Market House on the Square

4.4
1251 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.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and enjoyed the food

w
Palm Springs
28 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
3 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
43 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
267 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.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit slow. Server recommended scallops twice after being told about a shellfish allergy. But food was good.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had the most delicious Mint Julep while dining on the patio. The food and presentation was good. The service was slow, plates left on table and was pretty lifeless.
The pricing of the menu however is not proportional to the food. Prices are high for items that should be more interesting, unique, flavorful (fish tacos, salads, the various bowls) for the price point.

p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Pea soup not chilled and had no flavor. Needed seasoning. The escarole was impossible to eat. Only two 1 inch artichoke bits. Dressing too bland.

B
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place to go for an al fresco evening. Especially nice with music in the park

P
Louisville
43 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although a long time since we last dined here (we live out of state), everything was even better than our last time. Antoinet’s service was exceptional, as were the drinks (Manhattan and Gin Gimlet). Service was discrete but prompt and her advise was spot on. We had the Trout and the Amish Chicken...both were fabulous. The cold cauliflower soup was perfect for a warm evening. Wines were perfectly paired with dinner. Best of all, the check was quite reasonable considering our experience (worth considerably more!). We so enjoyed our experience! Thanks to all for your gracious hospitality!
I might add our kids live nearby. We are ordering up a gift card so they too, can enjoy a wonderful evening!

BS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We think.you have the prettiest patio in Lake County. But a dinner of a burger, 2 appetizers, 2 iced teas and a beer shouldn't cost $80 with tip. Afraid we can't afford your lovely restaurant.

DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very good and fresh. The waitress was super sweet and had a happy smile all the time. Patio is beautiful.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was incredibly bland, in the first 10 min we had 3 different waiters which was clearly confusion. Flourless choc cake was so cold and dry. Looked like it had been pulled out from shrink wrap and dropped on our table. As a result, over priced effort.

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat outside which is always a wonderful and relaxing experience. This particular Sunday was a "Blues Sunday Brunch" and my only complaint is that the band was incredibly loud. They lowered their volume a bit after one set but it was still uncomfortably loud. Food and service perfect.

HG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday night dinner at Market House and everything was perfect, from the homemade blue-cheese olives in our martinis to the hardened caramel drizzled on the carrot cake. Can't rave enough about the truffle-oil fried zucchini sticks. Yum. The kale salad was the best we've ever had. Great salmon, great blackened chicken bowl... and the servers were attentive and friendly while also giving us privacy.

CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for a Saturday bday lunch for my mother-in-law. Great menu offerings with a slight twist, but not an overwhelming variety. Portions were lunch appropriate and the overall experience was excellent. Will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. Great location. Super service. Fantastic food. Delicious cocktails and the perfect company! BLT Egg Salad Sandwich with house-made chips was quite tasty, and the Thai Bowl divine! Couldn’t have asked for more for our weekday lunch reservation!

GM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating a college graduation...we were treated to a delicious chocolate cake for dessert!😊

C
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting and the food is good. The only drawback is the service. We were on an outside patio and it took 20 minutes just to order a cocktail. Had to go into the restaurant to find out whom was to be taking our orders. They need a manager that is more aware of his staff and patrons being attended to.

RD
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Love this place. One of our favorite places.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The building and setting is lovely. The menu isn’t very exciting or good. Menu has been the same for a long time. Staff is very friendly. It needs a do over.

DD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For denizens of Lake Forest and visitors alike, the relatively recent revitalization of this restaurant under new management insures more than a pleasant view of Market Square from the patio. The menu has been enriched beyond its popular fish tacos and sandwiches and offers scrumptious trout and crispy lemon sole. Wines available by the glass now include not only Sancerre but also Macon and Meursault. Members of the staff are friendly and reliable, as well.

W
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice outdoor dining area, inside dining room & now a healthy bowl carry out. Nice menu and bar selections with many gluten free options. And, they have a fun kids menu. The minor mistake was they forgot to give my daughter fries with her order. But, later they brought her some.

FS
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great outdoor dining. Sea food selections very good.

JJ
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful lunch on the outdoor patio which was fantastic. Very good selection of healthy food and all of our meals were delicious as well as aesthetically pleasing. Attentive wait staff. Will be back.

BD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday at Market House. The weather has been cool so we were inside near the fireplace. Almost like late winter, not a few days to Solstice. Great food, as always. Friendly staff, but then, they see me frequently. Market House can be your home away from home too.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their varied specials are always innovative and wonderful. Especially the sandwiches. The blackened cod sandwich special was the best.

CS
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. We have been coming here 5 years in a row for Fathers day Sunday brunch and it has always been a great day!

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