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About Innovation

Innovation is a Locally Inspired, Contemporary Cuisine causal dining restaurant located in The Crowne Plaza Hotel .

Innovation offers a selection of Certified Angus Steaks, Fresh Seafood, Pasta, Sandwiches and more all made in our scratch kitchen.

Come join us at Innovation: the place to gather, dine & celebrate!

10499 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am
Saturdays: 7:00am - 11:00am
Sundays: 7:00am-10:00am
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am -2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: Menu offered in the lounge

Cross Street:
Watertown Plank

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 259-0793

Website:
http://www.innovationrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Free parking located at Innovation and adjacent to Crowne-Plaza Hotel.

Executive Chef:
Gil Amador

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Wisconsin Fish Fry

Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Carved Prime Rib

Saturdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Wisconsin Fish Fry

Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Come in and enjoy our Friday Night Fish Fry. Our fish fry includes your choice of all you can eat baked or beer battered cod, your choice of potato, vegetable of the day and our salad bar.-$14.95. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 8, 2017 - Dec 29, 2017 on Fridays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Thanksgiving Feast with all your favorite . Enjoy chef carved Turkey & Ham along smoked salmon, shrimp, hot entrees, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole , full salad bar, homemade desserts- just to name a few. Reservations accepted from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Adult -$28.95. Kid 5-12-$13.95.

Carved Prime Rib

Saturdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

Slow roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream. Served with your choice of potato, vegetable of the day and our salad bar-$26.95. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 9, 2017 - Dec 30, 2017 on Saturdays from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Private Dining

From "Quiet and Quaint" to "Big and Elaborate": Innovation/Crowne Plaza should be your first choice for private dining events. A perfect place to hold showers, rehearsal dinners, gift opening, Anniversaries, birthday parties, wedding and more. All our menu selections are made in our scratch kitchen.

Innovation Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.8

service

4.2

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4.2

value

3.2

Noise

Quiet

56% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Superb service and the food - outstanding!! Next time I'm in the area, I will be going there again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went to Innovation on a date night and didn't want to leave the west side. We found Innovation on Open Table and decided to give it a try. My pasta dish was just okay. The sauce didn't go with the noodles or vegetables within the dish. My husband ordered a hamburger. The server asked how he wanted it cooked and he said medium. It came well done. Don't ask unless you can make it as requested. Beer was good, wings were good and our waitress was very attentive and friendly. If you want a night of beer and appetizers, it could be a nice place to hang out at the bar. The more expensive dishes, and it was in the $$ range, were not worth it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The steak was good, but most other dishes were bland.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Innovation is in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Pretty typical food. Needed to have a breakfast meeting for 7 and they accommodated us nicely. Breakfast is good. Have not had any other meals there.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Pleasant spot for a business breakfast. Easy access and nicely appointed. Wonderful server - she was bright, friendly, personable, and helpful. Food was reasonable, but a bit pricey for the quality. One thing that gets a high mark from me is they had soy milk for coffee!! Would happily have business meeting here again.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

After such an excellent experience at Innovation for Easter brunch, my family was in town from Illinois and wanted to return for Sunday brunch (Memorial Day Weekend). I made the reservation on OpenTable, which offered me two slots, 10:45am or 1:30pm; I took the 1:30 so everyone could sleep in. When we called the next afternoon to let the hostess know we were running 10 minutes behind, we were informed for the first time that brunch ended at 2pm and food would not be replenished. Needless to say my outspoken family was all but pleased. We high tailed it over, assuming we'd be rushed, and thought we'd just grab as many plates as we could. Not what we had planned for a relaxing day. My Aunt was pretty vocal thatOpenTable should not accept reservations 30 mins before close of a buffet, without informing patrons. I agree.

My anxiety grew as I saw my whole plan for a nice meal with my family about to go off the rails, (and I have seen my family in action when things don't go well when we're out to eat) . . .but, then we met Nancy.

She made us feel welcomed, apologized for the confusion on the online reservation system (apparently Easter times are still on Open Table) and put us at ease so we wouldn't feel rushed. She and Tamika saved the day. Not only did she attend to our needs, even hand delivering a dessert cart of goodies to our table, but I kid you not, she even carved the Prime Rib for us.

I have worked in the industry for 20+ years, and Nancy is living proof that the right employee can turn any situation into a positive one. She will keep us coming back again and again. She knows what service, attention to detail and taking care of the customers are all about. She is an asset to any team, and I hope you know what a great champion of your business you have. Thanks, Nancy.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Visited Innovation for their Mother's Day brunch.

Check-in was confusing and redundant (had to check in to pay and then wait in a line to present tickets I was given after paying).

Service was terrible. Our server never explained anything to us, and given there was food all throughout different rooms, we had no idea what was where. She didn't offer us the fact that mamosas and champgagne was included. After she delivered our water, she knocked one over on the couch side of the table, wiped it, didn't offer a new table or address it in any way. We had to ask someone else for chairs to all sit on the other side. After that, she never came back. I was REQUIRED to pay 18% and that is a joke.

Regarding the food, it was average to poor. There was duplicate stations with the same thing, they were not the same, some were dried out, others were good. Prime rib was beyond rare. I mean raw. Plates were missing on some of the stations. Champagne and mamosas were being prepared on the bar and sitting there, but apparently they were not for you to take as they looked to be, for the servers. Confusing.

Ambience...they were blairing only what I can recall as "Musak". You know it's a hotel, feels like a hotel.

Value..... not great, but ok for adults, but kids were $17.95. My kids ate about $4 in food each.

This was not impressive and I would never return and never recommend.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 21, 2017

This time we went tp Innovation for breakfast, which was excellent. All food was prepared perfectly. The only problem we had was that the waitress and hostess had no idea what Open Table was, but somehow we still managed to get our OT points.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was very good and the service and attentiveness from staff was exceptional.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The buffet was awkward and for the price truly was not a value.
I understand you want to maximize the dollar earned but there was really nothing special about this brunch.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Innovation delivers one of the best Friday night Fish Frys in the area, giving choices (baked or fried), potato options (baked, french fries, potato pancake) as well as a great salad bar and extra appetizers and clam chowder. A consistent favorite!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I had the fish fry it was really really quite good. The ambience was good, the service was good, the only complaint I had was the music was too loud and it was kind of rock music, but we did ask them to turn it down and they did so it was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Friendly staff and appears, updated decor.

Restaurant in a mid-tier hotel.

Quality and presentation of food disappointing.

Little bugs flying around table and plates (booth location).

Convenient location to major roads.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Pretty average all the way around. Am not likely to go back. There are too many other options.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 17, 2017

We've eaten here many times but I think this was the best. I think they have improved the food! We went for the Friday Fish Fry. Fried cod was cooked just right, green beans were a nice add and of course the salad bar was the best! The clam chowder soup was a little on the thick side but we love it so much anyway!

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2017

We are frequent customers for Innovation's Friday lunch buffet which includes excellent fried and baked fish, lots of salad options, delicious potato pancakes and even dessert. Their hot vegetables are always crisp and tasty. We consider ourselves foodies, eat out frequently in both Milwaukee and Chicago, and we love this buffet. Our usual server Paul is wonderful-- attentive without being intrusive, always pleasant, and quick to anticipate needs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Service was awesome due to the fact that we came right after the normal dinner crowd for a Friday night

Tags: Casual, Seasonal
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Good food,. ,Reasonable prices ,excellent service, always welcome u, managers are very pleasant.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The Thanksgiving buffet had delicious carved turkey and beef featured, with traditional sides and salads. Everything tasted very good. However it seemed over-priced, especially with no desserts offered. It was buffet style but 18% tip was added to bill, for very little service- dirty plates were taken once and water was never refilled. I enjoy the restaurant's regular menu but would pass on the buffet in the future.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Not a lot of options for brunch, so I went with the Buffet for $14 (not work it) and my pal went with the Breakfast Burrito (was fairly typical). Innovation was a decent choice since it was open fairly early and located in the hotel, but not much else. Do not go here expecting to have a nice brunch, go here out of necessity of having to satisfy your hunger in a hurry.

Tags: Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Innovation was a nice place. The best thing they had to offer was the Clam Chowder soup, and the all you can eat salad bar. The fish was not seasoned well. It was bland. The customer service was great. Dabrasha was wonderful, and really catered to us while there. We tipped her well for the service.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 5, 2016

We've been to the brunch twice now, first trip was good, second try was poor; there seemed to be a real lack of care. The Prime Rib was overcooked, the other hot dishes we indescribable, it just wasn't impressive.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 28, 2016

We were given a gift certificate to Innovation. We looked at the menu on line and it looked really good.
When we arrived there was only 1 other person in the dining room, it was Memorial weekend. There was no music playing so all we could hear were the cooks in the kitchen talking.

