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!
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
Love it here to get together with friends and also great to have time with my husband.
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
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.
Superior service and a delicious meal. A great night out.
Good experiences in the past have prompted several last chances for Innovo. This 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 spotty at best. Burgers and sandwiches are all pretty good and the fries excellent. However, other menu options are unpredictable. Last night the salads were unimpressive...mostly a plate of greens with almost none of the touted additions. The salmon was also a bad choice and may have been well past its prime.
Bottom line....there are better places with friendlier staff than Innovo. A once very good eatery going downhill fast.
Dinner served too quickly. My only ongoing criticism of this restaurant.
Even though it was a busy Saturday nite, the service was excellent. I usually order the ahi tuna salad and it never disappoints.
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!
Had the haddock fish fry and the BLT. Both were very very good!
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!
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.
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.
The food is always delicious and the service excellent!
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.
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
Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Facility was clean. Will return.
Everything was great! Ample amounts of food, special price per the email that was sent to me. An overall excellent experience.
Awesome atmosphere, great food, and great service. Definitely would recommend.
One of the best brunches I have had in a long time. I savory every bite.
Delicious brunch. Everyone enjoyed their food as well as the bottomless mimosas!
Great, but LOUD!
Excellent although food was a bit oversalted.
We actually have recommended Innovo to many of our friends...their experiences only reinforce what we consistently find, great food, service, variety and value!
Great experience. Our server was attentive and fun. Overall food was great. We will be back the next time we are in town.
I like this place a lot. I travel to the Albany area regularly, and try to have dinner her at least once each trip. The regular menu is great, and varies from basic to 'foodie", but I try to hit the specials if I can. Always great. I had the pork shank last night, and it was so good that I kept looking for those little leftover pieces clinging where I hadn't found them yet. And don't forget to have some of the complimentary chocolate after your meal.
We were late getting there for our reservation due to weather but the hostess was very accommodating and seated us. The food was great as always but our waitress was rushing us to take our order. We also asked for the bean dip and crackers while we waited for our food and she was snarky about it saying she would bring it but they really only do it for dinner. I’ve been to Innovo several times for lunch and have always had it offered. Other than that particular waitress the food is always good and it’s a great place
Great Brunch on a Late Sunday Morning!
I say yes, but only for lunch.
The noise level hit us like a wall upon entering. And the lighting was nil. We all used our cell phone flashlights. The menu totally looked delicious and I had a hard time choosing; in the end I chose the pork shank. It should have fallen off the bone. It was dry and extremely salty. The prices were fine. We also ordered the antipasto. I’m Italian...meat quality was great but there should have been much more on the platter for $30. We were a party of 7 having booked it several days in advance. We were seated at a table in front in the entrance to the bathrooms. There should NOT be a table there. It’s just not right.
Maybe because it was a very busy night the appetizers came out over cooked and the waiter seemed to be rushing around between a lot of tables so it was hard to flag him down. I miss the bread they used to serve in addition to the crackers.
Food and service were both INCREDIBLE. Don’t like the two seater tables right next to each other, but what can you do! Will definately be back!
Great! Waiter kept saying he was bringing a treat at the end and never did.Had to ask to fill water
We have gone to this restaurant for several years- we go once a month but this time our server was horrid; we were rushed the whole time and it was not a relaxing time as always- very disappointing
Always a favorite, and they never disappoint. Service and food excellent, and bc they were out of the bottle of wine I ordered, they upgraded for the same price. A much appreciated gesture. My only criticism is the lighting at the high tops against the wall. It’s very dark, and without even candles, it’s difficult to see the menu.
Went on Monday evening. Happy Hour special was great.. martinis and meatballs. We all enjoyed the food. Bartender and waitstaff were very attentive. It's just a bit noisy in the space.
Really fun place and excellent food.
Food & service very good but the ambient noise made conversation about impossible.
Great food as usual and our server was very attentive and made great food and drink recommendations. I made a reservation and was sat immediately. I will definitely be back!
Service was very good
We always enjoy our time here with friends. The service was great, the food excellent, and the ambiance nice and lively. Sunday brunch here is always a great time.