Great food and very nice wine
Great food and very nice wine list. Best rack of Lamb I have had in a long time. Service was very good. Enjoyed the bar and the music after dinner.
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch with family
Our first time there, from California, dining with family from the area.
Personal Favorite-Wonderful French Onion Soup!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good service and food
Very good service and food wonderful. Great atmosphere, very clean.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Navy graduation diner.
This Was A Great Place To Celebrate Our Sons Graduation From Boot Camp. Everyon Enjoyed Their Food. My Wife Had The Petite Filet And She Claimed It Was The Best She Ever Had. The Wait Staff Is Well Trained And Friendly. At The End Of Th Diner The Waiter Came To The Table And Told Us That Our Sons Dinner Was On The House. Which Was A Great Gesture Of Respect For All Who Enlist In The Armed Forces.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad we went
We went for lunch for a special occasion and we were very happy with our choice. We look forward to trying Lovells again for Dinner.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding for birthday dinner
I took my husband to Lovell's for his birthday. We were impressed with the cozy, elegant main bar. We had a cocktail and chatted with the friendly and skilled bartender while admiring the mural, "Horses of Apollo" over the bar. The appetizers were substantial and nicely prepared. The french onion soup was done just right and is highly recommended. I had the filet special and he had a New York Strip. Each was done perfectly. The dining room was not stuffy, but still elegant. Service was friendly and courteous. The warm chocolate cake desert was decadent but not cloying. Downstairs, is live music. We will return to take in the space memorabilia. A great dining experience!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with a little history
I took my husband to Lovells for his birthday last Saturday and we had a wonderful time. The staff, from the hostess to the servers, were attentive and courteous. We both has the lamb and venison special, and it was the best venison we have ever eaten. The only thing we would change would be the décor, it needs to be updated. The Apollo 13 memorabilia was interesting and tastefully done. While the meal was a little expensive, it was worth it.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My only complaint was that
My only complaint was that a family with a baby was sitting hear us. I realize there is nothing the restaurant can do about that, but it's less relaxing with a baby nearby.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovely building in north suburbs of Chicago, with many photos of James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, the owner of the establishment. Less formal dining in basement; formal dining rooms on main floor with access to nice patio. Food is exceptional, using excellent fresh ingredients. Be prepared to pay high big city prices in the main restaurant.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Boot camp graduation lunch
Sarge (our cab driver) recommended this place for our son's celebratory Navy boot camp graduation lunch. The atmosphere is like an grand old house and the owner/chef is Apollo 13 Astronaut Jay Lovell, making for a truely unique experience. The service was great and the food was very good, the staff really went out of their way to make my son's day a special one.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic! Rave review
Went for a birthday dinner and everything was impeccable. Fantastic food, worth the prices. The house bought us a little cake with a candle.
servers were attentive but not invasive. Great little history find also- apollo 13 astronaut's son owns the place, lots of memorabilia and pics to look at.
We ate downstairs in the Captain's room; quiet, bar and house food menu. Very cozy and romantic. Love this place!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
menu offered many creative choices for starters/salads and entrees--it was hard to decide! plus they offered 3 special entrees as well
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to celebrate special
Great place to celebrate special occasion. Food was outstanding, and service was very nice..
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took first time out of town guests to Lovells and they loved it. Perfect. Also, nice and quiet for chatting because there is space between the tables etc.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My son graduated from the Great Lakes Naval Training Command, and we wanted to commemorate his accomplishment appropriately. Lovell's was recommended to us by friends who knew the area well.
