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Cibo Ristorante Italiano

4.2
275 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Bar Seating
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 275 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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