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About Market House on the Square

Located right off the center square in what was once the Lake Forest fire station, Market House on the Square offers a unique and beautiful setting. Serving classic American dishes you once loved and now crave, ingredients when possible are local and often craft processes such as butchering and curing occur in house. The beverage program features classic cocktails, extensive wine by the quartino offerings and craft beer. Happy Hour is lively and Sunday Brunch is a great place to unwind with friends or connect with family before the week ahead.

The dining room has a warm clubby vibe while the bar is welcoming and cozy. In warm weather there is no place as beautiful as the 80 seat patio that also offers comfortable lounge seating to enjoy a cocktail.

The five private dining spaces are the ideal location for business meetings and dinners, family celebrations, rehearsal dinners and showers.

655 Forest Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
We are open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00 am-2:30 pm. We will reopen Monday-Thursday for dinner from 4:30 pm-8:00 pm. Friday and Saturday we will reopen for dinner from 4:30 pm-9:00 pm. Join us for brunch Saturday from 11:00 am-2:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm.

Cross Street:
Deerpath

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 234-8800

Website:
http://www.themarkethouse.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available across the street from the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Lake Forest Metra

Executive Chef:
Dan Marquis

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:
Nina Abuja: (855) 401-6926

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Market House on the Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Casual (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Business Meals (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Healthy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Scenic View (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

Really enjoyed all of our dishes with their unique tastes prepared to perfection. I also appreciated their having a large cube for my Glenfedich.
Our service was attentive without any hovering.
Enjoy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Lunch was delicious, as usual. This is definitely my go-to neighborhood place for a meal with a friend. Lots of healthy options, plus irresistible everything else if you’re looking to indulge. Menu changes seasonally and the chef gets his produce from his own local ILLINOIS farm. Staff is nice and helpful. Very welcoming.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding food and great service. We just had to wait a long time for our food to arrive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved the dining area with the fireplace
A perfect Sunday brunch choice!!
The Bloody Marys and chasers are the best!!
We have never been disappointed
with any tried menu item. Very creative
and beautifully presented as well as most
delicious!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Our appetizer was good but the rest of dinner was mediocre. The service was abysmal!! They really need to spend some time training their staff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was very good! We arrived early for our reservation and were seated right away. Loved the ambience! It was very quiet at first but as the evening got later the sound level went up but as nothing big. Our waiter was good, food arrived quickly. Overall - very good experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

the shrimp pot pie was very dry & salty
my dinner companions througt that nice environment but the food was just fair

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Ambiance is nice. However food was only average which was disappointing as plates were $5-15 more than other area restaurants charge for the similar means but other where the other restaurants had full plates for vs small plates for the same price.

Additionally the food was average at best. Our brussel spouts were highly under-cooked and not very favorable--if the brussel sprouts were actually good, I would have sent them back to be cooked a bit more.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Had to ask front to get us a server; while tables sat after us already had drinks; however they handled it very well and comped our drinks . Apple cranberry salad with cabbage was good but 13.00 for a small cabbage salad is pricey . Crusted sole very fresh good portion ; but very bland . Lemon sauce was extremely sparse

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 (Key West)·Dined 6 days ago

Been once - every month- for past 4 months and each time food is worse. No taste and over cooked. Half way through an appetizer and cook brought out dinner - way too fast. And restaurant was not even half full and only 6:00 pm

So sad to see a good restaurant go slowly down hill. Will not go back.
Been there at least 15 in 3 years as lived in Lake Forest.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

