Market House on the Square

4.4
1188 reviews
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Bustling neighborhood gem. Serving seasonal farm to table dishes in a lively setting either the cozy bar, dining room with fireplace or porch which in summer is open air. Whenever possible we open our beautiful patio adjacent to the town square. The beverage program features classic and craft cocktails, extensive wine by the quartino and locally focused craft beer.

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.

Monthly special dinners include summer Pig Roasts and wine dinners.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We honor Mothers with a special three course fixed price brunch as well as early dinner. Please call the restaurant if you are a larger party or if you do not see the time you prefer.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

They have changed the menu. With limited offerings, check the updates before you book.

We had a reservation, but the high school-ish hostess seated us in the bar by the bathroom because the dining room had reservations (note again, we had a reservation). We found out later through this app she didn't check us in through our reservation. They corrected the booking after I called later.

Overall...meh.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Our waitress was attentive without being obtrusive and the food was delicious.

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HD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, food quality is also great. Love to sit outside when it’s nice at this restaurant when it’s warm enough.

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RD
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service even better. Amazing dirty martinis with blue cheese olives. The shaved brussel sprouts are delicious especially with the filet. We love this place and the people who work here!!!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a charming restaurant in a lovely area. The staff was very accommodating, the noise level was very low the wait staff was efficient and friendly and the food was delicious.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Restaurant is in a convenient location. Orders initially were improperly fulfilled (wrong side dishes, etc.) but that was corrected, after dishes were delivered to the wrong guests at the table. Noise level was high at first, but abated as the lunch hour came to an end. Food was good. $100 with tip for 4 at lunch (2 had burgers), no alcohol.

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HW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the Salmon salad. The salmon was good but the salad was boring. It was mainly cabbage. The carrot cake was not moist. We shared it and even so we all left most of the small piece we had.

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M
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch with a good friend! They're really getting it right in the kitchen--excellent crab cake and fish tacos. And the service was perfect--attentive but lenient (we just about closed the place!) Happy to make this our go-to-place in Lake Forest once again.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat service I have experienced in recent memory!!

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ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice evening - good meal - nice service and atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing staff!

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A
Chicago
190 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the inviting cozy decor.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great... Ready with options. And the food was delicious... Made as ordered... Well done!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The occasion was Valentine’s dinner with my husband of 30+y. Our server Elisa (I hope I have the right person; she is Latina) was the best part of the evening; she was attentive and personable! My meal: lobster bisque was too salty; lobster pot pie was salty, lean on vegetables, pie crust was thick and hard; hand-made vanilla bean ice cream needed more vanilla. My husband enjoyed his meal: crab cake, open-faced reuben, hand-made maple bourbon ice cream. I have had better meals at this restaurant when it involved a catered holiday meal.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Hamburger was way overpriced. First time I had unidentifiable chewy stuff on top a burger

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DD
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice and varied menu lovely environment . I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BC
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Feedback from our group was that the menu was limited. This was of particular issue when the fish that two people in our party were planning to get was out.

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TT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new Go-To place when visiting our son at college! Great service, fantastic food, quiet with perfect ambiance!

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J
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tracy was a fantastic server! Both entrees (swordfish and salmon) exceeded expectations. Shrimp appetizer was light and perfect. Good cocktails.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

3rd time here since we moved to the area. I love supporting local restaurants but this place is just bad.

Failed on many levels and won’t be back.

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HG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night's dinner at Market House was perfection. The goat cheese brûlée was inspired-- can't recommend it highly enough. The peppercorn swordfish, topped with onion rings, was delicious. The salmon, my go-to main course, never disappoints. We ate in the bar room, where the atmosphere is lively and casual but the noise level is low enough to carry on a conversation. Once again, we left the Market House happy and well fed.

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G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistant with food and service. Menu is creative and had many options. One of our favorites!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a special place. Great people and food.

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a Birthday- had 5:00 pm reservations on a Sat. night. What a wonderful time we
had!! Our server "Tina" was awesome and made our experience so nice. The food was
delish and we were easily accommodated when making a few changes to our entrees.
We will be returning soon.

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JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always a reliable quality experience. The Amish Chicken was great

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience is always good at the Market House. Portions are reserved, but appropriate. The engagement is positive. It is worth your time to visit.

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JJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu with great healthy selections. Excellent service and always a beautiful atmosphere!

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

All good except crab cake was cold. Had to send back. Next one that came out was just ok.

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to our requests. Food and service were great.

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KR
Montana
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Market House is very convenient in downtown Lake Forest. We've eaten there numerous times, and will go back again. It's good - not great - but usually very reliable. Good idea to have reservations - other people seem to like it, too!

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h
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Market House since it opened. Friday, we had the best dining experience. Our server was knowledge and engaging. Seriously the best Manhattan ever. My guest had the chicken pot pie and I had a new menu item.. braised beef with pappardelle. Finished with carrot cake. Thank you Market House...we will be back!

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DC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Between work lunches and family dinners, I’m there quite often, and they’ve never disappointed. See you again soon!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails , coffee and the service were exceptional. The food was very good. Would recommend!!

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PY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Our party of 4 decided to try and make reservations for New Years Eve at a close location in Lake Forest. We felt lucky to get one for 7:00pm. A perfect time to enjoy a nice meal, and enjoy each other's company not too far from home. The cozy atmosphere was perfect. Wait staff did pretty well. Food was just okay for what they charge. I would recommend trying their Lunch, maybe it would be less costly. After our waitress told us their specials, we were surprised how extremely expensive prices they were!! (Maybe it was because it was NYE, not sure). But after ing hearing that, we decided to order off the regular menu. Like I said, our meals were okay. Nothing special for the price.

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CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

This restaurant is a regular of ours! We have always enjoyed it! Tonight, New Years Eve, service and food was a disaster! Two of us ordered from the specials, two from the regular menu! The entrees came about 20 minutes longer than normal. The special Prime Rib which was ordered medium rare, came out medium to well done. When one party asked to return it, they came back and said it was sold out. This is after the hostess seating us shared that they had 20 cancellations in the last hour???? Yes they comped a meal and a round of drinks, but that doesn't matter to us, money is AND was not the issue tonight, enjoying a delicious meal and celebrating the new year was what we hoped for!!! I think it will be a long time before we return 😕

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M
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful local ambience serving delicious, fresh food!

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I
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, got there early but it does fill up fast. A bit hard to find on the GPS, but plenty of parking.

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T
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Market House has consistently good food and service, an interesting menu and an awesome Cowboy buger. Excellent wine list and well done bar drinks.

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l
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality food and a nice range of choices. The Amish chicken and the BBQ meatloaf were wonderful -- we would order these again. Very good salad (fig and pear) too. We also enjoyed the relaxed and elegant atmosphere.

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YM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Christmas Eve lunchtime reservations. The food was BETTER than I remembered!! Everyone had different entrees. The Crabcake was delicious. It came with a nice little salad. My husband had the Meatloaf sandwich and LOVED it! My sister had the quiche, with Zuchinni fritters ~ So Yummy!!

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