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Ovations

4.4
30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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. Ovations is also known for its incredible sushi rolls, such as the zen zen with egg, seaweed salad, crab, avocado and cucumber in soy paper and the mango roll with spicy tuna and avocado topped with mango and walnuts.

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

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Sushi, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-10pm
Friday: 11:30am-11pm
Saturday: 4pm-11pm
Sunday: Available for Private Events
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Phone number
(732) 667-7810
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 30 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Fantastic all around! I will say the sushi was the weakest point but it was still great! We’re just picky. Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Love this place! great food and the staff is always very Friendly!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Really great service at the bar, including a complimentary Sophie roll! Will definitely go back when I trave that way again.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant. Upscale and awesome food. The entire staff is like a family, and they are open and friendly with the customers.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

First we were greeted by two pleasant guys, and brought to our private room. After that everything went wrong. The waiters took entirely to long to do any and everything. We asked for a replacement fork before he apps came, the fork came after the apps were already eaten. Later we receive our food which was not delightful. two different waiters were helping us and it was very clear that they didn’t communicate amongst themselves. I brought in my own cake for my partners birthday and they put the cake on the plate, that’s it. No forks no plates not even a knife. Then on the menu it’s said that gratuity is added to parties over 6. There was 7 of us. So i pay not even looking at my receipt. Then we were followed out of the restaurant asking NO TIP !? Yelling from the door to us on the sidewalk. Oh I’m sorry i was following your policy. NEVER AGAIN. Now I’m a hairstylist, i do customer service all day everyday. One even if you are not tipped you do not confront any customer, EVER. Before speaking self reflect did i give the best experience i can ? I do understand we are a crowd in our mid twenties but i do work amongst very elite and conservative executives and celebrities and it’s kind of insulting not being given any respect.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

This place was great! I was looking for a new spot that had a varied menu and drink list. This place ranged from sushi to burgers to italian and everything was amazing. I was expecting with the wide range of food styles we would have to settle for average food but that was NOT the case. The drink menu was just as impressive and everything was great.

It did get a little loud at some points as the bar crowd started to gather around 8pm. But if you don't need absolute quiet, I would definitely recommend!

I will definitely be stopping here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Ovations never disappoints!! Always friendly, always delicious and always a great experience!! Looking forward to my next visit!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Another wonderful experience at Ovations. The combination of excellent food & drink coupled with wonderful service makes this a can’t miss place. Since this time was for a business meeting, we kept things on the simpler side with sandwiches, etal that did not disappoint. The martini selection, remain expansive and everyone enjoyed their selection. Will be back again for sure.

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Nanci (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Went to Ovations with colleagues for a birthday lunch celebration. The food was excellent and the drinks were outstanding. Service was also very good. Tony, who greeted us was very friendly and made us feel very welcome.

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vipDMackDiningOut (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Good food for our business meeting. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was very good, but over priced for the portion size. In addition, the prices on the menu did not match what we were charged on our bill. For the money we spent, we would have gone to a nice steak house.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Ovations is a must try!! We drove by it dozens of times before we finally said " lets go". That was about three years ago and we hate going anywhere but here. Service is impeccable from the greeting at the door to the service at the table. There is always someone watching to make sure you have a drink or any other need you may have. We have eaten all over and being from NYC we are foodies..this place would have no problem in little italy or any big metro area. Jimmy the chef caters to all needs and will even come out an talk to the guests. At this point we have tried everything from Soups --dessert on the menu. We do fancy the specials. My husband insists on the soup everytime we come even when its 100 degrees out. He is also a big fan of the sushi menu. Overall this place is fun Girls night--Date night-- just want good food night! Don't miss the risotto or the fried calamari..or tiramisu . One more note everyone we bring says " Why have I not found this place sooner" Toni-Arbor-Jimmy- and all the fabulous staff really make your experience wonder evening out!!

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vipjudym (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent service. Menu was diverse. Quant local restaurant with a very nice ambience!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

First time, staff couldn't have been friendlier, and made a good impression on my potential client. A bit noisy, but it was due to the time of year, and I felt lucky to get in. I will come back, no doubt about it. It is also close to my office, so will continue to have my lunch/business meetings there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was amazing and the staff were exceptional!! Overall wonderful experience!!

