Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

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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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vipTeriC
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat outside and were lucky to have some shade. Our salads were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Lakeland for 4 nights and 5 days. We ate here all 4 nights and had great food each night. The selection was great so it allowed us to have different plates each night. The staff was extremely personable and the music rocked. We will be back! #StAugustineFamily

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KenR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very good and delicious. However, my wife's fish entree was too salty so they replaced and brought another one. Because it didn't come with what she understood it to be served with and I had finished my meal, she opted to take it home. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and the manager felt so bad, he comped the meal. Very kind waiters and manager. We will definitely go back!

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jimbo
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service in spite of working around the Covid situation...servers were all masked and cleaning was ongoing

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

While the service was great! The food sucked. Salmon completely over done. Pork chops hard like rocks. Steak not cooked properly as ordered, then bring back burnt. Gluten free burger was to have pulled pork instead had hard to chew brisket. This was to be a wonderful celebration for my brothers 21st birthday instead we had to stop for McDonald’s on the way home. I will not be coming back to this location.

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FGN7
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Servers wore masks, but social distancing was not probably observed where customers were seated.

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DonIzzy
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Appetizer and salad came out quick but had to wait a while for the food to come out.

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RoxaneW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Enjoyed the atmosphere. The manager was awesome. Very pleasant and attentive.

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KimA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and good was great! Group of 8, no complaints from anyone.

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Madasing
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after Legoland. We ate at Ovation last summer and had to return. Luckily, Matthew was our waiter again. His customer interaction skills are fantastic. Try their house red ale, pretzels w/beer cheese and smoked wings. We will be back!

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KathyT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tilapia was excellent, service was great. Would recommend!

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KathleenM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Restaurant was a little chilly. We usually go to Ovation in Davenport. Food here was comparable, and I think it was a little less crowded.

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CraigM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Will come back!! Service person great for a group of 11!

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vipGrace
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday dinner was delicious!

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Bartow33830
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

To clear up some prior reviews and postings this is NOT a steak house. They have three stakes on the menu along with BBQ, wings etc. this is a bistro bar as the name says. A few tables and some booths with an outdoor seating area beside the parking lot. This is a T-shirt kind of place and not a fine dining restaurant. As far as steaks this is about number 10 on the list of places to get a steak in Winter Haven. If you’re in the area of Legoland and looking for decent food at a slightly higher then it should be price, then you’ll be ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Ovation but they told me that they don't honor your priority seating unless it is a big group.

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vipHeatherLynnn
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was great. The service was even better. We will definitely be back when were in the area!

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PattyH
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food with quite a varied menu. Service staff was very attentive and friendly.

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KathyH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Quieter than the one on Hwy 27 N which suited us. Not a lot of seating for a larger group (We had a party of 8 and were seated at a combination booth and table so it was difficult for people to get in and out of). Otherwise, it was quite an enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will return. Sea bass was amazing!

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AugustoC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent! Probably the best restaurant in Winter Haven. Delicious and the service was outstanding. A must try if you are visiting Legoland.

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Melody
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sara was awesome. Food was great, as it always is. Ovation is our favorite local place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and tasty food. The owner actually took the time to come by the table to chat and wish my wife a happy birthday. The venue is not large so noise levels are what you would expect. This is a must stop for those visiting LEGOLAND.

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jimbo
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as usual this place continues to exceed our expectations.

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Buzz
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ovation is our favorite restaurant in Winter Haven. The food is always delicious. Patrick was our server. He was undoubtedly the best server we have had in a long, long time. He was hospitable, efficient and extremely helpful in everything.

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JulieL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My family and I were visiting Winter Haven and decided to try Ovation Bistro & Bar after reading the reviews for the restaurant. It was highly recommended.
Overall, the service was probably the best part about our experience. Our waitress was very accommodating and friendly and so was the manager. The food was okay. My husband and I both order the filet - medium rare. Mine came out medium well and my husbands was medium. The flavor was good but the cook was obviously not right. We both were very hungry so we just ate it and didn't send it back to the kitchen. However, I'm sure they would have been more than happy to remake the steaks for us. Our kids had the macaroni and cheese and the grilled cheese sandwich and were happy with their choices.
We would probably try it out one more time and try something different on the menu.

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GregB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had to find a nice place to eat in the Winter Haven area and landed on Ovation due to the menu having a variety of items that appeal to everyone. The main reason to come back is the service. Our server, Patrick was outstanding! When they did not have the item to make our drink, he asked our permission for an alternative drink and was very kind about comping the drink. The BBQ nachos on homemade chips was plentiful and tasty. The BBQ flatbread was ok but fell flat next to the nachos.I had the Osso Bucco and it was outstanding. It was fall off the bone and the gravy was light enough to not overpower the meat. The baked Mac both cooked excellent but one had a bit of fat and grizzle. The sides were satisfactory. The desserts were all good. We will be back.

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vipJoelD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. They were more than happy to accommodate our large group of 11.

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vipBULLDOG
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great bar atmosphere with very tasty food. The service was great and the food came out in a timely manner and hot. The Happy hour specials 2 beers for one was "special." I had the brisket, it was tasty and tender. My wife had the grilled chicken on a salad and she enjoyed it.

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Our server had tables to scattered away from each other. The service was less than par. Food was deli and served hot.

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vipCFA709
Orlando
53 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Second time here. Won’t be going back. Too bad. Wings are the best. Would have been nice if they remembered to bring them out considering that was all I ordered!

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CHARLESP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

THE FOOD WAS VERY POOR. WAIT TIME FOR FOOD WAS VERY LONG. VERY LOUD IN THE DINNER. VALUE OF THE MEAL WAS TO MUCH MONEY

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Got right in. Great food. Nice staff. Quick service.

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Bfmc
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant is a decent size and was busy when we arrived at 7.00. We waited to get a booth which more space. Service was excellent and the food was first class, steaks all round at very reasonable prices. They have a decent range of lagers and beers. They have bar seating as well with TV screens. Definitely worth a visit.

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vipCwilsey
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went to Ovation for dinner. Overall it was good but not as spectacular as some reviews made it sound. Had a Caesar salad, filet with lobster cream sauce and salted Carmel cheese cake. Caesar has too much dressing, filet undercooked (I asked MR and came out rate), cheesecake tasted store bought with not much flavor.

Service was great until the end when it took time to get our server back to get our check.

Glad to have tried it but don’t know if I will
Be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Every time I book with open table for Ovations

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Melody
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Ovation Bistro & Bar never disappoints. We dine at Ovation several times a month. We have never had bad service nor bad food. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

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JaneS
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always! Generous portions always enough to have for lunch the next day.

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Sarge
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. Waiter came to our table right away. We even changed our mind about the side dish after the order was placed. No problem! Thursday is Prime Rib night so we had to try it. It was excellent

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GlenC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived our booth was ready, our server was there immediately and was very knowledgeable about the menu.
Service was outstanding and the food was great. Definitely will return at a later date.

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Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING does offer delivery in partnership with Toast 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 4.4 stars by 311 OpenTable diners.

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