OMBRA Cucina Rustica
OMBRA Cucina Rustica

OMBRA Cucina Rustica

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ombrahhi.com/
  • Phone: (843) 842-5505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cirafesi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Visit www.ombrahhi.com for the latest special events featuring eclectic menus and featured wine producers.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from OMBRA Cucina Rustica
Top chefs Michael Cirafesi and Nunzio Patruno have come together to bring to Hilton Head Island and the low country region one of the area’s most acclaimed Italian restaurant and bar, Ombra Cucina Rustica, located in the beautiful Village at Wexford on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Come and enjoy innovative Italian cuisine along with an extensive wine list including Italian Benchmark wines. Stop by to relax at our bar and lounge with a spectacular selection of Italian specialty cocktails, apertifs, and digestivos.
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OMBRA Cucina Rustica reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)special occasion (118)notable wine list (103)neighborhood gem (83)romantic (77)good for groups (39)hot spot (18)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fabulous waiter!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Anthony was our waiter and we enjoyed the excellent service he gave us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Italian
    Grandnine
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Ombra is always atop our list of favorite restaurants when we visit Hilton Head. The food and menu selections are excellent, along with the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noname1VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We very impressed with the menu and the fresh seafood selections. The wine list is extensive and heavily tilted toward Italian offerings. We liked the fact that we could get half portions of housemade pasta - which enabled us to finish our main course selections.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian food on Hilton Head
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is not our first time at Ombra's and definitely will not be our last. The food is always wonderful and consistent. I also love that the food comes out immediately from the kitchen and it is hot. The waitstaff is incredible. They are attentive but do not hover over you. This is a great special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tinkerbelle57
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food is exceptional and their daily ravioli special is always delicious. We each had a fish entree this visit, one salmon and one halibut. The fish was expertly cooked and the sauce for each complemented superbly, the halibut was perfect. The service here is always excellent. My only complaint is the tables for two are all located in a high traffic area so the ambiance is not as romantic or cozy as we would like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hmmm....
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I eat out often and really don't consider myself picky. That said...this place was LOUD. Did I mention it was LOUD? We had to be moved from one table because of the six silver hairs next to us that were incredibly loud...our server even offered to move us before we complained. We retreated to a quieter area, but it was still loud...probably because the Loud Party was still within hearing distance (which distance would have been approximately two city blocks). The food was fine. We had a beet salad appetizer that was WONDERFUL! The entrees were good, but not so great that we could understand why the restaurant is the highest rated in Sea Pines. All in all...we would go again and see if perhaps we missed something or if perhaps the Loud Party just put us in a bad mood. BTW...our server was wonderful!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dinner
    Nikki
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This was exceptionally good for early dinning. The menu is smaller but delicious choices. Our group ordered different salads, entrees and desserts and all were delicious. Wine selections were reasonable but mixed drinks a little pricey. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veteran's Day dinner treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My husband and I went here based on recommendations from some of his golf buddies. What an awesome find! Everything about our experience was great. The food was delicious, our service was very helpful in making our wine and food selections, and the chef's creations were delicious. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We decided to give them a try based on other reviews. The service was prompt and courteous. The food was good and thoughtfully prepared. The beet salad was a standout. The wine list was interesting and varied and served appropriately. We would certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Dave
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    First time visit with friends from out of town. All four of us extremely pleased with everything. The Insalata Gorgonzola was special. One friend said his seafood linguine was the best he ever had. I had it also but I would have preferred a white sauce as opposed to the tomato sauce. But still very good. Wife had the ravioli and loved it. And the service was attentive. Would come back in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem of a Restaurant
    Lucca
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Outstanding food. Great wine. Our waiter Anthony was a first class professional at his job while at the same time was very friendly. Food was and is always great. "Chef Michael and his kitchen are spot on with their dishes. We do not live on HH and when we visit we always dine at Ombra once or twice while are here. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VIP Treatment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I made this reservation for my parents for my Father's birthday - none of us had ever been before. When I called to confirm the details with the staff I spoke with Mary (the manager) who was very kind and promised to make it a great occasion for them - and she did! She greeted them with champagne on arrival and they proceeded to have an evening that they have since raved about. Incredible food, wonderful service, great ambience. And, they were even treated to limoncello as dessert! I am certain they will be back often and now my husband and I can't wait to go ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mediocre food for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I were excited to see all the great reviews for this new restaurant on Hilton head but our experience was not so great. The service was very good the Decour is very nice the Tuscan bean soup was very good but the main dishes, a pasta and a chicken dish, were both swimming in sauce that were mediocre at best. Good Italian cooking is balanced and allows you to taste all the ingredients, these dishes were neither, they were overpowered by a bland sauce on each. Hope it was an off night for the chef but given how much sauce was on each dish it doesn't seem likely.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Traveler
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Pleasant surprise on HHI. OMBRA provided a superb evening. We were greeted at the door and promptly seated. The wait staff was very attentive. Our waiter helped us select a great wine to accompany our meals. We hope to enjoy many more meals at OMBRA. We highly recommend this Cucina.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience!
