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.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking around the building, a parking lot across the street from the post office, and parking at the train station available.
Metra Rail stop Lake Bluff only 200 ft from our front door!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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!
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.
I really love Inovasi! We were just there with friends for Burger Night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I love seeing the menus change for the seasons and I also like the fact that depending on how hungry I am, I can tailor my meal. I LOVE the Ino Gin and Tonic! We will be back!
Food was excellent! So fresh and delicious! Only complaint was that there was only one waitress for the inner dining area, so she became quickly busy. Not her fault, as it seemed understaffed. She was great until more tables came in. Then it took 25 minutes to get a glass of wine. Otherwise, very satisfied.
Avocado bruschetta was outstanding! Also, the grouper. However the men ordered cheeseburgers medium rare. They actually were well done. They really should have said something, but did not...I am sure the restaurant would have fixed the problem. I would definitely return.....if just to sit in bar area and have bruschetta and another app.
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