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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
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Casual (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Cozy (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Business Meals (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was delicious. The staff was very friendly. The portion sizes were great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food is delicious and creative seasonal selections; great cocktails; excellent wines by the glass and Wednesday are half price bottles (great selection); staff is wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Market House is our go-to local restaurant -- always good, always comfy, always classy. I do wish it would stay open an hour later than it does on weeknights.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love your expanded new menu!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We made our res several wks prior to new year. We arrived promptly at 6pm. The main dining room was nearly empty yet we were taken into the far back room & seated in a cramped corner. We asked to be moved to the main dining room but were told the room was reserved for reservations which reminded hostess we did have. Finally moved into main dining room & once again moved into tight corner. The main dining room was still only about 1/2 way filled when we left. Food was great but we felt that we were being punished - seated in the corners;)

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Market House on the Square is a great restaurant for getting together with family and friends to celebrate a special occasion, or no occasion at all! Service was prompt and professional and the food very tasty. We didn't feel rushed at all. Great atmosphere, especially around the winter holidays.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food and amazing service. Love this place. Food is tasty. Had the pork belly schnitzel. It was a surprise and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great service, great food and terrific ambiance. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I am a lifelong resident of the area and have visited this restaurant several times and under various owners. My last experience a year ago was mediocre at best, but, like many others who've recently reviewed this restaurant, my recent visit was even more disappointing. While the service was swift and cordial, our food was awful and, for what it was, very overpriced. My popcorn shrimp appetizer was greasy and tasteless, although the spicy mayo dip did give it a little zip. The club sandwich I ordered was horribly dry and almost inedible: the toast was so hard I had to dismantle the sandwich and try to get at least a little nourishment from the meat. The kettle chips that came with my sandwich were very ordinary, and the rest of our party gave similar thumbs-down ratings to their meals.... This location remains one of the most charming in all of greater Chicago, during the holidays and in summer as well. PLEASE, can't someone improve the cuisine ??!!

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great experience, as always! Nice new menu, but Please bring back the bread pudding 😊

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Disappointing experience. Normally food and service is good, however, our server was very slow and even forgot to bring a drink order. Food was average at best. I'll give it another shot, but if we have the same experience, probably won't come back for dinner.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Waited excessively for drinks. Received salads before drinks were ready. Two waiters for at least 15 tables was insufficient staffing for a Friday night. Food was good, but given price point, we expected better service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was fantastic. First time here for brunch. Started with the bloody mary. It was tasty with a scrumptious piece of bacon. For appetizers we chose the liver pate and the crispy shrimp. The liver pate was amazing as always. Our 2 year old grandson loved it. Our first time with the crispy shrimp and it was great. We will be ordering that again for sure. I had the chicken hash which was delicious. All in all this was an amazing brunch and we are planning on taking more of our friends for the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was average but setting and service were wonderful. If they would improve the food then this place would be stellar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We love this place. Food is great and our waitress (wish I knew her name) was also great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of the consistently best restaurants on the North Shore. Great summer outdoor dining!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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