Alfio's buon cibo
Alfio's buon cibo

Alfio's buon cibo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfios-cincy.com/
  • Phone: 5133210555
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Gulisano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour
  • Entertainment: Entertainment on Monday Nights

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Erie & Michigan
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Alfio's buon cibo
Owners Scott Lambert, Alfio Gulisano, and Ken Arlinghaus welcome you to Alfio's buon cibo. Located in Hyde Park Square, Chef Alfio naturally joins his native flavors of Italy and Argentina for a taste of modern Italian cuisine with a little Argentine flair. Alfio's “buon cibo” (Italian for “good food”), features a broad selection of wines from North America, Italy and Argentina.


Enjoy homemade pastas and desserts, fresh seafood, beef, lamb, seasonal menus, and unique daily specials in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Sign up for Alfio's mailing list to find out about the next wine dinner. Sign Up Now!


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Alfio's buon cibo reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)neighborhood gem (136)special occasion (106)romantic (73)notable wine list (64)good for groups (52)hot spot (41)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have celebrated my birthday here the last two years. Both times we have had amazing service and fantastic food and wine. I recommend the reisling and the short rib ravioli! We had the best time. Great place for special event or date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    buddy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time for dinner: Food was great, dessert was over the top. Service was well done. We were well taken care of by our waitress. She was there when needed, made sure we had everything and kept our evening on course with food and drink. Great evening for us and our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • marla
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love alfio so much! The food is so amaxing and alfio is an amazing chef
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foooood
    Lewisnl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I absolutely love this place! my boyfriend & I always go here for a nice romantic night, it has definitely become one of our favorite date night spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, a wonderful night out!
    markVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Alfio provides a diverse, well presented array of specialties that will not disappoint. He comes out to personally talk to his customers, who he often remembers. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great night out in fun Hyde Park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had heard many good things - and we were not let down - food was very good as was the service - will definitely put Alfio's on the FAV list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had 8 for dinner and everyone enjoyed the meal. Good menu and delicious meals were served hot. We all decided that we would come back for another great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique
    GoodFood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good restaurant. Short rib ravioli is top notch. Good service. Nice break from chain restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was the first time at the restaurant for all three of us. The food was exceptional, we had great service and it was a nice setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food/good service, but noisey
    Time2DineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Just very loud...noise bounces off walls, especially from larger groups. Not sure there is anything management can do, Food is great, especially raviolli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not happy poor service
    Italiangem
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    my husband and i drove to this restaurant to try their food. The place was packed. Good Service at bar while waiting for table But once we got our waiter and our table, too noisy poor service. Overprice for the type of food. Will not return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    marc
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had high expectations due to a few awards this restaurant had won. The ambiance was okay but it was really loud. My wife and I (we are in our 30's) had issues hearing each other across a table. We were disappointed, too, that so many people wore tee-shirts and shorts in a "nicer" place. The empeñado appetizer was so-so but the scallops were very good. My wife had the short ribs ravioli, which were very creamy and distracted from the taste of the actual food. The lamb chops were excellent. The wine list was solid and the prices were affordable. However, we would recommend several other restaurants in the area (or in downtown Cincinnati) before returning here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique fusion in flavors
    artandfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unusual fusion of Italian and Argentinian cuisines creates taste surprises that please from start to finish. The empanadas appetizer is a must-try for a first and return visits. Whoever is in the kitchen making the pasta and pastry is a pro. The attention to details with unique flavor combinations in marinades, dressings and sauces is skillful. This is a wonderful, lively place to get an exceptionally good meal at a reasonable price for the high quality...no wonder it's been winning lots of awards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious but...
    FSteinVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was very good, beet goat cheese salad and short rib ravioli yummy, but the prices were way over priced for what it was. Just because it's Hyde Park doesn't mean you can over charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My Favorite
    MrsBW
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is simply the best in Cincinnati! Everything from the bread to the appetizers to the entrees to desserts, the experience is exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, again.
    KenwoodVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Chef Alfio doesn't fail to deliver a perfectly-prepared meal. The melding of Italian and Argentinian cuisine is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time
    chocotom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was exceptional. A unique blend of Italian and Argentine. Lots of pasta dishes and lots of hearty meats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was amazing. We started with bruschetta which might be the best I've ever had so far. It is a romantic dining experience for two or a great together with friends. It is pretty pricey but well worth spending for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wow!
    KenwoodVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There's good and then there's Alfio's buon cibo; it's exceptional. We all split an order of ravioli as one of our appetizers and agreed the al dente prep was perfect. While the ravioli was out of this world, everything was great. Cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. Even the coffee was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    blanchesarongVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised on our first visit to Alfios. The food was SO good! Everyone ordered a different dish, & we all tasted each others meals. Every meal was excellent. I had the pistachio encrusted salmon. The pistachios were whole, not crushed & the salmon was juicy & delicious. The two raviolis I tasted were also delicious. The butternut squash mashed potatos on the side were sweet & creamy, & the green beans were crisp. The only downside was it was a bit noisy in there (we were in the center of the restaurant). Other than that, it was great. We will definitely go there in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great experience!! I am so glad we took the chance to go to this restaurant we knew little about- It was an excellent choice. We will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and food
