About Il Cielo - Sanibel
Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Open Monday thru Saturday 4:30pm until 9pm.
Happy hour daily from 4:30pm until 6:00pm in the Bar / Lounge, includes discounted appetizers and salads. Half priced House wines, Well drinks and select Domestic beer.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz Pianist Thursday through Saturday 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
IL Cielo is open New Years Eve. (Online reservations are not available for NYE).
Il Cielo - Sanibel Ratings and Reviews
This place has it all - island upscale a ...
This place has it all - island upscale ambiance and great food. Hopefully when you visit, the best bartender on Sanibel, her name is Jamie, will be your mixologist - you will be pleasantly pleased with whatever you order.
My fiancé and I had a FANTASTIC meal her ...
My fiancé and I had a FANTASTIC meal here while on vacation. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic as well. We enjoyed our meal so much that we cancelled the reservations we had at another restaurant and chose to come back again for a second dinner. Thank you to everyone at Il Cielo for not just one, but two, great evenings!
Christin & Mark
We started our meal with their special r ...
We started our meal with their special risotto of the night which was a lobster risotto. It was outstanding. One of the best I've ever had. My wife had a bowl of potato soup that was lacking body and the only disappointing dish of the night. It was average but not on the same level of the other dishes. For our main dishes my wife had their triple tail and cold water resources lobster tail special served with a sesame rice and vegetables. It was so good we checked to see if it would be on the menu the next night and booked another reservation. Both the fish and lobster were cooked to perfection. I had the scallop entire which I've had several times in the past and it was excellent as well. Dessert it an artistic delight as well. Cocktail were good as well and Scott, the piano player was truly enjoyable as well. the staff is also top shelf including their host by the name of Chuck. All excellent. We were not disappointed when we returned the followers nag night. This is truly a Sanibel treasure and one of the finest restaurants in Lee County.
Great atmosphere, very attentive and fri ...
Great atmosphere, very attentive and friendly staff, and delicious food! I would highly recommend the restaurant for any occasion. We went for our Anniversary, but for any reason Il Cielo is THE place to be! Anytime we are in the area of Sanibel or Estero, we will be back! Thanks for the great experience!
The staff are committed to excellence. ...
The staff are committed to excellence. You can see it & hear it. The food quality is excellent as is the food presentation. The setting of the physical restaurant is set back in a tree surrounded setting which gives you a feeling of private peaceful surroundings. The décor inside is upscale but not pretentious, just right for a soothing relaxed atmosphere. The prices are not at all over the top for what you get in quality & quantity. We often head over to Sanibel on the west coast of south Florida as we just live across the state on the east coast of south Florida, and we have put this restaurant on our list of places we will frequent again.
Once again the food was outstanding. Jam ...
Once again the food was outstanding. Jamee our server was over the top. She did not miss a step in serving us throughout the entire meal even though she was also the bartender. And of course the piano playing was excellent. What a terrific evening.
Il Cielo is a taste of big city style on ...
Il Cielo is a taste of big city style on a small pristine island! This restaurant has class! And the great food and service create a combination that is first-rate! The piano player enhanced the ambience, playing people's requests as they danced in the middle of the restaurant. No special dance floor needed - you were welcome to enjoy the music wherever you were. This is a place that goes out of its way to please the customer! It's a place to return time and time again.
Average food, formal dining area, reason ...
Average food, formal dining area, reasonable prices. Scallops were not very good, fish special tasted just ok. Risotto was bland. Dessert was ok. Touted as a high-end restaurant on the island, we weren't particularly impressed by foods taste.
I thought the entres selection was a bit ...
I thought the entres selection was a bit limited. I had filet and my husband had a tuna steak both were fabulous. Each entre came with a veggie and potato or pasta. The plate was nicely decorated. We had terimasu for desert and that too was very good.
We celebrated my wife's birthday at Sanibel. Of the four restaurants we visted, Cielo was by far the best. My wife had the Grouper with crabmeat and it was outstanding. Many times when you add crabmeat to the meal, the fish is overcooked. Her's was moist and delicious. I had the red snapper and loved it. The Cielo is a bit pricey and i would not recommend it for families on a budget. However, the price was well worth it considering the quality of the food served.
