It is his passion for excellence, beaming hospitality and tireless work that have been the hallmarks of John's 30+ years as one of the Capital Region’s most popular chefs. He is known for his outstanding food that he serves to "real" people in a fun and unassuming style. His simple philosophy has always been "put the love on plate." In doing this, people feel comfortable when reading his menus and do not feel as if they need to be a chef themselves to understand it. Inspired food and service in an unassuming manner with outstanding hospitality!
Join us @ 9:30 for Mother's Day Brunch
May 9, 2021 only
Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMMake a 9:30 reservation for Mother's Day and your table will enjoy an order of house-made Cookies & Cream Sticky Buns or Assorted Scones
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Ahi Tuna Salad
seared rare / chopped greens / cashews / chow mein noodles / red onion / red pepper / ginger soy dressing / crisp wonton
Lobster Grilled Cheese
butter poached lobster / ciabatta bread / Havarti cheese / garlic tarragon butter
ground salmon / pickled cucumbers / arugula / worcestershire aioli / red onion / toasted roll
Too noisy for conversation, food is not high quality. One step above a chain. Disappointing since it is advertised as a gastropub.
This is one of the best restaurants in the Albany area. It has a wonderful, modern, yet casual feel and the food is AMAZING! A great place to meet family or office workers for a drink from their curated menu or from the wide selection of alcohol available. Additionally, they are going above and beyond to ensure their customers are safe during COVID. Make your reservations NOW. You won't be sorry!!!
It was a chilly night, but the back corner of their heated patio was perfect!
Very good. I think we just got unlucky with our waitress. Felt like she disappeared a few times, 2/4 in our party sat with empty glasses for way too long— twice. Offered dessert to us twice and when we asked to have an after dinner drink instead she basically said no. To be fair, it was just about closing time but felt weird to have her offer dessert but deny the drink. Oh well, food was good!
Pleasant and competent service; delicious food; a good pinot noir by the glass; fish tacos were great as was the rigatoni - we’ll be back!
Amazing as always thanks to Tina snd John
Innovo food is always great! The atmosphere was a bit loud for having a casual dinner with the hubby, but the tables were nicely separated and had outside heated area !!
Great food and service!
Great food and service
We usually have a great meal here... but something was off on this visit. Service was extremely slow (and they were not that busy). I think they forgot about our food order. In addition, the burger my son had was horrible?? Coincidentally, he had a burger there a week prior and loved it. Again... something was off that night.
The Large Plates continue to under-wow me.. I should have stuck to my previous habits there. Braciole was dry, not melt in your mouth like the version I make. Pasta was passed thru the sauce so that a very little bit remained on the noodles. Chowder was excellent. Next time it will be soup & salad or small plates for me. Husband enjoyed the pork chop and friends enjoyed the baked cod and the pasta with the roasted pumpkin.
Met two friends for lunch. Great outdoor location with a fireplace and overhead heat for chilly days! Plenty of hand sanitizer and no touch menu. We had the black bean burger, I burger and chicken and waffles and all were delicious. Our server was attentive, polite and informative.
Food, service and drinks were all fantastic. It was a little on the pricey side but we felt it was worth it.
Great meal at Innovo as usual! Shared appetizers including pork buns, one of the yummy hot dogs and grilled cheese.
Really enjoyed my veal meatloaf with mashed potatoes and greens. My wife had the Milanese chicken. Started out with martinis which were terrific. This is definitely a go to place.
It was delish. Food is so good. Can’t wait to go back. Love it. Our server was so nice and understand as we took a while to order as we were busy catching up/
Wonderful restaurant! The food is superb as is the ambiance and service. The food is always special and incredibly tasty and innovative. John and Tina are truly amazing and every dining experience is so memorable.
Always great food and dining experience. One of the best restaurants in Albany
My sister's salad came with chicken instead of the salmon she ordered. It took 20 minutes for her salad with salmon to arrive.
Late dinner. Service was amazing, menu was diverse and food was fabulous. Outdoor seating was great
The food and atmosphere was amazing
Our food was outstanding. The waitress was great .
The food is always great. The ingredients are fresh and the menu is varied. The owners are on premises most of the time and ensure everything is world class.
The outside seating is comfortable the service is friendly.
Food and drinks were delicious! Portions are very generous, and we were very happy they do have a children's menu. Would recommend and we will visit again in the near future.
Service was poor waitress was unconcerned with out table and poorly trained. Spilled water all over table and said whoops and walked away. She then came back with out drinks and open a can of beer and sprayed it all over my wife. She did not tell us any of the specials, did not give the restaurant's bean dip just a very poorly trained server who did not give a dam how she treated her guests.
So good to go out again and safely! Good outdoor seating, fireplace, heaters ( if needed). No touch menu. Great, thoughtful service!
First meal out in a year
Food wasn’t great. Service was ok. Nice facility and ambiance. Great outdoor seating.
Great selection for Easter Brunch! The Breakfast Burrito was delicious.
We love Innovo!! It’s consistent and delicious whether you eat-in or get take-out!! The staff are always friendly, we cannot recommend them enough!
We were promptly seated at a clean table with our very own hand sanitizer bottle on the table. We were seated across from a giant table filled with cambros and delivery gear. While it seemed like they needed the space to socially distance people and store their unused gear, it was an eyesore and ruined the ambience. We were quickly brought crispy everything seeded bread sticks and a bean dip and ordered our drinks and the kobayashi boa buns. Drinks and appetizer arrived fast and were delicious. They were flavorful and did not skimp on any of the ingredients. For our mains we ordered the I-burger and the veal meatloaf. The meatloaf was tender and had a good flavor profile. The burger was however a bit of a disappointment. It came out with a great presentation, looked very large / filling and was hot to the touch. The french fries were jam packed into their container and perfectly crispy but lacked seasoning. After eating a few fries I went to pick up the burger and the brioche bun completely flattened. All the juices from the burger absorbed into the bun and completely turned it into a soggy mess. As I bit into the burger the bun became almost non-existent. This was disappointing because a good burger needs a well supportive bun. The burger also had an overly powerful sweet flavoring from the onion jam and could have used some more seasoning. As I ate the burger I realized it was over cooked medium-well/ well which led to a very tough bite (I ordered it medium rare). For dessert we ordered a 3 layer mousse which had a good balance of flavor and sweetness. Overall this meal was pleasant but we felt the atmosphere and service could use improvement. We felt rushed and the server did not really check back in with us as servers typically do. We understand they want to keep meals limited to 90 minutes for a high turnover (according to table signage) but our meal wasn't more than 50 minutes and could have been more enjoyable if paced.
This is a killer burger when prepared correctly and a very popular menu item. We are sorry your wasn't prepared to our standards. As far as our ambience and "unused" gear on tables, these are delivery bags we use daily. We have lost half our seating, these tables are generating revenue by being used for take out. We have no storage for the take out supplies needed. Most guests appreciate that Take Out has kept us alive through a tough year and accept the "gear" being neatly stacked on tables.
Food, as always, was great!
I enjoyed sitting outside very much, and had great service. One minor annoyance: I purchased a $26 lobster grilled cheese, and was asked what side I wanted. She gave me a list of choices, and I chose onion rings. When the bill came there was a $3 up charge, which was never mentioned. On a $130 bill for 2 grownups and a child, it felt stingy.
Food was stunningly good, quite memorable. This was the first of what promises to be many happy returns. Modern decor, sparkling clean, great service. Excellent!
Our dinner at Innovo was excellent, from the food to the service.
Outstanding! Initially, we were concerned about the strip mall locations (without having visited prior) but that proved to be a non-issue as the corner location in a new retail development with a large, open floor plan ended up contributing to the overall positive experience.
Attentive/professional service with creative/tasty menu items and excellent drink service was a winning combination. An overall excellent dining experience.
Unpretentious great food. Cocktails are masterfully crafted.
Amazing as always, the ONLY, restaurant we’ve gone to during the pandemic. Their safety measures are visible and practical and their take out options are amazing as well. Kudos to Innovo Kitchen.
1st time dining at a restaurant with friends since March ‘20, now that we all are fully vaccinated. Plus it was a gorgeous day to be outdoors on your patio.
A great experience & happy to be back at Innovo.
Innovo Kitchen never disappoints. Never. Our 7 year old even said that it was amazing. My husband enjoys their lamb burger and gets it almost every time. I get something different every time, and this time I had the Cod Fish ragu. I had the leftovers for breakfast. It was delicious. We also had the fish tacos which were great. Our server, Antolina (I hope I got that right) was fantastic. This was a very impromptu outing since we have mostly been home. Pre-pandemic, Innovo was one of our favorite places to have a date or family dinner. Nothing has changed.
This will be my new go-to place to eat. Food was great and service was better than Jack's in Albany.
Innovo Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 608-1466.
Innovo Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 1245 OpenTable diners.
Innovo Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/2077/innovo-kitchen.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.