    Cdbanker
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server knew us from other restaurants and welcomed us warmly even though we came with a five year old. She knew the menu, made great recommendations and didn't hesitate to bring extra plates and spoons so we could sample from one another. The food was delicious. Our out of town guest was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable First Visit
    ConcordCookie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is the first time we dined at Alfio's and will definitely go back. Food was very good and service was perfect. We were not rushed and took our time enjoying our drink the various dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    David
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was great! Interesting menu! Loved the choice between Italian menu items and Argentinian menu items. Chef / owner personally walked around the restaurant periodically to insure customer satisfaction. He introduced himself to our table and thanked us for coming. We will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great place. Food is excellent and service ioo. Highly recommend. Prices are good also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Squeeze
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I ordered the scallops, a little heavy on the BBQ sauce-overpowers the delicate flavor of scallops. My daughter had the ribeye-fantastic. I'll definitely return and order my favorite dish, the salmon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor birthday dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reservation made to celebrate birthday. Server took order correctly, but keyed info for one order incorrectly. Service delayed as both orders had to be re-prepared (really not sure if correct order was prepared again, server said that it would be). Ordered Sambuca and coffee for after dinner drink, server returned to let us know that they were out of Sambuca. A top rated Italian restaurant out of Sambuca, how, what, why. Overall, ambivalent about level of service. Not writing Alfio's off, but this was poorest experience of all the top Cincinnati restaurants at which I have dined.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Visit
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have passed by this restaurant many times but have been in a habit of always going to regular places. Decided to try something new and this was the place we chose. We were not disappointed, good food reasonable prices, good wine list and some different dishes. After we finished dinner we both commented we were sorry not to have visited this restaurant earlier. Nice to have found an enjoyable and good restaurant right in our neighborhood, we will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack McCoy
    JackMcCoyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A good experience overall. The chef was spot ion with both sauce and preparation. Seating was a little odd when you are in a both, a little too close to the next party for my liking. Totally non pretentious though and a decent bourbon selection which is a plus. Service was OK as the crowd grew, the waitress was notably less attentive. Try the empanadas ! too die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent place fit for Foodies
    Lmax
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Their Empanada Trio is the bomb!!! The grilled romaine salad and scallops are to die for. Awesome service. Only complaint is no booths and it's a little loud during prime time hours. Overall, if you are foodie, it's a must go to place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, great atmosphere, great food!
    lislei
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love Italian and Argentinian food, and I really loved this place! I can see it being a go-to favorite. Quiet, cozy atmosphere, reasonable prices, very competent, friendly and not overbearing staff. The scallops were perfectly seared, fresh and flavorful. The ribeye steaks are well caramelized and done as ordered. Only tiny complaint was the green veggies being a bit soggy and hidden under mashed pumpkin. Wonderful selection of Malbecs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had never heard of this awesome little place until the night we made our reservations. It was crowded, but not PACKED. WE saw an open table outside & asked if we could sit there instead of where they had planned, which they happily agreed to. Everything from our drink orders to the final check could not have been better. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    mvpsap
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Alfio's is a perfect date night restaurant. Unique, yet extremely tasty food! We order the empanadas for an appetizer every time we go. I personally love their lamb, spinach, and mushroom risotto. My husband really liked the steak and the short rib ravioli. And for dessert: their award winning tiramisu and the quince crumble. We love this restaurant and recommend it to friends and family often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SkipVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chef Alfio's personal touch and table visit was well received. We enjoyed the food and for sure would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a good local spot
    ccurranVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is still the star here and it seems to be a favorite for locals during the week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alfio's buon cibo
    Wudro
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Hostess staff on a Thursday not overly attentive. Took about 3 min before being acknowledged by anyone. Wait staff - excellent explained the food, specials and personal favorites. Food - presentation excellent, appetizer and salads were great!!! Main entrees were both on the salty side - Short Rib Ravioli and filet. I sent mine back and they used the same pasta I had on the dish which had absorbed some of the salt already and with new sauce was still on the salty side. I am not sure if the kitchen staff is tasting the fresh made sauces before serving. Dessert - deconstructed crème brulee very tasted but clunky to eat. Kitchen staff needs to taste sauces before leaving kitchen and re serve new plate when sent back. We would give 2nd chance
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was awesome but costly$$$$
    MustBawesome
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was all awesome. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Portions are appropriate size but all sides come ala cart. Such as salad does not come with meal, it must be purchased as a larger item and costly. This restaurant is only special occasions or business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My mom is on a walker. Great place for her. Great food and service. The tables were far enough apart to allow her to maneuver. Would be concerned about parking if handicapped place were not available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    pickerupper
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was exemplary. Excellent service. Outstanding! Yummo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always the right place
    LDLottsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great wine. Never disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate