Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING

4.4
357 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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLauraG
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipkeithS2013
Orlando
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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Sandy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
16 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
45 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
4 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
93 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
Miami
25 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
106 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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NickC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were accommodate outside and very glad of it - inside - admittedly one needs to take their mask off to eat and drink - but there was no protocol for social distancing. We would not have stayed had we needed to sit inside. That aside, the food was very good and Tyler our server was diligent and efficient.

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AbelR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Food was horrible I ordered a Ribeye Steak and they gave me a New York steak.

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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
106 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
4 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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Ovation Bistro & Bar- Winter Haven - PRIORITY SEATING is rated 4.4 stars by 357 OpenTable diners.

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