Lovely at Lovells

Lovell’s is a classical American restaurant located in West, Lake Forest. The restaurant’s story centers around Apollo 13 astronaut, Captain James A. Lovell. Houston, there is no problem here! Executive Chef Jay Lovell, son of Captain Lovell, makes it his mission to inspire diners and maintain the Lovell legacy. After all, his father did emphasize that “to be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” Lovell’s makes things happen: the restaurant is set in a home and curated to exhibit the Captain’s journey, displaying various artifacts.  No freeze-dried food here!

Astronaut foodie fact:

Common items eaten include brownies, meat, pasta, fruit and soft drinks. Astronauts must eat any fresh vegetables or fruit within two days after launch, as it quickly spoils, so the majority of fruit is dried. Any meat will have to be heat-treated to kill any bacteria that might spoil the food. Certain foods such as bread are not allowed in space as crumbs can be inhaled, get in one’s eyes or damage equipment. Tortillas are given to the astronauts instead.  (Source: BRIGHT HUB)

Lovell’s serves consistent and reliable food. The classic restaurant stays true to showcasing traditional American-Cuisine–seafood, steaks, swanky salads, etc. The ambiance is country club-esque and the dress code is business casual. Lovell’s also offers a more casual dining experience in the Captain’s Lounge downstairs. Lovell’s is a good spot for special occassions, gatherings, and private events. On this evening, we had dinner for my brother’s graduation dinner. Hail to Purple, Hail to White!

Per usual, the food was prepared with finesse. Lovell’s has their prep to down to a science. Expect to find a stable menu with an emphasis on proper execution, meaning you can count on revisiting the same textures and flavor combinations you love. Countdown begins with the ignition of the taste buds: appetizer, entree, dessert, and culinary liftoff!

The Menu:

1. “Fried Calamari” with Cocktail Sauce and Sweet Red Chili Sauce


2. “Fried Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes” Hill Country Coleslaw, Citrus Butter Sauce, Ancho Chili Jam


3. “Caprese Salad with Pesto Baguettes

64. Fresh French Bread: warm, moist innards!

photo 1 (9)5. “Homemade Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup6.”Poached Pear & Beet with Goat Cheese Salad” Slow Roasted Beets, Humbolt Fog Goat Cheese, Field Greens, Hazelnut Vinaigrette

photo 2 (6)7. “Pan Seared Halibut”

l108. “Trio of Filets” Topped with Rock Crab and Hollandaise, Mushroom Fricassee With Red Wine Reduction, Goat Cheese Crust with a Rich Bolognese Sauce

photo (29)9. Lovell’s signature “Muca-Muca Cake” with a Warm Chocolate Center Strawberry Sauce with Crème Anglaise

l1110. Cup of tea, cherio!


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The Front Entrance

Till Next Tiq,

The sky is the limit!

Restaurant Information 

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Address: 915 S Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest, IL
Phone:  (847) 234-8013