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“OFF THE HOOK” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ombra Cucina Rustica

Ombra Cucina Rustica
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Ranked #2 of 362 Restaurants in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
new jersey
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366 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“OFF THE HOOK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Did Easter brunch, fabulous server named Alexander.
Pricey but you get what you pay for, top quality ingredients, preparation and presentation.
Im going back for dinner next week.

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Atlanta
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“Five Stars Are Not Enough!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2014

Anyone who follows Michael Cirafesi from Michael Anthony's to Ombra will be rewarded with amazing contemporary Italian food! Michael prepares the finest menu - from appetizers through dessert -- that not only beats any Italian restaurant on Hilton Head, but would contend with the best Italian restaurants in the US!

As you can tell, my wife and I have been fans of Michael since discovering Michael Anthonys many years ago. This was our first visit to HHI since Ombra was opened so our top priority was to try Michael's new restaurant! Every dish was distinctly flavorful and were visual works of art. A picture of the Arugula/Gorgonzola salad, with its arrangement of perfect apple circles, could be hung in an art museum!

We split a simple Fusilli alla Puttanesca and a special rib-eye (superbly flavored, cooked to a true medium rare, and tender beyond belief!). Paired with a reasonably priced Bussola Amarone (one of several Amarone's on the wine list), our experience at Ombra was outstanding.

Everyone around us looked like they were having a good time! Plus the sound level, though energetic, was softened enough that table conversation could be carried on without difficulty!

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Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
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“Incredibly Good Italian Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

We had a delightfully delicious meal at Ombra Cucina Rustica. I think I had the best Panzanella (bread) salad ever. I'm a huge fan of panzanella and try it often. This one was the closest to perfection ever. My husband had carpaccio as an appetizer and then we both had wild halibut in a buerre blanc sauce that was delicious. The service and the wine were excellent as well. I have only positive things to say about our dinner experience. If we are ever to Hilton Head Island again we will be sure to return to Ombra.

  • Visited April 2014
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“One of the Best Italian Food I had in a restaurant!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

We visited the restaurant with family friends (Group of 8). Restaurant welcomes groups, table next to us had 20+ members. Please be sure to reserve ahead as the place was extremely busy even during what seemed to be an off-day for other restaurants we called. Staff was pleasant and welcoming. Menu is excellent and offered great options for the vegetarians among us. According to our waiter all items are prepared once ordered, hence, if you don't like particular ingredient it can be removed except for stuffed preparations. Pasta were freshly rolled. Cheeses used were of excellent quality. Sauces had rustic homemade feel to them. Mushroom risotto (Risotto alla Piemontese) was one of the best I have had. From the drinks menu we had 'Spritz Classico', 'Amalfitana with Chef's homemade Lemoncello' (a must) and 'Milanese'. All drinks were extremely well made. For all the desserts we tried, unanimous decision was that 'Bombato Di Cioccolatino' and 'Panna Cotta Al Cioccolato E Caramello' were the best. This was our first time here, but we are sure we will be back.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Lots of veal choices, nice atmosphere.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was fun and lively! We tried a variety of small plates: calamari (excellent, and would highly recommend); gnocchi (very good, somewhat rich, but to be expected); a salad that was all tomatoes, except for a small amount of roasted red peppers (very good); and scallops (very good). We also ordered arugula and tomato salad and another fusilli pasta dish that was all good. The entrees were not appealing to our table since most were chicken and veal dishes.

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