Ovations

4.5
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165 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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

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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
38 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 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
9 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!

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vipCapeCrusader
Montreal
72 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

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

Good menu selection and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Noise level was a bit high though.

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vipJerseygirl157
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, perfect meal! I had the gnocchi which is superb all the time! Friends had the flounder which was yummy( I tasted) and chicken parm on my recommendation (best chicken parm anywhere!). Hubby had scallops and shrimp over linguine.. he aid the scallops melted on his mouth. Love Ovations! You can never go wrong!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They seemed lost and more concerned with helping larger parties than our small party

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PamelaM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very romantic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was unusually slow.

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Redd
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love Ovations. The service is always good and the food is delicious. I love the menu selection. Very nice varied food. The specials are always awesome .

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Farewell lunch was nice, but service was a bit slow, and there was a huge black fly buzzing around the table. Offerings are always good, but taking ~45 minutes to serve is a bit long, especially for a business lunch. Will try them again, as have had good luck in the past (albeit consistently slow service); staff is always pleasant and food is good ... just need speed for business lunchtimes.

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CharlesW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The place was so loud I left with a headache! The Marsala sauce was watery and not very tasty. I left there very disappointed as it was my Birthday celebration with friends. Unlikely to go back.

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Patricia
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ole friend

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vipScottyknick
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. It was our first time there. We’ll be back. The food, service and atmosphere were really very good. Thanks.

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DocMatt
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit off the beaten path, but definitely worth the trip. Service was great and portions were plentiful and well prepared. Caesar salad was great - we split one salad and was more than enough for each of us.
We will be back!!

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vipJerseygirl157
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the special, penne with shrimp, crabmeat, bacon, tomatoes in vodka sauce. Amazing!!! Hubby had the shrimp and scallops over Risotto... he said they were the most tender scallops he ever had. As always... perfect!

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SakinaC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my teenagers and we had a great time. Relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere. Very warm and friendly but also chic. Many patrons were also enjoying date night at the bar. Sushi was great. So was the risotto. Large portions. Really enjoyed it.

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JoeV
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best customer service, and the best food. It is why we always keep coming back.

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vipameliasgrandma
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yellow-tail tuna special was great, and my husband’s veal picatta was excellent, too. The medley of summer vegetables was just right! Our server took good care of us, with just the right amount of watchfulness and friendliness.

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michelle
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

the place itself is nice on the inside and the service is great, however I was not impressed with the food, I would much rather save my money for somewhere else. I do not believe it was worth the price, you can find better food somewhere else.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were delicious. We went on a Friday night the bar was packed and very loud

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vipPaul
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent, as usual!!!

KU
vipKeepUptheGoodWork
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lots of rolls: our favorite was the Hi-Hater. They were fresh and soft and met the description but the spicy ones were not spicy, and the flavors in general were weak, hence my rating. Decent value at $10-15/roll.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Balsamic calamari was amazing

FAQs

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

Ovations is rated 4.5 stars by 165 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.