I was on a flight & was reading the enroute magazine. There was a top 10 new restaurants in Canada article that I read. Cibo Trattoria in Vancouver was the #1 new restaurant in the country in the article so I had to try it out. The wife & I made a reso (place is busy & hard to get a table) When we arrived we were happy with the look of the place & the staff were very friendly. The food was good but didn't stand out as being amazing or memorable. I don't think I will return.. Just a good meal but nothing special..
Called ahead and had them organize a 6 course tasting menu along with wine tastings for each course. Had the Buff mozzarella, spinache, grilled porcini to start - very good; then the roasted veal with tuna aioli - excellent; ravioli in butter and mint sauce - very good; sockeye samlom on lentils - good; grilled steak - excellent and finally a rhubarb type of mousse - not a big fan of. Wines came with each meal and were expertly explained by the GM. Service was fantastic. Room is nice and cozy. This was a special meal so price may not be reflective but generally they have starters in the $10-$15 range with the mains in the high $20-$30. Would recommend the in-house made pastas. They have a 3 course special dinner for $39 that I would like to try. Would come back again.
I had been to Cibo a few years ago and remember it being good but expensive. We decided to try it again tonight. The place was empty on a Friday night which should have served as a warning to us. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, out of them the panela (chickpea fritters) were good, and the onion rings were good. The deviled eggs, and the bruschetta were only OK in my opinion, not really worth the rather high price. The service was quite good however. For the main meal I got the skirt steak. For $28 I got a small portion of steak with mushrooms and onion. It tasted good but had no sides so was not a complete meal. Dessert was similarly high priced. Most of my dining companions did not care for their pastas. Overall not that great of an experience, I would not go back for the high prices they charge.
I've heard some really great things about Cibo and wanted to check it out. I met a friend there for dinner last night and when I walked in, it was very lively and had a bit of an upbeat vibe going on. I was expecting something a little quieter. The ambiance was nice - I like the decor, but it does seem a little disjointed somehow. The servers are nice, very knowledgable and courteous. After perusing the menu, I really had a craving for lamb - but the server advised they were sold out before I could even ask about it.
To start, we each had a glass of prosecco and we chose their special appetizer crudo platter, which was basically a plate of deli meat and a few pickled veggies. It sounded interesting because there were things like ox tongue and lardo on it. I'm adventurous, so we took a chance. The ox tongue was surprisingly tender and delicious - never thought I would be tasting something that could taste me back, but it was definitely worth the risk. The other items (which I can't remember) were also very good. I just wish there had been some cheese on the plate as well. The bread that was served with it was horrifically dry and hard. There was no delicate way to eat it. I took a bite into the crust and for a moment, thought I would break a tooth. I tried to break it in half with my hands, but I wasn't strong enough. I just had to chew my way through. The server finally came back when we were pretty much finished, so it was too late to ask for new bread. The bread that was served before our appetizer was excellent - it didn't need anything on it, as it was an herbed focaccia style with a little oil already brushed on.
We had a bottle of wine with our mains - my friend had the veal chop with morels and I had the tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and parmesan. We also selected a side of peas and a side of cannellini beans. The pasta was exceptional, but when I tried a bite of the veal, it was a little tough. The peas & beans were good, but nothing to write home about. I wish I knew what kind of wine we'd had because it was amazing. When I have a friend who knows wine really well, I usually trust them to make a good choice and in this case I wasn't disappointed.
I might give Cibo another chance in the future, but it's not on my list of top restaurants in Vancouver. For that to happen, there has to be outstanding food, or outstanding value - Cibo has fallen somewhere in the middle on both counts. I have many, many other places to try out first.
Cibo is a stylish Italian restaurant in the Moda hotel. Several visits have proven the consistency of the kitchen. This is all the more praiseworthy as the menu changes frequently. The servers are enthusiastic though occasionally disorganised. The wine list is well thought out. Prices are high but well justified considering the quality of the ingredients and the highly competent cooking.
