Market House on the Square
Market House on the Square

Market House on the Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themarkethouse.com/
  • Phone: 8472348800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open at 11:30am Mon-Sat, 11:00am Sundays
    Close at 9pm Mon-Thu,10pm Fri & Sat, 8pm on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Tsonton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: In the heart of downtown Lake Forest, overlooking historic Market Square,
    The Market House offers three private dining rooms which can accommodate groups from 8 - 10 to as large as 70. We provide the perfect ambiance for your next event, business or social, informal or elegant.
  • Private Party Contact: Abby Schaubel (847)644-8872x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Deerpath
  • Public Transit: Lake Forest Metra
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available across the street from the restaurant.
A word from Market House on the Square
Market House on the Square is a concept built on a few simple concepts. Our chef uses fresh, local ingredients to create a unique take on familiar food that we grew up with and a fresh look at dishes we have come to crave as adults. Chef infuses a lighter touch to classics such as Meatloaf, Crab Cakes and Mussels, while bringing a healthier and fresher approach to very popular dishes like Risotto, Salmon and the very unique “Original Salad."

This emphasis on local, fresh, familiar products also extends to the bar where great Local Craft Beer favorites include Half Acre, Tighthead Blonde Ale from Mundelein and Inspiration Pale Ale from up the street in Lake Bluff. These are the centerpiece to a beverage menu that includes classic cocktails and a robust wine list featuring over 20 selections by the quartino.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Market House on the Square reviews from OpenTable diners
120 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (76)neighborhood gem (65)great for lunch (39)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (23)special occasion (23)romantic (13)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (11)great for brunch (11)hot spot (7)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Patio Room
    TimB
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Enjoyed the quieter patio room, with another couple. It allowed us the opportunity to talk and linger.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    lffoodie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great evening. Loved the short rib pappardelle with brussel spouts...amazing! Service good and everyone made you feel welcomed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service & Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    They were both just so-so. Our waitress vanished for quite a while and I had to ask the hostess to find her. The meal was just okay and would expect more considering the price. The space is lovely though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite place in LF!
    BirthdayDinner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I had wanted to go here for awhile, and when we finally did, WOW, it was amazing. We started with the mussels appetizer and these were outstanding with the garlic, white wine and shallots. Our main courses were salmon for my wife while I had the Squash Risotto. Our server was very attentive and made us feel welcome, especially this being our first time. She took her time explaining the menu, the specials and some of the favorite dishes. Overall this was an outstanding experience and we will definitely be going back to try some of the other amazing foods!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to take mom
    Reddogbluedog
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went based on recommendation. Menu not too flashy, but covers fish, steak, pAsta, etc. had the skirt steak with green beans . It was OK, would not recommend it. Other in party had pork with parpadelle(?) pasta and liked it very much. I wouldn't go out of my way to go here. Very expensive for what you get and there's so many other places nearby that are better. Perhaps a place to take your parents or grandparents.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM YUM YUM
    Philly
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This was the first restaurant I went to after moving to the area! We have been several times and the food is always amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scorno
    scorno
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great local spot with excellent menu, food, wine, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Honest classic food
    Chazer
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent salmon. Split a salad entree with my dining partner for a filling delicious meal. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a delight
    mariVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    great seasonal menu items. very nice seating. the service is great. timely and not rushed...even at lunch
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood friendly
    JF560
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I love a restaurant where you know the owners and they take care of you. Mark and Carla always offer a nice smile and attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Management needs basic training
    Robaly1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was waiter training night on Saturday. As a result our service was very slow. When our food came, most of the food was luke warm. I didnt want to wait longer, so I ate my burger. My friend ordered a caesar salad. Her dressing was warm. We let the manager know, and he just stood there dumbfounded. Teach Larry to say the following, "I apologize that your food was unsatisfactory. Can I replace your salad with something else?" Larry gave us deserts but charged us for the salad. Ive been to Markethouse 8 times. I am pretty sure I am done.
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  • Fun environment, excellent food
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We walked in and were greeted with such warmth and felt immediately welcome. The ambiance was inviting and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. The food was great. Our server, who was new, was enjoyable and on top of everything. We will definitely return to this restaurant with family, with friends and would come with a group. We were surprised to run into friends at the restaurant, especially since they had never shared with us this wonderful, intimate restaurant that exudes comfort and joy. We will be sure to share this diamond of a restaurant with those that we know and make plans to return in the near future ourselves. Such a special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey food, small portions, rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We drove a long way to come to this restaurant. We were seated immediately on arrival and out order was taken promptly. Bread took a little while to get to the table but from there we were rushed. Our appetizer course was delivered, and before we could even finish it and have time to chat a little with the rest of the party the main course was delivered and our appetizers were whisked away, two of them unfinished. The waiter was attentive with refilling our water and wine glasses. The risotto was a tad undercooked and the desert menu was pretty uninspiring for the price. Considering how far we had to drive we won't be back but it was busy so is obviously quite popular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place / great menu
    prm01
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nice outdoor seating in downtown Lake Forest- Great menu, lots of offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So Experience
    FirsttimeoneVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our party of four visited on a Friday evening. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and ordered a couple of burgers and two entrees. After waiting 45 minutes the meals finally arrived. Everything was tepid, not hot. We asked for new fries which arrived in 15 minutes, after the burgers were finished. One of our party sent the entree back and when it returned, it was still not hot. We may go back and try again...maybe they just had a off night.
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  • Great neighborhood spot
    2cat
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We met with some old friends for dinner and were delighted to have as much time as we wanted. Our waiter was gracious and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful occasion
    Special
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a great place for a special occasion. Right away we were seated at our reserved table. We were treated very special and they remembered it was a retirement luncheon. Food looked marvelous and tasted even better. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Meal
    NotHappy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had the fish tacos that said on the menu came with red cabbage slaw and some kind of Mexican rice. The rice was absolutely tasteless and glommed together. The red cabbage slaw, was not slaw but some shiny tasteless mess. We complained to the waiter who checked with the chef and said he agreed with me and was trying to change that item. It should have been taken off the menu in that case. When we complained to the manager on the way out (no discount on the meal) he simply looked completely disinterested and said he was sorry we got that response!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    Judy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was terrific, and we love the ambience. It's like being at a friend's house for a delicious meal. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eh
    artsyone
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I wanted to take out-of-town guests to a lovely restaurant. The prices of Market House would lend one to look forward to white table clothes with those little candles, but instead we had plastic place mats on Formica tables. Not classy for dinners $25-$35 (without alcohol). The service was just awful. I can only hope the 'kid' was new. At a request of "please come back in 5 minutes" to take our order, 15 minutes later we had to find someone to get our waiter. At a request for " a sharp knife for my chicken" , again, after 10 minutes we had to find someone else to get the knife (which should have come with the meal in the first place). There wasn't staff around to 'catch their attention'.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crusher
    crusher
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friends drove a long way to meet me for lunch as they have done in the past. They raved about the restaurant. The annual art fair was going on - restaurant was impossibly crowded. Service was very slow - we waited over an hour for our lunch salads. Apparently the restaurant was running out of food; my salad was all greens, slivers of tomato, sliver of avocado. Even the rolls were tasteless. A disappointment because I've patronized Market House for a long time. They should have been better prepared.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Evening!
