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“One of the two best Italian restaurants in the HHI area.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ombra Cucina Rustica

Ombra Cucina Rustica
The Village at Wexford, Ste G-2, Hilton Head, SC 29928
+1 843-842-5505
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Ranked #5 of 320 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: OMBRA Cucina Rustica, located in the beautiful Village at Wexford on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Come and enjoy Classic Regional Italian cuisine created by Chef Michael Cirafesi voted Best Chef Hilton Head 2013 and 2014. OMBRA features 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.
boston
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“One of the two best Italian restaurants in the HHI area.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great spot. Takes over the location vacated by Antonio's another good restaurant. These owners have a fine tradition of being among the best in the HHI area. The service was impecable, the food was high quality, on a New York/ Boston italian restaurant level and the atmosphere was tasteful.
I would recommend this place to tourists looking for a fine dining experience (no kids please) or for Hilton Head regulars trying to find a new favorite restaurant. It is a little high priced but really, it's worth it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Italian restaurant on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I am a part time New Yorker and part time Islander who has eaten at Ombra more times than I care to admit. The food here is world class. In the beginning the noise was an issue, but they have since taken care of the problem by adding more soft materials to absorb the sound.

You will not be disappointed with anything from the ravioli to the chicken milanese to the many specials Michael offers. If you want some of the best Italian food you have ever had the pleasure of eating go here!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, Canada
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Big Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Our group of 4 went to Ombra for "restaurant week". Upon arriving we were provided a very friendly greeting and promptly shown to a table. Our waitress, very pleasant but a "tad" over-attentive provided us with the specials of the day. We all ordered one of the three course meals from the special restaurant week menu. We were all disappointed in the quality of the food.
The restaurant is very loud, not the place to go if you are looking for a romantic dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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“More Noise/Less Pleasure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

There for restaurant week menu which was somewhat limited. Portion size was adequate. The overall taste didn't light up your mouth with great flavor. Waiter was friendly and efficient Then there's the noise. Remember HHI has more than its fair share of seniors and most are hard of hearing, At a table for four one must SHOUT across the table to be heard and that works only if an adjoining table isn't shouting at one another. For us, the noise ruined the evening. Bring your noise cancellation head gear to enjoy.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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“Eat Well, Bring Ear Plugs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The interior is charming. The menu has a wide variety of Italian and Italian inspired dishes, all worthwhile to excellent, which explains the popularity. The wine list is mostly standard, but has good choices. The staff really tries to please. Unfortunately, the noise level is high at best and rises to painful if you have the misfortune of sitting near a loud and boisterous table, of which there is usually at least one on any given night.

Visited January 2013
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