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Ciao Mambo

541 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801-2735
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Ranked #26 of 240 restaurants in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The lights are low, the music is turned up, wine is flowing, and the energy is buzzing in the air. It’s a perfect evening and the perfect setting for…Italian food at MAMBO’S. With creative twists on classic recipes there is something for everyone in the family. It’s Italian Nachos, Minestrone, Lasagne, Tiramisu, Chianti, Frank Sinatra, Great Fun, Wonderful Service and a whole lot more… Ciao Mambo atmosphere works just as well for romantic couples as it does for a cozy table of family, friends and children too.At Mambo’s, we serve up immigrant style Southern Italian cuisine in a happening family ambiance. Our pasta dishes with rich, savory sauces and fresh ingredients, thin crust pizzas baked to perfection, and unmatchable service will keep you coming back for more. If the atmosphere and friendly service don't seduce you, the pasta will. Bring your friends, family and appetite for fun, and we'll handle the rest. Come on in, your table is waiting!
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77% Recommend
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

By myself on a nice summer evening. Sat outside. Good glass of wine and great service from Nikki. I'll always wonder if I just ordered the wrong thing But I agree with other comments of not lots of flavor. Had a house specialty "clam linguine in white sause". Ok but needed something. ?!? I would come back to try something... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My wife and I were very disappointed during our visit to Ciao Mambo. We had read here how wonderful this place was, perhaps the chef had a bad night. The food was bad but the wait staff was excellent. We sent one order back and it didn't come back much better. Maybe we were spoiled by living near a big... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Ok, the food is Ok. Does their food justify their prices? NO. It's simple pasta. They try to come off as upscale but I'm not feeling it. You still have the hippies wandering in with their birkenstocks on and shorts. Last time I checked that is not "upscale". My dad always insists on bringing us here when we come to... More

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Tampa, FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I selected Ciao Mambo based on the positive reviews here on TripAdvisor. You guys got it right! Since I was traveling solo, I didn't want to sit in a restaurant by myself, so I ordered a pizza for carry-out. The restaurant itself looks funky and slightly up-scale, but $13 for a large pizza was very reasonable. Waitress was super friendly.... More

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Salmon, Idaho
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you don't mind listening to Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin or Tony Bennett blasting so loudly you cannot carry on a conversation with your guests then Ciao Mambo is the place for you. If you like over cooked pasta with canned based, tasteless sauces, then Ciao Mambo is the place for you.

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Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We love Italian food and we've had a variety of tastes, but I must tell you that Ciao Mambo in Missoula, MT has the VERY BEST. The sauce was to die for! The three of us each had a different dish and there was so much food we had to take half of it home...enjoyed it the next night, too.... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Neither upon this restaurant while looking for another. Glad we found it. Good variety, good food. Fun atmosphere and good service. Reasonable cost.

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Bozeman, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've visited Ciao Mambo before and I've never been disappointed. Made-to-order Italian fare that's fresh and delicious. I'm partial to the eggplant parmesan, but the pizza and pasta dishes are tasty as well. Always an enjoyable experience with friendly and knowledgable servers.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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95 reviews 95 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Ciao Mambo is a young person's restaurant as it is loud, lively, and staffed by kids. They are kids who know what they are doing and will be onto even more successes in life. For now, they are taking this restaurant in a very good direction. House bread, Italian-- fresh, warm, light, and fully seasoned. Nice. Appetizer-- Italian Nachos. Wow,... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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140 reviews 140 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stopped in for dinner as we were passing by. The bread they brought us was to die for! Our Caesar Salad was delicious! But then, there's the spaghetti! Oh my gosh, it was the best my husband and I have ever eaten! Staff was so friendly, 2 and 3 waitress always stopping by to see what we needed. Prices... More

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