About MH Fish House

670 Bank Lane
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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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

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Deerpath and Bank Lane, One Block East of Forest Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 234-8802

Website:
http://www.mhfishhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is available on Market Square, adjacent to the restaurant as well as city lots on Forest Avenue.

Public Transit:
Lake Forest Metra

Executive Chef:
Michael Tsonton

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, MH Fish House can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: 8554045604

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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4.3

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4.3

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4.3

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73% would recommend it to a friend

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food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Different than last time

Dined on February 14, 2016

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

food3
ambience2
service1
value2

Very Dissappointed

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Love this restaurant - always too many c ...

Dined on February 7, 2016

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

food4
ambience5
service4
value3

Solid choice for food in town

Dined on January 16, 2016

Been to fish house many times. It is usually very good. A definite choice when looking for seafood in Lake Forest.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

What a gem in Downtown Lake Forest, IL

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.

Tags: romantic
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

New Years Eve Dinner

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always a Treat

vip
Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Romantic neighborhood gem

Dined on December 13, 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.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Table, food, service were all superb! Un ...

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

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

food4
ambience4
service3

It was expensive!

Dined on November 29, 2015

It was expensive!

food5
ambience5
service5

Fresh, Seasonal and Delious

vip
Dined on November 25, 2015

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

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service1

Excellent food but bad service

vip
Dined on November 14, 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.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Delightful dnner

vip
Dined on November 14, 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 !!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service4

Over priced, small portions and flavors ...

vip
Dined on November 13, 2015

Over priced, small portions and flavors not up to par

food5
ambience5
service5

Great Local Restaurant

Dined on November 6, 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.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Love, love my experience at MH Fish Hous ...

Dined on October 28, 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!

food5
ambience4
service5

We had an excellent meal. Service was p ...

Dined on October 25, 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.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

A real find only 14 months young! What ...

vip
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.

food5
ambience4
service5

Great evening and highly recommended

vip
Dined on October 15, 2015

We had a delicous meal and a fabulous balcony table overlooking Market Square. The Crab Linguine and Halibut were both Outstanding.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious, as always!

vip
Dined on September 27, 2015

The salmon was grilled to perfection. We also shared some appetizers that everyone enjoyed. And, of course, the grilled brussel sprouts were perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

wonderful dinner

vip
Dined on September 16, 2015

First time at MH Fish house and we were not disappointed. Great service and food. Loved the tuna poke tacos, octopus and the Halibut. We were impressed with Matt who had great wine knowledge. We will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Perfect for an Anniversary Dinner

Dined on September 9, 2015

We chose this restaurant for a mid-week anniversary dinner. The food was delicious and very fresh. An added bonus is that all bottles of wine under $100 are half-proved on Wednesday nights. We started with 2 of the 4 fresh oyster choices. We chose the 2 varieties from the East Coast. So fresh and delicious! Entrees come in 1/2 and full portions. I had the appetizer-sized seared scallops. So great! 3 good sized scallops come with truffle mashed potatoes, shaved Brussel Sprouts and a sprinkling of chorizo. My husband had the grilled halibut and it was good but I think he was envious of my dish ;-) No room for dessert but they looked delicious. The evening was warm so we were able to sit out on the small balcony. The server was knowledgable and very friendly.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Our service from staff was outstanding.

vip
Dined on September 3, 2015

Our service from staff was outstanding.

food5
ambience4
service5

Outstanding seafood experience

vip
Dined on August 30, 2015

Really surprised to have such high quality and well prepared seafood. Terrific.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always a treat

vip
Dined on August 30, 2015

We have consistently had great service and delicious food at this neighborhood gem perched above Market Square. This is one of our favorite places to dine when we need an adult night out.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best Restaurant in Lake Forest!!

Dined on August 23, 2015

We enjoyed an incredible night of fine dining at the MH Fish House! Amazing food, delicious halibut, and wonderful service as always!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We had a delightful late summer dinner a ...

Dined on August 21, 2015

We had a delightful late summer dinner at The Fish House. On a Thursday night, the restaurant was busy but not overcrowded or loud. The service was attentive. Lobster Risotto was amazing. Our third visit and we will definitely be back!

food5
ambience4
service5

My husband and I just enjoyed a very nic ...

Dined on August 8, 2015

My husband and I just enjoyed a very nice anniversary dinner 8/7 at MH Fish House. It's a very small restaurant, with a tiny bar area. Our food was excellent, as was the service. We were not rushed, which was a welcome change, and whenever we needed something, our waitress was already on it. We had an appetizer of octopus, which was delicious. For dinner, I had the lobster tail and my husband had the grilled halibut. Both were out of this world! We will return.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

excellent seafood - at a price

vip
Dined on August 8, 2015

We tried several dishes recently, and each one was excellent. The second-floor restaurant is very small and intimate with a few outdoor tables overlooking the street. I would love to return but prices were on the high side, which will limit future visits. It's definitely great for a special occasion meal, though.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great Find

Dined on August 7, 2015

Arrived in LF late PM - looked at various menus and comments. This restaurant is special. We had the salmon and tuna - both were fabulous. Raw salmon appetizer was outstanding. Great ambiance and wonderful service. If we were here longer, we would go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We Cannot Wait to Go Back

vip
Dined on August 5, 2015

This is our new favorite place to go for special occasions. The oysters are flown in fresh daily from both coasts and are served with a perfect mignonette (cocktail sauce and horseradish are available by request)--we crave them! The rest of the menu is a balance of artistically prepared ocean denizens, served with seasonal produce that will excite each guest. The cocktails are generous and well-poured. We aren't wine people but we do know that there is an extensive selection. Finally, a word about the service: we have never seen such warm, knowledgeable and professional service staff as we have, repeatedly, at The Fish House. On all levels, this care makes for an excellent evening. We cannot wait to go back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service3

A really wonderful restaurant.

Dined on August 5, 2015

We have been to this restaurant twice in the last month. The service was impeccable, the ambience superior and the food – I had salmon that was prepared according to my special instructions because of dietary restrictions- melted in my mouth. On the second visit, we also found wonderful service – again we had specific request for a birthday – and wonderful ambience. The restaurant is very accommodating and a lovely experience.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

MH is Top Notch

Dined on July 25, 2015

Second time at this restaurant and overall, again, a wonderful dining experience. Only reason for 4 stars on the food was the appetizer, ahi tuna. Although the tuna was very fresh the sauce with it was not flavorful enough and the wonton chips that came with it were greasy and not very tasty. Our salad was a 5+, spring pea. Both main course dishes were 5's. I had the crab cake, yum, and the bit of greens paired with it was excellent. Hubby had the halibut, cooked perfectly and tasty. Service was very good. Their drinks on the rocks are true doubles and only about $10. One was bourbon, Maker's Mark and the other vodka, Kettle One. Excellent value If you want a great fish dinner, the menu is almost all fish, this is the place.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

So pretty, intimate, great service

vip
Dined on July 22, 2015

Great date nite w hubby. Menu is great and they offer half portion entrees, allowing us to try multiple courses without leftovers. Wine is very pricey by glass and no prices posted by glass, best to get a bottle. So intimate , both inside and out. Service was impeccable. Will return!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service5

The restaurant was decorated really cool ...

Dined on July 15, 2015

The restaurant was decorated really cool. They had the best lobster bisque that I have had in my life! There weren't that many options for fish on the menu though and wish that there would have been more.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

This is a small place, upstairs, with a ...

vip
Dined on July 2, 2015

This is a small place, upstairs, with a nice veranda that is open in good weather and closed in during less ideal weather. The emphasis is on fresh fish, although there is a steak entree as well. We ordered lobster which was fantastic and simply grilled halibut which was delicious. Service is friendly and competent. The wine list is good and the staff is very helpful with menu and wine selections.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful Restaurant!

Dined on June 20, 2015

As always, we had a memorable experience dining here. The seafood is excellent & service is very attentive!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5

Always a Gem

vip
Dined on May 20, 2015

This is a place I go to often for business. Great food, great staff and quiet to have a conversation. I will be back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Highly recommended in Lake Forest

vip
Dined on May 16, 2015

Had dinner there this past Friday night (May 15, 2015). Party of four sat in booth in SE corner of restaurant, very private, but not isolated. Everyone enjoyed starters (Salads were fantastic) and then a main course (Tuna was absolutely perfect). Dishes were very well presented and interesting, this is not just a place for fish, would put in category with some of the best restaurants downtown.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Neighbor Gem

Dined on April 25, 2015

Truly cannot think of a better name for this establishment. Everything is just perfect ... ambiance, service, quality of food, and overall friendliness and professionalism of staff. Clearly, dining with friends at Fish House is as close as we can get to the warmth of dining at home!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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