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Cibo Ristorante Italiano
301 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
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Cibo Ristorante Italiano Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar Open 4pm - 2:00AM
Best Happy Hour in Town 4-7 nightly
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
Cibo Ristorante Italiano happily accommodates business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events and customized private parties open only to you and your guests. Choose from the selection of group menus presented on our website or contact us to discuss your specific requests and budget.
Private Party Contact:
Mario Catalano (831) 649-8151
Cibo has long been known as the place for live music on the Monterey Peninsula. The music menu has been carefully arranged to bring you an exciting, danceable mix of jazz, R&B, funk, reggae and Latin beats. With dinner, cocktails and live music, Cibo is the perfect place for an evening out.
Cibo presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, sophisticated Cocktail Jazz with Joe Lucido accompanies dinner from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a party atmosphere and a lively mix of Latin jazz, salsa, soul, funk, swing and R & B dance music Tuesday through Saturday. Please visit our website for the entertainment calendar -
Cibo Happy Hour
Nightly from 5-7pm!
Special Events & Promotions:
Cibo Ristorante Italiano happily accommodates business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events and customized private parties open only to you and your guests. Choose from the selection of group menus presented on our website, or contact us to discuss your specific requests and budget.
Del Monte Blvd.
Monterey Airbus stops near Cibo Restaurant
There is a City of Monterey parking garage (for a nominal fee) located on Tyler Street, behind Cibo. It can be reached from Alvarado by turning right on Franklin St. and entering to the left in the first block. Free on-street parking is available throughout downtown Monterey after 6 p.m.
A word from Cibo Ristorante Italiano
Cibo means food in Italian, but it’s more of a feast for the senses. An intimate yet vibrant atmosphere is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners.
Hand-selected from the finest Italian and California vintages, Cibo presents an extensive range of wines to enable the perfect pairing with your dinner. Cordials as well as traditional and creative cocktails are available to complement your dining experience. For an elegant evening of cocktails and jazz, a custom private party, a special group event or quiet dinner for two, Cibo will accommodate.
Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990. Located in beautiful, historic downtown Monterey, California. Dinner served nightly from 5-10p.m, the bar is open 4:00 p.m. to 2am.
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we attended the San Carlos School
request to try Cibo's and whatever money we spent, Cibo's would donate 20% the church. We decided to try it and loved it. The food was fabulous. Probably the best fish pasta I have eaten. Tons of fish, flavor was excellent and our food server was well trained and very friendly. I suggest you do this more often."
Dined on 2/26/2014
I wouldn't have tried this place
had I not read such positive reviews about it. I ordered the Gnochi Trio and my wife has a pasta dish. Both meals were wonderful. The portion sizes were generous. All in all I'd recommend it."
Dined on 2/21/2014
We enjoyed our evening at Cibo.
The food was excellent and there was a small band that added to our enjoyment"
Dined on 2/19/2014
We gave specific details on how we
wanted our pasta dishes to be made, and still the kitchen made big mistakes. Also, the waiter was not attentive and rarely came to our table to see if we needed anything. The waiter did not seem to care at all. The food overall was mediocre, and very overpriced. The only good thing about this restaurant is the overall ambiance and maybe the live music."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We try to dine here whenever we're
in Monterey. Reliably excellent menu, and dependable serving staff. While the menu changes, the quality is top shelf."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Restaurant was busy however our
service was attentive and skilled. I would rate our meal as good."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The artichoke ravioli was
delicious. And I loved the arugula salad mostly because it has a perfect goat cheese medallion on it that is so yummy! I was sad that they did not have any of their chocolate desserts on the night we were there but the creme brûlée cheesecake was yummy too!!"
Dined on 1/27/2014
We had a wonderful family dinner
at this restaurant! The service was wonderful and the kids food was very good!"
Dined on 1/5/2014
I hadn't been to Cibo in years. .
.but tried it again on New Year's Day. What a wonderful experience. From the waiter to the dessert - I would come back in a moment! Thanks for making it all so delicious!"
Dined on 1/1/2014
Super yummy authentic italian
cuisine. The owner came up to our table and checked on us. She was sicilian and you could tell she cares about her restaurant. The food was delicious. The waiter however forgot about our table at the end. We waited for 15 min without anyone coming to check in at the end. To his defense it was busy and a saturday but still.The host was very accommodating. We had been hiking and our party looked a little to outdoorsy but he made sure we felt welcome."
