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Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

4.3
4.3
427 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
#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 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Barbecue, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (863) 656-1972

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    All our catering options are available at ovationbistro.com, you can pick it up and go or we can set it up, serve and clean it all up, what ever you would prefer. Please visit us at ovationbistro.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Reserve a private event at the Ovation Bistro by emailing us at info@ovaitonbistro.com, tell us the day of your event and we'll do the rest!

  • Neighborhood

    Winter Haven

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 427 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orlando / Central Florida East

    Good for groups

  • Orlando

    Good for groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service! A bit loud but we enjoyed it.
  2. P

    Palejuneday

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    For some reason I thought it was a nicer type of restaurant. But is is more like a roadhouse-style place. Food was pretty good but my baby back ribs were really dry. Shrimp and grits was great and the cheese fries were good (but could have used a touch of seasoning). Service was friendly and quick. Prices were reasonable. I’ll be back!
  3. j

    jws6903

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Party of 10 - Priority seating for 5:30 PM. Arrived and was told they don't take reservations but will have a table for us 'shortly'. Seated approximately 15 minutes later after waiting in a crowded bar area. When seated two table appetizers ordered (flatbread pizza) for sharing. Proceeded with drink orders and regular dinner selections. Appetizers came, fortunately it could be manageable as finger food as we did not have silverware. Salads brought out - but still no silverware. After requesting silverware, seven sets were brought out, then the remaining three (they don't have ten place settings readily available ???). Water was not offered and had to be requested. Entrees were finally brought out. Several members of our group opted for the Smoked Prime Rib special. Advertised as a 16 ounce Prime Rib, I think that included the weight of the plate - I have never seen such a thin cut of Prime Rib !! Several other members selected Mary's Lamb which was quite satisfactory. After all were served, I noticed an adjoining table had baskets of fresh bread - we did not. It had to be requested. Our waitress was attentive during the evening, but the glaring oversights of silverware, water, and the bread left me irritated . Understanding the "Help Wanted" problem throughout the industry I am sympathetic to the demands put on service industry, but some of the issues (no silverware) are not forgiveable,
  4. KM

    KathleenM

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ovation was fine, but they did not have our reservation for priority seating when we got there. Our server was excellent.
  5. BC

    BobbyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    for a party of 20 it could not have been any better. thanks for everything.it was my birthday and y'all made it very memorable. we will be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an wonderfully inviting and warm environment. We had a semi circle table tat was so cozy for us. The food from presentation to taste was above average and surprising for this area. The owners stories just puts the cherry on the top! I can’t tell enough people about this hidden gem👍👍👍
  7. JB

    JonB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Having eaten in your other venue only days earlier was surprised how bad the service was waited at least 10 mins with waiters looking at us and ignoring the fact we were there waiting for a seat after that when we finally talked to someone was told it would be another 10/15 mins to be seated only to be sat on the empty table that was empty when we walked in 25 mins earlier after being seated the experience was better would still eat again but maybe in your hains branch
  8. KC

    KristyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alyssa was a pleasure to work with. We had a party of 17 for our work Christmas dinner. She didn't miss a beat. Food was excellent and service was top notch! We will be back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Reserved a room for a group of 10-15. Got a call two days prior for options. They were going to save a table either in the private room or a long table in the dining area. Neither were available so we had to settle for the patio seating.
  10. E

    Ernie

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service.
  11. EM

    EricaM

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were 21 people and it was wonderful! The service was great and so was the food. Thank you Ovation!
  12. SA

    SteveA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Patrick was our waiter and he was very attentive and helpful.
  13. L

    Linandj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good. Patrick gave great service. Will be back soon.
  14. m

    maym

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience1
    Bit dark and server kept coming up asking if everthink OK don't mind but was meant to ne a night out with hubby not a romantic setting
  15. SD

    SandyD

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was attentive and the food outstanding!!
  16. NL

    NLFoody

    Orlando

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great options for smoked meats! Service was fast!!
  17. m

    maylegolf

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After multiple visits in the past 6 months, I can say we are fans! Delicious food choices! Great service! Lots of locals here tells me it's been delivering the goods for a long while now. Great bar area, too. Well worth a try for anyone considering a great meal in a cool place
  18. LW

    LakeWalesNewbie

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each of the three of us had different meals and each found his or her meals absolutely delicious. Service was terrific, the noise level was just right, and the ambience was superb.
  19. RF

    RyanF

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The Moscow Mules tasted like water - hardly any ginger beer. Everything was overcooked and barley edible. It was one of the worst restaurants. So, so bad.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    On holiday in the area and looked at online reviews for local restaurants and this came out high. We weren’t disappointed and considering we turned up at the wrong ovation restaurant they were really accommodating! Food good, beer good and an excellent and attentive waitress. Will probably return if we get chance before we leave.
  21. A

    Advok8

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Good food, very good service. Very sensitive to gluten allergies. Good food, reasonable price.
  22. PV

    PeterV

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Seven folks and seven entrees with sandwich, large salad, filet and two fish dishes. BBQ was great and super appetizers.
  23. DK

    DinaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We had to wait over 40 minutes to get seated. Then my husband ordered the chicken and shrimp pasta and it was dry.
  24. S

    keithS2013

    Orlando

    63 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    Usually the steak is delicious, but this time it was either under or over cooked.
  25. m

    maylegolf

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived and were asked to wait a little bit until a booth could be cleaned. We stood back and waited. It was a little busy. After waiting through a couple large parties being seated, we saw more people entering and wondered how much longer it might be when Patrick in the bar area offered to serve us in the bar. We decided that was a good idea. Best decision ever! Had an excellent experience and were served quickly with great advice on the menu items. Will definitely be back!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Recommended by our hotel and it did not disappoint. We were sat straightaway and service was very attentive. Hubby had the steak and myself the pork chops — both delicious.
  27. m

    maylegolf

    Dallas

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our evening with excellent food, attentive service and great company. We were pleased to be seated in the room to the left of the entry because it is so much easier to hear one another in that area when the place gets truly busy! Friday night, you know it’s going to be full and it was, in short order. Even with a full house, service was great and the pacing of our dinner worked out to be just right also.
  28. PV

    PeterV

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was outstanding. What a welcoming and fulfilling experience.
  29. CT

    ChetT

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Table was ready for our party of eight when we arrived, and the waitress was prompt and very courteous. Her excellent service was provided throughout our meal. The background music was a little louder than expected at lunchtime and made it somewhat difficult for the whole table to engage in the same conversation. They have excellent lunch specials and our whole party ordered one of those. The wedge salad with brisket was great and my wife enjoyed a pulled pork sandwich. BIL had the burger and flat fries and really enjoyed it. The place was very clean, and we all decided we will return for another family lunch.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, kind service. We git salads, rib rack, osso bucco. Kids loved their grilled chicken and one said that it was the best mac and cheese ever. I strongly recommend this place, we stopped on our way back from Legoland, no detour whatsoever and had an excellent dining experience. Also the bill is nothing like Disney or even Legoland restaurants.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated quickly, the food was delicious, and the service was wonderful!
  33. SB

    SamanthaB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was really great. Restaurant was kid-friendly. Service was fast. Our server was so warm and friendly and great with our kids!
  34. ST

    StevenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.. Great staff.. Love the brisket.. Will go back.
  35. N

    Nikki

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had been many years ago and it was ok. I'm so glad we gave it another try. Katie was excellent. Food was great. We would definitely go again!!
  36. w

    wineguybob

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Neighborhood bar and grill. Friendly and attentive. Food was ok for that kind of place. Nothing great but solid. I don’t mind paying $8 for onion rings, but I expect more than 7 rings. Also my ribs cam with 5 asparagus spears. Not exactly generous portions.
  37. CG

    CindyG

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and exceptional food and drinks.
  38. C

    Champagne1

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is o e of our favorite s. Their food is delicious and waitstaff is very accommodating. We love sitting in the bar high tops. Great food, drinks, bar and desserts-perfect! Thank you!!!
  39. S

    keithS2013

    Orlando

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had party of 8 reserved through Open Table. Great experience. Delicious hot food, terrific drinks, and amazing service!
  40. AZ

    AlexandriaZ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I booked a reservation for Mother’s Day and it was phenomenal. It was pretty busy so yes the noise level was a bit higher but that was probably our only issue and it wasn’t even that big of an issue. The food was wonderful the staff was very attentive. This was my first time at this restaurant and I will definitely go again

FAQs

Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (863) 656-1972.

Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.3 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

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

Request Priority Seating

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

7130 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Winter Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Barbecue, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (863) 656-1972

  • Catering

    All our catering options are available at ovationbistro.com, you can pick it up and go or we can set it up, serve and clean it all up, what ever you would prefer. Please visit us at ovationbistro.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Reserve a private event at the Ovation Bistro by emailing us at info@ovaitonbistro.com, tell us the day of your event and we'll do the rest!

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