Bombetta

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365 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
A little history: Bombetta is originally from the farming communities of Puglia where the land was devoted to olive groves, and room to grow trees for firewood was scarce. As fuel was precious, farm workers would head to the local butcher and feast on bombette from his communal oven. This meat would often be rolled up into a little bundle and contain bits of cheese or be held together by cured meat. A delicious food and a tradition based on community, eating and sharing together was born. And now it's here...
What 365 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very helpful staff. Thank you

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bombetta is a secret diamond on the edge of Wanstead. We travel from Walthamstow to get to this slice of Italy and feel as though we are on holiday. Food, atmosphere and staff are second to none. It has vibe, produce and friendly faces. The chef made a few appearances to talk us through a few of his dishes and to slip them to us, which were delightful. Talk about passion. The waiting staff were a real treat, with genuine warmth and care. It was my husband and my first date post kids in a while and it was a perfect evening largely because we love great restaurants and fantastic food. Bombetta never disappoints. 5 stars Xxx Xx

NN
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful local with massive choice for vegetarians and vegan options too. Puglian food is rich in simple punchy flavours, and their fava bean puree with braised wild greens is a prime example - as is the oven-cooked cauliflower 'roast'.

SD
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely evening. The atmosphere and food were top notch once again and the service just right. First time we have been seated at the counter/bar and it was actually fine. Looking forward to the next visit!

LE
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and delicious food. Only gripe is that we waited a long time in-between our last starter plate and main - about 30 minutes - and in fact, it had been forgotten. But they were very apologetic and took it off the bill in the end.

e
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish - as always

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff - seriously can’t fault! My only complaint would be too much food, ha! Great break from chain restaurants with excellent selection for vegetarians. Had an espresso martini to finish and it was made perfectly.

FH
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed all the food - bombetta are expensive for the amount you get. Staff were really friendly, although service could have been a tiny bit quicker; and would have preferred not to have been seated by the door, it was a bit drafty.

M
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Overpriced food - lazy presentation - no finesse. Do not waste your money on this restaurant.

MW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great no fuss dining. Simple Italian food with great flavour. Just how it should be.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, as always. Fabulous food, service, lovely welcome. Love this place

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food served by the friendliest staff I have ever had the pleasure of being served by.

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new find for us this place. Super all round. I can't find fault and look forward to visiting again.

JS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, very different to your average Italian. Great flavours from the sharing plates, main to dessert. I will be back.

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food will definitely be going back soon.

JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We re visited this place after quite a long break and realised what we had been missing
Fab service and amazing food
Menu changes every six weeks and think we will be visiting every week!
The staff were great fun and really helpful

CA
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. Wonderful food and superb service . We all had a lovely evening 😊

LI
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Never disappoints always a new menu too.
Always the best service. The waiters can never do enough.

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic lunch, as ever. Food and service both of the highest standard. Thank you

E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bombetta is such a little treasure. Food is amazing, flavoursome and creative. Favourites on this occasion, pea risotto, courgette flowers and of course the courgette fries!

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food with great service.
Would definitely recommend!!

KW
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch in the sun drinking wine and wonderful food. What could be better. Thank you Ben Milne for the extra birthday money off.

SB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant - fantastic food and great service. Can’t ask for better.

J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful, one of the best restaurant experiences I have encountered and it was accompanied by good food and fantastic wine. I will definitely return!

M
London
29 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food, such amazing quality I couldn’t recommend enough

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cute restaurant that makes great tasting food conveniently located next to Epping forest so a great place to go to after a walk

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with lovely staff and unique fantastic food

J
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again a fantastic meal. The steak was out of this world highly recommended

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service was fantastic, food was tasty, location was also perfect

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great ingredients. Really tasty.

GG
London
17 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quirky place, quite small, literally next to Snaresbrook station. Food very good and authentic Italian. Service Very good. Food was Italian tapas. The Bombettas were amazing but served with bread. It is quite pricey but very interesting. I would go again.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always. Sit at the counter to watch the chefs and to get food envy when you see what you didn’t order!

GM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Rump steak so awful and the waiter was aware as he took it off the bill with out is asking

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I6 wad warm and welcome only thing the menu price is different at the restaurant

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit and it was lovely, food atmosphere and staff all superb and friendly. Will definitely be going back!

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, authentic tasting (simple) Italian food. Best Italian food I have had in a long time, even taking into account trips to Italy!!

V
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bombetta was excellent as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bombetta
Responded on 30 June 2019

Thanks Vics :-))))) We hope to have you back again really soon!

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance.
Sat at the counter and the chef was so friendly. We were made to feel very welcome.

Bombetta
Responded on 18 June 2019

The counter is the best place in the house in our view!! Thank you so much for coming and we really appreciate the straight 5 stars!! It means a great deal to a little independent restaurant like ours :-))) We can't wait to have you back soon!

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely great! Defo recommend it if you are in the area and fancy some good Italian food 😊

Bombetta
Responded on 18 June 2019

Emagnatelanacosa, Thanks so much for all the feedback and taking the time to do a review. Small family run businesses like ours really appreciate it when people go on line to say that they enjoyed our food! We hope to have you back in again soon and perhaps we can turn those 4 stars into 5's :-)) Speak soon, Jo & Ben

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AC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been here for a while, seems like a new menu. It was a little difficult judging the right amount to buy and the sharing plates leaned heavily towards red meat.
The spicy Bombetta was lovely, however the accompanying sauce came after we had finished it.
The main dish I chose was not available so I selected a seafood risotto. Unfortunately the smoked fish had bones in the first mouthful which was a little off putting. Also the dish was cold by the time I came to finish it, probably because I was aware of bones in the fish. Overall the dish was a bit dull.
Even though we didn't drink or eat that much, the bill came to somewhat more than we had expected.
This was about out 6th visit here and the most disappointing.

Bombetta
Responded on 21 June 2019

We try to buy locally where possible so the fish is selected, smoked and prepared by Kevin at Wanstead Fish on the high rd. He is meticulous in deboning so apologies if it was off putting for you. I've seen your surname on the bookings quite a few times, so I know your a regular We don't want this experience to put you off so please email me and pop back and I'm happy to remove the cost of a risotto from your next meal. i cant put an email address on here but it is Ben @ Take care, Ben

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