Inovasi

4.6
1313 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Inovasi is a contemporary american restaurant that blurs the lines between casual and upscale dining. We believe in a natural harmony and honesty in every dish we prepare and work with local farms in our community to hand-select the freshest of sustainable ingredients to be used at our restaurant. Our wish is for you to experience the uncompromised quality of these ingredients that help create a layered depth and richness of flavors in the food we serve.
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PL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a one of kind experience. Three of us ate and decided to order the chef special seven course meal. It was beyond excellent. The waiter Juan was spectacular. He was attentive and made the night amazing. One of the best servers we have ever had. The sushi is outstanding. It was the best we have ever eaten. Food is amazing. The owner/chef is unreal. He makes the best risotto. Food was bursting with flavor as well as drinks. The campfire drink comes with rosemary garnish that they burn in front of you. The manager delivers each dish and shares the ingredients so you are aware of all of the flavors. This restaurant experience is one of a kind. A night to remember. We will be back.

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KR
Montana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recommend the chicken and the tri-tips, both of which were excellent! The shaved Brussels sprouts salad was huge - could be shared by at least two, maybe three. Very nice home-made ice creams for dessert.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We ate here about a year ago and it was excellent in every expect.... Second visit last week not so much. Hostess was preoccupied when we approached, she then took us to a smallest table possible. We noticed that most tables were open, she seemed bothered when we asked to be by the fireplace. Our waitress was not very good... She was not polite and took time to answer questions. She gave us the impression she was disturbed serving our table, odd personality. Food was good enough. Beer selection is great, good cocktails and wine. Compared to other restaurants they are marked higher-than-average. Restaurant is clean but no spirit and low energy. Didn't notice any bus help and the table was never cleared until we paid and asked. Overall, we felt slightly disappointed when we left and commented that we probably won't come back.
This is just a observation... It seems when you have an all around great experience at a restaurant, there is a visible manager checking and filling voids where needed. Things like... Bringing your drinks if the wait staff is backed up, taking plates away when walking by, asking how your meal tastes, helping wait staff when needed. I don't recall seeing anyone that resembled a manager at this restaurant. They might have been in another area, but I didn't notice them in our area which was the main dining area.

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DS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Ice tea was cloudy. We pointed it out. Server shrugged. After a taste sent ice tea back. It was bad....

Got a new glass of ice tea after it was brewed ... halfway thru meal. It was not complimentary.

My guest could not eat chicken on her cobb salad because it tasted funny. So $16 for lettuce and avacado...

Place was empty. No wonder. Will not be back

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the ambiance, cocktails and food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I think this is the best quality food and best menu in the area. The prices are very good. It is obvious that a Chef runs the show here.

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J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a fine place to dine and catch up with friends after lots of family holiday gatherings.

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L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pretty room in back, with a fireplace. Service was fine, the lunch crowd was thin, but he didn’t pester us. The kale pistachio salad was good, the fried calamari on top was dry and awful. Server didn’t question why it was all left in the bowl, nor did I volunteer my dissatisfaction, mostly because I was focused on conversation with my friend.

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TW
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooooo yummy and our favorite place to go for everything!!!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent dinner with many exceptional entrees. Well worth our visit. Will return

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service with Adam, great food and always a great atmosphere, especially around the holidays with the lights in Lake Bluff and within the restaurant.

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NS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We love Inovasi and were excited to bring out of town guests there. As always, the food was creative and delicious. Our one disappointment was our server. She was efficient but not at all helpful or engaging. Since they offer small plates and entrees, an explanation of this would have been helpful. We also would have appreciated suggestions.

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MF
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had tried their Mexican Restaurant next door and liked it so this time we hit the fancy side. We odered the bread and it was really good. For dinner we ordered the grouper, pasta and steak. All were pretty decent .

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EK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a bad experience last Friday 12/14. After corresponding with management we returned for another attempt. Adam, the server,a true professional, the appetizers and main courses were exceptional! The dining experience exceeded our expectations! Thank you!

