Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel

3.9
223 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
In the heart of downtown Sarasota, Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge, offers indoor and outdoor dining with Palm Avenue views. The restaurant, anchored by the stunning Art Ovation Hotel, extends the property’s burgeoning art and entertainment exhibitions as the onsite galleries flow freely throughout the lounge and dining room. Overture presents exhibit inspired experiences for a full immersion of your senses through Chef curated menus and orchestrated soundtracks.

Overture is rotating exhibitions of cuisine are an expansion to Sarasota’s exhilarating art scene and each new theme allows us the opportunity to re-design how we see and experience various cultures and culinary delights. Our Chef’s reputation for artistic presentation, innovative takes on generational recipes, and their focus on local sourcing create an unparalleled concept that will continuously evolve just as the gallery within.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 223 people are saying
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3.4
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4.1
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaryP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was very, very, very slow and we were a party of 5 in the restaurant which had 20 or less total patrons. Then 2 of us didn't even finish our meals because they simply weren't that good. Overall, our feeling was that there are so many other better places to eat downtown, which is a shame because we really wanted to like this venue since it is so close to Florida Studio Theater.

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Glad2BDone
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The burrata and prosciutto appetizer was excellent - top quality! The main course of salmon was fine once the skin was removed. The dessert of fried doughnut holes with chocolate dipping sauce was tasty and fun - not the ley lime pie that was advertised, but it was fine. The service was just right - not to much waiting, not hovering. We requested outdoor seating. The breeze was perfect, the noise level (except for the occasional motorcycle) was peaceful. Inside, however, the noise level was high, even though it wasn't crowded, possibly a result of the acoustical design. We had been told over the phone that the tasting menu was available at the rooftop bar, but that was not correct. The rooftop bar has a very limited menu, and, actually, the views left a lot to be desired. However, the ground-level outdoor seating was lovely with that gentle breeze.

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Moonstruck
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was better than we expected. Service was very good. We ate outside and it was quiet and lovely. We would definitely go again!

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DianaK
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cosmo in Years!

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vipanonymous
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food mediocre at best. Slow but very friendly service. However very nice ambiance.

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LadyOptimist
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at the Overture was lovely. I had the Salmon over quinoa with spinach, and it was delicious! Salmon melted in your mouth, spinach was perfect - the whole plate worked so well together in terms of flavor and appearance. Hubby had Penne Bolognese, which was also very tasty - the bread served with it, lightly toasted, was perfect. We shared a bottle of the Carmel Road Cab which was excellent - very smooth and delicious right out of the bottle (no need to decant this one!)

The service could not have been better! The staff was attentive without being intrusive. We were not rushed. All in all, we had a wonderful evening. Would definitely recommend.

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vipHeatherR
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

All 3 times we have given Art Ovation a try have been disappointing. It’s always the service. Twice we have tried brunch on the patio on palm and the food was good but between not having an outdoor table we reserved in advance, to having to wait 10 minutes after our coffee was served to get silverware, to trying to convince the “breakfast chef” not to leave since we reserved for brunch...all of it has been a struggle. Music is good. We like the atmosphere, location, restrooms and even the food. However as locals who dine out a lot we will likely not attempt a 4th time. The guests staying at the hotel who were waiting 10 minutes at the hostess stand just to be acknowledged were not impressed either.

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klhawkz
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipJenniferS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had to wait almost 30 minutes after scheduled reservation to be seated. Host and manager were trying to be accommodating but service was slow and could use improvements. Food was very good. Mother’s Day buffet had a lot of variety. Restaurant and hotel are very clean and nice ambiance.

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Y2KD
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

We went for a the Mother’s Day brunch r&B live band. We arrived about 5 minutes late and were seated with in 10 minutes of arrival. Was disappointed that the live band was in a completely separate area from the brunch so we could barely hear it but it was ok. We both had filled our plates from the Buffett and sat back down (the egg station was fantastic, she did a good job). My husband had to get up and chase down a waiter to get someone to take our drink orders. They seemed to be short staffed with managers bussing tables and bringing drinks out also, considering the times we understood. The Buffett food was good but the biscuits had a bit to be desired (kind of hard and old like) & there was no other bread station. There was a nice carving station with turkey and roast beef(we didn’t partake in this but it looked good).
The shrimp cocktail was delicious as was the bacon. The deserts were a bit flavorless but all very creamy/cheesecake-ish which is not our style anyway, so not a big deal. The complimentary mimosas for Moms were good with the right portion of oj vs champagne. The overture hotel with art was very nice to walk around and view after we ate. We would overall go again and hope better service is available.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Interesting evening. Hotel lives up to its Art name. Food was Cuban and dry. Presentation was so-so. Wine list is disappointing. They now have a “regular” menu in addition to the Cuban menu. Avoid the whole bass on Cuban menu.

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LenW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was good, the ambiance fine but the music from the bar was too loud. We had to wait 30+ minutes to get our drink order in. The waitress was pleasant, however she was the only waitress working when we got there and was servicing the inside dining room as well as outside diners. The drink system was inadequate the waitress sent the order to the bar electronically and they were to deliver it . We asked the hostess for help and she went to the bar to retrieve our drinks. The waitress then ,on her own, went and got the wine bottles and furnished us from there on. This young woman was good. We like to go there when we go to Florida Studio Theater. I am not sure we will be back.

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Susan
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Small menu which wasn’t really to my taste, although everything was well-prepared. Our serve could have been better, we had some weird responses from her that came across as rude. Seating was outside just above street level, and tables were separated well for COVID precautions. Despite being basically street level it was quiet enough to hold a conversation.

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FST5
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the current Cuban themed menu! We were sitting outside along Palm Ave., pretty far from the kitchen, but the service was still very good! Easy to recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We have eaten here before, but we’re quite disappointed this time. They were understaffed & service was not good. Many tables sat with dirty dishes long after people left. For Easter Sunday brunch, I thought they would have been more prepared.

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Sandie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Our rating in no way reflects the waitress’s or the host’s valiant attempts to provide service. Our impression was that they were left blowing in the wind with no support to give good service. We waited one and 1/2 hours for our entrees. The waitress actually came by asking us if we wanted our check as she had not realized that we never received our entrees although appetizers had been brought out by other personnel. She had a look of shock when we told her. We felt very bad for the waitress as she was the only one working the entire restaurant’s multiple tables including a party of 8. The hostess was trying to help her out but had been told to not leave her post. I walked around to see who was available in the restaurant to assist these two and it was like a ghost town. The waitress mentioned a skeleton crew and that our concerns were not new. Terrible way to run a business.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst restaurant experience in my life why would hostess bring up anything political as we were being seated would never go back

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vipHeatherR
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

First time eating here and they were nice enough to leave breakfast kitchen open for our brunch reservations. Food was very good. Portions were good. Music was fantastic and our server was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had the Ropa Vieja and Cerdo Asada which were both excellent. The salads were ok. They apologized in advance for slow service but we didn't find it to be too slow. Would definitely recommend.

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Hal4474
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, cocktails were great, service outstanding, the only sour note was the roast pork my date ordered, it was well done, over cooked and tough. We understand things like this happen, and as I said our server was outstanding!They took care to remove it from our check, and we we love the place we will be back soon. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Beautiful atmosphere.

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vipLBKer
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience5

We hope they can hang on. Obviously a skeleton staff, but good food. While we were there 2 tables left because they never even got menus or attention.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed after accepting reservations but it was an emergency. No one’s fault

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KarelP
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was cancelled without any phone call or text message
No one even bothered to let us know

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KenR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Our service was very poor. Watress was not attentive and there very very few tables occupied. It took an hour to get our meal, but the food and presentation was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a fantastic find! Was a little worried about some of the negative reviews but we had a wonderful experience sitting outside. The service is a little on the slow side but it did not bother us as we were perfectly happy enjoying the view and ambiance. Food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Limited Menu and selection.

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vipUFAlum88
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The food was not very good, at all. Of everything we ordered, I would only recommend the whole fish.

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outlawpete
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We sat outside and greatly enjoyed the Cuban fare. We had plenty of space to feel comfortable. I am gluten free and appreciate that Overture’s chef is happy to meet special dietary requirements. They even made me gluten-free garlic bread. The fish was excellent as well! And the fried plantains are wonderful. Especially with Covid still constraining our activities, Overture is a welcome respite.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing.

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vipBethO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We left after the appetizers because they were anything but appetizing!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Services

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AnnD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Our New Year celebration dinner was very disappointing, the service was terrible and the food when we finally got it was very mediocre.

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vipMarnieG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

If it were possible to give negative stars I would. This was hands down the worst dining experience ever. Although the food was adequate, edible, the service was so bad I lost my appetite before even being served. And after trying to just make the best of it... the bill was incorrect making the night a total fail.
I hate to give such a negative review but this was warranted.

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vipDLHW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

New Year’s Eve

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CarolB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a great cultural dining experience. Not crowded, well spaced out and airy.
Highly recommend for this Cuban Experience!!! ( Cigar boxes on tables!!!!)

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outlawpete
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food—not so much authentic Cuban as a more US-style. But my friend and I both had excellent drinks and very good entrees, the beef in my case. The fried plantains were outstanding. Service was very good, but the place was largely empty due to Covid.

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viplala
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spring break with daughter and mother, three generations. Always the best ambience, paired with good food and service, makes for a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Much less than expected

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PatC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

When we arrived there was no one at the check-in desk. After a few minutes (not seconds) a pleasant young woman greeted & seated us. The waiter took our drink order but it was nearly 25 minutes before the drinks were brought to the table. One if the drinks was incorrect so it had to be returned. Another 15 minutes before the correct drink was brought. Dinner was served and the food was very good. We left the restaurant to go to FST for a performance. On the way back to the Palm Garage we returned to the hotel to stop in the lovely lobby bar to have a drink. We sat at the bar and there was no one to take our order. After we about 5 minutes we left. As we were going out the door we saw a person that we assume was the bartender return to their station behind the bar.

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vippapamurph1
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was really slow. We arrived for our reservation at 6:00 as we had a 8:00 show to attend across the street at FST. Our drinks took 25 minutes to arrive and dinner another 30 minutes or so. Food was OK not very hot. Finally got the check after I asked on my way out so at least one of us would be on time for the show.
I would like to say our waiter was very nice and I don't feel any of this was his fault.
Do not think we will be returning anytime soon.

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Overture Restaurant-Art Ovation Hotel is rated 3.9 stars by 223 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.