About OMBRA Cucina Rustica

1000 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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Top chefs Michael Cirafesi and Nunzio Patruno have come together to bring to Hilton Head Island and the low country region one of the area’s most acclaimed Italian restaurant and bar, Ombra Cucina Rustica, located in the beautiful Village at Wexford on the south end of Hilton Head Island. Come and enjoy innovative Italian cuisine along with 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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 842-5505

Website:
http://www.ombrahhi.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Cirafesi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit www.ombrahhi.com for the latest special events featuring eclectic menus and featured wine producers.

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4.7

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4.7

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4.4

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always outstanding

vip
Dined 3 days ago

We have visited Ombra Cucina multiple times and this restaurant is one of our “must visit” restaurants while on the island. While there are many other excellent restaurants on the island, I believe Ombra Cucina stands atop as perhaps one of the two-to-three best restaurants on the island due to consistency of very high standards and high quality of food and service. In Ombra Cucina we were served an outstanding food and experienced outstanding service at different days and different times of our visit (including early dining time when early dining menu is available). In my experience such a level of consistency and excellence is not generally common and is indeed an extraordinary feature that Ombra Cucina offers to their customers. I would very highly recommend Ombra Cucina: it is indeed an outstanding restaurant.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Food quality was superb. A great wine se ...

Dined 5 days ago

Food quality was superb. A great wine selection that was climate controlled. Only small suggestion I would offer is to expand the menu a but more.

food5
ambience5
service5

Recommend getting half orders of the pas ...

Dined 6 days ago

Recommend getting half orders of the pasta dishes so you can try a few of them. We also split the halibut special which was a good complement to the other flavors. Ned is terrific.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A New Hilton Head Favorite!

Dined 6 days ago

Ombra is added to our list of "must go to"! The restaurant is lovely and the staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Adam did a great job. A must have appetizer is the scallops, you get three large ones. FYI, you can order them as an entree. The homemade noodles with bolognese sauce was excellent; it has an Italian name, but you will recognize it on the menu. My husband had the special for the day and it was very good. Unfortunately, we were too full for desser! We will become regulars.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5

The food was excellent and it was hard t ...

Dined 7 days ago

The food was excellent and it was hard to choose from the appetizing selections. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back more often.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Out of towner

Dined on April 26, 2016

Great meal, service was outstanding...I had talked it up and my girlfriend wasn't disappointed

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Oh my. The service was incredible. The f ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

Oh my. The service was incredible. The food impeccable. The creativity just out of this world. They made a card for our table and had a bottle of wine waiting when we arrived for our reservation being our 5th anniversary. And do not leave with out eating the Ombra Sunday for desert.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

great start to our vacation!!

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

We went to Ombra the first night of our vacation on Hilton Head and it was just a great experience! The staff was very pleasant and helpful and the food was fabulous.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best restaurant on HILTON Head Island

Dined on April 22, 2016

We have eaten at this restaurant numerous times (almost every time we go to HILTON Head-at least 8 times a year). It is consistently good: service and food. We often eat the "early bird" special which is a great fixed price 3 course meal that allows time for beach walking afterwards (to walk off some of the delicious calories).

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

We have been coming to Hilton Head for m ...

Dined on April 19, 2016

We have been coming to Hilton Head for many years. We have always enjoyed the restaurants here featuring low-country cuisine, emphasizing local seafood. As residents of Boston (and of 100% Italian heritage) we had always figured "why eat Italian in South Carolina?" Boy were we wrong! The food at Ombra is fantastic! Authentic, not gimmicky or over-flavored. Perfect! We have eaten in Venice, Rome, Sienna, Florence. Ombra is in that league. Go. Enjoy! Buon appetito!

food5
ambience4
service3
value4

Dinner with friends

Dined on April 18, 2016

Took extra time to be waited on initially but waiter improved and service was good. Veal chop and risotto was excellent

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Italian Food

Dined on April 18, 2016

Service was excellent! Food was terrific!! Our group was seated within minutes of our reservation time. A must when in Hilton Head!!!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

The Definition of Fine Dining

Dined on April 17, 2016

The most impressive thing about OMBRA may well be the service. The food is very good, but the wait staff is first class. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. My husband had a halibut dish that was superb. I especially enjoyed the antipasto. The wine list was extensive. If you have room for dessert I recommend you try the affogato. It's a sundae-Italian style. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Italian Cuisine

Dined on April 17, 2016

Ombra Cucina is one of the best restaurants I've ever dined in anywhere, including in Italy.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great date night!

Dined on April 15, 2016

Excellent food excellent service! Best filet mignon I ever had!! Waiter was friendly & knowledgeable!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Vacation Dinner

Dined on April 15, 2016

Top 5 Italian Restaurants that I have ever dined at. Chef is an award winner, and I know why.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Food is superb with large portions. Extr ...

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

Food is superb with large portions. Extremely well prepared and not expensive. On the other, the price of wine is outrageous. Extensive selection of very fine Italian wines, but it would be nice to be able to order a half bottle or an inexpensive Tuscan. Pretentious. Looks like an expense account wine list.

food5
ambience5
service5

Just got down to Hilton Head and enjoyed ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

Just got down to Hilton Head and enjoyed a great meal at Ombra. I had the gnocchi and they were incredible. We also had good cocktails and a salmon dish. Service was excellent and priced right.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food is consistently great and servers a ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

Food is consistently great and servers are knowledgeable and pleasant and attentive. Overall a wonderful dining experience!

food5
ambience5
service5

The entire experience! Service, food, pr ...

