Bombetta

4.6
343 reviews
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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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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
10 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
12 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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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food delivered with fantastic service. Can’t wait to come back!

Bombetta
Responded on 15 June 2019

Thanks so much for such a fab review! We are only a small family independent restaurant so the comments mean a great deal to us and our team :-)) We look forward to having you back, Ben & Jo

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to this restaurant as often as possible and it is our favourite place. The food is top quality and so different from regular places. The service is good and it is cosy inside. It is near Snaresbrook station so easy to get to from work or shopping.

Bombetta
Responded on 15 June 2019

WOW 5 STARS !!!!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much Anita! We really appreciate it. Cris our Sous Chef was working in the kitchen with Rebecca and Tabatha on the floor, so we will let them all know about your feedback. As a small family run independent restaurant, we really appreciate you taking the time to review us, it always helps. We look forward to seeing you soon, Take care, Jo & Ben

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HP
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here - it’s quite unusual. The mozzarella, broad bean and beetroot dish was especially delicious. the restaurant is also very handy for the tube!

Bombetta
Responded on 15 June 2019

Hi HighPeakBee, Thanks for the fab 5 star review!! It was our Head Chef Victor in the kitchen on Tuesday when you were in, along with Tabatha and Christian in front of house. I'll make sure that they all see your feedback. They will really appreciate it, as do Jo and I. As a small family, local independent restaurant, we rely heavily on reviews and word of mouth, so thank you soooooo much :-)))) Kind regards, Ben & JO

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TD
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great meal in this great restaurant. Menu gets bigger and better with each visit. I tried the burger this time which was good but think I’ll stick to the classics next time - the Bombette’s and some of the pastas and Tuscan sausages. Great selection of sharing plates and platters and nice little touch at the end with a shot of limoncellos on the house. Keep it up!

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi TDE11, Thank you so much for giving us such a lovely review. My wife Jo and I really appreciate it :-) Hopefully we will have you back really soon and I will pass on your comments to Chef Victor and the rest of the team ! Take care, Ben

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bombetta. The food is excellent and the staff are so lovely. Really lucky to have it around the corner.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. It was fun to get lots of different dishes and share.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Sensational food. Location is quite far out but service was sensible and value was sensible. Decor was great. One of my favourites in London. Will make the effort to return at all costs.

KB
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been twice now and it’s been fantastic both times. Definitely more informal setting than we expectedly but still absolutely lovely and the food is out of this world!

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Katie! Straight 5 stars - WOW - to a small family business like outs that means a lot. Many thanks for coming and for the fab feedback. Take care, Ben P.s. We hope to see you soon!

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I've been to Bombetta couple of times, so I decided to take my family for a relaxed Sunday lunch.
While my first two visit was quite nice, food, drinks and service. This time it didn't deliver at all.
As aperitif, we asked for prosecco, it was 9.50 per glass, this was a bit shocking, but I thought perhaps it will be a very good one, it wasn't.
Then the menu layout - Whole page of starters/sharers. We have ordered lamb skewers, pork and beef. I didn't expect huge starters, but maybe a bit bigger then 4 thin slices of cured meat with some cheese on it. It tasted nice, until I bit on a seed from the orange garnish, it was quite unpleasant.
Mains were ok, especially my beef was very nice, however the courgette fries were quite soggy.
My wife had the Monk fish main, which was mostly deep-fried seafood and an aromatic mayo (which meant to be spicy)
Maybe I will give another try at some point, but I will not rush back.

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Dear Ferenc Nagy, Its encouraging that you have been before and enjoyed it . the menu changes every 6 weeks, the style and essence hasn't since we have opened, so I hope you'll come back to us sooner rather than later. We'd love you to try us again. I apologise that on this occasion you didn't enjoy your experience. We've alot of dishes on our menu & we've tried many ways to best categorise them & feel that listing the plates we advise for sharing is the best option. Kind regards Ben

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Cool vibe and very hospitable staff.

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hello Anonymous, Thanks so much and we will take those lovely compliments with both hands :-)) For a small family business like ours it is so important. We really hope to have you back again soon, Take care, Ben

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SD
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely original Sardinian food with a wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes. Great ambience and atmosphere and service spot on.

