Bombetta

4.7
550 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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GeorgeB
London
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food , really nice to be back at Bombetta thanks to Jo and everyone for making us so welcome, the food was delicious the fish superbly cooked, the fried Zucchini are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely disgusting experience, would not recommend at all! Customer service was appalling, management was so rude and argumentative.

We ate food in a freezing cold alley way, asked for a heater, did not receive one for about 20 minutes as we had to we had to ask another member of staff to get us one.

There were blankets on the benches that we sat on which were there from the previous customers which is NOT Covid safe.

We also had no light on our tables, we had to use the torch on our phones to see the food we were eating. No napkins were provided and when we asked we received a tea towel to clean up with.

If I could of given a 0 I would of.

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AimeeM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and buzzy atmosphere. Would definitely visit again

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vipBrixtonBelle
London
70 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite neighbourhood establishments. Fantastic food and service always.

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Dono14
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, the staff were friendly and extremely helpful.

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Green
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Limited menu, overly priced and some of the younger staff didn't seem to know what they were doing? My friends waited for most of the evening for a water glass and cutlery!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent original Italian cuisine. Would highly recommend it.

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SouthWoodfordMum
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Really tasty small plates and Bombetta and good wine. The portions aren't huge mountains of food but are delicious, specially sourced ingredients that compliment each other well and bring a smile to your face and aren't the usual stuff you find in restaurant chains. The menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try. A fab place to catch up with friends. The Bombetta team have done a great job in making the outside space welcoming and pretty and staff are attentive. We'll be back soon.

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GerryW
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal, it was good to be back. The service was great and food amazing. All COVID precautions were in place .

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careyp
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Straight forward enjoyable food, although all a bit chaotic. Admittedly the staff appeared new to the job, and everyone did their best to keep us warm and fed. A great atmosphere of enthusiasm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always a pleasure. Service has gone down hill a bit. I was given a grappa with an ice cube in it because the glass was hot. £32 for a £6 bottle of rose Prosecco and £10 for watered down grappa is not cool. Bread used to be better. Food is as amazing as it’s always been.

Bombetta
Responded 12 hours ago

Thanks for coming to us. We were closed for 3 1/2 months so its lovely to have guests back and we are delighted you enjoyed the food. We have been extraordinarily busy, despite the temperature outside dropping to only 5 degrees in the evening. I'm sorry if this meant that we we're playing catch up with our glass washing. If you email me directly, on your next visit your welcome to a round of Grappa made from Amarone wine on me minus the ice. Regards, Ben

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Dotty
London
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice location and friendly buzzy atmosphere.
The food is ok although I do find it very salty.

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Newreviewer
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Bombetta. So impressed with the efforts they have made to have more outside seating that is stylish , safe and comfortable.

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donnaw
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great food, great ambiance, great place to go with family/friends.

Bombetta
Responded 12 hours ago

Hello Donna, After 3 and a 1/2 months of closure, we were delighted to have you as well ! Thank you so much for the review, we worked so hard this week so it means a lot. If you are able to leave us a TripAdvisor review we would be most grateful. Also don't forget to try out Arte e Pasta in Walthamstow (our new place). It is operating as a pop up @tear4fritti (on instagram) till end of may then it reverts back to fresh pasta. Thank you again for your review and take care, Ben & Jo

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ClaudiaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and the staff are so friendly. My favourite local restaurant must go!

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AmnaH
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great setup for covid precautions. The tables are spread apart outside and the heaters they have are really strong.

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KieronM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever lovely food and staff, always exceptional.

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Hez93
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely evening, cold but table heaters good idea. Service a little slow but to be expected on first week back after lockdown.

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KLondon
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The food here was lovely but the service was very slow. Had to chase them up to order and then the food took a long time to come.

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Shal
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious fresh food. Very tasty options to share. Took trouble to serve the children first with their choice, which ensured we enjoyed ours.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant!

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LizH
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely awesome experience here, the food is incredible and the service great, really friendly.

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Trevor1980v
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 all round. Love this place. Food is amazing and the staff are so friendly.

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PavC
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rustic and authentic Italian providing diners with a different experience from usual Italian eateries. The ambience and feel, even in the outdoor areas, made it a lovely family sharing meal experience.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb produce, lovely wine, great staff.
The veal and nduja pasta was sublime

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vipReillylo
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, wonderful alfresco dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding as always! We've been regulars at Bombetta for years now, and they've risen to the covid challenge magnificently. The new outdoor areas are really cosy. The bombette are just as good as ever, but you also have to try the new roast lamb dish 👌

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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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Bombetta is rated 4.7 stars by 550 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.