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Ok...It all starts when you walk in the door and you are welcomed like an old family friend. I actually think I have a family I didn’t know about before. Such a great menu that is half Italian and half sushi...strange, but great! So, the 5 stars really fall on Tony and the wait staff. Ask Tony to concoct a shot for you. Even if you’re not a shot kind of person, it’ll be worth it. The attention he and the other wait staff gave was amazing. Seriously, it’s like a big, funny, boisterous family meal without the sibling rivalry or fights over politics. Ask for Tony...just do it.

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LisaB (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

The food and service is always good. The ambiance is nice but it was a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Ovations. We have been here a few times and have enjoyed it every time. The food and service are excellent.

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Joanie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

Ovations offers a warm and inviting ambiance coupled with welcoming service so it doesn't disappoint when the uber creative menu delivers on 4 star cuisine . A symphony of flavor for the palette! Highly recommend for all occasions.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great experience at Ovations. Tony greeted us as we entered and checked in later to make sure we were happy with our service. The shrimp and scallops with risotto was delicious.

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Dinnerbell (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Staff at Ovations made our group of eight feel welcomed from the door. Great drinks, appetizers of choice/taste. We had a vegan, a no-carb, a non-pork, and a gluten-free diet to contend with, and the chef handled it superbly!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

We are new to the Jersey area since July, and we have tried several restaurants in our new area. This is definetely on the top of our list. Will try their 'sister' restaurant 'Social' this coming weekend.

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

Our experience was wonderful from start to finish. Our wait staff and the owner were very attentive throughout the meal. Food was delicious! Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a group of 8 for lunch and the service and food quality was outstanding. This is our favorite restaurant in the area because we are always treated like royalty. Food has always been cooked to perfection and our guests (Sometimes romantic ones) are always very impressed.

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vipVinceTinNJ (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

This was a great find. Although the Ovation says it's "American" and has several different types of food such as sushi, quesdadillas, egg rolls and gnocchi on the appetizer menu, they certainly lean to Italian entrees and style. You can get burgers and steak as well and they offer nightly specials.

I had the soup of the day which was fresh and very tasty, a welcome to autumn flavor. I also had a chicken quesadilla for an appetizer. Both were delicious and not what you get in a chain restaurant. Did I say fresh? Yes. And you get the flavor of top notch ingredients.

The lamb shank I ordered was seasoned and braised perfectly tender. The tomato ragout was cooked with tons of flavorful roasted tomatoes. The sauce complimented the fresh sauteed fall veggies and delicious potato puree. ( I don't want to say mashed potatoes. They were better than that) The meal is plentiful. I had to pass on the selection of desserts which I am sure we're great considering the care taken to prepare.the rest of my meal, but they were standard fare.

The atmosphere was upscale casual. Comfortable. Dark woods, tasteful colors and lit properly. The staff was excellent. No complaints about the service whatsoever. Friendly, polite and very attentive.
If you are in the Middlesex county area and looking for delicious, upscale reasonably priced meal, try Ovation. It's worth a try. I think you'll come back. I know I will.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

My business stayed in Somerset for 2 weeks and we are at Ovations twice and it’s by far the best food anywhere around here. I’m from Charleston, SC where restaurants are world reknowned and this is up there. Ask for Tony. He’s top notch

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 11, 2017

Every time I come here I have always had the best experience. Awesome spot whether it's for a romantic date night or night out with friends at the bar. They have a great Manager's Hour too. I work in the area and often come for martinis (which by the way are the best around) and sushi & apps after work with coworkers. Good vibes and excellent food and the staff is friendly and accommodating. I recently tried their sister restaurant Social based out of Somerville 10 minutes away, and had an equally wonderful experience. You won't be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

We had the most amazing night at Ovations! We will definitely be back very soon! The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly! We highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2017

Awesome food and meal experience every time I dine here. That’s why I choose Ovations. Very friendly staff and food is absolutely delicious. Tony is a wonderful host !

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Special anniversary for my husband and I
Tony and izzy really are amazing
Awesome service and great food
We will be back soon

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