Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovells of Lake Forest

Lovells of Lake Forest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lovellsoflakeforest.com/
  • Phone: 8472348013
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Lovells of Lake Forest reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (26)fit for foodies (24)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (17)good for groups (14)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • A Nice Find
    slowisgood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Up in L.F. for a play and picked Lovell's for location and good reviews and were happy with our choice. Great Service and generous portions of excellent food. We split the beet salad, and had the tuna entree and the salmon special and a bottle of the house sauvignon blanc. Would definitely return when next in L.F.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guaranteed enjoyment
    Woody
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Brought out of town friends who absolutely loved the food, wine, service, and Captain Lovell's space memorabilia. The service is impeccable, always 6 out of 5 stars. Jay is a phenomenal chef and has exceptional staff who make you feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    CathyMVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    As always, both food and service were excellent. I had the chicken chutney. So good for lunch, I returned in the evening with guests.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased with Birthday Dinner
    JATHVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Delicious dinner; lovely atmosphere. Thanks for making my mother in law's birthday dinner tasty special and memorable! She so enjoyed the birthday basket dessert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    First time at Lovell's and it was a very nice evening. It was our 34th wedding anniversary and a special night for us. Our waitress was just great. We look forward to going back for brunch or a nice outdoor lunch.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Naval Base Graduation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It was wonderful that Captain Lovell greeted our sailor AND paid for her lunch, however the food was sadly disappointing. The crab on the gazpacho was from a frozen block and had so much cartilage I got tired of picking it out of my mouth so finally gave up. The Mediterranean salad had over sized pieces of vegetable that made me feel like I was man handling the food. The beef Pappardelle was tasteless. Their take on a Reuben sandwich was inventive but again tasteless. Only one of our 5 diners was slightly satisfied with the meal. The warm rolls were fabulous, the butter was chilled, the coffee was freshly made. It was an overpriced disappointment to the group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The painting is a fake
    Me2you
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This is not the same Lovell's from a couple of years ago. The prices are same, but the food quality is not nearly as good. If you were a fan of the crab cakes, you will be sorely disappointed. Remember the lumps of crab meat and very little filler? Now think of the crab cakes you bring home from the freezer section of the grocery store. The good news is that the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Astronaut Restaurant
    rkt739
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    This restaurant both serves tasty, high-quality food and is a small museum to Captain Jim Lovell's history with NASA. The waiter had great stories about gatherings of the captain's astronaut friends. One picture of the Earth from space (by the bathrooms downstairs) is hung upside-down, which reportedly annoyed Gene Cernan, who had taken it and presented it to Lovell.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very loud, difficult to hear
    Molly
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    very loud, difficult to hear diners at your table! service slow
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 15 Anniversary Lunch
    Bugszy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I used the occasion to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of 3 of my employees. They enjoyed the entire experience. Most important, they were very happy with their meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • consistent
    libraVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I haven't been here for many, many years. It was relatively late on a Saturday night and we were looking for somewhere to go. Someone in the car mentioned Lovells. Knowing that when I had been there many years ago and that I have only heard good things about it, consistently, whenever people mention it, I was up for going there. I was not disappointed. The staff was good, the food good, and well, it is consistent, dependable, and reliable for a very fine meal. The ambience upstairs was low key and nice while downstairs with live music seemed to be hopping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovell's is Out of This World
    Norseman1
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We dined at Lovell's in Lake Forest, IL this past Saturday and it was wonderful. The service was great and the food was awesome. Our party enjoyed rib eye steaks, rack of lamb, filet mignon, and grilled chicken. The food was delicious, fresh, and savory. Enjoyed desserts of ice cream and cheese cake. Wine selection is very broad. The ambiance is great--elegant yet comfortable. And full of US space program memorabilia courtesy of astronaut Jim Lovell. The dining room is beautiful, the bar features a huge painting of the four horses of Apollo and downstairs is a comfortable lounge with live music. Great spot on the North Shore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    JohnG
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    As always the food and wine at Lovells was excellent. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lake Forest, Il Classic
    MeatPotatoes
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Lovell's of Lake Forest has excellent food, service, and ambience. It is a favorite of mine for birthday celebrations (for adults) and/or a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food&service for high price
    Upnorth
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Wanted to try Lovell's but was very disappointed. Got there early to have drinks in Captains Quarters lounge shown on the website which is no longer there & is now a casual dining area. Website drink menu different, too. Asked our server his name since he never told us, he recommended a dry Chardonnay with oak which had no oak in it at all when looked up on the internet later, steak was supposed to be medium well and instead was very well done with burnt charcoal top & bottom & the server never came by to check on us until it was dessert time. Biggest disappointment was the birthday celebration noted in our open table reservation which was never acknowledged. We did get free desserts & gift certificate to come back so that was nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend!!!
