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Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING, Lakeland, FL

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.0
4
422 Reviews
$30 and under
American
#1 smokehouse in Central Florida: At Ovation Bistro & Bar, we are unashamedly passionate about the food and drinks we create. As a family owned and operated business, we are always ready to serve! Our mouthwatering ribs and in-house smoked meats have earned us serious street cred among locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. Sit back and relax with a refreshing drink in our warm and casual atmosphere. Our wait staff is not only friendly, but inviting as well. Voted the #1 restaurant in Davenport, and the Best Smokehouse in Central Florida, we guarantee Ovation Bistro & Bar will never disappoint you! We look forward to serving you and thank you in advance for giving us the chance.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (863) 262-3000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Lakeland
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 422 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

422 Reviews
  1. TMV12

    Naples

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here several times. Great food and a wonderful server! I will be back!

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  2. MaryAnn

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lamb chops were so good! Our server was awesome. Loved her makeup. She was kind and attentive so made Easter meal super pleasant.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I would like to say we enjoyed our experience but we couldn't even get seated WITH a reservation. The hostess was less than helpful and told us "my manager said to tell you this, there's nothing we can do". Meanwhile there were 12 empty tables to the side. We ended up leaving but we were excited to try it. It was unfortunate.

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  4. Omnivoracious

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation for 6:30 through Open Table and we weren't seated until 7:45. I was with my elderly parents and we were standing by the bar for over an hour. The manager did comp our drinks and dessert - after I asked for him to. The food and our server were both amazing. Unfortunately the extreme wait came close to ruining our night.

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  5. Marcie

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My bill was a bit pricey for my budget, yet the food tasted fabulous and the servings were large. Our cocktails were delicious, and our waitress was very kind, informative, and efficient. I was visiting Lakeland the weekend my friend and I had dinner there, so unfortunately I’m not able to become a regular.

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  6. AmyN

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The waitstaff accommodated our business lunch with ease. We appreciated the solid service without interrupting the conversation flow. Highly recommend this price point for casual meetings.

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  7. LT52

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We love Ovations and go there often.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    I didn’t see the value in the experience. Service was decent but the menu is very much lacking and the quality of food coming out of the kitchen is poorly presented and poorly prepared. It’s kind of offshoot of Texas Road House and it’s done very bad.

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  9. kevinb

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place The staff and kitchen make a true effort !

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  10. JoshL

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our dinner. We ordered the Salmon with asparagus and Caesar salad & sirloin steak with baby back ribs, Baked potato and side salad. All food was amazing, prepared as ordered and season perfectly. On waiter was on point and very friendly. We then ordered the carrot cake for dessert and it was moist, not over sweet and delicious! We got all this for only $67. Great value and great food! We will be back.

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  11. Animal340

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The broccoli was extremely salty, some person do have hypertension and need to consider when steaming broccoli. Also, when an employee is sick try to give them personal sick days as it makes your customers experience not welcoming.

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  12. CarlosR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food excellent. Tables and booth should be upgraded

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  13. Orange39

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Had an issue with the service however the owner was quick to address it and accommodate. I would go back again.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow. We accidentally spilled a glass of wine and no one bothered to clean up. I wiped the table, myself and the chair, whatever landed on the floor remained during our whole meal. Food was meh. Chicken was dry so was the fish.

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  15. RichardT

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our 'go to' favorite restaurants. The food & service never disappoints.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The meals were good except for the prime rib. One was very small and a lot of fat. The other was supposed to be medium rare and was really medium well.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waited and loved the variation of the menu

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  18. JoyP

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Table was ready when we arrived. Food had a great presentation but lacked in taste. Fettuccine was so spicy and salty that I could not eat it. Salmon was very small portions. Best thing we ate was pretzel appetizer.

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  19. DaleT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fast Service, Love the apple vinegar Salad dressing. Meat was cooked perfect. All was very good and tasty. I'll be back again.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was good. The price for the ribeye however was outdated on the menu. The menu said the 18 oz ribeye was $39 but when the check came out it was $45. Not a big deal but would be nice to know the true price before ordering.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bryan our server was super patient, nice and helpful

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  22. DonnettaH

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Went to Ovations for the first time just to try the French Dip, which is the special on Friday . The reason we picked Fri night . Get there at 6:00 to learn they were out of it. Waiter seemed shocked that we didn't have a back up plan for a second choice. We asked just how early we had to eat for them to not be out of the French dip and why would they call it a Fri night special when it wasn't even available. He acted annoyed that we expected it and blamed who ever did the ordering had messed up. Requested second glass of water and when he returned with it he SLAMMED it on the table so hard I thought the glass would break. I think he was hoping we ordered drinks so his tip would be more. All 4 in our group were very disappointed in Ovations after having heard the food was so good.

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  23. KatrinaW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I truly enjoyed! We celebrated my husband birthday , everyone was very please. Our waiter was phenomenal! Definitely will come back again.

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  24. suec

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did a party of 20 people on their patio area which is actually enclosed, for a niece's college graduation party. We had a server named Tyler he took care of everyone and was fantastic. The manager also named Tyler was wonderful to work with and made sure everything turned out perfect. Highly

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    First time here and it was a horrible experience. Service: Tyler was our waiter started to be decent then totally forgot about us. We sat down took us about 10mins to get serviced. We had to ask for refills and he forgot to bring our food we noticed as the food was cold. We asked 3 times for a bag from his manager and got nothing and when Tyler finally came to the table he got the bag and was super friendly. The aggravation is you need to be on top of your game from beginning to end especially when it wasn’t even busy. I get it sometimes servers can be overwhelmed I have been there but it wasn’t busy I mean everyone was chatting and on their phones so not sure why service couldn’t be better?! Food experience: Soda was flat, appetizer was good, main entree was cold and mashed potatoes were not fresh. Not a pleasant first experience and will not be returning.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to celebrate my husband's graduation. We had a great time.

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  27. WeldonE

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We met up with friends. Great place for our gathering and food was very enjoyable.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food quality was excellent. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. Food took a while to come out even though restaurant was not very busy. Otherwise - great place!

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  29. AngieS

    Naples

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing…….the menu shown on Open Table is out of date. Prices of course have went up. Had a waiter Tyler who was overwhelmed and never even offered to refill our drinks. Never asked how our meals were, nothing from him. Steaks had to be sent back. Part of table food sent 15 minutes before other part of table. Manager tried to make it right but it was my husbands birthday and just put a damper on the night. After 2.5 hours and still waiting for a steak to come out we gave up and got our food to go.

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  30. JanH

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Some of the food was cold. Presentation was terrible. Waiter was not attentive and we had to ask for our beverages twice. Cannot recommend this restaurant and will never go back.

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  31. karenkaye

    Richmond

    94 reviews

    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were excellent. Restaurant is a little dated and weird lighting but we would go back in a minute for the food and service.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Music was great but could be a lil lower and lighting could be slight dimmer at night overall it was great

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  33. autogun

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came in to try the prime rib as we were told it was good. Got the 16oz cut. It was cooked to the correct temp i ordered it Ovaition style ( seared and seasoned) it was tender and juicy but i was not overly fond of the seasoning used . My opinion it made the prime rib taste like BBQ. Should have gotton it woodfired ! But now i know!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed everything about the experience. Food was fantastic, service was great. Seated right away and didn’t wait long for drinks and appetizers.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. The kitchen took a while, and the timing was a little off, so some plates were really hot and sitting awhile. Our server was great and trying to keep up. The restaurant was very clean, mostly quiet. Would definitely eat here again.

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  36. JackG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was effocient, pleasant Atmosphere conducive to a quiet dinner Staff was helpful

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  37. EricB

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Wasn’t our waitress, she was good. Took 2 hours to get food, then when it came out we were missing some sides and a main dish. Everyone else ate all their food before the missing items came out. Food was good. Don’t think we will be back.

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  38. JameyC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is very good, not too expensive. Restaurant is clean, staff is welcoming and attentive.

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  39. Niek

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation. We arrived 10 minutes prior to our scheduled time and was not seated until 25 minutes past our reserved time. The food and service was ok. One improvement I suggest is that the main courses all come at the same time. It was 4 of us and we received our plates at different times and one of my wife's came and she was done eating.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Front receptionist needs more guidance and servers seemed uncoordinated

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FAQs

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4715 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lakeland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Barbecue, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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