Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.4
237 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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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day
Manager & Wait Staff were very busy, but still managed to stay on top of things. We enjoyed our visit.

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Randy
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Server was excellent and attentive.
Downside was had 12:30 reservation for 4 and still waited an hour!!! If walk-in was seated at 12 knowing that there were reservations at 12:15 and 12:30 those tables should have been saved. They opened at noon and seated people without reservations!!! Therefore we WITH reservations had to wait! Not good service. Disappointing to have to wait that long. Yes it’s Mother’s Day but don’t think they played by rules of reservations

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Porkchops were dry. Baked potatoes were cold. Salmon was obviously frozen, because still cold in middle. 92 yr old mother asked server to fully wear her mask, and she said she couldn’t because it did not fit. Server had a 12 top, our 6 top, and three two tops. No mgt staff came over to help her with the tables. That was disappointing. Probably would not go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We were a party of 12 and were uncomfortably seated in a table for 10. Service was disappointing as they rushed us out and never offered us the option of coffee or a dessert AND IT WAS A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!! Good was OK....average

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SamanthaS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu has a lot of options and was hard to choose just one thing. I ended up having the chicken and steak and it was perfect. My friend had the same and her chicken was a little on the dry side, but her steak was cooked perfectly. The seats are close together so you can hear others’ conversations around but that’s normal in an open concept environment. We very much enjoyed our meal and the service was very good too. I definitely recommend the red sangria as well 😊

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good restaurant. Really enjoyed.

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travelingfoodie
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tyler was our waiter and he was outstanding! We asked about specials and he said there was prime rib left over from the special the day before... it was, perhaps, the best prime rib I've ever had. I had it seared with spices, rare to med rare, and it was amazing! The entire table ordered it.. and we all really enjoyed it!
Will definitely be back!

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TerryS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was slow, waited 10 minutes for somebody to Recognize that we needed somebody to wait on us.

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MichaelB
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Reasonable prices.

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Chuckster
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great attentive staff. We will be using this venue for our special family events in the future!

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SteveR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and had a warm comfortable feel to it. Our server was very good. Attentive without being pushy. Food was great and presented well. Very clean. Great experience and we will be returning

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57Chevy
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The evening was great! Had a Date night with my wife! The two hostess were amazing! We were seated right away! Holly was our server! Food and drinks , wonderful! I think Ovations needs a little more finesse! But I will have additional date nights at Ovations with my wife!

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Place was closed when I arrived, no notice as to why they were closed on front door. Hours indicated on that they should’ve been open.

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SgtRockski
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place. Will come again. Mashed potatoes were a bit cold but food was tasty.

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AndreaS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small get together for a birthday dinner

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. The owner was on the job managing everything. Highly recommended because it's a cut above typical bar and grills.

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RussellM
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food friendly staff. Great place to gather with friends.

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JillS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 15 and our service was outstanding. The tables were ready and the food was very good.

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vipFodieforever
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the French onion soup and the BBQ ranch chicken salad. Thanks to Ashley for taking great care of us.

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SaraB
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The waitress made a couple of un savory comments to us while we were dining that turned us off a bit. We only ordered 2 drinks each during the entire evening and at the end of our meal the waitress asked us if we wanted dessert, and when we said no, she responded "oh I guess you'll be drinking your dessert then. " Just wasn't real friendly overall. Other than that the dining experience and the food was great! Would definitely recommend to others

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place with good food and service

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DanielleP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It met and exceeded all expectations. All the food was hot and cooked perfect. The salads were cold and crisp. The bread warm and butter soft. The steaks and brisket were perfect and the Hamburger had a great char. Would eat there again. Service was spot on.

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CharleneRedhead007
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We went for their prim rib special. I tried to tell the waitress that I wanted it but she wouldn't listen. It was horrible. We will never be back.

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SANDRA007
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrating V- day. It was a nice restaurant with good service and reasonable prices. They just
need to add more items to their menu.

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GaryJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and efficient, worked perfectly and will definitely do it again!!

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VirginiaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Courteous service, delicious food, fairly priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! Our server was amazing. Lamb chops were 🔥

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BryanD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Awesome steak and they were very attentive to our seating time. Great overall experience. I will dine here again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanessa made sure we were taken care of! Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food nice clean restaurant

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SheilaF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My Daughter tried your restaurant for the first time. Not sure we will return.
My daughter order a salad with her meal that did not come out until she was finished with her meal. Server took it off the bill and as we were waiting to leave the salad was delivered. I ordered the tacos, they were more garnish then meat and the shells were so tough they were inedible. Daughter ordered the potatoes with brisket. Very little brisket and rather flat. Have to say the best part of the meal were the fried pickles. For the money it was very disappointing. Service was fair. Not planning on returning. I has chosen this place for a Mother Daughter.
Sheila

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TimS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a great experience. we had brisket, ribs, filet, scallops etc. All were served with grace and we’re delicious!

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BillF
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and the service was attentive without being obtrusive. There was a good atmosphere, as well. We would definitely consider going there again.

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JoannK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your sound system actually caught my attention I love it it's beautiful I love the music the ambiance and then I was ready to try the food I've been in there three times so far enjoyed everything everything was delicious brought friends in for dinner the other night and had the prime rib special excellent I love the little extras and I certainly enjoyed the wine will definitely come back and mention it to more friends you do an excellent job

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vipLilli
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived there, it was closed!

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TONY
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

WE HAD 4 COUPLE'S AT THE TABLE..WAITRESS WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND FRIENDLY. ONE OF OUR FRIEND'S DID NOT CARE FOR THE MAUI,MAUI.,TOO WELL DONE BUT DID NOT SAY ANYTHING TO THE WAITRESS. OWNER CAME TO SAY HELLO AND WAS VERY PLEASANT. MY WIFE AND I SUGGESTED OVATION TO THE OTHER 3 COUPLE'S AND I THINK THEY HAD A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE AND HOPEFULLY WILL COME BACK.

TONY

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vipBarbaraT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanessa was as always outstanding! Great food and service!

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MarshaP
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ordered French Onion Soup and pork chops. Have had better FOS almost tasted like a Pre-made however the pork chops were awesome. So moist and tender, Hubby had ribs which said were good but a little dry. Friend also ordered pork chops and agreed they were an order again item. His wife had soup and the Blue cheese wedge salad. She enjoyed it. All around happy with meal. Sorry there were so few people there. We hope to go there again. It is all the way across town for us.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good menu choices. Food was tasty. Server was pleasant and efficient. Nice and convenient that we could do call ahead. Seating was nice ( big round booth)

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vipmacdonga
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service, delicious food, clean and well maintained.

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