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Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING, Winter Haven, FL

Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

4.0
4
483 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 483 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

483 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don't often get to Ovation Bistro & Bar so today's visit was a nice treat! We love the food and the fact they will donate a meal when you order one of the meals designated on the menu! The menu has plenty of variety beginning with the appetizers! You will be sure to find something you love. The service was wonderful and the portions will have you leaving with leftovers.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server very helpful. Food was amazing and the wine was good !!!

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  3. LoveCG

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time here visiting the area. It was 2:15 and quiet so promptly seated. Erin was our waitress who was very friendly and attentive. I ordered brisket and ribs. The brisket was delicious and so was the Ovation barbecue sauce. Garden salad was fresh and a good choice. Ribs were kind of dry and just okay. Hubby had ribeye and said it was very good. Had mango margarita that was freshing. Inside is dark but booths are very spacious and restroom very clean. Must try if you’re in the area.

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  4. PeterV

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Izzie was terrific. Special recommendation was great and good value.

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  5. Ernie

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    When we first checked in with Patrick at the front desk he informed us that he would be our waiter for our group. What an exceptional young man! He was very kind and considerate and very helpful in describing the dinner selections. Once ordered the food came out fast,hot and was very delicious. The cheese cake that I had for dessert was one of the best ever.

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  6. ThomasH

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly service in a casual but nicely decorated restaurant. The food was well prepared and tasty. I had a New York strip which was cooked nicely with a good sear. I prefer it more seasoned but thats just me. I was impressed with the wedge salad which was done perfectly with fresh cold iceberg with all the toppings. The chefs specials looked interesting but at a higher price. I will return when back in the area.

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  7. Ward

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointed that our reservation was not available for us as requested. MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVEN THOUGH I NOTED, WHEN RESERVING, WE WERE LOOKING FOR LAMB CHOPS AND A COUPLE OF LAMB SHANKS AND WERE INFORMED THERE WERE NO LAMB CHOPS AVAILABLE EVEN THOUGH I DID MAKE THIS NOTE IN MY RESERVATION ON LINE. FOUR IN OUR PARTY WERE FORCED TO CHOOSE OTHER ITEMS AND WE CHOSE LAMB SHANKS FOR AS NOTED THERE WERE NO CHOPS. THE TWO WHO INITIALLY ORDERED THE SHANKS WERE SATISFIED - THE OTHERS WERE DISAPPOINTED. NO COMPENSATION OFFERED TO ANY PATRON. A RESPONSE FROM THE ESTABLISHMENT IS REQUESTED. Wine was quite overpriced at $14 a glass but cocktails were good and reasonably priced.

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  8. RIckW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I had a Ribeye. It was tough and dry. I was looking for a new place and this will not make the list for a return visit. Our waitress struggled with the hand held ordering system. She kept asking me to wait while ordering. I had to ask another waitress for my drink which was sitting on the end of the bar. We also had to ask for bread which was not delivered until after we finished our salads.

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  9. AngelB

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    First of all, this is not really a bistro. Secondly, service was not great. Aside from being immediately seated, there was a lot of waiting - for server to welcome us, take our drink orders, bring the drinks and app, entrees, etc. BBQ flat bread was really good. Lamb chops were a little overcooked. Ribs in chicken and ribs combo were great but chicken was dry.

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  10. AlyssaD

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We picked this restaurant based on the rave reviews and I didn’t find the experience to be great at all. Unfriendly service and low end pub food in a dark, dingy atmosphere. Ribs, their specialty, were dry and tough. Fine for a quick bite but we didn’t find it worthy of all the great reviews at all. Disappointing.

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  11. markl

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place, good service, good food, (ribs were great) ample parking. The hostess didn’t skip a beat to open side room when the crow grew.

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  12. Charles

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were seated at a table right under an air conditioner duct and because we are in our eighties it was uncomfortably too cold. I asked if a there was any way they could cut down the volume of cold air coming from the duct and was told no. By the time I got half way through my steak it was cold. Besides that the service and food were very good.

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  13. JanM

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated in a nice big booth. Service was excellent. Prices were a little on the high side. Food was good, enjoyed! Somewhat disappointed the Prime Rib is on Thursdays only and this was Saturday. Did not see that designation on their website.

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  14. KeriW

    West Palm Beach

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We arrived for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon . The first thing we noticed was that the restaurant was very dark and somehow uninviting. The gentleman that seated us was very friendly and welcoming . We asked to be seated outside. The outdoor area ( in a strip plaza) has a lot of potential ; but was absolute lacking in any ambience. The outdoor area could use some new furn. perhaps some plants and better choice of music for dining. ( it was very loud ). We had to ask our waitress to clean the table. Our food selections were all OK. We were not a fan of the honey poured all over the sweet potato fries or salad soaked in dressing. Service was fine ; our waitress was very sweet and attentive.

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  15. DebbieR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated right away, server Mercedes was excellent. Great food and great prices

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  16. DarrellM

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. Had Imperial Stuffed Talapia with Baked Potato. We Will definitely be back! Excellent experience!

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  17. mb830

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Although the menu was decent, the prices were not justified. Despite the hype, I found it to be just okay and won't be returning.

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  18. keithS2013

    Orlando

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service not so much. It took 30 minutes to get a bar drink.

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  19. HerbF

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Better NOISE control. My steak was well done. I ordered MEADIUM RARE!

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  20. DavidP

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On time, great service wonderful, wonderful food, willgo there again

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  21. SonjaB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The check in is odd. I go to the counter and then I asked do I need to sign in or something? And they told me to scan a QR code. And I scan the QR code, and it takes me to OpenTable. And the hostess said, oh, did it take you to OpenTable? And I said yes and then I had to make a reservation on OpenTable which was 10 minutes later from the current time. Then I got an email at the time and then I had to go back to the hostess and ask what I’m supposed to do ..and it was just weird like they didn’t know what they were doing I don’t know. 

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good, as well as the service, outstanding.

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  23. richardm

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The private dining room was perfect for me. I wear hearing aids & normally the restaurants noise makes it difficult to hear. The smaller dining room was very helpful.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service. We were a group of 8 and they sere super accommodating and everyone, I mean EVERYONE loved the food! Great prices too. 5 stars from all of us

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  25. JerryH

    New York City

    108 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I made a reservation for one at the bar. I arrived a few minutes early, the place was packed with a 30 minute wait list. They kept promising they would find me a seat. Finally they offered to seat me at a table outside with a heater on above me. Not perfect but it was a table. The outside tent is in the parking lot where I was constantly looking at headlights or listening idling cars. The foiled was well prepared but the NYStrip was tough and gritty. They were out of the potato I ordered so they just replaced it with a baked potato.

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  26. KathleenM

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A good meal, as usual, at any Ovation. Service was fine.

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  27. AngelaH

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They did an absolute amazing job with our party of 20, great wait staff!! Food and drinks came out fast and like always the food was amazing!

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  28. DavidE

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from out of town and took my parents here for dinner. Owner came over and chatted with us at the table for a bit. Izzy our waiter was outstanding. He was engaging, friendly, attentive and made us laugh. The experience was as good as the food. Lamb chops, lamb Osso Buco, and Pork Shank Osso Buco. Were our choice of meals. Everything was delicious. Would definitely return!

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  29. WendyH

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the chicken and the sirloin steak. My sirloin steak was raw and I asked for medium well, waitress took it back to the kitchen and still when it came back it wasn’t right. The waitress was Very friendly and done a great job.

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  30. flack2025

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice....Great Service ....Good value...Good Atmosphere

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  31. gpgp

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We think this restaurant could instruct other restaurants, on grace, customer service and most of all the quality and "presentability" of food. Joel,, is a very busy yet dedicated manager, and among others of the support staff, Patrick, is always, always ahead of what yyoou need and whhat might make your palate the happiest.

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  32. KristinS

    Orlando

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried the Enchanting menu which was created to compete with the Visit Orlando Magical Dining. Very good value. I did the $10 filet upcharge which was very similar to the sirloin my husband ordered. Wouldn’t pay the upcharge next time, the sirloin was that good. The caesar salad was excellent too. This meal was an outstanding value and Erin was our fantastic server.

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  33. angeloc

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding night out for dinner. Value for excellence received is beyond any expectation. It will be again utilized as soon as Bistro offers the Special Night Out.

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  34. Frog

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 8 of us, so we contributed to the noise level. Table was ready when we arrived because we had pre-arranged. Nobody complained about their meal or dessert. Would have liked to had our drinks refilled more frequently

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  35. GilesK

    West Palm Beach

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The seafood specials were wonderful and exceptionally values.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Mother’s Day. We did priority seating and only waited about five minutes. The food and drinks were great, and the service was excellent. They really seem to appreciate our business and that’s what makes it so enjoyable! Highly recommend!😊

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nachos are not nachos… my husband didn’t read the description so we’re not sure if it was specified bc we assumed nachos are chips. However, at this establishment nachos means thin potato wedge slice things… definitely not chips. Also my husband’s buffalo sandwich was just so so. The portion was very small. We get a buffalo sandwich at another restaurant and the chicken is really huge and dripping in sauce. My husband was … underwhelmed???

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  38. trysomethingnew

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son and his roommate graduated from Webber International University

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family was in town and we were happy with our experience. Good food and value!!

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  40. EddyL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ovation Bistro and Bar us an excellent place to take your family. The food was very delicious and properly cooked and served hot. The waitress was marvelous. The way she attended on us, you would think that we were her only customers. The price we paid was all worth it. My family and I will definitely go back. It was a nice and cozy atmosphere.

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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 stars by 483 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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