Inovasi

4.6
1330 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 2 per table)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 7, 2019

Ends: February 8, 2118

Availability: Fri-Sat 8:15PM-9:30PM

What 1330 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
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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F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 8, 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
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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 27, 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 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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 20, 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 13, 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 12, 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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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
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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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Inovasi is one of the best!

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

An underrated restaurant year after year. Food is always good to great. Cocktail menu and offering is spot on. Just a good overall place. Ambience is good to great but not spectacular.

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

I don't write restaurant reviews, but Inovasi is worth an exception.
After a couple of experiences with their tasting menu, I can say with confidence that the chef is creative, the food is delicious, and the waiter (Adam) is as knowledgeable and passionate about the food he's serving as any waiter I've met.
If you're considering it, this place is worth a try.

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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
31 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
59 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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OT
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
24 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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