Innovo Kitchen

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Gastro Pub
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Casual
Chef John LaPosta has had a long and exciting career path which has landed him in the restaurant of his dreams. Along with his partner, Tina Kruger, he has created a wonderful American Gastropub full of great energy, fine hospitality, and of course, outstanding food. For nearly the past decade, they owned and operated the highly successful Maestros in Saratoga Springs, which they sold in July of 2015.

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!
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L
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing and John our waiter was very attentive to us! Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Really impressive.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Date night with hubby. Sat outside on covered patio which was heated, very cozy and enjoyable. Server was extremely polite but very slow which we didn’t really mind since we were in no rush except for a request, see below. Cocktails were very good and lots of varieties offered. Wing appetizer was good, entree was steak salad and burger was also good. Asked for a glass of wine when dinner was delivered and wine came after dinner had been eaten, 25 minutes later. Overall, service was okay, food was average, atmosphere was excellent. Would visit again for the covered patio atmosphere since there are not a lot of restaurants that offer it and maybe cocktails.

b
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at Innovo often! Last night met friends for a quick bite. The food is always good with lots of choice from small plates to dinners. Good wine/ drink selection. We actually followed some great suggestions from our server, George. The blood orange old fashioned was a hit as was the house red wine. Brisket sandwiches are made with house smoked beef and did not disappoint! The chicken pasta dish was delicious. This restaurant is on our “ regular rotation”.

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Innovo. We shared the watermelon tomato burrata. Companions decided that the combination will now be a summer feature when they return to Rochester. They also consider themselves Chicken “French” experts and gave it a 👍🏽. My chicken taco was sumptuous with texture and flavor.
A very nice evening!

BD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Meals took 40 to arrive after apps. One meal was barely warm but didn’t want to wait to have a new one made

R
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to bring Mom from out of state to experience our delightful Innovo Kitchen! The super friendly hostess brought us to our table where we soon met our charming server, Lendell. What a special time we had! Lendell brought our drinks right away and put our food order in. We enjoyed the white bean dip and the fresh baked flatbread. The Crispy Kale salad was tasty and smokey, better even than expected. Even though the entrees were a bit delayed, Lendell kept us posted, making sure we knew we weren’t forgotten. Mom loved the scallops, prepared perfectly. The crab cakes I had were delicious as always. By the time we finished we were stuffed and happy. We’ll be back soon, of course!

MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely meal outside on the patio under the warmth of the patio heaters. Our server, Candace was attentive and a joy!

JR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as always was great...our waiter made the dinner even better. We’ll be back soon

HI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, prepared with great attention to detail. Welcoming ambiance and Liz took great care of us.

DB
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son is a student at Siena College. Every ting we come to town we enjoy a wonderful meal. We can back the next day.

AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came to innovu kitchen to celebrate our anniversary with our family, it was our first time and it wont be our last. Our server Candace was an expert in hospitality as well as very knowledgeable. She explained the menu excellently and was able to give us some well received suggestions. Overall it was wonderful and we cant wait to return. Thank you for a wonderful 21st anniversary dinner!

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The service was good as well. Evrything was explained, and we didn't need to wait for very long. Definitely coming back.

c
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our butter poached lobster rolls were beyond excellent. The crab Louis salad we shared was the best either of us had ever had. A great hidden gem.

DJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

All four of us selected from the brunch menu on a Sat. The drinks were delicious. The food was good and presented beautifully. I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken crust was on burnt side of crispy and very dense. I sat the crust aside. The waffle and gravy was great though! ! Everyone was “ok” with their meals but not overly impressed. Our server was the highlight of our 1st experience there. Felt it was a bit overpriced although the quality of the ingredients and creativity of the menu items were both impressive. I’ll try it for dinner in the future.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the lobster roll special. I ordered the hot poached roll, my husband ordered the cold. Both were fabulous! We ate on the patio, it was lovely. We love Innovo!!

MC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! We’ve never a bad meal and love that they change up the menu each season.

H
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner was very good but we would love to see an updated dessert menu. As always a great meal!

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Server was friendly and attentive. Food was prompt and delivered as ordered. The sandwiches we ate were underwhelming. We lost our appetite due to many many house flies visiting our and nearby tables.

L
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was wonderful. Slightly louder but it was a busy Saturday night, nothing that bothered us.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently good food and attentive service!

JA
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Legit Lamb Burger. Great cocktails at an affordable price. Good summer specials and seasonality to the menu. We had 9 different plates between salad and small plates. All were right on. Thanks for a cool meal.

ZC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t wait to return. First time visit for a business lunch. Great open atmosphere. Greeted warmly. Outstanding food. Crispy kale salad with salmon was generous, fresh and absolutely delicious. Chocolate bark nice touch. I’ll be a regular!

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Years ago, wife & I were sort of regulars at Chef LaPosta's Maestro's restaurant (the tiny little 1st one) in Saratoga Springs. We know what a great chef he is. So we went for the 1st time to innovo kitchen with high expectations. Big disappointment. Ambiance is interesting, but sound level deafening. Chairs are unbearably uncomfortable. Service slow, and server very inexperienced (was given the wrong bill). With 1 exception, food was mediocre. Certainly not prepared by Chef LaPosta. Laposta's signature pre-app of bean dip with seeded crisps was a dismal start. The dip was tasteless and the crisps anything but that. My smoked brisket sandwich was edible, but the beef was dry and lacked much flavor. The slaw topping had flavors that didn't work well together. Wife's pork dumpling sandwich was boring with vague notes of soy sauce and ginger with other odd items that did not seem to work. My ale steamed clams, however were a 5-star delight.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we’ve gone there, it’s always been an exceptional experience. This time was no different.

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Innovo and have never had a bad experience! Our server, Alexandr F, is amazing and very knowledgeable about the menu!! I will definitely be returning in the future!

JB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal as always, perfect for an anniversary celebration. The crab cakes were superb, filled with crab and the minimal amount of filler. My wife's turkey club/sub was definitely elevated. Can't wait for the next time.

Y
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We are regular customers. Food is always 1st class and our server, Vincent, who we have had many times is absolutely fantastic. Entrees are a bit pricey but the food is so good that we overlook the prices. The restaurant is generally very noisy which can be annoying when trying to converse with folks at our table. The acoustics were badly planned. However, we will continue to frequent this restaurant since the great food and service are worth the trip.

SB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time catching up with my friend and the staff were so nice.

T
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this place! Amazing food, great service. Drinks were okay - but not terrible. A great place for a gathering of friends of family! Yum

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter at Innovo was friendly and efficient, and overall we had a great date night experience. He also gave us complementary chocolate at the end, which was the perfect way to end the meal!

GN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD EXCELLENT
VERY GOOD CHOICES
SERVICE TOP NOTCH.
WOULD GO BACK OFTEN.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Ran out of special before 6 pm and gave us wrong doggie bags to take home!

JH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Side order of bacon was forgotten, then brought underdone.
Breakfast potatoes were not warm.
Waiter never asked if we wanted more coffee/tea.
Disappointed this time around.

JS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Has become one of our go to places. Close to home & never disappoints!

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab cakes were outstanding and would highly recommend!

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. I love trying new flavor combinations. The service was great. Perfect spot for our anniversary dinner. Casual yet still special.

NH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very loud, difficult for a date night. Server aas excellent, duck sandwich was excellent but overall food tended to be salty.

H
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was always good

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent menu with wide variety of interesting and different selections with a wide range of prices. Food was very good with a great bean dip and bread on the house. Only negative is the noise level is high, even on a night that was not overly crowded. This is well worth a try

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