South Gate Cafe

Lake Forest

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In a Nutshell

  • Extensive wine list
  • Upscale entrees
  • Charming historic building
  • Outdoor patio

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Promotional value expires Aug 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Must use in 1 visit. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Plate spinners once dreamt of leveraging the power of centripetal force to revolutionize meal delivery, but they've now settled for merely acting as the nation's most enduring vaudevillians. Dine the old-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of steak, seafood, wine, and more at South Gate Cafe, in Lake Forest's Market Square.

Combining the French flavors of his schooling with a passion for organic, locally sourced ingredients, South Gate Cafe's executive chef, Brandon Paige, massages taste buds with succulent entrees and harmonious wine pairings. Echoing abdominal caverns achieve carnivorous contentment with the steak frites, a grilled-flat iron steak served with truffle fries and smoked black pepper ($21). The Atlantic salmon sates pescatarian cravings, surrounding the fresh catch with squash, zucchini, and pickled Elawa Farm garlic to keep it from negotiating a phony wish-granting escape ($19). All corners of the Risk board contribute to the impressive wine list, which features such highlights as the PrimaVoce from Tuscany, a red wine that blends merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and syrah into a bouquet of ginger, vanilla, and cedar aromas ($9.50/glass).

Constructed in 1901 to house the city's first fire department, South Gate Cafe's charming structure suits Market Square's quaint, historic surroundings. Weather permitting, guests can nosh encircled by attractive landscaping on the outdoor patio, an excellent spot to savor homemade chocolate-chip cheesecake ($7.25) or to avoid vampire insomniacs.


OpenTable reviewers give South Gate Cafe a 3.9-star average, and Yahoo! Locals give it a four-star average. Twelve Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average.

  • Warm, friendly and above average food. A night well spent. – An OpenTable diner on 12/03/2010
  • When you are out and about and longing for a good place to eat, Southgate is the kind of place you pray that you will stumble across. It is warm and inviting, and the food is unique and delicious. Well worth a special trip. – Bill W., Yahoo! Local on 04/26/2008
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    Lake Forest

    655 Forest Ave.

    Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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