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“Wonderful, fun Italian eatery” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ombra

Ombra
Ranked #11 of 904 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$15
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful, fun Italian eatery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013

My husband and I had a free evening in Wellington as part of our New Zealand vacation and had heard that Cuba Street was the place to go, so we went. We strolled down Cuba street and at first we were disappointed. There were several cafes and restaurants but none of them seemed to have much activity going on. It was a little before 6 pm by this time (apparently the place doesn't start hopping 'til later).

We walked a little further and finally decided to try an Italian place called Ombra that was about half full and had a posted menu that looked interesting. It turned out to be an Italian tapas (small dishes) place. Our waitress was from Italy and had some strong recommendations on what we should order. We took most of her advice and weren’t sorry at all. The food turned out to be awesome! The wine was excellent (mine Merlot and my husband’s a Primativo). We ordered an eggplant marscapone crostini, lamb pecerino meatballs, a potato pizzetta and a beef roast. Everything was delicious. The marscapone was outrageous and the meatballs were just wow. We then ended things with a dessert of poached pears with gorgonzola gelato. The gelato was tasty, creamy goodness, with a very subtle but definite gorgonzola flavor that nicely complimented the pears.

Note that they just bring out the tapas as they are ready. This is their style and policy which worked fine for us but if you are looking for a more formal set course type of dining experience look elsewhere.

Overall, the atmosphere of the restaurant was fun and informal, the food was delicious, the wine a fine compliment to the food and it was one of our favorite meal experiences in New Zealand (and we were all over the North and South Islands for three weeks). Oh, and by the time we left the place was packed, so we were glad we were early eaters!

  • Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hoped for more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

Maybe we just got a bad night, but based on the reviews we tried Ombra hoping for a great new place to eat. The staff were friendly and engaging. The issue was simply the tapas dishes came one at a time at 5 minute intervals, they weren't big portions for the price and we under-ordered with 2 dishes each. I have an average appetite, but unfortunately I left still hungry.

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Munich, Germany
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“This is good Italian fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

If your tired of going to italian restaurants and being bomabarded by the stereotypical Italian classics of spag bol, lasagne, fettuchini etc, etc then this is the place for you. A beautiful selection of exquiste Italian dishes, all tapas sized so you can try a really good selection of the menu. We let the server order for us and pair it with a nice wine- they know what they're doing so trust in them. The only thing I would say is that if your not a seafood fan then this is probably not the place for you, one of the people in our group found it to be slim pickings for non seafood dishes.

  • Visited September 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Italian at its best !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Fantastic staff - helpful, friendly and fun. Happy to talk/walk through menu - efficient service - prices pretty good too and food awesome - we had an impromptu fun night out at this place - will be back again soonest .......

Visited October 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Busy, friendly, good for solo traveller”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

You can eat at the bar here which makes it a friendly place for a solo traveller. The bar staff are happy to recommend wines and food and happy to chat when they aren't busy... which they really are as the night progresses. Plenty of another diners at the bar too. The food is tasting/tapas style, so pick a couple of dishes. For that reason it would also be a great place to go with a group, more options for sharing.

Definitely recommended.

Visited October 2013
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