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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

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (21)
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Special Occasion (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
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Casual (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (9)
Cozy (8)
Organic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Fun (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great Valentine's evening, and the Ino team took every measure to make our visit pleasurable. Love that place!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Love, love Inovasi! Can always count on the highest quality food, presentation and service. Such a gem!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Every bite was delightful! We will be back soon to try some other things on the menu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Went to meet a friend for lunch. Had the chicken sandwich with fries which was delicious
Service excellent.
I’d been in the night before and the music had been too loud and this visit they turned it down to be more acceptable

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Reliable. Great well conceived dishes every time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love Inovasi for date night! Great food and spirits. Highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Vegetable lasagna and brisket are recommended from tonight’s selection. Service was efficient on this busy evening , but tables were slow to be cleared. Over all a very good dinner

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Met a couple of friends for lunch. We like your restaurant and your staff is extremely friendly. A little out of our way, but we’d do it again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was interesting and tasted great. Jennifer our server was very good!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We love Inovasi-the food is delicious, cocktails stellar, our server was wonderful, but we were told “the bartender was “new and having trouble keeping up”. Drinks were a bit delayed, but otherwise all good!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had not dined at Invosi for several years. We were very pleased with our return experience.

The menu is unconventional, offering new takes. This is a strong point of Inovasi.

Service is outstanding.

We'll return soon.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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!

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Another great dinner at Inovasi. Food combinations are always creative and delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The family style (chefs selection) was one of our best meals ever. Hands down. Great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

I absolutely cannot say enough about this gem of restaurant! We loved our meals! Jen, our server, was outstanding and made everything really enjoyable!
Love!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We enjoy stopping for Happy Hour. The prices are great! Tonight we tried the Blue Crab crostini. It was spicy & delicious! A real treat! Definitely something we will try again soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always, I sooooooo love Inovasi. It is our go to place for special occasions and
amazing food. We were there for New Year's Eve and it was awesome like it always is!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was good but unless you order a large plate it is not enough food for dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Menu has become more limited. Harder to find something we like.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Six of us shared lunch- everyone loved their entree, the service and the ambiance of the restaurant. Inovasi keeps perfecting the perfect.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food but the restaurant was a bit chilly inside. We were only one table from the fire, but with weather outside being about 6F and the dining area having big windows my toes never got warm!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always an excellent meal!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Always a great meal, great service!!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A neighborhood gem!
Inovasi has a unique menu including one of a kind SUSHI. But don’t forget to save room for the GLUTEN FREE desserts. Not only are they elegantly presented, are delicious!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 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 4, 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
 (London)·Dined on December 4, 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 24, 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 20, 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 14, 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 10, 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 4, 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 26, 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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