As a vegetarian I had plenty
As a vegetarian I had plenty of food options. Each dish had at least one extra special ingredient that differs from most brunch menus. The prices weren't cheap, but I certainly wouldn't consider this place to be expensive either. I cannot wait to go back for lunch. The trek to Oak Park from Andersonville was well worth it.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a large group and
We were a large group and the Marion Street Cheese Market was very accommodating and a great place to go! I have already recommended it to a friends as great place to go on a date. The cheese flights are a must.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful Wine Selection & Service
Marion Street is both a full-service cheese shop and moderately stocked wine seller. The retail part of the store also has tastings and treats that make it worth dropping by for a quick wine-and-cheese (and baguette!) purchase.
The restaurant is in the back, and we had wonderful service on a fairly busy Friday night. When I misordered my wine, the waitstaff and bar personnel took it in stride and made good. The food was excellent, above all the carefully prepared and presented salad. In all, a great, moderately paced bistro-esque atmosphere. Definitely recommended.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
As usual, we loved our dinner
As usual, we loved our dinner at MSCM. We were completely impressed by the buffalo cauliflower. I enjoyed my fish and chips. M loved her pork chop. We both loved our drinks. We highly recommend it.
3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent selection of cheese,
Excellent selection of cheese, pates; nice range of wines; reasonable prices.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
You can always expect interesting
You can always expect interesting and delicious food here. From the caramelized onion aioli on the Indy Pork sandwich to the terrific $4 specialty draft beers ($4 on Tuesdays!) everything is yummy! Lunch is a real treat in the comfortable room and you're never rushed. Good idea to make reservations as it's popular with locals and tourists.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Marvelous Restaurant in Oak Park
This is a marvelous place in Oak Park, with the bistro on one side and cheese market on the other. You walk in through the store and you are met with the great smell of many cheeses. It makes it feel very inviting and cozy. The bistro section is just to the side. It's tastefully decorated, but without over-focus on ambiance that we often find in the city's restaurant row. The focus here is food and wine, both done with a great success. The times we've been there we started with delicious cheese and meat flights and none of the entrees disappointed. We travel to Oak Park regularly and I think this is going to become our dinner destination when there, although this place is worthy of a special trip.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent cheese and wine
Excellent cheese and wine selections, to eat in and to take home. We will continue to keep going back.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Marion Street Cheese Market
This was our 4th visit to the Marion Street Cheese Market. Unlike our last visits, we stuck to cheese, appetizers and booze. Not to say that I don't like the courses, but there is enough cheese and enough appetizers to keep you busy (and full) for some time. Speaking of which, the cheese we had, and the beer/wine were all superb. The wait staff was very friendly, though hovering maybe a little too much (just a little, he was mostly great). The waiter, helpers and bartender were all very knowledgeable and their suggestions for cheese and wine were spot on. We'll definitely keep coming back. Might even buy something from the store, which seems to run a brisk business too.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
LOVED the food. Menu isn't
LOVED the food. Menu isn't extensive, but changes on a regular basis and food is unique - hard to describe, but the four of us all thought our selections were fantastic. The dessert was outstanding (as well as the cheese flight we had as an appetizer).
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been loving this place
I've been loving this place ever since it was just a cheese shop.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
All in all, we had a fantastic
All in all, we had a fantastic time at Marion Street. We drank a lot of great beer and ate 3 flights of cheese along with a smattering of interesting snacks. The food was creatively presented, thoughtful, and truly delicious. The green, locally sourced angle is icing on the cake. Oh, which brings me to dessert. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed dessert out so much. The portions were large, the flavors super interesting, and just all around delicous. Our service was a little spotty. We'd lose the server from time to time, but the food came out quickly, and we didn't mind having time to chat between flights. You should go. We're absolutely coming back!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
very friendly, accommodating servers/hosts, excellent live jazz
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's hard to describe the unique way MSCM prepares the food. The taste and presentation are both impressive and don't compare with most suburban restaurants. The cheese, wine and chocolate selections in the market area of the store are a bonus. This is one of my favorite places to go - the menu changes (and there's good and bad points to that --- a favorite is gone, but forced me to select something else that was just as impressive and tasty!). The service was a bit slow this time around, but we were with friends and truly had time to enjoy our drinks, dinner and conversation without feeling rushed in the least. Our table was probably the least desirable, but still wasn't "bad", just lacked a bit of te ambience had we been further back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Was there for dinner. Definitely will be back.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Where to even begin? My friends and I ordered a bunch of different items to share. They brought the food out as it was ready, and we had a delicious feast!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time at the Marion Street Cheese market and we arrived at a low traffic time (about 5:45 on a Saturday). The ambience was nice, nothing super elegant or fancy, but appropriately charming. Our waiter seemed very knowledgeable and made excellent suggestions for us. And the food was very, very good. I'm not sure our every experience will be as pleasant as our first, but my husband and I agree that we will definitely be going back. We're actually kind of baffled by how long it took us to discover this local treasure.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor Seating is Amazing
The outdoor dining area at Marion Street Cheese Market is amazing! It's covered and has fans and heaters. The only bad part to the outdoor seating is that the trains going by can be kind of loud. The food is incredible and the service is top notch!
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect all around meal
Everything was top notch. From the cheese flights, meat flight, the most amazing cheese balls, chicken dish, and desert, it was all a home run! Service was good. Wine list was a little smaller than expected but we picked out a bottle of Jayson that was superb. The waitress pointed out that the label was beaten up before it was even served to us because it was the last bottle and took $13 off the bottle. That was unexpected, unnecessary and very kind of her. I would go back time and time again. Ohh yes, a manager or owner also took the time to stop by and ask how everything was and thanked us for dining with them. A PERFECT experience.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had heard rave reviews about
I had heard rave reviews about this restaurant for months and finally went and now it is my favorite place in Oak Park. Whether you are just having a glass of wine, enjoying a cheese plate featuring quality artisanal cheeses or a meal, Marion Street Cheese Market offers a quality experience with quality food.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great way to start a Sunday
I've only eaten outside on Sundays, and really enjoyed the experience both times, a sentiment shared by my dining companions.
The offerings all had a unique twist on them, and were all delicious.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oh how I love this place!
We eat here a lot! And rightly so. Everything is great here. The food is always excellent.
I would like to share my experience with the retail department. My husband & I had ordered a gift box for my in-laws. MSCM uses UPS to ship their stuff. On my in-laws' end, UPS screwed up & with 4th of July weekend, they got their cheese three days late. It was pretty gross. MSCM sent them new cheese the following week and called when it was sent. Such fantastic customer service and just incredibly classy. Thanks so much for being a great example of how business should treat their customers.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't be in a rush
Enjoy the unique menu and delightful taste treats. Service is slow probably the sign of a kitchen that cares!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the 1/2 priced wines
We love this place! And now it's even better with the 1/2 price bottle of wine. The wait staff is always exceptional.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Cheese is Fine!!
We spent the day at the Wright house and walking tour and wanted to lunch at the half way point. This restaurant suited our needs perfectly>>>>>great salads, cheese and sausages, iced tea and sunny. Our waiter was knowledgable about the many cheese choices and helped us with our selections since there were so many fabulous choices. After giving our feet a break for an hour, we completed the back half of our walking tour. Super refreshing stop!!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't say I thought of myself as a cheese plate after dinner guy, but at MSCM, it made sense and was really delicious. Great specials on our night, too.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good choice!
MSCM never fails to disappoint - brought a friend and her daughter here for a weekend lunch and we all found several things that looked wonderful, so we shared! Will be back again soon, undoubtedly.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful summer evening spot
We had a short wait to get a outdoor table on a beautiful summer evening. Enjoyed a bottle of Prosecco after being offered a taste of all three on the menu. While we waited we enjoyed the free wine tasting that was offered in the market side. We were unhurried and truly got to enjoy a leisurely dinner with full attention by waitstaff. The pork chop was delicious, as was the Mac and Cheese (we just couldn't resist). After we closed out our bill, it was such a pleasant evening we elected to stay longer and have a glass of port with a chocolate dessert. Sensational. Do try!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very nice dinner outside on Saturday evening. Date/mixed green salad and barramundi. Highly recommend.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, excellent service
The food, wine and cheese were all great, but the best part of the experience was the service. We will definitely be back!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Foodie's Delight!
A friend was in from out of town this past weekend and we decided to meet at Marion Street Cheese Market for dinner. Of all the options available in Oak Park, this was DEFINITELY the perfect choice! They have a lovely patio, though we opted to eat indoors where we were promptly and enthusiastically greeted and escorted to our table. Juan was our server and did an excellent job of guiding and pacing our experience perfectly; allowing us to enjoy our time catching up with one another, never having to think about anything we might want or need in the process. And, the food was AMAZING!!! The cheese was perfection, as always, but DO NOT make the mistake of stopping there! Peruse a menu - there is true talent in that kitchen. Loved EVERYTHING!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasant experience.
Lovely mixed-materials decor. Excellent fresh food with pretty presentations. Lively and friendly, but calm enough to allow for intimate conversation. Excellent selection of cheeses, of course.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a a favorite.
Love to go here and try the cheese flights. Staff is usually very attentive and knowledgable. Great spot to grab a bite while shopping.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been there twice, now.
I've been there twice, now. On both occasions, they had great specials, attentive service, and comfortable ambiance.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Neighborhood Hot Spot
My friend and I enjoyed a marvelous Tuesday night dinner with half priced craft beers, a truly divine scallop and polenta special, and crunchy Brussels sprouts that should be patented. Besides the great meal, it's wonderful that it's so convenient in Oak Park, with free street parking to boot. Highly recommend.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic as usual
Outstanding! We sat at the bar and were well taken care of by Bernard (& Alex). Interesting cocktail list & a great range of beer on tap. Wne list also offers plenty of good options. Food: DELICIOUS. Started with fried green tomatoes -- I almost ordered a second round right away. Heaven. The parmesan chili sauce is SO GOOD. Cheese: beautiful. Went & chatted with Anthony -- one of the cheesemongers -- and he gave me some brilliant suggestions -- Arabella was new for me, and fantastically stinky. My husband loved the bison carpaccio -- also the rabbit (with gnocchi & ratatouille -- so many good things on one plate!!) I had smoked salmon with celery root latkes, pickled beets, & horseradish panna cotta -- WOW. Amazing everything.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lunch place
Went for lunch. Not crowded but not empty either. Food and cheese choices are wonderful! Server was very attentive without being pushy. Highly recommend this place but bring your quarters for the street parking.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for Wine and Cheese
This is a great place to try some wines and interesting cheeses. They have flights of wine available, along with pre picked cheese flights or a pick your own. We tried a variety of cheeses and meats along with our wine. The food was also very good though we ate mostly cheeses and meats. Good place to go for a break from the norm.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant is even better
Restaurant is even better than before and service issues have been resolved
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting menu with
Very interesting menu with great side dishes. The sautéed Brussels sprouts were terrific, as were the salads. Wine list was good, and beer choices were also interesting. Service was a bit slow and harried, but the hostess made an effort to seat us in a quiet place, which we appreciated. We would definitely go there again.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great, I understand
Food was great, I understand that all the food is made to order, so we gave our group plenty of time to enjoy dinner. However our waiter Steve was hard to find and not very attentive. Thankful the other staff was more than helpful or the experience would have been very different.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful evening and exceptional
Delightful evening and exceptional service. We will be returning!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still a favorite in Oak Park
I've yet to be disappointed in an evening of dining. The food, the beer, the wine, the cheese, the laughs, the service, all superb. The price point is excellent.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sophisticated Oak Park Dining
This place has a wonderful European sophistication . The bistro fare, cheese and salumi flights along with a good wine selection make for a very special evening - whether you choose to dine at the bar or at a table . Loved it!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding,
The food was outstanding, the service could use a lot of improvement. The waiter asked us to put in our full order because the kitchen is small and doing so helps the kitchen prepare. After leavings us to look over the menu for 15 minutes, he came back, took our full order. We waited another 15 minutes before getting our cheese board which was then immediately followed by our salads. This is why people purposefully do not want to give their full orders right away. The food was excellent so it made up for the apathetic service. But if I were really hungry when I walked in and had to wait 30 minutes for my appetizer (15 to take the order and another 15 before it came) I doubt I would be back. The food is outstanding, however.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a terrific restaurant,
This is a terrific restaurant, as Michelin will tell you. The cheese flights are capital, with amazing cheese selections. Entrees are ample; small plates are excellent, too. Not to be missed.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice ambiance and a health-conscious menu with great tasting food. What more can you ask for?
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Seasonal Menu
Food is really outstanding and the menu changes with the seasons. Lots of vegetables prepared in interesting ways and the portions are generous.
The only drawback is the hostess was unwelcoming at our initial arrival. Wait staff was great, however.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite places
This wine and cheese bar is really a restaurant with a huge selection of cheese, wine, and beer. If you go for dinner there are more hot dishes to choose from. We both had one of their red wine flights to start, and then chose one of those wines for a full glass later. All were excellent, and not the least expensive wines on their list. You can purchase the wine later by the bottle if you like. I nearly always order the pickled vegetable appetizer. The marinated olives are also a great appetizer. We shared a salad. They will customize a cheese and meat platter to include the varieties you ask for, so this is what we did. Never the same twice, but always good.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM