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

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.1
4.1
338 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 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 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

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great service. Will definitely return.
  2. MP

    MichaelP

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This was our second time back to Ovation. Our last experience in Davenport was not so good and the owner took care of us. We could not make it back to Davenport, so we went to the Lakeland location. The service was great, the food was very good and it definitely made up for our previous experience.
  3. R

    Ricardo

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    A reasonable expectation is to have control of temperatures, plating and overall good value, unfortunately this was far from our experience. Service staff was superb, and drink staff served good drinks. The food, and we had many apps and plates, less the pretzel bread, was interstate gas station quality.
  4. R

    Redmooney

    Orlando

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    The people at the bar were extraordinarily loud; a virtual shouting match.
  5. ST

    SamTora

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We used to love this restaurant; however, this was our first time back since COVID. The service was wonderful. I highly recommend the french onion soup. However, the balance of our experience was terrible. Many of the servers hung out at the bar and were quite loud - definitely carrying the noise into the dining room. My husband and son ordered the prime rib, medium. One came out medium well - the other order came out past well done. It was the end cut that had definitely cooked for quite a while. I ordered mahi-mahi, which was quite dry. Based on our total tab of $140 for food and tip - I would highly recommend going somewhere else.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Robbie is an amazing server and he made sure we had everything we needed. Also Robbie made wonderful suggestions for options to try.
  7. GM

    GloriaM

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Came for Mother’s Day. I ordered a steak which is supposed to come with a salad and one other side.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    College Graduation
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    First and last time at this establishment… Went with my family for Mother’s Day. The waitress was not attentive and the food was extremely slow coming out. Once the food made its arrival, the food was incorrect and cold.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  11. US

    USCanuck

    Manitoba

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They had issues with our cocktails. Our first martini was served in a fluted glass, but it tasted good. Second martini was in proper martini glass, but didn’t taste good. And then they were out of bitters, so unable to make other drinks we were looking for. Communication from the bar staff to the servers needed improvement. We will be back, as it was obviously an “off” day and previous visits have been good. Food was delicious.
  12. LG

    LeanneG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here celebrating our son’s graduation from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office academy. We made prior reservations for our large party. The staff were very accommodating and kind. Our server was excellent (and I apologize for not remembering her name, we had a few drinks 😂)! We had a fabulous experience and the food was delicious!! Thank you for being a part of our very special celebration!
  13. KM

    KarenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I server was great. I food came out hot and ready to eat. Cooked well and very tasty. We had said we needed a to go order as well. The server came back by got the order and it was delivered just as we were finishing up. Perfect timing.
  14. A

    Anonymous

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was poor, took over 20 minutes for most of the party to get their drinks and while the food took longer than expected (not a big deal) it came out cold (big deal).
  15. EO

    EatingOut

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Thursday night at Ovation is a great night for prime rib. We've been there other nights and have had osso buco, which was fantastic,. We've brought family & friends there and they love it also.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our date night at Ovation. We were seated immediately. Our server was very attentive and welcomed us when she found out it was our first time there. The food we ordered was very good, and the wine was good as well. The best part was that it wasn’t as pricey as some of the other restaurants we looked at.
  17. RJ

    RemerJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place for lunch or dinner meeting great for families 👪 love the place am a fan now
  18. LG

    LisaG

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Ovation Bistro & Bar could use some improvements. The hostess was very polite. The location was convenient. The food service was good. The food, however, was generally missing it in every category. The green beans were partially old and couldn’t be eaten. The Cole slaw was not edible. The cabbage was tough and shredded too large to fit on a fork. The brisket was tasteless and unseasoned. The ribs were good but off in color. Our bread was stale. The filet mignon was lacking seasoning and flavor. The baked potato lacked enough toppings for the size of the potato. The Caesar salad needed more dressing. We ordered a slice of cheesecake that we didn’t finish. It was just tasted bad. How do you mess up cheesecake? A little improvement would go a long way. It’s a nice atmosphere inside. All employees were very polite. We can’t recommend at the time.
  19. MP

    MiltonP

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food!
  20. EO

    EatingOut

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both my husband and I had osso buocco; he had the pork and I had the lamb. Both were excellent; tender & juicy. The salad and broccoli that we got with it was also great. Only issue was that we went for the Thursday night prime-rib, got there at 6:30 and the prime rib was gone already.
  21. CB

    CharlesB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very nice and we were seated when we arrive a few minutes early. I would recommend reservations or call ahead for any time after 6:30 PM even on weekdays. The food met expectations but it does take a little longer to come from the kitchen but worth the wait.
  22. o

    ovidios

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    The only reason, that I gave 3 stars for the food, was that the mashed potatoes were ice cold and the order of brisket had more fat than meat, but they fixed everything and the taste was excellent and the service was so good. Robin to care of everything and did it with the smile. We'll be back soon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Robin was an amazing and attentive waitress. Drinks stayed full and the food was just right! Look forward to going back again to try more. Also, the manager took time to come over and greet us thanking us for our first visit.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Salmon was served barely cooked. It was cold and raw on the inside. Salmon was sent back to the kitchen and a cooked one was brought out and 20% was taken of the price of the Salmon. I ordered the chicken and steak combo. The chicken was very good but the steak was ordered medium but served well done.
  25. EM

    EdwardM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Prompt seating, great food and service was excellent. We will go there again!
  26. A

    Alabama19

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great drinks! Our server Gabe was great and attentive and truly served us with a smile. It was our first time, and we’ll definitely be coming back.
  27. G

    Gabby

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The first time so picked this place was I have a friend who needs to eat GF. When looking at menus, Ovation Bistro had the best selection. All the food and drinks were top notch and the staff was excellent. So if you are Gluten Free or not, I would recommend going there. Also on the plus side it was not noisy and you could actually have a conversation. There were 7 of us and not once did anyone have to say “what”!
  28. HN

    HikeNH48

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service & ambiance was wonderful. Food allergies were no problem for them.
  29. JV

    JV1952

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Robin was great! Food prep poor - steak overcooked! Chicken! Salmon was good and welll prepared! Special chicken was very tasty. Maker’s 46 was super! Desserts were excellent! Robin made a fresh pot of black coffee! Excellent! Tiffany was friendly! Hostess was efficient and had a trainee! Music was fun! Temperature in dining room was comfortable! Thanks! JV
  30. b

    buck

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Staff was amazing, friendly, and efficient. Had reservations and were told 20 minute wait. Only about 10 we waited. Thought it would be a little more upscale w attire being business casual. Not the ambiance we had thought or hoped for. Food was great.
  31. JR

    JanieR

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The staff is always very friendly. The food is good however the chicken was a little dry.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friend preferred outside seating . Not my choice when music is playing. Lol. Regardless, the food was excellent (as always!) and the wait staff was great.
  33. CL

    CasaLatitude

    Orlando

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I asked the server about the requirement that says for 1 to 2 people the restaurant will kick you out after an hour and he wasn’t aware of it especially since the order wasn’t made until 45 minutes after I sat down so I guess I’m wondering why the restaurant still has time limits on their customers ( and why) if they’re not going to enforce it
  34. SH

    ShaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awesome, server was great my only issue was table wasn't clean. Key lime pie wasn't good but rest of the food was amazing bbq nachos were out of this world. Steak was cooked just right. My wife's fish was great. Beer was cold and fresh
  35. RB

    RichardB

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Definitely more of a bar/pub than a bistro. Food was very good, steaks cooked to proper temp. Smoked meats were flavorful. Service was good, though food came out too quick as we had not finished our current course before the next course was served. This happened with salads coming before apps were done and entrees before salads were done.
  36. A

    Alilovett

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Valentine’s Day
  37. GJ

    GaryJ

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork and lamb osso bucco is to fie for!!@
  38. r

    rsffoodie

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ovation is basically a sports bar/grill chain restaurant, similar to Chili's and others. Food was tasty. My "small" 13-oz Ribeye was very good quality, at least "choice" grade, with little gristle. Very well prepared (medium rare for me) and served nicely seasoned. Others liked their food as well. Service was very friendly and timely. Drinks were good, although they were out of Tito's vodka (supply chain issues???). Noise level was pretty low, but there weren't a lot of customers when we were there (6pm, Sunday evening). Might get loud when it fills up. We were originally expecting something a bit more up-scale, but wound up satisfied with our meals.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly staff, manager made a point to say hello to us. Food was delicious. Would definitely return in the future.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Mahi-Mahi, Salmon, chicken! We will definitely return here!

FAQs

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

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.1 stars by 338 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 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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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