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
A wonderful date night fine dining experience while vacationing. Il Cielo had a welcoming atmosphere, prompt and personable service, fresh delicious seafood, and classy live piano music. Definitely our favorite dining experience while visiting Sanibel Island, FL!
Wonderful food! Wonderful server, Kellie, was a joyous lady and very knowledgeable and very friendly. We had a wonderful date and the piano player was top notch! He came around to every table and introduced himself, very polite! We loved it and we will return! Thank you!
As a vegetarian (no meat, fish or poultry), I have always found it pretty boring to eat on Sanibel Island. It's either average salads with no protein, a veggie burger, or pasta. What a delightful surprise to eat at Il Cielo. I orderd the Chef's Vegetarian Inspiration for $25 and had essentially a seasonal dish of fried eggplant with tomato sauce; it was fresh, nicely prepared, and well presented. We also shared a desert that our waiter recommended: Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Cake. It was very good as well. Our waiter was attentive without being annoying, the pianist mingled with diners to get requests, and we were in and out with just the right amount of lag time. Recommended.
Great food, great service, great music, great time. My son gave us gift certificates to enjoy a nice dinner. The maitre d' was efficient and kind. Welcomed us with good information and a great smile. Our waiter/bartender Jim was very personable and fun. He gave us great recommendations that led to a wonderful meal. Triple tail and shrimp, tilefish and lamb, artisan salad with pear, desserts and after dinner drinks - all cooked, prepared, and served to perfection.
Scott McDonald is a very talented musician. His piano playing and singing was great. He had a wide selection of music to sing or play. Although he did not advertise them, I bought 2 of his cds. Music and singing was at the perfect level so that we could carry on a nice, quiet conversation.
Room decor was nice. Temperature was very comfortable. Tableware was lovely. Tables were spaced very nicely. Ladies room had real towels to use for each visit.
This was a 5 star evening. Thanks Il Cielo!
The restaurant was beautiful, and the staff was very attentive. We were treated to a talented, and tasteful piano player. The music was entertaining and was kept at a perfect level, which allowed talk at the table to remain at normal conversational levels.
Appetizers and main courses were excellent, as was the presentation. The menu has a great mix of fresh seafood, as well as some great Mediterranean appetizers, entrees and side dishes. I had the seered Ahi Tuna, which was perfect. We were very pleased with the wine offering .
The final bill was a pleasant surprise considering the wonderful experience my family had.
We went to Il Cielo our first night in Sanibel on our honeymoon. Ambiance was lovely, dimly lit and Scott MacDonald on piano taking requests and chatting with each table was wonderful. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent. Tuna tar tare was good, was a little hard to eat with the noodles and would have like the flavors together rather than the "decomposed" style. I had the pepper crusted steak with the bacon au gratin-type potatoes both were phenomenal. The flavors were perfect including the gravy. Hubby got lobster ravioli which was also delicious! Definitely a great spot for a romantic dinner on the island.
We celebrated my husbands birthday and absolutely loved this restaurant!! We will be back! Excellent food, service was amazing and we had a great time! The fish was amazing, steak was outstanding, great wine selection and desserts! Loved everything about this place!!!
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.
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