club-like atmosphere with non-creative menu. slightly on pricey side but few alternatives nearby. wait staff good. difficult to hear parties at same table with loud noise levels.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was outstanding with service to match. We love the pate. I was excited to be able to try the short rib and was not disappointed. The food was beautifully plated and the flavors delicious. This is quickly becoming our go to spot.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A perfect gathering place
with family seldom seen
The Bloody Mary with chaser
was delicious, certainly
making our brunch special,
festive, memorable. Our server
also made it fun. Nice guy!!!
We drove from the city, our
third visit because of the
restaurant’s draw!! Lovely
ambiance!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Not many restaurants in Lake Forest, but this one is one of the better ones.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Hidden gem. As you approach from the outside you know it will be unique and you’re in for a treat. Very different layout than most restaurants, very very cozy. Great service and fresh great tasting food. The only thing I wasn’t thrilled about is they serve small portions. Our crab cakes appetizer included just one crab cake for $18, not a good value. My roasted half chicken was pretty small, not a good value. The ambiance is superior and will always come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We have been coming to Market House on the Square since they opened. Fortunately, we dine on the night they lauched the new menu. There were so many items we wanted to try but settled on the Pork Belly Schnitzel and the Lobster & Shrimp Scampi. WOW....can't wait to go back and try other new items!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Market Square is an outstanding neighborhood gem with exceptional service starting with their leadership, Carla and servers Sarah, Eloise and the rest of the team.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food, great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

lovely restaurant. We sat outside and had brunch. Service great. Food delicious. Loved it all. We will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lovely restaurant that never disappoints and great location.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The ambience and the food at Market House continues to impress.
On two different occasions this week, I brought a friend for lunch. They both agreed it
is the " BEST" place in Lake Forest to dine.

Tags: Vegan, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (México)·Dined on September 29, 2017

A nice menu with something for everyone. I had the crispy lemon sole which was delicious. Lovely patio as well as a garden room, bar seating and a main dining room. Downtown Lake Forest location. Large parking lot across the street. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Delightful lunch at Market House with a friend - we split the heirloom tomato sandwich and the chicken salad sandwich - both excellent. Very nice, attentive server; delicious food, great atmosphere in the lovely Garden Room.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Market House on the Square is a delightful dining experience. We dined out on the back patio in the evening, late September. Temps were perfect, no bugs. Service was attentive. Food was delicious. Great, healthy choices!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Another great meal at the Market House. LOVE the avocado toast and the chicken liver mousse. Great service and warm hospitality.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service was poor. It took 45 minutes to get anything to eat. After speaking to the manager (Erin) she offered us a round of drinks and just gave us what our first drink was. Then when we got our food it was not hot and tasteless. One o our fish tacos had no fish. Overall not a great experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food; nice outdoor patio in the downtown LF square

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food is average at best. Menu hasn't changed much in the past few years. It's too bad because the dining room is very nice and so is the bar area and outside seating Service is also good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

New menu is great! Had the brunch menu on Sunday. Loved the lemon ricotta pancakes and my friend has the heirloom tomato salad with salmon. Very happy 😊

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Ate outside on a beautiful night - it was perfect!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Love the patio always beautiful but food is just average at best

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Salad greens too hard to eat. Tortilla soup tasteless and not hot

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

After waiting 20 min after placing order, first drink literally smelled/tasted like skunk. Another 15 min before server lifted his eyes to acknowledge and offer attention. Another 30 minutes until he asked if we knew what we wanted. 90 minutes after being seated food arrived. Reasonably good meal in a delightful outdoor space, basically spoiled by awful service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Nice evening - not crazy about the food that night!

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Terrible. The food was not good. Could not finish the ahi tacos... The croquettes were lile hush puppies.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I think that Carla has found her groove!
Newer menu provides some interesting choices and love the cocktail suggestions. Always happy that they have kept some of the fan favorites on the menu as well. Our meal was great and our server did an excellent job.

For those that have had disappointing meals over the years, I would recommend giving them another try!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good for and wonderful ambience. Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We certainly enjoyed our meals as well as the outdoor dining area on a pleasant evening.
The reason our ratings were lower was an issue with table placement on a Friday evening.
Our table was right next to the Friday farm to table event which meant we had 15-20 people
standing right next to our table having drinks and appetizers as they spent 30+ minutes
in their meet and greet. Would have been much better to not seat us there, or let us know
there was a large group coming in, who would be having a cocktail hour next to us, prior to taking their seats. We mentioned it to Manager Victoria on our way out (not practical to reseat) and she apologized plus comped drinks for our troubles.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

5 Stars all around! Great food and hospitality! Thank you Market House!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Perfect location, we had a booth & the food was great.

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