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Cibo Ristorante Italiano

301 Alvarado St., Monterey, CA 93940
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Ranked #73 of 258 restaurants in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Del Monte Blvd.
Transit: Monterey Airbus stops near Cibo Restaurant
Description: COCKTAILS•DINNER•JAZZCibo (pronounced chee-bo) 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.
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71% Recommend
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English first
Westlake Village, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Cibo Ristorante Italiano is one of Monterey’s culinary gems. On my last visit a few days ago, I enjoyed the best Italian meal of the year. We started with a savory Polenta Caprese and calamari appetizer that was perfectly prepared. For my main course, I enjoyed Grilled Salmon topped with a brown butter and blood orange glaze accompanied by a... More

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Pickering, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Descent place with good food and service. I had the special which was seafood with pasta. It was good but I was expecting something better for that type of restaurant. Overall I'd go back but choose something more appealing to me.

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Naperville, Illinois
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85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed the fish over pasta, which was a large portion full of fish. The bread was outstanding - could have eaten the whole portion. Wine menu is excellent. Overall excellent experience.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Forget about the chain "Italian" restaurants. This place is the real deal. The service was polite and VERY friendly, bilingual for the most part, the owner herself came to say hi, she even made food for us that was not in the menu. The food was fresh and very tasty. The place is clean and very elegant. The price was... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I am here on a business trip and one of the group picked Cibo's. We all had excellent meals with great price performance for the location. I had 1 of best veal chops I have every had. I asked for the chop very very rare and it was cooked perfectly. I also want to add that I left my CC... More

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Kritou Tera, Cyprus
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

What is so nice about Cibo is that local hang out here, not only the tourist trade. On any given night you can run into other restaurant owners who come here to see what their competition is up to. Except the camaraderie is legendary and everyone knows each other. Still it has a high-end elegance that sets it apart. The... More

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Shasta, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Had Mike as our server/bartender in the bar area. Top notch. Place was cranking with live music and we were waited on immediately. Ordered our beers along with a Risotto meal that was out of this world. Wife had the gnocchi trio. Unbelievable! 5 stars all the way around

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Monterey, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I hadn't been to Cibo Ristorante Italiano for a while but someone suggested we go ...and it was a real treat. I found it to be comfortable for groups of all sizes - intimate for two but spacious for larger groups. I had been looking for a place I could meet for dinner with clients, friends and family. The menu... More

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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Cannot comment much on food because we tried to sit at bar for dinner, bartender ignored us along with several other tables and guests. We did get a bottle of wine to start, our first appetizer came 30 minutes after we ordered it, we asked for check and never saw entree. Had to ask 3 times for fork and knife.

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Hollister, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

As a Naval Officer with 22 years in I have travelled the world to include living in Italy for 6 years. I have eaten at every Italian restaurant in the Monterey area ... if you are truly looking for authentic Italian/Sicilian cuisine this is the place! From the appetizers, entrées (and of course pizza), you can't find better tasting authentic... More

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