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Permanently Closed - MH Fish House

4.3
381 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. MH Fish House is dedicated to serving the freshest seafood, oysters and shellfish with unique preparations. Located equal distances from all three coasts, Chicago offers diners access to a wide variety of fresh seafood. Few places in the country can offer Atlantic Cod, Pacific Salmon, Hawaiian Hamachi and Gulf Shrimp on the same menu. And the opportunity to sample east and west coast oysters in one evening is very rare.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 234-8802
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Tsonton
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Deerpath and Bank Lane, One Block East of Forest Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is available on Market Square, adjacent to the restaurant as well as city lots on Forest Avenue.
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Public transit
Lake Forest Metra
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

I found the menu much more limited than the last time we were there.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Service was extremely slow, food was not provided as requested, checkout was a nightmare with credit card being charged 3 times, all different amounts.
The food was ok but for the money and atmosphere, there are much better places to go.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Love this restaurant - always too many choices! Grilled octopus and the Brussel sprouts were divine! The balcony is very special .

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Been to fish house many times. It is usually very good. A definite choice when looking for seafood in Lake Forest.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2016

This was the best fresh fish & seafood that I have ever had. The service was excellent. The pace on how the food was brought to the table was outstanding. Not too fast and not too slow. It was just right. I can't wait to get back there for a wonderful dinner.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Very nice setting. Seating on enclosed porch was comfortable. Food and service was very good, but rushed, presumably because it was New Years Eve. Would be willing to return and see if service remains fast.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2015

You don't have time to read all of the wonderful attributes of this restaurant. From the time we arrive until the time we leave, our experience is seamless and joyful. We have tasted everything on the menu and have partaken of daily specials--each bite is a reward for the senses. The wait staff is kind, knowledgeable and patient for those with special food requests. Cocktails are ample and well poured. Fish House is an extraordinary haven for anyone wanting a perfect culinary evening.

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Never been disappointed and really like the atmosphere. The lobster bisque is fabulous. Can't get enough of it. My Salmon has always been cooked spot on. I always find an excuse to go back.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Table, food, service were all superb!
Unique flavors and lovely presentation.

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3.0Dined on November 28, 2015

It was expensive!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2015

Our party of five enjoyed this restaurant very much. We loved the Dover Sole! Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Outstanding seafood and loved the fact they offered small plates and 1/2 orders of the main dishes so we could try several items. Unfortunately, the service was not good. It was almost 30 minutes before anyone came to our table to take our drink order and then several more minutes before they brought us bread. My wine finally came but my husband had to wait even longer for his diet coke. Once they finally came to take our food order, the service improved. They brought our dishes timely, but then we had to wait too long again for the dessert menu and then for our waiter to return to take our dessert order. By that time we decided to skip dessert since we were tired of waiting and just wanted to pay our tab and leave. Despite the disappointing service, we would return again since we very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

We were in Lake Forest for memorial service. We decided to stay in town for dinner. What a wonderful restaurant. Beautiful service, lovely ambiance and most important delicious food !!!

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2015

Over priced, small portions and flavors not up to par

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2015

Great local restaurant with the freshest fish around, great service, and nice ambiance. Not the cheapest, but as they say, you get what you pay for.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2015

Love, love my experience at MH Fish House. Tried a few appetizers that were great and had the Halibut entry which was perfectly cooked. The atmosphere is classic but not stuffy. It was a fun atmosphere with a great waitstaff. I will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

We had an excellent meal. Service was perfect. We asked the staff for a little extra time after the appetizer so we could discuss the play we had just attended. Like magic our conversation quieted and the salads appeared. Someone was paying attention. The Shrimp and Mussels with Risotto has to be tried.

Decor could use a little work. We would recommend.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

A real find only 14 months young! What a pleasant surprise they did not miss a beat and I am no easy patron.
We will be back. The tuna and octopus were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2015

We had a delicous meal and a fabulous balcony table overlooking Market Square. The Crab Linguine and Halibut were both Outstanding.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2015

The salmon was grilled to perfection. We also shared some appetizers that everyone enjoyed. And, of course, the grilled brussel sprouts were perfect.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2015

First time at MH Fish house and we were not disappointed. Great service and food. Loved the tuna poke tacos, octopus and the Halibut. We were impressed with Matt who had great wine knowledge. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2015

We chose this restaurant for a mid-week anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and very fresh. An added bonus is that all bottles of wine under $100 are half-proved on Wednesday nights. We started with 2 of the 4 fresh oyster choices. We chose the 2 varieties from the East Coast. So fresh and delicious! Entrees come in 1/2 and full portions. I had the appetizer-sized seared scallops. So great! 3 good sized scallops come with truffle mashed potatoes, shaved Brussel Sprouts and a sprinkling of chorizo. My husband had the grilled halibut and it was good but I think he was envious of my dish ;-)

No room for dessert but they looked delicious. The evening was warm so we were able to sit out on the small balcony. The server was knowledgable and very friendly.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Our service from staff was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Really surprised to have such high quality and well prepared seafood. Terrific.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

We have consistently had great service and delicious food at this neighborhood gem perched above Market Square. This is one of our favorite places to dine when we need an adult night out.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2015

We enjoyed an incredible night of fine dining at the MH Fish House! Amazing food, delicious halibut, and wonderful service as always!

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

We had a delightful late summer dinner at The Fish House. On a Thursday night, the restaurant was busy but not overcrowded or loud. The service was attentive. Lobster Risotto was amazing. Our third visit and we will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

We tried several dishes recently, and each one was excellent. The second-floor restaurant is very small and intimate with a few outdoor tables overlooking the street. I would love to return but prices were on the high side, which will limit future visits. It's definitely great for a special occasion meal, though.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

My husband and I just enjoyed a very nice anniversary dinner 8/7 at MH Fish House. It's a very small restaurant, with a tiny bar area. Our food was excellent, as was the service. We were not rushed, which was a welcome change, and whenever we needed something, our waitress was already on it. We had an appetizer of octopus, which was delicious. For dinner, I had the lobster tail and my husband had the grilled halibut. Both were out of this world! We will return.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2015

Arrived in LF late PM - looked at various menus and comments. This restaurant is special. We had the salmon and tuna - both were fabulous. Raw salmon appetizer was outstanding. Great ambiance and wonderful service. If we were here longer, we would go back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2015

This is our new favorite place to go for special occasions. The oysters are flown in fresh daily from both coasts and are served with a perfect mignonette (cocktail sauce and horseradish are available by request)--we crave them! The rest of the menu is a balance of artistically prepared ocean denizens, served with seasonal produce that will excite each guest. The cocktails are generous and well-poured. We aren't wine people but we do know that there is an extensive selection. Finally, a word about the service: we have never seen such warm, knowledgeable and professional service staff as we have, repeatedly, at The Fish House. On all levels, this care makes for an excellent evening. We cannot wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2015

We have been to this restaurant twice in the last month. The service was impeccable, the ambience superior and the food – I had salmon that was prepared according to my special instructions because of dietary restrictions- melted in my mouth.
On the second visit, we also found wonderful service – again we had specific request for a birthday – and wonderful ambience. The restaurant is very accommodating and a lovely experience.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Second time at this restaurant and overall, again, a wonderful dining experience. Only reason for 4 stars on the food was the appetizer, ahi tuna. Although the tuna was very fresh the sauce with it was not flavorful enough and the wonton chips that came with it were greasy and not very tasty. Our salad was a 5+, spring pea. Both main course dishes were 5's. I had the crab cake, yum, and the bit of greens paired with it was excellent. Hubby had the halibut, cooked perfectly and tasty. Service was very good.

Their drinks on the rocks are true doubles and only about $10. One was bourbon, Maker's Mark and the other vodka, Kettle One. Excellent value

If you want a great fish dinner, the menu is almost all fish, this is the place.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2015

Great date nite w hubby. Menu is great and they offer half portion entrees, allowing us to try multiple courses without leftovers. Wine is very pricey by glass and no prices posted by glass, best to get a bottle. So intimate , both inside and out. Service was impeccable. Will return!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2015

The restaurant was decorated really cool. They had the best lobster bisque that I have had in my life! There weren't that many options for fish on the menu though and wish that there would have been more.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2015

This is a small place, upstairs, with a nice veranda that is open in good weather and closed in during less ideal weather. The emphasis is on fresh fish, although there is a steak entree as well. We ordered lobster which was fantastic and simply grilled halibut which was delicious. Service is friendly and competent. The wine list is good and the staff is very helpful with menu and wine selections.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2015

As always, we had a memorable experience dining here. The seafood is excellent & service is very attentive!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2015

This is a place I go to often for business. Great food, great staff and quiet to have a conversation. I will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

Had dinner there this past Friday night (May 15, 2015). Party of four sat in booth in SE corner of restaurant, very private, but not isolated. Everyone enjoyed starters (Salads were fantastic) and then a main course (Tuna was absolutely perfect). Dishes were very well presented and interesting, this is not just a place for fish, would put in category with some of the best restaurants downtown.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Truly cannot think of a better name for this establishment. Everything is just perfect ... ambiance, service, quality of food, and overall friendliness and professionalism of staff. Clearly, dining with friends at Fish House is as close as we can get to the warmth of dining at home!

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