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
Mid-week it was easy to find a place to sit in the bar, which was cozy and warm on a chilly evening. The Spanish Mussels were excellent as always, we asked for extra focaccia bread which they grilled for us to order as the sauce was wonderful. Crispy chicken and the Steak dish were cooked perfectly but wish there was a beef bourguignon styled comfort-food dish for the colder months.
They're breaking in some new wait staff and the bartender was also a recent addition, the service was a little slower than usual but everyone was cheerful and accommodating.
We have been going to the restuarant for aorund 8 years, maybe 3 times a year. It has gone slowly downhill over that time. At the begining they were doing big tasting menus and the food was fantastic, this last visit was for St V day. Always a tricky day. Set menu, each course was pretty bland finshing with the deserts that tasted like they were brought in from a local grocery store. It's a shame, we use to love this place. We will sit it out for a while.
I requested in front of the fireplace. We were seated to the side because a family was there with a toddler - seriously? And when I asked to be moved to the table once they were done the waitress said she would help us do that. She did not. Another couple was seated there. Grrrrr. The waitress was inattentive. We had to ask for wine glasses to be filled and by the time she asked if we wanted more coffee we were tired of waiting. It was not that crowded. Thankfully the food was outstanding. Presentations were attractive and hot. Herbs were used beautifully for a crispy chicken. Pasta was cheesy and rich with vegetables that were not over cooked. The carrot cake arrived looking like an Art Deco display and tasted divine. The lighting is soft and the tables are comfortable and sleek. Innovasi is a really lovely place for a fancy date. I just wish our waitress’s attention had been as fine. She was pleasant, but not alert.
The food was fantastic; creative and delicious. There are great gluten free options including dessert. We shared a couple of items and also asked if they could do a side of the brussel sprouts that came with a different item and they were happy to accommodate. It was my daughhter's birthday and the chef sent out a special dessert he was trying out some modifications on in addition to the one we ordered. It was artfully arranged carrot cake pieces with ice cream and we loved it. The menu includes a list of local sources for their ingredients. We were there early for dinner so noise level was very quiet but we didn't have any issue as it filled up. The atmosphere is cozy with a fireplace at one end of the dining room. Highly recommend.
Great place to gather with neighborhood ladies for drinks. They offer a wonderful bar and drinks. It's a bonus that is a walk-to location and often see other neighbors/friends. Staff is wonderful and experience is always pleasant/inviting. Thanks for keeping it accessible to our community!
There was a time when we were such regulars at Inovasi we knew the servers well enough to have conversations about our families. But as the food and service became more inconsistent and declined, we found ourselves drifting away from the restaurant. We returned last night after an absence of nearly a year and were pleasantly surprised. Every dish we had was full of robust, interesting flavors. We especially enjoyed the brioche, the calamari, and the beet salad. Our server, Ann, was knowledgeable about the menu, personable, and attentive. It reminded us of the Inovasi of old. We will be back soon. If the consistency can be maintained, perhaps we will be regulars again.
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.
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!
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.
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