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
Tough one to review. Liked it but got t ...
Tough one to review. Liked it but got the vibe they are very impressed with themselves. It's a good restaurant, maybe great for Sanibel but I dont know enough to say. Brought the kids and asked if possible for the kitchen to make a chicken parm given chicken cutlet was one of children's option as well as caprese salad. Server said he doubted it but would ask..it was 6pm and place was empty. Kitchen said no problem and it turned out amazing. Asked to buy the kitchen a round of drinks in appreciation and they said it wasn't an option, liability issues. Seems a bit over the top. Another instance, manager came over to check if everything was okay, I said yes but could use a wine menu and I never saw him again. On a positive note, my wife didn't like the taste of her dish, server offered to make her something else and removed item from the bill without even asking. Make a great martini & the piano was very nice.
Our dining experience was absolutely fa ...
Our dining experience was absolutely fantastic! The food was excellent, with a very unique and delicious vegetarian option. The ambience was gorgeous, we were able to eat outdoors for dinner. And the service was absolutely amazing! Our server, Uma, treated us with such special attentiveness and genuine kindness. We felt at home! We plan to visit again soon!
We had such a lovely dining experience ...
We had such a lovely dining experience at Il Cielo . . . Our server, Uma, was just wonderful . . .the dinners were perfect . . .the desserts were divine . . .and Scott was an amazing addition to our celebration of friendship . . .thank you for never letting us down!! I can't wait to get back to Sanibel next year for another relaxing and delicious evening at Il Cielo!! D
The menu was uninspired and the food was ...
The menu was uninspired and the food was tasteless. The worst part however was that the ravioli was barely warm; was sent back to the kitchen and was again served barely warm. My guest and I barely ate anything. The final insult was the high price paid for the meal and the verbal shrug from the manager when we reported the poor quality of the food.
Il Cielo was one of the best dining expe ...
Il Cielo was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The service was excellent from the start and continued throughout the meal. The food was the best I've had at a restaurant, and I've eaten at some really good ones across the country (odd that "good food" was not a choice in the "what I'd recommend this restaurant for" section of this review). I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a fantastic dining experience.
Not as good as in the past. Service was ...
Not as good as in the past. Service was okay, but the Bar/Server messed up our drinks twice. Food was not as flavorful as normal, and I felt like the dishes could use more salt. Still, as island dining goes, this is still one of the best places to go for a fine meal.
We were disappointed in the meal selecti ...
We were disappointed in the meal selections, expecting more Italian options. Our Food wasn't good, red and green leaf salad was plate of sliced romaine with little dressing. Ravioli was nothing special and tasted like frozen. Dining room was empty, we were first to be seated, host seated second party in table directly behind us, could hear just about every word. Heavily perfumed Waitress was overly solicitous and placed her hands on me and "blessed us" as she presented our entrees. Couldn't wait to get out of there!
Nice quiet ambiance. Food was very good. ...
Nice quiet ambiance. Food was very good. Would go back for the lobster ravioli and mahi alone. My mahi ribeye combo was perfect and both husband and son had the lobster ravioli which was super. Dessert list unimpressive. Went for ice cream after. Waiter had a strict routine he seemed unable to deviate from. Asked for bread and he said he had a coiple things to do and then we would get bread. It was just odd. If that is restaurant policy to maintain a strict order I suggest waiters are taught to either be more diplomatic about customer requests OR bring it up at the next office meeting and suggest being more lienient with procedure. Like we couldnt see dessert menu until he cleared all plates. Same with cappucino request. Felt like little kids waiting to be served at camp a little bit.
Going out to dinner for us is always a s ...
Going out to dinner for us is always a special occasion so we like to be treated that way. Look no further and book your reservation for il Cielo; knowledgeable waitstaff, attentive but never felt rushed, helpful w menu questions. We all had different meals and everyone was thrilled- clean plates all around! Fabulous desserts -my husband loved his key lime trio, son got molten lava and we split a blueberry crumble - all made on premises-beautiful bar area if you can't get reservations;and a lovely pianist (not overwhelming)-hope we can get back one more time
Since I live on Sanibel year-round, I've ...
Since I live on Sanibel year-round, I've eaten at almost all the island restaurants including Il Cielo several times. I usually recommend it to guests who want a change in ambiance from the usual noisy crowded Sanibel restaurants. Just be ready to see high prices (highest on the island?), but menu offerings are pretty diverse, food flavor is maybe above average, and portions are okay. The best part is the decor if you want something besides brightly painted uncomfortable wooden chairs and shell pictures on the wall, and the service. Ask to sit in Uma's section; you won't be disappointed. She's a bit quirky but genuinely cares for people and offers you excellent service and a nice experience if you let her. They were too booked to give us a window table for 2 but I will NEVER understand why the maitre d tries to give you the crappiest table in the place when there are clearly others that are better. He acted quite put-off when we requested a different table out of the way of the main traffic flow.
