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Market House on the Square

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655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
+1 847-234-8800
11:30 - 20:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a reception here and the food was just OK, and it was very expensive. The management messed up the final bill and it was like pulling teeth for them to adjust it!

Thank Kimmarie S
Lake Forest, Illinois
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The surroundings are inviting. The staff friendly. And the food is tastes really good – something many restaurants overlook. Seasonal specials are an added bonus. The Valentine's Menu running right now will blow your socks off – Foie Gras, Oven Roasted Sturgeon and Chateaubriand plus dessert.

Thank 741chicago
Antioch, IL
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Market Square is consistent quality of food and attentive service. Conveniently located adjacent to ample parking.

Thank Sheri G
Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I kind of feel bad about the 3 stars but this place has changed ownership several time over the last number of years. The current menu is just eh... I had a burger, it was ok. Place is a nice setting but we were there on Saturday night and it was empty. Not a good sign, they need to spice... More 

Thank Steve S
Overland Park, Kansas
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Market House is right on the square and has a friendly "pub" vibe. Our family held a private luncheon in their second floor private room. We had elderly guests and several baby strollers in our party and were escorted the service elevator to make getting upstairs easier. Our printed menu offered three delicious salads, fish, chicken and quiche entrees, and... More 

Thank BaconsMom
Madison, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Very very comfortable spending an evening with friends at a table in the bar. Nice strong mixed drinks. But the food--meh. I had the pappardelle bolognese: flavorless, very little sauce, and I'm not sure where all the meat was that was listed in it on the menu. Oh wow, just looked back at the menu and I see the dish... More 

Thank 5Martini5
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

The ambiance is wonderful, wood paneling and lots of windows, tucked into the small shopping district in the wealthy suburb of Lake Forest. But despite the posh locatio the food was very affordable and had a modern bistro flair. I opted for the burger with aged cheddar on a brioche bun. One of my top 5 burgers ever! I paid... More 

Thank Lisa K
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We enjoyed a later afternoon lunch of Reuben and Chicken salad sandwiches. We sat outside in the garden. Service was excellent.

Thank jeditaly
Granger, Indiana
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Perhaps under pressure, but the managers seem annoyed by patrons...and have given them several chances! No greetings or inquiries. That said, the wait and bar staff are great, and the food is quite good. Many nice rooms in which to dine!

Thank alisafisher
North West England
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132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visit this restaurant each and every time we are in town, invariably annually. Since 2005 we have enjoyed the pleasures associated with this eaterie. We can only continue to be positive. From the time you enter, to your leaving, staff are so courteous,professional & respectful.The menu is always varied, the specials are just that, and guidance is forever at... More 

Thank McJacks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 847-234-8800
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?