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Ovations at Wolf Trap

Ovations at Wolf Trap Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mealsbeneaththemoon.com
  • Phone: (703) 255-4017
  • Hours of Operation: Ovations is ONLY open on Wolf Trap performance days during their 2014 Summer Season.
    Ovations opens 2.5 hours prior to show time.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Yealy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: After dining enjoy the show at the Filene Center of Wolf Trap!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Off the Dulles Toll Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking available at Wolf Trap Park Performing Arts Park.
A word from Ovations at Wolf Trap
Ovations, an open-air restaurant overlooking the Meadow at Wolf Trap, offers pre-event buffet dining. Reservations are requested and recommended.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was OK but not great by any standards. Not worth the $32 per person buffet. Wait staff appear to be understaffed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have eaten at Ovations a number of times over the past few years and have been quite satisfied with the buffet and ala carte selections. We went for the 1st time this year before the NSO - 2001 Space Odyssey concert and were very disappointed in the food quality and selection. They no longer offer an ala carte menu, and the buffet selections were reduced. The pans for the fish entree were empty and the ones for the glazed chicken just had a few pieces remaining (which were no longer glazed). I did notice that the pans were refilled while I was having my dessert, though. The only side green vegetable was green beans. Also, there was only 1 dessert table, which was tucked into the back right corner. This meal was definitely not worth $32."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Have eaten there many times. This time was not very good. Service was mediocre; food selection less than previous times. Was disappointed in the overall experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food is okay, servers are extremely young and inexperienced. Prime rib was still purple even after asking for it to be fried to well done at the serving station. Logistics of buffet are not well planned out (causes everyone to stand in a single line for all the main dishes instead of having stations). Dessert was minimal - cupcakes, key lime pie was really key lime bars, ice cream is one small scoop in a tiny dish. Dessert plates are tiny. Best part about eating here is getting such a good parking spot since you arrive earlier than usual."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Because they did not have a large number of reservations, they only opened one side of the buffet tables. This put enormous pressure on the side that was open, and the lines were long. They ran out of some items and did not refill them, including the fruit cobbler and the soup. They left some items out until they were hard, dry, and inedible, including some salads, the shrimp, and the strawberry shortcake. When I told them, they replaced the shrimp, and it was much better, which makes me wonder how they could have left the old shrimp out in the first place. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I ate here on a Thursday night before a show. We're were late due to traffic. They happily set us at a great table. Server was prompt taking our drink orders. This was a buffet and at this time food was picked over and not as good as I would have assumed for the price. Next time will do the snack bar or picnic option."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was adequate at best and ran out of several items towards the end of the second seating. Our waiter did not offer the option of ordering a single entrée and brought the wrong beer. Thirty two dollars was way over priced for the quality of the food and for someone who doesn't want a lot to eat not having the option of ordering a single entrée is unacceptable. I will not eat here again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This is a wonderful venue, especially in perfect weather. The food buffet has something for everyone, but the entrees were all overcooked. At $35/person, plus drinks plus tip, you are paying for convenience. Choose something off-site if you have time."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Cafeteria food. Sad to see the decline of Wolf Trap's only option."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "First of all, I didn't check any box in Q 2 because I didn't think any applied. I was most disappointed in the Ovation food experience last Thursday night and the food was not up to what I've had in the past and was definitely not worth the $32: The beef was so raw, it almost galloped around the room; the lamb was fatty looking and overcooked; the vegetable offerings were uninteresting and looked like they'd come out of a can and the salads were like something you could get at McD's. The berry cobbler dessert was pretty good."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I've never been a huge fan of buffets, but Ovations food was super fresh, flavorful and delightful. I was pleasantly surprised and would go back the next time.I see a concert at Wolf Trap."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We've eaten here before (a couple of years ago)--it's a great place to eat before seeing a summer concert at Wolf Trap. It's buffet style and the food is very good and plentiful--good selection of meat, fish, starches, veggies and yummy desserts! But it is most definitely a splurge--it costs $32.00/adult and $15.00/child. And of course drinks are extra and that adds to the bill! But if you're looking for a nice convenient place to eat before seeing a summer show at Wolf Trap--it's worth the splurge once in a while!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It's the way things work at a concert - just like paying $10 for a $2 beer, you're paying $32 for a $10 meal. The selection wasn't that great, and with the exception of one or two items, the food was either cooked dry or just mush. Wouldn't recommend it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Very excellent buffet dinner before the concert. Well paced and good service from the table attendant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The Buffet was very good. The Highlights for me were the Deviled Eggs, the Watermelon and Feta Salad, and the Crab Soup, which was Excellent with lots of Crab. I was very happy that all 4 parts of the Chicken were provided, not just the Breasts. I had a nice Thigh. I was disappointed that the Mashed Potato and Potato Salad, while delicious, contained Potato Skin, which I don't like, and can't eat for Health reasons, and had to remove it before eating. I like to have Fruit for Dessert, and one Option was a mixture of 4 kinds of Berries. I don't know if they close at showtime, but someone came back with another loaded plate about 30 minutes before show time. It would have taken me an hour to eat all that, but I'm a slow eater."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Set at Wolf Trap, it is the finest dining option available there. Set on an outdoor patio, the view is breathtaking. The food is very good, but not outstanding. The only option the last two years is the buffet which offers a wide variety of foods, all very well prepared."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It is a shame that Ovations did away with their ala carte menu and only offer a buffet. It is very difficult to serve excellent food at a buffet, and for the diner it is very difficult to get value without feeling ill from over eating. The food was "fine" but a picnic would have been much nicer and I wouldn't return to Ovations. They totally overcharge, especially for any alcoholic beverages. $14 for a glass of wine is outrageous. It is what it is. I've been to Ovations on many occasions over the years and I am fairly certain that this was my last time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Ovations is a wonderful way to dine prior to a concert at Wolf Trap. You only have to park once and don't have to rush. The buffet is better than any buffet I have ever experienced - everything was fresh and wonderfully presented. Very relaxed and scenic dining - I highly recommenced!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place for relaxing meal before a show. Many choices on the buffet."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The service is good but the food is sub-par. The list of food on the buffet menu is impressive but the buffet is disappointing and sparse. Many entrees were cold or luke warm. This restaurant is a good idea but not worth the money."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Ovations is in a beautiful setting and is convenient to the show, but that is all I can say for it. It is buffet-only, which is fine, but there is an absence of interesting options. This is especially true for someone who is looking for healthier options. The menu reflects some very interesting salad and vegetable options but they were not actually available. It is also tremendously over-priced, at $32/person and the least expensive glass of wine at $10. There are a lot of other great dining options within close driving distance to Wolf Trap. The price and limited menu options make Ovations not the best choice for a Wolf Trap patron."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, but only half the buffet was open. No explanation was given as to why."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The quality and variety of the buffet is gone from good to sad. Not worth the money. Stop in Vienna and have a nice meal before the performance, it wil be more pleasurable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We decided to dine at Ovations before a performance after considering the options of picnicking on property or going to a nearby restaurant. Smart decision because by the time we arrived at the park the skies opened up and torrential rain began to fall. We were all soaked by the time we took our seats but the wait staff was upbeat and helpful, providing us with cloth napkins to attempt to dry off. I have to admit that I'd sworn off buffets and was a bit surprised at the relatively high per person charge, but efficiency was important so we went for it. And I was so surprised to find the buffet offerings to be universally delicious! And sophisticated -- aka not kiddie food. The wait staff continued to be appropriately attentive."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The buffet was very good, and lots of selections. However, we were very disappointed that there is no a la carte possibility. Visitors are stuck with the expensive buffet. Through last year we had that option. I suppose that it didn't pay."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We found the food to be good but not great the evening we were there. The service was excellent and it was a great pre-show place to have conversation, food and wine. The weather was perfect which made the experience even better!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "$39 for about $9 worth of food-it was delicious and convenient but it was like eating at a large cafeteria outdoors."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The prices are up from last year and the quality of the food is way down. If there was any other option for dining at Wolf Trap, we wouldn't eat here. It is a poor advertisement for their other resturants."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "You will love the food and the service is outstanding."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food was average at best. Drinks were bad. Service was poor."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Ovation would not honor or reservation. We showed up a little early and we were told the restaurant was full all day and night."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food at Ovations was good for a buffet, with a good selection and fresh ingredients. The service staff was very nice, if a little overworked. My big complaint is that the 2-top tables were much too close together, particularly because buffet dining requires that the diners get in and out of their seats frequently. Also noisy. I take it that the restaurant was unusually busy on the night we ate there recently; we have not had this problem in the past."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My son and I had dinner here before a concert on July 3. This is my second time dining here and though the food was very good overall there were a couple of things that needed improvement this time. The pork tenderloin was very over cooked and dry as was the catfish. When you pay $32 for a buffet I expect the food to be top quality and not something I have to leave on my plate unfinished. I think they need to cut back on the amount of tables as well, they are so crammed in that you have no room to get up and go to the buffet if someone is sitting next to you or if anyone else is moving about."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Lovely and fresh salad choices. Multiple hot items. Desserts in the dozens, plus make your own sundaes."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Loved having dinner & walking to wolf trap w car parked early. Food was just ok...menu changes...would have liked a chicken & pasta choice but beef & seafood was on the buffet my night. Tables are too close...had to move mine to let person in behind me. Would return for convenience of wilf trap show."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The leisurely buffet of fine dishes taken from a variety of Capital Restaurant menus, with open air ambiance, is an excellent way to taper into any show at Wolf Trap. The Savannah Chicken and BBQ Brisket were exceptional, but there's something tasty for everybody, plenty of it. The attractive young servers add enthusiasm and conversation of the same sort you find at National Parks across the land. The easy stroll to the Filene Center is a fine digestif."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The buffet is the only offering. The food was definitely better than most buffets I have tried. There were fewer choices than one would expect, but those few were well prepared. The salads were fresh and replenished frequently. The carving station served a barbecued brisket that was very tender and nicely seasoned. I would go back because it offers a nice alternative to a lawn picnic at Wolf Trap."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I am generally not a fan of buffets, but Ovations was a pleasant surprise. Well-prepared food and a very nice outdoor tented space with a lovely view of the countryside. I would recommend it for any pre-show dinner at Wolftrap."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The southern food only options with fried check, processed pork loin loaf, and processed beef loaf was in bad task for a restraurant such as Ovations, this should be removed from the rotation. Healthy and quality food is what one looks for when dining at this restraurant. We should be advised what the dish for the night of entertainment will be at the time of the reservation so the patrons can decide to eat healthy somewhere else or pay an expensive price for what was nothing short of Church's chicken method of frying chicken."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Decent food, decent service, very convenient. Is it a good value? Depends upon your priorities - the price seems steep to me but it could simply be their way to keep the volume of patrons at a manageable level."
    Dined on 6/29/2014