Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar

Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cielosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6045388152
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: John Tauscher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: White Rock Pier
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar
Many people wonder what Cielo means. Translated from Spanish it has 2 meanings. Sky or Heaven, we prefer the latter as you will be when you try our Famous Bruschetta. It has been on the menu since Cielo’s opened.
For close to 20 years Cielo’s has offered you a late night lounge, intimate dining room, a romantic setting and warm comforting meal all rolled into one. Expect to be treated as family!
Cielo’s menu offers a variety of old world flavours infused with new world twists. Featuring fresh, local and sustainable choices. As well as an array of gluten free, nut free and vegetarian dishes to accommodate everyone.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)scenic view (20)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (11)good for groups (8)special occasion (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Pretty good all considering
    TravelMom
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fist time dining here, was recommended as a good place for our rare married couple with kids date night. Thai mussles and curry chicken flatbread were amazing tasting. Cheese board would never be ordered again or recommended, calamari was good. Creme brûlée was delicious but have never had before so nothing to compare to. Couple small issues with our dining experience but were resovled by restaurant and owner with courtesy, we left happy and looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • above and beyond
    radamvice
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I were having an anniversary dinner, a rare escape from the young ones. Excellent food and service, and when my wife learned the manager hadn't tried an item on the menu, she dared him to and they held a challenge at our table. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very good service and nice atmosphere. We had three dishes and they were very good. Heard it is up for sale?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $25 mashed potatoes
    Foodieofthevalley
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is disgusting and over priced. 25$ Beef tenderloin turned out to be $25 leather and a heaping plate of nasty mashed potatoes, topped with canned gravy that your grandma would serve from the 70's. So gross. I am appalled that I even had to pay any money for that garbage. Serve was nice, sangria was okay. Don't eat here!!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still A Favorite, But.........
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Cielo's; it's always lively and the food is amazing and creative. Our last visit still had the same great food, however the service really needs some work; 3 tapas courses came out before we had our first drink- not even a water. They have always had a small wine list, but they had almost half of their wines scratched off the list- only a few BC wines left. So our $70 bottle of wine went to a $5 beer. Overall, we still love the spot, however they need to get on with the staff training and the wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was good as always. Just disappointed in the service. We seemed to have gotten forgotten about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food and service
    Pfeffer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was one of the best restaurants in White Rock. Food, service, and environment were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good
    asdf
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I came there on Thursday evening, had reservations . the table wasn't set right first of all, the server completely ignored 2 friends and didn't take their order until we had to call her back over to the table. I ordered the jumbo prawns and scallops and YUK! for $15 a plate I got 3 prawns and 3 raw scallops in a watery plate that had no flavor what so ever.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday evening dinner
    Rareniteout
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our first time to Cielo's. Terrific service friendly staff. We had four dishes two were good two were so so. The veggie melody was mostly just beets and carrots and the bread and cheese platter although quite good somewhat over priced for what was there. Overall we quite enjoyed the restaurant and the atmosphere on the patio was just what we wanted. We will be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    foodiesam
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an amazing time at Cielos. The owner pampered us and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost There
    CriticAl
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I really enjoy this place. Something about it always draws me back. Love the tapas, love the variety on the menu, love some of the quaintness. Bruschetta, lambpops and oysters are great. The good far outweighs the small improvements that are needed to take this place one step further. Sticky tables, casual service that doesnt seem to have a process or rhythm to it, and a little too squishy. Anyone of these things could really turn someone off and it would be a shame because of the hidden greatness that this place could be. Its almost there, but im coming back anyway and i always bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    mermer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We made a last minute reservation for 7 people on a Saturday night for 6:30. The place doesn't really get going until around 8:30ish, so that's probably why we were able to get in. The server was excellent...gave lots of great suggestions and between the 7 of us, we probably had almost everything on the menu. We got around to wanting the mussels, but unfortunately, they sold out by 7:30! Snooze, you lose! The food is excellent and even though they refer to them as "tapas", the portions were generous enough for two people. Overall, great experience and we'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We are from Texas and this is a must when anyone flies in to visit. Great food and love sharing with family and friends. We have been staying the entire summers to escape the weather in Houston. Everyone love it from the great state of Texas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A groupon brought us to the restaurant, however, the fantastic service, food, ambience will keep us coming back. REALLY enjoyed it and loved our dinner out. Highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 54 reviews are from the Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • Vibrant food with a view
    Foodfortwo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Fun meal and great atmosphere. Great selection of tapas when dinning with friends who don't mind sharing, makes for a great tasting experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    jlovestoeat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Nice view. Bruschetta was good and 2 of the 3 lamp pops were juicy and cooked well ( the other one was half raw). The mussels were mediocre- it was not fresh. However, the scallops and prawns were the biggest disappointment. I paid 14 dollars for 3 measly scallops and prawns. Definitely a rip off... these were not fresh either. There was a funky smell when they came out. The waitress was friendly, but perhaps they would benefit from hiring another server to speed up the process. The food was better the first time I came. Will not be coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't use Groupon
    luvwine
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Cielo's, up until recently, had been my fave spot on Marine Drive. However, our last experience has left me not wanting to go back. I don't know if it was because we were using a Groupon but it was by far a less than ideal experience. Even though we had made reservations, our table was not one I would have chosen, as well, the food was just okay. The experience was definitely not what we had come to expect from this place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and great for a group
    Islandlover
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The restaurant was extremely busy and for a couple, as we were, it was extremely noisy and hard to talk. When I booked the reservation, I mentioned that it was for a birthday celebration. I also mentioned I wanted an intimate spot but that was not to be. We got the last available table in the middle of the restaurant. I was hoping for the birthday to be acknowledged but this did not occur either. A little disappointed... That being said food that was available was very good but unfortunately there was about 6 items on the menu that they had already ran out of by our reservation time of 7:45pm on a Tuesday. My advice would be to go to this restaurant early in the evening if you want full menu item choices...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical for a groupon experience?
    DreamingWideAwake
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We purchased a 5 course pre-fixed deal for four from groupon. The main dish (the reason we bought the Groupon) wasn't available. Also, other items listed on groupon were switched around and out menu was loaded with heavy bread items. We all got stomach aches after. Service was horrible. I guess they were understaffed (two waiter), but they simply forgot about is in the first half an hr and we weren't even offered water. Not kidding! After ordering drinks and water an waiting quite a bit for our drinks, water still never came. When it finally did, we never got refills after. The tile floor was extremely slippery and we almost fell a few times... And it has nothing to do with the drinks, remember, poor service! Not going back there again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a little something for everyone
    nkondra
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Not sure how we missed this place for so long, but no longer. Cielo's is a great little restaurant with a large selection of tapas to suit everyone's tastes plus a oyster bar. Definitely worth making a special trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As usual... AMAZING!
    CaraBear18
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Cielo's never fails to impress. The bruschetta they're famous for was as always.... DIVINE! If you've had it before you know exactly what I'm talking about. Their sangria is quite good too -- a few years ago it was a lot better... It's not as good anymore but it's still really tasty. We had the macadamia scallops with bacon jam, red Thai curry vegetables, bruschetta (of course) and the Australian lamb pops. Everything was so good. It's all tapas there which makes ordering fun as you get to try a bit of everything. The lamb was so tender it almost melted in your mouth. We sat out on the patio (group of 3). It's a bit noisy with street traffic but you can't beat the view. Definitely a place worth returning to!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food
    beginnerdiner1
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    This is not my first time at Cielo's. Had the 5 course preset menu, was very tasty and the service was perfect. Wished the menu for the preset groupon was more flexible so we could have tried other items instead of a lot of bread items. Otherwise I have no complaint on taste, presentation and service. Everything was great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome !
    Arra
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is the third time we have eaten at Cielo's in the past 2 months on special occasions. Never disappoints. Food is great, my kids like the creme brulee a lot. Lamb chops were great and so are the dips even for the fries. Will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Evening
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was good especially the bruschetta. The young man that served us was terrific except for the fact that when I asked about the size of the oysters he said they were large. I was dismayed that when the table next to us ordered them they were small oysters. The other thing that was a little off putting was the inside if the menu had food on it. Overall it was a great evening and we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view. Food OK
    dinaout
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I thought the groupon expensive for mostly salad items. You could only choice between 2 salads and a flatbread and one main dish which was small. And where were the oysters?. The view of course was superb if you were lucky enough to book a table with a view. We were stuck in the back it was dark and rustic. If I had known that we would have gone to a pizza place with available outdoor tables on such beautiful day as May Day was.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could have been better
    whiterockladies
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    we had a reservation and arrived on time, we waited 45 minutes before being served our salad, it was not the one we had ordered but by that time we were so hungry that we did not mention anything by fear of anymore delay. The food was good overall but the restaurant is very noisy and the service extremely slow although the restaurant was not full.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mar123
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Cielos has great food, which you do not have to order all at once. so when you've have enough to eat, you don't order any more.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay for me..,
    Cookie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was good. Drinks expensive. We reserved with a request for a view but were put in the rather dark back of the restaurant instead. They screwed up one of our mains & we didn't have time to eat it & we were only given a gift certificate for a comp bruschetta with the purchase of another tapas dish. Not impressed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place!
    Arra
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very cozy environment fronting the White Rock Beach. Nice interior design and servers are all awesome and friendly. Food was exceptional, my. 4 school age kids was satisfied!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have dined at Cielo's many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I have dined at Cielo's many times before and was always very impressed with the taste and portions of the food. This time however, the portions were noticeably smaller and I wasn't impressed with the two new items we decided to try. Still a good restaurant with great ambience but I'm not sure I'll be rushing back like I used to. There was also an odd burning smell coming from the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably my last visit after many
    romm
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I've always liked Cielo's. Sometimes it's noisy. In the past, the service, food, and atmosphere made up for it. This is no longer the case. When we arrived we were not even walked to our table, just pointed at it and said that's yours. Neither of us drink, and we got a "look" when we ordered water. Service was erratic all night, and the waitresses (all 2 of them) although otherwise polite and doing their best, were simply swamped by the busy restaurant. The noise level was ridiculous. Sure, it was a friday and there were a few bigger groups but it's not a romantic spot if you can't even talk to your companion. Lobster Tortellini was good. The brisket was tough, bland, and cold! The Sea cakes were burned. There are better spots out there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food !
    Arra
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Food from start to finish was truly awesome !!! One of the best restaurants if not the best in the area of Marine Drive in White Rock. Server was very upbeat, always smiling, taking care of every customer with such welcoming heart.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Groupon Dining Experience.
    NM1989
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I tried Cielo's after seeing it on groupon and purchasing a coupon for a prix fixe 5 course meal. The food was delicious and very rich. Especially loved the Bruchetta! and the Halibut wellington was different and very lovely. It was a tiny little restaurant and quite busy but only two servers for the entire place, so we did have to wait a while to be served, but it was still well worth it. Definitely try the calamari too!! I would go back to Cielo's in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    What a great experience! The food and atmosphere allowed my daughter and me to have excellent conversation at a languorous pace. Every course was treated with care and we walked away with some of their famous balsamic dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for groups
    jl4610
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    This is our second visit while our first was very good with 3 people dining this time there were 6 of us and i would advise going with a group of that size or more so you are able to taste many more selections as each choice was fantastic. While not overly expensive if you are watching your dollars this place isn't for you because to get the most enjoyment out of it you are going to want to choose a large selection of items. The salt spring mussels were some of the best I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruschetta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    If you haven't had the burscetta here, you're seriously missing out. I brag about it wherever I go! My mouth waters when I think about it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    FunfabulousfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wonderful food and wonderful service! This place is worth travelling to from downtown. It is consistently busy with a warm atmosphere and pleasant staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food as always
    HalpyVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Service tonight was great, tried menu items that I've never had before and as always, it did not disappoint! Can't wait to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    elgordo1
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This was our 4th and last visit to this restaurant, the first two which were a couple of years ago were great but our 3Rd visit a year ago was bad and I put it down to an off night, however our visit last Friday confirmed that something has gone seriously wrong with this place. The food is mediocre, their famous bruccetta was hard and the presentation was awful. The scallop dish had to be sent back as it was burnt and had a strong fish odour. The place was packed and there appeared to be only 2 servers that were overworked and we struggled to get their attention. My advice, don't waste your money on this place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    Dwebb
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food, Drinks and service were all very good. A little to dark hard to read the menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate