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A special restaurant with beautiful food and beautiful service. You really feel special. They understand the theatre of dining here! But it’s always relaxed and easy. The beautiful whitebait fritters were eggy, and drizzled with a sumptuous XO sauce. I love the venison with liquorice dust, and the duck leg served on a bed of le puy lentils was moist and rich, with the accompanying breast being slightly pink. They served a table of 12 with aplomb, and even managed to cook an entire meal off menu for my daughter – she gave them her 4 favorite ingredients – venison, cauliflower, fennel and potatoes – voila, a beautiful dish was prepared just for her (crusted liquorice venison loin, potato croquette, braised fennel and cauliflower puree). I rate the pineapple and passion fruit based pudding, with fluffy little doughnuts. Highly recommended for a table for 2 right up to a birthday for 12.
Superb spot in Parnell.
Great atmosphere and food is always first class. Staff are super friendly and add to the experience. Whether it be in a group or couple, a good time.
A great place and great dining.
My fav restaurant in Auckland! Another sensational dinner last night. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable. All the staff are very friendly. The food out of this world. Never disappointed by Cibo – a must if you want a great dining experience.
Whenever there is a birthday this place springs to the top of the list, consistent good food, great atmosphere and always feel well looked after. However one standout experience was when my boyfriend took me here, it was a special evening and went absolutely perfect. I have incredibly high expectations – often unrealistic, but Cibo exceeded them all. It was one of our favourite restaurant experiences to date. Our waiter (who was initially our bar tender) looked after us right from the start, giving us in-depth help with our cocktail and drinks choices to then our meals. He had the most wonderful manner and always a big smile on his face, it made us feel so comfortable. Such a wonderful place, this is why it will always be one of my favourite restaurants in Auckland.
I book a table at Cibo for my friend’s birthday dinner and probably had one of the most comfortable / enjoyable dinners I’ve ever had.
When you walk in you are greeted as if you are a regular (as cliche as that sounds it’s the best way I could describe it) even though I had never been. All waiters and waitresses had perfect knowledge of their menu and were very attentive.
Not going to lie, for a lot of the entrees we tried I had no idea what I was eating but all dishes definitely over-delivered on taste and creativity.
This is a place that is always great, but due to it’s location we always forget about it.
A ‘must book’ place with fantastic service and atmosphere.
Fish was the winner on the night with fresh natural oysters for entree and perfectly cooked John Dory for main. Followed up by apple pie as good as mum makes.
Worth dressing up and hunting out.
Had a very satisfying meal, with excellent service. The pork belly, venison and pavlova were all beautifully cooked; it was so hard to choose my courses and I will have to go back just to eat the ones I left behind!!
2nd time we have been here and went just a few days before Christmas. The staff and food are exceptional. I had the duck and scallop entree and the venison for my main. Could not fault anything about the night.
excellent dining experience from start to finish.
Sashimi tower, Pork Belly, Whitebait omlette, vegetarian (Beetroot?) entree’s.
Venison, Steak, Hot pot and Confit Duck Mains.
Great service, welcome and aperitif’s. wine recommendation perfect from a good looking wine list that doesn’t set out to confuse. Everyone commented that there were at least 3 dishes that they would normally order – so it was tough to actually decide what to order (well done Chef also for apparently having a great vegetarian offer).
All mains were cooked to perfection, i had the Duck and it was tender and moist, the beef cheek was fantastic and the steak cooked exactly as ordered.
not my first time here, and certainly not the last. If you are looking for absolute consistency and top quality food, wine, ambience and service, i could not recommend Cibo more highly.
Thanks again to Cibo – look forward to the next time…
Thanks for a fantastic night on Saturday. The place was buzzing! Every dish was beautifully presented and tasted amazing. The Merino lamb rump main was the best lamb I have ever tasted. Cibo’s staff were all amazing and made our night one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. We will definitely be back.
Had a beautiful meal here a few weeks ago, delicious and wonderfully presented and the service very attentive. Also, the wine list was extensive and had some of the best wines on offer. No wonder this place gets such good reviews…
Would highly recommend.
