Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Pre/post Theatre
Elevated views onto Sarasota’s historic Palm & Cocoanut Avenues

Overture Restaurant and Gallery Lounge feature a contemporary menu of artistically inspired American Classics – utilizing the freshest and finest ingredients with dramatic and theatrical flair.

The energetic centerpoint of the Art Ovation Hotel Lobby, the Gallery Lounge, offers creatively crafted cocktails and carefully curated American wines. Enjoy your libations while taking in the gallery exhibitions, scoping out the action in the Hotel’s working artist’s studio and enjoying a view of Sarasota’s arts district.
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4.3
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New York Area
162 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Most people have an aversion to hotel restaurants so they have to be really good to succeed. This spot is just off the lobby and I would have hoped for a more secluded type location. I ordered one of their featured cocktails, something called a right hand I believe and it was absolutely terrible. It should come off the menu. Salads were delicious as was the main course. Menu choices are limited. The worst of the experience was giving back my appetizer fork to use with my entree. I noticed the wait staff removing dishes at tables where people were still eating. Please wait until all at the table are finished before clearing the table.
I think with a better trained staff where they know to bring a clean fork for the entree etc, people can enjoy the experience. The bottom line however is that this will never be a destination point. Food was good but there is absolutely no reason to ever go back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Slow slow servicing. We were there an hour and on our first drink and barely ordered

JF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had seen both good and bad reviews on Overture. We had tickets to the theater and the hotel is extremely convenient, so we tried it.
The restaurant was practically empty we arrived at 6:30, but filled up a little as we were finishing.
The waitress was very accommodating, the entries were generous portions, very tasty, great presentation and very nicely served.
We did get the brussels sprouts appetizer because of the positive reviews.
They were right, very interesting flavor and presentation.
We would definitely consider returning

GR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best scallops I have ever had in my life! And I am 70 years old and eat seafood all the time. Beautiful space, beautiful presentation of food, delicious food all around, if a bit skimpy on portions. For a quiet, romantic dinner, Overture is one of the top places we have eaten in Sarasota. If you like lots of noise, huge portions and an obnoxious wait staff go someplace else.

JO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I thought the food was very good and well presented but the kitchen was extremely slow. It wasn’t that busy as there were only two tables filled in the restaurant. The waiter spoke minimal English and never came back to the table to offer us another drink or explain why the food was taking so long. We almost missed the beginning of our FST show.

PT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed this restaurant 4 times for a Sunday brunch, simply amazing environmental, violin playing, great service, amazing buffet, however last Saturday I had reserved a table for Sunday and recieved a voicemail that morning indicating the buffet would no longer be available.
When I arrived no one new why the decision had been made.
Very disappointing ☹
Paul Tomass

B
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, good food, attentive service! it was a wonderful prelude to an afternoon at the theatre across the street!

T
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a nice place to dine, prior to going to the Van Wezel for a show. The Brussels sprout salad is good, although a tad sweet and the fish was slightly overdone. Still, it was a pleasant option for dining.

L
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back.... very very nice... prices good... food fabulous... violin playing on Sunday.... terrific....

AT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Always great! Good food. Love the ambiance. One of my favorites. The smoked chicken is a home run.

B
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed a pre theatre lunch. The food was delicious. Our server was very nice and attentive. The atmosphere of the room was lovely and intimate. I look forward to a return visit!

MC
Tampa
61 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was pedestrian at best. We were the only table for lunch, apart from 2 ladies having drinks. Bread rolls we were served were totally inedible. Wine list very expensive and confused. It was like dining in an airport after the last plane had left. Would not return.

CC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are outside- no noise. Jamie was our server! She is attentive and excellent.

AB
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A new hidden gem in the Art Ovation hotel!. The ambiance alone is worth the trip, with artwork of many different mediums and genres throughout the lobby and restaurant, many of which are for sale. But the food is outstanding as well. From the crispy Brussel sprouts with sriracha agave to the crab-crusted grouper and delicious desserts, this is a must-stop on every Sarasota foodie's list!

n
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great except I got stuck in the ladies bathroom stall due to a broken deadbolt. I was in there for 25 minutes screaming until my husband got worried and a hotel person said someone is screaming in the ladies room. It was pretty frightening !!!

M
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for lunch. Food is good and the room is beautiful. Have been there for lunch on four occasions and will be there again!

m
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant surprise for a hotel. Frankly one of the better restaurants in town. have a rooftop drink first.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable as was the food we ordered. The cocktail was ‘the best’. Impressed.

B
Jacksonville
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were celebrating his birthday. The manager came to our table and asked if everything was fine. The wait staff came to our table with a beautiful dessert. We will be having dinner there again soon.

PJ
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Thought this restaurant was upsale. When we entered, we discovered it was not. Very loud rap music was playing. Lights were bright and harsh. Very loud overall. Had atmosphere of a cafeteria.

F
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with cocktails at the roof top bar then had dinner downstairs. We opted to eat outside as the weather was pleasant. Very quite outside by the way. Food was excellent . We all ate different dishes: steak & frites was on point, fried whole snapper was perfect, raviolis and shot ribs were tender and so tasty! Service was friendly and very competent ! We met one of the very talented and friendly manager “Freddie Mercury” who made our evening even more personable. We will return... we had a lovely evening !!

PT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, service food and facilities were all wonderful. Definitely now on our favorites list. Great value for money👍🥂😊

f
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We started on the rooftop bar. Lots of kids as the pool is there. Noisy but fun with fancy unusual cocktails. Most are $12 each. Nice view of downtown and the gulf. Dinner is on the main floor. Restaurant was almost empty. Most people were in the lobby bar and the rooftop bar. Food was excellent. Loved the sautéed Brussels sprout appetizer. Scallops also very good. Prices are all ala carte but seemed reasonable. Nice hotel restaurant.

T
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Poor wine selection. Fish over cooked.

NF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Definitely will be going there again!

S
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. We were the only table occupied and it took tooling to get out food

DD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

AWFUL. Management was HORRIBLE. Server was excellent but too many things out of her control. It is clear to see why the restaurant was empty. Truly a shame. will never return and move the idea of other banquet functions away from the property.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We waited 50 minutes for out food. The restaurant wasn't even busy. We won’t going back.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience2

The entree offer on the menu was not available. Our second choice took forever to be served. Very disappointed at the unprofessional service. Had guess with me and it made me feel embarrassed.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and exceptional service.

M
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it!

MV
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unusual for a restaurant in a hotel to be good enough to go to for a meal even when we are not staying there. Rooftop bar is cool.

N
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It wasn't as good as I remember it the first time. Maybe a different chef? It was worth the price the first time, but this time around, not so much. I was a bit disappointed.

NW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

It was uncomfortably cold. The service was hurried. Our appetizers were brought as our cocktails were served with no interval to enjoy our drinks. The serving dishes are attractive but not functional.
It was a shame because overall the food was good.
We will not be back.

e
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We had so looked forward to our night out at Ovation. When we walked into the lobby, where was an overpowering perfume odor. When we were sitted, we asked the waitress about the smell and she said it's a floral scent they have pumped in through the air system in the hotel and they have no control over it, but many complaints. This is a very sad for this restaurant has it totally overpowered any smell from the food.

DJ
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a Special Occasion to Dinner there.

RT
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner looked like a work of art on a plate. Great service and a delicious dinner - our first visit. Everything was served hot and timely. We look forward to many more visits to Overture Restaurant. It is also very convenient to the local theaters.

r
Tampa
72 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the shishito peppers. The ice cream sundae was bland & servers interrupt a little too frequently.

OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The valet parking was $10

TT
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Need to address the roof top bar soon. Too much sun and not enough shade. I feel sorry for the bar tenders.