Inovasi

4.6
1354 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.

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)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 23, 2019

Ends: February 24, 2118

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

What 1354 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the dining experience at Inovasi. From the greeting as we entered, to cocktails at the bar and dinner, the service "attitude" was not friendly and welcoming. When we arrived, we were greeted by the hostess or manager (she was definitely a person in authority) and when we explained being early for our reservation and preferring to have cocktails at the bar as we waited for the for one of our guests to arrive, she appeared somewhat inconvenienced and annoyed, however did accommodate us in the bar. The bartender proceeded to clean the area where we sat, knowing we were new customers, however neglected to ask for our order. After sitting for an extended amount of time as the bartender continued to fill orders for the servers and others at the bar, we had to call his attention to place an order. When our fourth guest arrived, the bartender acknowledged her, and explained he had other orders to fill and would return, missing the request for a glass of pinot wine. We again sat for an extended amount of time, until our guest called his attention to requesting a glass of wine. After cocktails at the bar, we relocated to our table in the dining room. The bus-person was the friendliest of all- greeting us with a friendly personality and providing water, we assumed he would be our server. Our server arrived and curtly asked for our order without allowing any time to review the menu. We responding not having time to look at the menu and asking if there were any specials, she responded again curtly, "Everything is on the menu!" When an order for tomato soup was returned because it was a bowl of marinara sauce, the hostess/manager returned with another soup option, again somewhat "put out" and never expressing apology for the customer's dissatisfaction. Although some of the items we ordered were delicious, the overall meal was unusually expensive "i.e. paying for bread & butter) and the service was disappointing.

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l
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorite restaurants. Inventive cuisine covers everything from sushi to burgers to steak. Great wine and beer lists, friendly and attentive staff. Always a treat.

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VM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting and it was amazing! It was 8 courses and our server was incredibly knowledgeable about where the food was sourced as well as drink pairings. We had the best time!

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SP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service issue at the beginning but was turned around quickly. Food was great as usual. Disappointed with Beet salad. It was literally only beets on a plate. Should have had some type of greens and more feta cheese. The shrimp dish had great flavor but needed something like some noodles or rice. Mussels and Sea bass were fantastic. Love this place! Must try.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Having one sever covering the entire front area on a Saturday night is not an efficient system.

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LC
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebration of our friend's karate black belt achievement, and the restaurant was nice enough to honor my written request to have a special card honoring the achievement at the table for her. Our courses were all delicious (especially the bruschetta and the mole sauce), and our server and whole front staff were all impeccable and friendly. A great experience all around!

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JF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time entertaining international business guests at Inovasi. Each time the service, food and ambiance were outstanding and my guests commented as such

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we've been to in a while. It's a bit of a drive for us but we will be returning.

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I did not like the food. The pasta tasted like Ramen noodles. The risotto was more like a creamy rice soup. The steak was pretty good but everything else was not.

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Inovasi, and I was very impressed. The atmosphere, service, food choices and quality were all excellent! I will be returning soon.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have dined at Inovasi many times and have also been to Ladies Night and lunch during the summer months. This dining experience was only so so. The food was hit and miss, some dishes great, others not so much. Service was sporadic. We ordered cocktails (all good) hors d'ouvres, entrees and desserts. Some were good, some just weren't as good as in the past. Noise level was deafening by the end of our dinner so we fled.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Perfect portion sizes. Excellent wine list.

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R
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is eclectic, and delicious. They have gluten free, and vegan options. Desserts sound very unusual, but so amazing. I do find it a little odd that you have to ask for salt and pepper though, there are none on any of the tables. The decor is beautiful, definitely a hidden gem in Lake Bluff

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AM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inovasi was great! It was perfect for our work lunch celebration. The ambiance was beautiful and cozy with the fireplace on a snowy day, and the food options were eclectic, but not too exotic so there was something for everyone.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food is on point and it goes a long way to cover the crappy service. If your goal is to be ignored and want to watch the chef / owner get drunk and make an idiot of himself this is the place for you! Just make sure you sit on the bar side so you can watch it all go down. With proper leadership this place could be so much more.

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MF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, presentation and service were exceptional! We will definitely be returning!

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KO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food very good. Service too. Atmosphere very open and airy. Perfect for a Fri afternoon lunch.
Nashville Hot shrimp was tasty, but not spicy. Maybe there is a way to dial up/down the heat. I did not ask. Really like this place though.

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F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing food and great atmosphere

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MV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Been a long time since last visit. This time was even better. Great experience and hope to be back soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

once again, inovasi outdoes itself with wonderful service and food that somehow is even better than the service. You feel like you're family. Even though it was crazy busy because of Valentine's Day, the staff was friendly, smiled, and make sure our experience was top-notch. When you visit, make sure to leave room for dessert!

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TW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing dining experience!!!! The food and the ambience was amazing and the best part was that the owner hosted us for dinner. THIS IS MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT AND WE ALWAYS GO THERE FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS!!!

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable. The fact that it was Valentine's Day, I expected a little effort to show a hint of the special occasion in the decor.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant with great small plates. Service Was flawless. Mussels were to die for.

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ML
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never get tired of going to Inovasi. The food is wonderful and the staff is outstanding. Every single person I encounter makes me feel like I am the most important customer they have every served!

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JO
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Inovasi are exceptional! This is my favorite spot to meet a friend for drinks. We often stop after work, sit in the bar and have a glass or two of wine and catch up. The servers are always attentive without being intrusive or pushy and are so extremely friendly. Thanks for always being so welcoming!!

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TW
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had an amazing dining experience at Inovasi. We were celebrating our friend being cancer free and John was so nice and he gave us all free desserts!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inovasi offers various sized plates of delicious, locally sourced, mostly gluten free options. We always enjoy our visits.

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PA
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Could not have the menu so ordered ala carte. Very loud. Service was pleasant but we had to ask to have our 1 water bottle filled several times. Food was very salty

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Skuna Salmon with risotto and kale. Very mild, fresh tasting salmon. Wonderful upscale wine list, which works so well with chef's menu. Hard to find such great food and great wine pairings in any other suburban restaurant.

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MS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food creatively prepared. New additions to the menu often keeps things interesting. Wait staff is great...super great! My neighborhood place. Love it.

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l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience! Great food and excellent selection of draft beers and wines.

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TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Innovasi on Saturday and was reminded yet again of why it has become our favorite restaurant. Every time we go, we are always even more impressed than the last time. We now exclusively order the tasting menu and have never been anything less than blown out of the water by the assortment of delicious dishes which we are given. The wine pairings are also just remarkable. Service is meticulous...all of the staff know their menu and the stories and ingredients behind the dishes from heart, and show such enthusiasm and love for the restaurant and food. We look forward to our visits eagerly because we know that every time we come, we will be surprised and pleased with perfectly balanced dishes, things we never thought of putting together but which mesh perfectly, and of course absolutely perfectly cooked food. If I could, I would absolutely have the Innovasi tasting menu every week. It could never get old!

I cannot recommend Innovasi more highly.

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H
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, but on the pricey side. Our waiter was great, however we were his last table of the night and he cut out as soon as we paid. We never got a receipt and nobody else was able to pull one up for us. As it was a business dinner, that was key.

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PL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 11, 2019
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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