Lovell's surpassed our expectations in all regards: ambiance, service, menu offerings and food preparation. Further, our son met with Jim Lovell, they had their picture taken together, Jim offered his sincere congratulations, and then covered the cost of our son's meal. It was the frosting on a day that already scored a solid 10.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Lovells for a nice dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The food was great, the atmosphere was great. My husband went on and on about how good his catfish was and how you could taste every component of his dish.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovell's was a wonderful dining experience. From the moment we walked in, the service was exceptional, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was a good fit for a special occasion or a casual dinner.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was a great choice for our 42nd wedding anniversary.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and unique
This restaurant is a must see for anyone who has seen the movie "Apollo 13" or is interested in NASA and the space program. As you walk in the entrance you are greeted by the wonderful Steeds of Apollo painting hanging over the bar. There are Jim Lovell artifacts, framed photos of astronauts and movie stars at every level of the restaurant. Be sure to wander around to take these in. This restaurant would be outstanding without the Jim Lovell memorabilia and the magnificent "Steeds of Apollo" painting. The food was excellent and the people are incredibly friendly. I will go to Lovells whenever I am in Chicago!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a very pleasant evening at Lovell's. Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Occasion Dining
We chose Lovells to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. We noticed at least 5 other couples celebrating their special day. The menu offers a wide variety of options; my wife ordered fish, I had lamb chops. The appetizer and salad options are many. This restaurant has something for everyone. You can even have your choice of roll--sour dough, Italian or wheat. Very attentive service. I would return even if I did not have a special occasion to celebrate.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my girl to celebrate her birthday and it was an excellent choice. If you are an avid fan of the Gemini/Apollo period you will enjoy the collection of artifacts from that era, as well as the items from the movie "Apollo 13". The food was terrific; I had the salmon and m birthday girl had the filet with shrimp. The staff service is very good and personable; I was recommended to have the salad chopped and my waiter was correct. I booked my reservation on the internet specifying a birthday celebration and was pleasantly surprised by a dessert wishing my girl 'Happy Birthday'. We were told when leaving on Friday and Saturday nights there is live music and we could order a burger. Good idea, I'm willing to try.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We stopped in for their French onion soup and a glass of wine. Our table was perfect with a lovely garden view. The wait staff was attentive and very pleasant. We will return.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in Great Lakes, IL
We were in Great Lakes, IL for our son's graduation from Navy boot camp. Lovell's was recommended by Sarge who provides taxi service for Navy families. Lovell's was the perfect place to have lunch right after graduation. My Sailor felt so special and the food and service was amazing. It was the perfect place to celebrate our special occasion. Lovell's also comped our Sailor's meal, which was an very unexpected bonus.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Noce Dinner
I took my husband to Lovell's for his birthday dinner. The service was very good and we didn't have to wait long for our food. The food was wry good and there was a nice wine selection. I was very impressed with their daily specials. My husband had the salmon and I had the rack of Lamb. Both were delicious. They also did a small chocolate cake for his birthday for no extra charge (very nice). I would highly recommend Lovell's of Lake Forest.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss Lovell's
We chose Lovell's from a recommendation for our son's graduation from Navy Boot Camp. We chose right. Atmosphere, food were spectular, not to mention our waiter. A Don't Miss place when you are visiting the area or celebrating a special occasion.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for elegant dining.
Great place for elegant dining. Wonderful ambience for a romantic dinner. Staff was very attentive. I would definitely return to try some other items on the menu.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite celebration places. The only flaw in the evening was when I made the reservation, I wrote that it was Carolyn's birthday, and they never acknowledged that. Maybe they didn't get the word, but it would have been nice if they had brought over a little something and sang happy birthday to her. Otherwise, it was a very nice evening.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
a bit pricey for everyday
a bit pricey for everyday lunch outing, but great venue for special occasions; lunch menu did provide some reasonable offerings and portions were balanced - not skimpy, but not overly generous that you feel stuffed, atmosphere was very relaxing, open and lots of light, service was attentive and accommodating
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our last night in the neighborhood at Lovell's before embarking on our move to NY. From the greeting by the hostess, to the wait staff, wine selection and - outstanding food- all were such a treat. This was the perfect finale to having lived in a fabulous community with such establishments as Jay Lovell's restaurant.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Essential stop when in Chicago
A superb dining experience! The decor of the restaurant is much like an old fashioned mansion, with many rooms. The quality of the food and the service was impeccable. And of course, all the Space Program memorabilia adds a very unique note. Nothing garish, the ambiance is very nice. Don't miss this very unique dining experience. .
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality and consistency
We arrived shortly after the 5:00pm opening for a weekday dinner, so it was rather quiet at that time. We had a very enjoyable dinner. The unpretentious food was fresh with distinct flavors and textures. My walleye was exceptionally good with a crisp outside and soft flakey inside. The staff provides excellent and pleasant service. My stomach was not large enough to completely sample the dessert cart offerings, so we will have to return.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was recommended
This restaurant was recommended as a great place to take our son who graduated from naval basic training. The restaurant service, food and surroundings are spectacular. Great steaks, perfectly cooked fish and very attentive service.
The restaurant is pricey, however it is well worth it especially when celebrating a special occasion. I'd return in a heartbeat, but as we live in VA I will need to talk my other children into joining the Navy first.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovell's, the casual way
Always elegant dining experience at Lovell's. This time however we ate downstairs in the more casual level as we were just coming to eat after playing golf.
Very nice and cozy with a fireplace and quiet setting.
Same great food experience as the more formal upstairs dining area.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Anniverary Dinner
We celebrated our 15th anniversary at Lovell's and it was a very special dinner. From the soup and salad, which had the best strawberries we have had in a long time, through the main course, some of the tastiest beef we've had, to the warm chocolate cake that was perfect to share; Lovell's did not disappoint. Service was perfect as well. Gwen, our server, struck the perfect balance of being attentive, but not overbearing. This was our first visit, we will be dining here again.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful as usual.
Food was wonderful as usual. Service was good, but the check took to long to appear for a business lunch.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I took my mother and our adult daughter to Lovells for lunch specifically to see the space memorabilia. The painting was spectacular and the collected NASA pieces were very well curated. However, we were also delighted by the lovely atmosphere and solid satisfying lunch we enjoyed. Thanks for offering these special treats for "ladies (and gentlemen) who lunch".
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a very pretty restaurant
This is a very pretty restaurant and our food was very good. The wine list is quite expensive and the one cocktail we ordered was not very good although expensive.
There are rooms for groups and the bar is full on weekends.
This is a very good reataurant, but not outstanding in my opinion. This was our 3rd try over many years because we keep thinking it SHOULD be extremely good. It misses that mark.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought our new Sailor
We brought our new Sailor here for his first meal after bootcamp. The service was great. The food was amazing. We were there past lunch service, they didn't rush us. overall an amazing memorable meal
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Birthday Dinner!
The "scenic view" is actually inside--especially in the basement bar area with all the memorabilia from NASA; also great pictures on the walls in the main dining area. This is a very special restaurant! We always visit it on special family occasions--always a treat!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was outstanding. We told her that we didn't have cash for the vallet and she was nice enough to offer providing us with cash, and we added it to her gratuity.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Litterly out of this world.
The knowledge that our server had was a great help in selecting our food. This was backed up with the constant attention she and her associates gave us resulting in a memorable dining experiance. We will be back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and excellent service in the dining room. Wonderful lounge/bar down stairs for after dinner drinks or just as a place to hang out. Live music and no cover.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovell's is lovely. Ricardo
Lovell's is lovely. Ricardo is professional,elegant and fun!
civilized and delicious with romantic overtones, we had a perfect "date"
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful. Very upscale.The food was fabulous!! Service was exelent!! We were celebrating my son's graduation from Navy Boot Camp. Was a little worried about the price as it is a little higher class place than we are used to but they comped my son's meal and we had a wonderful celebration.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovell's is our favorite restaurant
Lovell's is our favorite restaurant. The ambience is wonderful, the service is outstanding and most importantly the food is delicious. This is truly a gem of a restaurant that I'd recommend to anyone. The best steaks in town and a great place for a romantic meal for two.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant overall
Food was delicious and the service was personable and prompt. Atmosphere was great too!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ate in the downstairs bar area which was very nice. Small bar area and a dining room with about 10-12 tables. They were spaced nicely so you were not on top of the next table. Service was very good and would expect that considering the upstairs is a high end restaurant. The food not only looked good on the plates but it was good. Prices on the high end for bar food but worth the price. Were there on a Saturday night and they had music that started at 8. There were 2 guitar players 2 tables from mine and even with the singing we were able to carry on a conversation. Will be back soon.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were celebrating out son's
We were celebrating out son's graduation from Navy Boot Camp. Food was excellent and staff were attentive. Enjoyed looking around at everything on display, and our waiter shared some great history with us. Would highly recommend, it was a wonderful dining experience!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Elegant food, service and setting
Lovell's is one of those places we will go, rave about, then forget for a year. I am reminded now what a nice menu they have -- and how well executed the dishes are. The restaurant is immaculate, but warm and not "sterile." It is a sizable place, but separated into multiple "dining rooms," so it does not feel like a dining hall. The wines are excellent, but the wind list is not imposing. The kitchen turns out a lovely fare and knows what they are doing. West Lake Forest isn't someplace one would think of as a dining destination, but it is wonderful to have a sound restaurant choice on the north shore for a lovely dinner -- for romantic or business reasons.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM