Innovo Kitchen

4.6
831 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Chef John LaPosta has had a long and exciting career path which has landed him in the restaurant of his dreams. Along with his partner, Tina Kruger, he has created a wonderful American Gastropub full of great energy, fine hospitality, and of course, outstanding food. For nearly the past decade, they owned and operated the highly successful Maestros in Saratoga Springs, which they sold in July of 2015.

It is his passion for excellence, beaming hospitality and tireless work that have been the hallmarks of John's 30+ years as one of the Capital Region’s most popular chefs. He is known for his outstanding food that he serves to "real" people in a fun and unassuming style. His simple philosophy has always been "put the love on plate." In doing this, people feel comfortable when reading his menus and do not feel as if they need to be a chef themselves to understand it. Inspired food and service in an unassuming manner with outstanding hospitality!
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DL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great experience. The atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable. Service was friendly and efficient. Well attended to, yet never rushed. Food selection of our party ranged from eggplant parmigiana to chicken to salmon. Food quality was outstanding. The dark chocolate bark at the end of the meal was a nice finishing touch. Will definitely return again. Would highly recommend Innovo Kitchen for a date night or friends night out.

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DR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was excellent. Our visiting family enjoyed the variety of menu options. Our 10-year-old grandson really loved the macaroni and cheese with lobster. Vincent was a very attentive server. And our request to be seated in the quieter enclosed dining area was honored without question.

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NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed at Innovo. Service and food are exceptional and just love the vibe of this place!

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. However, when I walked out of there, I wondered just what did I get for all the money I spent! It's pricey, but in many ways, it's worth it. For the unique menu choices alone, it's worth a try.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tasty food. Multiple options. Been here several times. Only con is that it tends to be fairly loud partly due to the construction of the building.

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EP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had fun and enjoyed our meal. Somewhat noisy but overall a positive experience. Loved the chocolate at the end of meal.

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BH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was interesting and delicious. There isn't much in the way of healthy options but that's okay. The service was about par for the course for dining in the capital district; which always leaves something to be desired but was friendly and attentive.

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U
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As always the food was outstanding! For the first time though our service was less than exemplary which surprised us. Every table around us was brought bread but we got none. Every table around us was offered complimentary chocolate at the end of their meal and we were not. It wasn’t very busy either and yet our server was less than attentive.Everyone has a bad night so of course we’ll go back because the food is so good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alexandria was an amazing server. The food and wine was wonderful. The tables are a bit close together and it was a little noisy but it was extremely busy. Reservations are strongly suggested!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved Innovo Kitchen! The food and service were excellent. I look forward to going back!

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was terrible. Completely burned Lamb Burger that I unfortunately asked for without the bun. Apparently saying minus the means the dish is served without the aioli or any of the fixins. I would avoid this place entirely if you care about tasty food.


The meat plate was ok and the drinks were strong. That's all i can think of in terms of positives.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and service very good. Acoustics are not good on a very busy Saturday night. Seems loud.

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SR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took part in restaurant week whereby an app., entree and desert for $30. The food was excellent. Our server was very good and the whole evening was very enjoyable.
The only negative is I think $30 for a fixed menu is bordering on the high side, and you don’t get to add points if you participate.

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is always impeccable. Friday evening is one of the busiest times so the noise level was elevated but we were able to have a conversation without trouble. Truly one of the best restaurants in the region.

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U
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish our visit was fabulous! The hostess was so kind and found us a great table. Our server, Antonella, was amazing. It was very busy because it was restaurant week but we had perfect service. We actually ordered off the regular menu rather than the specials menu and our food was delicious. Try the Tot-cos appetizer. So good! And that homemade chocolate at the end of the meal is delectable. Can’t wait to go back!

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NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful - food was delicious . Love this place

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a
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect little place in the corner of a non descript strip mall. The food excellent, the menu has a ton of options. A lot of thought has gone into both the food and beverage programs. You will find the chef on the floor talking to guests. I travel to Albany often and always stop in at least once

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SB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here to get together with friends and also great to have time with my husband.

