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Market House on the Square

655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
+1 847-234-8800
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
655 Forest Ave, Lake Forest, IL 60045-1819
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The perfect summer patio spot on Market Square. Even though the weather was forecast to be 90+, we tried the patio and it was a perfect summer experience (its cooler by the Lake so don't let the weather app temp deter you). Late June, no...More

Thank dbfact2
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were four friends arriving for lunch at 1 pm on a Tuesday without a reservation. We were immediately seated but still would recommend reservations if time is an issue cuz it was pretty full. We started with cocktails. Persecco and Cosmo's were the favorites...More

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We had a very enjoyable lunch with great service. The menu had enticing choices and we went for the crab cakes, the club sandwich and the open faced Reuben. All were delicious, as was the Wisconsin style Bloody Mary with a beer chaser. The waiter...More

Thank VermontTeacher44
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I have dined here a number of times. Sometimes it's very good and sometimes not so much. Mothers Day brunch was a great disappointment. Someone seems to have "overthought" the event. First of all they charged a prixe fixe menue for $38. This was not...More

Thank Therese T
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Nice place with a simple elegance. Helpful yet unobtrusive staff. Nice menu with multiple options from sandwiches to several,entrees. Full bar and good beer menu.

Thank Charles_Schuchert
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to the restaurant on a business trip. It's clearly got a great reputation that it's earned. We go here for dinner and enjoy the banquet room.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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...More

Thank 741chicago
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Sheri G
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...More

Thank Steve S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, 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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