    ProudNavyAunt
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed Lovell's of Lake Forest. We were only in town for the day and took a taxi driver's recommendation. We started with the Avacado Bruschetta and were delighted with the twist on an old favorite. My nephew had a hard time deciding between the entrees, but settled on the Shrimp Creole, and cleaned his plate! The petite filet was cooked just right. The ambiance was pleasingly quiet and allowed for conversation. We highly recommend Captain Lovell's restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a group of 5 downstairs
    Funtimers9
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We were a group of 5 downstairs which is so cozy on a cold might with the fireplace blazing and a roomful Of people out for an evening. It was fun and we all had a great time. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food...especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Excellent food...especially the steak. Service was outstanding as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Business or Personal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A superb menu with offerings to accommodate all tastes and a dining room that is appropriate for special personal occasions or upscale entertaining of clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Delight
    OldGlory
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Having informed Lovell's of my intention to make a proposal of marriage at this dinner, I am obliged to report that every detail was flawlessly attended to by the staff! I look forward to many years of the re-telling of the story of the romantic dinner where we became engaged!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Music - Keep Suede around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good food - pricey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had an outstanding time on Valentine's Day! The music was phenomenal, but the drinks were way over-priced. Was exciting to meet Captain Lovell!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to standard
    sbrady
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have eaten at Lovells several time over the years and have never been disappointed until this time. We ordered the Oysters with hollandaise...tasted great but was cold by the time served. I ordered the duck and was surprised that it was served with the whole half duck....not sliced I asked for it to be deboned and sliced and it was returned to me quartered....Not a great presentation! understand it is closing but thought they would try to go out on top....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be fantastic.
    Jmkonrad
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I used to regard Lovell's as our favorite romantic restaurant, but the last 2 times we dined there, it was NOT worth the trip. If you are spending 250.00 for two after tip, you would expect exceptional service and food (our bill only included 2 cocktails). The food used to be fantastic, the service used to be impeccable, but no longer.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great Pre V day Lunch
    thekks
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    the service was the best we had since our cruise and food was great, pricie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Older crowd
    Nikki
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Nice place to take your parents. Seems like a more appealing place for an older crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening
    dwwww
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My wife and I had a nice evening. And a special event: Jim Lovell was there and walked around to every table, but spent most of his time talking with the new navy graduates and their familys. Jim Lovell is an impressive and classy guy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed it quite a bit
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Asked to move from first table offered, which jutted into the entryway. We had made reservations, but they had to try. After that everything went fine. Steaks were vey good. Calamari was tasty. Chocolate dessert wasa god finish. Excellent music in the downstairs bar on Saturday night, were you can enjoy casual fare as well. We would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Dodger
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The food was great. We had the duck and a "surf/turf" special. Couldn't decide which was better. Service was available when needed but not over bearing. For the quality and experience, it was very reasonably priced. Good beer and wine selection. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lOVELLS
    drmoVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Although I enjoyed my meal, I felt that the menu was a little old fashioned or stuffy. It had the usual steak, fish, duck, and although they tried to add some flourishes, it fell a little short. I was also surprised not at the prices for the entrees, but the salads were 14 to 16$. Good place for grandma but maybe not yuppies
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  • fabulous
    naplesgalVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We had not been to Lovell's for awhile and were very impressed with the menu and the service as well as the ambience. We sat downstairs and have never had better service. Kind, informative and quick was our waiter and we will ask for him next time! Food was fantastic. Do not miss this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs nothing
    RealtorJoe
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Lovells is a great example of a finely tuned restaurant. Ambiance and service are excellent. The filet trio and rack of lamb were perfect. Food quality, temperature and portions satisfied. Calamari appetizer has a light, tastefull breaking, consistency was delicate and not overdone or chewy. I always appreciate the bread service that does not just leave a bAsket sitting on the table. Post entree Coffee bar service is a real treat and offers selection and presentation. Enjoyable beyond expectation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect celebration spot
    JillVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    After purchasing a car up the street, we were looking for a spot to enjoy a nice dinner. The ambience is beautiful as we sat in the room with a fireplace which was perfect on a freezing CHICAGO night. The service was outstanding. Attentive but not intrusive. The food choices we made were absolutely delicious. Can't wait to return to enjoy another meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We very much enjoyed our business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We very much enjoyed our business lunch. THe service was terrific as was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmed
    CityGirl
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My husband and I went to Lovell's for a date night. It was a weekday night and the restaurant was almost empty except for a large group of men who looked to be on a business meeting dinner. We were sat directly next to this table despite all the other empty tables. This seating was also next to the front hallway, where there was a freezing cold draft. The music was low or maybe even non-exisistent. Either way, we spent the entire evening listening to the loud diners next to us converse. The service was "ok" and the food was average at best. The portions were ridiculous and I felt like the food was country club style circa 1985. This restaurant may have been something special back in the day, but it's time has come and gone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    JMarie
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I booked Lovells for my husband's Birthday. I mentioned it was his birthday when I did my open table reservation. The food was absolutely excellent. They have great appetizers and we each had steak for dinner that was excellent. They also brought a complimentary dessert for my husband for his birthday. I didn't need to bring it up because they paid attention to the reservation. We happened down to the basement during our stay, and it is like a whole additional restaurant. It was a lively casual bar/resturant atmosphere that looked like it would be fun for a quicker meal or to watch a game. I
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; superb service
    Mrbadger66VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I dine at Lovell's infrequently and usually for a business lunch. The food is always delicious and served very attractively; service is always attentive yet unobtrusive and our server was absolutely first-rate; and the ambience is terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Before Theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We are subscribers to Marriott Lincilnshire Theater and want a quiet dinner before the shows. Lovell's is only a few minutes East of I-294 and is not as frenzied as the Wheeling-Lincolnshire zone. This was our third trip to Lovell's. And the Lovell Apollo mission memorabilia is equally interesting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Luis
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great place for a romantic dinner. The food and wine was amazing. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Navy P.I.R. Dinner
    919er
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Our son just graduated from Navy P.I.R. (bootcamp). Lovell's was recommended by a local meet and greet (thanks Sarge!). We made reservations through OpenTable. All went smooth with the reservation and our dinner was excellent. Service was professional and prompt. and the food was to die for. All 5 of us were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was superb. The service
    cudgelVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    The food was superb. The service was excellent. The setting is tasteful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.