A great north shore find
Great seafood has been sorely lacking in the far north suburbs so this is a great find. The lobster risotto was great. As was the Mahi Mahi. I love a classic lobster bisque. Didn't think the roasted cauliflower added much. Blackberry cheesecake was yummy.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, delicious dishes, attentive service, beautiful evening on the balcony.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I went here for our anniversary and absolutely loved this restaurant. Our oysters were amazing and our main dishes were both terrific. When the management found out it wa our anniversary they sent over some complimentary champagne for us to enjoy. Overall this was a wonderful dinner and I can not wait to back for another dinner.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fantastic choice for dinner with friends. The food was absolutely amazing. We all decided to step out of our comfort zones, and were so happy we did! All of our choices were delicious and well prepared. Our server recomended a new bottle of wine they had just added to their selection, and it could not have been a better pairing. Wonderful food and phenominal service. We will all definitely return!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to celebrate
We took our family and new sailor to dinner here and had a great time. The food, staff and overall experience was terrific. It was exactly what we had wanted.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding, menu changes
Outstanding, menu changes as the market does. Have eaten here 3 times, and will go back.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish on the North Shore
If you want your fish fresh combined with creative and tasty sides this is your destination. Service is attentive. We have now been there 2xs. Best fish in north burbs!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful
Being the first time their it was absolutely Fantastic. It made our 28th Wedding anniversary Special.
The Entrance & the Waitstaff were Great.
Our Hostess presented the menu in full & was shocked that she took our order from memory & gave us a bottle of wine that made the meal.
The house appetizer of smoked walleye surprised us both.
The grilled octopus was the best.
The Lobster bisque served by the Presentors with the hot bisque poured @ the table..........shockingly perfect.
Main course dinner cooked to perfection.
Candy bar dessert capped the evening.
We shall be back.
Thank You for a wonderful Anniversary.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Fish on North Shore
Fish offerings make this the top restaurant in Lake Foresr
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our forth visit to
This was our forth visit to MH Fish and we love the healthy preparations and variety of fish on the menu. We were seated when we walked in and the service was outstanding. We had the simply grilled salmon and mahi mahi - both very good. Nice wine choices too.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Downtown Lake Forest Gem
Great re-due of a old second floor space in prime location in downtown Lake Forest. The overview of Market Square during a summer evening concert was idyllic. Wonderful selection of seafood items all with a nice creative flare. The wine list was unique though not overpriced with an interesting price method of 1/4 bottle price for by the glass of most all featured wines. The crab cakes appetizer were very good as were the ample portions of swordfish and lobster risotto followed by a delicious take on Key Lime pie.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Dining Experience
The atmosphere is great. The wedge salad made with Bibb lettuce is outstanding. We enjoyed our fish. The salmon is outstanding as well as the Halibut.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Before I even left my home for dinner, I was pleased with the fact that the manager called to ask my seating preference, as I had requested through Open Table secluded seating. He explained that the restaurant is small, and there is really no secluded seating. He did recommend the outdoor balcony, which is covered, small and has only a few tables. It also has over hear radiant heat, so in the event it cools off you're still able to stay warm. I was very pleased with the seating, and upon arrival, was met by the manager, who introduced himself, whihc made me feel special, and impressed my date. The waitress was outstanding. She knew the menu inside and out. The dinner was good, but not phenomenol. We will definitely go back though.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plates: Oxtail macaroni
Small plates: Oxtail macaroni and cheese was delicious.
Entrees: Half the table loved their entrees, the other half said they were just okay.
The seafood was fresh, and I enjoyed the fish, eventhough I normally don't like fish. (although you can't really go wrong with bacon-infused fish, I guess)
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner For Two
We went for the first and had a delightful dinner. It is a bit pricey but still okay. Very good food, unique, excelllent service and a nice evening. We will go back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our halibut, scallops and steak were outstanding. Also fresh oysters. Very professional service. Loved wine by the glass selections. A really nice feature. Expensive but so
Great for a
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem, creative food, warm and wonderful service, smart looking restaurant,
Very easy to notice, someone put their heart into this place.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first dinner at The Fish House and I loved it. We had a beautiful corner table overlooking the square. The decor is elegant and modern, setting just the tone I was looking for. Started with oysters--great selection, delicious. Split the Wedge salad. Unlike any other wedge, very inventive and satisfying. I then had the halibut. I usually shy away from halibut bc I think it will be dry, this was not, very moist. Great wine, great food, great night!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Seafood Restaurant
Host and manager, David and waiter, Alex both did a great job. The food was truly excellent and sometimes innovative. The Kumamoto oysters were excellent. The exotic octopus dish was excellent. The king salmon dishes we had at our table were great too. The wine list is very fairly priced and very intelligently composed. Highly recommended.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
New owner for neighborhood place
We have been to a restaurant in this location under previous owners and went back for a birthday celebration. The new owners have done a nice job with the new seafood theme. The dining room is small with many nooks. The food and service were very good but the restaurant is quite noisy in spite of not being very busy the night we were in.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu quite creative and delicious, service is wonderful, a delight place!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem in Lake Forest
This was our second visit to MH Fish House; once again we had a fabulous dining experience. From the impeccable service, to the high quality of the food, this restaurant does not disappoint. Special favorites included tuna tartar, mussels, striped bass, lobster bisque, and the simply grilled salmon. I love the special touches - the salmon tartar that was sent compliments of the chef, and their usual warm rolls with the orange marmelade which is to die for. My daughter casually commented that some fried parsnips looked delicious while passing the kitchen - on her way back she was given a bowl to try. Fine wines are offered by the glass or the bottle. One caveat - be prepared to spend some money; you won't be disappointed.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
MH fish house exceeded my expectations. I heard from others that I needed to try out this rew restaurant and they were right. Starting with the complimentary amuse, followed by fresh oysters, crayfish and olive oil poached tuna.......all outstanding. The service was expectational. I will return often.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Fish Restaurant in Lake F.
