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Permanently Closed - Ovations at Wolf Trap

3.5
2514 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Ovations, an open-air restaurant overlooking the Green Meadows at Wolf Trap, offers a brand new pre-event buffet dining experience with a FRESH NEW FLAVOR of foods that will satisfy the "foodie" in you and comfort the buffet lover. Reservations are requested and recommended.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Ovations is ONLY open on Wolf Trap performance days for the Filene Center during their 2015 Summer Season. Ovations opens 2.5 hours prior to show time.
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Phone number
(703) 255-4017
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Cross street: Off the Dulles Toll Road
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3.5
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3.4
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SteveD (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on September 17, 2017

When we arrived at 6:15pm, we were only the 2nd party there and only about 1/5 of the place was set up for service. The hostess was wearing "Juicy" brand sweats and seemed more interested in her phone -- kind of depressing first impression, overall. The buffet had a good selection and even some interesting options, but I imagine the food is being brought in and is not cooked on-premise. They need to figure out how to keep everything hot. Most items were room temperature at best. The (cold) spiced shrimp were decent and the fried catfish too (catfish was not hot, but still crunchy and tasty). Desserts would have been better if purchased from Costco -- very lackluster rice pudding, cookies, and brownies. Trusted this place would be nice for my wife's birthday before heading over to the concert ... but we definitely won't be returning.

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GaryG (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food as always. We prefer the Neyla offerings, as we're not so much into fried (Southern) food

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on September 16, 2017

It was our first time at Ovations last Saturday and it didn't disappoint; excellent first impression and location, as we were going to the Gipsy Kings concert at the Wolftrap after the meal. The food selection and the presentation were great. On the other hand, there are way too many tables on the dinning room, so it's hard to go from the buffet to the table; it feels crowded, and the service was not up to par with the rest of the offering; it was disjointed and [unfortunately] our server was not able to communicate properly with us in English. Overall, very good. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful! Their coffee machine was broken and since it was the last meal of the season they hadn't replaced it. Coffee would have made the meal absolutely amazing!
The service was not good at all. It's a buffet so the waitstaff should be removing used plates when we go to the buffet. Our plates piled up two deep. Also we had to ask for refills on our water, didn't get them, so I took a glass of water from a table that had been set up but was unoccupied. Then it was a lengthy wait to get our bill. With that being said... the food made it worth it all!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was just okay, servers were friendly. Thought overpriced but since it was right there at Wolftrap it was convenient for walking to the show.

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Celmom 
1.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

Run, do not walk from this place. The food is terrible, service spotty at best, and all is horrifically over priced. The only positive is the location/convenience. Do yourself a favor and take the time to organize a picnic from Whole Foods or any of the other great take out spots in the area. We go to Ovations once every year hoping (assuming) things will improve, but they do not. Will never return.

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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

Service suffers after Labor Day...College summer hires have returned to school. As such, table service and Buffet maintenance (slow in refilling food item choices on serving line). Desert table had dwindled to only a couple of remaining items by mid dining. Visited Ovations pre-Labor Day and all was well.....

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vipOpenTable Diner (Melbourne / VIC)
5.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

It is not very allergy friendly. There need to be more options that are free of alliums in my case. I don't see why everything has to have onions and garlic in.
The staff are very helpful but as it is a buffet they are limited in what they can do.

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Andilee (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

As it is located right on the property of WolfTrap and serves buffet style fare from different area restaurants; my review is simply based upon the evening that I attended and I can't review for following evenings.

the food was good but WARNING - get there early because they don't appear to replenish the food and if it is gone you're out of luck. We arrived at 615 for an 800 show (Steve Martin and Martin Short). By the time we left I could see that a lot of the choices were gone and not replaced.

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vipdkfcleve (Cleveland)
4.0
Dined on September 15, 2017

Very convenient dining for shows at Wolf Trap. Service is friendly. Food is good--nice variety, buffet style, so going back for more is easy. Parking is a challenge, especially after the show. Price is bit high for food and wine.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Ovations is ONLY open on Wolf Trap performance days for the Filene Center during their 2015 Summer Season. Ovations opens 2.5 hours prior to show time.
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Cross street
Off the Dulles Toll Road
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(703) 255-4017
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Entertainment
After dining it's a short walk over to enjoy the show at the Filene Center of Wolf Trap!
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Parking details
Free parking available at Wolf Trap Park Performing Arts Park.
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Executive chef
Neal Langermann
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine