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Permanently Closed - MH Fish House

381 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPartyof5 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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

Jlee (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 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.

Katydid (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

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

vipfoodisgood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Kruglewood (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipNotasplash (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

Jefe (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipLucinda (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

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

anne (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

It was expensive!

viphpdiner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipJam1950 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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 !!!

vipRep2 (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 12, 2015

Over priced, small portions and flavors not up to par

Andy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipYoda (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipFris (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

viphpdiner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipCathyM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.