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..
white wine / fresh parsley / garlic / olive oil
spicy marinara sauce
Lobster & Crab Ravioli
cognac pink sauce
First visit and enjoyed the food, atmosphere, service.
Always a welcoming environment with great quality food and service . Everyone is friendly and aim to please. Thank you to our server Jesus
The steak was very tough. The clams were cold. The tea tasted as if it came out of the microwave
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.
Good food and very good service. Had the grouper and the ceasar salad.
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.
Great menu, excellent food, great mixologists behind the bar.
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
Always great service, great drinks and yummy food! Hoping they bring back the sushi bar! One of my favorite places!
I wasn't sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised! The food was excellent! Definitely great for a local night out.
Just had a quick hamburger. Burger was fine but I wasn't a fan of the bun. Too hard. Good bar.
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.
Always good.. one of our favorite local places, with a variety of menu choices.
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!!
The food was good, not a culinary experience, but a nice meal. The place wasn't packed but service lacked.
Food was excellent. I had the ravioli and calamari. Service was very good. I would definitely go back.
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.
I love everything about Ovations except the music. The most random music selection and not one song I actually liked.
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.
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.
Tony is amazing as well as the rest of the staff. Ovations never disappoints
We ate outside - the weather was beautiful. Can't wait to go back again soon.
Frequent visitor, great as always. Excellent food, friendly people.
Although the food was excellent we would not go back because many members of the staff were not wearing a mask including our waiter. Also the tables are on top of each other so you are not 6 feet away from other diners. I was in complete shock at their complete disregard for state protocols and the well being of their clientele.
Last minute reservation for Saturday night after indoor dinner restrictions eased. It’s been hard for restaurants to restart and we expected a slower service than usual. The tram did well and the food quality was excellent- coconut shrimp were great, along with plentiful little necks in a white wine broth for starters. The short rib ravioli were delicious as were the lobster ravioli too. Generous portions have us leaving stuffed without room for dessert. We will be back and glad they were able to survive the hardship- definitely a local favorite
All the staff were warm and personable. The place is comfortable and made you feel at home. Food was very good.
It was the 1st time my husband and I went to dinner at Ovations
From walking in to eating our meals the staff was very attentive and professional
Our food was absolutely delicious The clams appetizer and beet salad were perfect !
The seafood risotto and the short ribs were outstanding.
We will definitely be back
Thank you for a great and delicious evening
Great dining experience. Would recommend to anyone!
Everything was excellent except for the long wait for our food.
Have been eating at ovations for years and have never had a bad meal. They have a great menu and the bar always makes great drinks. We are always greeted like family. highly recommend.
Our meals were very good. A little pricey but we will definitely come back. Ambiance is ok, as the furniture seemed a bit worn to me. I was surprised the seated us next to a full table even though the place was practically empty. They then let us switch to a another table.
Very poor management response to my Open Table dining reward certificate. They refused to honor reward without even looking at the processing instructions that came with it. Manager’s attitude was very rude, but worse part was he wore NO MASK when he came to table. When I commented on the lack of mask he said he was vaccinated.. “want to see my card.”... ridiculous comment to a paying customer. Management either has no clue about NJ restaurant employee COVID rules, or they refuse to follow them. Overall horrible dining experience. You would think a restaurant would do everything possible during these times to treat customers fairly, and create a safe environment. Not here, at least for me tonight. Will not return.
Just celebrated my birthday at Ovations and the food was delicious. All my guest raved about the place and food. I will definitely be back.
Food was excellent, server difficult to understand, very clean
The food is excellent!! Great place to go if you're around the Rutgers area.
Wonderful service and food! Drinks were phenomenal as well!
The food was so good. We went for Valentine’s Day, the service was great. The vibe was there. The drinks were amazing. I ordered the fried calamari, coconut shrimp, penne vodka and it was all amazing.
very personal staff, enjoyable time! Food was delicious !!
Ovations offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 667-7810.
Ovations is rated 4.5 stars by 213 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 bookings at the moment.