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About Inovasi

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 walk through our door and experience the uncompromised quality of these ingredients that help create a layered depth and richness of flavors in the food we serve.

28 E. Center Ave
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Burgers, American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Route 176

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 295-1000

Website:
http://inovasi.us/

Parking Details:
Street parking around the building, a parking lot across the street from the post office, and parking at the train station available.

Public Transit:
Metra Rail stop Lake Bluff only 200 ft from our front door!

Executive Chef:
John des Rosiers

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.

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

Inovasi Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Healthy (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Organic (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Seasonal (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Romantic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A neighborhood gem. A rare find in the suburbs. Do not miss dining here. Unique, quality choices. Eclectic menu

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always creative, tasty food and great service. Yesterday for a business meal, greeted by name, didn’t have to order my usual drink (it just came). Introduced a colleague to Inovasi.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Organic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Tried the Burrata appetizer from the Happy Hour menu tonight and were very pleasantly surprised. Delicious and substantial! We'll do it again! Hoping the Grilled Cheese is put back on the menu soon too!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Definitely a gluten-free paradise! Just about everything on the menu is or can be made GF. The kitchen is great about altering the menu (and cocktails) to meet diners requests, even if it's switching out the protein in the special of the day. Having been to Inovasi several times with this same group of friends, we all agreed the food was exceptionally good this time. Everything was full of flavor, fresh, and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious winter items added to their menus. We really enjoyed all of them. Service was great and very attentive.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Enjoyed another great meal at inovasi. Always appreciate the locally sourced produce and meats and great service.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

New sushi menu is excellent. Quality and flavor of the sushi we tried was outstanding. We love this restaurant (always have) and will continue to come back often. Fall menu had many new and interesting offerings. We shared two chicken dishes and both were delicious. Highly recommend!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Had a lovely early dinner an Inovasi. We tried quite a few dishes, which were all excellent. We were particularly impressed by the duck confit, Bank Lane Salad, and the sushi. The desserts are always good.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everyone’s food was exceptional. I enjoyed the thick creamy fish chowder, potatoes were sweet and soft, fish melted in my mouth, thick bacon, delicious! This is a small/medium/large plate menu, but when asked how many the plates served, our server’s response was 1, 2, or more...not helpful. We all just ended up ordering an individual medium plate and it was plenty for 1.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful meal - 3 course Family Style dinner was more like a delicious tasting menu of 10-15 individual items! Great wine & great company. Top notch food at reasonable prices - don't miss out on a great meal! 😊

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went there for my fiance's birthday. Mentioned that it was her birthday on Open table and they acknowledged it throughout out the night and were extremely hospitable. Wonder night and dinner!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We tried the Family Dining option and had 3 wonderful courses with great selections on each one. All the dishes were really good, and we particularly enjoyed the salad, fresh cod chowder, sushi, and chocolate cake.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have been to Inovasi a number of times and have always enjoyed it. On this visit I went with a group of 5 and we decided to have the "family style," meal, where you let the kitchen choose what dishes you will have, served in several waves of food corresponding to the categories on the menu of small, medium and larger plates (plus dessert). The array of food was way beyond our exceptions for the extremely reasonable price. We were hungry at the start and dug right in, but eventually wished we had paced ourselves a little better for the final savory courses which included duck confit with a butternut squash stew, smoked brisket, and mussels in a creamy tomato sauce. Along the way we had burrata, a selection of sushi and poke, calamari and Japanese fried rice. The noise volume was challenging when we arrived at 8 p.m. on Friday night, but calmed down considerably with 30 minutes or so. Cocktails and wine offerings also notable and good value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had the best dinner ever at Inovasi.
We were served by the general manager. They were very busy however they were able to accommodate us. We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. From calamari to muscles to bank Lane salad all very good for the first course. Second course was even better they add some sushi, Cod chowder, grilled mahi mahi. For dessert we had chocolate for two carrot cake and creme brulee. Thank you and I want to see the best restaurants in North Shore.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is of high quality. Family style dining is beyond expectations!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The family style dinner was amazing. We also ordered wine pairings with our tasting menu. Mr. B was very generous with parings. Everyone have passion for hospitality at Inovasi. We love dining there every week.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service was outstanding. The Family Style dinner option is an incredible value. We will definitely visit again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good atmosphere and the service was quite good. Unfortunately the food was not good at all. Maybe a couple bad picks from the menu. We won't know. We won't be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday recently. We had been to Inovasi once before and found it to special in terms of creative, and well prepared dishes. And was curious why there was such a wide range of reviews. Our experience was excellent...Food was great and service by Adam was
also noteworthy. We had , calamari, squash soup, fried rice, duck confit, and the brisket among other items. We would go back without hesitation for another special evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very attentive staff! Food was delicious. Hope to make it back for another visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Always a great meal every time we go.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is such a great restaurant. Nice atmosphere and really great, creative food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had a great time, thank you Inovasi.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We want to enjoy the happy hour in the bar. We were seated promptly and warmly greeted upon arrival. Our server was OK. She took our drink orders but they were slow to arrive. The same for our food, 20 minutes after we ordered. The Spanish mussels, though small were very tasty. The flatbread was OK, but dry.
The bar area was very noisy, despite a small crowd.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I hadn't been to Inovasi in quite a while and it was not quite as good as my previous visits. The menu was a little disjointed and it was difficult to find multiple dishes that went together well.
That said the meal was delicious and it is still a great restaurant for any nice occasion.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Inovasi is a Lake Bluff gem. I highly recommend it for a romantic date -- my husband and I had our first date here, and we just celebrated the 7th anniversary of our meeting with another great dinner at Inovasi. The staff could not have been more wonderful in helping us celebrate that delightful/fateful evening. You can meet for a drink, the food is excellent, the place is quiet enough to talk, the outdoor dining is also lovely, AND you can go for a romantic walk on the beach afterwards. Worked for us...

Over the years, our enthusiasm for the food at Inovasi has varied -- it has been through a few chefs in 7 years. Most meals have at least one thing that is just incredible -- this time it was the corn and crab chowder. (I mean Michelin star incredible, it was outstanding). My pasta dish was excellent, as was the sushi roll we shared for an appetizer. So I would say the new chef is a winner (and I am looking forward to going for all all-sushi dinner soon). I should add, Inovasi has a talented bartender (you can come for a drink and watch sports on the tv). (Or chat with your date.)

Thanks, Inovasi. You have been a treasured part of our life in Lake Bluff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Awesome food and great people! This gem will never let you down. They really emphasize quality local ingredients and you can taste the difference!

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great experience!!!!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great meal again, in the bar. Enjoyed everything - roasted cauliflower, mussels, beet salad, flatbread and crispy pork. Nice beer and wine lists, service nice too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Fantastic creative preparations, local ingredients, and great service. A family favorite.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It has been awhile since I've eaten here. What a mistake. The food was excellent as well as the service. Avocado bruschetta, cucumber soup, and Japanese fried rice were superb. The tomato salad was excellent, except it could have had more tomatoes.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were so happy with our decision to come to Inovasi!! Local food, organic, gluten-free...it's a health conscious person's dream dinner place. My husband and I had great service and everything was WONDERFUL ( both the look and taste of our meals). Great wine list and cocktails. The bar area was very quaint too. Will definitely be back!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

While the food was tasty, the service was terrible. I think it is a little confusing when there are small, medium and large plates on the menu. Unless the server asks in which order you wish to receive the dishes, there is confusion. This happened to our party and every dish was served at once. Therefore one person was trying to eat his soup while it was hot, while the other appetizer he ordered got cold. The whole experience was rushed and I felt like they wanted to serve us quickly so that they could use our table again. This is not the experience I have had in the past. Portion sizes are nice, even for the medium plates. Aside from there being mushrooms in many dishes, I liked the variety and the fact that there are many gluten free options

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

One of the best meals ever, the hostess, server and the GM Mr.B were very attentive. We will be back soon to enjoy the experience again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Loved the vegan burgers, glad we could get them on non burger nights( aka) Tuesday!!

Thanks

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Always a good place to dine with friends consistent and cheerful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I've been coming to Inovasi since first opened and it just keeps getting better. Chef John is one of the most creative chefs in Chicago and the North Shore is lucky to have him. Great bar, interesting wine list, and menu that changes enough to keep it interesting. Try any chicken on the menu and it will be the best chicken you've ever tasted. Keep up the great work!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Five of us went for Burger Tuesday. Inventive ingredients and delicious fries. One burger was over cooked, but still ok. However, the salt was overpowering. Please cut back on the salt!! Also, change your cocktail menu. Many listed brands were not available. Excellent children's menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Our son graduated from Navy basic training that day and we were looking for a nice place to celebrate. We lucked out and found Inovasi. They have incredible food and wonderful service. We also received a military discount for our sailor. Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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