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About Cibo Ristorante Italiano

COCKTAILS•DINNER•JAZZ

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!

301 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Bar
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
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Del Monte Blvd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 649-8151

Website:
http://www.cibo.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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

Additional:
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

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4.1

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4.1

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4.0

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Live Music (7)
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Live Sports (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and i were in Monterey for the 1/2 marathon. Great place for a carb load. Great service and food.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Another wonderful traditional Italian dinner. The food was excellent and our server Edgar knows the menu and most importantly he made you feel special.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Reasonably priced and right near the fisherman's wharf for an after dinner stroll.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Perfect for Anniversary.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

One of the better choices on Alvarado St in downtown Monterey for dinner. Italian menu but done with a creative flare. Good value for the price and a nice ambiance with jazz every night.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Absolutely great food!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We basically came for dinner, but order the appetizers and that was all we needed. Great appetizers.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Organic, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Hot Spot
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a late reservation and unfortunately the restaurant was very crowded and the music was to loud! It was impossible to talk to our guests! The food was excellent!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Outstanding ! Cibo's has greatly improved. Fabulous desserts!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

*Appetizers Ordered:
Filet Carpaccio
Salumi

*Entrees Ordered:
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Gnocchi Trio (MY FAVORITE!)
Pollo

*Pepperoni Pizza (Kid's Menu)

*Dessert Ordered:
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.)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The portions were small. Over cooked / dried out sausage. Our waiter lied about not having a type of dessert to move us out asap.
This place used to be one of our favorites.
Unfortunately we're most likely not going to be back...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

They seemed to be understaffed for the number of people there that evening, and the service suffered for it. The food was fine, but the menu could use an update. I wouldn't call it a complete tourist trap, but the place could stand a refresh.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We've been here before and have always enjoyed it. This time there was live music (Andrea's Fault, I think is the name of the three piece group) which was a nice touch. We enjoyed everything that the four of us ordered. Highly recommend

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

This was our second visit and we very much enjoyed the food. The live jazz music was a bonus (and you could still have a conversation)!

Tags: Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Guess we should have tried pasta. Carpaccio, artichoke, and fish dishes were all bland. Good service and good live music.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was great. We had the Putanesca, Gnocchi trio, and ravioli. All were great. Good service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Key West)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Scallops and shrimp was nothing short of terrible..worst meal in Monterey.

Service was pleasant enough..but can't make up for a bad meal.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 15, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at Cibo. Everyone was kind and helpful - and very accommodating of our 3-month old daughter. The food was delicious - I highly recommend the artichoke appetiser! Five stars all round!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Convenient downtown Monterey location near Fishermans Wharf and Portola Hotel,
interesting cocktail list , excellent pasta dishes.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Pretty average food and very mechanical service. Not bad but not notable.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Nice place and service was good, food was as expected

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 2, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Live Music, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 15, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 23, 2016

The waiter was very attentive food was delicious I would have liked to had the band play earlier it was Christmas eve and it would have been more intertaining to relax and have after dinner drinks but I would definately go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Food was mostly good. The calamari was not fresh, quite chewy so we sent it back. We did not have full entrees so cannot comment on that. The staff were attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the live jazz music and the romantic ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Fair to average Italian Food . Very good grilled shrimp appetizer . Carponato also good . Sausage over cooked for main dish . Ravioli good , not outstanding . Cannoli was good as was expreso . Server did nice job .

Tags: Comfort Food
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