Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

4.4
370 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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vipkeithS2013
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We still love Ovation, but the server was overloaded and she seemed to have an attitude.

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BigE
Tampa
56 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was excellent. Special was good. Steak had ZERO flavor.

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NancyR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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viprevlousch
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, music

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Enjoyed our meal!

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vipkeithS2013
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our large party of 16

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FelicityH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The service was great, but the food was flavorless

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RobertY
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food. The pretzels and Guinness beer cheese was very good!!

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Bucky
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Patrick was a awesome host and waiter. Will definitely go back.

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Madasing
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience1

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.

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vipLauraG
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Father’s Day dinner at Ovation was an excellent dining experience.

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vipkeithS2013
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great people. The food was pricey would we go back, absolutely.

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Feedme357
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RhondaM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Lena
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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Avsgirl1980
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Champagne1
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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DianeB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always top notch here. Never disappoints!

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HeatherB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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.

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vipkeithS2013
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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Rosannadana
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Maybe if I would have gone any other day except Mother’s Day, I would have given 5 stars.

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TomW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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DebbieD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Server was extremely friendly and explaining menu to us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

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 !

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vipcndirector1
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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vipLalaK
New England
26 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
108 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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DaleD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Will definitely return. Went with friends and they were very pleased.

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Joni4
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere

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RayF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Lamb chops fatty and not much taste. Alfredo sauce reheated and seperated. Drinks weak> No Thanks

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MarieS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, friendly service. Great food! Have been here 3 tines and never disappointed.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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WoodyB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Ribs were over done burnt. Mostly bones not much meat.

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ScottM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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.