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“Great food, nice decor, and in the heart of the Gables.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar
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Ranked #11 of 342 Restaurants in Coral Gables
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Cibo Wine Bar brings authentic rustic Italian flare blended with a vibrant nightlife and has become the new hot spot on the Miracle Mile. This Italian eatery and wine bar, created by the Liberty Entertainment Group, offers traditional Italian fare in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. With Liberty Group at the helm for their second venue in Miami, the attention to detail is flawless and the food delicious.
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“Great food, nice decor, and in the heart of the Gables.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Don't get mislead by the name "wine bar". The place is a full scale restaurant. It has a peculiar layout, elongated, sort of large scale bistro. The decor is very homey and warm, from the lights to the stone in the walls. Comfortable, relaxing, looked like we were on to something good.

The waiter served some complimentary olive oil and olives: can't go wrong with that!

Wine: I found a good offering at $40.00 for a Dolcetto D'Alba "Pio Cesare", 2011. It's a red that I would define medium bodied, with a consistency and thickness that might resemble some Sangiovese. It was a good bottle, not outstanding but good and at good price, especially if you consider we are in Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (when will you learn, West Palm Beach and Boca??).

We met one of the owners, Tullio, Canadian of Italian origins (he speaks good Italian) and he was very nice and came to our table several times. The nice conversation we had with him made the red wine taste even better, as always.

Ambience, service and atmosphere all get a point in favor. Little minus when it comes to details: no salt and pepper on the tables.

Appetizer: arugula with endive, sliced portobello mushrooms in lemon vinagrette. It was good, not excellent, it needed a little salt and pepper, it was well thought, but slightly bland. Actually, "bland" sounds too bad, let's say it needed a bit of personality. But hey, it's a green salad and it is supposed to be light (I was still half full from the night before at Caffe Vialetto - see my review on that if you wish).

I then ordered Farfalle (butterfly shaped pasta for those 3 readers who don't know) with spinach and capers. Let me tell you something: it was fresh, nicely balanced and what I needed as I was looking to eat something lighter than the night before. It was a very nice dish, the pasta perfectly al dente. Note: we had to wait some time to get it, so it looks like they do less pre-cooking than other places. Another plus!

Even better was my wife's entree. She ordered one of the specials, and it was Orata with mashed potato and spinach. I know Orata from Italy, in Trieste it's a classic fish and this one was up to par with those we used to get on the east side of the Atlantic: tender, tasty meat, little dressing, as it should be, and it was really a hit. Nice job with the potatoes and spinach as well: simple things, but well done and with some care.

By the way, Orata (Dorada if you are hispanic) is the gilt-head sea bream. It is not a sea bass, as some places will tell you. The European Sea Bass is called branzino, another great fish... but now I am wandering around.

Dessert was a tiramisu version that they make, which has ice cream inside. Not the original thing, but it was good and refreshing.

After dinner, came the espresso and we enjoyed some Grappa, which was perfect and was I expect they have in Italian restaurants that want to be considered "Italian". The grappa Brunello was my favorite, so after dinner we sat outside at another table in a breezy, cool night and sipped though a few shots of the distilled liquor.

A great experience, good service, great food, grappa (hey, I am Italian, it is a plus factor for me) and we met Tullio as said, one of the owners, very nice guy and we will definitely be back there next time we are in Miami.

  • Visited April 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“So fresh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Cibo's food is fresh and delicious. The menu is expansive, the wine selection is great and the value is outstanding. They have a lot of healthy menu options, which is rare for an Italian place,

  • Visited March 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Place to Taste Good Wine and Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

Excellent place to enjoy a good bottle of red wine and taste some appetizers. Enjoyable place and atmosphere. Good selection of wines and international gourmet dishes from the menu, that has a clear Italian influence. CIBO is an Italian word meaning FOOD, therefore the place is a wine bar in which you can have good food.
They have two settings the bar and the restaurant. I recommend the restaurant and in it you can have wine and share appetizers, you don't have to only have a full meal.
Visit the wine cellar and see the way they handle the bottles in the higher level climbing with a rope and pulleys. Affordable valet parking in front.

  • Visited October 2012
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Aurora, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“And Wine Angels too!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

When we walked in and were greeted by the Italian owner, I knew we were in for a good night of wine drinking :)

Great atmosphere, Great food, Unbelievable wine selection! Several great wines by the glass (that you never see by the glass). The wine cellar is behind a glass wall that goes to the ceiling. The beverage manager aka wine angel retrieves wine wearing climbing gear and a winch system on a track. It's quite the show.

The food and wine is very reasonable! Definitely going back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Bill S
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Elegant place & bad service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Worth wine bar in South Florida, the waitress only knows of 2 type of wine (red & white); the bartender did not think the year of a wine makes any difference; but worse of all was the rude manager, who pretending he knew something about wine, explained to us, after we order a 2009 Napa valley wine and they brought a 2011 California, that Napa was in California and after finding on the back of the bottle a reference to Sonoma, he went on to say that "Napa and Sonoma were the same place". The place is very elegant and the food was very well presented although it did not taste so good.

  • Visited March 2013
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