Went here for a wedding late last year and loved it, fantastic food – every dish we had was exceptional , loved the prawn and duck starter !
oh and the staff were fantastic – some of the best service i have seen in a long time
Will be back again with the mrs !
Love this restaurant! Cute, tucked away location that makes its feel extra special. Beautiful outdoor area for summer dinning. Service is absolutely outstanding and food hasn’t disappointed on the two occasions we have been. Their pork starter was my husband’s favourite dish of all time. Well worth putting on your to-do list.
My experience at Cibo consisted of delicious food, great wine and exceptional service.
We could not fault the service or the food, our waiter went out of his way to engage with us without being to ‘in your face’, the food was different but delicious with lots of foreign flavors all complimenting each other.
I would definitely go back but would wait for a special occasion as this is the type of place that you want to savor and make last.
First time to Cibo and will be back as often as we possibly can! We were a party of 8 which can sometimes be a bit of a challenge for the restaurant, but the service was fantastic. The bar staff and our waiter were attentive, friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the food and extensive wine list. The food itself was fabulous, I had an oyster entree and scallops for a main, my partner raved about her duck parfait starter and perfectly cooked steak. The whitebait omelette starters were a big hit, as were the confit duck and hapuka mains, all of which I managed to sneak small tastes of! Overall a sensational experience, not just the delicious food but the decor, ambience and top-notch service all making it a night to remember. As I said, we will definitely be back!
From the moment we entered – cibo delighted. We could not fault the service or the food. The barman made out night. Stunning glassware and a nice wine list.
We will be back.
We don’t get out much and when we do we like to be spoilt. Everything was perfect, there’s some unusual dishes on the menu and some interesting twists on the classics. Service is perfectly timed, waiters are professional and attentive.
Coming back again to Auckland is is always interesting the restaurants that are up Kermadec or down Euro.
Cibo is safe always up there at the top possibly not always number one but close every year.
Great restaurant that is as good as anywhere.
Just wish we could get to the delicious puddings more often
thoroughly recommend this Auckland this great restaurant
Tony Buckingham January 2010
If you watch Fraser, he feels you should have one criticism to enjoy a meal. Well Cibo, what could it be. The welcome was excellent, the starters fabulous, all four of us had different ones and all envied the others superb.
My own hot and cold crab was unusual and the duck main delicious. We couldn’t manage desert but next time I will take the waiters advice and have three starters and perhaps a pud. I was pleasantly surprised at the bill for a restaurant that would be good any were in the world it is extremely reasonable.I booked again for the following Saturday and expect to go there a few more times this stay.It is number one equal with Euro in my book.
Mind you Auckland has some great restaurants.
My meal was January 18th
This place was a mixed bag. Food was fantastic, I had tuna steaks for my main which were the best I’ve had. Venue is very nice. But the service was stuffy & at times absent. As it is a style of restaurant that you would prob want to spend several hours at enjoying the menu, this was a let down.
Imagine walking into a nice restaurant where nothing is too much bother, and you’re welcomed like an old friend… Cibo is just such a place.
A longtime favourite haunt of old money, ad execs, creative folk – everyone is made to feel at home.
We sampled their newest menu – launched on Monday – and it was simple but well-executed.
The cervena was just sublime – melt-in-your mouth and such a good textural mix placed on finely sliced beetroot ribbons. My partner had the steak – and wouldn’t share a bite! We compromised on field mushrooms which were piping hot and full of flavour.
When it came to dessert, I plumped for my all-time favourite, creme brulee, while my partner was swayed by Jeremy’s suggestion that the Sticky Date pudding was the way to go – and at least I got to sample this. They each had their own special charm – the caramelized topping on the brulee was perfect – but the ginger flavour permeating the sticky date pudding was something else. The “sticky” wine I requested to accompany dessert was perfect too.
The kitchen’s timing with all the meals was superb, and Cibo is the perfect place for a special occasion, or when you feel you deserve a night where the best of everything is guaranteed.
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