July 2016



Best Italian:  OMBRA Cucina Rustica

Not only is this the best traditional Italian in the area, but a good number of islanders believe this is the best overall restaurant on Hilton Head Island and that is saying something. Yes, it is that good. The wine list just as good. Executive Chef/Owner Michael Cirafesi is the ultimate host as well. A true gem on the food scene.

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Winner of Best Italian by Eat It and Like It (Jesse Blanco)


OMBRA has been named one of the top fifteen wine bars in the state of South Carolina by scoutology.com!


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Named One of the Top Fifteen Wine Bars in the state of SC!!



Hilton Head Monthly July 2015 Article



Wine Spectator Award 2015




Hilton Head Monthly May 2010 Article


We highly recommend this restaurant. Wonderful ambience,service and fantastic Italian food. Dined there twice during our visit to Hilton Head.

Visited October 2014

“Great Italian”


Chef Michael was featured in Taste magazine and after reading the review we knew we had to try it. What a wonderful experience! Our waiter knew everything about how the dishes were prepared and made great suggestions. We had a sweet potato gnocchi that was out of this world. It was so light and soft not chewy and doughy as if often the case with gnocchi. The sauce was so delicious that we used the bread to make sure we didn’t leave a speck of it behind. The main course was a like veal marsala but the sauce was better than most. The veal was thin and tender and could not have been better. The panncotta for desert was surrounded with fresh berries that were so good. They were the perfect compliment for the custard. It was a totally trip 5 star meal. I would recommend everyone to try it for a real treat.

Visited September 2014

“So Delicious We Wanted to Lick the Plate”


I come from a large Italian family and read about Ombra’s in one of the magazines that was in our rental unit during our yearly trip down to Hilton Head. The food at Ombra’s was great, it reminded me of my grandmother’s cooking. I had the Veal Scallopine with a half order of gnocchi, something my grandmother used to make. Both were outstanding. The gnocchi was almost as good as grandma’s. The beet salad was one of the best salads that I’ve ever had and would take it over a house salad anywhere else any day of the week. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very helpful when it came to selecting our (went there with my girlfriend)entrees as well as being prompt. I took about half of my food back to the condo and the waiter even included some extra bread. It was great reheated as well. Definitely will put it on our return to list for next year.

Visited August 2014

“Like Being at Family Dinner”



Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014


Had a superb dinner for two, including fresh mussels, pasta pescatora (frutti di mare), and veal scaloppini with mushrooms. Extensive Italian wine list, with lots of bold reds, super Tuscans, etc. Selected a great Ripasso. Excellent, informed service, superb authentic olive oil, freshest ingredients, limoncello made fresh on site. We lived (and ate) in Italy for two years … this is the best Italian we’ve had since leaving.

Visited July 2014

Best Italian this side of the Med