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“Casual dining”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Lantern

Lantern
Ranked #9 of 65 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Lake Forest, Illinois
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Casual dining”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

This long time establishment in the heart of town is known for its laid back and casual environment. The decor is simple and the dining area, which is family friendly, is separate from the bar. The main attraction on the menu is the burger, which is now larger than in the past. There are several options including a Make Your Own which I prefer so I can choose my own toppings. Other menu options include flatbreads, BLT'S, baby back rib dinners, and Shepherd's Pie. The French fries are always served piping hot and they now make homemade potato chips. Service can sometimes be slow as it can be unpredictably crowded at times. In addition, it can be crowded with families with small children, making it quite noisy. The Lantern is still a bargain with a variety of menu options for a quick bite in the heart of town.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Lake Forest, Illinois
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Local-yokel, old time favorite burger joint”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

A nice place for casual drinks, watching sports (not a sports bar) and having ribs, burger, perch dinner, etc. All locals who have been going forever. Friday night is lively -- I wouldn't call it a bar scene in that it's beautiful people or a pick-up joint, however you can join in and talk to everybody -- very friendly.

  • Visited April 2014
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Marion, Iowa
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Surprisingly affordable for Lake Forest ($1.50 Leinie's!)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Nice local place in downtown Lake Forest across from the Metra station. Had St. Patrick's specials- very good Shepherd's Pie and $1.50 glasses of Leinenkugel's on tap. Affordable local ambience in Lake Forest- nice surprise.

  • Visited March 2014
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Northbrook, Illinois
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“Five Stars For Nostalgia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

The Lantern has always been the place to go and hangout, while having a good meal. I can't imagine not going there! The owners have really stepped it up lately; They've added three new televisions in the two dining rooms. The trains are new, always running keeping the little ones occupied, and the servers are fantastic. Again, younger, fresher help is quite appealing these days. Our charming server Chase, was FANTASTIC - He was patient with our larger group too - All of our food came out in fifteen minutes, and he was quick to satisfy any need of ours; ask for him next time you're in this wonderful restaurant. Five Stars*****

  • Visited January 2014
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Lake Forest, Illinois
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160 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Take the entire family ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

We regularly go to the Lantern for an early dinner with our children and grandchildren. The little ones really like the model trains that circle the restaurant and travel from room to room. The food is good bar fare. Burgers and ribs and chicken and salads.

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