Bombetta

4.7
578 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
Bombetta is originally from the farming communities of Puglia where the land was devoted to olive groves, and room to grow trees for firewood was scarce. As fuel was precious, farm workers would head to the local butcher and feast on Bombetta from his communal oven.

This meat would often be rolled up into a little bundle and contain bits of cheese or be held together by cured meat. A delicious food and a tradition based on community, eating and sharing together was born. And now it's here...
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JaimeB
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, delicious wine, lovely venue and very helpful friendly staff

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VickyA
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food
And great wine

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GordonB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food and wine in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fantastic food wine and atmosphere great way to break the lockdown

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Tina
London
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first post-lockdown dining experience this year and it was fabulous. We were greeted warmly & as it was our first visit, he took his time to explain the menu to us. Food portions were just right for us as it gave us a chance to try a few dishes. I am definitely coming back again and bringing the rest of my family to try their Sunday roast.

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vipcitydiner
London
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside with comfy benches, heaters and blankets. Service was excellent and advice on portions spot on.

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ClaireH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening at Bonbetta. Good food and great wine. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and the service was good.

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MarieG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. We were extremely well looked after by the staff, who obviously went to a lot of effort to ensure that we were not called despite having to be outside in the evening because of COVID. We have been to this restaurant a number of times and will no doubt return very soon.

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Sjmc
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and wine! Always a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, warm and friendly staff. Everything an Italian restaurant should be. They also do excellent Grappa! Highly recommended.

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LauraL
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was authentic and tasty, wine was good. It was just a bit chilly sitting outside (gov regulations, not the fault of the restaurant)!

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ELovesT
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience! Best tiramisu I’ve ever had. Will be back soon. Thank you

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SarahB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and service as always. delicious food and drinks.

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Beebee
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food,wear warm clothes if outside at moment as unfortunately even with heaters was frozen by end of meal.

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JOHNG
London
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outside dining so any ambience rather lost, but food and service excellent as always.

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Mrsted
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hugely enjoyable dining experience at a family-run restaurant serving authentic southern Italian dishes. The service was prompt and attentive and we could not have been made more welcome. The food was delicious, and the wine recommendations suited the dishes perfectly. Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, there were ample blankets and heaters for comfort. We had not visited Bombetta previously, and the menu was new to us, but the owner, Joanna, explained the menu and described the dishes. Overall, highly recommended, and can’t wait for our next visit.

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SimoneM
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I really didn't want to write a bad review as I know restaurants have been struggling over the past year during Covid. However, I wanted to give some constructive feedback.

I visited the restaurant last Saturday night with a group of friends. It was to celebrate my 50th birthday and I was really looking forward to eating at Bombetta as it had been recommended to me.

To be honest, we didn't get a chance to sample the food. We arrived on time for our 8.15pm booking and were shown to our table and given menus. Personally I loved the quirkiness and the menu choices looked amazing. I may be wrong, but it seemed like there were too many tables and it looked like the staff were struggling. We were ready to order within 10 minutes but unfortunately, nobody came to take our order for drinks or food (despite asking the waiter twice) and an hour later we were still waiting.

By this point we were all starving so we decided to leave and ended up ordering at take-away on the way home (not quite the celebration I was hoping for).

I would love to come back and visit this restaurant when things go back to some kind of normal but after last weekend's experience, I am quite reluctant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic job by the team. They made us feel welcome and did an amazing job to keep us warm throughout the meal.
Great food Great Servixe

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MattB
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a first meal back after lockdown.
I love this place, michelin star quality wrapped in rustic Italian charm.
And the guys were so accommodating with the Covid regs.
Blankets and your own little private heater.

I can not recommend this place enough.
If you go get the Susimanielo Wine (Insane puglian red)

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KateF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food if you want small plates to share. Bombetta’s are lovely.

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vipDotty
London
51 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Most enjoyable! It was a bit chilly siting outside but Bombetta had thoughtfully provided heaters and blankets.

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Foodie81
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Food, service, ambience top notch. Did I mention how good the food was? Down to earth owners who make you feel like part of the family. A new favourite 😁

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal. The food was amazing and the staff were very attentive.
They worked so hard under the circumstances and I would definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant.
Had a fabulous afternoon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The area we had was so dark we couldn’t see our food and felt neglected as we were the end table. The food was good but not worth the price. Was definitely too expensive for what it was.

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Crg55
London
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent dinner at this lovely local treasure.

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JulieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I had to wait another four months to eat at a great restaurant, I'd choose Bombetta all over again.
They've done a great job of adapting their restaurant to the new normal, and service and food were as perfect as ever. Should probably have been good and had the cauliflower with lentil ragu but that spicy bombetta is also amazing. Make sure you try the courgette fries.

