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MH Fish House
MH Fish House

MH Fish House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mhfishhouse.com
  • Email: gm@mhfishhouse.com
  • Phone: (847) 234-8802
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Dominic Zumpano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Deerpath and Bank Lane, One Block East of Forest
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Market Square, adjacent to the restaurant as well as city lots on Forest Avenue.
A word from MH Fish House
MH Fish is dedicated to to serving the freshest seafood, oysters and shellfish uniquely prepared. Located equal distances from all three coasts Chicago offers diners unique access to a wide variety of fresh seafood. Few places in the country that can offer Atlantic Cod, Pacific Salmon, Hawaiian Hamachi and Gulf Shrimp on the same menu. And the opportunity to sample East coast and West coast oysters in one serving is very rare. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fresh PEI oysters and real Dover sole prepared table side. Always a special evening."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Fun location over looking the square, great ambiance. great selection of wines and helpful feedback on preferences from wait-staff. Professional and attentive wait-staff, but not overly so. My wife and i both enjoyed the lobster risotto. I enjoyed the striped bass more than she did, as she thought it was a bit dry. The cioppino portion was large and we enjoyed the seafood paste that was prepared. personally, the sauce was not spicy enough for me. the desserts were divine and the lattes and cappucinos would rival the most experienced baristas. Based on the reviews, i expected it to be exceptional, and it was not, but it was very enjoyable and i will most definitely give it another try."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "With the recently acquired new chef, we were totally surprised to have the best meal in this restaurant we have ever had. The prior food was quite good, but this new guy has lifted the level totally. Although we enjoyed the food in the past, the new guard promises much more. Great place!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Professional service is almost gone, but not at MH. A level of respect for privacy, the assumption that you have eaten out before and could go any place in town, is the basis for MH service. Our waiter like's his job, nice change from the rounders and pretenders out there. Good food, great wine, well cared for, that's what MH delivers with a sense of gratitude that you are there. Try it , you'll like it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal at MH Fish House. Our server walked us through the menu and wine list and with such in depth knowledge. The oysters were so fresh and the tuna tartare was amazing. The Dover sole flown in fresh from Hollad was worth the price. My husband, the meat lover, enjoyed the Kobe Beef steak. Thank you Fish House."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Our dinner and entire evening was wonderful. The service outstanding, the manager so welcoming and gracious, the wine list extensive, with most wines available by the glass which is so unique for a fine dining establishment. The food well prepared, elegantly served and very tasty. The view of Market Square is visible from most tables, which truly makes it a one of a kind spot. Highly recommend Fish House for a refined dining experience in Lake Forest."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I had walked past MH a few weeks ago and turned around and walked in. Couldn't wait to try it so we did on Friday night. Beautiful place, great staff and service and wonderful food. I wish we lived closer; we would be regulars. We'll go back any time that we have a chance to."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent food and service again. We enjoyed entrees of cioppino and swordfish. For dessert, we shared a unique key lime pie - slightly tart (as it should be), crust as a garnish and accompanied by sorbet and fruit glaze. The wine list offered nearly all choices by the glass or bottle. We will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner at the MH Fish House was great. Food was excellent as well as the presentation. Service was attentive to make dining enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "First, the food. We had the scallops and the kobe ribeye; each was phenomenal and will bring me back for more. We also greatly enjoyed the lobster bisque and the shredded brussel sprouts were unusually good. Service was very good. Attentive and friendly, there when needed but didn't hover. The room was just ok. Too cold for my wife and the decor was nothing special. They should really do a better job of clearing snow from the sidewalks all the way around the building. Trudging single file down a slippery path was not fun."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was excellent without being intrusive. Food was well prepared. Clams were fresh w/mignonette sauce and octopus w/ interesting flavors...a bit tough to cut. Bacon-cured sturgeon was well prepared but plate was bland looking. Olive oil poached tuna was perfectly rare as ordered and nicely flavored. The menu is creative with interesting plating combinations. Portions were more than adequate. Nice wine list with starred bottles indicating wines available by the glass but prices available only on the bottles not on the glass. We indicated on the reservation that it was an anniversary dinner but it was not acknowledged by the staff in any way.. A better ventilation system would help as out clothing had the aroma of dinner on them."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "FH is a very good restaurant however, plan to spend some money! Felt a little over served - in terms of service (not alcohol) topping off waters, topping off wine (we finally said we would fill our own wine glasses). The frequent service kind of interrupted our conversation. The food is always very good, fish very fresh, but very expensive."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was here once before and I thought the fish was very average. I decided to give it another chance. The food was definitely better this time but the atmosphere was very boring and cold. It wasn't any place special. The best part was the wine list was better than average."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food and service were great, but the restaurant was a little low key for me"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a fantastic evening at Fish House. Outstanding Food and Service."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful except it was super cold in the restaurant and that was very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Tables for two on the porch can be a bit too close together. A bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The interior has been modified for a somewhat new look, and it is approaching the idea of the "white walls with black and white tile floor fish house" look, so nothing unique here. The weird part is the menu is painfully brief. The fish options are limited and the preparations are slightly strange one (Olive oil poached tuna, really?) one has to wonder who made the menu up. The fishes chosen are generic (Swordfish, cod and the tuna) and the preparations unremarkable. Whatever the plan was, the space is generic fish house and the menu is oddly chosen. We struggled to pick two appetizers and two entrees, and the choices that arrived were unremarkable in presentation and flavor. Nope, never again."