Cibo

4.6
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290 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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This Kensington local favourite attracts fans from all over the capital who devoutly wish they had a Cibo - there's only one - in their street. The decor is cosy Mediterranean with truly unique artwork on the walls, with smaller rooms providing a sense of intimacy. The staff have that inimitable Italian welcome and capacity for fine service without a lot of fuss. Fish is a speciality of the house, so try pasta filled with crab in a special sauce to start, or the octopus, green bean and potato salad. Then go for the spaghetti with lobster in its own sauce, although the calves liver is delicious, too. Coffee with petits fours are on the don't miss list, too. Servings are huge and the pace is leisurely.
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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

always reliably good food, nicely presented by friendly staff.

J
London
162 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I've written glowing reviews on this restaurant before, but I just want to re-iterate that Cibo really does qualify as a neighbourhood gem - and worth a journey! I had lobster and pasta and it was sublime, and my two friends I was with were full of glowing praise.

CL
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small and cute restaurant next to Olympia, great food and atmosphere. We will repeat!

CO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely awesome meal & the house red was a perfect partner. Will definitely revisit on our next London trip.

FH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. We didn’t order desert but they still bought us tiny complimentary cakes.

MB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant tucked away off Holland Park Rd is a little gem. Lovely food, which was well presented and reasonable value.
As with many London restauarants the traffic outside, especially with the large front windows open given the hot weather is a little bit of a downside but shouldn't detract from a great meal!

l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Lovely local restaurant, although a little too quiet on a Thursday evening.
Fish especially good.

S
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small intimate Italian restaurant with great atmosphere. Food was wonderful. Waitstaff young but helpful. One of best meals we had on our recent London stay

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and courteous service in an elegantly simple atmosphere. An annual favorite when we are in London.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food, good service and good wine. A very enjoyable lunch with good size portions.

TM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never less than lovely at Cibo. 30 years on, still a favourite.

DF
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly recommend this if you like Italian food - a great find!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food with a Sardinian twist was fantastic, ingredients were top notch, tuna and sword fish carpaccio was outstanding as well as the fregola with baby squids. The home made desserts were a pleasant surprise!

SD
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going to Cibo for 6 years to celebrate special family occasions. The food is exceptional and the staff always nice, professional and friendly. A bit expensive but a real treat.

BM
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food

J
London
162 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cibo really is a neighbourhood gem. The fairly frequently changing menu offers a wide choice of inventive dishes that I've not found in any other London based Italian restaurant, and the cooking is of a consistently excellent standard. Service too is outstanding, contributing to a relaxed atmosphere. It ticks all my boxes!

RL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In London on Friday and thought it would be good to revisit Cibo. Glad we did. We had a fantastic meal - never been let down yet - and wonderful service from all the staff. A real pleasure to eat here and incredibly good value. No complaints at all.

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Whilst we had an enjoyable evening, we found Cibo to be fairly expensive compared to the previous evenings dinner at another local restaurant.

The staff were friendly and the food was good.

The stairs down to the toilets were very steep, which was not good in my opinion.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere with great food and wine. Would recommend.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cibo is a great Italian restaurant, the food is always delicious and the service is perfect.
Very charming place with lovely people and tasty food.
Would definitely recommend!

T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent octopus starter and moscardini with fregola . Delicious !
It’s always a pleasure to be at Cibo . Thank you

d
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neighbourhood Italian restaurant with authentic fresh and delicious dishes. Lively atmosphere with friendly and very competent informal service. V tasty focaccia and flatbreads - complimentary - as were the charming petits fours served with coffee.

JG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very special New Year‘s Eve at Cibo. Perfect food, excellent ambiance and very friendly people!

SB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going to this venue for 15+ years and it never fails to impress; the menu is varied and ever changing, the cooking great and the service lovely; Authentic Italian food and service.

The venue isn't huge and this means the tables are fairly close together, but if this doesn't bother you, I'd have no hesitation in recommending the place.

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with excellent service . We were a group booking but it felt very personal still
We will certainly go again

NB
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a 2-week trip to London, we chose Cibo for a special night out. It was walking distance from our flat, but worth seeking out even if you are not nearby. A small space decorated with impressive art works—cozy yet sleek. The meals were fantastic: a mushroom starter (fricco), and mains of grilled squid (calamaretti) and a sort of bouillabaisse (la sautee di mare). The bread basket held an assortment so that you could choose a favorite to complement your dish. Nice dessert, too. The wine list was interesting and affordable. The servers pleasant. Seemed like the proprietor kept a watchful eye to ensure that all went well, and welcomed regulars. Highly recommended.

EL
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good service. We booked last minute as we were staying locally and the food was of a high standard. Authentic Italian.

TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food kind and attentive staff, worth the extra travel!

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic local gem feel. Highly recommended.

d
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pleasant enough but nothing that special. Staff very nice and friendly. Food OK. Very nice wine list quite eclectic.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Utterly delicious food, wonderfully attentive service and a peaceful artfilled environment. What else could you want?

k
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Nice place, good food, creative cuisine, our waitress was a bit lost, its a bit pricey.

NG
London
27 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cibo merits its popularity with its many regulars and London’s Italian community. The food is superb, made with the freshest ingredients and lovingly prepared. The service is unobtrusive but careful and the cadre is agreeable.

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a very pleasant experience of Cibo for a family celebration some months ago, we went again for a date night out. We were delighted with the friendly welcome, helpful explanations of the menu, delicious food, and the excellent accompanying bits & bobs (olives, breads, petits fours).
Quiet yet cosy & v friendly - we will return!

J
London
162 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been going to Cibo for longer than I can remember, and both the food - with its regularly evolving menu showcasing interesting and authentic Italian fare, wonderfully executed and beautifully presented. Service is both friendly and efficient. Never had a bad meal yet (it’s over 15 years...)

P
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, particularly the octopus which is hard to find as a main course and delicious. Excellent complimentary appetizers and petit fours a good experience all round. Would go again if in the area.
Definitely recommend.

L
Houston
48 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was very good but the atmosphere was lacking. The floor and ceiling seemed dirty and in need of remodeling. Service was nice but not high end.

DD
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyable on every level
Could do with a mixed salad on menu though ..... other than that truly superb

DR
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been coming to this restaurant for many years and the food is always of a very high standard and the wine list is reasonable. Recommend to anybody for great food and service,

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