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For 2
7:00 PM
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Market House on the Square

1016 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (17)
  • Great for Lunch (16)
  • Casual (15)
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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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.
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Phone number
(847) 234-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dan Marquis
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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.
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Private party contact
Nina Abuja: (855) 401-6926
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Cross street
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Parking details
Parking is available across the street from the restaurant.
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Public transit
Lake Forest Metra
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Gift Card
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
What 1016 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We waited 20 minutes to get asked if we would like something to drink and then another 20 minutes to get our drinks. We then waited 10-15 minutes to get our food order taken. He didn’t stop to ask us if we needed any other drinks nor did he refill our water. We’re not picky nor are we complainers but the service was very poor and it was unfortunate because the food was great.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very good valentines day dinner. Very good food & service.

vipThirsty1 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service was very friendly, but slow

Steak was extra peppery so be careful

vipTravelLover (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is one of the very few nice restaurants in Lake Forest. Prices are not outlandish, the food is good and there is good value for what one gets. It is a good restaurant if one wants to sit down, be served and talk with your dining partner. Surprisingly, there is little else in this category in Lake Forest. The patio in the summer looks really great.

4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Restaurant was empty when we arrived, and we were told the kitchen would close at 2:30 (the time of our reservation which was made via Open Table). Nevertheless, we had a very nice time and the service was excellent. We'll call to confirm if we happen to schedule another late lunch. Thanks.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great service, beautiful restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I cannot recall when I have ever experienced such poor service. I never, ever complain, but it was ridiculous. Our server never looked our way; he never turned his head to scan the room! Other service staff had to do extra work to tell him to refill Diet Coke, etc. I never was given a coffee refill. Spoke with hostess/manager, who was directing the room. She never once asked what was wrong and waved her hands and said, “It’s all good; it’s all good.” “Come again and it will be good.” I have been a good customer of Market House, but will not return.

vipWendyL (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food and excellent service! I always enjoy my meals at Market House and return often with friends and family.

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Market House on the Square has a nice location relative to Lake Forest College and is well-liked by the locals. We took our son there for dinner while visiting. The interior is very nice and well layed out. The food was decent, not great. The Bistro Steak was not well prepared and was dry. I had the special which was Striped Bass. This was well prepared and tasty. Outside of the special I was having difficulty selecting off the menu. The service was thoughtful. That said, there was nothing outstanding about the restaurant and we will seek out other options next time we are in the area. As a matter of fact, we are taking the Metra to downtown Chicago for different options tonight.

vipfoodgal (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I want to like this place . Great location fun outdoor space goregous indoor space but food is why we come and.... every time
I come I say never again . $24 for a piece of sole, quiche was a runny mess . Salmon salad was good and service attentive . If they can improve food it will be a hit by food just isn’t good.