Market House on the Square

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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.

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1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The appetizer of deep fried zuchini was amazing the entrees were disgusting

B
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Upscale Pub like atmosphere food was good and reasonably priced. The server was very nice but forgot to bring us several things such as wine with dinner and cappuccinos with our desert.

p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

The asparagus salad. Asparagus stalks were grilled and too tough to eat. The fried egg on top didn't add anything. The only good thing about the dish was the argula and slivered parmesan cheese bits.
The heirloom tomatoes looked tough and unapetizing

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great ambiance

JR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Market House is a beautiful place for sure. Wood floors, painted brick walls, fireplace, great windows. Foccaccia type bread on the bread tray was awesome. Guest and I had chicken bowls for lunch, which were good, was expecting maybe a little lettuce, but first experience with "bowl" food, so I guess a "bowl" has nothing to do with salad (separate generous little heaps of chopped chicken thigh, black beans, rice, red onion with a chipotle-bbq sauce type dressing). It was delish for sure. Husband had club sandwich, which he enjoyed. We were with his sister from out of town, and were allowed to take our time and have a relaxed chat. We were not made to feel rushed or in the way at all. Our beverages (iced tea and cola as well as water) were refilled several times, without our having to ask. Overall, lovely experience, would return.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely lunch on the patio. My favorite spot to dine whenever I’m visiting Lake Forest!

LB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place near the theatre we attended. A lovely “find”

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was very good. Drinks and service a bit slow but good overall.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t find a better place than Market House. Great menu, service , and ambiance when you can sit outside.

w
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cuban sandwich was great; French fries didn’t seem fresh.

JF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love this place, only reason that I didn’t give it a higher rating was because there was an annoying fly buzzing around our indoor table the entire meal.

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone could not have been nicer or more agreeable. Had trouble finding place open for lunch on Saturday for a small bridal shower. Market House was the place! They let us drop off cake and favors, order off menu and keep surprise from bride. Waiter was great. Very attentive without being annoying. Very nice guy who kept everyone ‘s glass full. Food was really good. Everyone had something different and everyone really enjoyed their lunch. Lived in area for many years. Now that I have moved away there is finally a really good restaurant in that building. Looking forward to our next visit.

C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, great food, love the calm atmosphere. We will be back soon

BG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet here often. Creative menu. Friendly, attentive and patient service.

l
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is wonderful outdoor seating in the back of the restaurant, covered by an old oak tree, and overlooking Market Square in downtown Lake Forest. They also have seating in front on the sidewalk. We sat there. One other couple. Very quiet. Service is always great. I had the Spicy Tempura Shrimp appetizer as a meal. It’s perfect, small bites size pieces, sriracha aioli Shrimp was very tender. Other diner had eaten earlier and only had the brownie dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. She loved every aspect except the choc chips sprinkled on top. It’s a texture thing for her so she moved them to the side. I love this restaurant and eat here regularly, at least twice a week.

LD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had such a nice evening at the Market House. We sat in the bar area in a nice booth which was perfect for my red wine and burger craving. The fries were the best I've possibly ever had. The starters were great too. You can't go wrong to give this type of night to yourself!

J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor seating was a great environment for dinner

k
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

lovely setting. great service, we stop by often.
thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing. Interior dining room & bar were practically deserted on a Saturday night. Despite having made a reservation, we were seated in a small, dark area off the main patio. There were no other diners in this uninviting section & it’s clearly a complete afterthought for staff. When our waitress did arrive, she announced how tired she was & seemed perturbed she had to actually wait on us. Slow & completely unengaged. Food quality was mediocre: scallops were undercooked & there were nests of wilted watercress on top of both our entrees (?). This was our first and last visit.

PG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

We had to wait for an hour to be served our main course. Plus the restaurant was no more than 2/3 full - on a Saturday night.

W
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We love this place but my daughter had a bad meal. Poor quality steak & uncooked dough on the zucchini fries. We informed the server but no action was taken. I also emailed the restaurant. It was disappointing.

LG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location in downtown Lake Forest for lunch, drinks or dinner. The staff is so very nice and the food is delicious.

DB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Dining on the patio was wonderful - felt like a taste of Europe. The food was a huge disappointment and our server was constantly at our table and too many hand gestures.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very nice. Sat on the patio. Steak was ok. Crab cake was very good. Drinks were excellent. Nice place to go to.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We sat outside in the courtyard. It was very nice. My dinner was supposed to be mostly vegetables, but it was mostly noodles. The small onions were cut in half but still had the tough outer layer on them, which made them hard to eat. However, the service was outstanding.

l
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio so the noise level was nil. Their patio is wonderful, overlooking downtown Lake Forest and covered by a very large, old oak tree. I had the shrimp appetizer (can't remember the name) and it was large enough for two or a meal for one. We returned this night specifically because my daughter was craving their Cuban Sandwich which she had one other time. Wonderful neighborhood spot.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, good service. We will be going back.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance here never disappoint!

RB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and wonderful choices. We enjoyed ourselves. We love the outdoor patio also.

LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

If you have a baby, I don't recommend. They do not have baby changer. Love this place but can only return after my kids are older enough to use the restrooms by themselves? I was surprised this restaurant doesn't offer such a basic thing.

u
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and enjoyed the food

w
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor dining is fabulous. We brought visitors and they absolutely fell in love with the ambiance and food.

ST
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just OK. Maybe we ordered the wrong things.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We sat on the patio and it was a lovely atmosphere. The food was great!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dinning at Market House and we were a party of 4. Once we were through the door we were greeted with a warm welcome and given a chose of sitting in the bar, dinning room or patio. It was nice to see the tables well spaced with attractive and comfortable deco. Once seated in the patio which is partly shaded trees and umbrellas, we were imediately greeted by the busboy who oftered us water and bread. The menu offers a nice sellection some being comforting classics like Grilled Sustainable Raised Fresh Salmon or a creative Amish Chicken Meatballs. Thier commitment to local produce was very apparent from the flavor of the delicious dishes we had. Our only regret is that we didn't have room for one of the temting desserts. Wonderful service and great food!

KL
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and lovely garden seating was all wonderful. My friend and I each enjoyed the delicious Thai Bowl. Anything I have ever eaten here has been delicious!

AZ
Phoenix
270 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect weather for a fun long cocktail lunch catching up with friends on the patio. From the healthy bowls to the delicious egg salad BLT, our choices were delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We eat at Market House a lot for lunch and it is always delicious with good service. Last night we had a special occasion so we tried it for dinner. Seemed they were over committed which resulted in a very long wait for food and not great quality once it got to us. Disappointing given it was a special occasion for us. The server did comp our first drinks which a decent gesture.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It’s pretty pricy but the food quality is horrible. My salad was salty. My flatbread was not tasty.

KR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Great place to meet friends/colleagues for lunch.

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