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D
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm a regular, and always have a nice meal in a pleasant environment!

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MO
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

We love Inovasi. The food & ambience have always been wonderful. Our waiters have always been wonderful until our most recent visit. The waiter (she) disappeared for long stretches of time . She seemed scattered & fragmented. Perhaps she had too many tables? I'm not sure what the problem was. The experience was highly disconcerting.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant. The food is beyond amazing. And the service was wonderful too.

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in the Lake Forest /Lake Bluff area. Situated in the Quaint Lake Bluff Down Town square. Wonderful menu extensive wine list. Across the street from the Lake Bluff Brew pub. A definite thumbs up

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to gather with friends. Highly recommend.

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EK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Offered bar top seating, noise level was extreme. If you like being in a high school cafeteria-noises level - rude management if you complain and depart then Inovasi is your place

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We live walking distance away and dine at the restaurant 1 to 2 times a month. The food is good and the wait staff is normally professional and attentive. The bar seating can very loud, especially on weekend nights.

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l
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always - the menu changes with the seasons so we stop by regularly :)

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SP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bar area ambiance! Service was great and food had great flavor. The feta bake was fantastic! Mussels had great flavor. Everything was an A+! Can’t wait to go back.

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PL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great chef.

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MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My Tortilla salad was sparse, very little chicken and small amounts of other added ingredients. Not very filling nor flavorful, very disappointed with my selection.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want the same old thing every time you dine......this is not for you. If you want great, interesting food..... that changes from time to time......this is your place

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c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was absolutely perfect for a dinner with my colleagues after a long week of work! Food was absolutely amazing and the waiter was very informative, hospitable, and patient.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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CB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never dissatisfied. Every dish and cocktail is delicious!

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AF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, the wine selection was excellent, and the service was first rate. We were a little surprised to have some noisy small children next to us on a Saturday night. But they were part of a larger group so it might have been a special occasion.

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CL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super evening. Great service. Delicious food. From starters through dessert.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great night at Inovasi. Garrett (our server) was outstanding, helpful, talkative, attentive. Plus he had to man the bar when Abby had to leave early.

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EW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has never disappointed me. This week I had a guest with numerous (really numerous!) food allergies, and our server noted each one. No problems!

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A
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This has become our new go to choice for impromptu lunch or dinner outings. The menu is eclectic and the food is very good and is made from local ingredients where possible. Service is outstanding. Outdoor seating in season is very nice. Top picks are the smoked brisket, rye chicken pâté, gatherer's lunch and their sushi rolls (dinner menu offers several sushi items). The wine list is good too.

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JP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food and attention to detail. parking is a bit of a challenge

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inovasi is our go-to neighborhood restaurant. Chef John de Rosiers continually updates the farm-to-table menu with new ingredients and a ton of innovation (hence the name Inovasi). Our server, Jennifer, is always outstanding.

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most affordable tasting menu I've ever had! And amazing quantity and portions. Ask for Adam as your server and he will take you on a journey you won't forget.

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TW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sooooooooo love Inovasi!!! We go there for special occasions and THE FOOD IS ALWAYS AMAZING AND THE STAFF IS ALWAYS AMAZING!!!!!

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L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was really looking forward to our dinner with friends at Inovasi. I am so sorry to say that it was so disappointing. I will admit that the drinks were very good, but expensive ... we had a rusty nail. No bread or crackers were brought to the table. To get bread, you had to pay for it. I had squash soup, which was just ok, nothing special. For entrees, I had shrimp, which were very good, but there was a mess of veggies on the plate that were not recognizable. My husband had the sliced sirloin, which he didn't enjoy at all. My friends each had the brisket, which they said was dry and stringy, which if cooked properly, should not happen. The noise level was very bad ... I was reading my friend's lips, who was sitting right next to me. Would I recommend this restaurant to anyone ... I'm sorry to say, "absolutely not."

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