Bombetta

4.6
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354 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
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
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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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.

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