entree!! Waiter had good recommendations Will go again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The menu is interesting and the food very good. Unfortunately, the service is chronically SLOW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed Feelings
    NM14
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Live in Oak Park and love visiting marion street cheese market for drinks and small plates. Came for dinner for the first time with my parents for a special occasion and was sorely disappointed. They were out of the pork and lamb entrees at 7pm on a Friday, with no other meat dishes except chicken on the menu/specials. Food was bland and the meat/cheese platter was forgotten and brought out after our meal was served. Still a beautiful restaurant and great wine/cheese but can't see myself going back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Gloria
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Beautiful yet casual. Excellent and knowledgable service. Fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Menu is changing, long-time favorites gone, new chef has clearly not settled in yet. Very uneven fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oak Park gem
    Fudge
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is our favorite Oak Park restaurant. The food is always good and the bar usually features a tasty brew or two. The small plates of charcuterie, cheese, and pickled vegetables are quite good. As you might expect from a place that sells cheese, their macaroni and cheese is excellent as well. Now that summer is here, it is a great place to sit outdoors, sip a cold drink, and try a variety of small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great cheese and wine selection
    shanghaijbVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We ordered the tuna small plate, a cheese platter and the steak tartare small plate. Of course some wine as well. They have an excellent cheese and wine selection. The tuna was good but came in a very small size which makes it a bit expensive for what you get. The steak tartare however is small but filling and tasty. We had dinner outside. Service was good and attentive but a tad slow. Overall we had a great dinner experience and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem but too expensive.
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We enjoyed the ambiance/decor. On Thursdays , there is a duo playing fiddle and guitar, very pleasant. The service was good so was the food. Our only complain is that the portions were small but prices were high. Especially the wine by glass, the least expensive wine was for over $9.00 going up to $14 and $15 per glass. For a neighborhood place, no white table cloths , we went home with over $80 bill .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you like cheese
    lovecheese
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is the place for cheese lovers. The food is great and I have never been disappointed with anything I've ordered.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience!
    AntonEgo
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I didn't catch his name, unfortunately, but the bartender who served us both drinks and dinner was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable on both the wine and food. He graciously served us multiple wine samples and recommended ones we might like. Got a great bottle of Malbec for half-price on Wednesday, which was great! Apparently Tuesday is half-priced glass night, and Thursday night is live jazz. Go try Marion Street Cheese Market!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    bernay48
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was different but very very good! I had the macaroni and cheese and it was made with a different kind of cheese which took some getting used to, but once I did it was very good. The donut holes were outstanding and one of the other ladies had pickled things and they are also very good. I would go there again; probably not as often as I would like because I live near the Wisconsin border, but would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real find in Oak Park
    Kagey
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I have been to the Marion Street Cheese Market several times and each time I have not been disappointed in either the food or the service. The wait staff is friendly and is very helpful in explaining the different cheeses and the selections that are on the menu. I would recommend this restaurant very highly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meat + Cheese :)
    GrumpyFoodie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food here is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. If you like meats and cheeses, there just isn't any place better in Chicago. Every time we go, my wife insists on ordering an entree after the charcuterie platter. Every time, I think it will be too much food, and the entree can't be as good as the meat and cheese platter anyhow. And I'm wrong, every time. There are never leftovers. There are never regrets. Wait staff are fantastic and friendly, and know the food and wine. Decor is nice, but you won't notice one way or the other after the food comes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Triple date night
    LobsterMobster
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I took my 3 girls (ages 7, 4, and 1) out for an early dinner on Friday and Marion Street Cheese Market delivered a wonderful date night for us. The cheese & charcuterie flight we ordered was devoured in short order. I was most impressed that after discussing and taking my wine order, the server returned with two tasters for me to sample because he thought I would like something else better. He made me do it blind and I actually picked his recommendation over my original order. This type of generosity and attention to detail made me want to write a review this time. At 5:30pm on Friday night I was impressed with how well the local happy hour crowd and families eating out early mixed seamlessly without ruining anyone's dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    NicoleBVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Go on Thurs for the live jazz. Can't beat the cheese and meat plate and wine and beer list!Service is always great, and staff in the market also are very knowledgeable to help with guft suggestions or drink pairing to accompany a dinner you may be attending.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem.
    Susan
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Clean restaurant. Delicious food. Good service. Love their wine and cheese shop. The man helped me picked out cheese and crackers that were delicious. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious but SLOW
    OPRFLocal
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food has always been tasty, but the price is high enough to deserve better service. Consistently, the wait staff are less attentive than the bus staff, and they need some training on timing the experience for guests. We ate in 30 minutes, then waited 30 minutes for the check. Beverage glasses are empty for a few minutes before anyone offers a refill. The wine and cheese selections are great in the shop, but I had a hard time finding anyone who could tell me how the varieties differ. They would sell more with well-spoken and experienced cheese and beer experts, along with a sommelier. We do enjoy the experience, but management needs to polish up the particulars a bit to recommend Marion Street Cheese Market at these prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish I could rate more than 5 stars
    Fergy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This place is fantastic! The menu is wonderful, the food is delicious, and the servers are efficient and very friendly. My friend and i shared a few dishes so that we could sample more items-- there were no disappointments. Special mention for the cauliflower sandwich, which is a little bit of heaven between two slices of bread :). I can't wait to go back to try more-- and I already have a mental list of other people I want to introduce to this gem of an establishment. Additionally, I purchased some wonderful cheeses, which their cheese mongers helped me select, letting me sample and compare along the way. All in all, my visit to Marion Street Cheese Market could not have been better, and I cannot recommend this place highly enough!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Happy!!
    HeatherC78VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I was very happy with my experience here. I haven't gone here in 2yrs because I had horrible experiences back to back. However they have seemed to remedy ALL of the issues & I was beyond pleased. My server was a doll!!!!!! She knew what she was serving me when I chose a meat & cheese board. She was great with assisting on the wine pairing with it as well. I will definitely be back!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night
    Fiona
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    It's a cute market/wine shop/restaurant. The menu had classic brunch items with a twist and the market has an impressive selection. They have 1/2 price wine on Tuesday evenings and live Jazz on Thursdays. I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oak Park Gem
    Culebra
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Marion Cheese Market is an Oak Park Gem. Not only does it have a plethora of specialty cheeses, wines and other specialty foods, but the dining experience is wonderful. The bistro part of the establishment has a charming ambience that include candlelight, a lovely copper ceiling with wood furniture. The menu has a nice flair with an array of different food choices. Our meals were delicious with very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.