Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING
Steak & Ribs
seasoned and seared
Shrimp and Lobster Pasta
Chef inspired creation, fettuccine pasta, "Ofredo" sauce, chives and mushrooms
We still love Ovation, but the server was overloaded and she seemed to have an attitude.
Service was excellent. Special was good. Steak had ZERO flavor.
Food was excellent, service was great. Restaurant was a bit warm; portable air conditioners were being used. Overall experience was very good. We will be back.
My sister and brother-in-law took me here for dinner (my first time). This is a clearly neighborhood place judging my the way the staff interacted with a lot of the customers. I was impressed with the drinks, portion sizes, and service. Our server, Heaven, was a delight - courteous, friendly and attentive. And the ribeye was probably one of the best I've ever tasted - cooked exactly as I ordered it and so tender and juicy! Recommended!!
Excellent service, food, music
Service was excellent. Enjoyed our meal!
Great place for our large party of 16
The service was great, but the food was flavorless
They still can't get it together with respect to their AC. How hard is it to have a functioning and cooling AC system? Apparently very difficult for them. Should be an easy fix, but they still don't get it.
Great service and good food. The pretzels and Guinness beer cheese was very good!!
Outstanding restaurant. Patrick was a awesome host and waiter. Will definitely go back.
Dinner after Legoland. It was our third visit to Ovation. Seated immediately after using app. It was busy and they're hiring just like other restaurants, so service was a touch slow. Tilapia and ribs/brisket were delicious. House red amber beer is smooth.
Food not outstanding but not bad. Not worth the money we spent. It was nice that they have a GF menu, but the options are limited.
The main problem with out visit was another table where they were not controlling the kids who were running and jumping all over the room we were in (and they were screaming) and the "parents" not doing anything about it. When another couple left they spoke to the manager about it. After that, he seemed to glance over occasionally but did absolutely nothing. FYI, I am a parent myself and I know what to expect from kids. The adults who were with these children sat at the table drinking wine and ignoring the kids who were clearly out of control.
Our Father’s Day dinner at Ovation was an excellent dining experience.
Great food and atmosphere
Great people. The food was pricey would we go back, absolutely.
Called 15 minutes prior to arrival and got a table reserved for a party of 5. Service was spot on and food was served in a timely manner. Drinks two for one.
We made a last minute reservation online and our party of 13 was seated quickly. The food was good and our waitress was awesome. She was friendly and attentive to small details.
Saw table we eventually were seated at was empty when we walked in, wound up waiting for 15 min, even though we were a bit early for our reservation. Husband pointed out the empty table which we finally got seated at. Table behind us had a baby which made a royal mess around the high chair, they left shortly after we got seated, by the time we left all staff had done was sweep the mess into a pile. I realize restaurants are hurting for staff but the one doing the seating couldn't have taken 30 seconds away from the door to sweep this up, at least the mess wouldn't be there for the patrons walking in the front door. Food was quite good, my husband loved the pineapple pork chops, I loved the Grand Caesar salad and French onion soup, our son didn't care much for the brisket, said the crust was limp, like it had been precooked and then put in a warmer.
Overall the food was outstanding my friend who likes well done steaks was impressed that the cook knew how to cook it without killing it. The only downside was the Lobster Mac and Cheese which 2 of us got as a side. The pasta was soggy and there was no flavor in the cheese sauce. But would highly recommend going.
We had a wonderful experience! The employee’s were friendly and extremely nice. The manager Mike was attentive and professional. Our food was spectacular! Everything was delicious. The service was five stars! Thank you!!!
Food and service is always top notch here. Never disappoints!
First the manager complained that I checked early (6mins before the reservation). They had not saved the table and we waited 30 minutes to be seated. Waiter was very inattentive. Drinks were not kept filled. Usually Ovation is one of our favorite places, but they were way off their game that day.
This was our Mother's Day celebration after attending church. There were 6 of us. The only issue was when my sister checked in the manager was a little abrupt saying this was not a reservation but a call ahead seating request and that we were 15 min early. A simple, "I have you down and will get your table ready" would have been much nicer. Then we noticed the server we ended up with came in just after we checked so I am sure the manager was nervous about not having enough staff. The rest of the time was great.
Maybe if I would have gone any other day except Mother’s Day, I would have given 5 stars.
We really like Ovation. they have a wide variety on their menu and it is the place we take guests to. Never had a bad meal nor have any of our friends and family had a bad meal.
Fantastic food. Server was extremely friendly and explaining menu to us.
This time was disappointed. This review from 22nd Of May. First of all our reservation was canceled by restaurant in the moment we walked in and tell them that we had reservation of priority table on open table. But they promise to wait maybe 10-15 min and they will have table for us. No, we waited more than 35 min and after complaining they finally give us table to seat. All this reservation ( not a reservation but priority table ) not exist. We was waiting like everyone who walked in. Thanks to Manager who try to make our visit better. I always use open table for reservation, because the main reason to don’t wait. Not in this place !
Excellent service and food. I was dining alone but had a wonderful experience. COVID practices were in place, everything, including bathrooms clean and well maintained. I truly enjoyed the Seafood Imperial- Tilapia, Stuffed Shrimp and a large Scallop! Excellently prepared!!
Food was quite ok, Service took a very long time and was forgetting about drinks, water etc.
They cleaned empty tables with clorox bucket while we were dinning and the smell was so strong that we couldn't continue and had to leave without finishing our dinner.
It felt like we were having dinner in the middle of janitorial service at the airport bathroom.
Had the same order as on our 1st visit back on NY Eve, but this time the appetizer of chicken cheese dip was dry and lacked much chicken meat and the potato chips were many of them soggy/like oil absorbed so dipping them wasn't working. Ordered the lobster mac & cheese for 1st time and it too was dry, not creamy at all. The entrees, lamb Osso Buco and rib-eye steaks were as tasty as our 1st visit, as were the Caesar Salads and cake. The cake slices were much smaller though. We live and drive from another city so we were a bit disappointed overall. The waitress was nice and over-busy so attentiveness was underwhelming, which we understood. The restaurant was busy for a Thursday night. We tt some ppl earlier at the movies & recommended the eatery and to our surprise, they came to try it out. I've also, in the recent past, recommended it to my daughter to try when she comes up from Cape Coral. We will try it again in the future in hopes what happened was a 1-off.
Will definitely return. Went with friends and they were very pleased.
The outside dining area was rather small but comfortable. The service and food were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant in the Winter Haven area.
We have been going there since they opened the first one and it was one of our favorites. But the quality of food seems to be slipping each time and the menu is getting OLD. The servers could use more training also
Lamb chops fatty and not much taste. Alfredo sauce reheated and seperated. Drinks weak> No Thanks
Great, friendly service. Great food! Have been here 3 tines and never disappointed.
Everything was good except when we arrived we were told weren't on the reservation list . Why ? I don't know We even had a confirmation email & everything was correct. Time, Date & Location
Ribs were over done burnt. Mostly bones not much meat.
We really enjoyed our time at the Ovation. We got right in quickly and the Valentine's Dinner for two was really delicious!! The service was great, too. We would go back again.
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Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.4 stars by 370 OpenTable diners.
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