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Bombolo, Chapel Hill, NC

Bombolo

4.6
4.6
216 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Named 2023 Restaurant of the Year by Eater. Dishes you’ve long loved served alongside dishes you’ve never heard of make our ever-changing menu an adventure you’ll want to embark on often. Our wine list is as varied as our food, and every one of our cocktails has been created just for Bombolo by our mixologist.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, International, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 914-6374
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Garret Fleming
  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Cross street
    MLK and Hillsborough St.
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    N, NS, T, and A lines
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Innovative

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Italian

  • Durham

    Innovative

  • Durham

    Neighborhood gem

216 Reviews
  1. Delightsinfood

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended a wine dinner event. The menu was creative - Octopus Fritters, Oysters Rockefeller (best I’ve ever had!) Striped Bass “Fishwich”. Fried Pizza (the San Marzano tomato sauce tasted so fresh and tomatoey - just like in Italy), finally there were Lamb Sausages. Frankly I was too full by then to thoroughly enjoy it, but it was nevertheless very tasty. The wine pairings, from Hungary and Austria were quite good. We particularly liked the first (a Hungarian Frizante from Tokaj) and last pairings (a Stift Klosterneuburg St Laurent, Tattendorf from Thermenregion Austria). We will certainly look forward to a future wine dinner as well as to just having the occasional dinner at this neighborhood gem.

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  2. BruceB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice ambiance and the food was excellent! We'd come back again.

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  3. AmeliaJ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little restaurant but wonderful ambience but mixed reviews on the food. The Cajun shrimp was hohum but the tuna was zippy and tasty. The “spreads n breads “ was delicious and the bread was homemade, crusty and excellent. The fried chicken was savory but the macaroni and cheese was so salty it was almost inedible.The octopus was cooked perfectly but the sauce it was served with was so spicy you could barely taste it. Maybe they were having an off day? We will have to come back at least once to be sure.

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  4. Umbrella

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service by Patrick, good food. Especially enjoyed the halibut. One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Just great all around food. What was a little quirky a year ago has matured into a delicious menu! Octopus, halibut and soft shell crab perfectly cooked and seasoned - pasta wonderfully prepared. Puts B at top of my triangle restaurants!

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  6. Karin

    Austin

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were excited to come and had heard so many good things but were pretty disappointed in our experience. Our server was so short with us. We could barely get one or two word answers out of him to any questions about foods or drinks. He rarely checked in and left as quickly as he could. We got the meatballs as our appetizer and the sauce was so salty it was almost inedible. Our pasta dish was supposed to be a mushroom sauce but there were maybe five slices of mushroom in the whole dish and the chili flakes were so intense it overpowered everything. The halibut in curry sauce was delicious and the highlight of our meal, but also seemed lacking creativity as it was most just a filet on top of more pasta with no interesting vegetables or sides. We ordered the custom mocktail and expected we would maybe get a choice or they would ask for our preferred flavors but again our waiter immediately disappeared and showed up with a heavily pineapple flavored drink which my partner does not like. It was just all around not at all what we expected and I don’t think we will be back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate space and expansive menu. Global ingredients engaging all the senses. Listen to the servers. Smart people. My new favorite chapel hill restaurant. Cheers,

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  8. Amytoo

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time here since Bombolo started. I came on Sunday night with a burger in mind but they did not do a burger last night. Bartender suggested that I try either the pork belly or rolled chicken. I chose the chicken and just loved it. Ended with raspberry bundt cake - also delicious! Bar was fun! Great service and overall environment. Will definitely be back.

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  9. Dick

    Charlotte

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. for some reason, I thought it was an Italian restaurant, but when I got there, it was gloriously more than an Italian restaurant.

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  10. penguin74

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent, with special kudos for the pasta (tagliolini with crab and lion's mane)!

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FAQs

Bombolo is rated 4.6 stars by 216 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Bombolo

764 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    MLK and Hillsborough St.
  • Neighborhood
    Chapel Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, International, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    N, NS, T, and A lines
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Garret Fleming
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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