    GabriellaM
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a nice time meeting friends for dinner. WE started with their chips and 3 dips which were all delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meal and we had no leftovers which was perfect. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a favorite of ours for Saturday/Sunday lunch especially when the weather is good and we can be seated on the patio. We have found the service to be consistently very attentive and the quality and prep of the food consistantly outstanding (exception from a previous visit: didn't care for the chicken salad sandwich unexpectedly being grilled, the butter/oil? was bitter). Just a note: the soup price is steep for the portion size, and though we found it very tasty, well prepared and presented, we still felt it was overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Market House never disappoints
    carefuldiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants, in no small part because the service is always outstanding. The (mostly young) servers must be extremely well trained, because we've found every one of them to be unfailingly courteous, knowledgeable, and attentive. No request or question seems to throw them off! While we do enjoy the main dining room, in our opinion the outdoor dining at Market House is the most pleasant in the area. Oh, and the food's very good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and atmosphere
    Arlene
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    However, we sat in the indoor "porch". The flooring in that room is ceramic tile and it was extremely slippery, as if a coating of oil had been applied to the surface. We had to walk VERY CAREFULLY, and would not recommend sitting there if you were elderly or using a walker. Dangerous!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Poor Service
    Oldfamilyman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We visit the Market House often when we are in Lake Forest, but this may well be our last. Our waiter was unresponsive, dismissive, and focused entirely on two elderly couples who were running up a large bar tab. It took 10 minutes for anyone to come to our table and then it was the host who brought water. The waiter told us the kitchen was having an off night, but when our food arrived, it was fine. However, from the time our food arrived...via an expediter, not a waiter...he repeatedly walked past our table to attend the table of elderly, loud drunks. He visited with them a great deal...we were close enough to hear many unneeded aspects of their life...all the while he avoided our table. A sloppy waiter can ruin everything..and did.
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  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Outside dining was delightful. We all enjoyed our meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoy the ambiance of Lake Forest
    Barb
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Market House provided good service, a good menu selection and delicious food. Sitting outside in the summertime with the setting the restaurant can provide, is a nice way to spend an evening in Lake Forest.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed again
    Lfdiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We keep trying to give this place another chance, but always leave underwhelmed and disappointed. We have had good luck when ordering sandwiches and burgers, but the entrees are pretty bad. Two of us ordered the walleye this time. The $29 entree was skimpy and actually looked like an appetizer. There was no flavor at all and it was dry. They don't have salt and pepper on the tables which we badly needed for the fish and the vegetables. The other two in our party had the Delmonico steak which had little flavor. It wasn't seasoned or seared. Maybe it was just broiled. Our server was excellent and the patio cannot be beat. It's best just to accept that they can do sandwiches and burgers pretty well, and skip their entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Great local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is a great spot to eat both indoors and out, with a little on the menu for everyone. Super friendly service, lots of seasonal food options, always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    aes10611
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've dined here a few times and it is always just a great experience. The servers and food never disappoint! The patio is great to sit on when weather permits as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lake Forest Bistro
    HPFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    On one of those rare perfect Midwest weather days or slightly less than perfect, where do you go in Lake Forest for an outdoor dining experience? I strongly recommend Market House. The outside seating is spacious but not cavernous and yet intimate. With an attentive staff and excellent wine list, it is a winner. In addition, the brunch selection are both inventive and familar with pork belly to seafood on the menu. Hurry while the weather is cooperative. It is "Cheers" for the Northshore crowd!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Market House. The host and wait staff were excellent and gave us special attention on our special day. The trout was the best we have had!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner for 4
    BlueDukeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A very enjoyable experience. Food was very good and the service conscientious and responsive. I enjoyed pepper steak and my companions had fish. Salad was very fresh and contained interesting variety. Desert offering was creative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    tew1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were first time diners, although it had come highly recommended. We were happy. The outdoor patio was great, the food was very tasty and the service was excellent. I would certainly go back and recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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  • local fav
    DTif
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Market House is a go-to favorite on a beautiful summer evening. Patio can't be beat and you'll certainly see familiar faces if from LF/LB.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Fantastic Setting and Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The setting of the restaurant is so charming in downtown Lake Forest. the outdoor area makes you feel like your in Europe. Had the original salad with Shrimp which was delicious. Would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Excellent
    foodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We loved our evening at Market House on the patio. I had the tuna tartare to start and the white fish. Both were fresh and presented beautifully. Service was good and the place had such a great vibe and energy. Also, great wine list and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • ChaChaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My food order was wrong, when I sent it back, it returned to the table after all the my dining guests had finished their dinners. The fish was uncooked and the side order was never replaced. My order should had been removed from the check. My food was packed up and throw into the garbage at home. The waiter was a very nice guy.
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  • Needs work
    EducatedpalateVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Mussels were tough with many shells empty. Appeared to be very overcooked or cooked earlier. Pike was underdone. Had to ask for rolls. I think this is probably a good place for sandwiches and other bar food only.
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