OMBRA Cucina Italiana

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$30 and under
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Italian
Top chef Michael Cirafesi, voted Best Chef Hilton Head Island seven years in a row, brings to Hilton Head Island and the low country region one of the area’s most acclaimed Italian restaurant and bar, OMBRA Cucina Italiana, 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. Our pasta entrees can be made with gluten free pasta upon request to accommodate customers with allergies. We also have vegan/vegetarian options upon request.

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BI
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I ever had. Waiter was excellent. Going back Friday.

FY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of 15 was extremely satisfied with their dinner. Thanks to all for the preparation and excellent service.

Fielding Yost

p
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at the bar or in the bar area by Brady, Anthony and John is always a reason for going back to enjoy the incredible food at OMBRA. Definitely the best Italian restaurant on the island

L
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time to dine at Ombra. The service and food were exceptional. It will definitely be an added favorite. From the rye manhattan, pear and Gorgonzola salad to the ravioli special, everything was prepared to perfection. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our birthday celebration dinner for my father was enjoyable and delicious! It was wonderful and the Chef made a special dish for my young daughter.

AD
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food wasn't very good. Ordered ravioli special and had to hunt for it in a "soup" of sweet red sauce. Caprese salad didn't come with basil. Our server was great, but the server who handled tables on either side of us kept screaming "lemon or mushroom" at the ladies over and over again -- 5 times. Then he took a FaceTime call at the other table next to us -- he must have known the diners -- but that is very off-putting when one is trying to have a conversation and hunt for your pasta on the plate. All and all a bad experience. I was not a fan.

C
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visiting Hilton Head

BP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rustic Italian décor welcomes guests to this cozy restaurant...attentive service...wonderful quality Italian favorites.

JC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for early dining at Ombra Cucina Italiana and weren't disappointed. The salads and soups are ample, as are the main courses (I brought half of my chicken home for lunch!). Then comes dessert -- so delicious and a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

C
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered Veal Scallopini and Chicken Parm. Both were outstanding. Service was
extraordinary!

KT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. Food is always outstanding and I order a different dish each time I am here.

K
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food on the island. Period. Neighborhood-like friendly service. Excellent wines by the glass. Perfect for all occasions.

f
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service as usual! Were celebrating a special occasion with friends so we chose OMBRA and were not disappointed!

MT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brady was awesome we love sitting in the bar area with my two best girls , Megan and Emma

B
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite. Great food, and service. Perfect for any occasion
. We celebrated a birthday this time.

SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enrique, our server was excellent and was helpful in guiding us toward great menu choices - the gnocchi was fabulous!

PS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We took two guests to Ombra over the weekend for what we hoped would be a special dinner. We have eaten there many times before and been wowed! However, this time the service was inattentive and the food disappointing. I ordered the lobster ravioli special and it was really sub-part. 6 large ravioli swimming in sauce. The veal and chicken dishes were better, but it was really surprising that everything wasn't superb. The waiter didn't check on us, and seemed to be rushed when he did come. This used to be my favorite restaurant on the island but it will be a while before I return!

n
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy with Ombra Cucina. It is out go to place when we visit HHI. Food and service are always great. Server suggested having the chef give me 2 half portions of pasta dishes I was in-between. Such a nice solution. Appreciated that very much.

JL
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. A classic restaurant in every respect.

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We went for the Valentines Day dinner. Way overpriced and my steak was tough I couldn’t eat it. I wouldn’t go back.

OT
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service at Ombra were worth the price. Their portions are huge and I actually ordered a wonderful salad and the veal sausage and canneleni beans from the appetizer list and had more than enough food. And I had a glass of Barolo that despite the price was perfect. My wife had the carpaccio, which she loves and it was excellent once again, and she had the pasta with the veal sausage and rabe as a main course. My only complaint, and this is the second time this has happened to us, my wife only ate half of her pasta portion and asked for the rest to be boxed to take home. They forget and threw it out which was very disappointing as that would have been a great lunch today. Still, I highly recommend Ombra for the high quality of their food, an excellent wine list, and very friendly service.

DB
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and experience. Micheal our waiter was amazing. Food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. Highly recommend

a
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far my favorite restaurant in Hilton Head , always consistant, always delicious!!!
Love Ned, our favorite server

RM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed Ombra many times and our Valentine's Dinner with them was Exceptional! Ombra had prepared a supplemental prix fixe menu with a complimentary glass of prosecco and several enticing options for appetizer, entree and dessert! My wife and I enjoyed different selections in each course, all perfectly prepared. My wife's veal with mushrooms and truffles had a rich and savory sauce and my filet was a perfect medium rare, tender and delicious! Wait staff was excellent, with Michael and Ned providing timely service, wine recommendations, etc. We highly recommend Ombra Cucina Rustica for a memorable dining experience!

B
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each year this is our favorite restaurant to return to on our trip south. The mussels marinara are beyond delicious and the portion is large. Ned our waiter is knowledgeable and helpful on all menu items and wine. After the mussels the early bird dining portions are perfect. The homemade pappardelle is perfect. Rolled thin and not to doughy with excellent red sauce. My husband chose the sea bass done with cherry tomatoes, olives and garlic. Also an excellent choice. The desserts as always are a delightful end to a memorable meal.

RB
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were encouraged to visit OMBRA based on previous reviews. We were not disappointed. Our waiter was courteous & informative, making appropriate recommendations. The cuisine is authentic Italian and reminded us of recent meals in Northern Italy. Some dishes were a little pricey, but well worth it.

S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Love the restaurant. Our favorite

RM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Best Italian on HHI!! Highly recommend.

RJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Halibut was cooked perfect

T
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite HHI restaurants. The menu is authentic Italian. The portions are appropriate and not over the top. Best quality products. We look for fresh fish and there is always a nice selection. We all had the halibut because we enjoy the Sicilian sweet and soar preparation. This is true Italian preparation. Not Italian American.
The noise level can be distracting. We may choose to sit in the bar area from now on. It’s a lovely space and seems to be quieter.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening. Just happened to be restaurant week, so very busy, but did not deter.

J
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was great, food excellent. Love dining here.

S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Restaurant week menu was very good!

F
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Went during restaurant week and had a great selection. Food and wine is consistently great.

DG
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Never disappointed. All time favorite restaurant in all of Hilton Head and Bluffton combined.

n
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the very best restaurants on the island. This visit for restaurant week was no exception. Brady always greets us as we pass the bar. We had dinner with four friends. Michael did an excellent job taking care of us. There was an extensive menu for restaurant week. Chef’s salad with Gorgonzola, poached pears and walnuts is the best. No doubt we will return.

DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I accidentally doubled the tip, as I meant to tip 20 percent not 40 percent, I would like them to credit me, the waiter was great but the bus service was terrible

JP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for “Restaurant Week Menu”. The complete menu was fantastic. There were plenty of choices. The portions were generous.

LG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter Anthony was great, so was food, food was good an presentation excellent, great wine selection, an Anthony was very in the know on menu selections

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding evening. Our waiter Anthony was wonderful