Great experience. Will return on next trip
Food and atmosphere was excellent- would highly recommend
The food was exceptional as always and the service friendly and very accommodating. Loved it, always a destination while on Sanibel.
This is where I celebrate all big occasions. The food is creative and beautifully presented, the wine list excellent, wait staff (Jamie) outstanding. The pianist, Scott, recognizes me and plays my favorite piece. We are always greeted warmly by Chuck.
I’ll Cielo is simply fabulous.
Il Cielo is one of a few more formal restaurants we have found on Sanibel. The food was very good and the piano player was a nice background addition. Service could use just a few tweaks, empty glasses removes, appetizer dishes cleared before entrees are served. The waiter was very forthcoming with recommendations.
My wife had never been to Sanibel Island and picked Il Cielo out of the blue. It was our wedding anniversary and we wanted a nice meal. We could not have been happier. It is fairly expensive, but we got what we paid for. The food was terrific, service friendly and not overbearing. We were delighted with the experience.
We celebrated a friends recent wedding and the food and service were excellent. Calamari was exceptional and a must order. All in all an outstanding evening and we will be back!
This is our go to place for dine dining on the island. We took friends from New York and they absolutely loved it. They raved about the calamari and mussel starter and the steak they each had. I had the tuna which was perfectly cooked. The salted caramel chocolate dessert is amazing....
Fabulous upscale restaurant for a night on the town celebrating a special occasion.
Excellent Ambience, Food and Service. Wish we had more time on vacation to go back!
Our favorite restaurant on Sanibel for two years in a row.
Great service and every dish was delicious!
Ate here recently and had a very good meal. Live entertainment and excellent service too.
We’ve been coming to Sanibel for many, many years and tried Il Cielo a few years back. Back then the service was bad and the food was just ok. We didn’t plan on returning, but decided to give it another try. We sat at the bar and honestly had the BEST food and service we’ve EVER had on Sanibel and we’ve tried every single restaurant on the islands (San/Cap). Bartender was top notch (Matt maybe?). Apps, entree’s and desserts were all outstanding. Our new favorite. We will be back!
It used to be far better food than was served last Friday.
Excellent!!! Sums it up in one word!! Will go back often.
Everything was really good. Service was very attentive and the server knew the menu. The only thing is the $55 lamb dish is way overpriced for what you get. Definitely was not American lamb. The bones were too small and barely any meat. Other than that, the Ciopinno and the fish special was really good and correctly priced. Beet salad big enough to share and Ceasar salad also good. Finished it off with the .95 sundae!
Everything about this place was amazing! Our server Jeff was the best! Highly recommend!
Wait staff fabulous and food.... EXCELLENT!!
On vacation, it was wonderful!
The food and service was OUTSTANDING!!!!!!! We are from NY and we are food snobs!! We had a fabulous dining experience here.
Overall, our best meal on Sanibel Island. We had the scallops and calamari heirloom tomato caprese salad. for appetizer. Dinner was the veal osso bucco, a filet of beef, seared scallops and the seafood cioppino. The wine special - Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 was delicious and fairly well price. Too full for dessert. Service was outstanding. We will definitely be back when we return to Sanibel Island.
Excellent start to finish. A fine overall experienced is hard to find even in the highest rated restaurants. This one had it all for me from the greeting, seating, service and attentiveness to the apps, wine, meal and dessert. The dessert in our case was a 95 cent vanilla ice cream very small scoop with nuts, chocolate and a cherry on top. Fine modest finish to an excellent meal.
Excellent meal. Excellent service. Scallops cooked perfect. Perfect experience.
One of the best on the island. Service is always outstanding. Order your steak +1 what you normally order, like mid rare plus. It will be perfect every time. Excellent wine list.
Overall, a very good meal. There was some commotion with the Vice President of the United States next door. We will definitely be back though!
Wonderful for our 1st visit to Sanibel Island. Waitress Christine was so warm friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious.
We go to Sanibel every year for vacation in March and we make it a point to have a "fancy dinner" the night before our departure. The last two years in a row we have eaten at Il Cielo and we have not been disappointed by either visit. This past time we had Christine who was a delightful and engaging server. She was extremely prompt and attentive without being in our grill too much, a fine art which is appreciable. They achieved accommodating every weird dietary restriction my family has (gluten free, vegetarian, generally picky, etc) with a great menu and some really great cocktails. I had the scallops which were prepared perfectly, thought a little small. My wife had the chicken which was seasoned and prepared wonderfully. The kids had the veggie ravioli and a salad which were both great portions and flavorful. My only complaint would be that the menus (beat up and tattered) and decor (very dated) could use a lift to create a little bit more of an upscale atmosphere consistent with the cuisine (and prices!). But that said, this spot will definitely be in the running for next years "fancy dinner" as it has been a delight the last two times!
Il Cielo is, by far, our favorite place on Sanibel Island. The food is always consistent and the service impeccable! Tiffany is an amazing server and we ask for her when available. The cocktails are excellent and the wine list is exemplary. You won’t be disappointed.
Il Ciello has become one of our “go to” restaurants during our annual trip to Sanibel. We all had the Mahi Mahi which was superb. We started the evening with the beet salad and a glass of Rose. Fabulous. Finished off the meal with the key lime sampler and the .95 sundae which was perfect. We always enjoy the piano, meal and our evening. Thank you!!
Just amazing - food was outstanding as was the service. Definitely repeatable
Great food, great service, great atmosphere, piano player to boot! Five stars all around!
Great highly recommend this restaurant
Absolutely spectacular dining experience. I cannot say enough nice things about this place. I have a handful of favorite places to dine on the island and this place is number 1. For an outstanding server experience ask for either Tiffany or Jamie ... 👍🍷👍 ...
Big city prices for poor quality food
Il Cielo was so good, we had to go twice in 1 week. We sat outdoors on their deck the first time. Which, even though it's not a water view and its "kind of" on the road, it was still quiet and very nice. Later in the week, we sat indoors where it was just as nice. Both times the waiter was very good. The bartender wasn't friendly but our dealings with him were limited so it wasn't a big deal. The Ceasar Salad was phenominal and the osco bucco and lamb entrees were well worth the extra $.
Il Cielo was very accommodating to our big crowd. We had two spills and they helped us clean up with ease.
Cielo always provides a memorable evening. We have been there for this past new years eve, valentines and my wifes birthday. without a doubt the best place on the island and I think all of southwest florida. Marcus and Chuck do such a great job .
I love the carpacio and the osso bucco. Calamari and lobster ravioli are outstanding.
dont miss this place!!!
Excellent steak. Excellent service. Had a great meal