Lovells Of Lake Forest

★★★★☆
  • 915 S Waukegan Rd

    Lake Forest, IL 60045

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  • 847-234-8013

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Lunch hours: Mon - Fri, 11am - 2pm. Dinner hours: Sun - Thu, 5pm - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 5pm - 10pm. Captain's Quarters Bar: Open until 1am on weekends, with live music from 8pm - 11pm

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We went there with a few other couples and were sorely disappointed.

While the atmosphere was pleasant, the service, while efficient, was indifferent and did not make us feel welcome.

The food was just OK -- we had salmon that was bland. In fact, my wife said the fish I made the night before was better -- and all I did was use a mesquite plank and seasoning.

We had made arrangements ahead of time, but did not receive thanks or a greeting from anyone -- which you may expect when your check is nearly $700.

Our dinners ran $38 (for chicken) to $44 for the salmon. No one raved about their dinner (I know I did not) , as it proved to be a mediocre dining experience.

Needless to say, the chance of us going back are slim as there are far better dining experiences in the Chicago area.

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★★☆☆☆

We went there with a few other couples and were sorely disappointed.

While the atmosphere was pleasant, the service, while efficient, was indifferent and did not make us feel welcome.

The food was just OK -- we had salmon that was bland. In fact, my wife said the fish I made the night before was better -- and all I did was use a mesquite plank and seasoning.

We had made arrangements ahead of time, but did not receive thanks or a greeting from anyone -- which you may expect when your check is nearly $700.

Our dinners ran $38 (for chicken) to $44 for the salmon. No one raved about their dinner (I know I did not) , as it proved to be a mediocre dining experience.

Needless to say, the chance of us going back are slim as there are far better dining experiences in the Chicago area.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: prices, mediocre food

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Definitely a 5 star restaurant. It is pricey, but a fabulous dining experience. Classy and Gorgeous building and dining room. If you want to impress someone, take them to Lovells. There is also some great Apollo 13 memorabilia to view.

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★★★★★

Definitely a 5 star restaurant. It is pricey, but a fabulous dining experience. Classy and Gorgeous building and dining room. If you want to impress someone, take them to Lovells. There is also some great Apollo 13 memorabilia to view.

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We eat out at least once a week and visit average to expensive restaurants. So we aren?t new to a good dining experience. My husband and I with another couple went here on a Saturday night and weren?t happy with the service. The food was ok, not great, but not bad.
I had a glass of pinot noir that I liked very much and asked the waiter to bring a bottle for the four of us. The waiter brought the wine list to the table, showed it to one of the men and INSISTED we try something else. He asked me how I liked it I told him it was ok but not as good as the one I intended to order.
Then, not knowing their portions my husband asked the waiter if the crab cake and scallop appetizers were enough for four. He said yes and served us each a scallop and a crab cake. When we got the bill we found the waiter served 8 appetizers (4 of each).
The filet and shrimp entre special had spicy shrimp. I wasn?t told it would be spicy. Nor were we told the side dishes were big enough to share (like they do at Gibson?s).
The next day I was going to call with my complaints but after looking at reviews and reading how arrogant the owner is I decided to go this route. They didn?t win by overselling us they lost because WE WON?T GO BACK. THIS PLACE IS A RIP OFF!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

We eat out at least once a week and visit average to expensive restaurants. So we aren?t new to a good dining experience. My husband and I with another couple went here on a Saturday night and weren?t happy with the service. The food was ok, not great, but not bad.
I had a glass of pinot noir that I liked very much and asked the waiter to bring a bottle for the four of us. The waiter brought the wine list to the table, showed it to one of the men and INSISTED we try something else. He asked me how I liked it I told him it was ok but not as good as the one I intended to order.
Then, not knowing their portions my husband asked the waiter if the crab cake and scallop appetizers were enough for four. He said yes and served us each a scallop and a crab cake. When we got the bill we found the waiter served 8 appetizers (4 of each).
The filet and shrimp entre special had spicy shrimp. I wasn?t told it would be spicy. Nor were we told the side dishes were big enough to share (like they do at Gibson?s).
The next day I was going to call with my complaints but after looking at reviews and reading how arrogant the owner is I decided to go this route. They didn?t win by overselling us they lost because WE WON?T GO BACK. THIS PLACE IS A RIP OFF!!!

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I went to to Lovell's on Valentine's day after a long flight to IL I had no idea it was a 5 star restaurant and proper attire was recommended. The maitre's warmly welcomed us even though we looked weary from our trip. The food was great and the service was the best.

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★★★★★

I went to to Lovell's on Valentine's day after a long flight to IL I had no idea it was a 5 star restaurant and proper attire was recommended. The maitre's warmly welcomed us even though we looked weary from our trip. The food was great and the service was the best.

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Lovells of Lake Forest is owned by the astronaut Jim Lovell and his family, and it's a nice, big restaurant with kind of a country club feel, but without the stuck-up attitude. The main floor is laid out more or less like a house, with many open-ended rooms, so you don't feel like you're in a huge, overwhelming space. The first time I went there was for a breakfast buffet, and it honestly wasn't that great, although my parents loved it. Since then I've been back a couple of times and the food has always been very good after that. It's pretty expensive, but the atmosphere is comfortable and you get what you pay for. The one hilarious thing is the giant mural you see when entering. It was apparently donated by Tom Hanks, and, like most giant murals, it's (dare I say it?) pretty awesomely cheesy.

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★★★★☆

Lovells of Lake Forest is owned by the astronaut Jim Lovell and his family, and it's a nice, big restaurant with kind of a country club feel, but without the stuck-up attitude. The main floor is laid out more or less like a house, with many open-ended rooms, so you don't feel like you're in a huge, overwhelming space. The first time I went there was for a breakfast buffet, and it honestly wasn't that great, although my parents loved it. Since then I've been back a couple of times and the food has always been very good after that. It's pretty expensive, but the atmosphere is comfortable and you get what you pay for. The one hilarious thing is the giant mural you see when entering. It was apparently donated by Tom Hanks, and, like most giant murals, it's (dare I say it?) pretty awesomely cheesy.

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I was there at a party for 30 people (upstairs). What a wonderful, elegant place! The service was great, the food out of this world. Mr. Lovell himself made an appearance - we were all thrilled.

I can't wait to go there again (next time we want to try the ground-floor restaurant).

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★★★★★

I was there at a party for 30 people (upstairs). What a wonderful, elegant place! The service was great, the food out of this world. Mr. Lovell himself made an appearance - we were all thrilled.

I can't wait to go there again (next time we want to try the ground-floor restaurant).

Pros: Food, Building, Location

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This is a nice liftoff for former astronaut Jim Lovell, whose son, James III, is in the kitchen. Just enough creativity, well-chosen ingredients and attention to detail are found in every plate, resulting in pure pleasure. As an appetizer,…

 

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