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28 E Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044-2565 (Route 176)
+1 847-295-1000
17:30 - 00:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very nice dinner with the family at this coazy restaurant right in the center town of Lake Bluff. We had great apettizers with mushroom risotto and sprouts, and main dishes of trout, ribs, steak and salmon. All dishes were freshly prepared and exquisitely presented. Portions are good and very tasty, with creative flavors and a great variety of... More 

Thank Ramon N
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute little place in downtown Lake Bluff. Nice wine, beer, cocktails selection. Our waitress was adequate although a little chilly. We would go again.

Thank Gemini5930
Lake Bluff, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is very good and the prices aren't expensive. The squash soup was excellent. The entres were good and the dessert were fair. I better effort from the waiters wouldn't hurt.

Thank guillermoluis2013
Greater London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I'd highly recommend Inovasi, especially for special occasions and if you are looking for a place to impress a foodie! We had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding here and it was amazing: service, food, atmosphere, all of it. I arrived early and realised that there had been a miscount in how many people were in our party (my mistake!)--despite... More 

Thank A F
Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

First time here in spite of mixed reviews from great to problems. Saturday night reservation on yelp. On time seating. Waiter was former manager and knew menu and wines expertly. Menu is innovative for burbs. Small plates is interesting. Large plates for single or sharing. Suggested wine was light and uninteresting. Second choice merlot was excellent and acceptable price point.... More 

Thank droffilc
San Francisco
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with an outstanding farm to table menu that updates regularly. The quality of the food as well as the service is unmatched in the area and I can't get there often enough. Burger is great, pork belly is amazing as is everything else on the menu. Salads are also fantastic.

Thank ParkNG O
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Inovasi was recommended by a friend for a group of us from out of town. Fabulous customer service. Brought samples of two different wines to table to assist with selection. Unique menu items. Roasted cauliflower appetizer was very good. Cheese board appetizer I would order again. Loved that they offered "sharing portions" of their entrees. Best trout I've ever had.... More 

Thank Sprout211
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Great Italian food, and a good variety of it. We have eaten there many times when visiting the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff areas. We have been there for lunch and dinner, and always try to make a visit there

Thank sweatypie
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Inovasi used to be a top restaurant for me, considering comparisons to Chicago and HIghwood restaurants ....but when you considered the food, the variable atmosphere (Inovasi having the ability to seat "fine dining" by the fireplace, a nice restaurant in the middle or bar seating all with perfect noise levels). Unfortunately for me, the food has fell off drastically and... More 

Thank PXG
Wilmette, Illinois
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I am a vegan and called ahead to see if they could accommodate me. They exceeded an expectation I had! The dinner was delicious (as were the dinners of everyone we ate with) and everyone we interacted with was so excited about the special meal they had prepared for me. The manager came out to check if the special meal... More 

Thank Allison S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 17
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 E Center Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044-2565
    (Route 176)
  • Public Transportation: Metra Rail stop Lake Bluff, 200 ft from the front door
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Lake Bluff
  • Phone Number: +1 847-295-1000
We're a casual, contemporary American restaurant. The focus is on fresh, local and often organic ingredients and products on an ever-changing menu. Inovasi's menu is similarly portioned veggie, meat and seafood dishes. Smaller than full-size entrees but larger than tapas or small plates, Inovasi's menu ranges from $8-$16, with most dishes hovering around the $10 mark. Everything is designed so people can try multiple dishes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?