Our fourth evening at Il Cielo; three of ...
Our fourth evening at Il Cielo; three of the four have been excellent; one evening wasn't top-notch. It is among our favorite Sanibel restaurants. We like the menu selections, prompt and attentive service, and food preparation. Portions are ample, not huge. It is more spacious and formal than some Sanibel restaurants (by formal, I mean restaurant style; unfortunately some diners (men) are in sloppy-casual, which seems so out of place). My partner had prime rib (special), I had fish, and we were both happy with our choices. We each had appetizers, main course, a cocktail and a glass of wine; total including generous tip: $173.
We never miss a night at Il Cielo when w ...
We never miss a night at Il Cielo when we are on Sanibel/Captiva which lately is at least twice a year. We often debate which visit was the best one. There is no clear winner because we have never been disappointed. This visit though was truly remarkable. We started with the famous meatball appetizer, which sadly is no longer on the menu, but is served during Happy Hour. Regardless , Kevin, our excellent waiter, asked the Chef to prepare them for us anyway. Excellent! The Artisanal Green Salad and Watermelon Salad were big hits. I had the Veal Scalopini, and others Chicken Saltimboca, Butternut Squash with fresh crab and Beef Tenderloin Rissotto. All were OUTSTANDING! The wine list continues to impress with a nice range of varietals and price options. We had a Tuscan Cianti Classico Reserva. It was remarkable. Don't even look at the desert menu...we split three of them and all were wonderful. All of this, by the way, was accompanied by the remarkably talented Scott McDonald. You will not find a more gracious, classically trained (began at age 7) pianist whose range of material and soothing voice makes such a perfect background for your evening. When you wish he engages in a way that finds the music you will enjoy the most. There are many excellent restaurants on San/Cap each with its own special setting, atmosphere, menu, preparation and service. Il Cielo is at the top for Italian and among the best over-all. Don't miss a chance to enjoy it.
Disappointing evening from last experien ...
Disappointing evening from last experiences. The quality and presentation of the food was A+.
Our server also did an excellent job. He continually kept apologizing for the long delay of the main course. He also said he would have the matre'd stop by our table when we finished the main course. ( during our wait for the main course another table that was seated at the same time finished their meal including dessert and coffee and two other tables who were seated after he were served their main course) When we finished our main course the matre'd stopped at the table, was less than apologetic, inform us that the timing was within their standards. I questioned why the other tables were served before us, but, again he referenced the house standard. He went on to say their was no compensation for the delay. ( we never asked for any compensation and told him so). In summary, while the wait was on the extreme side we could accept that, the matre'd's attitude was totally unacceptable and a disappointment ending what could/should have been a great evening.
Curb appeal drew us to the venue, the co ...
Curb appeal drew us to the venue, the cozy bar made the perfect spot to enjoy an amazing array of appetizers with complimentary sauces to die for. My wine by the glass (red blend) was a little old tasting... Not well stored? Service was excellent and would head back there again!
staff and manager were very friendly. fo ...
staff and manager were very friendly. food was very good. excellent vegetarian entree. waiter was poorly trained, didn't know the menu well and cappuccino was cold. i chalk it up to new staff at the start of the busy season.
My husband and I both agree this was one ...
My husband and I both agree this was one of the best overall dining experiences we've had in a long time. The food quality was excellent (2 veal dishes) and service attentive. The live piano music and lighting were at perfect levels. The food prices were very reasonable considering the high quality and very important to us, the wine list was varied and again, reasonably priced (unlike some other area restaurants). We'll definitely be back again soon.
Delicious food and wonderful service. My ...
Delicious food and wonderful service. My Husband had an old fashioned with a twist , a house specialty, which was wonderfully blended. Martini with blue cheese olives also perfect. Husband had lobster ravioli, and I had the evening special risotto. Both delicious. Servers all friendly and helpful. A must on our next trip!
We have had the pleasure of dining here ...
We have had the pleasure of dining here on several occasions, and will continue to do so when in Sanibel. They offer a vegetarian/ vegan chiefs inspiration that is second to none. The lamb chops melt in your mouth, and tantalizes your tastebuds. It's a wonderful dining experience, with exceptional service. An added plus is Scott who is their resident piano player who rounds out this incredible feast.
Salad and fried green tomatoes were a pl ...
Salad and fried green tomatoes were a pleasant start. Was disappointed in our Corvina and seafood stew main course selections. Neither had distinctive flavor. The desert was a home run. Among the best we ever had. The atmosphere and service were both very good.
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