Dined on 12/30/2013
My new wife and I spent our
honeymoon at the Hyatt Camel Highlands and had a great time there. On our last night, we wanted to find the perfect Italian restaurant in the area and we found Cibo through Google and selected it based on the positive reviews. The wait staff were great and attentive however the food was very disappointing. We ordered the BBQ Baby Octopus where the presentation poor but the octopus was not quite a baby. Instead it arrives in huge pieces that were very tough with the texture and taste of beef jerky. I ordered the snapper special and it also arrived at the table in pieces and with a very poor presentation. The side vegetables where completely overcooked. Very disappointing experience."
Dined on 12/7/2013
This was our first time at Cibo,
the main draw for us was to enjoy Holidoff's Jazz Trio - great local musicians. They played many standards in the hour or so we were there and we thoroughly enjoyed it - not too loud to make conversation difficult at all. The bruschetta appetizer was great and the perfect amount for two or three people. The ravioli entree was a large portion and very rich, tasty but I think I would opt for something less rich next time. My husband had the grilled salmon and said it was overdone around the edges but got better the more he got to the middle, the accompanying risotto was fantastic. Attentive service and support staff, we look forward to going back and sampling the menu which offered a nice variety of entrees."
Dined on 12/5/2013
I went during happy hour and it
was unbearably loud - should have paid attention to the Yelp review about the noise level. Wanted to try a nice restaurant in walking distance from my hotel, having tried another the night before. Asked to be put in a quiet corner because I was dining alone - but was seated right next to the other side of the bar. likely no other suitable spot that was staffed at 6:30 because not many diners at that time. Lobster and filet carpaccio was unremarkable; the complimentary polenta appetizer courtesy of referral from Marriott Hotel was similar. Ordered hearts of romaine - because I didn't feel like anything heavy - meat, pasta, cheese, etc. Service was distant; the noise was so loud I just wanted to eat and leave."
Dined on 11/20/2013
Consistently good Italian fare,
good service and live music. Artichoke appetizer fabulous -- the roasted artichoke and the balsamic reduction and cream garlic sauces are a tasty combination. Pear tart lacked flavor and the short crust was soggy."
Dined on 10/21/2013
We enjoyed a lovely dinner last
Saturday night. The Calamari appetizer was very fresh and enjoyed the Salmon with the blood orange sauce with bright flavors. Service was excellent and surprised us with a wonderful birthday dessert complete with a candle. Thank you for an enjoyable evening!"
Dined on 9/22/2013
Dined here several times in the
past and it was very enjoyable. The menu changed, the food went down hill and the service was fair at best. I won't be going back."
Dined on 7/28/2013
Good food at reasonable prices
with a friendly wait staff. You get it all. Recommended for those special occasions."
Dined on 5/12/2013
We enjoyed the jazz played during
dinner but the food was not very good. Tried calamari, bean soup, lasagna, chicken and polenta and none of it was good,"
Dined on 5/7/2013
We read some of the feedback about
slow service and decided to give it a chance. The restaurant has a lot of tables. We were the seventh table to have diners that evening. By the time we finished, there were over 30 tables filled. It is easy to see how this influx would tax the wait staff and kitchen. Going a bit early, like 6:30 pm is a great way to beat the rush. We had a good, reasonably priced Italian meal. I had the personal sized pizza, which was too generous to finish, and my spouse had the risotto, which was delicious. There was live music, which was a treat for middle of the week dining."
Dined on 4/28/2013
The place was super quiet.
Overall, service was pretty slow and food mediocre. My caprese salad was very bland and the rest of my table reported similarly."
Dined on 4/15/2013
Lovely dinner - wild salmon entree
was beautifully done, delicious. The waiter we had was great - a real human being, no nonsense and very attentive."
Dined on 4/5/2013
My husband and I dined here last
week and on the whole enjoyed the experience. The restaurant itself is very attractive and inviting. The menu is extensive and there is something for everyone. My husband really enjoyed his Salsiccia. My chicken dish was too spicy, but the staff took care of it very professionally. The wine list has some good moderately-priced choices. We also tried Cibo for happy hour and it was great. In addition, they feature live jazz--all too rare anymore. The service was a bit spotty--e.g., nobody at the front desk when we arrived and a waiter who was sometimes difficult to find, yet there were not many diners the night we went. The location is right in downtown Monterey – very convenient."
Dined on 3/18/2013
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