Frequent visitor to Sanibel and this wa ...
Frequent visitor to Sanibel and this was our best dining experience to date. Small plate selections were excellent and entree thoughtfully Prepared and ...delicious! They are missing an opportunity in not offering more locally brewed craft beer. Missed opportunity in my opinion. Looking forward to our next visit
Very good spot
If your looking for an upscale feel with a great wine and drink list look no further. This place is great. I actually ordered steak and my fiancé had seafood, which was much better than the steak. This place could upgrade their cuts of beef a little to add to the overall experience it was a run of the mill strip steak kind of thin. But overall great flavor and not too expensive. I would recommend this place for sure for a nice atmosphere on the island. Can't get much better than thos
Il Cielo stars again
Note the again! We've been to Il Cielo many times and we'll continue to dine there. We had a wonderful meal that was cooked to perfection. Our server, Tiffany, was outstanding. If you like escargot, you must try the Il Cielo escargot. It's spectacular! My wife and I had the hogfish special which was outstanding.
Very enjoyable meal with warm and upscal ...
Very enjoyable meal with warm and upscale atmosphere.
Food and service were excellent. Enjoyed so much we went again with extended family the next night. Husband and I vacationing in Sanibel for a family reunion and will
definitely be back.
The light cream of mushroom soup was delicious and the Salmon was fresh and perfectly prepared. The Halibut and local seafood selections were very good as well. Other selections for chicken, steak, pastas, etc. rounded out the menu for non-seafood and vegetarians. All others were very
happy with there selections. Go and enjoy!
Extraordinarily fine dining in Sanibel. ...
Extraordinarily fine dining in Sanibel. We have passed Il Cielo many times, and finally decided to make a reservation. Everything from the maitre d' to the wait staff was professional, charming and experienced. The food was delicious and service was excellent. The decor is a welcomed detour from the "island decor" classy with an art deco flair. We will definitely return on our next trip to Sanibel.
Ambiance Nice but Food Just Okay
We have dined here many times to mixed reviews. Tonight was no different. Our waiter tried to be attentive despite a table of about 16-18 sitting next to us. I find the food overpriced and unimaginative, so I just ordered a salad of red and green lettuce topped with a petit filet mignon. The salad should have been described as the dark green leaves of romaine that everyone else throws away, but the steak was prepared well and very good. My husband's pork chop was one 1/2 inch bland grilled "Heritage" pork chop lacking the apple cranberry relish which might have made it more interesting. My tomato soup was pretty good as was his clam chowder. We didn't stick around for dessert. The ambiance at Il Cielo is probably the nicest on Sanibel, but the food definitely needs a shot of adrenaline to make it more tasty and exciting.
il Cielo is a great spot for a special evening. It's definitely a step above the more typical tourist restaurants on the island. The specials are usually delicious and in the $25.00- $$35.00 range. We love going when Scott is playing the piano. He is entertaining (and not loud at all!). The bar area is beautiful and the restaurant romantic. On the right evening there is a nice quiet outdoor area. We'll be back!
Normally outstanding food with great service but
My and wife have been going to Il Cielo at least once month to have outstanding meal with terrific service. This time it was a different story. Not sure if the service staff changes in the off season (our regular waiter was not there) but the service this time was extremely disappointing. It started down the wrong path when we asked to enjoy our cocktails before starting our meal. Before we were able to take two sips of drinks our starters were served. It ended badly by us pouring our own wine throughout meal since a waiter was no where to be found. I am hoping this is not the norm going forward.
The food was great and I have a dairy and gluten allergy. They were attentive to my dietary needs. In fact it is the most delicious food that I've had in awhile. Most places just give me plain food. This had A lot of flavor. My husband enjoyed his too. Nice wait staff. Everyone was friendly and they were very busy on a Friday. Great piano player. Will come back.
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