Inovasi

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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.

Specials

Complimentary Small Plate!


Join us a little later in the evening and receive a Complimentary Small Plate/Snack with any purchase of a Medium or Large Plate. (max 1 per table)

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 23, 2019

Ends: February 24, 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 8:30PM-9:45PM

What 1450 People Are Saying
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CD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant: serving food with great flavors. Also, the staff was very good with suggesting options to avoid food allergies.

MJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Fresh ingredients. Interesting recipes. And love that they offer small portion sizes so u can try more things!

AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lisa went out of her way to accommodate us and ensure a great experience for us.

MY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 3

We again did a 4 course mystery tasting menu . The only negative was that the first course had much too much bread : bread and butter— Barada with toast— bruschetta— and breaded calamari. We were stuffed by the 2nd course. I was dying for a salad! It was all delicious but too much bread!!

N
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing overall. Nothing is really great about this restaurant. Service, food and ambiance are just ok. We haven't gone in a few years and had hoped things had improved since we were last there, but no such luck. We won't be back. Surprisingly average.

ME
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Adam, explained the menu and where the restaurant gets it provisions (meats, cheeses, spices and vegetables). His recommendations were spot on and delicious. My next visit will be for lunch.

E
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered the poached Cod, a featured dish. It was watery and without flavor. The presentation was unappetizing. My wife ordered the butternut squash with was without flavor or distinction.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went here for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We were greeted by the hostess with a “Happy Anniversary,” which made us both smile. Our waiter was the best waiter I’ve ever had at any restaurant! He was fun, very knowledgeable about all the food and drinks. The service from all the staff was excellent, and the food was even better. My wife and I both remarked as we were leaving that we’d like to make this apart of our yearly anniversary tradition. Thanks Inovasi!

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food& service. Nice bar scene too. Great people watching inside & outside with windows in bar& dining room.

S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Order the burger and fries which was recommended by the waitress. Fries arrived cold, the burgers were not cooked to order. Finally got some warmer fries but were disappointed to be upcharged on the truffle fries after they arrived cold the first time and after we were done eating the second time. There are better options out there.

F
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was excellent. I had Salmon and it was fresh and perfect. Dessert was chocolate and delicious.

WA
Chicago
195 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another evening with excellent service, creative and flavorful food, including plenty of gluten free options. My only consistent complaint is the noise level which depending upon the spirits of other patrons can make conversation nearly impossible. Such was the case on this occasion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiter messed up one of our orders so one persons entree never showed up. He was apologetic but it was disappointing at that price point.

l
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion!

We enjoyed trying some of the new dishes, including the trout and a selection from the Taco Tuesday menu. The burgers were really good as usual. Both desserts were nicely presented and delicious. We love the great beer selection.

NR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Inovasi and it won't be our last. Excellent food from appetizer to main dishes to dessert. Thoughtful and attentive service added to our experience. We also enjoyed the chance to walk around the little downtown area of Lake Bluff. A winner all around.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. I had the crunchy salmon roll and mushroom pasta and my mother had bruchetta and a fish dish. It was all very well prepared and the outdoor seating was very nice - and very much in demand! I'd like to see some more choices on the menu.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

WA
Chicago
195 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Inovasi continues to offer a exceptional food in a casual, hometown setting. Service was also strong.

GK
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Keys to a great night out for dinner with friends ....really creative menu, solid wine list and attentive service.
The staff; especially Adam, make Inovasi special again. If you don't go... someone else will be sitting in your seat tonight...its just that good. Great job John and thank you.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Inovasi. The server was very knowledgeable and the food was delicious. Will definitely go back again.

RC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice, cozy restaurant with excellent food at reasonable prices. The menu is creative and well thought out, though small. The service was terrific - our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the food offerings, and it was nice to have the options of either a full entrée or a smaller size. Appetizers very good also.

F
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m never disappointed when we dine here. It’s a special place. Five stars!

F
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner with 3 couples. The restaurant was very busy but the service, from Adam, was perfect ! He explained all the dishes and recommended the perfect wines to compliment our meal. The amount of food was enough to share for each dish. And the value of the dinner was spot on. Can't wait to go back. Soon !!!

TT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first dining experience didn't disappoint. We sat at a window seat in the bar area which provided some Saturday football screens. We started with the bruschetta which was delicious but overpriced at $14. We chose the small plates which were very fresh, well prepared, and delicious. Again, I think they were overpriced based on the amount of food. The service was friendly, efficient, and professional. Overall, great food and service but overpriced.

W
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

New menu that is a little eclectic. Some items were overpriced compared to other area restaurants.

BS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little spot in a beautiful area. We fullying enjoyed our service and meal. Highly recommended!

HK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The main dishes came before the first course!! Food was just OK. Would never go back.

l
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was recently updated again and we were very happy with the new dishes! Great beer selection and service (as always) -- we continue to be regulars.

PD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted something different than our usual dining. As they are always changing the menu, we knew we would be in for a tasty surprise since we have eaten there before. We were not disappointed.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went on a busy Friday night with my husband and another couple (my sister and her fiancé). I wrote on my reservation that my sister is celebrating her birthday. The server greeted her right away as soon as we were seated. Food was excellent - tasty, very fresh and true to the “farm to table” concept. Service was slow - as in we waited about 45 minutes for the entrees. But this is understandable, being that it was a warm, beautiful, Friday evening. I highly recommend Inovasi and we will be back

A
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Truly ghastly food - my third visit and a similar experience every time

l
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice...service great. Food great.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a very nice place to go eat, I would come back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This was my second time at Inovasi, and boy, was I disappointed. My husband and I went for date night, who’s as most parents know is hard to come by. The meal stated off well enough, but soon after our cocktails were served, our server dumped an entire glass of water on my lap. Other than a few napkins from the server, there was no assistance from other staff members. I sat the entire rest of my meal with my left side soaked. Fair enough, I assumed they’d “take care” of us later with a comped meal or drink. My cauliflower risotto, which we waited close to 45 mins AFTER appetizers, was cold, unseasoned, and cheeseless. Simply gross. My husband’s meal of duck was fine, although uninspired.

When the check came, I was shocked that there was nothing comped on the bill for my mishap with the water. No further apologies, for either the dumped water or the lateness of the meal. Terrible customer service.

And while it wasn’t the restaurant’s fault, we sat right next to the most obnoxious group of four people. Using derogatory homophobic terms, etc.

I will NEVER go back. Take your hard earned dollars and precious time elsewhere.

LK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Server very knowledgeable and clearly described not only the elements of tasting menu dishes but also their origin. Excellent wine pairings, too. Only complaint is noise level, especially sitting next to party of 15. Need a room divider.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with my husband. Great food, nice environment and wonderful time

r
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, fun and professional service from Ryan. Food lovely - whitefish and pork ribs - wonderful. Rustic bread, and butter with sea salt - yum!

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

4 course Tasting menu for 2 was great. Wine pairing was supurb.

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