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Umberto's Italian Restaurant

Italian Restaurant in Little River

 
Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Rated: 0 out of 5 with 55 Reviews

Located in Coquina Harbor in Little River, this classy local's favorite restaurant features fresh seafood and a full service bar. Restaurant highlights are hand-cut chops and steaks, a piano bar, with indoor and outdoor dining available overlooking the marina. Open for lunch and dinner.


Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Hwy 17 Coquina Harbor
Little River
843-249-5552
Hours: N/A
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jun 15th, 2008 at 12:18 pm
From: stanardsville, VA
By: smw


Avg. Rating:3.5
My family and I dined at this restaurant with our two children ages 12 and 10. The atmosphere was stuffy at best and it was clear that parties of 4 were treated with less quality then parties of 10, especially if you have children with you. Although we were offered a childrens menu for our kids, when it came time to order we were told that our 12 year old could not order spaghetti and meatballs from the childrens menu because she had to be 10 or younger. Essentially they were forcing us to order an adult entree for our 12 year old. When we told our server that she could not eat that much and merely wanted a smaller meal of spaghetti and meatballs on the kids menu we were told she could not do that. She had to order from the adult menu, period. Needless to say, she couldn't not finish her meal and since we were staying at a nearby hotel that had no refridgeration, more than half of the dish went to waste. We had to throw it out. Our servers demeaner was cold and unfriendly towards us. When I asked if I could make a choice of pasta served with my meal I was flat out told "no" you only get what comes with it. Keep in mind that this is an Italian restaurant. It took forever for them to bring us our meal when the table behind us that came in after us was served quickly. It took over 10 minutes for him to bring me a glass of wine and when he asked if I cared for a second glass and I told him yes, he never brought it and I had to go find him to tell him forget it. I am a former chef and overall the food was very good however we will never eat here again because of the way they treated us and our kids. Being a chef I know that the customer always comes first and whatever they request within reason should be accommodated. There is no good reason that a 12 year old should be forced to choose off the adult menu. Since then, we have dined at numerous restaurants who told us they would be more then happy to let our 12 year old order from the kids menu and that we could do so as well if we choose. That's the way it should be. Bottomline is.....friendliness rules, stuffiness looses. You should eat here if you do not bring kids and you have a party of more than six.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jun 14th, 2008 at 9:30 pm
From: Clemson, SOUTH CAROLINA
By: ca


Avg. Rating:3.7
My wife and I recently ate here. We always take our parents down with us, so this was our night away from the whole family, while the grandparents kept the kids. The view here is great, obviously, overlooking the marina. The restaurant is nice, clean, and there is attention to detail. The food is very good, wine is great, but the lone complaint we had is that despite sitting one table over from the window overlooking the marina, we could still hear the lady singing at the piano more than we wanted to. I don't mind some "low" light music while I dine, but she was too loud at times, and overbearing. There is something to be said for a quiet, romantic dinner, and you shouldn't have to talk over someone banging on a piano and singing. Would we go back again? Yes, but I would asked to be seated around a corner somewhere not in direct view of the piano.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jun 05th, 2008 at 8:01 pm
From: Lock Haven, PA
By: rmr


Avg. Rating:3.7
We were encouraged to try this restaurant and after reading all of the already posted reviews, we gave it a try. What a disappointment! First of all, we were THE ONLY group in the restaurant during the 2+ hours we were there. Kind of felt like we were interrupting the staff members' free time. We had a 3 & a 5 year old in our group of 6 people. They were out of milk and the OJ and water we ordered for the kids came in adult sized large glasses (made of GLASS). Food was a bit pricey and the options were limited (one member HATES Caesar salad and that was the only option). View was amazing (looking out over the harbor). Waiter was great and very prompt and attentive. Kids spaghetti arrived in a SOUP of butter. Bean soup was EXCELLENT but came in a large bowl and we had to serve ourselves (same with the spaghetti that came as our side dish- strange). Wasn't a terrible experience, as we've had much, much worse but I would not spend the time or money to return here or recommend it to anyone, especially when the Villa Romana is only 1/2 hour away.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Apr 22nd, 2008 at 2:04 pm
From: baltimore, MD
By: skg


Avg. Rating:5
My aunt and uncle own this place so I've been here a million times. I am NEVER disappointed and make the trip from VA, now MD, for a few days partly just to go there. The food and atmosphere are both amazing!!
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Feb 19th, 2008 at 11:20 am
From: Woodbridge, VA
By: etb


Avg. Rating:4.8
Concur with the review that said Tom the bartender made you feel like you've been a regular for a long time (by the end of our very first visit). The food was as extraordinary as the service. Just slightly pricey but worth every penny !!! I have been a long believer that Carrabbas had the best Veal Marsala in the world. I was wrong – it’s right here at Umberto’s !!!! The entire staff that we encountered (12 guys on a golf trip) could not possibly have been any more helpful. They were so kind they did not have a gal arrested who tried to steal a picture right off the wall and carried it outside (that is extreme kindness that none of us would not offered). I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Dec 21st, 2007 at 2:03 pm
From: Little River, SC
By: cbc


Avg. Rating:5
I am a local and live on the marina. Having a place like Umberto's just a walk down the dock is a real benefit. Tom, the best bartender at the beach is there most nights save Tue and Thur and always treats customers like they have been locals forever. Jaquie, Jake and Lee, the owners, normally welcome you. The special pork chop dinner is not for the faint of heart. They are cut at the restaurant and are huge. The Osso Bucco is absolutely to die for. Crab Cakes are homeade and the soup is awesome. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Oct 29th, 2007 at 12:29 am
From: Graham, NC
By: ruh


