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About MLG

“This hidden gem, nestled along the tracks with a pretty flower-laden courtyard for dining, is one to put on regular rotation. Modern and chic, the dining room, with its rotating art selections, dark wood seating and black leather half-banquettes that sit below an inset circular ceiling, is a great place for power lunches and weekend dates. The lounge, which is separated from the dining room by a state of the art glass wine room, is perfect for grabbing quick bites and craft cocktails. As for the food, it's hard to lose. Among starters, the crab cakes and margherita flatbread are rivaled by a French onion soup that's better than what you find at most French bistros. An absolute must to follow is the cedar plank salmon, cloaked in a teriyaki glaze and served with mixed veggies and shoestring potatoes. The steaks, ribs and bourbon-glazed pork chop are no slouches either, especially when paired with a glass of wine from the extensive but approachable wine list.”

181 E Laurel Ave
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Western and Laurel

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 234-9660

Website:
http://www.mlgchicago.com/

Entertainment:
Our comfortable bar becomes quite the meeting place on the weekends when our talented performers entertain in the lounge. Performers include, Marjorie Stroud, Predrag, Dave Allen and Warren Beck.

Catering:
We prepare and serve food for all types of events, occasions and functions. From an up-scale lavish event to the more casual and less formal affairs, the food and service is a critical component to having a successful event, making our role very important. Let us bring the success to your next event.

Parking Details:
Our corner location makes street parking a breeze; in addition we have garage parking available during evening hours.

Public Transit:
We are located right near the Lake Forest Metra train station.

Executive Chef:
Pete Svachula

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Details
Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 7:45PM - 9:30PM

Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 7:45PM - 9:30PM

Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:00PM - 9:30PM

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MLG Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Comfort Food (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
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Casual (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Authentic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

We were never greeted by a server so we had to go to the hostess and tell her. From then on, service was extremely slow and minimal, but the waitress was very pleasant. Level of noise was so high that we almost gave up on conversation. I really like this place during the weekdays, but they cannot handle the busy times on the weekends.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Food is consistently good. A solid variety of choices throughout the menu. Service is good, not great. Outdoor eating in the summer is awesome.

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 (Key West)·Dined 2 days ago

Ordered gluten free lobster mac and cheese and filet with potatoes and brussel sprouts.

Pasta was excellent. Steak lacked flavor. Potatoes were good, sprouts could have used a few more minutes in the oven.

Service was excellent.

Prices weren’t horrible, but it wasn’t a bargain either.

Overall would recommend giving the place a try and seeing for yourself.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great dinner
Our server was excellent. We were not rushed.
A wonderful Valentines Day Dinner tonight (2 days late but so nice)
We will go back

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed a nice birthday celebration.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I had the 22 oz bone in Rib eye. It was a cheap steak and tasted ok but was obviously low quality. Chewy and under seasoned.
Grilled calamari was awesome. Brussels spouts awesome. The steak was a huge disappointment. Sorry Marcus. You need to kick up the quality.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I had planned a Valentine's Day dinner, and booked through Open Table. We got the reservation at the time we wanted, and arrived to find the restaurant decorated in Red Hearts, which was very thoughtful and welcoming. We had a lovely, un-rushed dinner, and enjoyed our meal tremendously. Love the veggie chips, too. This was our 5th visit

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this restaurant. The menu features a great variety of items - something for everyone.
The service is always outstanding. Summer is really special - sitting outside on comfortable chairs and basking in the warm summer air.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Definitely a fine place to meet with friends and enjoy with family as well. It was a bit noisy but is was a birthday celebration so that was understandable. Will return for lunch with friends soonl

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Love the overall vibe but service was quite disappointing. We waited several minutes at our table before server ever acknowledged we were there, and we seemed to wait longer at each course than others around us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was good. Not great.
Service was excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was packed and the service was very slow. Luckily we weren’t in a hurry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Service was great, very professional, nicely timed. apps were all excellent, 2 of us had the whitefish and did not care for it. Replaced with Salmon that was excellent.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

I had the crunchy Asisan salad with shrimp. The ingredients were too few. The dressings was too sparse and not very flavorful. It had two pieces of shrimp in it. Pretty disappointing TBH.

