Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.4
252 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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PatA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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AdrianP
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
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
1 review
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
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
2 reviews
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
Tampa
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
2 reviews
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

MD
MikeD
Tampa
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
Detroit
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
Miami
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
112 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
2 reviews
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
18 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.

GJ
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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Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.4 stars by 252 OpenTable diners.

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