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RC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must admit we've eaten here before. We return for the quality, quantity and price points for this wonderful restaurant. Without doubt the service is excellent. It is obvious care is taken with customer care.

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H
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding as always- service was a little spotty- server kept on messing up who got what, other than that a good time

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C
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered from restaurant week menu. I ordered 5 onion soup..delicious. I ordered sliced steak medium rare, steak was medium well, but still tasty. Something was oversalted on my plate, possibly green beans (and I love salt). I ordered rice pudding for dessert. It came with no whipped cream and lacked flavor. My sister ordered the risotto but it was very starchy and seemed like it was cooked ahead and not very fresh. It also had too much going on flavorwise. My sister ordered the lemon tart and it was delicious.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior service and a delicious meal. A great night out.

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DW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good experiences in the past have prompted several last chances for Innovo. My last visit was truly unfortunate and involved a very unfriendly and unaccomodating server and a kitchen that was out of many menu items.

The bar remains solid but the kitchen and service is sometimes spotty. Burgers and sandwiches are all pretty good and well presented.

Following my review above...I was contacted by Management and was quite impressed by the experience. The owner apologized, offered a solid explanation and requested another shot. They will certainly get it based on the call and the impression he left. It's nice when a business owner cares and works to keep customers satisfied.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hostess sat us immediately, food was excellent, and waitress was wonderful.

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FI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner served too quickly. My only ongoing criticism of this restaurant.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though it was a busy Saturday nite, the service was excellent. I usually order the ahi tuna salad and it never disappoints.

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G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the haddock fish fry and the BLT. Both were very very good!

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R
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Since Innovo has become our go-to place to meet friends, we continue to be impressed and grateful to have such a well-run hot-spot so close to home. Recently meeting an old friend there who hadn’t been in a while, he was again reminded what a great place it is. Even though it was a busy Friday night, our server was calm and brought our drinks right away, letting my friend have time with the menu. The Power 4 salad remains my current favorite salad, and my friend thoroughly enjoyed the special Sea Bass. I had the crab cake for my main, and it is a delicious, light dinner, with remoulade and tasty veggies to add to the bright flavors. I’ll be back next week! Thanks Innovo!

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Girlfriends catch up night! We shared 4 appetizers, the Tot-chos, the Korean Tacos, the Captain Chicken nuggets and the steam pork belly rolls. All items were very good. We each had a cocktail. 2 of us didn't really enjoy their blueberry sangrias as they hoped they would be a little sweeter but that is not the restaurant's fault. We were there for 3 hours and was never made to feel rushed. We will definitely go back!

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TK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Went to this location as I was traveling. Walked in and the bartender greeted me. I told her I had a reservation through open table. I ask if it was ok to sit at the bar and that I would get credit . She assured me yes. I told her I was going to hold off on ordering until 5pm as I had a flight at 7pm. No problem, the menu was placed on the vmbar next to me. So I get an email from open table that I missed my reservation. Not happy as I was sitting there at the bar and to that point had spent 30+ ar the bar. I cashed out and left. Can't give a bad review about the food, but communication was not up to par. In addition they advertise happy hour with snacks at 4pm. The snacks dis not come out until 4:45.

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j
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant menu says the kitchen will cater to special diets and they do...I need gluten free choices. Even though items were not marked as gluten free (except for one salad,) the kitchen created something for me.

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RV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service excellent!

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

King Pao chicken bun were great the buns are amazing and soft. Desserts were amazing too especially the fresh cookie that came with my maple creme brulee.The cookie alone could be dessert. Not a fan of the cocktails though.

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J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the fish fry which was excellent. Nice flaky haddock, hot and not at all greasy. My wife had the ahi tuna salad which is always a standout

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Facility was clean. Will return.

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NG
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Ample amounts of food, special price per the email that was sent to me. An overall excellent experience.

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DR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome atmosphere, great food, and great service. Definitely would recommend.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best brunches I have had in a long time. I savory every bite.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food as well as the bottomless mimosas!

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r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great, but LOUD!

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