Great variety of fish, interestingly prepared, attentive service, reasonably priced, free (!!) parking. A little noisy, but not overwhelmingly so.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The attention to detail at MH Fish House was impeccable. We were there to celebrate a special occasion and they were ready to make it even more special. We were immediately met and acknowledged as being there for a birthday, given outstanding treatment and service throughout the evening (they actually read, noted and acted upon the "special requests" box in the Open Table site!). And the meal was as delicious as the service was excellent. The bacon/blue cheese salad was delicious and big enough to share for most. Grilled halibut was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth, and the special salmon with BBQ blueberry glaze was as good as I have ever had. Dessert was spectacular. Wish i had more space to write, best place around!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of the best restaurants
This is one of the best restaurants in Lake Forest
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Night Away from Twins
Our twins just turned two years old and we have not had a nice night alone in almost as long. Dinner was a continuation of our anniversary celebration. Decor was modern yet cozy (yes, somehow that is possible). Greeted by an ebony hardwood stairwell that opened directly into the heart of the restaurant. White walls with seaside touches and carefully placed lighting made you feel at home. Wine was fabulous. The food was excellent and priced appropriately. Service was excellent but courses were a bit too far apart for us since we only had one night away - hence the 4-star rating (would have been a 5-star rating otherwise). Keep this location in mind for special occasions. I plan to go again...before another 2 years pass.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had an excellent date night at MH Fish House. Well-made martinis, a variety of fresh raw oysters, and food that delighted the senses... This place is a foodies dream. We shared 3 small plates: crab cake, crayfish, and Mac n cheese. My mouth is watering remembering how delicious the dishes were. For dessert, we ordered key lime custard which was sublime. The restaurant has lovely decor (cape cod-looking) and the service was spot on. We will be back!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Birthday Dinner
This was my first time dining at MH Fish House, after dining at Market House several times with great experiences. I came with my parents and boyfriend for my birthday dinner. They made everything so special! The manager - Dave - was very pleasant and wine knowledgeable for any questions we had. Fabian was such a nice and courteous server! He let us take our time with ordering and answered all our questions. The Lobster Bisque and Lobster Risotto were my highlights. I loved the Halibut as well. My family enjoyed the Crab Cake, Swordfish and King Salmon as their entrees. They sent out the Candy Bar dessert with a candle for me, so delicious! I will definitely be coming back soon, and know my parents will as well.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience!
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!
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best food I have ever had.........
We always head to LF for dinner on dates. We were celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary so I thought we would try something new. I mentioned it was our anniversary in my reservation and did they make it special for us. We sat on the screen porch which had glass rather than screens due to the rain. Beautiful and romantic. We were given a glass of champagne to toast before we ordered our dinner and were then we were also given a complementary dessert. The deconstructed Snickers bar. YUM.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with friends and had a great dinner...service excellent, amazing oysters.....exceptional fish with creative presentations...a definite return!!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service all around.
Fabian is the best of the best. When we go again, we'll ask to be at one of his tables.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Night Out!
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary by enjoying an early dinner at MH Fish House. Our evening began with a bottle of wine from a notable list, most available by the glass as well. Our attentive server, Fabian, was very knowledgeable with his recommendations. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. I highly suggest the Octopus and Halibut. My husband really enjoyed his Paella. The chef sent out a few delicious tastings for us to try. I'm still craving more of the smokey salmon mousse, delicious! Our table on the heated patio gave us a great view and some seclusion. We were even presented with an extra treat for our anniversary. We will surely return!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
"City" restaurant in the suburbs
I love the decor of MH Fish House; the menu is interesting to read
the Halibut sounded more interesting than it was, but it was still a beautiful presentation
salad excellent (soft lettuce wedge)
Service personal and attentive
sitting on the porch is one of the nicest ways to dine
only negative is that on this night the smell of the wood grill- don't know if it was mesquite or what type of wood- was over powering when we walked in
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent fresh seafood. Oysters were fabulous and server was very knowledgeable.
Sat out on the Porch which was comfortable even while 40 degrees outside. Nice view if the square.
Salmon and halibut were both done to perfection.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Great Food
Always Great Food and Service, I enjoy this location for Business dinners sinces it Queit, Great Food and Great service.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thought it was strange how
Thought it was strange how they cleared bread plates
Without asking if you wanted another piece.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
PERFECT in every way!!!
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!!!!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find in Lake Forest
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!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant continues
This restaurant continues to delight. Most fish are available in sauced versions and in plain grilled fashion. Bothe choices are uniformly delicious.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
They do not rush you so the meal is relaxing and enjoyable
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special dinner at MH Fish House
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
OUTSTANDING all around
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.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Special Place
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.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Restaurant in Lake Forest!
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!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lake Forest find
MH Fish house has a nice ambiance, good service and very good food. Lots of healthy choices. Pricey
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM