Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.7
267 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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RobertK
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the food and service at Ovation. The staff couldn't have been nicer. It was our first visit there and we will return.

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CRYSTALN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very patient, can't say the same for my date. I took him to my favorite place and he boffed lol told me everything i needed to know about him!! Thanks ovations, I'll definitely be back😊

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susanm
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great pork chops & steaks cooked right! Baked sweet potato was delicious but my son’s baked potato was dry

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Dusty
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite places to eat.

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JohnnyS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We've gone to all three Ovation locations and this one is the most lacking . . . I had ribs and they were too done on the ends and not done enough in the middle. The ribs wouldn't break apart if that makes sense. Another one in our party had steak and while it was prepared correctly, it was doused with spicy seasoning which masked the flavor of the steak overall. My wife had the shrimp pasta and it was fine.

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vipFNANY
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food nicely served by courteous waiting staff. The grit with shrimp and the wedge salad are excellent. So
Is the key lime pie.

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SamTora
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We really like their pretzels with beer cheese, loaded fries, mahi-mahi and tilapia. Not a fan of their French onion soup, too watery. Really like everything else we have tried.

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SmoothJ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding, also enjoyed the setting, very relaxing

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 girlfriends and I met at Ovations Bistro for our weekly outing and will certainly go again. 1 had the pork chops and had enough for an extra meal to take home. Another had the steak salad and said was fantastic, the third had the special tilapia and enjoyed the added scallop, shrimp and sauce. I ordered the lamb chops with mint jelly and the lamb was cooked to perfection. We all enjoyed wedge salads as well. I highly recommend for any occasion.

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TedP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ribs - impressive and delicious. Fettuccine Alfredo with wood grilled shrimp - the shrimp had a nice bite and seasoned perfectly. The best I ever had. Reasonable prices. Recommend!

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CatherineE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready when we got there. The wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Every one enjoyed the delicious dinner!

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SamTora
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend!

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Thasos
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little local place. I would not go out of the way to eat there but we did enjoy it.

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SamTora
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at this restaurant were excellent!!! We had the pretzel and beer cheese appetizer. We also had Mahi Mahi and Tilapia. Highly recommend all of these dishes!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only had appetizers but they were amazing! Service and atmosphere perfect for a working lunch

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PatA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Don’t know how to make a chocolate martini. I had to send it back. The food had no flavor the brisket was dry in three pieces of asparagus was a joke will not recommend or be back

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I frequent this lace a lot . Food is always amazing . Sever was awesome

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AdrianP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first came to know about Ovation through the Winter Haven location that is closest to our home and we LOVE everything about it, so whenever we are in the So. Lakeland area, that location is our go to place for a great meal and service. This trip, we had friends from another town meet us and they too were very impressed. Everything was excellent and our OpenTable reservation for dinner seating for 7 was set-up already upon our arrival. We have tried probably just about everything the menu offers and have always been completely satisfied and service is impeccable.

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KristyO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Server was great, attentive and helpful. The food just wasn’t up to par as compared to previous visits.

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bobcatbeck
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety of food choices - mahi for fish lovers; shrimp, chicken a burger for our youngest member! Food was prepared as requested and very good. Very good service and accommodating when our 7 th guest did not show due course o car trouble.

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uncarich
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to ovation with family that had come into town for the weekend. We had a great time the food was awesome the service was awesome we couldn’t have asked for a better dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother in law’s Birthday

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LeahR
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have been there and both times the service was great, drinks were great and food was delicious. Steak was cooked perfect, ribs were delicious, apps even better. Nothing bad to say about this place. Will be coming back more and recommending to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent

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GregS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and nice service and good environment

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and customer service A1

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Chancey
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding and enjoyable dining experience. Great food and excellent service. Highly recommend

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FRenchie
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I ordered the Brisket and grilled chicken with the lobster mac and cheese. I was advised prior to ordering that the brisket was smoked daily tender and juicy. That's not what I got it was impossible to chew, I wasn't even able finish it. The lobster mac was dry and and had no flavor. The prices are very reasonable but I just didn't enjoy the food that I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 9, 2021
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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KennethP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Our reservation was for 11:30. We arrived at 11:15. The doors didn't open until 12:00. We had to stand outside in the sun for 45 mins. along with several others, until it opened.
Mary Parker

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
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
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
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
16 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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Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.7 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

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