TN
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our visit to Bombetta very much. Nice atmosphere, lively but not too noisy. The waiter was very helpful and the food was good. We shall definitely go again

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi TonyN, Thanks for such a lovely review. We are only a small family business so it really does mean a lot to me, my wife and our team. Hopefully we will have you back at the restaurant really soon and perhaps we can turn the 4's into 5's. Take care Ben

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GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent but I gave four stars as the toffee pudding was slightly two hard.
Staff was fantastic - couldn’t be more helpful.

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi GinaM, Apologies if you had a slightly overcooked sticky toffee pudding and thank you for the 5 stars for service. Hopefully next time you come in your dessert will be on point and we hope to have you back really soon! Take care, Ben

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time there and the food was even better than i remembered ! Amazing smoked haddock and anchovy risotto and Italian cheese everywhere . Service fantastic as well .. highly recommended

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi AndrewG, I love that risotto as well! Haddock isn't very Italian but make an exception as the fish is beautifully selected -) The recommendation & comments on service, mean a great deal to us so thank you. We're only a small family restaurant so it all counts for a lot. Hopefully we will have you back again soon, Take care, Ben.

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P
Essex
24 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We sat in the trailer , usually we love being around the bar , watching the chefs but this was a bright evening the Wanstead fish risotto , I have been told we are going back for , I like the pig cheek . Always pleases

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Peter, We are super pleased you enjoyed your meal and thank you for the nice words. Yes you must come back for the risotto soon! Victor and Cris in the kitchen no doubt missed you, but I am glad you enjoyed sitting out in the trailer :-)) We hope to see you back again soon, Take care, Ben & Jo.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location so convenient for Snaresbrook tube. Interesting and delicious food. Thanks.

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Meg40, You'd be surprised how many people can't even see us or work out where we are when they exit Snaresbrook Station, haha! Yes we are really close so it makes a great meeting point. Thanks for the great feedback, we are always changing the menu so I hope you will come back to us again really soon! We are only a small family restaurant so lovely reviews like yours mean a great deal to us so thanks again. Take care, Ben & Jo.

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WB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely birthday celebration with the girls
Lovely food for sharing

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hello Wendy, We are pleased you enjoyed your birthday celebrations with the girls at Bombetta. Its lovely that you chose us :-) Hopefully we will have you back again really soon. Take care Jo & Ben.

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice find with great food and great atmosphere. I will definitely be coming back!

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Hannah, Thank you for such a lovely review. The comments mean a lot to us as we are only a small independent restaurant, they mean a great deal. Hopefully we will have you back again soon so we can perhaps turn those 4 scores into 5's :-)) Take care, Ben

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ben and the team always do a great job - service bit slower tonight than usual but it’s busy and no need to rush- made me feel like I was on holiday. Needless to say - food was brilliant- love the counter

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Sorry the service was a little slower than normal. I think we may have someone who called in sick or something that night. I am however really pleased that the food was good and that you, like me, enjoy the counter. The best place to sit in my view. Hopefully we will have you back in to see us really soon and we can turn those 4's into some 5's :-)) Take care, Ben

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere, service was spot on and we felt like we were on holiday in Italy, thank you to all at Bombetta we had a great evening and are already planning out next visit - Delicious

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi AgostinaB, Thank you for such a lovely review! If we made you feel as if you were on holiday in Italy then our job is done :-)) We are only a small family business so your comments and scores mean a lot. We hope you will come back to us again real soon, Take care, Ben

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time, perfect, highly recommend

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hello AngC, WOW straight 5 star review! We are pleased as punch! It means so much to our small team and Jo and I when we get it right and receive a review like this. Hopefully we will have you back in the restaurant really soon! Take care, Ben

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GB
London
18 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fourth or fifth time eating at Bombetta, always enjoy it the Zucchini fries are delicious and a firm favourite, always enjoy the food

Bombetta
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi George according to OpenTable (there may have been other occasions) you have now been 6 times to us :-))) As a small family restaurant we need our regular customers, so from Jo and I and Victor and his team in the kitchen, thank you so much for your custom and this lovely review. I hope that we will have you again in the very near future. Take care, Ben

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