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“Great Food for a Small Town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Inovasi

Inovasi
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Ranked #3 of 34 Restaurants in Lake Bluff
Price range: $10 - $17
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 176
Transit: Metra Rail stop Lake Bluff, 200 ft from the front door
Description: 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.
Lake Bluff, IL
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Food for a Small Town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

This local restaurant was featured on PBS's "Check Please" and received rave reviews. The owner/chef John DeRossiers makes careful choices on locally sourced foods and chooses dishes based on seasonal selections. The fare is excellent. But it is "small plates," and a bit on the expensive side for some.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Ironmary
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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Ahead of Its Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Inovasi innovates by serving small, medium, and large plates of locally sourced, fresh foods prepared with interesting spicing and sometimes unexpected presentation. This allows every appetite to be satisfied. Tuesday night is hamburger night, featuring every assortment of toppings from the best of the ordinary (a sharp Wi cheddar with carmelized onions) to the unusual (a breakfast burger with bacon and an egg atop) to the inventive (the spiciest burger ever--truly mouthwatering and tear-producing). The menu always has fish, chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian options, soups, salads, and yummy desserts. Chef John has always been open to ways to improve all aspects of the dining experience, so if you have a comment, make it to your waiter. Inovasi offers an extensive wine and craft beer selection and even will give you a sample to help you decide. Those with an educated palate will find satisfying dining with the convenience of a suburban restaurant at Inovasi. It's a gem and we're lucky to have it in Lake Bluff.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank readyforanything2011
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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Needs to step it up”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Food inconsistent. Selection of wines by the glass are very mediocre…pours are very short… he needs to step it up…vivst Markey house in LF

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank christinas177
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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Our Local Favorite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of our very favorite restaurants in our area and one we frequent often. The food is excellent and innovative, the ambiance comfortable and the staff attentive. Not only that, but it's reasonably priced.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank ELP733
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Nashville, Tennessee
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Atmosphere is excellent! The service was great. Food was very good! Portions were on the very small side for the price. Overall I would definitely visit again!

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank grintica
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