Ciro Food And Drink
Michael DiBianca is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and New Jersey native who has been a local star in the Wilmington food/dining scene for more than a decade. This local treasure comes to the area from the former Restaurant 821 in Wilmington, where he was owner Tobias Lawry’s sous chef and then chef de cuisine. He went on the launch the renowned Moro restaurant and Satsuma Asian Kitchen & Bar in the Trolley Square area.
Now, following this most recent dinner engagement, the conclusions are the same as experienced on an earlier visit on July 9. That is, two extremes, some positives and some negatives.
Our reservation was for 6:30 PM and we were on time. However, we waited more than twenty (20) minutes before being seated as the other party was “just finishing up” at the table where we were to be seated. During the wait we attempted to order drinks, scotch on the rocks, but none was available. We were told that scotch didn’t sell and that bourbon seemed to be preferred by their clientele. It was interesting to note that Grand Mariner and Drambuie (a scotch based liqueur) were on the bar shelf. These must be big sellers. I wrote about this circumstance in the earlier review and remain disturbed because I was able to confirm that the attached liquor store stocked no less that six or more premium label scotch brands. If scotch doesn’t sell where does the store stock go? Where do scotch drinkers go to dine?
After our party was seated and spent several minutes reviewing the menu, a server arrived at the table to inform us that two entrées were sold out and that there were no “specials” or additions to the menu for that evening. As a result, we decided to embark on an adventure with an unscripted six course Chef’s Tasting Menu. We were served the following courses: peach soup (cold) with prosciutto, roasted peppers with buffalo mozzarella cheese, ahi tuna with arugula greens, tomatoes with feta cheese and sunflower seeds, wild boar and pork tenderloin and finally dessert, peach cobbler and chocolate tort (with three spoons to share!). All food served was tasty and enjoyed. However, the course selection, especially serving the roasted pepper/mozzarella dish and the tomato/feta cheese dish, during the same service didn’t make any sense and showed a lack of creativity. The shared dessert, rather than individual desserts for each person, was a puzzle.
Great spot friendly and knowledgeable service love the changing menu as well as tasting menu. Always great to have a drink at bar before or after your meal!
Food is what brought us to the restaurant and we were not disappionted. It was awesome. Staff was well versed and very friendly. Food prep and presentation was spot on.
Really fantastic food. Can't wait to go back & try the chef's tasting menu (even though it's pricey!) The venie is small and intimate, and the service was perfect -- helpful, informative, and not overbearing.
Food was not as good as we expect. It's okay but nothing really stands out. Appetizer is not really well put together, Entree the lamb is not seasoned enough. And we did not get our own dessert course, instead we got 3 dessert to share for 4 person. Overall, not really worth the money.
Great service and Amazing food. Fresh food eloquently and deliciously prepared. Definitely recommend at least the five course or more tasting menu…A MAZ ING! We Will absolutely be back
Enjoyed great food with wine pairings with friendly but not cloying service. I just had to get use used to the small size; less than 10 tables.
We had the 4 course and 6 course meals and they were spectacular! the pork was delicious, but the dessert was the BEST.
Holy moly what an AMAZING experience. I made the reservation based on menu and reviews alone, so I had no idea what the restaurant looked like. When we got there we were surprised to find a tiny hole in the wall sharing space with a liquor store. Don't let that scare you away, you're in for a TREAT. We came here to celebrate my parents' anniversary, so we decided to go with a 6-course tasting menu. Each dish was better than than the previous one. The portions were just right, and we had just enough time in between the dishes. We were walked through each dish and where the ingredients were sourced from, and we even got to chat with the chef. This restaurant was a love project of three very knowledgeable and inventive guys. Give them a try, you won't regret it.
What a delightful dinner! The chef's 5 course with wine pairings was wonderful, tailored to our restrictions, and made personal by our host who is also the owner. We felt so lucky to find Ciro on our drive to the beach from Maryland - we will be back!
This place is so good!!! The chefs tasting menu was really fun and perfect for a date night!! Recommend this place to anyone.
I rarely write reviews, but this restaurant is fantastic. The chef really knows how to marry flavors and utilize seasonal ingredients to create interesting, flavorful, perfectly prepared dishes.
The food was delicious! It was very busy so service was alittle slow but it was worth the wait. Fresh ingredients, beautiful setting. Will definitely return!
Prompted to go to this restaurant having received a gift certificate and recommendation. Did not hesitate because of having enjoyed a previous establishment (Moro) owned by the chef. Overall, the experience was one of two extremes. On the positive side was the food ordered. Our party of three ordered the pan seared scallops and two specials - crab w/pasta and branzino w/roasted tomatoes and pesto. Without question this was the best branzino dish I have ever enjoyed - truly outstanding. The deserts, strawberry shortcake and carrot cake were better than most. The strawberry shortcake, made with cornbread, brought endorsements from two party members. In addition, the carrot cake w/whipped cream was not your run of the mill carrot cake. On the other hand, the dining experience, had its shortcomings and revealed the need for improvement in restaurant operations and in the customer experience. To begin, lets talk about drinks. We ordered two scotch on the rocks and when served we were informed that was the end of the scotch. What??? There is a liquor store connected with this establishment!! When questioned, the bartender/server explained that they could not afford to open a high end scotch label from the liquor store to serve in the restaurant. Well, we were just served two drinks of Macallan 12 yr scotch @ $14.00 each. And upon leaving the restaurant it was confirmed that more of the same was on the liquor store shelf!! Explain that one. Next was the amount of menu items that were not available. Now we were dining early (6:30) on a Saturday evening and none of the "starters" (Boards) were available and neither was an entree or a dessert. Total of five menu items and scotch "sold out". It appears that there is room for improvement. But let me end by saying that the bartender/server was pleasant, engaging and did his best under the circumstances. If we visit again, I'm hoping for a better experience that I know the chef owner can deliver.
Top-notch service with extra attention paid to our dietary restrictions. They even made us a custom dessert for us! Our evening was so special because of how important we were made to feel. The food was excellent and the experience was A+! My only wish is the Ciro 40 Acres offered the same level of service. We’ll be back- thanks!
Great food and wine selection, excellent attention.
I literally stumbled across this place and OMG what an incredible find￼! We did the chefs tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was perfection and super fun! No pretense or stuffiness at all ! It was incredibly laid-back and the whole experience was so enjoyable.
We also got to spend some time with the winemaker/owner and walked away with an incredible case of wine, that was made by the owner, and a really really lovely night. Can’t wait to get back here! ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
It was a first visit to Ciro Riverfront but it won't be the last. Everything was superb! My friends shared a chef's taste and loved every item. I enjoyed the garlic shrimp and artichoke risotto and had to bring some home. Excellent food! They have their own wine. Buy it from Veritas and bring it with you. You won't regret it. My friends bought the white and the red and we drank both bottles. Perfect pairings with our meals. You will definitely have a great experience from apps to dessert. The staff are helpful and patient and loads of fun.
Food is always great.
Great food. Love how their menu recommends wines that pair well with your food choices.
Always amazing food and amazing staff. Venu, Brian, and Mike are great!
Very fresh ingredients and great taste !
Unique and creative preparations. Small plates. Bistro atmosphere. Think small out of tourist way place in Paris where locals only dine.
This is a farm too table restaurant in the river front area of Wilmington. We did not drink wine, so I can't comment on the wine selection, but impressionistically this may be a strong point. The food is really outstanding and quite original. My only complaint is about the chairs, which I found VERY uncomfortable.
This little restaurant packs a big punch, first of all I almost missed the restaurant because it’s not big and flashy, it small, intimate and just right. My waiter was a big, tall manly man that made me look twice, he was so sweet and so welcoming. But honestly I was in awww. He made my son and I feel very welcome, the rest of the staff did exactly the same thing and they were all men of a certain age that have the spot a mature relaxed feeling that I needed. The food was oh so good, I did not lick my plate because that would be AWESOME. Ok, no I behaved but dam the food was on point. What I can’t understand is why you’re still reading this and not bombarding this place! I had a wonderful dining experience and plan to come back soon to enjoy another Caribbean Old Fashion..Let’s go people 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Even with Michael out of town, the food was magnificent. Wine pairings with tasting menu were fabulous.
The best food I have ever had!! The owner is wonderful. My daughter was crying during dinner and he came over with a stuffed toy and even took her to pet his dog. Such a wonderful experience with AMAZING food! Can't wait to go there again!
Chef's food is awesome. Server Joe is great. The venue is quaint.
Always a treat, did the Chef's menu for a birthday dinner and was very happy.
We stopped in because it had a reservation open on open table and we are really glad that we did. We decided to go for the tasting menu because we wanted to try something different and we didn’t regret it. everything we had was definitely fresh and very flavorful. I tried things that I would never think of eating myself and it gave me a new appreciation for the food.
We aren’t locals but we will definitely make a trip to stop by again in a few months when were in the area.
The only issue we had was our server forgot to put our dessert in which wasn’t a big deal because we ate the five course meal so we enjoyed a little bit of time to digest.
The restaurant is pretty small and I think with Covid it only has 15/20 seats open but this is definitely a great place for a first date or anniversary.
Food was fabulous . I had the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Each course was better than the last. The wine pairing was a perfect compliment for the food and was a great value. My partner had a meat and cheese board which was ample and well prepared, He also enjoyed the Cioppino which was fantastic. I've seen complaints about service...while service was not fast, our server was very pleasant, attentive and it was nice not to feel rushed through the meal.
Great to be back out to dinner.
We did the 5 course tasting menu and wine pairing and it was phenomenal. We didn’t have one bad bite!
First time and glad we came on a holiday tasting menu. Chef put together an amazing array of flavor combinations. These tasting samples gave me a deep insight to what is expected in every future dish. Will return regularly.
The food was delicious however it would have been nice to know there was a preset menu. It was not on their website. Six courses of tapas (small portions) at $139 per person. I don't think many people were aware of that menu. A few couples came and left without eating. My husband didn't want to seem cheap so we stayed. I would eat here again just not on Valentine's day.
We usually get the same dishes when we go to Ciro but that’s just because they’re so good. The Ultimate Burger, curried carrots, and tuna tartare never disappoint! Oh and it’s not like we just get the same dishes and that’s it every time - always save room to try some of the new additions or anything that sounds appetizing. There’s really something for everyone
Perfection. Date night with my fiance was absolute perfection.
Took 1 of our friends to join us at Ciro who’d never been before and he loved it! There’s really something for everyone. The Ultimate burger is to die for 👏🏼 My boyfriend gets it pretty much every time we’ve gone since it’s been on the menu. The beet and apple salad is so fresh and delicious and a perfect healthy option. We also had the maple salmon with sweet potato and bacon hash. Perfectly cooked and tasty as always.
Ciro Food And Drink offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 543-6071.
Ciro Food And Drink is rated 4.6 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.