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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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
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.
What a fantastic dinner and service. I ...
What a fantastic dinner and service. I would go back in a flash! Very creative chef !
Lovely service and a varied menu...even ...
Lovely service and a varied menu...even for the vegetarian!
Had a wonderful meal, from appetizers to ...
Had a wonderful meal, from appetizers to dessert. Quiet live piano music on a Friday night made it extra special. Will be sure to return when vacationing on the island.
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.
Great food, great location!
Great food, great location!
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.
Great mussels and lobster ravioli for ap ...
Great mussels and lobster ravioli for appetizers. Entrees were salmon and surf 'n turf of cobia and petit filet mignon were also very good. Great martini blue cheese stuffed martini olives.
Good food, good service, good ambiance
My wife and I ate here our last night on Sanibel before flying home. Was an excellent choice. Wait staff was top notch, food was good both in quality and presentation. Highly recommend them for dinner.
From the food to the service.. AMAZING.. ...
From the food to the service.. AMAZING.. John our server was the best ever.... Music, top notch..
Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience!
Last night, special dinner for our family vacation did not disappoint. From the apps to scrumptious desserts everything was amazing...thank you.
We eat here everytime we get down to Sanibel. Great atmosphere, food and service. The veal and shrimp entre was outstanding. My wife loved the Grouper.
Food was pretty good. The first few bite ...
Food was pretty good. The first few bites of my husband's steak was tough and he mentioned this to the waitress. Her response was "interesting, I will mention it to the chef". Never checked again to see if everything was ok and never apologized. That just is not acceptable in a restaurant like this.
Gem in Paradise
What an awesome restaurant in a small Sanibel Island. Food was delicious, staff was courteous and the overall experience was worth dining at this restaurant again.
absolutely wonderful dining experience! would recommend for all adults.
Fabulous romantic night out
The setting was perfect for a romantic evening. The service was very professional. Definitely save room for the oh so light and fluffy tiramisu.
Great Service fantastic Food
Very romantic place with a great food, great service and a live piano player!!! Great menu and wine list!!!
Nice Upscale Restaurant in Sanibel
We hadn't dined here in a while, due to a rude server on our last visit. This time our waiter was very professional. Food is very good and there is a nice selection of well executed and presented dishes. The piano player/singer added a new touch but was a little too loud at times. I would recommend dining in the other room if you want to have a convesation
A classy dining spot, especially for Sanibel
This place is more expensive than most Sanibel restaurants, but well worth it. I concentrated on small plates, a salad and two appetizers. They were excellent, and larger than I had anticipated. My husband loved his lobster ravioli. We had fancy cocktails and excellent service. We could not have been happier!
We love Il Cielo and go there for dinner ...
We love Il Cielo and go there for dinner at least twice in our two weeks on the island. We love the ambiance, the food, and the service.
A gem of a restaurant!
We went to Il Cielo for a celebratory dinner. Fabulous restaurant: excellent food, outstanding service, wonderful piano player. Could not recommend more highly.
Great Sanibel Dining
Our waitress Uma was delightful and attentive. The food was spectacular. Typically a vegetarian plate at most restaurants consists of 3 sides culled from menu entrees, but not here. The chef inspired vegetarian plate was a stand-alone treasure of 5 different tapas that were well matched and delicious. The Saratoga Sparkling water was a pleasant surprise, fresh and light without the bitter taste the other sparkling waters have.
Our go to restaurant on the island.
This was the 5th time we have eaten at Il Cielo this season and each time has left us very happy. The mussel appetizer was outstanding this time as was the black grouper.
Review of Il Cielo.
This was recommended by 2 couples who've vacationed in Sanibel over 20 yrs & are foodies. Of the 4 restaurants where we dined, this was the best for ambiance. My rack of lamb was outstanding; my husband had the veal & shrimp combo which was very good. We were disappointed that such a fine restaurant did not offer an exceptional dessert menu. Service was excellent. We will return when we go back to Sanibel.
The food and services are outstanding an ...
The food and services are outstanding and the piano makes it all the better. Always come here when we are at our place in Sanibel.
usually outstanding so we took some out ...
usually outstanding so we took some out of town friends. two of meals were outstanding but fish dishes were dry with poor sun dried sauce.
Wonderful meal with piano music and great service. This was a birthday celebration and the ambiance was nice. Meal was good as well and everyone seem to enjoy.
We had a great experience at Il Cielo. The food is superb and there a number of excellent wines by the glass as well as the bottle. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about both the food and wine. This is a great spot on Sanibel and we will surely return on our next visit to the island.
What a fabulous place. I cannot say anything other than every time we vacation on Sanibel we will certainly dine here. A perfect 10!
The mussels are amazing, the snapper and ...
The mussels are amazing, the snapper and homemade pasta are to die for!!! The bread and dip are incredible and the chocolate bombe will about do your taste buds in!!
Everything was great until the server brought the wrong fish dish to my wife. When she explained the error, the waitress was very accommodating. However, when the next fish dish arrived, it was undercooked. The manager did not charge us for either of those dishes, which was good and right. In general, the restaurant is very pricey, and given the experience, hard to recommend or imagining us going back. We were there on vacation, and with so many other options in Sanibel we'll keep searching.
The decor is sombre, the clentele is eld ...
The decor is sombre, the clentele is elderly, the food is well cooked but without imagination.
2nd time eating at Il Cielo - Sanibel
We always hold our "favorite" restaurant for the last night that we are in Sanibel. We were not disappointed one bit. From the phenomenal wine list, to the pear salad, to the phenomenal grouper, and delicious chocolate mousse dessert, every bite was outstanding!! Our waiter was very attentive and he knew it was our last night on the island. We will return next year!!
We really enjoyed our dinner at El Cielo ...
We really enjoyed our dinner at El Cielo. The service was excellent and the food was very good. (It should be noted that the menu is not Italian oriented, as the name of the restaurant suggests.) We ate on the porch which was very pleasant. There are only a couple of tables outside, so it was very quiet. The atmosphere inside is also very nice. I would definately recommend El Cielo for anybody looking for a nice evening out.
have 2 favorite places to eat on sanibel and this is one of them. the other is at home. both have magnificent food, etc!
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