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The finest fish dishes and love ambience make for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Elegant look & feel, great wines, knowledgeable staff, ably led by great manager. Also, detail oriented & super friendly owner almost always on site. Great outing each time we go."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great dining with city food and service in the suburbs. Everything was wonderful from the beginning to the end of the meal. Third time there and look forward to going back in the new year."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "MH Fish House did not dissapoint. The ambience was calm, serene and romantic. The food was fresh and delicious. Best oysters! The service was attentive. We truly enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We finally have a fine dining, downtown resturant in the Northshore. The food was outstanding. Best Dover Sole that I have ever had. We started with oysters, oxtail mac and cheese and mussels which were all well presented and delicous. Our server, Raul, was attentive and had great wine and menu knowledge. Thank you."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Best place on the North Shore for fresh fish and seafood! The ambience has a modern and trendy flair, and the food is literally out of this world! I would definitely recommend ordering from the chef's "daily specials" as they are the freshest of the season. Wine list is fantastic and the server did a great job of describing the wines in detail and helped us match with our entree. A definite "go to" restaurant in our book!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Food was good but not great. This was our first visit and because we did have a nice evening, I would recommend to a friend but we were a bit disappointed in both the fish offerings and the fist that I ordered."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We enjoyed fresh oysters, warm foie gras, and wonderful fish selections at our recent dinner. We really liked the chef's preparations for the fish entrees and enjoyed very nice service. We highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Food was good. Menu could be more interesting -- no salmon, no sea bass. Love the chef special appetizer bite. Even fine wines by the glass is unique and brings me back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We sat outside on the patio which is enclosed in glass and heated- beautiful. Food and drinks were outstanding. Loved the oysters- best you can find, and the NOLA shrimp was great also. Scallops were too sweet for my preference but uniquely paired with shaved fennel possibly. We only had small plates and will try main courses next time."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "MH Fish house has a nice ambiance, good service and very good food. Lots of healthy choices. Pricey"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Absolutely top drawer in every way! This was our second visit. Atmosphere is superb - a warm, casual elegance. Food is prepared and presented perfectly. Service is impeccable! The menu has something for everyone, and yet it's really cohesive. I expected good things based on a super first visit, and they actually exceeded my expectations. I decided that on this visit I would stretch my palette. I'm fine with octopus, but it's not something I usually seek out. I had the small plate octopus, and I was blown away. Done with Mid-Eastern flavors, it was the tastiest, most tender octopus I've ever had! Perfect scores on everything - food, service, and ambiance - make this place a slam dunk!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Wow! Back again and continue to be impressed. The oysters are always delightful, lots of variety. I had the dover sole and think it was well worth the price. Great service and atmosphere. Not exactly kid friendly, but perfect for date nights and visitors from out of town. Looking forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We used to loving coming to the earlier incarnation of this spot when it was Bank Lane Bistro, and this was our first visit since it's been been transformed to MH Fish House. We were thrilled to see that it's just as special as ever. The food was exceptional. We had baby scallops and crab cakes as appetizers, and the lobster risotto (particularly outstanding) and striped bass as entrees. And the service--including David the maitre d and the waitstaff--could not have been more attentive. I'd let them know that we were celebrating my wife's birthday when I made the reservation on Open Table, and they really went out of their way to make our visit--and her experience--a special event."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "What a great find in the Northshore for fine dining. The food was fabulous and exceeded our expectations. I had the Wild Alaskan Cod which was so fresh and beautifully prepared. Our server knew both the wine and food menu and was able to guide us to the most delicous oysters, entrees and wine. We will be back often."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "It was our first visit and we were impressed! Our service was exceptional and our food was as well. We greatly enjoyed every bite of our outstanding dinners. For the two of us it was very nice to eat on the fully enclosed and heated porch area with a nice view of Market Square. The main dining room is beautiful and we Iook forward to returning again soon to try some other offerings."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We had a great experience dining at this restaurant. Food, service and atmosphere were perfect. We sat on the covered porch which is more intimate."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "They do not rush you so the meal is relaxing and enjoyable"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "MH Fish House is an excellent find in Lake Forest and a rare fine dining seafood specialty restaurant for the area. The theme of "sea to table" and seasonality are taken seriously. The server was very knowledgable and service great. Oysters on the half shell don't take a lot of prep--they just need to be fresh and shucked nicely. And the oysters at FH were fresh, without any shards of shell--so a very good start. The bacon-cured sturgeon is unique and recommended; and the halibut was also a very good choice. Both entrees were nicely sized, and the prep perfect. Presentation of all courses was also done very well. Everything, from start to finsh, was very focused. Great job and thanks for a very nice evening!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "This restaurant continues to delight. Most fish are available in sauced versions and in plain grilled fashion. Bothe choices are uniformly delicious."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Birthday celebration for my husband, we had a late reservation so felt like we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Everything was perfect AND we didn't have to drive to the city!!!!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I took my friend out for her birthday here on October 5th (a saturday) and were greeted right away by the owner and manager. We were seated at one of the tables in the main room of the restaurant (one closest to the kitchen, which was neat to be able to watch the chefs as they prepared and plated the food). We were greeted promptly by our server who was very friendly. To drink, we enjoyed french pear martinis. To eat, we shared the lobster risotto and the striped bass with a delicious blueberry sauce, which was so inventive! Nothing on our table was out of place. Everything in the restaurant was simple, and elegant: the waiting staff, dishes, and beautiful tablescape. This is a quiet intimate restaurant, perfect for a special occasion!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013