Ovations

4.5
186 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Outdoor dining available!

In the heart of South Bound Brook, Ovations serves a unique culinary fusion featuring sumptuous Asian and Italian cuisines in its relaxing and friendly eatery. For starters, enjoy the jumbo coconut shrimp with sesame garlic sauce and the homemade mac and cheese gnocchi, which display Ovations inventive aesthetic. Some of the house specialties include the pan seared scallops and shrimp with white wine sauce served over risotto, the braised boneless short ribs baked with port wine and plum tomatoes and the chicken sorrentina with eggplant, mozzarella and prosciutto.

Be sure to visit Ovations during its happy hour “manager’s hour” Monday through Friday, where delightful drink and food discounts abound.

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vipFrancis
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were warm and personable. The place is comfortable and made you feel at home. Food was very good.

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NancyLeeA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the 1st time my husband and I went to dinner at Ovations
From walking in to eating our meals the staff was very attentive and professional
Our food was absolutely delicious The clams appetizer and beet salad were perfect !
The seafood risotto and the short ribs were outstanding.
We will definitely be back
Thank you for a great and delicious evening

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Would recommend to anyone!

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ElizabethZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent except for the long wait for our food.

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vipPatriciaK
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been eating at ovations for years and have never had a bad meal. They have a great menu and the bar always makes great drinks. We are always greeted like family. highly recommend.

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RBRB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our meals were very good. A little pricey but we will definitely come back. Ambiance is ok, as the furniture seemed a bit worn to me. I was surprised the seated us next to a full table even though the place was practically empty. They then let us switch to a another table.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Very poor management response to my Open Table dining reward certificate. They refused to honor reward without even looking at the processing instructions that came with it. Manager’s attitude was very rude, but worse part was he wore NO MASK when he came to table. When I commented on the lack of mask he said he was vaccinated.. “want to see my card.”... ridiculous comment to a paying customer. Management either has no clue about NJ restaurant employee COVID rules, or they refuse to follow them. Overall horrible dining experience. You would think a restaurant would do everything possible during these times to treat customers fairly, and create a safe environment. Not here, at least for me tonight. Will not return.

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RobnRob4ever
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just celebrated my birthday at Ovations and the food was delicious. All my guest raved about the place and food. I will definitely be back.

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Buttercup1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, server difficult to understand, very clean

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LeslieO
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent!! Great place to go if you're around the Rutgers area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Drinks were phenomenal as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was so good. We went for Valentine’s Day, the service was great. The vibe was there. The drinks were amazing. I ordered the fried calamari, coconut shrimp, penne vodka and it was all amazing.

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GordonH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very personal staff, enjoyable time! Food was delicious !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is absolutely amazing. It is good for romantic dinner or a birthday party. The food is excellent, never did we get disappointed.

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Omayma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Ovations for being able to accommodate a large party for my birthday! Food was delicious, service was impeccable. Very nice ambience, and such a lovely evening. Thank you to all the staff for allowing me to have such a memorable night, can’t wait to visit again!

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AnnieP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Upon entering the restaurant, was very surprised that the hostess/owner was not wearing a face mask during this pandemic when it is required in all dining establishments in NJ. She continued to walk throughout the restaurant the entire evening without a mask speaking to customers, which we did not appreciate. However, we decided to stay. Our face masked server was fantastic - very attentive and friendly. Our variety of pasta meals were all delicious, and our cocktails were also very enjoyable. The restaurant was busy for a Saturday night however we did not feel rushed. The spacing of the tables seemed reasonable. Overall, we enjoyed the evening but again did not appreciate the lack of respect shown by the hostess by not adhering to the state requirement of wearing a mask at an indoor dining establishment. May have to wait for outdoor dining to resume for a repeat visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Atmosphere was great wait staff was fantastic and the food was very good I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again

JC
JenC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Ovations for about 10 years now and have never been disappointed. The have a fantastic specialty drink menu. The staff is family and they make you feel so welcome and the food is perfect, every single time no matter what we get.

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vipManda
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food, service and atmosphere! One of my go to places!

GL
vipGeorgeL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience from the second you walk in the door. Perfect place to take your special someone or to kick back with family and friends

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Totally in covid occupancy violation at 80% plus full indoor
Hostess and bar tender/waiter not wearing masks in violation of state guidelines
As they kept seating people - we finally walked out when they became abusive to us
Been there numerous times in the past but never again

JL
vipJLCphd
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was phenomenal. Drinks were artfully prepared. Appetizer was clams, and I wish we had ordered 2. Each of us had specials, a fettuccini with beef tips in a brandy cream sauce, a grouper entree, and the NY strip with mashed potatoes that were so out of this world! Dessert, chocolate mousse cake and cheesecake were solid. Service was amazing. Made us feel like family. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a nice surprise! First time eating here, but won’t be our last. Food and service were excellent, and the outdoor dining area was set up nicely. A bit pricey overall, but a first class experience. Will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent. Cocktails were delicious. Ate outside on patio. Very nice. But... although servers had masks on, the manager (??) did not. Walking throughout the restaurant both inside and out making conversation with guests without a mask. Made us all uncomfortable. Tables were not far enough apart either. And we were looking forward to coffee and dessert but after they took our entree dishes away someone (not our server) brought us the check. Did not ask if we would like dessert or anything so we left and went someplace else outside for after dinner drinks, coffee and dessert. Our own house.

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AnnW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed in the quality of food and service

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JoeH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited seating, not there fault of course. Absolutely FANTASTIC food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Been coming here for 11 years and we love it every time

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday. Fantastic meal

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SusanA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Good food, wonderful staff.
Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

You don’t plate Asian stir fry veggies with crab& lobster ravioli. Just saying.

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LindaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinners- we were all happy with our meal from start to finish-will be back definitely!

CC
vipCapeCrusader
Montreal
73 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Outstanding clam appetizer!! Next time would order twice,
Noise level was annoying even when the room was not half full at 1pm.
Same menu for both lunch and dinner, but will try again .

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KellyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as always! My friends and I love ovations and the staff. They always treat us like VIPs and the food is always amazing! Their cocktails and wine selection are pretty amazing too.

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Tlwsc
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Ovations quite a number of times for casual business dinners, and we always have a great time. The menu is extensive so there’s something for everyone, and the service is always good. It can get a little loud at times if the dining room is full, but it’s not a big deal because everyone’s enjoying themselves. The sushi is quite good, as are the pasta dishes and others. We give Ovations 2 thumbs up!

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YazzyH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very nice waiter and hostess ... felt welcomed and enjoyed our time there

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Aceone
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great Valentine’s Day lunch date. The food was delicious and ambiance was so chill and relaxing. The music was soft jazz and lounge focused. We had an amazing time in the cozy semi round booth.

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Aceone
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend to Ovations for her birthday and we loved it!!! Our server Chris was outstanding & we just had to leave him something extra with the management to acknowledge his service! The food was to die for ! We each had some of the best Italian food ever!!! The desserts chocolate mousse and cream brûlée were phenomenal. We will be back to try the vast sushi menu next time! I recommend the cozy and classy Ovation Restaurant for any occasion!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was thoroughly impressed with Ovations. The service was fantastic, the owner & manager gave me a personal greeting which was really nice. Last but not least the food was outstanding. We all had steak, sushi, and salads. Everything was just so delicious. From start to finish we had an excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is fantastic and priced well.
Great service. But noisey

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu selection and great food!

FAQs

Ovations offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 667-7810.

Ovations is rated 4.5 stars by 186 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.