About Il Cielo - Sanibel
Sanibel, FL 33957
Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday through Sunday 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 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
Ate here while on a week long vacation on Sanibel. With my wife having celiac disease we saw they had great reviews for gluten free on the find me gfree app. Uma our server was excellent and the cocktails are amazing. Freshest sea food I have had on the island.
Very good wine list, heavy on Italian. The menu is also heavy on Italian with a couple of creative touches. I had Osso Bucco from a veal shank which is the way I like it. It was fall-apart tender and cooked in a vegetable broth, very good but my partner's fish was outstanding. A filet of black drum topped with lump crab meat was to die for. Next time I will order fish.
On our first visit to Sanibel to celebrate an anniversary, we chose Il Cielo based on the menu selections and the vegetarian option. Overall an excellent experience with a few comments that should be put into perspective. The positive - very nice upscale venue although the music was a bit loud for our taste. The vegetarian option (Chef;s inspiration) was excellent and quite different than the normal vegetarian fare - a stuffed pepper with sweet potato, mushroom, and quinoa stuffing. Apparently the option changes at some interval so a call ahead is recommended. My wife's tuna was excellent but cooked a bit too long - but we decided she might not have been clear in her description of how she wanted it prepared. I'm certain that many customers would rate this a 5 experience and we would certainly return.
I chose this restaurant for my fiance's birthday dinner, during our visit to Sanibel. Very nice ambience with the decor and live Piano. The service was excellent, as were the drinks. She had a wine by recommendation of our waiter - perfect recommendation. I had a cucumber mojito which was excellent. I don't prefer mojitos but thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't disappointed, very tasty. The food was a bit average, not spectacular. Overall, we were happy with this visit.
My dining partners ordered the Black Grouper Feature and all enjoyed.
I wanted to try something from their everyday menu and ordered the Lobster Ravioli. The pasta was thick (unlike most homemade ravioli) The spinach and asparagus in the stuffing overpowered the lobster. The sherry and too much mustard cream sauce also masked any chance of a lobster flavor. I did not finish my meal. On the other hand, the calamari appetizer was unusual and delicious (My husband orders calamari in every restaurant that offers it)Cut in strips, lightly breaded and mango glaze,kick of spice and nuts. Desserts had a nice variety and we each ordered one. I will try this restaurant again in the future because the service and atmosphere and piano music were enjoyable and give them another chance on an entree.
I had dinner with my parents at Il Cielo on a Sunday evening. First, the restaurant is very nice and there is a gentleman playing the piano beautifully! The ambiance is very relaxing. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food and the different wines. Our menu selections were also outstanding - salmon entree, the scallops, and the lobster ravioli. The only feedback I have is that they were out of their local fish special which was Black Grouper by the time we had dinner so we were not able to order it. Other than that, we loved this restaurant and will definitely be back!
We reserved at Il Cielo to celebrate our 18yr wedding anniversary. We had looked at the menu before coming so we were looking forward to a special meal. Chris our server was very friendly and attentive. My husband and I shared the ahi tuna to start; which was AMAZING! The cucumber mojito was not good at all. My husband asked to have it sweetened but it didnt help. There was not sweetness to it at all. My husband ordered to seafood cioppino. Half way through the meal, he bit into some sand. He made the server aware. When the server returned he ensured that the only way sand would have gotten in the dish would have been from inside the mussels and not from lack of cleaning the shellfish. Its besides the point how the sand made it to the plate. Management should have tried to do something to ensure that a customer had a pleasant first time experience and maybe have the customer return. Not even a free dessert was offered. Disappointed with the way this issue was handled. We have had minor issues with our meal at other 5 star establishments and more has been done at those restaurants than at Il Cielo tonight. Needless to say that we will not be returning.
I loved the atmosphere of this restaurant. There was a gentleman playing piano but it was never so loud that you couldn't engage in conversation. Our server, Chris, was excellent - always available to pour our wine and check on us but let us enjoy our experience. The food was excellent- from the mussels to the the delicious creme brulee! I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will gladly go back when back on Sanibel!
The food and service were as good as any restaurant at which I have eaten. I live in a city with a well established reputation for it's fine dining, and this place would fit right in. The food was thoughtfully prepared and the staff was well appointed.
My wife and I happened to stumble upon this restaurant as we were searching for places to eat on Sanibel / Captiva...and boy were we happy we did! Incredible service, live piano player, delicious food, and a fantastic ambiance to celebrate in. Thank you for making our night!
We often take out of town guests here for the high quality, creative cuisine. Service was a little below par on our recent visit but Christopher was off that night and we are very spoiled. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
Very pleasant restaurant. While there is a nightly pianist, the music is not obtrusive and this is one of the few restaurants on Sanibel Island where one can carry on a quiet conversation. The menu is diverse, nice presentation, good service.
Our dining experience was over the top! The service was the BEST! The professional waitress connected with us and made our special evening even more special! We could not have asked for a better evening! Thank you for going above to ensure a fantastic dining experience!!
We had dinner here for our anniversary. It was our first time here. I had a seafood special (red snapper) that was delicious. My husband had the filet based on our server's recommendation. He said he has had better steaks elsewhere. However, the restaurant has a very nice ambience and the service was very good. Our key lime dessert was delicious. This is a very nice place to go for good food on Sanibel.
People were dressed up and also wore shorts so there's no set dress as is typical on Sanibel.
We had a lovely evening out. Food and service were great; music in the background was supplied by a very nice gentleman (Scott) who kept the volume reasonable and the playlist entertaining. Beautiful setting...my husband wears hearing aids and noise is often a problem in restaurants but not the case here. A bit pricey but not out of sight. Thank you!
This was by far one of our best dining experiences. The food was absolutely wonderful and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful . I wish we lived closer so we could go more often but will absolutely be visiting again the next time we get to Florida.
Delicious and well prepared. Thought of it as a fancy upscale restaurant. But I brought my daughter and was surprised to see they had a kids' menu and a family friendly vibe. That being said, the food quality was upscale. I had the best peach Bellini here. And the desserts were delicious as well.
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