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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 Elegant

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.4

service

4.6

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4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Romantic (11)
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Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Cozy (3)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious and presentation very nice..Only one suggestion ..I hope they improve the desserts.. year after year that we've gone there we've been disappointed only with their desserts...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cibo is a a wonderful restaurant and one of our absolute favorites. The food is always fresh and delicious. We can't say enough good things - try it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We requested a quiet table and was pleased they could accommodate. I had the Veal Chop and I must admit it was spectacular. From the appetizer to the Chocolate Caramel Lava cake I was impressed. I have traveled to Paris, Lyons, All of Italy etc and this meal could stand up against all of them with few exceptions. Thank you for a memorable meal.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful dinner with excellent jazz trio playing 50-60's standards. Ravioli marvelous, rigatoni Bolognese the best ever! Tiramisu good, lighter on the cocoa powder, please... because we'll be back as soon as possible. Wine list very nice, too.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We went for happy hour for a drink before dinner, which were good and inexpensive. The only curiosity was that happy hour food was not available during the first hour, not until dinner service began. The menu had a nice selection of dishes and especially appetizers. The food was well prepared albeit a little slow coming despite a nearly empty dining room at that hour. The manager and wait staff were attentive and friendly. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I’ve been coming here for years and have always had great meals. Very convenient to Monterey Convention Center.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Very nice place. Played live music, people danced, enjoyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Authentic Italian food with creative specials. It was quiet when we went, but they do have Jazz groups. We had the mixed grill, a special and the grilled beets.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This restaurant has mixed reviews, and so is mine. Nothing bad, but did not knock my socks off. The jazz music was great, the atmosphere fantastic, but the food was just OK. I think we Californians are spoiled by great foodie restaurants as a base line. The chef needs to shake it up. Nice people, lovely surroundings, but was just not dazzled from the kitchen. That's my honest feedback. I will give them another try and report back.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Well prepared, authentic Italian food. The California grilled beets were very special. We had sea bass putanesca delicioso

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Business Meals, Organic, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, great service, will definitely go back! A bit noisy and not the most comfortable seating, but worth it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Other reviews were mixed but glad we took a chance. Easy parking, live and enjoyable jazz, friendly staff, and great menu. The charred artichoke was fantastic! We loved the romantic and cozy seating. We met the owner and she made us feel very welcome. A great Italian dining date.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We loved the white bean soup and delicious salad. Great for intimate dinners or casual family gatherings.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great meal with wonderful food and outstanding service. Open a section for us so that we could have a quiet table to enjoy good conversation to go along with the fine food. Have been there in the past and have always had a great experience. Will certainly return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My wife and I went for the live jazz on Thursday Nov 30th. The bar was hopping and loud, but fun. My wife had the flat iron steak and said it was very good. I had the seafood pasta special that was adjusted to my preferences without any problems. The jazz trio was excellent and we would come back just for that reason alone.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We visited Cibo with my family of 16 and had a wonderful experience. Their menu has great options for every diner. We have a few gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant and vegetarians. All walked away quite happy. Our servers and wait-people were awesome! And though the restaurant was quite busy, our food arrived promptly and was delicious. Kudos to the staff and chef!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was very good, service outstanding and in a great location. We are in Monterey often, but for some reason haven't dined at Cibo because we thought it was too touristy. That was not the case and we will be going back for sure.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The pasta had a mechanical taste. Did you oil the pasta maker? The salmon was over cooked. Sad, I was really looking forward to it.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was past dinner time for our family and we needed something close to the hotel that the kids would enjoy. This fit the bill.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great dinner - start to finish! Wine list offered something for everyone. Located a few blocks away from the wharf is a real positive for us. Good value. Never rushed. Food was served hot. Presentation was lovely. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and was able to understand the dietary needs of someone with Celiac. Great evening - great dinner - highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 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 15, 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 10, 2017

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

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect for Anniversary.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 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 24, 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 14, 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 6, 2017

Absolutely great food!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 6, 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 26, 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 25, 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 20, 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 18, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 25, 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 22, 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 22, 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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