Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovells of Lake Forest

Lovells of Lake Forest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lovellsoflakeforest.com/
  • Phone: (847) 234-8013
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jay Lovell Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off Premise Catering for up to 150 people. Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Bridal and Baby Showers. Summer picnics and Upscale Pig Roast or just Steaks & Shrimp on the grill. What ever you desire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Events up to 300 people. Specializing in Corporate Events, Cocktail Receptions, Weddings and Rehearsal.
  • Private Party Contact: Faye 8472348043
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Friday Nights starting at 8pm. Half price on certain Martinis, all day and all night. Live Music on Saturday Nights starting at 8pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Everett Road
  • Public Transit: Metra, Northshore Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking during the evenings, Valet Parking during the day upon request.
A word from Lovells of Lake Forest
Midwestern Steaks and Chops, Dryed Aged and Hand Trimmed on Premise by Chef Lovell. Fresh Seafood from Around the World. Enjoying our Eighth Year Serving the North Shore and Surrounding Communities with Casual Dinning at its Best. "We want to make Lovells a one stop dinning experience in Lake County." Says Chef Lovell. "A Fabulous Steak House Dinner, Cocktails and on the weekends, Live Music in the Captains Quarters. We will wine, dine and entertain you. Relax and enjoy!"
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Lovells of Lake Forest reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (19)good for groups (18)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (11)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great evening
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Decided to go to Lovell's at the last minute. What a great decision it was. Jay was an outstanding waiter and our meal was great from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restaurant
    BZRZ
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    An overall pleasant experience. Excellent ambiance, food was excellent, wine was good (though expensive), and the wait staff performed their jobs in a most efficient and non-obtrusive manner. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Floridagalsdiningout
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My family and I took our son who just graduated from boot camp that day to Lovells at Wake Forest. The food was delicious and the service excellent. It was perfect for a special occasions. My son's meal was on the house courtesy of Capt Lovell. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    Candy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went here for a nice birthday dinner. The restaurant was like an elegant old mansion, but cozy. There is a lot of memorabilia of Jim Lovell and Apollo 13. The banquet room upstairs were not being used so we were told we could take a look at them and the pictures. The room had a fireplace and looked like a great place for an event. The food was very tasty especially the homemade rolls and corn chowder. They presented me with a chocolate lava cake birthday dessert! We had great service and cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to return
    Honestdinners
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    1) This is a steak house whose chef doesn't know how to cook steaks as ordered. 2) Valet parking is required and annoying, as the large parking lot is a restricted area, full of cars when the restaurant had fewer than 20 customers. 3) Valet parking turns out to be an advertisement for a home remodeling company as the back of parking ticket contains the company information and their white pick-up truck is parked at the entrance door. 4) Service, while gracious and accommodating, is delivered in such heavily accented English as to require two and three repetitions to ascertain what we would be served.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovell's--Perfect!!
    Neil
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife had long wanted to come to Lovell's, so I chose our 27th wedding anniversary to make the date. As I had made reservations, arriving unexpectedly early was not a problem as our table was waiting as were the flowers that I had delivered. Indeed, my wife thought the flowers were part of the decor! The restaurant was crowded but not loud; the atmosphere is a romantic setting; the wait staff are courteous and attentive without being over-bearing and we were not rushed. Our server, Ricardo, was like a good host and the entire staff was as professional as you would want. As a note, the Apollo XIII cocktail---YUMMY! The food = Exceptional; Lovell's = Exceptional' The experience = Exceptional
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PIR Navy Graduation
    PIRGrad
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We took our son to Lovells after his Navy boot camp graduation. The restaurant was beautiful and the staff was exceptional. I would highly recommend this location to mark any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has changed over time
    btLF
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had been to Lovell's a few times and it as become a shell of itself. The ambiance is fine if not a bit noisy. The food is okay but not great, it seems like they are more focused on giving you lot of food versus quality food. The service was not good. Our server would have been better suited in a Denny's restaurant as she would interrupt our meal/conversation and she seemed more interested in turning the table over.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Choice
    cjsnvymom
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We were celebrating our sons graduation from boot camp. Everything was perfect from the reservation accomodations to service to the food. Captain Lovell stopping by to meet the new sailor was an added treat!! A definate recommendation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I called Lovells to cancel my reservation yesterday but they said they didn't have it. I didn't get a chance to go unfortunately. I gave a star rating since the system required it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If my lady and I did not live so far we would frequent Lovells more often.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Chicken breast was extremely small portion and salad ordered in addition contained no lettuce.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good overall
    greatdane
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Good place for business dinner. Went there on a Monday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovells is wonderful!
    Dnerge
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Lovells continues to be the premier restaurant on the north Shore. The food is excellent, service impeccable and the ambiance is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    DiCl
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Lovells was a wonderful place to celebrate my son's graduation from Navy boot camp. We went for lunch and it was not noisy at all. The service was attentive and friendly. Our appetizers, entrees and desserts was all excellent. Wish I lived in Illinois so I could go there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect small town venue
    TheaterFanaticVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Lovell's is what I would consider a "destination" restaurant, and it's so conveniently located for north shore residents who don't want to make the trek to the city. Although I did not opt for meat this round, I noticed my friends' choices were cooked perfectly to temp, including that of one friend who has sent steak back to the kitchen before! I particularly like the layout of Lovell's -- several separate rooms so it's easier to carry on conversations, which seems rare in good restaurants nowadays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service
    raretreats
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I have to comment on Ricardo, our server. He could not have been more pleasant or helpful. There was one glitch when I only had a receipt for out tickets to the Citadel which entitled us to a glass of free wine but he handled it. The only thing we did not care for was the parking which was plentiful but they seemed to insist on valet which we did not want to bother with. Pretty pricey place but we knew that and enjoyed the experience for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fine dining, good menu, excellent service. Water glasses always full. Jim Lovell's son is the owner so there are many interesting photos and pieces of space memorabilia. Only negative was that all our waiters had strong foreign accents and were difficult to understand, but the service was great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed and Disgusted
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The asparagus and prosciutto appetizer was gross. It arrived undressed and the prosciutto was so stringy it could not be eaten. The beef stroganoff can only be described as a pile of gelatinous, flavorless glop on over-cooked noodles. It actually tasted of nothing. No amount of salt could help it. Really disgusting and unappetizing. The Mediterranean Village Salad was fresh and delicious. The cognac sauce served with the beef filet was also tasteless. At these prices this place is a bad joke.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovells needs a chef
    dinnerout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    the food was very bland. I had the steak and shrimp and my wife had the seared Halibut. Both dishes were just bland, very little taste. The vibe is like a nursing home... very quiet, avg age is over 70. Service was excellent though.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night Out With Family
    169ASLoad
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have been to Lovell' s many times before and have always wanted to take my family with. We decided to go for my brothers and my birthdays. Our group had five people, and the service and food was outstanding. We all had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great
    FromIllinois42VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This beautiful restaurant is on the decline chiefly because of the quality of the food (out of five people no one thought food was anything but average, two thought it was less than average ). The noise level on a very busy night was over the top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice place, nice environment
    WENDYVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very nice place... service and food quite good. Only complaint after being there twice, takes about 10 minutes before the wait staff comes to table to take drink order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special!
    GoodToGo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and a great place for a quiet romantic dinner! The food was absolutely delicious. Was also a joy to look at all the pictures for CAPT Lovell's adventures and of Apollo 8 and 13. Make sure and visit the downstairs to look at some of his memorbilia on display. Son Jay is an outstanding Chef/Owner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A fancy fine dining place that's been around for years, yet you never hear anyone talking about it. Took clients there for lunch because one customer was a 'foodie' and it was a good location. Pulled pork, smoked brisket, hamburgers and a marinated chicken breast sandwich? If it was the best marinated chicken sandwich ever made I could understand it, but it was no better than what you could find anywhere else. Was expecting food that was a bit more interesting. Decor is a tired old money mansion-look with brass chandeliers, dark wood tables and chairs. Prices on the salads an sandwiches were $14-15 and there were entrees in the $26 range. It was quiet and worked well for our meeting and I could see going back for that reason.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Quiet
    Food4fun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first time at Lovell's, and the food did not disappoint. Excellent quality ingredients and delicious salads. We enjoyed the beautiful spaces, with lovely linens, nice china and glassware. But I would suggest eating early unless you like being the last ones in the restaurant. Our reservation was for 7:30 on Saturday night, and there was a nice crowd at that time, but by 8:15-8:30, it was practically empty. Maybe Lake Forest is an early dining town?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    linareva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server Kevin was exceptional. When I was unsure about which appetizer to order, he asked what entree I was getting, then made his suggestion based on my entrée choice. While there is no outside view to speak of, the interior is very nice and the mural over the bar AMAZING. My husband said the Mt Marilyn(chocolate martini) was the best he's had. My own "splashdown" concoction was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • average plus
    bobby
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The overall meal was excellent and the oysters were outstanding but my steak ordered med rare came med well and the potato was not what I ordered. they did offer to replace the steak but everyone else was eating and and I did not want to wait another 20 minutes. The quality of the meat was excellent and I loved the red wine sauce , but over cooked, They did replace the potato quickly. For the prices you Pay you should get it right the first time. Not sure if it was the waiter getting it wrong or the kitchen. Would return and this is not what usually happens at this beautiful restaurant since they are known for their steaks, The others all said their meals were excellent and they all had nights the fish special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 731 reviews are from the Lovells of Lake Forest reviews archive.
  • Lovells of Lake Forest a must visit
    JIMMYBOY
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    What a great restaurant. I had been there on previous occasions, for both lunch and dinner, but many years ago. Had dinner with out of town guests who had never been there. All entrees were excellent and the service was very good. Will definitely return. Glad to see that everything at the restaurant had remained the same status over the years.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My lunch at Lovells
    Dooku1996
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went to the restaurant Lovell's of Lake Forest because I had a meeting with Jim Lovell! It was seriously one of the greatest restaurants I have ever ate at! All in all I loved the experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomA
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    dLove this place. Just sorry to know that it will be closing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always a delightful place to meet my friends for a delicious lunch and a relaxing chat. Your staff is pleasant and very efficient
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful outdoor lunch!
    wjmrVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Lovell's for dinner and greatly enjoyed it. Lunch was new to me. It was relaxing and quite delicious. The service was great and the outdoor tables were far apart and we felt as though we were having a leisurely lunch in someone's yard. I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Lunch
    Walt
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a great spot for a business lunch. The food is excellent and it is quiet enough to speak and be heard. The service is always excellent. I bring customers here often and have never been disapointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of this world...
    BankerBob
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    With an astronaut's name on the door, you might expect something like "Galaxy Pizza" from the movie Toy Story. That would be a terribly wrong assumption. The atmosphere at Lovells was upscale, sophisticated and tasteful; the food was delicious and my business lunch was an absolute success.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were positively impressed
    Simo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went there for our anniversary, but we will be back for sure: great food , good wine selection, personal very attentive , live music was a plus. We will definitely recommend this all our friends. thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 9, 2014
    Sunshine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were a party of two celebrating a Birthday. We did not hear other tables near us; the acoustics was fantastic. Staff was more than attentive, our meal outstanding. Our entire our dining experience was beautiful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful evening
    oneairdale
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were there to celebrate two events and it could not have been more perfect! I especial appreciated the special vegetarian dish for my son-in-law.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    MSNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My first visit to Lovell's and certainly not my last. Excellent all around. Fun decor with memorable and historic artifacts positioned tastefully throughout the large sprawling restaurant. Menu varied and caters to all taste. Refined dining, and yet people comfortable in both formal and casual attair. Service on par with the best restaurants in the city. Food was perfectly prepared and outstanding. I would definitely recommend for any special occasion or for those just desiring a very nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with an Astronaut
    169ASLoad
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My fiancee and I have been to Lovell's a few times, but on this occasion we were joined by some friends visiting form out of town. I have always been a huge fan of the space program, and after reading a magazine article I knew I had to go. As I said before my fiancee and I had been to Lovell's in the past and those were all dinner visits. This time we wanted to try lunch. All I can say is that Lovell's has never disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere are outstanding. We were also lucky enough to meet the owner Astronaut Jim Lovell himself. Such and kind and amazing man. This truly is a great place to go for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.