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
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!
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.
Went for Easter Brunch. Food was good, average for breakfast food. Our waiter was excellent, but another waiter yelled at my kids to get out of the way as we were on our way out, but paused to wait for my husband. Definately not kid friendly. I can see having an enjoyable adult only dinner here, as the atmosphere was really nice.
My husband had the roasted chicken which he said was perfectly cooked. The accompaniment was tasteless mashed potatoes. We shared a Caesar salad to start , ample for two people although our server said it would be too small ( it was half a head of romaine ) I ordered the mussels in white wine sauce. Suffice it to say I have never had to put salt and pepper on steamed mussels until that evening.
We went here with a customer and his spouse. The food was fantastic. Everyone had something they truly loved. The calamari appetizer was truly unique and everyone loved it. The snapper special with crab meat was outstanding. Everything from the wine list to the menu to the ambiance was over the top. The piano player was excellent and even played several songs of ours by request. It could not have been more perfect. I look forward to our next visit and would recommend Il Cielo to anyone wanting a special place for dinner. They will not disappoint!
We always finish our Sanibel vacation with our last dinner at IL Cielo. We were fortunate to get Richard as our server. He was attentive to every detail, every request and his suggestions were perfect!! Our meal was delicicios!! The citrus beet salad was large enough to share. The scallops on the menu were some of the best I've ever had. Truly a perfect dining experience once again!!
We have visited here for years. The food is always a delight. They always have a wonderful wine list and the entertainment very pleasing. I had the seafood special this evening snapper and crab, vegs and whipped potatoes with a Sweet Chili beurre blunc, dynamite! My wife had seafood cioppino and we both shared a little of each other's dinner and the cioppino was some of the best we have had in a long time. Both dishes were made to perfection. If you are looking for a nice evening with fine dining, nice wine and live entertainment on Sanibel, you have found it.
Outstanding , Outstanding, Outstanding ... Talk about a restaurant that continues to raise the bar on fine dining, this is it. I guarantee you will not be disappointed ... They remembered where I sat on my last romantic date night. You guessed it, I got the same table. Talk about special.
This used to be a great restaurant both under Il Cielo and prior to that as Dolce Vita. Our dinner was poorly executed by even mediocre standards let alone restaurant that commands premium prices. My wife's snapper with crabmeat was over cooked, mealy, and flavorless. My cioppino tasted of too much butter and was over reduced so what should have been a delicate balanced broth/stew was closer to a paste. Scallop appetizer for 13 dollars includes 2 scallops which were not correctly seared so they did not have the crisp carmelized searing that you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I could go on but you get the idea. We used to come here several times a year, many great memories. Too bad, we will not be returning. Sheesh, what happened? The one positive was our server.
Guest asked for freshly opened red wine and received wine that had turned. Guest asked for a dish with no butter sauce and received a dish sopping with butter. Replacement order took longer than the first incorrect order. Although they took it off the bill, the experience was marred.
Three of us (women friends) celebrated one of our birthdays and wanted to go to a special place. The ambience and piano music were very nice. Our waiter was wonderful. The menu looked good, although a little pricey but we knew that going in. We each had picked out our meals: salmon, chicken and scallops. At the last minute one of us asked what the vegetarian meal was, so our waiter described it. His description was so enticing, we ended up changing our minds and all ordered the vegetarian dinner. We were ALL very disappointed. It was a bowl of curried rice with eggplant and other vegetables in it. It looked unappetizing, was very spicy and was not what we expected, and not very good. It is our fault for ordering vegetarian, but because the meal was so awful, we probably won't go back and order something else.
Best rack of lamb I have ever had. Loved the calamari appetizer. Great service (Kevin and Lorraine were waiters on nights we were there). Chef prepared gluten free calamari just for us. Every item we ordered (appetizer, salads and desserts were delcious. Beautiful decor. Very good and diverse wine list. Excellent piano player/singer on most night. We spent 2 nights in Sanibel Island and went to Il Cielo both night. Why go anywhere else? Highly recommended.
We frequent Il Cielo a few times a season. It is certainly one of the nicer restaurants on the island. It is very consistent but this time I had too slight issues. I ordered scallops and they were lukewarm (temperature) at best. I like my food HOT. I don't know if they sat in the kitchen awhile but that was disappointing. There were four of us and everyone else's dinner was fine.
Also, we were seated directly in front of the piano singer. Given we have had our reservation for approximately two weeks I think we should have been told that and given a choice of table. It can make having a conversation challenging.
Excellent dinner all around.
Wife had delicious salad. We shared a wonderful & unique fried calamari app. Kind of a riff on satay IMO.
She had a great salmon entree. I had terrific sea trout c andouille sausage.
Fabulous blueberry dessert.
Super fresh ingredients perfectly prepared. Best dinner on the island.
Sanibel Island is typically pretty casual and there is so much fried food. We ate here on our last night of vacation and thought it was a pleasant respite from the flip flops and cover ups, and fried fish sandwiches. The menu was petite but we both found things we loved eating, including dessert. Our waiter was excellent, and it felt like a nice mature meal as a nice end of our wonderful vacation on Sanibel.
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