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Ovations, South Bound Brook, NJ

Ovations

4.4
4.4
230 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Outdoor dining available!

In the heart of South Bound Brook, Ovations serves a unique culinary fusion featuring sumptuous American and Italian cuisines in its relaxing and friendly eatery. For starters, enjoy the jumbo coconut shrimp with sesame garlic sauce and the homemade rice balls, 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 Giardiniera with arugula, mozzarella, tomato, red onion and balsamic vinaigrette..



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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 667-7810

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Every party deserves an unforgettable venue, and at Ovations we love to celebrate in a big way. If you are looking to host a special event or private party, we can accommodate any type of occasion whether you are celebrating with an intimate group of friends or with larger groups for life's big celebrations. Depending upon your specific event, we have several possible room options to suit the needs for your special gathering. For larger parties, full restaurant rental is also available. We also offer several party packages that are fully customizable and our experienced team will work with you to find one that works best for you. From corporate functions to birthdays and bridal showers, our friendly and experienced staff are here to make sure your event is truly one-of-a-kind. Please come celebrate with us and let us make your event a memorable one!

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - Central

    Good for Groups

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining @ Ovations and the service was great from beginning to end. The food was so fresh and cooked to perfection.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with my wife. Tony is amazing and makes you feel welcome the minute you step inside. He’ was very attentive and ensured that we had a great dining experience. Their cheesecake is ridiculous. I’ll definitely go back soon.
  3. AO

    AnitaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food at a reasonable cost. Great place for a business lunch. Only comment is that they need to carry red wine vinegar for those of us who don't love balsamic. Other than that, highly recommended!!!!!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Relocation celebration
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for dads birthday dinner! Sat outside on patio- great intimate spot with umbrellas to block the heat. Food and service were excellent! Would come again.
  6. XY

    XYZ123

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I really miss their sushi menu. Also, I really enjoyed the greater variety in their old menu. Food is still very good and pricing is reflective of the quality and the times.
  7. h

    home

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, not great. Very expensive Mother's Day menu relative to the portion size. Service just ok.
  8. S

    Sparkles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Food was average...food was way overpriced...service was subpar...restaurant itself was very nice.
  9. j

    jakeyc

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fabulous.
  10. TV

    TVRL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food, service, atmosphere all great. Good to have a nice place close to home.
  11. A

    Angeio

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner, friendly local restaurant. Once you try Ovations, you’ll be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service was incredibly slow. I have eaten there before and had a wonderful experience. This time they had significantly reduce their menu not giving us very many options. We are gluten-free and there was only one option on the appetizers. After our food came out nobody checked on us the rest of the meal, not for drinks or anything. We waited 20 to 30 minutes just sitting there after our meal was done before anyone came over to see if we wanted dessert or the check. The food was just OK nothing spectacular and I don’t think will be returning.
  13. n

    nzrz

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Wait staff was very attentive. The noise level extremely loud, even though there were only about 15 diners
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ovations was great place!! Everything was delicious and service was great
  15. XY

    XYZ123

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food (quality and presentation) with excellent service and nice ambiance … but a bit pricey. Also, miss the high quality sushi that used to be part of their offering. Tuna special was amazing. Simply delicious.
  16. DK

    DerekK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The short rib ravioli was on the online menu but not available in the restaurant
  17. K

    Karlv

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Noise level in the bar area was high, so we asked to be moved to the quieter dining area. No problem. Clams in broth appetizer was sensational. Food was in generous servings. The seafood in general here was very good.
  18. TV

    TVRL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First visit and enjoyed the food, atmosphere, service.
  19. JA

    JacquelineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a welcoming environment with great quality food and service . Everyone is friendly and aim to please. Thank you to our server Jesus
  20. n

    nzrz

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The steak was very tough. The clams were cold. The tea tasted as if it came out of the microwave
  21. B

    Beryl

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Service was sub par. Server was very pleasant, however server should not be reaching over the table when serving. Person should go around the table next to the person being served. Example pouring wine across the table and hands the plate across the table. Table should also be cleared before serving the next course. Also the 20% tip and total was predetermined by handwritten note and included the tax in tip calculation.
  22. C

    Chino

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and very good service. Had the grouper and the ceasar salad.
  23. AK

    AlanK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Out Waiter had a very bad attitude, disrespectful and did a very bad job. Salad arrived 50 minutes after we ordered it. I asked where are entres are after sitting at our table for 1 hour and 45 minutes and I did not get an apology until I asked for one but it was not a sincere apology and it was delivered with a really bad attitude. My wife and I had the worst service we ever had in a restaurant. While we waited a long time to get wine refills and our meal, our waiter was too busy talking to workers. This restaurant has really good food but it is managed so poorly . The restaurant food is good enough to pack the restaurant but poor management results in a restaurant that was half empty on a Saturday night at 7:00-9 PM. That is prime time for the restaurant business.
  24. PP

    PaulP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great menu, excellent food, great mixologists behind the bar.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I understand that NJ and US are experiencing supply chain issues, but so much was not available from the menu Otherwise, as always great food and service
  26. S

    Sarahd80

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, great drinks and yummy food! Hoping they bring back the sushi bar! One of my favorite places!
  27. BL

    BigLou

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I wasn't sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! The food was excellent! Definitely great for a local night out.
  28. TF

    TimF

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Just had a quick hamburger. Burger was fine but I wasn't a fan of the bun. Too hard. Good bar.
  30. c

    casanita

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I feel like they may have a new chef. Seems better than ever. It’s always been pretty good but this last visit the food was excellent. The noise level had to do with our choice to eat outside and the traffic does whizz by. Overall a lovely luncheon experience with friends.
  31. NJ

    NJtru

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good.. one of our favorite local places, with a variety of menu choices.
  32. CT

    CynthiaT

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was delicious! Sautéed clams, chicken Marsala, chicken francaise, seafood risotto….great. Very slow night. Just two other tables with patrons. Waiter follow up not good, but other service was. I would certainly return!!
  33. KC

    KC2021

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    The food was good, not a culinary experience, but a nice meal. The place wasn't packed but service lacked.
  34. JM

    JacquieM

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. I had the ravioli and calamari. Service was very good. I would definitely go back.
  35. K

    Karlv

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Appetizers were generous, especially the clams. Easily shared by two. The chicken marsala was excellent, the short ribs less so. The ribs were overdone and were short on flavor. In general, though, good food and a casual ambience, with patio dining available.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bloody amazing
  37. M

    Michele

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love everything about Ovations except the music. The most random music selection and not one song I actually liked.
  38. LF

    LoveFood

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was our first time here and we enjoyed our meals. Rice Ball appetizer was delicious. Ordered the Beet salad and it was ok. Not sure beets were freshly roasted as I anticipated, and should use less dressing or put it on the side. Main entrée and dessert were good. Will go back.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We dined here last night, having enjoyed the experience on a previous visit. We arrived for our reservation at 6:45pm and were seated promptly on their outdoor patio as requested. Unfortunately, that’s where the “promptness” ended. It was 7:30 pm before we our appetizers arrived and at 8:15 pm, we were still waiting for our entree. When we questioned the waiter, he said there was a “problem” in the kitchen (clearly!) and we’d have our food shortly. Several tables on the patio actually left before their food arrived due to the wait. Dinner finally was served at 8:30 pm. Glitches are understandable and every place can have a bad night, but there was little communication about the issue, nor was there any offer of compensation - a drink comp or free dessert would have been a gracious touch. The food was good and the ambiance enjoyable on a late spring evening, but would be reluctant to return any time soon. Problems happen, but it’s how you handle them that makes all the difference.
  40. AC

    AnthonyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony is amazing as well as the rest of the staff. Ovations never disappoints

FAQs

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

Ovations is rated 4.4 stars by 230 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Ovations

295 Canal Rd, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    New Brunswick

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 667-7810

  • Private party facilities

    Every party deserves an unforgettable venue, and at Ovations we love to celebrate in a big way. If you are looking to host a special event or private party, we can accommodate any type of occasion whether you are celebrating with an intimate group of friends or with larger groups for life's big celebrations. Depending upon your specific event, we have several possible room options to suit the needs for your special gathering. For larger parties, full restaurant rental is also available. We also offer several party packages that are fully customizable and our experienced team will work with you to find one that works best for you. From corporate functions to birthdays and bridal showers, our friendly and experienced staff are here to make sure your event is truly one-of-a-kind. Please come celebrate with us and let us make your event a memorable one!

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