Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.3
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173 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
#1 smokehouse in Central Florida: At Ovation Bistro & Bar, we are unashamedly passionate about the food and drinks we create. As a family owned and operated business, we are always ready to serve! Our mouthwatering ribs and in-house smoked meats have earned us serious street cred among locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. Sit back and relax with a refreshing drink in our warm and casual atmosphere. Our wait staff is not only friendly, but inviting as well. Voted the #1 restaurant in Davenport, and the Best Smokehouse in Central Florida, we guarantee Ovation Bistro & Bar will never disappoint you! We look forward to serving you and thank you in advance for giving us the chance.
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, good food, our waiter was great, always on top of what we needed, good place for a night out.

MR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat, really good food, friendly staff.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Set a Friday reservation for 745 and arrive to be told that it would be a half hour wait.

MP
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Good service.

KH
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager served beer and appetizer samplers to guests waiting on tables. He also stopped by to check on us personally even tho the place was packed and he was busy. Food was outstanding and I'd definitely recommend Ovation Bistro to all my friends.

EB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere. The only criticism is that despite a reservation we had to wait 25 minutes anyway. But that's because the food was awesome!!

t
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there, things seemed to be a little chaotic between cleaning tables and seating customers. Once seated. Service was great and food was excellent.
We’ll be back.

GH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine's Day 4 course special was excellent. Multiple options for all courses.

VE
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ovation is our go to place to entertain friends and family. Another great experience.

SF
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will definitely return. Our reservation was at 7:45 but they took us early. Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. I had the filet and it was cooked perfectly. My husband and daughter enjoyed the ribs. It is standard American fare, but they do it very well.

c
Charleston
48 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The write up made this sound like a fine place for dinner. It was not. It was a basic fried and/overcooked food.

PB
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time dining at Ovation Bistro and we will be going back. Food quality & variety was excellent. Our server Wendy was fun and very efficient !!

D
Wilmington
37 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice restaurant, looks like they specialize in BBQ, which we didn’t get. We had the shrimp appetizer which was good. I had the mahi-mahi with coconut sauce, in which I was slightly disappointed with. The mahi-mahi was slightly over cooked, was on the tough side. The baked potato does come loaded in salt (something a lot of restaurants are doing now), which I scraped off.
Next time I go I’ll try there BBQ.
The waitress Gracie was excellent, she helped make the visit pleasant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and menu had many options. Great place with a group.

FR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time visiting, and now won’t be the last. Excellent food, with excellent attentive service.

R
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Had a party of six. Three people got their food the other three waited an additional 10-15 minutes before the food came out. Once we got the food it was very good.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food, and excellent service from Robbie

CH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Waitress a little stuffy but not rude. Will come back when not so rushed. Had movie tickets.

DH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Our waitress was delightful. She gave great recommendations. The food was delish. They had run out of gf buns, so the cook ran to the store and bought more. Nice, thoughtful touch. No negative remarks at all

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at the door with a warm friendly smile by the hostess, we had a reservation and were seated right away, Our waiter came over as soon as we sat down, we explained it was our first visit he suggested some dishes, we ordered the Chicken Acclaim (me) and it was better then anticipated I highly suggest this, Wife ordered the Pork Chops. She loved them very tender with great flavor, the Cesar salad was very good as well,
I gave them a 5 for overall service food quality and the team work we seen.
Great job Ovation we will be back.

TF
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Ovation Bistro & Bar. There were six adults in our group, all ordered different apps and entrees and everything was outstanding and our server Tony was also outstanding. Looking forward to going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just getting together with siblings. Good and atmosphere were great! Noise level a little too loud for easy conversation.

m
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I had the bbq flatbread and the regular burger. It was delicious. Also had a few great drinks.

A
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Booked this restaurant do to its ranking on Trip Advisor. I do not know what meal that the previous reviews had eaten but our meal did not live up to their reviews. The staff was very attentive and friendly including the manager

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Most disgusting food ever!!! This is an example of a corporate greed, a sham with an attractive marketing presence yet know love or respect of food. Cold gray rack of ribs and dry over cooked room temp brisket the 2 signature dishes. The fraud is an attack on our society...

Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING
Responded on 18 December 2019

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MJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

recommend maybe only for lunch . Menu was very limited. All the pasta dishes were basically the same with pasty alfredo.... nothing fresh. Beef filet was a safe bet.

MC
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Usually one of our favorites as it is quiet, service good and food always great.
This night was completely different. Restaurant wasn’t busy AT ALL, server Mary was less-than friendly and not very attentive. Two loud young men sitting behind us knew some of the employees causing distraction.
One of our orders was incorrect and one not edible. Manager made it right but it was not our normal Ovation experience.
We will reconsider before revisiting.

RT
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brisket - great fish entrees
Love eating at this place.

CL
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took two friends tonite to Ovation. It was prime rib night. No issues with salads but when entrees came, the baked potato that was ordered was dry. No butter. Just potato. Guess the server never noticed. Asked for butter and it came after the potato was almost eaten. No sense of urgency on the part of the server. My prime rib was medium rare 16 ounce. At least 6 ounces of it was fat. Little seasoning on the meat that needed salt desperately. I was very disappointed. This is my 2nd visit to Ovation within a week. Something is different. Food use to be very good. Now it is mediocre. Not sure if I will be going back for a while.

g
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Golden chicken and brisket are amazing. Great service, too.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ambiance and decor needs updating and curb appeal a little worn out. Service was good but due to a slow Wednesday rainy evening. Would dine again for a burger during lunch time but not for date night. Expected a little more the price/value.

KI
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

If you go for HAPPY HOUR, you can only do happy hour pricing for appetizers if you are sitting on THE BAR RAIL, but they will honor drinks in dining room, makes no sense but Okay. We still ordered appetizers just thought it was odd. We enjoyed our dinner and atmosphere.

CL
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We always enjoy dinner at Ovation. Tonite for me was very disappointing. The fried pickle Spears were delicious. Really enjoyed them. I ordered a Cobb salad with grilled chicken. The apple cider vinaigrette was very good. However, the salad was very disappointing. Chicken was dry and overcooked. Salad had no eggs or bacon as described on the menu. Don’t think I would order again.

JB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous the service was top notch and the owner came around to talk and ask if we were satisfied with our dinner. Loved it. We will definitely return soon 🥰🥰

T
Tampa
67 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience in every respect. Our server Gracie is a delightful person attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and took great care of my companion and me. The food was excellent...I had the Tilapia Imperiale that was deliciously prepared, and my lady had the awesome Grand Caesar. For apetizers, we had the margarita flatbread and shrimp..night were excellent. Nice, cozy atmosphere, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Will definitely return. Check it out...you won’t be disappointed.

GT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Food came out in a timely manner in between appetizers and main meal. Food was hot and delicious. We will be back.

F
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks! Thanks to Stephanie for taking great care of us.

TQ
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great service and food here! Food yummy and can't wait for the doggy menu to come out.

EG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had great food and great service with each visit!

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Some of my party arrived early and were seated with no issue. Our waitress was fantastic,and the food was excellent!! Thank you for a great birthday dinner.