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Nothing bad to say about the food, but it took so long to be served that we almost walked out. Waitress was nice. Atmosphere is so so. Used to cone a lot more. Really liked the guitar player and other casual entertainment.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I have eaten at MLG several times and really enjoyed it. However, tonight the T Bone steak I ordered was sub-par. It has a odd oder and was undercooked. I’ll give the place another try but tonight was a disappointing experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

MLG is beautifully decorated, with warm colors. The atmosphere is a little loud, but feels welcoming. The hostess is cold and unpleasant. We had reservations and she acted like we were unwelcome. Our server was super friendly and warm. Our food was good, especially the risotto!! We will be back, hoping the hostess is replaced!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Had steak filet tasteless
Not great quality
Otherwise ok soup and entree came at the same time
Everyone was nice
Could have used steak sauce to disguise the lack of taste

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were looking forward to finding a new place not far from home. Despite the fact we chose to eat early and the restaurant was nearly empty, we were seated at a table along the wine storage that kind of felt more like bar seating than a dining table. It wasn't great, but not horrible UNTIL the other diners started arriving and then we got the full draft from outside every single time someone walked in or out. Since the restaurant was getting busy, we ended up being very cold and uncomfortable.
My husband's shrimp and scallop risotto was okay, but not outstanding, especially for the price - $33. And, what a surprise to be charged $35 for it on the bill! We caught the mistake and the manager apologized, but it made us wonder how often it isn't caught and maybe it wasn't a mistake?
I ordered the pork chop and specifically asked them to not overcook it. It is perfectly fine to have a little pink in pork. Unfortunately, it arrived on the dry side due to being cooked just a little too long. The roasted vegetables and sauce were delicious, but the mashed potatoes...meh.
There are so many great options in the area so it's a shame this was so disappointing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We always love going there!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

First time there! Husbands birthday! His steak was overdone and we have a really hard time sending something back but we did! Server was great and chef apologized. I loved my portabello burger and our son loved the lobster Mac n cheese! We will be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Got my salad wrong twice. Asked for no bacon and dressing on side. Came with dressing on and bacon. Sent back and came again w bacon. Nothing offered for inconvenience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The server was very friendly and welcoming. The day was quiet when we were there and it was easy to talk and relax. The food was very good and arranged well on the plate.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The clam chowder is outstanding! Best I've ever had and I'm from New England. Food is very good. Excellent service.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food ended up being good, but unfortunately we were the “gray area” table that no waiter claimed so we sat unattended for quite some time. Then our server was overcommitted and we had very slow, poor service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service and ambience - a bit pricey for what is served (for example 2 scallops and 2 shrimps in risotto are close to $40), however, presentation was great. Good wine choices as well.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Grilled calamari was a big disappointment. No seasoning and rubbery.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Such an interesting menu!!! Every time it’s a little different but the favorites are always there!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Waitress would never come by. We had to chase her down to get more wine and our check. Luckily I didn't need change.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Second and last time eating at this restaurant. The service was bad, the food was cold and bad.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Steak was perfectly cooked to order but the mashed potatoes were bland and obviously reconstituted boxed and not freshly made a real disappointment.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Really good food and service. Loved the inside especially the bar area and the booths. Very cozy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Birthday celebration! Service is always amazing I have been a few times and have not ever been disappointed!!

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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Average restaurant. Not good, not bad, simply place to eat without any distinction.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The mixed drink menu was a little limited. Overall food was very good. Nice size portions. There was definitely an issue with drafts in the back section of the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service. Friendly waitress that gave us good advice on menu.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant seems to inprove with each visit. Nice menu variety. Both of our dinners were well- presented and very tasty. The server was attentive and pleasant. Separated bar area and live music on weekends. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It is sad to see this restaurant constantly trying to find itself. The food was good and service was fine but just feel like this place keeps reinventing itself and is not finding its footing. I was told there was a brunch menu but there wasn't and that was a main reason we came. The music is hard rock. Doesn't fit the place. It needs a good manager who really cares to make this place what is was before it became MLG

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Have to admit, this dining event was not nearly as good as our first experience at MLG. The server was tied up with a big party and we were a bit of an afterthought. Had to ask for everything including drinks. Food did not come exactly as ordered and the Gumbo was mediocre at best. Will likely try again, but hope the next time will be better.

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