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The Fermented Pig at Ovations, Vienna, VA

The Fermented Pig at Ovations

4.1
4.1
487 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Ovations at Wolf Trap! What a perfect setting to enjoy the fabulous locally sourced cuisine from Chef Joshua Plante and his team at The Fermented Pig. Firmly rooted in the Farm to Table movement, The Fermented Pig at Ovations serves a buffet of barbecue standards, delicious and plentiful side dishes and favorites like herb roasted salmon and chicken paillard. We also feature a rotating selection of tasty vegan entrées including our famous grilled portobellos. Delicious and unique locally sourced salads and vegetables round out the broad selection. Finish your evening overlooking the meadow with delicious baked sweets and sorbets and a steamy espresso or cappuccino.
Why not start with a delicious charcuterie board with our house made cured products and a cocktail to make it a magical night of music under the stars?
Our sturdy and approachable wine list (bottle and glasses) as well as our fresh made classic cocktails and our local beer selections has something for everyone.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Barbecue
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 424-0357
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Joshua Plante
  • Catering
    We are thrilled to be bringing the pick-up picnic back to Wolf Trap. Orders at www.thefermentedpig.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Fermented Pig at Ovations Pavillion is the perfect place for your pre concert corporate or private event. Please contact us for details and deals
  • Neighbourhood
    Tysons
  • Cross Street
    Trap Road and the toll road
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Wolf Trap with Fairfax Connector bus to nearby metro stops (Tysons and Reston)
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 487 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Great for outdoor dining

487 Reviews
  1. johnw

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, great location but the service is lacking. Slow to get water, drinks, and bread. Couldn’t find the waiter when we where through and had to ask someone to find him for us.

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  2. Jenn

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was good but cold. Service was good, and 20% of bottles was great!

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  3. DavidH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect venue for a meal before a performance at Wolf Trap. We reserve a table two hours before showtime which has the added benefit of being able to get a good parking spot.

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  4. TrishH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The atmosphere was great, but the food is comparable to what I like to refer to as "view" restaurants, i.e., they can get away with sub par food and high prices because of the view—or in this case—the location and convenience.

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  5. Marjay

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This a great place for a quick meal prior to a concert. Food is reliably good and there are many offerings on the buffet. Cocktails are good also. The setting could not be prettier.

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  6. KathrynS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a nice dinner before the concert. Nice atmosphere, excellent server, great bottle of wine; fine cuisine. A grand experience.

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  7. cidobson

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The buffet was pretty good - some of the items could have been hotter but the Mac and cheese is so good! Dessert tray was minimal but lots of chocolate. What really sells this is convenience and the beautiful setting. We’ll be back!

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  8. Howie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The perfect alternative to a lawn picnic and lawn seating at Wolftrap.

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  9. Azalea

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a convenient and pleasant way to dine before a show at Wolftrap. The buffet features a wide variety of foods that will please most tastes. I especially enjoyed the rock fish, macaroni and cheese, beef brisket, and chicken paillard. I liked the way desserts were served in small serving sizes, allowing you to sample more than one without feeling stuffed. The servers kept watch over our beverages and were very engaging. The setting, overlooking the fields at Wolftrap made for a good experience.

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  10. JulieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was mediocre because the waiter was not attentive to any of his tables. Food was good but not outstanding.

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  11. MojoMike

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pre-show buffet -- large variety of choices. Good salad items. But several hot entree choices were overcooked and dry; some had not been re-plenished on a timely basis. Dessert choices (dried-out bread pudding and small cups of packaged pudding or ice cream) very disappointing. I know it's Wolftrap, but this buffet is overpriced for the quality. Had a better experience (same menu) last year (2022).

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  12. weinerpublic

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    NIce spot and good view but a bit overpriced for that buffet. The value is the amazing convenience next to the performance venue.

