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Market House on the Square

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655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
(847) 234-8800
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Lake Forest, IL, United States
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been eating here for 10 years and still love it. The salads are always great, though I do miss the sourdough bread from previous owners (hint, hint). They also make a mean Moscow Mule and have happy hour every Friday (4-6 I believe where select beverages and appetizers are half off).

Thank Holly K
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I get these every time I go to The Market House! They are the BEST tacos ever!! The wait staff is terrific! You will not be disappointed, whatever you order!

Thank Nancy C
Deerfield, Illinois
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

We have enjoyed multiple lunches and dinners at The Market House. We love their outdoor patio whenever it is available.

Thank Kim N
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The outdoor patio in the summer for lunch or dinner cant be beat. The food is well prepared and there is a menu with great variety During the cooler months the indoor Ambiance is warm and welcoming. They also have a second floor available for private functions A gem located in historic Market Square

Thank MyrnaMary
Lake Forest, Illinois
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156 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

I usually like dining at Market House but was a bit disappointed. Our server was great. She was under age so couldn't help us chose a wine. But she was attentive and helpful with other dishes. Our starter was great - the mussels. My dinner companion loved the stuffed peppers. My market house salad had ahi tuna but the lettuce... More 

Thank sdoddsayers
Highland Park, Illinois
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch with the expectation of eating out,but the day was a bit too warm. Food was just average. Gazpacho was more like tomatoe juice with very small &few veggies. Ahi tuna just OK, but for the price,not really worth it. So sorry. Really wanted to like this place,but not worth another trip there.

Thank Lynn D
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The food was delicious in this interesting restaurant. We had some good cocktails followed by an appetizer of local cheeses and charcuterie with honey on toasted bread. Our entrees included a fresh tasty salmon and stuffed peppers. Dessert was very good and worth trying the interesting choices. Very fun and relaxing dinner. Good for both couples and families.

Thank rick19348
Chicago, Illinois
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154 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Good place for dinner in Lake Forest. Much of the food was tasty (although my wife and I disagreed on the crab cake). Service was a bit leisurely. I'd go back.

Thank Mudge828
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

They have a great pulled pork sandwich, and the atmosphere on the patio on a nice day is fantastic. Seated me quickly on a Sunday afternoon despite not having a reservation.

Thank HBillH111
Skokie, Illinois
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

An evening on the patio of Market House can be a pleasant experience if the food matched the surroundings. For starters, drinks were so watery one would question if the liquor was even added. Two order of the stuffed shrimp which on the menu indicated jumbo fish were totally disappointing. Each entry had four shrimp which with imagination might be... More 

Thank Afocus1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: (847) 234-8800
Our new menu offers crafted food featuring the rich tradition of American Cooking we all grew up loving. These lunch and dinner items are rooted in our collective memories, made better than we remember through our commitment to the most current techniques and the best possible products we can source. We do everything from scratch. Our breads are baked on premise every day. We’ll make our own flatbreads, salad dressings, sauces, pastas, cheeses, sausages and the list goes on. We will source as much as we can locally (good tomatoes are tough in February) to bring you the best quality ingredients we can find. Finally, we believe Great Dining starts with Great Food, and ends with Great Hospitality. Hospitality is a dialogue.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?