Reminiscent of a supper club atmosphere, guests relax in comfortable black leather seats near a flagstone brick fireplace and munch on decadent dishes of French onion soup, baked Brie, macadamia nut-crusted Pacific grouper and a petite filet with crabmeat stuffed shrimp. Listen to live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights at the Martini Lounge. $$ Lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sun.
28 E. Center Ave., Lake Bluff, 847-295-1000
Inovasi describes itself as casual, contemporary and American as it showcases artistically styled dishes using locally sustainable ingredients. Diners find small plates such as Brooklyn pizza, organic quinoa balls, and chilled cucumber soup. Medium plates are filled with shrimp and grits, pork belly lasagna and Pennsylvania duck. A tasting menu offers dishes in six courses. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat.
505 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-441-0134
Walk through Corner Cooks — a place for catering, private parties, drinks and appetizers — to find Jerry's, a full service restaurant. This intimate spot offers an eclectic menu with such tempting items as curried chicken salad, skirt steak lettuce wraps, and sea scallops with bacon Parmesan risotto. $$ Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily
Jolane's Restaurant & Bar
1100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-375-6986
Named after the late Jolane Abt, one of the founders of Abt Electronics, this casual yet upscale restaurant and bar features contemporary cuisine with a European flair. The menu offers a variety of salads, pastas, entrees, libations, gourmet coffee and decadent pastries. Signature dishes include chicken and pork schnitzel, a variety of spaetzle and Jolane's chicken pot pie. $$ Lunch and dinner daily
Lovell's of Lake Forest
915 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, 847-234-8013
Famed Apollo 13 Captain James Lovell owns this upscale restaurant situated in a stately manor. It has earned a reputation for its seasonal fine dining and an extensive and award-winning wine list. Step inside a clubby atmosphere or its outdoor patio to dine on recommended entrees of Loch Duart salmon and Australian rack of lamb with a goat cheese Dijon crust. $$$ Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily
The Lucky Platter
514 Main St., Evanston, 847-869-4064