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Michelle
London
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After such a long time it was so lovely to be able to meet up with friends for dinner and drinks again! We had a lovely evening. Bombetta had plenty of heaters and blankets for everyone. Although it can be drafty, because obviously you are outside, Bombetta have done their best to accommodate in these strange times. Do dress appropriately. Only another month and hopefully we will be allowed back inside. Thank you Bombetta.

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GeorgeB
London
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food , really nice to be back at Bombetta thanks to Jo and everyone for making us so welcome, the food was delicious the fish superbly cooked, the fried Zucchini are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely disgusting experience, would not recommend at all! Customer service was appalling, management was so rude and argumentative.

We ate food in a freezing cold alley way, asked for a heater, did not receive one for about 20 minutes as we had to we had to ask another member of staff to get us one.

There were blankets on the benches that we sat on which were there from the previous customers which is NOT Covid safe.

We also had no light on our tables, we had to use the torch on our phones to see the food we were eating. No napkins were provided and when we asked we received a tea towel to clean up with.

If I could of given a 0 I would of.

Bombetta
Responded on April 19, 2021

We scan people's temperature & take peoples details. We wear masks at all times & there is sanitiser on every table. Our hands are red raw from washing and sanitising after every interaction. You do not have to use the blankets. There are table heaters & patio heaters but the temp outside was 5 degrees and you turned up late to your 10pm booking. You were rude before you even arrived, shouting when you couldn't even find the restaurant & ranted on twitter as well. Pls don't return.

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AimeeM
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and buzzy atmosphere. Would definitely visit again

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vipBrixtonBelle
London
70 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite neighbourhood establishments. Fantastic food and service always.

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Dono14
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, the staff were friendly and extremely helpful.

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Green
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Limited menu, overly priced and some of the younger staff didn't seem to know what they were doing? My friends waited for most of the evening for a water glass and cutlery!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent original Italian cuisine. Would highly recommend it.

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SouthWoodfordMum
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Really tasty small plates and Bombetta and good wine. The portions aren't huge mountains of food but are delicious, specially sourced ingredients that compliment each other well and bring a smile to your face and aren't the usual stuff you find in restaurant chains. The menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try. A fab place to catch up with friends. The Bombetta team have done a great job in making the outside space welcoming and pretty and staff are attentive. We'll be back soon.

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BaabaJ
London
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service. I’d definitely recommend

Bombetta
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you so much! It is so fantastic to be serving people once more! We really appreciate your resilience in the cold as well. It got down to 5 degrees most evenings when the sun went down so we are so pleased people still came to us. If you are able to leave us a TripAdvisor review we would be most grateful. Also don't forget to try out Arte e Pasta in Walthamstow. It is operating as a pop up @tear4fritti till end of may then it reverts back to fresh pasta. Take care, Ben & Jo

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GerryW
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal, it was good to be back. The service was great and food amazing. All COVID precautions were in place .

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careyp
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Straight forward enjoyable food, although all a bit chaotic. Admittedly the staff appeared new to the job, and everyone did their best to keep us warm and fed. A great atmosphere of enthusiasm.

Bombetta
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you so much for your review Carey! We expected to be as busy as we were in the summer, but after 3 and a half months of closure we were a little rusty and doubly busy so apologies if we came across as rabbits caught in the headlights a bit. By the end of the week we were getting our stride back so I do hope you will return soon. Thank you again for your review and take care, Ben & Jo

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always a pleasure. Service has gone down hill a bit. I was given a grappa with an ice cube in it because the glass was hot. £32 for a £6 bottle of rose Prosecco and £10 for watered down grappa is not cool. Bread used to be better. Food is as amazing as it’s always been.

Bombetta
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thanks for coming to us. We were closed for 3 1/2 months so its lovely to have guests back and we are delighted you enjoyed the food. We have been extraordinarily busy, despite the temperature outside dropping to only 5 degrees in the evening. I'm sorry if this meant that we we're playing catch up with our glass washing. If you email me directly, on your next visit your welcome to a round of Grappa made from Amarone wine on me minus the ice. Regards, Ben

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vipDotty
London
51 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice location and friendly buzzy atmosphere.
The food is ok although I do find it very salty.

Bombetta
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hi Dotty, I am glad you enjoyed the location and atmosphere. The Bombetta is wrapped in cured meat so whilst we do not add salt, it can taste salty to some people. There are other alternatives on the menu and if you come again then we would be more than happy to suggest some other dished for you to try. Kind regards, Ben.

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Bombetta is rated 4.7 stars by 578 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.