Ovation Bistro & Bar - Lakeland PRIORITY SEATING

4.5
278 reviews
$30 and under
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.
What 278 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server's were great. The owner/ manager stopped to see how everything was with our food. Excellent! First time there but won't be last.

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SamTora
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful. All three of us really enjoyed everything we ordered. The service was also very good. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Everything was delicious and great service.

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KimaniP
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food good ambiance. Excellent excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Wonderful place to top off our anniversary weekend!

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JenniferB
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter lives in Lakeland and we were looking for a new restaurant to try. I found Ovation Bistro and Bar online and decided to give it a try. We had the pretzel appetizer and it and the cheese was fabulous. We (4 of us) all had steaks and each one was cooked to perfection. We had three different temperature styles and they were all cooked just to our liking. The seasoning on the filet was a bit spicy but it was so tasty that I didn't mind it.

We will definitely go back!

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KimM
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall a great experience. Appetizer salads and soup all came out at same time so not ideal but all the food was very good and our service was wonderful.

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Patron22
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were 6 friends meeting for the first time in a long while, looking for a quiet, good restaurant for a lovely lunch. Ovation was perfect. The food was delicious with a great variety. Our waiter Bryan was funny, efficient and very good at his job. As we walked out, we all agreed that OpenTable had done a great job of presenting this restaurant (and we did a great job of picking it!) They gave us a round table off to the side and let us have it for 4 hours!!!

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vipMattM
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Try the Salmon, it does not disappoint

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sad2000
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great. Nice menu with reasonable prices.

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RobertK
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed the food and service at Ovation. The staff couldn't have been nicer. It was our first visit there and we will return.

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CRYSTALN
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very patient, can't say the same for my date. I took him to my favorite place and he boffed lol told me everything i needed to know about him!! Thanks ovations, I'll definitely be back😊

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susanm
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great pork chops & steaks cooked right! Baked sweet potato was delicious but my son’s baked potato was dry

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Dusty
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. One of our favorite places to eat.

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JohnnyS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We've gone to all three Ovation locations and this one is the most lacking . . . I had ribs and they were too done on the ends and not done enough in the middle. The ribs wouldn't break apart if that makes sense. Another one in our party had steak and while it was prepared correctly, it was doused with spicy seasoning which masked the flavor of the steak overall. My wife had the shrimp pasta and it was fine.

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vipFNANY
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food nicely served by courteous waiting staff. The grit with shrimp and the wedge salad are excellent. So
Is the key lime pie.

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SamTora
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent. We really like their pretzels with beer cheese, loaded fries, mahi-mahi and tilapia. Not a fan of their French onion soup, too watery. Really like everything else we have tried.

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SmoothJ
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was outstanding, also enjoyed the setting, very relaxing

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DanaB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 girlfriends and I met at Ovations Bistro for our weekly outing and will certainly go again. 1 had the pork chops and had enough for an extra meal to take home. Another had the steak salad and said was fantastic, the third had the special tilapia and enjoyed the added scallop, shrimp and sauce. I ordered the lamb chops with mint jelly and the lamb was cooked to perfection. We all enjoyed wedge salads as well. I highly recommend for any occasion.

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TedP
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Ribs - impressive and delicious. Fettuccine Alfredo with wood grilled shrimp - the shrimp had a nice bite and seasoned perfectly. The best I ever had. Reasonable prices. Recommend!

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CatherineE
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table was ready when we got there. The wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Every one enjoyed the delicious dinner!

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SamTora
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service were absolutely wonderful. Highly recommend!

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Thasos
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice little local place. I would not go out of the way to eat there but we did enjoy it.

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SamTora
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service at this restaurant were excellent!!! We had the pretzel and beer cheese appetizer. We also had Mahi Mahi and Tilapia. Highly recommend all of these dishes!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only had appetizers but they were amazing! Service and atmosphere perfect for a working lunch

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PatA
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

Don’t know how to make a chocolate martini. I had to send it back. The food had no flavor the brisket was dry in three pieces of asparagus was a joke will not recommend or be back

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I frequent this lace a lot . Food is always amazing . Sever was awesome

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AdrianP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We first came to know about Ovation through the Winter Haven location that is closest to our home and we LOVE everything about it, so whenever we are in the So. Lakeland area, that location is our go to place for a great meal and service. This trip, we had friends from another town meet us and they too were very impressed. Everything was excellent and our OpenTable reservation for dinner seating for 7 was set-up already upon our arrival. We have tried probably just about everything the menu offers and have always been completely satisfied and service is impeccable.

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KristyO
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Server was great, attentive and helpful. The food just wasn’t up to par as compared to previous visits.

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bobcatbeck
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good variety of food choices - mahi for fish lovers; shrimp, chicken a burger for our youngest member! Food was prepared as requested and very good. Very good service and accommodating when our 7 th guest did not show due course o car trouble.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the pork osso buco. Very tasty and tender!

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uncarich
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to ovation with family that had come into town for the weekend. We had a great time the food was awesome the service was awesome we couldn’t have asked for a better dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother in law’s Birthday

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LeahR
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time we have been there and both times the service was great, drinks were great and food was delicious. Steak was cooked perfect, ribs were delicious, apps even better. Nothing bad to say about this place. Will be coming back more and recommending to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent

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GregS
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food and nice service and good environment

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very good and customer service A1

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Chancey
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An outstanding and enjoyable dining experience. Great food and excellent service. Highly recommend

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FRenchie
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

I ordered the Brisket and grilled chicken with the lobster mac and cheese. I was advised prior to ordering that the brisket was smoked daily tender and juicy. That's not what I got it was impossible to chew, I wasn't even able finish it. The lobster mac was dry and and had no flavor. The prices are very reasonable but I just didn't enjoy the food that I ordered.

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