Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

4.6
328 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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DanaC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience! The food and service was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
104 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

1st-time visit and the experience was fantastic. The server, Tyler was exceptional in every way and very attentive, friendly, and engaging! The food was wonderful and had a variety. The Ceaser salad had long leaves and cheese slices, the Lamb Bucco as tender, plentiful, and very tasty! I love that this chain donates a free meal for each meal purchased that is designated with a heart logo. Hubbs had steak also a free donated meal and he loved that it was cooked rare to his liking and the flavor was good and meat juicy! The app, chips, and Buffalo dip was addictive! Tyler is a gr8 server and I'd say a 10 comparative to many in today's world! I have already raved and told 2 other families about this restaurant and their other 2 locations, Davenport and Lakeland none of which we were aware of either.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We dined outdoors. 2 of us were bitten by insects through the entire meal. Nothing above the table..all under table issue.
Our order was wrong with one person's Parmesan Chicken coming out as Salmon? His corrected order came out just as the rest of us were requesting boxes for our leftovers. Waited over 20 minutes for a second drink to be served. Had to request carry out containers for leftovers twice.
Food was great, prices were reasonable, and atmosphere in outdoor dining area was great.
Not sure if the order mix-up and delays were a server issue or behind the scenes problems. Server gave us a card for a free appetuzer on next visit. I think they should have done more, but, it is what it is. We will return again as we've never had any issues in previous visits and are chalking this up to just a bad night for the staff. Our server, Ann, was charming and apologetic for the mix-ups and that was appreciated.

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AlanB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. We live close and come over often. Can't beat the Filet Mignon.

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JosephW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived on time and were prom ply seated. The waitress took our order and brought our drinks. We were their on Thursday for the smoked prime rib and it perfect as was the service. We will be back again for the food and the service and will be recommending the Bistro to our friends.

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TRACIEJ
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First time customer Service staff were friendly and helpful. Food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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NeilC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and timing of the food was fabulous. Will defiantly come back again

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JimL
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a great place, even though it is in a strip mall. The place was almost empty so they did not ask for my reservation. We had a cozy booth with no one near us. The food and service is truly excellent.

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ShannonG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food here.

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JamieS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good experience overall, Mercedes very knowledgeable and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren was fabulous and the food was delicious!
Very family friendly!

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TomW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to this location once for lunch and it was very good. Friends wanted get have dinner and thought Ovation was the place we met. All our friends and all we can say is that food, service and locale were outstanding.

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BillS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Joel greeted us and was very friendly and super nice and explained the app to our phone. Waitress was outstanding and food was excellent. Will soon go back to Ovation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
17 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Bistro in the name but when you sit down they tell you they are a “smokehouse”.

Food was average at best.

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ChuckB
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the artisan salad which was fresh and delicious. Everything else was good too. We ate outside, but wish the bugs would try a new restaurant.

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MoniqueQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service!! Thanks.

TC
vipTeriC
Tampa
22 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
3 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
3 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
18 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.

FAQs

Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.6 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.