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OVATIONS by America Eats, Vienna, VA

OVATIONS by America Eats

4.0
4
453 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
At OVATIONS by America Eats, guests attending performances at the Filene Center will enjoy Chef José Andrés’ take on American classics and dine al fresco pre-show, or have the option to choose from a selection of prepared picnics.

**OVATIONS by America Eats is ONLY open on Wolf Trap performance days for the Filene Center during their Summer Season. OVATIONS by America Eats opens 2.5 hours before the beginning of the show.

Buffet price:
$45/ adult
$22.50/ Children 10-under

Picnic Box: $20/Person

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 255-4017

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Vienna

  • Cross street

    Off of the Dulles Toll Road

  • Parking details

    Free parking available at Wolf Trap Park Performing Arts Park.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 453 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RE

    REBECAE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The buffet was spectacular and the service outstanding. Thank you Ovations for a wonderful pre-show experience!!
  2. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    422 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    422 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    So overpriced for what you get. True, the food is better than it used to be, but still....Convenience is the big drawing card.
  3. AW

    AmandaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Full disclosure: I am not a big fan of buffets since I find it seems to be hard to maintain quality when food is mass-produced. In my opinion, the food was just average tasting at a high price point. Unfortunately, prime location often seems to be attached to mediocre-tasting food. I did enjoy some of the food offerings e.g. mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and key lime pie. Our server was very friendly, but also must have been very busy as I would have liked to see her a bit more. Both my husband and I did enjoy the cocktails, and ultimately I would dine here again just for the convenience and the ability to have tasty cocktails so close to the Filene Center. The cocktails inside the Filene Center are not surprisingly very unimaginative. :)
  4. KB

    KrysB

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and there was so much variety! Everything was delicious! It’s a little pricy, but worth it. The staff was very welcoming and it was a great way to relax before the concert.
  5. MB

    MicheleB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous selection of salads, starters, main dishes and sides all beautifully presented. Everything we tried was delicious. Nice dessert selection (except we didn't leave room for dessert) Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Had perfect weather so it was a lovely evening to eat dinner outside. Looking forward to returning to Ovations!
  6. M

    Michael818

    Washington DC

    210 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    If attending a show at the Filene Center this isa convenient place to eat. Note that it is buffet only at $45 per person. If you're looking for healthy choices, I would look elsewhere.
  7. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    My wife and I had a great time. Food was decent. But, unfortunately, not consistent. They ran out some food and in the rush to get it back in the Buffett they sacrificed on the cooking of it. For example the salmon went from awesome (first sampling) to vastly undercooked (second sampling). That aside, everything else was great.
  8. SC

    SaraC

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    `Ovations serves delicious food in a beautiful natural setting outdoors. The service is friendly and attentive. The restaurant is a lovely way to gather and visit with friends prior to the specific Wolf Trap performance you are attending. However, it is entirely too expensive . . . particularly for buffet-style food. Eating here - on top of buying tickets for the stage show - makes for a very pleasant but expensive evening out.
  9. LH

    LynnH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It is great to try once but very expensive and it is a buffet. The food is okay, not very hot. A great variety but not hot and there is a wait time for them to replenish. Serve is slow. The view is amazing and it was relaxing to sit and enjoy before the show.
  10. B

    Barbara

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We have eaten at Ovations numerous times over the years when we have attended special events at Wolf Trap. It is a good alternative to picnic eating, but it has gotten so expensive that convenience is no longer a primary consideration, and food quality (while good) is hardly worth the cost. We are disappointed as we are no longer of a "picnic" age, and will plan on eating elsewhere prior to future performances.
  11. JB

    JaneB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was tasty. However, the food wasn’t replaced in a timely manner. The salmon and watermelon seemed to always be empty. One had to circle the entire buffet table to decide ones options. At times, it led to chaos as people were bunching up waiting to serve themselves. Not enough room between the 2 buffet tables.
  12. KL

    KelleyL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Side dishes were tasty and abundant. Proteins could use improvement. Brisket was gray and unappetizing. Desserts would be vastly improved with the addition of ice cream to accompany the cobbler and cookie selection. Friendly service and convenient and pleasant setting.
  13. MH

    MertonH

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Concert. The buffet was fantastic. Jose Andres is doing a great job.
  14. KL

    KathyL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I checked the menu online prior to making a reservation. It did not show a buffet. It was order from a menu. My party consisted of 3 'senior' women. One of whom is 80 years old with a very small appetite. She probably did not eat $10.00 worth of food. The other two did not eat anywhere near $45.00! My $13.00 glass of wine was quite small; 4 ounces at most. I don't mind paying well for high quality food & service but neither was high quality. The food was average, dessert that I had was poor and service was not good. We had to get the server's attention every time we needed something. He kept forgetting what we asked for and we had to ask 2 or 3 times. We were not overly needy. Perhaps he was new or perhaps you are understaffed. I will definitely not dine in Ovations again, nor will my companions. We will dine before we get to Wolf Trap. $45.00 is entirely too much for what we experienced.
  15. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sadly, this is a buffet meal and you can not individual items. If you like comfort food and all you can eat before a show, this is the way to go. Get there early so you can sit and enjoy the evening before the show begins. Sadly, coffee and tea are extra. For our visit, the shrimp, pulled pork, green bean casserole, bean salad and hush puppies were the stand-out items.
  16. CC

    CeCe

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ovations was a great restaurant and a great choice when you are going to Wolfe Trap. The buffet had a lot of choices of delicious foods. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  17. JC

    JayCee

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great location to meet up, eat and stroll to the concert. Ally was our server and she was friendly and simply outstanding! I loved the shrimp, brisket and all of the veggies.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some say $45 is to much for a buffet, but I really did not mind the price. The food selection was great, not overwhelming and the food taste great. Yes you have to pay for drinks seperate, I would have liked if tea or coffee was included in the price.
  19. TC

    ToddC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed great food before a great concert!
  20. GH

    GwenH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. The food was great!
  21. K

    Kenn

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Ovations was convienent, the food OK. The brisket was dry and the pork fatty. For the price I expected better.
  22. SF

    SarahF

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love Jose Andres! A perfect way to begin a perfect evening. (If a little on the pricey side.)
  23. Z

    Zizzy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Terrific atmosphere. A perfect start to our concert evening at Wolf Trap.
  24. KW

    KatW

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    For a vegetarian, there was plenty of amazing side dishes that were anything but side dishes.
  25. DK

    DavidK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful night. Great food and a great way to get ready for a show.
  26. A

    Acatlvr

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was very good. I loved it all. Ate too much.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner at Ovations before Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on 29 August! Great service by Jesse, the part-bartender, part-waiter since the college staff had mostly returned to school late in the season! No problems, no delays in exceptional service even with fewer staff -- we even got to see Chef Jose Andres in the restaurant shortly before he was the special guest on Wait Wait! Looking forward to more visits to Wolf Trap and to Ovations -- keep up the great work and continue to seat guests who arrive before 5:30!
  28. KD

    KarenD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ovations is the perfect place to begin your Wolftrap evening. I make it a habit. One of us has mobility challenges, the weather was extraordinary in this outside venue on an August night. We loved all of it even before we got to the performance. Scrumptious!
  29. RK

    RachelK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    FOR A RESTAURANT AT SUCH A LARGE VENUE AS WOLF TRAP - YOU CANNOT GO WRONG. THE FOOD OVERALL WAS PRETTY GOOD. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A TUCH HOTTER, BUT THEY WERE REPLENISHING THE BUFFET CONSTANTLY AND THERE WAS A VARIETY OF CHOICES FOR EVERY ONE. THE ONLY AREA THEY NEED IMPROVEMENT IS THEIR BEVERAGES THEY HAD RUN OUT OF LEMONADE AND DID NOT HAVE AS MANY CHOICES. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE BETTER DESSERTS FOR $45.00 PER PERSON. ALL IN ALL WE ENJOYED OURSELVES.
  30. A

    Alidar

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We were seated 1/2 hour after our reservation time and we were on time for our reservation. Seriously slammed. But food was good and waiter was excellent. Just need to handle reservations better.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food and location, but a bit pricey probably because they are the in only resturant at Wolf Trap. The food is great though, so please stay!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it.
  33. J

    Jilliand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, thank you! The food was great and the service excellent.
  34. l

    ltoldtown

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Barbecue-style buffet, nothing fancy. Easy eats pre-concert.
  35. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food that is served and kept hot using heated trays. For those of you who are wining about the cost, you should go out and shop for jumbo shrimp, brisket, etc - good quality food ain't cheap. So next time pack a picnic!! The salad selection is superb - the key lime is tasty - but best of all is the cheerful service by the professional staff of servers - and yes leave them a nice tip - what a fine way to give our up-and-coming generation a little financial boost.
  36. D

    Drudge

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and there was a great selection. It's a bit steep at $45 -- how much food can you really eat?
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This was a very poor experience because the food was fair and the price is out of sight for what you get. The noise level was so loud we couldn't even conduct conversation and we were seated on an aisle where the waiters were rushing back and forth. If you were desperate for a place to eat at Wolf trap I guess I would suggest this, otherwise bring your own picnic or find another place to go.
  38. EB

    EileenB

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I enjoyed the buffet at Ovations prior to the concert at Wolf Trap. There was a good selection of entrees and sides, as well as salads and desserts. It was surprisingly noisy, given that there are no “walls.” The wine selection was limited and bottles were over-priced.
  39. c

    conniew

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Your drinks are a bit pricey. the buffet is also but i think it's an ok value for the food that's offered & the quality of it. The drinks are too much though. we paid $60 for a carafe of magaritas (about 4 1/2 glasses). it's just very steep.
  40. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was also great. 2 of us ate dinner prior to a concert and the bill was over $100- with tip included was close to $125. It was buffet service so I feel it was rather expensive for buffet.

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OVATIONS by America Eats is rated 4 stars by 453 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for OVATIONS by America Eats

1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Off of the Dulles Toll Road

  • Neighborhood

    Vienna

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking available at Wolf Trap Park Performing Arts Park.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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