Marion Street Cheese Market
Marion Street Cheese Market

Marion Street Cheese Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marionstreetcheesemarket.com/
  • Phone: (708) 725-7200
  • 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 WinnerBest Food
Marion Street Cheese Market reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (18)great for lunch (17)special occasion (13)good for groups (11)romantic (10)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good food, service, but hard to talk over the Music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very relaxing
    EatsOut
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our meals were very good. All servers had a smile. Excellent wine. Jazz quartet made the evening with sambas and boss's nova at just the right volume.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable visit on a Monday
    PeripateticDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    In recent months we have had some excellent experiences at Marion Street Cheese Market. This time we were there on a Monday evening, when many restaurants are closed, and were seated inside. There was no live music that night, and the place was only about half full, so conversation was possible without raising our voices. The menu has changed a lot in the past few months; I miss some of the old appetizers including the pickled vegetables and the interesting olives. We especially enjoy the soups and salads, and we also like the cheese flights (unfortunately, wine flights are no longer offered). The retail section sells wines, cheeses, and many unusual bottled beers. It's a great place for a light meal or snack and a drink with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time
    HeatherC78VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This was a last minute decision after a doctors appointment. My Mom & I were heading back to her house & hungry. I hopped on my OpenTable app & saw they had an availability. I was there within minutes of making the reservation & they took us right away. We sat outsided since it was SO beautiful. Our server was a doll. She made some great recommendations. We had a cheese & meat board with a fig flatbread.........OUTSTANDING!!!! Loved the flatbread especially!! Definitely will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Experience
    Tracymanning
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I visited The Marion Street Cheese Market last weekend on a visit to Chicago. What a wonderful and enchanting experience! The location of the restaurant is quaint and the outdoor seating, lighting and entertainment were very romantic. The inside of the restaurant and market are remarkable, warm with a fireplace and never-ending ambience. The food was unmatched, service impeccable and although we were there on a busy Saturday night, the servers made us feel like we were the only table seated. I can not wait to book another trip to Chicago and Marion Street will be on my reservations list. Thank you so much to everyone at The Market for making our experience so wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Music on the patio
    PeripateticDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We sat on the covered patio where there was an excellent jazz quartet playing. The food was delicious and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected gem
    melissabmurrayVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have never spent much time in Oak Park before so I was totally blown away by the bistro at Marion Street Cheese Market. The service was really great - my friend was running about 30 minutes late for our reservation and the host/hostess moved my reservation no problem. The server for our meal was so sweet and helped both of us select between 2 entrees. I bought a few things from both the cheese counter and the dessert counter and both people helping were so friendly. I cannot wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New menu...meh
    YourfoodiefriendVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My family loved MSCM & ate here frequently. Usually multiple times per month. We had brunch with out of town friends one Sunday in May after gushing about the food only to have awful service & food that was likened to a hotel buffet. For that & other reasons, we did not return for over 2 months. We came back after hearing about the new chef & menu. The new menu is good but small changes have been made that make the food a little less interesting. For example the Classic Breakfast on the brunch menu (which now has much fewer breakfast options) used to be served with a choice of veggie & now comes with breakfast potatoes. (Veggies can be ordered for extra) Again, nothing wrong just different & not quite the same flair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its Good
    BonbonaVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    But pricey, and I was hoping they would have more Gluten Free items/alternatives other than GF bread/toast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two entrees below par.
    pford19
    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
    TravelingTessVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Marion Street Cheese Market reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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