Alfio's buon cibo
Alfio's buon cibo

Alfio's buon cibo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alfios-cincy.com/
  • Phone: (513) 321-0555
  • 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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Alfio's buon cibo reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (113)neighborhood gem (112)special occasion (76)notable wine list (54)romantic (52)good for groups (48)hot spot (39)great for outdoor dining (18)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (15)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Unique Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I spent a great evening at Alfio's Boun Cibo, conveniently located in Hyde Park Square. The atmosphere was warm, casual, and very welcoming. They feature an impressive wine list, and their service was top notch. The food....well I don't know if I can put it into words. The Italian-Argentine Cuisine was unlike anything I've ever tasted. We started with the special empanada appetizer. The pasty was perfectly light and the filling outstanding. The unique flavors of the Poached Pear and Fig Salad topped with the honey truffle vinaigrette was exceptional. Finally, the Wild Mushroom Ravioli melts in your mouth. The cream sauce with arugula and roasted red pepper was unbelievably rich, flavorful, and just marvelous. I can't wait for my next visit. Don't think twice on this one. If you enjoy unique fare, it won't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DIFFERENT THAN EXPECTED
    DiningOutVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Selected this restaurant because on the Cincinnati Best list. Unfortunately, I was immediately disappointed after the server arrived after a smoke break. Food was acceptable, but ehhh!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was excellent! And so was the overall dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    cincybrett
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Wonderful mix of two types of food. Chef has Argentine and Italian roots so both are on the menu. The scallops with squash puree were perfectly prepared. Good wine list. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Wonderful!
    Paul1Lee2
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were in a group of 6 and had good service. The food was outstanding and they are working with Keagan's Seafood next door. There were two specials on Pork Shank and one Seafood (Marlin). My husband and I ordered one of each of the specials. Both of us enjoyed our chosen special. Everyone cleared this plates, so this was a really good sign that everyone enjoyed their meal! There is noise but not too bad for conversation. Chef Alfio came out and greeted the table was an added treat! Tip: Ask who is running the line as that is the key!
    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.
  • Displeased
    Norris
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I was not impressed at all with Alfio's. Our waiter, Javier (he never introduced himself; I only know his name after hearing another table say it), was aloof and barely helpful. My wine tasted as though it had been aged in the place's finest gallon plastic bag. And my seafood risotto was barely "seafood.". Very poor experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of town guests
    JulesgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had friends from out of town and wanted someplace special. Alfio's was the answer. We lucked out and got a Booth/banquette. Not quite as hectic as tables on the floor. Sadly, I don't know our servers name but she was terrific. One of our guests asks a lot of questions and she was very patient and kind. Started with the empanadas trio and bruschetta. Perfect for sharing. 2 had the surf and turf special which I got to sample-perfect. Another had seafood risotto -every bite gone. I had the black angus ravioli-wow. Couldn't finish after the apps -but my hub was thrilled to help! No room for gelato-next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    tennis2ed
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food from appetizers to dessert was great, but the noise level was high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    Peanuts
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food very good, service spotty. Cream sauce is delicious but somewhat heavily applied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tremendous!
    TWake44VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had tasted Alfio's at the Taste of Blue Ash. The cioppino soup was extremely tasty. We are cioppono snops after having the best ever in San Fran. This was very good without all the mess. The fried Zucs and the empanadas were also a terrific start. The scallops had the best sauce over them. I had to try the short rib raviolis.The truffle mushroom sauce was terrific. It is a heavy dish but that allowed me to have it for dinner and lunch the next day. Our service was fabulous too. The wine list was extensive and reasonable and the take home wines are all at tremendous prices. GO and ENJOY! We heard from other reviews that it was a noisy restaurant. We did not feel it was bad at all and there were 6 of us. Great time! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    cookforme
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a great dinner! The butternut squash soup was like liquid velvet, the prime rib ravioli were amazing, and the ribeye was the best steak I've had in a very long time. The only negative was the noise level - it was so loud that we were shouting across our small table for two to be able to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No charm
    Mike
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I struggle with noisy restaurants. This place is over the top loud. We ate a 3 course meal and we were out the door in one hour. Felt very rushed. The server was clearly not a professional server. The food was acceptable. That said, and I should have been smarter, why would you drown veal in BBQ sauce? The subtlety of the meat was lost... Why not serve the meal as steak with BBQ sauce. Then, it may have been any meat...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding
    Foodie123
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Would go back anytime, great food selection, friendly and reasonable priced.- It is a winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • #yum
    lynzloowho
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really great atmosphere and outstanding food complemented by fantastic and friendly service. Definitely recommend the crab cake ravioli - it was seriously sooooo good. Had the gelato trio for dessert which had fruit in the description, but not in the actual dish. Still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soooo good
    ForTheLoveOfFood2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of our favorites. If you like homeade ravioli with the best fillings ever, you have to go here. The ravioli short ribs is amazing....angus ravioli is pretty darn good. Oh and the seafood risotto. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bks18VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The chicken ravioli was fabulous. One of the best dishes we have had anywhere. Will go back and try other dishes and have that again also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always like coming here!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good food, not standard menu, not overly expensive for what it is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great Experience
    Blessed
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had family in from Santa Fe, NM. The pressure was on because they always show us a great time when we visit. We did not want a cookie cutter resturant. Alfio's was the perfect choice! The food was perfect and Evan was wonderful giving us a dinning Experience we all enjoyed and talked about for the rest of their visit. Thank you to everyone who made this an evening to remember, Don, Sheila and Santa Fe cousins
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food!
    jfromcincy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Alfios is a gem. I am so happy to see how much traffic it has now since the taste of Cincinnati. The cuisine is very much like we experienced in Buenos Aires but I have to admit, Alfios empandas are better. I look forward to see this restaurant expanding. If I have one complaint, the servers need to step it up a notch. The food is served timely but they tend to forget you are there afterward. There is no umph so to speak. Upsell the menu perhaps. The service should be reflective of the great cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    Alaska345
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Enjoyable dinner for me and my wife and our two friends. We enjoyed a fantastic value priced Italian red wine. Dinner was delicious and very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud Atmosphere
    CarolD
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The restaurant was too loud. My husband and I were having dinner with a friend and we had a hard time conversing without feeling like we were talking very loud. Asked the waiter if there maybe was an area a little less loud (thought maybe it was where we were seated) but he informed us the whole restaurant was very noisy - said we should hear in on a weekend - No Thanks! Loved the food & wine so I think I'll try it again, maybe sit at the bar with just my husband next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Roll1814
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The food was very different and FANTASTIC. My wife is still raving about the short rib ravioli. The veal with Argentinian barbeque sauce was out of this world. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alfio's is worth it!
    PandK1236
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    From start to finish, Alfio's is a first-class dining experience. A great wine list, an extensive menu, and a knowledgeable and friendly server combined for a special evening. The portions were generous. The empanadas are a treat. It was our first time dining there but it won't be our last. The staff seemed genuinely interested in providing a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superbly crafted dishes.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Chef Alfio is a master. His dishes are amazing creations of rich flavor that leave lasting memory. Three of us ordered different dishes and shared. All three were unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything done right
    Werfoodies
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was not our first time to this establishment and it most certainly won't be our last. Outstanding service and food once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Preparation
    CincyBest
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The menu items are well thought out and prepared and the service is personal in nature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    WGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The Food was great, Zucchini APP also very good, wine list has nice selection. A great evening in Hyde Park
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    MichaelH
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Very good atmosphere for a quiet evening. The butternut Squash soup and the Ravioli’s are a must have, especially the Short Rib Ravioli won’t disappoint. Service was friendly and quick. A definite destination spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood gem
    Shelli
    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.