Il Cielo - Sanibel
Il Cielo - Sanibel

Il Cielo - Sanibel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ilcielo.laferty.com/
  • Phone: (239) 472-5555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Monday thru Thursday 4:30pm until 9pm.
    Friday and Saturday 4:30pm until 9:30pm.

    Happy hour daily from 4:30pm until 6:00pm in the Bar / Lounge, includes small plates from $3.00 to $7.00 and two for one House wines, Domestic Beer and Cocktails.

    Three course Prix Fixe menu from 4:30pm until 5:45pm. Featuring an Appetizer, House-made Soup or Salad and Entree with two glasses of wine per person for $38.00 each.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Neil Griffin
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Periwinkle
  • Parking: Private Lot
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Il Cielo - Sanibel reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)romantic (48)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (24)notable wine list (22)good for groups (14)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fine Dining on Sanibel
    Sanibelle
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Il Cielo last weekend. We started with the to soups of the day and both were very good. I had the filet mignon and my husband had the tuna. Both entrees were served as ordered and very good. The focaccia bread and sundried tomato oil were excellent. Service throughout the meal was excellent, and Il Cielo remains one of the few fine dining restaurants on Sanibel to provide consistently good food. My only complaint was that I had ordered my filet with a chimichurri sauce that was served with a different steak. The filet came with a mushroom demi glace that I said I did not want. The chimichurri was not very good, and when the bill came, they had tacked on a $5 surcharge because I had requested it. At the very least, I should have been told this up front, as I probably would have changed my selection. Despite this small glitch, we will definitely return to Il Cielo. There was also a piano player who provided background music throughout dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service, noisy bar
    stevie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    the night we were there a party was at the bar so it did spoil the romantic setting for us, well just a little. our waitress said it was unusual to have a noisy crowd there. great food and Sara our waitress was very good. complimented the chef on our dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Italian With Too Few Italian Dishes
    Curt
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I had the seafood pasta special. Portions were perfect and the seafood was delicious. However, the marinara sauce looked anemic and had no flavor. The staff was very attentive and helpful, and the ambiance was classy. I would go back if I end up in Sanibel again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Out on Sanibel
    Mouse
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our party of 4 all thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening . Mark , our server was knowledgeable about the menu ! We tried different dishes and we were really surprised at the quality of the meals . Over the years we have tried a great number of restaurants on Sanibel and although the Island itself is beautiful we have always felt it lacked Fine dining - that is until now ! This is an incredible restaurant and worthy of much acclaim !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My husband and I ate here on our last night, wish we had tried it earlier, was the best meal on Sanibel. The service was great, the chef even came out to make sure everything was ok. The food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entrees disappointing salads great
    Howmull
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Scallops were undercooked. Ribeye was very thin. Grouper dish was good. Salads were very good. Service was friendly and attentive. Also scallop dish was misleading about contents. Mostly all mashed potatoes and not the leeks that were listed on menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wowed
    TamraVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our first time here and the service from everyone - Christine, Walter, Susan - was exceptional. We are from DC and service is very important to our enjoyment - They were attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, warm, but not intrusive. There is obviously a good customer service philosophy with training to back it up. Our compliments to the chef for the fabulous food - We tried several things from the tasting menu and ALL were very very good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD, BUT..
    30thanniversary
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The place and the staff was very good and very friendly! The food was a little less than expected though. Our mistake was in thinking it was an Italian restaurant (shame on us for not reviewing the menu beforehand). Food was ample but not over the top. I ordered a filet at medium/med well and it came out quite a bit less than medium. We never send back so there was a fair amount left on the plate. My wife's dinner included a few shrimp and they were very fishy and really did not seem fresh at all. Overall a mixed review here as food should have lived up to the quality of the place and staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Staff makes you feel like family. Food is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goingouttoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We arrived early in the evening and although the food was excellent, service was rushed and I felt they were trying to turn the table over. Dinner was served too quickly after appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT DINNER!
    Pami
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I'd been traveling for awhile, and hadn't been lately. I had forgotten what I'd been missing! Everything was wonderful, food, wine, service! Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise value with atmosphere
    copyboy48
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    What a pleasant surprise to discover this restaurant and that it is such a good value. The last owners had this as one of the priciest on the island and now it is a place that we will always visit on our semi annual visits to Sanibel. My in laws had the scallops and my wife and I had the fish special and we all raved about the quality. Make sure you stop in because it is one of the nicest atmospheres on the island. All of our dishes were under $30 which is a good value for Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jake
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    There have been ups and downs but the current iteration of Il Cielo has hit its stride. Good food, knowledgeable and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic evening
    LuvSanibel
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I selected Il Cielo for our anniversary dinner and was not disappointed at all, even though we had never been there before. The food, atmosphere and service was just top notch. We will be going back next year for our anniversary dinner !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing on all levels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food preparation was uninspiring, coupled with sub-par ingredients. Unfortumately, I would not return for another meal!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JOEWOOD
    JOEWOOD
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    WE TOOK FRIENDS WHO WERE UNFAMILIAR WITH SANIBEL AND THEY WERE VERY IMPRESSED. WE HAVE EATEN AT EL CIELO OFTEN AND ALWAYS ENJOY BOTH OUR MEAL AND THE ATMOSPHERE. tHE SERVICE IS EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary success
    Cobra
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a quiet and relaxing evening for our anniversary at this wonderful restaurant! The food was amazing and seating comfortable! Would highly recommend and hope to go back again soon!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • georgeVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Real excellence in all dimensions -- from interesting menu to terrific chef to fine service. Even the coffee is first-rate, one measure of a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was very impressed
    Sanibel57
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I was very excited about going to this restaurant and I wasn't disappointed. The ambiance was very nice and the food was delicious. We had a great waitress and besides being so friendly, she gave us suggestions on what to order, even the desert. I would recommend this restaurant and will go back when we visit Sanibel again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • georgeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Really excellent meal, with exceptional service -- wild mushroom risotto was especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Banshee
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had dinner at Il Cielo twice this month with friends. Place has a classy feeling. Piano was lovely Lamb was superb. Osso bucco really fine. Salads large and well made. Martinis a little stingy. Chef came out to check things out.. Nice touch. Not as pricey as imagined. May be the best on Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • janice
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Il Cielo's prix fixe including two glasses of wine (thirty-eight dollars) is an amazing adventure to sampling some of their fine dining gems. We are BFF who once a month select an upscale dining experience for our Girls' NIte Out throughout Lee and Collier Counties. Il Cielo is one of Sanibel's grand. It has a luxurious setting, flawless service, and an à la carte haute cuisine menu. Added to the friendliness was the most enjoyable pianist complementing the ambiance even more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved this restaurant!
    Anamar
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had dinner at Il Cielo last Wednesday and had such a lovely time that we went back on Friday. Everything was perfect, and the piano music on Friday night was a real bonus. On Wednesday (Lorraine was wonderful, cheerful) we had the early dinner prix-fix, and on Friday (Tiffany also super) we had some great small plates. Had a wonderful bottle of Malbec, both nights. No complaints--NONE. We'll be back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GatorNationVisitor
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our first visit to this restaurant was memorable. Excellent service both friendly and attentive. Quality of food well above average. Excellent early bird menu including discounted bottles of wine. Wife raved about her lamb chops and my beef dish was very good. Excellent deserts. We will return on our next visit to Sanibel. You won't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paula812
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had great service and food. Would recommend to friends to try it out. Great esy special. Waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Call restaurant impossible
    Welltraveleddiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very bland overall. House dipping sauce had no flavor. Escargot and lobster ravioli appetizers tasted like grocery store frozen items. Staff very pleasant and attentive for the most part. Need some fine tuning. For example, one twist of the pepper grinder and then walking away....I really needed more for the dull Caesar salad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sanibel go go fine dining place
    Deeandsal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    dinner menu brief but really good selections. This is a return restaurant,do not miss this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience
    KBRSRVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restraurant is a true sleeper on Sanibel as the food, service and the setting are outstanding. We both had veal dishes that were tender and unbelievable quality . The piano player is extremely enjoyable as well and takes any suggestions you may have to play. If you haven't been to the restaurant, it is truly worth going .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once Again Outstanding
    Eirene
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It had been a YEAR since we dined at Il Cielo. When my husband called for reservations for our 45th anniversary, the Manager asked if we wanted the SAME TABLE as last year! That was the first WOW! To put it simply, our anniversary dinner was simply PERFECT! It's hard to believe, but Scot MacDonald's music was even better than last year. We vowed to never wait another year between visits...so this past weekend we took good friends for dinner. That makes 2 visits in 2 weeks for us. We are very busy telling our friends about this fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music!
    betterthancooking
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere is outstanding at Il Cielo. We had dined there, previously, when there was background music in the form of that "serious" easy listening pop music radio station. It did not suit the setting at all. The live piano music made all the difference! Now if they would just bring back the dance floor, they would be back to the romantic supper club feel of dining and dancing!! I'll settle for the live music, for now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Isaac
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our expectations were too high after reading the menu. We only enjoyed the wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful , wonderful
    SheliotVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Beautiful setting, beautiful restaurant, wonderful food, piano music a big bonus. All on all, a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to return!
    goodfoodJoeVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first visit to Il Cielo even though we've wanted to try it since it opened. It was such a wonderful experience that we're returning with friends in a couple of weeks. I ordered from the prix fixe menu, (appetizer, soup or salad, entree, 2 glasses of wine, $38), and my wife ordered from the regular menu. The portion size of my courses were exactly the same as my wife's. Too often, a prix fixe portion is smaller than those on the regular menu. Walter, our server, was attentive and knowledgeable. The meals were delicious beyond our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sanibel Gem
    SanibelMimi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Il Cielo is a must do when you visit Sanibel. The beautiful ambience, delicious food, great chef and staff will ensure your evening is memorable. We have had many wonderful meals with friends here are look forward to our next visit to Il Cielo when we return to Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good overall
    MrMiaFLVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined here with my gf and overall had a nice experience. We shared a salad to start & both ordered a glass of pinot noir. The wine was too warm; it wasn't kept in a wine cooler which is surprising for a restaurant of this caliber. We had the cowboy steak & salmon. My salmon was a little overcooked but was good. My gf enjoyed her steak. The presentation for both were very good. Our server was excellent, very friendly. However, my gf asked the food runner for some pepper for her steak. He returned with a large pepper mill but instead of adding the pepper to her steak he handed her the pepper mill, which was odd. Even with the few quirks I recommend this restaurant if you're looking for something upscale with a nice décor and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place for Special Events
    LuluMa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Il Cielo at Sanibel is a nicely located restaurant with a romantic ambience (ask for being seated in a booth). During our summer vacation we enjoyed dinner two times. The food variety and taste is top-notch. Menue offers high quality dishes of a modern American Cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At the top of my list on Sanibel!
    Janie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Superb food and great presentation. A great find on Sanibel! Loved this place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sherb
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Outstanding, service was outstanding we ordered: Scallops, Steak, Sword Fish and Lobster Ravioli (The Lobster Ravioli was lacking Lobster) Based on every thing else on the main course we would try it again just stay away from the Ravioli. There appetizers, and dessert were great. This is a MUST TRY RESTAURANT if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 246 reviews are from the Il Cielo - Sanibel reviews archive.
  • Culinary Delight
    rucooking2nite
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was our first visit to the restaurant and it did not disappoint. The 3 of us ordered the price fix since we were there between 4:40-6:00. Every course was delicious. The price fix also included to glasses of the wine of your choice. This is a fine dining restaurant for special occasions since it is a bit pricey. But I don't mind paying more for quality. The service was as good as the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Just a LOVELY evening all the way around. The restaurant is beautiful - inside and out. All of the service staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We sat in the "piano" area and it was surprisingly not too loud and provided the right amount of back ground entertainment without taking away from a fabulous meal. We had the pan roasted local fish - which was black grouper - with crab and asparagus. Absolutely fantastic and not too rich. Will make this a MUST DO every time we go back to Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.