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Cibo Ristorante Italiano

257 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (14)
  • Romantic (11)
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(831) 649-8151
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Mario Catalano: (831) 649-8151
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Cross street
Del Monte Blvd.
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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.
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Public transit
Monterey Airbus stops near Cibo Restaurant
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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.
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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.
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
What 257 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBrn1928 (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2018

Not impressed food was good not great one meal came out cold

DianaL (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious white bean soup and arugula salad. Would definitely eat there again!

FRGC (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We haven’t dined here in several years, and as you’d expect, the menu had changed. The main courses were excellent, but we were disappointed in the bruschetta appetizer. It was very bland. Service was also excellent and professional.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Food was well portioned and very tasty. Service was attentive. Live jazz music is a great feature. Really enjoyed.

5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I was in town for a conference. I had pasta with sausage and saffron broth, which was delicious. I made a reservation to return two nights later.

JB63 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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...

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipChefGiovanni (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

vipmiriamc (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

CatsMeow (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

CatsMeow (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

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

Mike (Tahoe)
5.0  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!

vipYogini (New England)
5.0  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.

vipresomnabulist (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

Greg (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Fantastic (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

vipTerri (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Richard (Central Coast)
2.0  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.

noletrvlr (Tampa)
4.0  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.

CarrieB (New England)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

KippSwanson (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

Niner64 (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect for Anniversary.