Ombra

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$40 and under
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Ombra is based on the ideals of preservation. Inspired by the ‘Salumerie’ of Italy Ombra focuses on delivering highest quality cured meats. This preservation refers to the produce as well as the preservation of lifestyle and culture.
This makes the most of nature’s abundance by using techniques that for centuries have prolonged nature’s bounty through processes like drying, smoking, salting, fermenting, pickling and candying.
What 42 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food, really nice dry negroni, gorgeous service. We opted for the share menu - just bring us food! It was a bit tight to fit in for pre theatre - we should have ordered less since the other alternative was gobble faster. We didn’t fit our dessert in, so it was nicely packaged for take away and we snacked quietly mid
- production. Everything was gorgeous except one weird lamb braise with vegetables. It was dry, gristly, fatty and unpleasant. So odd- there was heaps of food, we wouldn’t have missed it and brought down the impression created by everything else.

NT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We do not come into the city very often but have made Ombra our place to go to celebrate our anniversary. Come to think of it, we probably only come into the city now once a year specifically for this reason. We love it there. The food is always fresh and amazing and the staff are some of the best we have ever encountered that really make our time there enjoyable.
We look forward to coming back again next year.

E
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden little oasis with high quality food in the CBD. Price is equivalent to others of similar quality that are louder and more crowded. Highly recommend for lunch meetings, dates etc.

ER
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overrated. The meat was fatty, oily and not much of it. Expensive for what you get. The plus - Staff were lovely, informative & attentive.

AL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Super impressed, service was great- very friendly and genuine. Can't wait to come back :).

EH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great venue for dinner. The service was excellent, the food great and the ambience fun. It was a great place for our group to go and would highly recommend it

CB
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not sure why we haven't been here before but we will definitely come back. Food was very good and we were well looked after. But if you just want a drink and some share plates then pop in downstairs before a show and enjoy!

CM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just beautiful food made from quality sources, mixed with ambience and great service!

RR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As I am from Perth I always keep coming back here. the young lady who looked after us was very friendly and very accommodating with taking our photos. who spent time talking to us and listening to how much we like Garum in Perth as well. she also highly recommended trying grill next door. the food was tasty and of generous portion sizes. overall a wonderful experience

JG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! Great place to catch up with friends for a quiet dinner upstairs.

NL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday roast and $12 Aperol spritz was a huge hit :)

B
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My out of town friend said the Melanzane/Ricotta pizza was the best pizza she's ever had!

CM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time we’ve had a family gathering here. Great food, staff & ambience.

WT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Orginally seated upstairs near a large group but staff happy to move is downstairs where it was quieter. We enjoyed the special entree which was a pork with crisps to scoop up the mixture..very tasty. Both mains were excellent and shared a dessert which was awesome.

CT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian, servers were knowledgeable and helpful. Great food - unique and flavourful we really liked the ragu and lamb shank. Price reflected quality.

LB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu with beautiful flavours and very good service. Friendly and well informed staff. Brought friends from London who were very impressed.

OT
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Italian waitress was spectacular

RS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great wine list, tasty and interesting main courses and comfortable ambience. Highly recommended.

BP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Ordinary food. Disappointed.
Not worth the price.
Won’t be back.

P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and great service in a nice atmosphere

J
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, staff very helpful and friendly. Food was absolutely delicious! Highly recommend the gnocchi and pizza

M
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent customer service. Will come back to try other dishes.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only was the food wonderful, the service was amazing- it absolutely made our experience. Will continue to come here every time I am in Melbourne. Thank you!

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food, great wine and a great waiter. Well definitely be back soon.

JD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terribly slow service for both drinks and food, and suspect would have even slower had we not complained. Had we been offered a discount on the bill I would not have written this review.

C
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious lunch with friends from out of town. Gnocchetti was superb and porcetta went down well. Wine was delicious as were desserts (fig tart and chocolate mousse).

Waiters were attentive and chatty. Lovely. Quiet enough to have a good chat.

GH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, good wine, excellent food selection - salami selection, kingfish, zucchini flowers . Perfect for a pre-theatre dinner among friends. Recommended.

RL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent por belly with crispy skin balanced with sweet onion and fennel.good value for 2 courses and a glass of wine

VC
Melbourne / VIC
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had dinner for two on Friday night. Both had pizza which were very good. Wine was overpriced. Staff were friendly and attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was one of the best dine out experiences I have had. The staff were attentive and extremely professional. The food was all presented perfectly and flavours were perfect for each dish. Would recommend anyone to stop in before a show or even for a quick drink

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love Ombra and have been a number of times. The music was so very loud on this visit that we could not have a conversation at all. Mentioned noise level to staff who said they’d turn it down but did not. Music in restaurants should add to ambiance and not overwhelm it.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza I’ve ever had, great waiters and lovely atmosphere.

AA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very enjoyable experience. Will be back for more I'm sure.

LB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picturesque and cosy intimate restaurant with friendly helpful staff and stunning moderately priced tapas as well as more conventional main courses. Great wine list to choose from.

EB
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Went for a birthday dinner and 1 guest’s meal was forgotten. This is disappointing.
Overpriced for food.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Sunday roast was excellent, both in quality and value. Will definately be going back soon.

KR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot fault this place. Always a great dining experience every time I come here.

AR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved Ombra!! We had organised a surprise dinner for a friends birthday and the staff were SO helpful in helping us pull it all together and made it as special for us as they could. The food was fantastic, the wine we had was amazing, the atmosphere of the place had a great energy and it was a Wednesday night. Most of all, the service was phenomenal and we couldn't appreciate it enough. Thanks so much for everything guys, we'll be spreading the word and we will absolutely be back!

HE
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ombra! Its so simple and special and the food is always incredible. The menu changes quite a bit so we missed out on some of our usual favourites but it was still 10/10. Service was impeccable too!

MR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A bit squishy in seating but overall a very nice place to eat.