Wanting to take the girlfriend someplace special for her birthday, I decided to give Cibo Trattoria a go, despite not knowing anyone with firsthand experience at the establishment. It turns out to have been a choice well made, for by the end of the evening both she and I had our expectations not only met, but exceeded.
Cibo is definitely not your typical North-Americanized Italian eatery. There’s no garlic overkill. No ladles of sauce. Portions are decently sized (but not small), making it easy for a diner to indulge in three or more courses without feeling like an overstuffed walrus afterward. The focus is clearly on using the best ingredients and presenting them in a simple (deceptively so, I’m sure) fashion that allows them to shine.
After a few bites of tasty herbed bread and a couple of glasses of celebratory prosecco, we began the dinner proper with a shared spot prawn crudo. Frankly, this dish was to die for. The prawns were generously drizzled in an olive oil unlike any I’ve ever tasted before. Our incredibly helpful server Tomas informed us that some guests are actually brave enough to eat the raw prawn heads. This appetizer was so good, we were almost tempted to try.
For our pasta course, my girlfriend had tagliatelle with mushrooms – rich and earthy, while I went with the agnoli with veal – meaty parcels with a citrusy kick. Any praise for Cibo’s freshly made pasta is rightly deserved. Both were delicious. For the mains, the girlfriend ordered the roast ling cod with asparagus and balsamic. The fish was moist, with a wonderfully crisped skin. I had the grilled bison with leeks. The meat was tender, and the accompanying drizzle of bone-marrow sauce set off the flavour of the bison nicely.
To finish our meal, I had the renowned River Café chocolate nemesis – a rich wedge of chocolate that I’d compare to the most decadent brownie/mousse you’ve ever had in your life, while my girlfriend tried Cibo’s take on the zuppa inglese. Along with dessert wine and some coffee, it was the perfect end to dinner.
Service at Cibo is outstanding. Tomas was friendly and helpful, never intrusive, and happy to answer any questions we had about the menu. He was also spot-on with his wine recommendations. The other staff were equally friendly and efficient – our water glasses were never empty, and our table was always kept neat and presentable. The restaurant itself is pleasing to linger within, intimately smallish with a relaxed, eclectic modern-cool vibe, an interesting contrast to the simply presented dishes.
Prices at Cibo’s were fair, especially considering the quality of the food. In fact, in my opinion it’s a better value than the pricier CinCin. Not the kind of restaurant the average person could frequent regularly, but definitely worth a visit on those special occasions when you feel like indulging. We will definitely go back.
We dined here before catching a show across the street at the Orpheum. Arrived at 5:45, and informed our server that we had to be out by 8pm.
My table mates ordered from the set menu, and their starters arrived at 7:15 (we ordered at 6:00!) An hour and 15 minutes for the starters? The main course arrived at 7:40, at which point we had to shovel the food into our mouth so as not to be late for the show. We had to cancel our dessert because there was simply no time.
The manager blamed the chef, and did not even offer an apology. I thought the manager's job was to be the team leader and take responsibility for his team?
It was the most bizarre experience I've ever had in a restaurant. Although the location is convenient next to the Orpheum, I don't think I would come back.
The food was exquisite the service friendly and engaging. The chef uses the freshest, highest quality ingredients and uses a deft hand to let the ingredients speak for themselves without masking the flavours with too many herbs and spices.
Ingredients such as the pastas used in a number of dishes are all made on the premises and it shows in the quality of the dishes offered.
While I would recommend this restaurant without reservation I wish the wine offered by the glass was of a more substantial pour. This criticism is by no means unique to this restaurant but is a continuing rant of mine.
the service was excellent, and food was wonderful!
Started with the octopus appy, was very tender and not chewy at all, had the ravioli pasta with wild boar which was delicious as well. My bf had the skirt steak which was cooked perfectly with the new potatoes side and i had the Skate with onion rings on the side. The onion rings have got to be the best onion rings i've ever had :D the Skate was very tasty as well and cooked perfectly.
All in all was definitely a nice treat!
We had our annual New Years dinner at this highly rated restaurant after researching dozens of restaurants.
Unfortunately, we found it mediocre.
Our server was very presumptuous. Often telling us the amount of food some of us were ordering was too small, so of course we ordered more - we ended up having more food than we needed. Drinks were not offered to half our party. Some of the guests were neglected when asked how their food was.
The Carpaccio - was apparently done Italian style. Tough, thick and barely seared - not our experience when we travelled in Italy. Some of us enjoyed the pasta, the fish was tender, chicken was good, but none of the food was outstanding. No beef was available off the main menu.
For New Years (early seating) it was very quiet in there, no festive ambience.
Overall all the food was just 'ok'.
Unfortunately, we won't be going back.
Having been very impressed by a previous visit to the winebar, I decided to try Cibo Trattoria for a business dinner. I called in advance to make a reservation and request a table conducive to conversation - I also asked that the bill not be brought to the table as I wanted to take care of this discretely. All of these requests were noted and observed.
When we arrived the host remembered our conversation and gave us the perfect table. I was very impressed with the decor, as was my business guest. I was familar with the previous establishment that occupied the space so the transformation, while maintaining original features of interest (the tile floor), was particularly impressive for me.
Our waiter, who was originally from France, was very impressive. He was professional and friendly, was very well informed about the food items on the menu and knew the wine list very well. His wine recommendation, based on my description of what we wanted was just excellent - and it wasn't the most expensive bottle either. He made good food recommendations, and overall we were very impressed with the service and knowledge he provided us with. This wasn't just a 'friendly' waiter, he really knew his stuff.
As for the food, I would say it was very good. Some dishes were much better than others - the risotto for example was amazing. It was certainly good enough that I will be going back. It wasn't all excellent, but some things were and overall it was very good.
Our dining experience wasn't inexpensive, but with the ambiance, excellent service and overall great food and excellent wine, I felt I got very good value. I will definately be back soon, and will trust Cibo Trattoria when entertaining for business or pleasure.
With all of the new openings in the last year it's hard to pick places to try out.
I chose Cibo because I've been to it's wine bar UVA with girlfriends and had a good time.
We started at the UVA side for a cocktail, we all ordered different and i found the selection limited. None of the drinks seemed very creative and we quickly switched back to wine.
We made our way over to the Restaurant side and i was surprised at how quiet it was. We ordered a few dishes to start as suggested by our server, and enjoyed the flavors but the dishes did seem small for the price.
Our mains or Secondi arrived and they too were on the small side. My scallops were overcooked and too salty. I love seafood and lemon (who doesn't) but the myer lemon didn't add any flavor.
We opted for desert elsewhere as the server seemed to be anxious for us to pay even though they were 3/4 empty.
Not a terrible experience, I will go back to UVA for wine and bites, but will pass on Cibo.
My husband and I were disappointed in pretty well every aspect of this meal. First, the place is very noisy and, despite the candles, does not have much ambience; kind of a cold atmosphere. The servers were friendly, but not well organized. One after the other, two servers came to tell us the specials, then came back to say they were out of one; the lamb. The wine list is mostly very pricey. Our entire appetizer was deep fried, which was not indicated on the menu. The 'sides' (kale and fiddleheads, about $8 each), while tasty, were very oily; we both had indigestion later. My ravioli was very non-descript and totally lacking colour; no marks for presentation. Similarly the pork looked very boring and was fatty. The focaccia was good, but came without any vinegar or oil. I'd asked for salt and pepper; it never arrived. The semi-freddo was very good, but came as 3 balls of ice cream; no garnish; very plain. There are so many excellent restaurants in the area; why go back to this one???
Dined here with a group of eight for a birthday and had high expectations. Unfortunately, our experience fell short of those expectations.
When I had called ahead to inquire about the private room, I was told that there is no minimum charge and no set menu to use the room. However, it was already booked for the night I wanted so the lady suggested the round table in the main dining room as it seats eight. Okay, sounded like a good consolation. I then asked if there was a cake cutting fee and was told that they charge $5/pp for cake cutting. WTF? I was expecting $2.50-$3.00. NOT $5. But since it was a birthday, we were going to just suck it up and pay.
Onto dinner. We ordered appies to share which were pretty good. But our drinks were just mediocre. The entrees were also decent, but those who ordered the pasta were surprised at the miniscule size of the dish (more of a side dish than an entree) and a gamey taste to the agnolotti. Mid-way through, I asked our server if it would be possible to see the private dining room and she said yes, when the diners vacate. After they left, a couple of us went to see it and I asked if our party could move into it. I was then told that there is a minimum charge of $200pp to use the room. Hmmmm....not what I was told on the phone.
Our server was okay, not particularly friendly nor attentive, but she got the job done without any big issues. The main dining room has nice decor.
In the end, we thought we'd be better off taking our cake to one of our houses and spending the extra $40 on other things like drinks and snacks. $5 for cake cutting....really?????
It was okay, but with so many other restos to try, we won't be rushing back here any time soon.
went on a wed nite with my husband for late supper.
considering the chefs backgrounds i expected the food to be decent but very dissapointed. chef was really heavy handed with the salt and i suspect the balsamic vinegar reduction in both my dishes. let me make it clear i am a saltaholic so...beware if u are on a low sodium diet, this is not the place for you.
the wine selection by the glass was very good. service was also great. they never hovered over u and never seemed frantic serving. it was all very proffesional which is something very very lacking in this city. the dining room is like a serene bistro. very simple but done right.
I've eaten at Cibo multiple times and I always enjoyed it.
I'm Italian and I'm very picky on about Italian food. At Cibo pasta has always been cooked perfectly al dente.
The type of food is usually a mix of traditional Italian with an edge of innovation which I really enjoy.
The portion are medium sized. The primi are appetizer size and the secondi are main course size.
We can usually go trough one primo one secondo and a dessert no problem.
Service is nice and polite and the price on the medium/high level. I personally found it worth the monies.
I ate at Cibo multiple times and I would highly recommend it.
Well, this will be a bit of a mixed bag, so here goes:
Went to Cibo Trattoria on a Saturday night,as we were going to a show at the Orpheum, and the restaurant is right across the street. We knew nothing about this place, save what we had read on-line. Overall the experience was a bit of a disappointment. First of all, the value for dollar in our humble opinion was not good. We spent over $160 and did not even order a bottle of wine, as well we were double charged for one of our desserts! ( I did not notice this unfortunately until we had left). The food was solid, and the pre-theatre menu selections that my wife ordered were outstanding, but the service was spotty. No drink orders taken when we first sat down, and we felt "rushed" to get in, order, eat and get out. Now, to be fair to the restaurant we were late for our reservation by 20 minutes, (our sitter was late, sorry it happens!) so we called and informed them that we were going to be a bit late, and they very graciously saved us a table, BUT still, no one likes feeling rushed, however I do understand they need to do as many seatings as possible on the weekend - so fair game.
Where we felt the place failed was in an overall air of "pretentiousness". The restaurant is quite small, so our seats were very close to other diners, for us, too close. As well the wait staff seemed disconnected - for instance they had 3 ladies that would bring the food and drink, and out of order. One other item of note, my wife orderd a Caesar, (the cocktail) and the wait staff informed her "Sorry Ma'am we do not serve those here because there are too many additives in Clamato juice, and we only serve locally sourced and additive free organic items at Cibo. O.K. Now we are big supporters of locally grown, and organic, but really? It's a cocktail, it has alcohol in it, not exactly "healthy". This is like vegetarians who smoke cigarettes!
Just a little too pretentious for us.
Although the "ambience and service was lacking, again to be fair, the food was solid, with some dishes (My skirt steak, and the wifes stuffed rottollo (not sure of spelling?) as well as the deserts) were outstanding. Fresh, good portions, and beautifully flavoured.
The deserts (pannacotta and a lemon and blood orange tart) in particular were very well done, perfect way to cleanse the palate after the heavy flavours of the beef and goat cheeses. As well they seemed to have a very extensive wine list, so although we are not that in to wine, if you are, you probably would have appreciated it much more than we could.
In closing, we will likley not return. Not enough value for the money, and we are just not that in to "pretentiousness"!
However, on a quiter weeknight, this place could be a gem for those who value local fresh ingredients and good wine pairings.
We were out for drinks after work and needed a place to eat, but there are so many restaurants downtown it can be tough choosing. Luckily I remembered Cibo, which we've been meaning to try based on recommendations from other restaurant staff who described it as the current best in Vancouver. After our visit, it's certainly at the top of our list.
To start, we shared a buffalo mozzarella bruschetta, which was excellent and had our mouths watering for the primi. Cheryl had the risotto, containing ramp which is only available for 3 weeks a year, while I had the tagliatelle. The risotto was excellent but the tagliatelle was inspired, reminding me of the wild boar tagliatelle that made Cafe Zoe popular in Seattle (I'd choose Cibo's).
Our mains were spring lamb and the pork belly special. I've never had mint sauce since tasting some of the dreadful concoctions from the grocery, but will reconsider if I can ever find a made-from-scratch sauce such as this. It truly complemented the perfectly-fired lamp chops (at least the portion I managed to "share"). My own plate contained a pretty large pork belly, crispy on the one side and melt-in-your-mouth soft within. This was served with white beans prepared excellently (I am not a veggie guy but this was delicious, especially complemented with a 12 year old balsamic vinegar. Even writing about it brings back the excellent flavour.
I definitely didn't need dessert but the choco nemesis (a dark dark chocolate wedge with a large dollop of cream on the side) was too good to pass up and it was a great choice.
The ambience was certainly European, taking us back to wonderful meals in France and Italy where dining out is such an experience. The serving staff share in the duties seamlessly; our main helper was Tomas, an enthusiastic and very professional French server who clearly has a love of food and a desire to make your experience memorable. We received an excellent description of the wine we'd chosen along with a recommended alternative (Fenocchio dolcet, same price) from the sommelier (which we chose and were very happy with it). Tomas clearly loves the food and after much discussion throughout the evening arranged and offered us a chance to visit the kitchen.
You can tell a lot from a kitchen and even more from the chef and other staff. The Executive Chef, Neil Taylor, is from London and clearly knows his art and how to inspire his sous-chefs. One asked me how I'd liked the tagliatelle, so was clearly interested in feedback on his work (he should rightfully be proud of that). The menu holds about 25 items but they adjust it almost daily and have a repertoire of 60 dishes or more at any one time. So you never have to worry about going back and having a boring choice.
It was interesting as this restaurant wasn't overcrowded. I chalk that up to their unfortunate location between Yaletown and Granville, which just doesn't have the traffic that streets like Hamilton, Denman and Davie do. That's unfortunate because so many are missing the chance for an excellent meal. It's not cheap but you will have a dining experience you will remember and I'm sure you will return (we definitely will).
This restaurant is superb, hands down. The pastas are made from scratch, the meats are house cured, the menu changes daily (if I you really love a dish, beware, it may be unavailable your next visit). There was not a single flaw in my visit.
We were seated promptly in the beautiful intimate room (complete with a gas fire place). The music was at a great level, loud enough to create a gentle buzz but quite enough to hold a conversation.
We choose a bottle of red that was recommended to us by the house sommelier. The choice was dead on, exactly what we were looking for.
We began with the ravioli (stuffed with wild greens) and the spot prawns which were accompanied by a homemade aioli. Both dishes were fantastic, absolutely delicious. It is quite obvious that there is a lot of love that goes into the creation of their dishes.
Our secondis were equal to our starters. The pork sausage was amazing, served along side cannellini beans and a fried duck egg. The ling cod was melt in your mouth with fresh asparagus. For desert, homemade hazelnut ice cream. I wish you could purchase it in the supermarket, it was to die for.
The service is A+; friendly, professional and knowledgeable. This restaurant is fabulous, we had a wonderful evening and we will be returning for seconds!
We've found the service to be very professional, unobtrusive and welcoming. The food was excellent, the value to be what one would expect for an establishment in this downtown location. Our server, James, was very pleasant. I would urge anyone, especially for those about to attend the nearby Orpheum Theatre, to make a reservation well in advance and look forward to our next visit.