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Market House on the Square

4.4
1035 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Deerpath
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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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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Market House will continue our tradition of offering a three course fixed price menu from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Mother's Day. Larger parties or those not seeing the times they prefer should inquire directly. A special a la carte dinner menu will be served from 4pm to 7pm.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1035 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 16 hours ago

Halibut was over broiled and lemon iced pound cake had no icing and was dry.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was so-so,the burger was not good some areas not cooked,the salmon(asked medium)was raw,the gnokis were ok.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Loved our meal at Market House. The staff makes everyone feel welcome and the food is delicous. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic dishes. Great service. Reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Expensive and small portions.
Attentive service in nice atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Diverse menu of upscale comfort foods. Preparation and flavors are solid if unspectacular. Okay wines and a good selection of beers. A pleasant enough experience but there are more interesting and satisfying options on the North Shore.

We often go for lunch during nice weather as the garden room and outdoor patio are both very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Nice little place

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went there for Easter Brunch with family. It was a prix fixe menu. Reservation was at 11:45am. 1hr 45m later we still had not been served our food. What was even more puzzling was that 4 out of the 7 orders were just cheeseburgers for the kids. Got up and walked out.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The menue was limited thought there would be more selection. Food good, thought price of Drinks was a little high . It has a very warn and inviting dining room and the service was ok Would go there again

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The cat fish was tasteless and the lettuce on top of the Dover Sole was bitter.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Lunch with friend

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent food with service to match. Our waitress was great. The food was fresh and very tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We so enjoyed our meal at the Market House. The food was excellent and they easily accommodated our party of 8 while we celebrated our daughter’s graduation from Navy Basic Training. The service was wonderful and attentive. My only issue was the fairly overpriced wine list. I am familiar with many of the selections and the pricing was some of the highest I’d ever seen. Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a lovely meal.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Great place at the bar to ca ch up with old friends and conduct some casual business. The old fashion is amazing. I had the kale and pumpkin salad with chicken. Great! Also had the crispy shrimp as an app. Very good. I’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Made reservation asking for quiet table by the fireplace. Came at 5pm and did not get closest table by the fire. Disappointed. Halfway through our meal, they seated a table of 6-8 women right next to us who were having a girls night out and we’re loud and obnoxious. It dampened our evening and caused us to leave early. Would have loved to have stayed for a dessert and after dinner drink, but the women were way too loud. I would have thought the restaurant would have respected our wishes for a quiet table by the fire. Not sure this will be the place we go next time to meet friends.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We sat in the bar area which is very quaint. The food was delicious and our server was great and had great suggestions. We would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was another lovely evening at Market House. My date asked about a dish the waiter suggested, he said ‘its good, try it, if you don’t like it send it back’. I ordered another dish he spoke well of, the lobster shrimp scampi. In the end we both liked the scampi very much and had her order exchanged for that. No fuss at all and a great evening.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Wonderful lunch menu, great crab cakes, salmon salad. Great service and nice decor. Noise is a factor, but the food makes it worthwhile.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was very friendly, but slow

Steak was extra peppery so be careful

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Great service, beautiful restaurant.

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

So nice to be back at my favorite table in the bar. The cozy atmosphere was perfect for a winters night.
My guest is from Austria, and he ordered the pate. He absolutely loved it and made it his main course!
As for me, that kale and pumpkin salad with a chicken breast added is hands down a favorite!
Oh! And Caymus by the glass....yes please

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Burger didn't taste good at all, fries good. Need better menu

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, great wine and excellent service. Our go-to place for dinner. Great service as usual. Will be back again this week.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Great salmon salad! Beautiful ambiance sitting next to the warm fire....

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 10, 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.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Love your expanded new menu!

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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;)

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5.0Dined 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.

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