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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

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (9)
Healthy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Organic (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Romantic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Fun (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·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 10, 2018

Service: Our server was attentive and went over the dishes with us in detail, as well as answering any questions we had.

Food: I was recommended and had the opportunity to try their family style tasting menu. Honestly, everything was delicious. The vegetables were roasted to the right degree of caramelization/crispiness, the crispy calamari was melt in my mouth tender, the Wisconsin sirloin with flavor while being an extremely lean cut of meat. My favorite was still the lamb, which was complemented by an excellent garnishes and sauces.

Drinks: I had sips of 2 different pre-dinner cocktails which were all amazing. We had an excellent corvina to accompany our meal recommended by Mr. B

I love eating good food, and it is clear there is pride in the quality and preparation here. Restaurant is managed by a great fashion, vision and talent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 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 January 1, 2018

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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 (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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·Dined on December 30, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We love the new menu, become regulars. Great service and great food.

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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 23, 2017

Always an excellent meal!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 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 17, 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 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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