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About 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.
Cibo award winning $3 Happy Hour Nightly from 4-7 (Bar & Patio) ALL NIGHT Thursdays!
Monterey, CA 93940
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am
$3 Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
ALL NIGHT $3 Happy Hour
Thu 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Del Monte Blvd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Cibo has long been known as the place for live music on the Monterey Peninsula.
Cibo presents live music 6 nights a week with no cover charge. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sounds of jazz accompanies dinner from 7pm to 10pm. Enjoy a party atmosphere and a lively mix of soul, funk, classic rock and R&B dance music Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm to 12:30am.
Don't forget to join us for a very special Happy Hour Jazz Jam from 2pm to 5pm every FIRST & THIRD Sunday of the month. You'll enjoy drink specials, dining, dancing and admission is free.
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.
Monterey Airbus stops near Cibo Restaurant
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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
Cibo Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
I liked almost everything about Cibo... except the food. My GF and I took the kids, and the service was great. They seated us at a nice booth. The tables are lined with paper, and they gave the kids crayons to color all over the place. They were over the moon. Our server was exceptionally helpful, knew the specials, took our order, got our food out promptly, and kept up with drinks.
Sadly, the food was the weak area. My GF ordered the Ravioli a Modo Mio, which was very bland. We love good ravioli, and make it at home. We also love artichokes in many dishes. It was a well made dish with good presentation, but overall it just fell short.
Likewise, my Pizza Coltolette was less than stellar. I love short ribs, but they were bland. While the menu said caramelized onions, they were more like onion straws. They were good onion straws, but by no means were they caramelized. The pizza was on a very thin cracker-like crust, which I knew before, but one should definitely be aware that this is not a traditional pizza.
Overall, while we really wanted to like this place, we just can't say we did. Very disappointing, because everything was great except for the food.
Service was great. Never felt rushed. Ordered grilled BBQ octopus and calamari. Both were exceptional and large servings. We split the veal chop for dinner because the appetizers and fresh bread was so good. They veal chop was cooked to perfection. Our dinner and overall dining experience was fantastic. We were a little early and didn't stay for the jazz band that was setting up to play. It appears that Cibo turns into a jazz club later in the evening. Next time we'll have a later dinner. Great place!
We were a large party (8 adults, 2 children.) The restaurant was empty when we arrived and we immediately ordered wine, cocktails and appetizers. Nice and well priced wine menu. When we asked for the children’s meals to come out with the appetizers we were told that everyone had to order their entrees at once. Our waitress had no patience for our style of ordering. Perhaps knowing that her 18% tip was guaranteed she felt less like accommodating our wishes. Food was good, not great. Those who ordered from the day’s specials were happier than those who ordered off the menu.
Although Cibo has been in Monterey for quite some time, it was my first visit. Great Happy Hour specials on food and cocktails. The calamari appetizer was lightly breaded and delicate (not greasy). At our table we had the evening special, a sea bass with a tomato sauce that was prepared perfectly, moist and flaky. Also present was the Salsiccia Casalinga, a homemade sausage served over a bed of roasted tomato polenta. The service was great and the live jazz was amazing. I will definitely be going back soon.
We found Cibo's and it was a great dinning experience. Live music 3 piece jazz ensemble from the bar was heard through the dinning room. Mellow tunes while dining. Very refreshing cucumber salad and gnocchi trio was my choice. My husband ordered the calamari and ut was very fresh and cooked properly. Loved the friendly atmosphere from the owner and his mother. Very welcoming and priced well.
I need to be fair, we are a family of four with two young children, from out of town. We arrived and looked for a simple place for dinner, and picked Cibo. It was okay but not the place for us that night - wrong vibe (can't appreciate the music when your kids are tired), food was acceptable but nothing special. If you're like us, look elsewhere. If not, maybe you will like it more.
The waiter just seemed to be going through the motions without any real interest in his job. We were seated and he asked for drink orders and if we wanted any appetizers. We ordered both. The drinks arrived and then the salads before we even placed our dinner order. Odd to be served a stater salad while still holding the menu. The timing just seemed off. We finally ordered our main entrees and after quite some time, they arrived. Cold. He wasn't thrilled when we asked for them to be taken back and reheated. For a restaurant with prices like Cibo, I expected better service and meal.
Felt like some Italian food and made reservations here for a party of 5 for dinner. They served some warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, I'm use to pouring my own plate but they poured one plate for all of us. Getting my water filled was one of my main complaint. No military discount being offered here :(. Service was decent, food was delicious, and I love the Jazz.
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Gnocchi Trio (MY FAVORITE!)
*Pepperoni Pizza (Kid's Menu)
Creme Brûlée Cheesecake
3 Chocolate Gelati
(Was told there were Hazelnut and strawberry gelati and ordered strawberry but they ran out, I wanted hazelnut but somehow we were all given chocolate.)
This restaurant has a nice feeling about it. I liked the booths for just 2 people and they had a nice 2 person jazz group there. The salmon I have was very good esp the brown sugar blood orange sauce!
Unfortunately the pizza we had was burned on the edges . I'm surprised they even served it that way.
It's a nice restaurant tho.
We were a party of 9 celebrating a milestone birthday. Everyone enjoyed Cibo's! We were early, had a nice long table, and felt well taken care of by the staff. Pre-dinner drinks at the bar gave us extra time to catch-up and take pictures. Thank you for a fun evening!
Our family found it ok, but a restaurant we could find in Any Town USA, and we had, in this case, been looking for something Monterey special So if based on the description, this is what you are looking for, you will find it, but we hoped it was more Monterey Italian special with a bit more seafood and it just did not meet our expectations.
I have eaten at Cibo before and have always had a great meal. The pasta is homemade, and cooked to perfection. There is a great variety of pasta and sauces, steak, chicken, salads, and vegetarian options. Cocktails are unique and the wine list has some great values. The bar has a nice happy hour, and is fun to relax and unwind after work. The dining room has great energy with attentive wait staff. Cibo must be doing something right because they have been in the same location in Downtown Monterey for years.
Always make it a point to dine here when at Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Excellent food with breadth of choices. Family owned and operated. All friendly and accommodating. They even allowed for our 2 yo grandaughter providing crayons and stopping by table to play with her a bit.
Four out of our group of 8 ordered the lobster pasta special and noticed that it tasted extra fishy. Three of those individuals had stomachaches later on that evening, and one of the individuals ended up with gastrointestinal issues later that evening. That aside, we weren't super impressed by this restaurant. It was ok. Our large table was right near the front door and it really was very loud on a Saturday night. We visit Monterey a lot for business and pleasure. I'm not sure we will be back.
The homemade pasta dishes were excellent. Authentic Italian food. Only downside was coming on a Thursday night when it was happy hour in the bar which was packed. Needless to say we could not hear ourselves think let alone have a conversation. If you go on a Thursday plan on screaming across the table to your friends/family.
Cibo is always an excellent evening. My wife and I first walked into Cibo about 20 years ago and the dining room was full. Rosa, (Mama) was handling the floor and she went about setting a table for us, finding space and having the staff bring a small table and chairs. Since then I have brought business evening meals to a selected menu dinner, and my wife and I return every time we are near Monterey.
The classic Italian food is full of flavor, Mama's lasagna is amazing, available on selected evenings. live smooth jazz and an excellent small bar quiet enough for easy conversation. A must for anyone staying in the Monterey area.
There was only one server when we arrived and had to wait to be greeted by him at the table. Note: happy hour is for the bar area only which would have changed our dining experience. We would have waited for a table to open up in the bar area. We were celebrating a birthday and the complimentary app and dessert was a nice touch. Special dish request was honored and appreciated just felt something was missing. The wow factor did not appear throughout the meal. Would go back for happy hour but not for main dining room experience.
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