Inovasi

4.6
1291 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Burgers, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(847) 295-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John des Rosiers
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Private party facilities
Our fireplace room is semi-private and can hold up to 20 guests. Please call us for more details and special party options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 176
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Parking details
Street parking around the building, a parking lot across the street from the post office, and parking at the train station available.
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Public transit
Metra Rail stop Lake Bluff only 200 ft from our front door!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1291 People Are Saying
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l
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
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
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great chef.

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MR
Chicago
2 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
6 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
4 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
25 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
28 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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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the Tasting Menu and requested it be Gluten Free because one of the four of us is GF. It was no problem for them at all and I've never seen my GF friend happier in a restaurant! We all loved the food and the wine pairings were excellent. We found some new favorites. Walking around the cute and surprisingly lively little town of Lake Bluff made it a perfect night!

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PH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places and we are lucky because it is close enough to walk to. They also have a great frequent diner program.

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed a quiet night at this dinner spot. The NY strip was delicious and cooked to perfection. The mashed potatoes were runny (but I like them that way). Had the chocolate cake -- it says for two but really could feed three. It's very rich, so I liked that they paired it with cherries to offset the richness. Love that they try to source locally. Will come again in the summer to enjoy patio dining!

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KA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and great service—we will definitely go back!

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JK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was very engaging and knowledgeable about the menu and food/wine in general. We were promptly seated upon arrival which seems rare these days. Easy parking and tasty cocktails.

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f
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, everything was delicious. I found the shrimp a bit salty but a generous size. Downtown restaurant quality in the burbs.

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific experience with my group of 4. We ordered the prix fixe menu which, at our request, was done completely Gluten Free with no problems. Fabulous wines accompanied. Nice service & great quality. Well done!

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic night out with a friend. Food is fresh and seasonal. Portions were perfect. Our waiter was amazing...attentive and helpful in choosing wine and an entree to pair well with it. We sat by the fireplace and the ambiance was quiet and intimate. The bar looked like it would be a fun place to hang out, as well. Everyone we came in contact with that worked at Inovasi was friendly and warm. It was a wonderful night out.

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and found the food to be outstanding. Of note is the mushroom appetizer. My wife had the sea bass which was exceptional and I had the duck, which was quite good.
The service was also excellent. Would recommend Inovasi's for its creative and tasty dishes.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find in the suburbs. We have low expectations for restaurants in the suburbs and Inovasi exceeded our expectations! Excellent service, great cocktails and delicious food. A perfect Saturday night out.

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around and awesome waiter

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PM
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food and Interesting flavors!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burgers! Always good quality!

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b
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place for a date night. Great food and service.

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JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening from all aspects - great food and service! Always a pleasure to go to Inovasi!

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c
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inovasi is a true gem. I personally would consider it fine dining/new American. It is certainly quite capable of delivering for the foodies from Chicago to the North Shore. I highly recommend it.

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r
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, something new and delicious every time we dine with you.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We've been here before. We were early for our reservation but were still seated right away. There was a little confusion as to whom would be our server and since we waited longer than normal they gave us a few appetizers for free. We told them it wasn't necessary but they insisted. Once that was figured out everything else was great. The salad and also the carrot app was so delicious. I was a little disappointed they don't have filet on their menu but the food was still good. Cocktails were also very good. Bathrooms are clean and bar is nice. Parking surrounds the building since they are on a corner so even when busy its easy to find a spot.

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NS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Inovasi several times and have never been disappointed. This time, we brought friends from out of town. It was a perfect choice. Food was creative and delicious. Our server, Ivan, was friendly and helpful. The dinner was paced perfectly and gave us plenty of time to socialize.

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J
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal on a Monday night. It was not crowded, however, there was a large party with children that were running wild and a baby crying through most of it. It took the fun out of it for us. The service was slow but the food was creative. Would have been more fun outside if the weather had permitted.

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasting menu was a hit especially the variety and presentation.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very attentive and charming. The food was to die for. There were six of us and we decided to order tapas style and there was not one dish that we didn’t love. Wine selection quite remarkable. Can’t wait for the next time I dine here

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