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

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (72)
Good for a Date (66)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
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Notable Wine List (58)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Fit for Foodies (55)
Authentic (50)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Romantic (45)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Cozy (29)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Business Meals (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Local Ingredients (14)
Casual (12)
Fun (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We all loved the quite ambiance of the dinning room. The restaurant prides itself on authenticity as it should! I can’t pronounce or spell all of the Italian names but we love the chicken dish that was baked under a brick. The calamari appetizer was prepared perfectly. Everyone agreed that we would be back next year.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Food wonderful. Alex our waiter was very good.
We requested a quiet spot in back room. It was perfect.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Overall the experience was very good. Our service was great. I was disappointed that there were very few wines available by the glass.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday. It was noted in the reservation but no acknowledgement.

Antipasti plate was excellent although not much cheese present.

Gnocchi Gorgonzola - Excellent

Veal Chop - Excellent

Service - Poor - Gloria had three larger tables across the room (appeared to be locals) which she catered to. We (visitors) were an afterthought.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and awesome service!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

A lovely evening with gracious ambiance, knowledgeable waitstaff, and food both delicious and artfully presented

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The biggest challenge at Ombra is deciding what to have. In addition to the rather extensive menu, there were a number of specials that were hard to resist. The service was excellent ... informative and attentive without being intrusive. I was having a difficult time deciding between two entrées and the waiter offered to serve one of the items in an appetizer portion. Both were fabulous. The entrée portions are quite large. We both took home leftovers. They have a pretty decent selection of wines by the glass.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went for our 50 th anniversary, staff was told in advance, but no mention of this occasion! Wife had appetizer size lobster dish and I had full size order of bolognese, mine was small as hers. Also very disappointed in mine as it was dry,,like left over from a prior day!! Not a good night..

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was superb. Service was among the best we have ever experienced at any restaurant. It was very loud and difficult to hear others at my table - perhaps due to one very noisy person at a nearby table. It is very pricey - especially the wines.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our second visit didn’t disappoint.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server Ned is a real pro and makes the dinner a real experience.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We all enjoyed our meals,including desserts. Our server, Mike, was very personable and attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've dined here three times, and it never disappoints. Be sure to make this a go to in your next trip.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

There were four of us and we all had great dinners. Three had the specials and one off the menu. They did a nice job dealing with a special request for the off the menu item that was very satisfactory. The whole evening was great except for a very pushy guy who kept butting into our conversations. We didn’t report them but he followed us out to butt in again. Kinda ruined the night cause he spooked my daughter in law.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ombra was everything I want in a restaurant...the food was amazing...the service was professional and attentive...and while the check was not small the evening was worth every penny! I grew up in NY and have spent my adult years in Boston. I'm used to good Italian food. I never would've expected this restaurant in Hilton Head. What a gem! We'll be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always a great experience. One of the best on Hilton Head Island.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful evening. Food was delicious. We always stop here when we are in Hilton Head. It is consistently good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We had eaten at OMBRA several years ago right after they opened. Disappointed by that experience we had not been back until tonight-wondering what took us so long! The specials were all enticing but I settled on the salmon over green beans with a caper sauce. Cooked to temperature and delicious. Hubbie couldn’t choose so he ordered two half servings of different pasta dishes. The meat sauce is savory and tangy served with pasta al dente. The wine list is robust and desserts a real treat. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. We were well cared for. The restaurant is open and a bit noisy-not for a romantic night out.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food is absolutely fabulous, from the braised beef ravioli starter to the veal and salmon entrees. Creatively imagined dishes deliver deep, rich flavors. And, the wine list is superb. I savored the Amarone ... it was an exceptional wine. The wait staff was attentive and nice. I noted on the Open Table reservation that is was a birthday celebration and the staff greeted each of us with a celebratory glass of Prosecco, a very nice touch which made the evening even more special. I come to Hilton Head frequently, and plan to fit Ombra into my itinerary every time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our first time for all dining at OMBRA. Great atmosphere and our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable. My husband had the filet and it was perfect. We enjoyed everything and will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 12, 2017

great food as always---never disappoints, best restaurant on HHI in my opinion.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter Michael was wonderful snd helped make our dining experience memorable

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent dinner! Our waiter, Anthony, was excellent, and made sure we enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We get to Hilton Head about once a year and that usually coincides with the Heritage golf tourney in the spring. This spot is just about impossible to get into then but in November the crowd is down but the weather is great. So--our first visit and we were all very pleased--as you would expect there is plenty of local seafood. The scallop appetizer was a favorite as were the halibut and veal dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We go every chance we get. The place makes you feel at home, whether a regular or not. The entrance and bar atmosphere is classy yet comfortable. There’s typically a nice vibe, always a bit of a “buzz”.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner but were unhappy with the way they handled my husband’s birthday. I put a special note on open table asking them to bring out a candle on his dessert. I received a call earlier in the day confirming our reservation. I again asked that they please put a candle on my husband’s dessert and was told they would take care of it. It never happened and I had to speak to the waiter. He was very nice and saved the day but it was an embarrassment to us. The manager came over and said next time we come in he will treat us to lemongello. We only go there for a special occasion. I was not happy the way they handled this situation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food! Lively atmosphere and great service.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Afternoon Tea
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Seems like they needed some music in the restaurant (not just in the bathrooms).
Our waiter Mark was very professional in every way.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Came highly recommended -- lived up to reviews! Mike our server was terrific!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Enjoyed a cozy corner table. Service was excellent! Dinner selections were varied and delicious. Our server GLORIA was very attentive and accommodating. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Birthday celebration and craving good Italian food. Win win!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always good. Steve was an excellent server.
Calamari great. Chicken Milano always cooked right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Pricey upscale Italian, ordered the tagliatelle with meat sauce and felt that the macaroni was gummy.
Good service and beautiful restaurant so will give it another try when we are in town.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything was spectacular, start to finish! Service was great, variety of menu options terrific and the food was perfect. This is our favorite place on the island and we can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

While tasty, I found the meal expensive for what I ordered.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious! The BEST dining on Hilton Head Island. We had Brady as a server and he was friendly and served perfectly. We will dine there as first choice whenever we are in Hilton Head. Karen Houghtaling

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The reservation process was definitely not seamless but the food was excellent as alway! One of my favorites on the Island.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was very good!
Service was excellent!
Mike our waiter, was personable and accommodating!
Great experience

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Ombra, is one of the best restaurants on Hilton Head. The food is excellent as well as the service. The staff is trained well and articulates the menu for each customer. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent, excellent service as we celebrated a birthday. We will be going back next time we’re in HH.

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