Dined on April 11, 2016

The entire experience! Service, food, preparation. Everything was awesome.

food3
ambience4
service1
value2

Long Evening

Dined on April 11, 2016

On time for a 6:30 reservation. Left restaurant at 10 PM. Very slow service on a very slow Monday night. After dinner drink menu had no prices. Was out of original wine selection and original after dinner selection. Ended up paying $24.00 for an after dinner drink. Overall good food (not outstanding) and very slow service with an unenthusiastic waiter. Very pricey. As a long time HHI diner, there are better places to drop a $150.00 for dinner for two.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service nice food

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

Great service nice food

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Never Fails

Dined on April 9, 2016

We have been to OMBRA on at least five occasions and each has been a wonderful experience. The food is great and the service is far and away the best we've experienced in the area. We will certainly return before long.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Our Must-Go-To Restaurant

Dined on April 8, 2016

This was our second visit to OMBRA. And since we will be visiting Hilton Head yearly we have decided that this is our must-go-to restaurant! The food is exceptional! The wait staff is amazing. It is quite noisy but I do not feel it takes away from the experience. And I only truly noticed it when we were first seated. I highly recommend OMBRA Cucina Rustica! Make sure to finish off your meal with Chef Michael's limoncello!

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

In town visit. Restaurant advisor reccommeded!

Dined on April 7, 2016

Outstanding food, service, wine selection, ambiance. Lives up to the hype!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We come to Hilton Head at least once a y ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

We come to Hilton Head at least once a year and this restaurant is a must. I always get one of your specials and my husband ends up withe lamb. We have never been disappointed your food is wonderful. We have had Ned the last two times as our waiter and he is terrific. Always there when you need him but never hovers. He is very helpful on food choices. We also appreciate that you have some great wines by the glass. Keep up superb job!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic Italian! Ombra does not disapp ...

vip
Dined on April 7, 2016

Fantastic Italian! Ombra does not disappoint. We make a point to come whenever we get to HHI. Beet salad and orichette pasta were divine! Thanks to our server Mike who was wonderful!

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always Good

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

We have been here numerous times and the meal is consistently delicious. Pasta are always fresh and sauces delicious.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service1

Our tab for 4 was nearly $200 before tip ...

vip
Dined on April 4, 2016

Our tab for 4 was nearly $200 before tip and we had to ask over and over for our waitress - she was always 3 steps slow and we sat without drinks most of the night....we even had to ask the hostess for desert menus because we tired of waiting for Gloria to surface. Food was above average but I wouldn't care to return due to service.....it makes a huge difference.....go to Wiseguys or Lucky Rooster instead.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Gorgeous food and lovely atmosphere

Dined on April 4, 2016

The food was absolutely beautiful, the best we had on the island. They even had a gluten-free pasta option that was gorgeous. Our server was attentive and had a lovely manner.

Tags: fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, neighbourhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

One of the best spots on HHI. Outstandin ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

One of the best spots on HHI. Outstanding Italian food with great specials each night.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best HH meal ever

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Have spent several vacations in HH and my wife has been multiple more times over a 25 yrs. Neither of us have ever found an unremarkable, must return restaurant on the island until Thursday night, March 31. All aspects of the night were 5 stars. Excellent specials, attentive and knowledgable server - offered alteration of dishes if needed and even suggested half portions of pastas if we wanted to try multiple items. Highlights were the scallop starter, pear salad, beet salad, seafood and clam linguine dishes and two of their specials: Bronzino and halibut were both outstanding. All outstanding! Wine selection is Italian heavy ( as it should be) and has a wide variety of price points and overall an excellent selection. Some previous posts indicate high bottle prices, but our bottle was about double retail and given the scarcity of our selection could have easily been 3x. The only complaint that I would agree with is the restaurant can be a bit loud. If you want a quiet romantic night this might note work, but given the food quality and overall experience I wouldn't hesitate going and asking (at the time of reservation) if there is a quitter area in the restuarant. With that being said, reservations are highly suggested.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Service was great, food was great

Dined on March 29, 2016

Our waiter was excellent and didn't miss a beat. He did seem rushed and stressed and didn't have a lot of personality. We noticed the other servers didn't seem to be as harried. The food was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

OMBRA

vip
Dined on March 29, 2016

We were seated at the exact time of our reservation. The food and service were fantastic. This was our first time in Hilton Head but I expect to return and when we do, we will return to Umbra.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

On recommendation of a friend...

Dined on March 28, 2016

A Hilton Head friend indicated that Ombra Cucina Rustica was a nice place for dinner, it proved to be far beyond nice. We had a wonderful meal, great service, and enjoyed a fine wine list. Most surprising and pleasing for me was the opportunity to have half entrees of two pasta dishes I was split between. It was terrific.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Terrific Food and Service

Dined on March 27, 2016

We took advantage of a special offering on a wet Easter Sunday and it turned the day around. The food and service were outstanding. Despite a fixe pris offering, each course was beautifully prepared and presented. We live on Hilton Head Island and can take advantage of Umbra all year but it deserves to be a planned stop for the many visitors who only get to make a brief visit to the island.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Service was excellent. Food was very go ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

Service was excellent. Food was very good

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Pleasantly surprised

Dined on March 26, 2016

Food was consistent for a great Italian restaurant .

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The good was so amazing that we came bac ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

The good was so amazing that we came back again the next night!!

food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding Italian food and service. Gr ...

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

Outstanding Italian food and service. Great atmosphere. All the homemade pasta was amazing. Can't wait to go back

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