Ovations

4.5
213 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..



What 213 People Are Saying
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TVRL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First visit and enjoyed the food, atmosphere, service.

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JacquelineA
1 review
Dined on 21 December 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

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nzrz
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

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Beryl
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 November 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.

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Chino
Houston
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AlanK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 November 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.

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great menu, excellent food, great mixologists behind the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 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

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vipSarahd80
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBigLou
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 15 October 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.

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TimF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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vipcasanita
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 24 September 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.

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NJtru
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CynthiaT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 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!!

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KC2021
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

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

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JacquieM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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Karlv
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody amazing

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Michele
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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LoveFood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 May 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 22 May 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.

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AnthonyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBABS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside - the weather was beautiful. Can't wait to go back again soon.

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krammars
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Frequent visitor, great as always. Excellent food, friendly people.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

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.

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vipCarsnfoodforme
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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vipFrancis
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were warm and personable. The place is comfortable and made you feel at home. Food was very good.

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NancyLeeA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Would recommend to anyone!

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ElizabethZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything was excellent except for the long wait for our food.

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vipPatriciaK
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RBRB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

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.

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RobnRob4ever
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Buttercup1
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, server difficult to understand, very clean

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LeslieO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent!! Great place to go if you're around the Rutgers area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! Drinks were phenomenal as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

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GordonH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very personal staff, enjoyable time! Food was delicious !!

FAQs

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.