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  13. SurferJoeToo

    West Virginia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We usually have at least one or two Ovations dinners each year, but this dinner was the first since 2021 and first since it became "The Fermented Pig." We went to six performances this summer and tried for dinner reservations for four. All but this one was sold out prior to our attempt to reserve, so we were really looking forward to last night's reservation and we brought our oldest son and his wife. What a disappointment compared to our Wolf Trap dinners over the last thirty years. Perhaps it was a good thing that it had been over two years since our last Ovations dinner because we had memories of the past for comparison. There was nothing to commend the occasion, except for the attentive wait staff. We had an early reservation (5:45), so we looked forward to abundant choices and fresh preparations. Instead, it started with more confined dinner space because of increased number of tables and chairs. Buffet main entree selections were disappointingly limited, low budget, and unappealingly prepared and stuffed into servers. Side dishes were adequate in quantity, but not particularly appealing in quality or timely refreshed when in need. The one improvement over a couple years ago are the choices for vegetarians and salads. However, there were no soups and soup spoons were the only place setting spoon choice. Spare and alternative piece types and napkins were not in evidence. Dessert choices and breads available were a joke, even to non dessert guests such as we. Pies, cakes, puddings, cookies, fruits, ice creams, and toppings of the past were virtually absent. Desserts that were meagerly available were off to the side of the dining area as off-the-shelf minimal afterthoughts. Now calling Wolf Trap dining "The Fermented Pig" should have been our warning that Wolf Trap was likely changing for us in more ways than we ever imagined. Could we change our minds in the future? Sadly, it does not look likely, but please try Wolf Trap.

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  14. CathC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful way to start off a Wolf trap concert. Food, staff, ambience was all terrific. I will be back!

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  15. RBinGF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great outdoor atmosphere with a wide variety of meats, fish, chicken, and pork, along with many delicious vegetable choices.

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  16. CeciliaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal and Maggie our waitress was awesome.

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  17. Chris

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Much of the warm food on the buffet was actually cold or room temperature.

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  18. TiffanyM

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great experience despite the rain. Waiter was very friendly.

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  19. NikkisMom

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice to have restaurant owners on site. Variety of selections on buffet. Avoid cocktails.

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  20. SSBDD

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoy the buffet dinner before a show at Wolf Trap. A nice setting looking out into the woods.

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  21. JWhisler

    Phoenix

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely delicious buffet. Awesome desserts and very comfortable with fans running.

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  22. GregoryG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The great way to begin an evening under the stars at Wolf Trap! The food was excellent as was the service and I enjoyed mingling with my fellow concert goers over coffee and desert. A perfect night, a fabulous meal, and the amazing music of James Taylor. I night we will not soon forget. Gregory Gorton

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  23. KathyR

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had concerns with this being a buffet set up as I am more about quality than quantity. But this place has amazing food. The salads were great. The chicken was moist and delicious. The pulled pork was amazing as was the brisket. The baked bean and string beans were both perfect. The ribs were great. I didn't try the fish or fried chicken or the vegan dishes but everything look fresh. Did save room for the desserts and the apple strudel and brownies were great. There was also sorbet and bread pudding and cookies. So no matter who you bring to dinner here before the show they will get great quality food. Drinks were also great. We had regular and spicy margaritas and they were very good. We booked a 6pm reservation for an 8pm show and got drinks to go. Timing was perfect. Staff waiting on us and staff at the buffet were engaging and it was a great experience.

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  24. marjoriel

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not very varied, and too much garlic on everything.

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  25. DavidT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well seasoned, locally sourced food served in a perfect setting by a cheerful staff.

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  26. DAL100

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food is mediocre at best. Over priced low quality dinner. First and last time .

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Over priced for quality of food Would prefer more economical options. Gosh dry. French fries rubbery . Mediocre at best.

