Monterey >Food & Dining > Cibo Ristorante Italiano
301 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA | Directions 9394036.600581 -121.894060
We had a great night last week on a visit to Monterey. The service was attentive but not over the top. I had a gnocchi trio which was absolutely delicious and my husband had grilled wild salmon. The icing on the cake was a jazz duo, Joe and Lee, who played soft sophisticated jazz throughout. Another nice touch was that the owner, a lady, went around the restaurant and spoke to each table, checking that al was well. We have been a few times before and definitely will go on our next visit.
I am not sure why happy hour here hasnt taken off. They have discount speacialty cocktails for about $7. The drinks are good and generouslty sized despite being sold at a discount. They have discounted appetizers like bruchetta ( excellent I could live on it..comes drizzled with balsamic reduction), shrimp skewer ( also excellent)), You can also order dinner such as the gnocci trio, calamari, pasta dishes etc. I have never had anything bad here.I usually get great service here as well and I've never really seen in crowded. I go here every time I go to Monterey and often more than once. Music starts up later in the evening some nights. Nice atmosphere. The total bill for two cocktails, two orders of bruchetta, calari and the gnocci trio was just over $40!
My wife and I walked over from the Marriott. We were fortunate to get there right as they opened. We were promptly greeted by a very nice lady. Our server was great. He was very attentive and friendly. We ended up having the rib eye and chicken dinners. Dinner was excellent. Calamari was excellent. The libations were good as well.
The price was reasonable considering what we got for our money. All in all I would recommend this place to anyone. We will go back next time we are in town.
I ate here twice while I was in town for a conference. Their specials are great as well as their regular menu. Management is very nice, we felt very well taken care of.
Fantastic Italian food, great bar, great service. We were there during race weekend and they were packed yet all went perfectly
Went in for the music and stayed for the food! I had salmon which was right off the boat and perfectly cooked and my partner had hollow pasta - obviously fresh and the sauce was great with a little bit of pepper or fresh spice that tasted really good. Delicious! Music started at 7 and let the dancing begin!
My partner and are are small eaters and Cibo's was very accommodating to splitting our dishes. Our food was delicious and presented well
My husband and I passed a few days around Monterey in July 2012. We like to have late and fancy dinner - not easy to find a Restaurant! After searching for a nice place to have dinner late in the evening, we ended up at Cibo Ristorante Italiano in Monterey. What a chance we had! Around 10 PM the cook (seems to be the owner) visited us at the table to make some suggestions a few minutes before the kitchen was supposed to close! We were served an excellent dinner (especially the "Tagliata di manzo" was superb) with excellent wine.
Great place to stay, great people, great food!
What an amazing gem in the heart of downtown Monterey! With its family owned atmosphere, and delicious, diverse menu, this makes for the perfect date spot. I absolutely love the pastas, fresh seafood, but am obsessed with the pizzas. The Cibo is the best (obviously)! Amazing, friendly, and talented bartenders (Dave from New Orleans can mix up a mean specialtly), and very nice and quick servers, this makes for a very pleasant dinner. You can't find stuff like this in San Diego!
***TIPS: Stay after 10 for live music and DANCING! Also, check-in on Yelp for a free side of calamari! Its delicious!
I love Monterey, and especially love their restaurants. Whenever I come to the area, Cibo is at the top of my list. I've been there for happy hour and I've been there for a wonderfully romantic dinner. What makes it romantic outside of the ambiance? The food. It's a fantasy in every bite. The chef has successfully brought together authentic, traditional Italian with a modern flare. I've never had anything quite like it. Everything we order is like a party in your mouth!
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