I am gluten intolerant and the only thing on the menu that was recommended was seafood, which I don't eat. I opted for the pork chop without the sauce, it was slightly overdone. My husband had Lamb Bolognese. It came out looking like hamburger helper and tasted the same. We both thought Bolognese would be a red meat sauce, this was off white.

Their beverage menu also had a hard lemonade listed as a gluten free option, one taste told me it was not. I looked it up on line to confirm my suspicion, it was a fruit beer.

Our waiter was very attentive and worked hard to make our time enjoyable.

We were very surprised a Crowne Plaza would have such a mediocre at best restaurant.

We would not recommend Innovation.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Everyone ordered fish fry. It included salad bar so waitress didn't enter food right away. By the time she did they were out of baked potatoes and fish wasn't very warm. Will not return.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 1, 2016

I brought four of my church members to brunch because my husband and I have been there several times and we really enjoyed the food. My friends was very pleased with the food and the service and said they would come again

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Very slow service. Food was good, but we had to wait for everything. And one item we has to ask for several times. Then they ran out of the fish fry.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 20, 2016

A nice presentation of the food and very friendly staff.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 18, 2016

For a hotel restaurant the food was good but not spectacular. Come early before the 6 pm crowd.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Service wasn't stellar. Food was just ok definitely not worth the price we paid. Wouldn't recommend for a destination out to dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2015

After ordering, our appetizer was delivered in a timely manner. However, it took a half hour to get our entrees with no explanation.

Our waitress was clearly not on the same page as the others, as they were providing their patrons great attention and service, and all of them came in after us.

I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but we will never eat there again.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 7, 2015

A bit busy for a small staff but service was excellent anyway. Food was well prepared and tasty. Nothing fancy. Reasonable prices. Will definetely go back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2015

We have come often to Innovation, but this past time was exceptional. Our waitress, Megan, was attentive yet not in our way. She did an excellent job in taking care of us. As always, the selection was fresh and tasty. Omelettes are way too good -- with a nice selection of ingredients.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 30, 2015

Love the salad bar here, however, the clam chowder which is normally very good was lacking in flavor this time. My baked cod was good but I hear the fried cod was not that warm. The hush puppies were like rocks! Not very consistent this time.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 23, 2015

Great Friday Fish Fry!! All you can eat includes salad bar and Clam Chowder for $12.95. The fish batter is deliciously flavorful and crispy. The potatoe pancakes are worth a try - I recommend you ask for them a tad crispier if you can. We went at 7:00 P.M., which was right after the main rush of people, so service was fast and friendly.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 16, 2015

We stopped in for the Friday Night Fish Fry. Well my wife and I ordered the baked Cod and the top was so rubbery you could not cut it with a fork and the inside was very mushy. Meaning it was cooked way before we ordered it and then was being kept warm for who know how long. When the waitress asked if I wanted more fish, I told here that if I wanted more I would eat my wife's fish since she did not like it at all. The waitress said "oh OK". She never inquired why my wife did not like it or offered to get her anything else. The green beans were good and the Market fresh bar was good, but not much on it. Can't say anything about the Fried Fish, it might have been good because I think they were fixing that to order. I did not rate this on overall menu, but just baked cod on the Friday Fish Fry. The rest of the menu may be better.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Terrible service. Hotel restaurant with buffet and no server. Only three table and we didn't see the server between order and food served. Didn't even fill water. Our salad and main dinner came at the same time? No we didn't ask for that service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 19, 2015

Nice, food was very good and plentiful. We were there at a Quiet time of day so we appreciated that for our Family meet up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 4, 2015

Seated promptly. Waitress was very helpful and attentive. One of the very best Friday fish fries in the area. Complete with soup and salad bar. Including cheese and crackers and several choices of bread. It's all you can eat and priced reasonable. Will defiantly return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 12, 2015

Food was great; excellent server; pleasant staff upon arrival. Glad the weather cooperated so we could enjoy the outside patio.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 7, 2015

We had reservations for 7pm but were the only couple there. There was a lady in a corner as well. It seemed to take a little long for our initial server to come considering, but she was nice. I ordered pork spare ribs, dry and fatty. Not good at all. As an appitizer, I had crab cakes, tiny but ok. My husband had five onion soup which he enjoyed. His main was NY strip, also ok. Dessert was the best part and the generous pour on wine. It's attached to a hotel, so it's an average hotel restaurant.

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