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  28. xxxxxx

    Washington DC

    196 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    196 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    A ‘captive audience’ does not justify serving overcooked and bland buffet offerings. I have never in my life seen such a lifeless, uninspiring presentation. The ribs and brisket were devoid of any moisture or flavor. The BBQ sauce was never going to offset the crunchy protein as an antidote. For shame, Wolfrap! You can do much better.

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  29. hatetowait

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It’s buffet at a concert venue, more expensive than You should pay anywhere else but it’s a concert venue so no surprise.

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  30. DanielW

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Extremely difficult to communicate with the restaurant by phone. Voice messages are left but not returned. Online it says to call the the restaurant for reservations for large parties. We had a party of eight but could never get anyone to answer the phone or return voice messages. We finally made two Open Table reservations for 4 people each. We went to the Fermented Pig a week before our reservation date to combine the reservation into one reservation for 8 people. I would not recommend the Fermented Pig unless it was absolutely necessary for convenience in having dinner before the performance.

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  31. BexS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    We have been long time concert goers at Wolf Trap for years but has always brought our own picnic. We decided to treat ourselves for date night. The food selection was great, plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters. My husband loved the brisket. I thought the corn ribs were fantastic. The setting is beautiful, we didn't feel rushed. We had pavilion seats so didn't need to do the mad dash for good lawn seats. Two things - more protein options for vegetarians are needed. Secondly, having some fresh fruit would have been nice. It's expensive. I don't know that we go for every show but for a date night treat it was lovely.

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  32. JackK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I ate diner at The Ferminted Pig while waiting for the concert to see Sting. The staff was great. Out waitress was friendly and welcoming. She got our drinks and kept clearing our plates. The food was excellent. The NC pork shredded and ribs, bratwursts, and everything was really delicious. When we finished eating it was an easy walk without any lines to the pavilion to see the show. Really worth the price.

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  33. Rory

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated overlooking the trail with lovely, breezy weather. Brandon was so helpful, even brought 3 flavors for hot tea so I could choose. Cod and chicken were delicious, the vegetables were fresh and nicely seasoned. The rice crispy treats reminded me of childhood. We really enjoyed the experience before seeing Sting, his son, and his amazing band.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great way to enjoy dinner and a show at Wolf Trap.

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  35. StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If going to Wolf Trap , this restaurant is convenient to eat beforehand. It's a buffet, but all the good is very good. And it's all fresh. Great veggies, especially the portobello mushrooms. And fantastic brisket, rockfish and fried chicken. Plus the dessert were very tasty. The staff was very attentive to our requests and the outdoor setting was wonderful. Definitely will eat here again.

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  36. JoelleV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great way to dine before a concert. For a buffet, which is not possible to make exceptional, it was very good, and wholly enjoyable. Great staff!

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  37. LindaC

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good and was able to get seated before our reservation.

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  38. JosephR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal …beautiful setting …will go back again

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  39. KathleenK

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Having been to Ovations in the past, we were looking forward to enjoying a pre-show meal. While there are numerous selections on the buffet from which to choose, we found the quality of several items to be less than expected. Others were fine and one or two were excellent. The room is noisy, even with the open sides, and the tables are fairly close together making navigating the room, which every diner has to do, sometimes difficult.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    End of the season. the food was terrible, dried out and flat out shouldn’t have been out out Or should have been redone We had early reservations hard to believe it went left over from previous night ./service non existent. Embarrassingly bad

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

The Fermented Pig at Ovations is rated 4.1 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for The Fermented Pig at Ovations

1551 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182-1643

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Trap Road and the toll road
  • Neighbourhood
    Tysons
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 4:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Wolf Trap with Fairfax Connector bus to nearby metro stops (Tysons and Reston)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Joshua Plante
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (703) 424-0357
  • Catering
    We are thrilled to be bringing the pick-up picnic back to Wolf Trap. Orders at www.thefermentedpig.com
  • Private party facilities
    The Fermented Pig at Ovations Pavillion is the perfect place for your pre concert corporate or private event. Please contact us for details and deals
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