    dids
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The ambience and decor in Ombra gave my husband and I the feeling we were in Tuscany. We were greeted promptly, seated at a lovely table and served by Jeremy, who turned out to be one of the best servers we have had the pleasure of experiencing. The mussels (and particularly the broth) were some of the best I have ever eaten. Our entries were plentiful but not too large, seasoned to perfection and served piping hot. The timing between courses couldn't have been better. We are looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I truly love Ombra.The food there makes me happy. We always take our houseguests there. The last time we were in Hilton Head we took our new neighbors there. We just returned to HHI,and our neighbors told us they have taken all there visitors there too. They have excellent food and a staff that makes you feel welcome and works together to make your dining a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edward
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    As always our dining experience was outstanding. When visiting Hilton Head our visit is always a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always outstanding
    Dave
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    we took friends who had just purchased a second home in HHI here for a special welcome dinner because we knew that we wouldn't be disappointed. It was fabulous as always - the wait staff made great recommendations for wine and food. I'll bet our freinds will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hits on all cylinders
    Live2eat
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I shared an anniversary dinner there recently. Every aspect of the experience was top notch; the service, the ambiance, and of course, the food. My wife had the veal medallions, and I had a branzino special; both were out of this world! This will be a go to spot for special occasions and quick get aways for us in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great
    ElvisVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food and service was awesome Highly recommended it Will tell all my friendsOur waiter Mitch was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    J1285
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    recommended by a friend. Was not disappointed. Definitely upscale
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 135abc
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It was our anniversary and we were surprised when we were given a glass of champagne. (Very nice) Service was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable of everything on the menu, including all the drinks. Food was so good. It could not have been any better!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Outstanding food and well presented. We appreciated the special attention given for helping us choose the right table for 85-yr-old guests. Great wine pairing. Very helpful and pleasant waiter. This is one of the best Hilton Head restaurants at which we have eaten in 20 yrs of visiting. The menu is current and not too heavy. The fish entrees are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was great, but they should cut down on butter, the raviolis were swimming in 1/4" of pure butter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Every part of this restaurant is fabulous. From the first taste of the Cosmo I ordered to the last bite of the molten chocolate dessert, every bite and sip was scrumptious! The scallop appetizer with truffle butter/oil was amazing (so much that I used my bread to sop up the last of the butter)! The homemade tagliatelle with bolognese was so tasty! I am an Italian food lover and felt that this was one of the best meals I have ever had! If I lived in Hilton Head, this would be a regular place for me to eat! The service is great and everyone is so friendly. I went by myself and ate at the bar and felt very comfortable hanging out alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to get back to HHI
    Bill
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    First time at OMBRA during a recent visit to Hilton Head. Excellent cuisine and service. Will be back in February. OMBRA will be on the agenda the first evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    MissjanetVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our dinner at Ombra was perfect from start to finish. Our waiter was outstanding and our food amazing! The beet salad and gnocchi were some of the best dishes we have ever had. We highly recommend this restaurant. Wish we lived close enough to make it a regular for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • May be my new favorite
    Felicia
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Been on the island for 25 years. Lots of really good restaurants. Ombra may be my new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    3sisters
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Ombra. The food was fantastic (we especially recommend the Gorgonzola gnocchi and wild Mushroom risotto). Our waiter Mitch was attentive and helped make our dining experience one of the best in Hilton Head.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    pasta dishes better than chicken entrees. very good wine list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 years and running
    HerbVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The past three years the combo of Chef Michael, Manager Mary and Waiter extraordinare Mr Dyer makes this the best of the best on the island.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Foodie59
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We are definitely foodies and we were looking forward to an evening of simple but interesting pasta. We were encouraged to try a dish with tomato sauce and a touch of cream and asked if it was rich. Waiter assured us no. When it came it was so rich neither of us could handle more than a couple bites. All of the choices were heavy and very traditional. They didn't taste bad, just not interesting or different. If you like traditional you will be very happy and this review isn't for you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • designsinbeads
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    One of the best restaurants on the island. Our appetizers were outstanding and our server, Gloria, was a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    did not enjoy. Ordered sea bass but not sure that is what I received. Looked more like cod...? music was so fast paced that I was in a hurry to eat and could not relax. won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    LoriK
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We wanted to try a new restaurant on our annual visit to Hilton Head and found this place. We loved the decor, atmosphere, food and service. Our waiter was outstanding, very friendly and helpful. The menu had so many delicious options. My daughter had the risotto, I had some pasta and my husband had the veal chop. We all enjoyed our meals very much. We look forward to visiting OMBRA on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was delicious and service was terrific . The only problem was the rude customer who could not keep her voice down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gloria was glorious!
    FoodieCatVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    From the moment we were greeted by Mary to the end of the meal we have a great evening! Food was delicious but the service was the best! Gloria was fantastic with wine pairing help, suggestions and her service was fantastic. Definitely will be back here! Oh, don't forget the limoncello to end your meal with! Made in house!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great early dining specials. We had Mitch as our waiter & he was so helpful. We will definitely return when we are back in HH.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We truly enjoyed our experience at Ombra. Our kind of Italian restaurant. Wish we had something like it in Kansas City, MO. One small criticism is we were disappointed in the tiramisu. The dinner and wine were excellent and so we were surprised when the tiramisu was not very good at all. We will definitely come back when we visit Hilton Head again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Anniversary dinner
    EatoutfunVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    From the service to the food this was a great anniversary celebration. It started with a great welcome, prosecco toast and outstanding appetizers. Our server was fantastic recommending great wines and guiding us through ordering. There were 3 fish specials which all sounded great. Theone I ordered was outstanding.This was our first visit and we will be regulars in future Hilton Head vacations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.