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“Excellent food and service! Our best meal on vacation!”

Ovation Bistro & Bar
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Ranked #1 of 229 Restaurants in Winter Haven
Price range: US$8 - US$36
Description: #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 dinning environment. We offer 2-4-1 wines, spirits and beer all day everyday. We want to make sure that you get this great value anytime you want to come, not when we want you to come. We have fun at the Ovation Bistro & Bar and we really love what we do!
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Description: #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 dinning environment. We offer 2-4-1 wines, spirits and beer all day everyday. We want to make sure that you get this great value anytime you want to come, not when we want you to come. We have fun at the Ovation Bistro & Bar and we really love what we do!
Reviewed April 4, 2018

We found Ovation online looking for a place for the family to eat after a day at Legoland last week and were more than pleased! (My phone froze when I tried to post a review that night and I forgot till now to make sure it posted - why this is a week late) Brandi went out of her way to take care of us, even though we weren't even her assigned table. She rigged up a high chair for our daughter for the bar-height table, made great food recommendations (including a special employee made-up combination) and treated us like we were her only table. The food was AMAZING! I had brisket tacos with sweet potato fries. THe tacos were smokey, toasty deliciousness and the fries were the best that I have ever put in my mouth. My husband got steak and brisket and thoroughly enjoyed it, and my oldest son got the employee version of the nachos (on fries) and LOVED it! The other kids had kid's meals, which there is a nice selection of, and made them disappear pretty quickly. We will definitely be returning if in Winter Haven again.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank jenniftie
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joelr231, Owner at Ovation Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

We’re so happy you found us! We are also so happy to hear that Brandi took such great care of you and everyone in your party! We pride ourselves on being friendly and serving delicious food for everyone and we are so happy that everyone left happy!

-Team Ovation

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

What an awesome dining experience! Our server Meg was awesome as well as the manager, they were super attentive and wonderful! Will def be back!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Natalie W
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joelr231, Owner at Ovation Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Natalie,
Thanks for coming to see us and for your awesome 5 star review! We hope to see you again!

-Team Ovation

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

The food and service at Ovation are top notch, BUT beware of the tip suggestion on your check! Our check was $37.97 and the 15% suggested tip was $6.48... in fact it was in reality, a 23% tip!!! All tip suggestions on the tip were correspondingly high! When this was brought to the attention of the management, he said “he was already aware of the problem, but was having a problem with the software people changing the suggested tips. SO BUYER BEWARE!!!

Date of visit: April 2018
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joelr231, Owner at Ovation Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Rae,

Thank you for your business we are glad that you feel the food and service is top notch!
The tip suggestion is 100% accurate with no issues, not sure who you spoke to?
The gratuity is Calculated on the total, before any comps (deductions) are applied to a check.
For example : if you did not enjoy your steak we would happily take it off the bill but the "suggested" gratuity is still going to account for the steak that was on the bill. This is always a suggested tip amount, nothing more.
please contact us if you have any more questions and thank you for your business! -Team Ovation

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Ovation is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. We were so happy when they opened a restaurant in Winter Haven. I recently hosted a luncheon for 45 ladies. It’s not always easy to please a group like this but I can honestly say everyone was very happy with their food and the service. The Wait staff was exceptional and Nick the manager was outstanding. They provided a wonderful atmosphere for us to enjoy our outing. Many said they would be back. I’ve never heard this group clap at the end of the meal before but they did! I know they made a lot of new customers.

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank Judy S
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joelr231, Owner at Ovation Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Judy,
Thanks for entrusting us with your luncheon. We are so happy that everyone had such a great meal. We would be thrilled to serve anyone in the group again!

-Team Ovation

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Visited with our daughter, son-on-law, and 7-year-old grandson. My son-in-law found the place rated very highly, so we tried it out. Good choice! We had fried pickle appetizer and some really tasty drinks. Then dinner - ribeye steak and mashed potatoes for me. Baby back ribs for wife, big tall burger for son-in-law, 1/2 chicken for daughter, and hotdog for grandson. Everyone was very pleased with their meal. Server, "Mercedes", was as nice as could be.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank mikeinflorida1507
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joelr231, Owner at Ovation Bistro & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Thanks for stopping by after a long day! We hope you had a great time at Lego Land. We were so happy to give you a great meal so you could fuel up for another day at our fabulous Central Florida attractions. See you again!

-Team Ovation

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