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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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Mon - Sat 17:30 - 00:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

And I’ve had a lot of mussels in different cities and countries. But never prepared with this type of sauce. Not a fan of sea food? Menu selection offers enough choices of veggies and meats as well. For 4 adults, we got a bunch of appetizers (the mussels , pork belly, bone marrow, roasted cauliflower) and big entrees (salmon and... More 

Thank lovetotravelIl
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've enjoyed meals here from a casual lunch after a bike ride, sitting at outdoor tables, to celebratory birthday dinners with wine. The food is consistently good, with locally sourced ingredients and helpful waitstaff.

Thank Fran S
Calgary, Canada
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

went with group of 10 people. No one complained about meal. Service was fast. Good selection of items to choose from. parking on street. Quiet neighborhood.

Thank Tom H
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

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
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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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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116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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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 

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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
USD 10 - USD 17
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?