About OMBRA Cucina Italiana

Top chef Michael Cirafesi 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.

1000 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Farm-to-table, Meat

Hours of Operation:
Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
William Hilton Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 842-5505

Website:
http://www.ombrahhi.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Cirafesi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit www.ombrahhi.com for the latest special events featuring eclectic menus and featured wine producers.

OMBRA Cucina Italiana Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (61)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Good for a Date (49)
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Creative Cuisine (47)
Good for Birthdays (42)
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Authentic (37)
Notable Wine List (35)
Romantic (35)
Worth the Drive (29)
Cozy (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Business Meals (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Casual (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Fun (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined a day ago

Amazing place in every way! From the moment we arrived the service was outstanding and the food fantastic! We would recommend this to anyone and will return for sure.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service, excellent food, as usual.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely restaurant with amazing food. Great service from Gloria. Even though we had an early sitting on a clearly busy night we did not feel rushed to finish our meal...always a big plus in my book!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Very nice. Have been here a few times and was not disappointed. Food was fantastic.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

The whole experience at Ombra is always exceptional, from the host or hostess that greets you, to the waitstaff and last but not least the food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 6 days ago

Unlike most reviewers my date and I did not have an entirely good experience at Ombra. To begin with, we were seated at a table in the farthest dining room which was mostly empty. The room was freezing cold though the manager did remedy that situation promptly. We gave our cocktail orders to the waiter who was intent on taking our dinner orders quickly. I had to request time to enjoy our drinks. When the appetizers came, the calamari was excellent though the sauce was very spicy. The Caprese salad was seriously small for the price. ..having a very few pieces of tomato. The fresh mozzarella and balsamic reduction were tasty, but the dish really needed more tomato. The linguine with seafood was a hit with my companion, but my veal scallopini was disappointingly served with mashed potato and spinach, rather than pasta, which the waiter would not substitute without a $4.50 upcharge. I thought that rather odd, in that it is an Italian restaurant. All in all, I would rate the restaurant 3 stars because of lack of value for the money. It is very expensive.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We took friends who have just moved to the Island....their first time. 3 of us ordered veal dishes - all loved them. Also, one person ordered the calamari, which we all tasted and rated "excellent".
My husband and I count this as one of our special occasion places.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderfull food, service and ambiance! We are planning to move to the area shortly from NY and found this restaurant to be top notch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

As usual - cuisine was wonderful. The ravioli are the best and the special apps were yummy. Very very consistent and great service. We just keep going back :-)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is best Italian food in the area. Brought another couple for the first time and they raved about the soup and the Osso Buco.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We visited Ombra on the recommendation of our Uber driver and a friend who lives here. Both highly recommended the restaurant and the chef. We were not disappointed. We had 9pm reservations on the last night of a Restaurant Week so we all ordered off of the three course prizes fix menu. This was a terrific value. Everything was very good to excellent. The wine list, although extensive, was pricey. The decor is very nice but with a full restaurant and what seemed to be a party in the back room, the noise level was high. The servers were attentive and did a wonderful job. We enjoyed our meals and would definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Bottle of wine we ordered was not served until we were almost finished with first course; waiter presented us with check before we were even served with our dessert course; service was not up to normal standard.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We went to Ombra for Restaurant week and were not disappointed! The food was fabulous as always. There were numerous great appetizers to choose from. My husband had a wonderful prosciutto salad with mozzarella and roasted peppers. For dinner he had the Osso Bucco and I had veal in a wonderful cream sauce. Dessert was fabulous - pane cotta and profiteroles. The waitstaff was excellent even though they were very busy. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

When making the reservation for the four of us at least 10 days in advance, we requested a quiet table. We repeated this request when reconfirming on the day of the reservation. What we ended up with was a table in the midst of a party of 30 to 40 people having a cocktail meet and greet for an hour before their meal. The attendees were standing around our table and we couldn’t hear each other’s conversations. The servers were very aware of our discomfort but no one from the restaurant took any action to remedy the situation. The restaurant had clearly lost control of their dining room. Only at the conclusion of our meal did the GM come over to apologize and offer each of us a glass of prosecco and a dessert for the four of us to share.
We have been to Umbra before and although the food is great we will hesitate before going back if we do so at all. A place like this is more than good food and service and it’s the overall experience that generates return customers. We had invited the other couple with us who had not been to Umbra before and were very much embarrassed by the outcome.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Completed restaurant week there and we both had excellent meals. Our server Gloria was attentive and made dinner special recommending items. We always chose Ombra for fine dinning.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had an early dinner this past week and were very impressed, as usual, with everything. The food is always prepared and served the way it should be. The maitre D' deserves special mention as he noted what table we like and put the info into the computer for future reference. Clearly the best restaurant on the Island for food, service, and value.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and service was excellent and the Osso Buco was the best we have ever had!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding! Delicious! 5 star.
Our waiter, Alexander, was professional, personable, knowledgeable, attentive and Ombra Cucina should reward Alex for his excellence in every way. We'll return soon again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful and authentic Italian cuisine. Great service. Many excellent options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montana)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was excellent, service excellent. We were seated at a nice corner table so it wasn't as noisy as last time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Ombra has been one of our very favorite restaurants on Hilton Head Island since we found it by accident maybe 7 years ago. The food is always wonderful. It is presented beautifully and the accompaniments are terrific. This visit was in conjunction with the area's restaurant week. My wife and I started with a great seafood salad, followed by my Osso Buco and her veal dish. Desserts included my profiteroles while she enjoyed an interesting custard/mousse combination. Service was very good, as it always is. Thanks to Alex for his help.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Top notch, go to restaurant for special occasions!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great as usual

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent service by all the staff. The meal was exceptional. The osso bucco was delicious. Appetizers and desserts were very good. Would go back again and again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We enjoyed our visit to Ombra's during Hilton Head's restaurant week. The service and food was excellent, and the value pricing could not be beat.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent dinner from start to finish. Lobster bisque was great but veal shank Milanese with risotto was a Star.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I am from nearby Savannah. I think this is the best Italian restaurant in the region. Whenever I am in Hilton Head, I have to go to Ombra. Can't wait for the next time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always great food, chefs additions and service. Special treat: restaurant week value on three course meal! Great service my Manuel!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great place. More of a family fell. Staff absoutely wonderful. My husbands' 67th birthday and believe you me they made it special for him. This Texas Girl was very pleased. Thank you so much.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We have always had a great experience here. The wait staff is always attentive and friendly. Food is exceptional!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fabulous meal and service. It will not disappoint you. Portions large so share or ask for half portion as for somethings can be served in appetizer size.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great restaurant with very good food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent, just an excellent experience, we will be going back. Great staff and food

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Went for anniversary Upon arrival greeted with happy anniversary and complimentary Bubbly. Service was exceptional as was the food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

From first entering the restaurant to leaving everything was beyond great

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great fixed price menu. Portions are very large. Service is always great.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Ombra is our favorite restaurant on Hilton Head Island. The food is great, as is the service and the ambiance. We have dined there many times and have always been pleased with our meals.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food and service (by Alex) were wonderful. We had never been there but went during our restaurant week, where a Prix Fix menu was available. A great meal for $40 pp.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I have had the pleasure of dining here a few times and have always been more than pleased.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Hilton Head. Food, service, atmosphere, all excellent! Went for Restaurant Week menu- 3 courses for $39 and had the seafood pasta and veal scallopini and both were outstanding as were the salads and deserts.

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