Cibo Ristorante Italiano

4.1
388 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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!
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Pamela
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the kitchen attention to detail were impressive. Cold food arrived cold and hot food piping hot. Taste and presentation were impeccable from appetizers to dessert. None of the dishes felt like they were thrown together. The meal was an exceptional value. Rich, our waiter and Riley our bus boy made our 31st anniversary feel special. Bravo to Owner Mario for keeping up Italian hospitality during these crazy times.

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Andrew
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gentleman who greeted us at the front was extremely pleasant. We reminisced about his favorite restaurants in San Francisco as we waited for our table to be ready. Our server was attentive and helpful along with the rest of the staff. Great first meal back out after quarantine!

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vipMikeB
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nie place, good food. Happy they were open but with limited menu

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vipDaisy
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love Cibo and have been a regular for years. Recommend it highly to everyone

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RossB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was well kept, staff was accommodating and very helpful. We were not kept waiting, received menus quickly and food orders were served timely.

We did have a table of "young ladies" next to us that were talking above all else in the restaurant. It was annoying, and while I don't expect their mothers were anywhere nearby, they should learn to be better patrons, and recognize that everyone does not care about their latest house hunting experience or why they did not get all they expected from that home purchase!
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting well prepared food, with a good variety and great service.

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BruceK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Would recommend this restaurant. Food was very good. Service excellent. Very crowded and noisy though. Table spacing was very crowded and you interacted with other diners whether you wanted to or not.

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TomH
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the food the service and the atmosphere at Cibos was outstanding. It remains our favorite fine dining spot in Monterey.

We also love that, as a party of two, they don’t pack us into some cramped table with strangers sitting right on top of us..... or so close we can share plates. That has become an all too common experience for is as of late. Especially in expensive places.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Walked in, immediately sat at a booth, per my request. We were told that the kitchen was busy but that they’d get to us right away; that’s appreciated. Drinks were great, ordered cocktails. Appetizer and main course was tasty. Ambience was casual because people were out talking candidly about their trip to México. Service was quick and courteous. Would go here again, just as a hang out.

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vipDABM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Made the mistake of ordering the artichoke, which came hard as a rock. To their credit, the restaurant apologized, informed the chef and credited the bill. The pasta was good, not great, but the service was very good.

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SusanJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first trip to Monterey to see my son T DLI

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service - Edgar is awesome!!!!

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Rosa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent! Food was delicious and offered fresh gluten free options. Staff was welcoming. Nice vibe in the restaurant. Authentic Italian family run restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The veal chop was fantastic as usual. The sides of spinach and Yukon potatoes were sub par and unseasoned. The pizza my husband has was submerged in fried shallots to the point it was repulsive. Very sad meal for my 40th wedding anniversary. We will not go back even though I love the veal chop

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ClaudiaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

While the food was a little bland and had to return an appetizer because it was not good, the place has live music and that was the highlight. Raviolis were heavy and the sauce bland. The salmon was delicious. The seafood pasta was a bit bland as well and would’ve been better in a tomato sauce. Waiter was great and music was also.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner! We had kids and the restaurant was very adaptable for us. Solid kid meals and great service. We will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed the kitchen prior to my dining time. Had to go somewhere else as a result.

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vipDAVIDH
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We very much enjoyed dining here on New Years Eve. The food was excellent and I was impressed with the owners walking around greeting everyone. The one sour note was the service; it was average at best. Everything else was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years dinner

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vipBobkat
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Dry dry chicken Marsala. Such a disappointment on Christmas Eve. First and last time. Service mediocre.

MC
vipMauriC
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I hate to write a review that is less than outstanding but we've tried Cibo several times while in Monterey. It just hasn't wow'd us at all. This time we started in the bar for happy hour and appetizers. None were hot but should have been, and they were just OK, and some at our table wanted to sent them back. Dinner was also OK, but only OK. We've tried, but at this point it is off of our list.

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vipJerry
Columbus
66 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

One waiter for our area of six tables. He was running but overwhelmed. Group party was extremely loud as were their numerous children crawling/running around the tables. The food was excellent and of value but our dining experience was marginal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect and food was delicious...sea bass for me and salmon for my companion. Heavenly panna cota for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Sub-par Italian food. Definitely get it’s business by location more than quality. I’d recommend pretty much anywhere else. Service was very friendly though!

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vipJudithK
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, excellent service but it was a rainy, cold day in Monterey and the restaurant was soooo cold! We all wore our coats and scarves during the entire meal.

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vipPkerr
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I was a single diner. The host was busy flirting with girls at the front desk, and would not even acknowledge me as I tried to check in for my reservation. Someone else finally came to seat me, the restaurant was almost empty on a Saturday night. I barely got my coat off and the server asks me if I know what I want. I asked for a moment to open the menu. He came back frantically asking again. I ordered a martini and calamari. The $14 dollar cocktail was half empty, and the appetizer was cold and like rubber. There was no one in the restaurant and the server was trying to get me out as soon as possible. I own 2 restaurants, and I can tell you this experience was beyond terrible. I will not be returning.

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vipJonB
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place with great Italian food patronized by locals. Live music weekend nights.

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vipFoodie2
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food service and delicious food! It is difficult to find an authentic and accommodating Italian Restaurant with my husband and my food allergies. Edgar, our waiter was outstanding and he was most kind. The owner stopped by our table after we were finished and asked us how our food was. Lovely person!

The four of us had a delightful evening!

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RudolphE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Maitre D was appeared unprofessional. Shirt un-tucked, dull personality and even after making early reservations placed us in an undesirable location. I asked for another table (restaurant was about 35 full) and he said they were all booked.

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vip2Shoes
Palm Springs
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had wonderful service by Roberto. Dinner was great. We definitely will be retuning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice music, good service and a good pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely service, wonderful food. Love this place. Didn’t care for the music. It was way too loud for me even though we were seated as far away from the noise as possible

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vipJonathan
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cibo has the best Chicken Marsala I have ever had in my entire life. From the fresh baked bread to dip in your olive oil and vinegar to the bean soup to the craft cocktails, this place is a must see in Monterey. Over all the fancy dining my fiancee and I have been to in Monterey and Carmel, this place so far is our favorite. We will be recommending this place to all of our friends and family looking for a great spot for Italian food or anyone who wants to know the best place to eat.

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NathanH
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good pasta. A bit noisy due to the live band. Overall, I was gonna quite pleased.

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robertr
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shrimp risotto awesome. Polenta creamy. Beets to die for. Bread fresh and tried not to fill up. Music from live band nice to listen and dance to. Waiter was one if the best I’ve ever had.

Just another perfect restaurant experience at our usual booth at CIBO’s at 715pm

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ProseccoLover
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My pizza was very heavy and kept me awake at night. The short ribs were small chunks of meat on a mostly cheese pizza, and the fried Yukon potatoes turned out to be tiny, very salty fries. My husband's lobster pasta special was overpriced at $45 and was also very heavy. My mother-in-law ordered the salmon and was happy with it.
Overall we found the prices to be a bit high for the quality compared to other Italian restaurants in the area. We're not planning to go back.

MK
vipMitchK
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. Great service

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SallyT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Really disappointing. Live music was very loud and we were seated in a booth facing the restaurant so the people at either end couldn’t talk over the music. We asked to be reseated but we’re rudely told not possible, despite there being several empty tables in the other half of the restaurant which could have accommodated us.
Service was all over the place - waited ages for some things then main courses arrived literally as started plates were being cleared.
Good mixed - pasta dishes ok, pizzas undercooked. Caprese salad and bruschetta were not good.

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ScottS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't underestimate Cibo, while tourists pile in here the food is foodie-level, the jazz was good and the vibe was cool.

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JShay
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining at Cibo. The first was near Christmas and there was a jazz band that played wonderful holiday tunes. The second time was more recent. The seafood was delicious and service was attentive. I also enjoyed noticing the management/owners interacting amongst each other and staff. Very friendly with a family feel, upscale ambiance, and nice downtown location.

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Cibo Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 649-8151.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.1 stars by 388 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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