Avg. Rating:4.8
My love and I just had our second dinner at Umberto's. We absolutely LOVED it both times! The atmostphere is very romantic and classy. Yet, casual dress is totally acceptable. The staff is very attentive and polite. The food is INCREDIBLE and the portions are large. You can also share a meal and get charged $10.00 (which includes the delicious bean soup and phenomenal caeser salad, plus bread for BOTH) instead of paying for an additional entree. Entrees range from $13.00 to about $35.00. The outside of the restaurant can be deceiving however. Don't let that fool you! You will have a wonderful experience inside! There's a delightful view of the harbor as well!
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Oct 17th, 2007 at 12:43 pm
From: Rocky Mount, NC
By: pookie


Avg. Rating:4.5
This was a wonderful dining experience. Went there with a friend in October and the atmosphere had a great southern charm to it. Food was great and the lady on the piano had a wonderful voice. Very romantic setting and one I will never forget. My friend made a very nice choice for our dining pleasure. Pookie--Rocky Mount, NC
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Oct 06th, 2007 at 1:55 am
From: cola, SC
By: bdf


Avg. Rating:2.7
The entire meal wasvery average. I had veal cutlet parm. It was very bland and the breading was thick and not very good. The capalinni was a little overcooked and the marinara sauce was very fair. My wife had a veal dish with seafood and artichokes in a lemon sauce, which was too heavy. This rest. cannot compare to Luigie's N.Y. Italian Rest. in M.B. I won't be back.Singer was good ,however, I went for the food.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jul 25th, 2007 at 2:30 pm
From: Loris, SC
By: bcs


Avg. Rating:1.8
My husband and I were looking forward to our first visit to this supposedly upscale italian restaurant. It started out bad and got worse. Our waiter was almost toothless and the chairs at the table were worn out so that you sank in the middle. The waiter offered to switch them out but never did. The "beautiful view" of the marina was marred by the fogged windows. There was no choice of soup or salad. The bean soup was luke warm. My biggest complaint is that the sauce on the veal parmesan was thick and very, very heavy in spices and herbs. The veal was not pounded. It was thick and grainy. The marsala sauce was watery and tasteless. The bread was dry. We shared our disapointment and comments with the waiter. He smiled and handed my husband the bill. I have had a better food at frazolis..
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jul 21st, 2007 at 9:38 pm
From: Fayetteville, NC
By: lrb


Avg. Rating:1
I wrote a lousy review of this resturant and they pulled it down. Linda Byron, see I can even sign my name.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jul 21st, 2007 at 7:36 pm
From: fayetteville, NC
By: lrb


Avg. Rating:2
Really lousy service, agressively lousy food,
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jul 20th, 2007 at 8:52 pm
From: Fayetteville, NC
By: lrb


Avg. Rating:2.3
Dear Ms. Isbill, We visited your resturant on Thursday, July 19 2007. We ordered Shrimp Scampi and Mussels Marinara, I ordered the mussels as my entre and a glass of Chanti Classico. The waiter who served us was Larry. The shrimp tasted fresh and well prepared, but the pasta was mushy. My mussels were cold, and the marinara was this thick glopp of over salted tasteless mess. I enjoy mussels and have eaten them all over the world, to include the original Umberto's in Little Italy in NY. I attempted to get our waiter's attention, but he never returned, I was able to get the attention of the cute blond waitress and asked her to alert our server. He never returned. The blond gal took the mussels back to the kitchen. I asked to substitute a shrimp cocktail in place of the mussels. I waited 10 minutes to get a shrimp coctail. when Larry finally brought it out to me, I asked for some additional horseradish. 5 min later he returned and told me that there was no more in the house. Also, the shrimp were still warm and not chilled, and the presentation was also lacking. I briefly discussed my displeasure with the manager, (gentleman with little gottee) he listened politely but never offered to make any compensation for our total dissafaction. Our waiter was there listening to our conversation and made the remark that we should never come back. I got the distinct impression that he was annoyed that I was taking up his table without ordering an entree. We will not return to your restaurant. I will follow up this email with a letter, just in case this does not get read. I pruposely did not leave him a tip because he was rude, surley and not attentive. I usually leave a tip if the food is bad but the service is good, as the food is not the waiter's fault. Too bad because we frequent the casino boat and like a good meal after. Linda Byron 806 Greenland Drive Fayetteville,NC 28305
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: Jun 30th, 2007 at 11:05 am
From: Monroe, NC
By: sp


Avg. Rating:4.2
This restaurant is situated on the busy Hwy 17 which is a turn off in most cases due to traffic. However, this restaurant has a menu that is classy and different. I was not impressed with the level of expertise of the waitstaff, but they were friendly. The view out the big windows is great, and we definitely plan to eat there again.
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Umberto's Italian Restaurant
Posted: May 22nd, 2007 at 3:40 pm
From: Clayton, NC
By: chs


Avg. Rating:4.8
If you like Italian food this place should be on the top of your list. Everything is wonderful and I think we have tried it all. Service is just fine and the view of the marina is a plus. We always enjoy the piano player. Sometimes it can be noisy, but that is to be expected in a resort area and does not take away from the experience.
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