About Il Cielo - Sanibel
Sanibel, FL 33957
Hours of Operation:
Open Monday through Sunday 4:30pm until 9pm.
Sunday Brunch 11:00am -2:00pm
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 Wednesday through Saturday 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Scott Swamba, Pastry Chef Melissa Akin
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
My wife and I were looking for a special place to have a great dinner on our last night on Sanibel and we found it! Every aspect from making the reservation to the final cup of coffee was prefect. Jason our waiter made helpful suggestions when we asked, the food, lamb chops for me, veal for her was excellent, best I have ever had in three winters of visiting Sanibel!
We enjoyed a nice drink at the bar before getting seated in the dining room. All in all, good food and drink. We didn't give this place the real chance it deserved because we couldn't order many of the items as they were busy and ran out of many dishes. We had a late reservation at 8PM, so our bad. We did like what we ordered. Our server Chris was friendly, knowledgable and attentive. We shared a Caesar salad which was elevated with a bit of nutmeg in the dressing and a stronger hint of anchovy. Quite a delightful departure form your standard Caesar. My wife had the substantial mussel appetizer for her entree and I had the the lobster ravioli. The mussels were outstanding and the lobster ravioli were good, my only critique on the ravioli is that they were a little tough on the edges but tasty nonetheless. Solid 4 star meal. We washed this all down with a nice Cuvaison Chardonnay which complimented the seafood dishes nicely. If we are back in Sanibel again, we would definitely dine here, just a bit earlier.
Our waiter made the Sunday brunch special for my husband (75 th birthday) with our son and grandchildren when they visited us during our weeks on Sanibel. The brunch was delicious! Even though it is a special place for adult dinner parties, they were wonderful with our grandchildren!
For all the hype the food disappoints in the extreme.
Bread basket was some left over something that had started to go stale, and some OK oil and herbs.
The risotto with pork was just OK. Cheesy and what I assumed was Pork Tenderloin, but with gristle and not cut up in even pieces.
The spouse had the beet salad and was happy with it except she ran out of goat cheese halfway through.
Pork tenderloin had a greyish brown sauce that did nothing, No flavor just a lump of congealed something. Veg was OK nothing outstanding.
Spouse had the Cioppino, Again Ok lots of seafood, but the bread was so garlicky she couldn't taste any thing else .
Waitstaff on the other hand was great. Attentive without being obtrusive, and on the spot when plate needed cleared.
Like any thing on sanibel prices were excessive $ 10 for a glass of domestic chardonnay that cost $ 12 in the local market. but that seems to be the going price for eating "on Island".
We went with friends for an early dinner, and I had the black grouper with lumped crab, which was delicious. Properly cooked, and a wonderful sauce. My wife had the North Sea salmon, which was also very tasty. We ordered individual glasses of wine, which were quite good complements to the dinner. Service was attentive, but not pushy. A very delightful evening.
Delicious food and outstanding service. Prices on the high side so this is not a place I'd visit weekly but not the most expensive place we've eaten. Had live music on a Thursday night (piano) which we enjoyed. They ran out of the calamari appetizer that we wanted but the crab cake was terrific. I had the strip steak with gnocchi and my boyfriend had the cioppino - both were well prepared and delicious. Topped it off with a trio of tiny mousse cakes which we were told were prepared for Valentines Day. I had said I'd only have 1 bite but then of course I had to have a bite (or maybe 2!!!) of each one. So good!! Would certainly recommend and return for another special dinner
We dine here every year and it's always excellent. The food is fresh, tasty and very well prepared. The crab bisque was rich without being overly heavy and the mussels with fennel are wonderful. The seafood is the star here, but the meats are prepared with great care and love. Our server was attentive, efficient and took excellent care of us. We will definitely come again. It's well worth the price.
We had a very nice table near the piano and were worried that we might be too close, but the pianist (Scott McDonald) is one of the finest we have heard on the island - played and sang in a moderate volumn, all wonderful music (Jazz, Classical, Easy Listening). Our waitress couldn't have been more accommodating and all courses were served in a timely manner. The food was delicious and the presentations were very nice. We all agreed that it was one of the nicest evenings we have experienced on Sanibel.
We had happy hour small plates which were quite good but nothing out of the ordinary.
We were relocated to the bar area having been originally seated in the main dining room because we requested the happy hour menu. We had not experienced that in any other restaurant.
The decor is rather grandiose and unlike most places in this beach resort area, which tend to be more casual.
Brunch menu was superb. Jason our waiter is an islander, was very polite, efficient, and provided excellent service. The shrimp and grits was best I've had, and the meal was well presented. Prices were moderate for the entire menu, as were cocktails., considering how the quality of the food, and the ambience.
Fantastic, (AGAIN)- all food was delicious- from the salmon, other fresh caught fish, veal marsala to pistachio encrusted lamb chops (with HOME MADE mint jelly!). Well presented, delicious fresh side vegetables, heirloom tomato caprese salad (split by the couples), excellent service was attentive, friendly, and informative. Lovely setting, relaxed, open. DELICIOUS desserts that are (really) house made-- not vendor bought: creme brulee, fresh berry cobbler and (OMG!) chocolate lava cake.
This dining event was a disappointment. The food just wasn't that good; flavors were bland/lacking or muddled. Even the chef's soup special, carrot and cardamon, had no discernible cardamon flavor (and I love cardamon) and was very bland on the carrot flavor. Grouper and crab seafood entree was overpowered/muddled by too much mashed potatoes, though the accompanying vegetables were very good. Its sweet-chili beurre blanc sauce was too sweet and not at all spicy. Veal Scaloppini special was a bit salty and one note on flavor. Our 2 prior food experiences at Il Cielo were 5 star all the way, so this was a disappointment. Maybe the chef was away. Hopefully it will back to terrific next time.
We came down for Red Sox Fantasy Camp and had planned on going to another restaurant close by but just had a "feeling" we should switch So glad we did. From the moment we walked in we were welcomed. Sat at the bar for a drink before dinner, bartender was very nice. Once at the table our waitress Uma couldn't have been more attentive, knowledge and nice. We started with calamari which was good, but not traditional and then the Caprese salad that although good lacked Mozzarella which Uma took off our bill. My husband and I both had the New York Sirloin which was cooked to our liking and seasoned well. Her suggestion of the meringue cake was spot on! When we come back down next year we will absolutely come back!
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