Cibo Ristorante Italiano

4.2
286 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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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
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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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Neighborhood
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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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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.
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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.
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
What 286 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.1
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3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent food value. Dinner was delicious. We actually changed our reservation and had dinner there on Tuesday, June 12th.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our annual family trip to Monterey. It would not be complete without dining at Cibo's. Food and service were spot on.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Four of us went out to dinner. Two meals were wonderful, two were so-so. The appetizer delivered was not as described on the menu. Specifically, the SALUMI E FORMAGGIO was described as "Italian Cured Meats & Artisanal Cheeses, preserved lemon marmalade & House Made Pickles." There were three piles of meat, one small portion of a single cheese, no lemon marmalade and one miniature pickle sitting on a pile of olives. We ordered one dessert to share which the waiter should have told us was far too small to share. The quality overall was good, but not worth the price. The service was a bit overbearing -- one's water does not need to be topped off when it is still 80% full.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We have never eaten at Cibo Restaurant. However, we were in for quite a surprise. The Food was delicious. The service was fabulous, and the ambiance was outstanding. Most of all the owner Rosa Catalans came around and made sure we were comfortable, our food was to our liking, and the most hospitable person we have ever met at a restaurant. We will return and I would highly recommend Cibo to everyone in Monterey looking for an experience of a lifetime.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was wonderful. Both of our dinners were fantastic (I had the Ravioli A Modo Mio & my husband had the Tagliata Di Manzo), we split the Creme Brulee Cheesecake for dessert, and the live music was a great addition to the ambiance. It was our first time in Monterey and this restaurant was a great find!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our server was amazing! The food was great too.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful experience!! The staff and the management great! They came to the table and asked about the experience. Waiters very caring and attentive.
Will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We required an early dinner before attending an event at the Monterey Conference Center. Cibo was perfect both in terms of location and dining event. Even the owners came by and checked on how we enjoyed the dinner. The pasta and the fish entrees were great.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Cibo has a great happy hour, followed by a wonderful dinner. We ran into friends from our home town (3000 miles away), and they accommodated our seating increase. The food was great, the staff very friendly, and the jazz trio was perfect for background music.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The restaurant is always pleasant and delicious. We enjoy every stay.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Overall, mediocre to bad food; bad service; annoying music

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First time and we will be back! Really enjoyed every aspect of our meals. It was very tasty and presented well.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great jazz bands and happy hour specials on Thursday night

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This restaurant was wonderful. First time and definitely would go back.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A wonderful dining experience. The service was very efficient and helpful. It’s a beautiful restaurant and we really enjoyed the jazz duo. The food was delicious. We had the bruschetta and roasted beet appetizers followed by seafood linguini-yummy. My husband had the roast 1/2chicken and then strawberry gelato. All in all a great evening.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This was our first time at Cibo. We picked this place because of the reviews, plus all other restaurants in the area were booked. Cibo seems larger than the rest of the area restaurants, which explains the availability for a last minute reservation.

The food was good, but I am no sure it is worth the price we paid. Our total bill with tip was $150, that's for 4 people, 2 kids and 2 adults. We had one cup of wine, one cocktail, and juice for the kids, one appetizer, the kids ordered from the kids menu, I had the special of the day (seafood pasta) and my wife had the seafood risotto.

The pasta was a bit bland / watered down for my taste, so I had to add salt to it. My wife's risotto was really good, but it had some purple lettuce that was on the bitter side, a bit overpowering for the risotto seafood flavor profile, it tasted a bit like burnt garlic. The appetizer was BBQ Octopus, that was excellent, well cooked, and great flavor. We were celebrating a birthday, they said that the Tiramisu is usually on the house for bday celebrations, but since we had a gluten requirement, we had to trade it for the only gluten free option in the desert menu... we were charged for the desert, so the birthday desert is only what's on their list.

Overall, this is a nice place, food was good, but I think a bit overpriced. I have spent less money in comparable restaurants with superior food.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It’s was ok.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Attentive helpful service and great food. Accommodated my husband's garlic allergy very concientiously desire also bring packed and busy serving a party of 90 that night.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The friendly family service is worth gold. The mother, Rosa, came to our table and asked us how we were. The host helped me print tickets for the theater. (I received a last minute email from theater informing me they were not going to accept tickets from phone.) It's heart warming to experience a nice meal with a caring family. And very rare these days in metropolitan cities. Thank you Cibo.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service was slow an not attentive. In at 6 and out at 7:45 with no time for desert. Too loud for table conversation. Salads weren’t fresh. Food was mediocre.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wanted a quick meal before the Chris Botti show. The waiter knew our time line and placed our order before a large group. Food was great.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had 8pm reservations on a Saturday night. When we arrived we were seated right away to the only open table. It took about 5 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. It was busy however a quick “I’ll be right with you” would have been great.
The food was okay. The bbq octopus was flavorless and the calamari was a little over cooked. My rigatoni was good and my husband’s fish pasta special was lacking flavor. The fish was previously frozen and you could tell. It was overpriced.
Just after we received our main dish and our 2nd glass of wine, at 9pm,a DJ started playing and the lights were dimmed for the disco lights. They were shining directly in our eyes.
Within 15 minutes every table was cleared out and our dinner was cut short. The music and change of atmosphere completely ruined our night. The other guests were obviously as disappointed and bothered as we were. Don’t take 8pm reservations if you turn into a night club at 9pm. It is a good looking nice restaurant and we would have never expected.
There are a lot better restaurants in Monterey. I would definitely recommend to look elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We make it a point to hit Cibo's at least one night when we're in Monterey. And we've never been disappointed.

Excellent food. First class service. Great atmosphere. Did I meantion the great food? Awsome selection too! Desert is esquisite.

Just writing this is making me want to go there!

It is our understanding that Cibo's remains family owned and that many of the staff are family members. I know that the matriarch of the family, the founder I believe was in one weeknight and stopped by to chat with us and play with our three year old grandaughter. It was a very positive experience!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Was looking forward to this since I had read so many good reviews but have to say the food was mediocre at best. Service was fine and wine prices were reasonable.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent meal....

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

excellent and unique Italian food dishes. Lots of choices. Excellent appetizers as well.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Lovely. Good food, good service, walking from hotels.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Strange place...

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The sea bass special was amazing. And their evoo for the bread was excellent. They have several wines by the glass. It can get a little loud in the bar during happy hour.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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