Bombetta

4.8
523 reviews
£26 to £40
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...
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RobertD
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

A bombetta is a glorified pig in blanket, which is fine if that's what you like - it is tasty - but it's hardly the interesting culinary experience that the restaurant would claim

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Bombetta is a name of a product from Puglia (meat, cheese and cured meat all wrapped up and cooked on a skewer) so your comment is rather like calling pizza a glorified slice of cheese on toast. Short of explaining what a Bombetta is & the provenance of some of the ingredients (all imported direct from Slow Food producers & farmers based throughout Italy) that we use for our small plates, we don't claim anything, although we do hope people enjoy the experience. I am sorry it wasn't for you.

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michaeld
Liverpool
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Well spaced, good polite service, pleasant atmosphere. And the food is very good. I will be going back.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much for the review, we open again on the 12th of April with outside seating so we hope to have you again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such lovely service

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much. We will be back open again on the 12th of April.

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lizc
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love every minute of being in Bombetta. The welcome, the ambience and of course the superb food. It's a real treat and I can't recommend it highly enough. Thanks!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

We hope to have you back with us when we open again on the 12th of April :-)

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DanF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight! Vic and his team in the open kitchen never miss a beat.
Cheers
D

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thanks Dan, We hope you are back again with us, when we re-open. You can book from April the 12th onwards.

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Abby
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous as always! They go above and beyond. Perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Abby, We hope to have you sitting outside with us soon. We re-open on April the 12th.

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Eleg
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such lovely dinner and atmosphere. Great service!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you for a lovely review Eleg ! We hope to have you back with us again when we re-open on April the 12th.

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JadeF
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favourite little restaurants because it’s a bit different and the food is so good. We took our little boy for the first time as we wasn’t sure if it was child friendly as we have only ever been of a late evening however they literally couldn’t have been more accommodating to us. The service was truly outstanding and we recommend highly.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Jade, Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate it. We will be open again with outdoor dinning from April the 12th and we really hope to see you soon.

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HowardS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was told about it by friend and gave it a go on Sunday afternoon for lunch. Not a massive menu but it didn't need to be. starters mains and desserts what absolutely lovely and great service too. Would happily recommend and will definitely go back for another visit

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thanks for your review Howard. We open up again on April the 12th for outdoor dining and we really hope you will be able to join us soon. Kind regards, Ben.

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vipZucko
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good for a local atmosphere, nice to hear they are expanding and I am sure the locals will support.

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vipJeremyM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only popped in shortly as we had some time together while I was in the area. Atmosphere was lovely. Prosecco even better. Bruschetta, delicious. While we were only in there for a fleeting visit, it was lovely.

Will visit again.

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vipmandr
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is amazing. It’s family friendly, relaxed, unpretentious and the quality of ingredients used is always second to none. It’s our favourite restaurant in London!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much for such a glowing review. We will be open again from the 12th for outdoor dinning so we hope to have you back with us :-)

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Africaval
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening again. Great food and service. Thanks.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Straight 5 stars, thank you so much. We really appreciate it. Hopefully we will have you back with us soon, we will be opening for outdoor dinning from he 12th.

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PollyG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always innovative delicious food. A great local gem.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you Polly, it means a lot to get a 5 star review :-) We will be open again on the 12th of April so we hope to see you soon. Regards, Ben & Jo

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vipNick
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per usual perfect service, clean, amazing wine and great food. Best restaurant in Wanstead

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Greedygourmet
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, not your average Italian at all but much more imaginative. All super fresh and very tasty.. will definitely get some Saturday night takeaways while we are in isolation.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much for the review. We open again for outsider dinning from the 12th of April, so we hope to have you back with us soon!.

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vipemmas
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as alway. One of my favourite restaurants- food is amazing along with ambiance and service. 10/10

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DANIELLA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Thank you to Bombetta for another awesome night.
We booked this especially for my husband's birthday on the last night before lockdown. Bombetta is one of our favourite local restaurants.
I couldn't sadly give it 5 out of 5 stars overall because a few minor things did occur - namely, we were told on the night we had the table for less than two hours, this wasn't great, felt a bit rushed, and that there was an agenda to squeeze in more customers into the duration of the last night, this was also felt in the service partly - the normal care and attention was lacking because time could not be given as usual to each table. I also requested something special for Glen to mark his birthday in the comments section of the reservation, although he did not have a dessert plate, something else could have been done- a drink on the house or dessert for example...?
Lastly, assuming it was because it was the last night and stock had to be used up- there was a limited menu and no tomato options. All forgivable reasons given prelockdown night but it took away from the full Bombetta experience on what was special occasion. Fabulous food and we can't wait to return, we have booked Christmas eve so hopefully restaurants will be able to open up again in December.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Daniella, I'm sorry if our stress pre lock down transcended into service & affected your experience. As a rule we always give a drink or dessert on the house for birthdays, whether we are informed prior to the booking or pick it up in service. It was busy as it was the last night before lock down. Apologies if you felt rushed someone had booked the table at 8pm your booking was at 17:45. I hope we can have you with us again soon, Kind regards, Ben.

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yummyfood
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We managed to get a last minute booking before the 2nd lockdown. We were so pleased they' d survived the first especially with the same successful team.

Food and ambiance excellent........ highly recommend

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hiya yummyfood, thank you for such a glowing review. We really appreciate it :-) We open again for outdoor dinning on the 12th of April, so we would love to have you back with us soon!

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kamh
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing meal out- can’t wait to go back again!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars, we open again for bookings on tables outside on April the 12th so we really hope to see you soon!

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DanF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat from the welcome, service, casual decor, well selected wines and the delicious Food that comes out of the hypnotising open kitchen- the show that never disappoints!

Cheers
Dan

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Dan, What a lovely review, thank you. We hope to have you back with us soon and we will be opening for outdoor dinning from the 12th of April. Kind regards, Ben

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Jp72
Essex
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant for an alternative Italian meal.
Highly recommended

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much for the straight 5 stars. We open agin on the 12th of April so hope to see you soon!

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent wine and charming service

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thanks Paul! Were open again on the 12th of April for outdoor dining so I hope we can have you back with us then! Take care, Ben

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R234
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good experience at Bombetta. We were reassured by their Covid practices too.

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Pinga68
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Sunday Roast - quality ingredients. Quirky surroundings and relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot date, hot food. Thanks! Wine and quality perfect, cosy even in the Covid situation.

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GrahamP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service as always. Been here a few times for different occasions and it’s always a good choice. Food and service are always very high quality.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Graham, Thanks so much for the review, we hope you will be back with us soon. We will be opening the outdoor space and re-opening again on the 12th of April. Take care, Ben & Jo

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JaRoKa
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food. Great staff. Will be coming again.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars, we open again for bookings on tables outside on April the 12th so we really hope to see you soon!

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Dotty
London
47 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We sat outside due to Covid. Very useful to have this facility locally so that we can still meet up with other households.
I enjoyed my lunch, two glasses of Prosecco and a cappucino.
We will be back for more!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Hi Dotty, I am glad you liked the outdoor space and enjoyed your Prosecco. We are going to be giving the outside a lick of paint over the next few weeks and will be opening it up again for the 12th of April! I hope next time you come we can move some of those 2 and 3 scores to 4 and 5's and I hope to see you soon. Kind regards, Ben & Jo

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vipBrixtonBelle
London
69 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite local spot for date night. Tried the aubergine & mozzarella bombetta for the first time. So good!

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed the Aubergine dish, we do as well :-) We open again for outdoor dinning on the 12th of April so hopefully we will have you back with us soon!

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Tshyde
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. A real gem of a place that offers something very different to most other Italian restaurants in the area. Highly recommend and we will be returning soon.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Thank you so much for the review! We are open again for outdoor dinning on the 12th of April so we really hope to have you back with us :-)

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PriyeshP
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique Italian street food served in a restaurant. One of the best wine cellars around. Great ambiance and service was impeccable.
Definitely worth a visit.
Tiramisu was to die for.

Bombetta
Responded on 10 March 2021

Such a lovely review Priyesh, thank you :-) We will be back open again on the 12th of April so we really hope to have you back with us then, for some outdoor dinning. Bookings are open online now :-)

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CJaneM
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bombetta offers both high quality service and food- definitely worth a visit!

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LilyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A really welcoming and relaxing ambience in the restaurant. The service was impeccable, we were well looked after

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lizc
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here lots of times and it never disappoints. The food is superb, the ambience great, always a wonderful welcome - and Covid safe too (temperature taken when we walked in SD etc). So worth a visit, I love it.

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Ryan
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Great food, quite expensive for a Sunday roast at £24, would have expected a larger portion of meat at that price.

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Sparrer
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress could not have been more helpful or efficient, food fresh and well presented as always. Very clean and sanitized without being ambiance busting. Very friendly feel to the place.Not the cheapest restaurant in Wanstead but I guess you get what you pay for in a lot of places.House red wine very quaffable and inexpensive.But, I have to say I'm not a fan of children running around in restaurants, did not seem parents were fussed; could destroy the antiviral set -up which had obviously taken a good bit of effort. I will be back but If I see kidz I'm off.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bombetta do the best job of still hosting a memorable evening, despite the rubbish Covid restrictions

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ShelleyD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great location and ambiance and fantastic service.

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Dolphin
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We did not feel that the tables were distanced enough to each other amid Covid-19. Particularly our table was located right by the doorway where customers without masks come and go constantly. The food was nice but we felt that the waitress was very pushy to make us order more food than we wanted.

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Bombetta is rated 4.8 stars by 523 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.