Ovations

4.7
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137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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. Ovations is also known for its incredible sushi rolls, such as the zen zen with egg, seaweed salad, crab, avocado and cucumber in soy paper and the mango roll with spicy tuna and avocado topped with mango and walnuts.

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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Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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S
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

J
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

SC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JV
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

a
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

m
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

P
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, as usual!!!

RT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Balsamic calamari was amazing

CM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the dining experience, the meal was unique and creative. The calamari appetizer was outstanding

CM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there Saturday 7/6 and lived it! Drinks were creative, as we the food! Went for the sushi and was totally happy with it...wife said “best I’ve had in NJ”
We will be back

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

DA
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here frequently for work lunches and work events, Ovations never disappoints. Food is always great, drinks are always refilled, and you can't beat the hospitality of the staff.

a
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We live nearby and had never tried Ovations. When it came up on Open Table, I read the reviews and was surprised that people seemed to either really like it, or the opposite. We decided to try it, and were very pleased that we did. We went early, so we benefitted from the happy hour $1 oysters and lower pricing on some drinks. We then followed that with the stuffed portobello appetizer and entrees. Everything was quite good, including the service and portion sizes. We’ll be back!

PG
Austin
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet small place with a lot of charm. The service was great and the food was very good. I had the lobster and crab ravioli and it was very nice. I look forward to my next visit.

TD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The service was bad and the they did not split the checks and the waiter didn’t say anything until the last minute and they had the audacity to come outside and ask for a tip.

MS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Ovations for many years. I brought another couple who were familiar with their other establishment “Social” and they really enjoyed Ovations. We had a wonderful meal and a great time as always.

DK
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Lot's of great choices on the menu. Attentive staff and owner. Reasonable prices.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience were all fantastic and although we ate indoors, the outdoors seating area looked well suited for any size party.

J
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! I had the Chicken Francaise and it was amazing. The fresh veggies served with it were cooked just right, not too soggy, not lots of stuff over them. Fresh, crisp and delicious! My husband had the filet mignon which is one of his go to dishes at Ovations. It never disappoints! He had Tiramisu. It was an enormous piece and he ate it all! We will be back again and again!

CI
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great food, excellent service. I bit on the noisy side and cigar smokers out side door wafted in every time door was opened. over all great place.. we'll be back

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were great. I would certainly recommend it for date night or girls night out.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Ovations this past Saturday evening. This was not our first time at the restaurant. We were pleased with our past experience, so we had no trouble choosing it again.

We had reservations for 7:45 p.m. We walked into the restaurant at approximately 7:42 p.m. and we're told we've been waiting for you. Now, that could be taken many different ways. It wasn't a, "good evening, we've been waiting for you :)" kind of tone. It was more of an annoyed tone. Strike one!

When we were seated down at our table, we waited approximately 10 minutes before anybody even came over to ask if we wanted a drink. After we ordered them they did come out quickly. Our waiter then took our order for our dinner. We both chose to go the Italian route for food, but my husband also ordered a Kani salad from the sushi menu. I ordered a house salad with my meal and it came out at my husband waited almost 10 minutes for his Kani salad. we understand that the Kani salad would take longer to make but maybe they should not have brought my salad out first. Strike two!

Our dinners were served and they were delicious. The food portions are enough and the food tasted great. After our plates were put down we did not see our waiter again until he was taking our plates away. Not once were we asked if we were happy with our meal nor were we asked if we wanted a refill on either of our drinks which we did need. Strike three!

If it were on food and drinks alone this restaurant would get 4 stars. ( because to get five stars you have to be really, really good lol) From the moment we walked in there, the mood was set unfortunately, only to be greeted by yet another rude and unaccommodating staff member.

SK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice for a business dinner. Great atmosphere and ambiance. Enjoyed it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience! The food was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequently go to Ovations with colleagues or my wife. Always great food and service! Will be back March 5 for my wife’s birthday! Menu and specials fantastic!

CB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Happy hour specials were great value.

DB
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Great restaurant! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

At first I thought the menu was odd. Who has Sushi and Italian food at the same place? I usually feel these places have both but neither is good. This restaurant is an exception. I had a delicious King Kong Sushi roll and it was great. As good as my favorite Japanese restaurant. We also had the flatbread which was delicious and 3 Italian dishes that were very tasty and good quality. I will definitely be back and you should go too.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was impeccable!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Made reservations, they were behind about 20 mins. We were ok with. Went to the bar and got drinks, should of stayed at the bar. Once we sat down we waited about 10 mins for our waiter. Told us that we had to order everything all at once, drinks, apps and entrees. I asked why and he seemed to get offended, said its because everything is made fresh and the chef needs time to prep the entrees.... doesn’t make sense to me but ok. We had looked at the apps at the bar and decided to get an app; told him and said he would come back when we were ready. I was concerned because the table next to us got their entrees in the middle of eating their appetizers. Personally, I don’t want my entree to get cold as I finish my appetizer. They did bring us some bread and a spicy mayo spread, at least that what we thought it was. But didn’t have plates or utensils. Based on the lack of service, I didn’t want to spend my money here, so I got a salad, wife got chicken piccata with pasta. Salad was good, wife liked the pasta but didn’t care for the chicken. Once we finish our entrees a busser cleared our plates and we had to wait another 10 mins for the waiter. Wife did want to get another drink and dessert but it took so long that we just wanted to get out of this place. Went to McDonald’s and got ice cream and a decided to watch a movie. Will never come back! I was really looking forward to this place but the service is ridiculous. Only place I can think of that you need to order everything at once is a deli and fast food. Dinner service felt rushed, and the restaurant felt unorganized.

J
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my 87 year old Mom for Valentines Day Lunch. Great handicapped access from the right side of the parking lot. She had the Salmon and said it was he best she has ever had....very juicy and tender! Fresh fresh fresh veggies sautéed nicely. I had he Bolognese sauce on rigatoni (they made it special at my request) and it was incredible. So much food, we both took half of our lunch home! Terrific service, beautiful atmosphere. Love this place...will be back again and again!

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been here a few times and it's always been great, however, both of my daughters found a long hair in their food, one had a cheese steak, and the other had a sushi roll. They were both grossed out and very unhappy. Nothing worse than trying to pull a long hair out of your mouth/throat at a restaurant. Bad enough it happened to one, but both? Not sure we'll go back. Big bummer.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and delicious food!!

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both Ovations, and its sister restaurant, Social, are among our favorites. Our recent visit was the usual top-notch experience. Thank you for a great evening.

JH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was great excellent apps and meal with a perfect coffee afterwards

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