Il Cielo - Sanibel
Il Cielo - Sanibel

Il Cielo - Sanibel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ilcielo.laferty.com/
  • Phone: 2394725555x
  • 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
51 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (44)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (24)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (14)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Excellent dinner
    slst
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was great -- even if you're not a vegetarian, I'd recommend the chef's vegetarian inspiration as it was amazing. Husband had appetizers from the happy hour menu and all were tasty as well. Server was friendly and took good care of us. We will definitely go there again whenever we visit Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good food, lovely evening!
    0mommalisa
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. Our waiter was very nice and our meal was outstanding. We enjoyed our dinners. I had the filet and my husband had the veal and shrimp both were delicious. We will be back to dine during our next visit to Sanibel. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    bbarnestx
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A wonderful experience at a great value price for their pre fixe meal package served until 6:30pm. You get an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and TWO glasses of house wine for $38. Walter provided excellent and attentive service. Marcus was a very gracious and accommodating host. Lovely ambience and great menu choices. Definitely a keeper for our annual Sanibel treks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and tasty
    Bad42
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was excellent and if you eat before 6:30 the special menu is a great way to go. Includes two glasses if wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressed....
    Margaret
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Having heard el Cielo was a bit stuffy we were pleasantly surprised. Philip the bartender/server was fabulous and attentive, the food rocked AND there was music- GOOD music. What a treat ! We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice restaurant
    Stacey
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had their summer special early menu. Very good selection and food delicious. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything about our visit was a 10 out of 10! The service, the ambiance and the food was perfect. We had a party of 6 who were celebrating a birthday. Some of us choose off of the special early menu and others from the main menu...without exception the food was inventive and delicious. So good in fact that we returned the second night of our stay in Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great place. We will be back next year when we return to the Islands.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxed Dining on Sanibel
    knightlife
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a must visit restaurant on Sanibel. The waiter and entire staff was very attentive, with atmosphere warm and cozy. The chef came out to our table to personally greet us, and then came out again to make sure our food was cooked to perfection. The meal was excellent, and our 5 year old grandson was with us, and they treated him like royalty. There is food for all taste in a fine dining experience, with a very nice selection of wine. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sanibelvisitorreview
    hawaii50
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great all-around fine dining for all family and couples. Menu selections can suit most tastes. The food is expertly prepared and very tasty. Service is very good because of team serving and friendly staff. Don't let the restaurant name mislead you to the type of food. It's all around American.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining
    Londoners
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This on two visits proved into be the best in South Florida.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My husband & I celebrated our anniversary at Il Cielo. It was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was very romantic with live piano music. The food was delicious. We even had a visit with the chef & a personalized desert. By far the best overall experience we've had for any anniversary celebration to date. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ~~~ Very nice ~~~
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Il Cielo is a welcome change of pace from the island's other dining options. The dining room was quiet and the tables are well-spaced. Everyone in our group raved about their food choice. Desserts were fabulous - especially Creme Brulee and the elegant Key Lime Pie.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Moc98
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This was one of these meals I've ever had. The food service and cocktails were all unbelievable! Walter our server was impeccable! His menu knowledge and friendliness couldn't have been better. Even the host greeted us in a way that we felt was so rare as he was so polite and friendly. The appetizers were to die for and the meals were flawless. The dessert was new and is one I will crave from now on. The staff, chef and bartender should all be well aware of the excellence in what they do. Please share this with the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The title of this review says it all! Just a fabulous restaurant, warm and friendly staff, and our waiter (Walter) was a gem!! You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food,unpolished service
    Ladywholunches
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The restaurant is very pretty, a lot of thought went into the decor. The food was very good. In all an enjoyable experience except that the waiter was unpolished I his serving. If you are going to run the type of restaurant where the ordered bottle of wine is kept on ice away from the table that ordered it you must teach your waiters to check on whether the customer's glass is empty. In two instances we asked a passing wait staff person to fill our glasses not our waiter who never checked on us. And it wasn't until we flagged him down that we got to finish our wine, this was very annoying and made the experience less than the 5 stars it would otherwise deserve. Walter was our waiter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Attention to detail!!
    FoodLovers
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food at Il Cielo is much more than just a meal- every morsel is in its intended spot and cooked to perfection. There is no doubt that Chef Neil makes a great effort and the protein on the plate isn't the only star. The dining room is comfortable and clean- the staff unobtrusive and basically the restaurant is managed such that it is always a pleasure to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary dinner.
    Gr8Service
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 8th anniversary. The service and food was great. Thank you for a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last table
    NeverInModeration
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had the pleasure of being Il Cielo's last table of the night and the food was absolutely wonderful - The off season on Sanibel can be a little quiet but it's nice to see that Il Cielo is still hard at work and hasn't let their standards slip. We had 2 orders of the crisp duck wings (which were in fact, crisp- and absolutely delicious). We also had the heirloom tomato / caprese salad. The tomatoes were delicious but the mozzarella wasn't anything special. The white bean chili was *superb*. The lobster ravioli was incredibly light and served in a tangy sun dried tomato sauce that bordered on too citrus-y. The warm spice roasted lamb ribs were perfectly braised and seasoned. As a rib connoisseur they surpassed my expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Rick
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great atmosphere, the prix fixe menu is great, and the service is equally as good. Really nice place to enjoy a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Open Table Winner
    CharlierVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It has been a good number of years since my wife and I came to a meeting on Captiva. I did my usual Open Table search and chose two restaurants that each turned out to be terrific. My wife ordered the escargot and I started with the mussels. Both dishes were wonderful! My wife had the rack of lamb and took advantage of the ability to do the small order of two chops. She said the lamb was delicious. I had the special yellowtail snapper with steamed shrim on top of asparagus spears and lobster ravioli. The sauce was piccata with butter, wine and capers and made the dish spectacular. We shared the sticky toffee pudding for dessert and it was as good as I have ever tasted. We will return to Il Cielo whenever near Sanibel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • End of a perfect day
    Lous4t
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Whoo hoo! OMG. A lemon drop during happy hour. Mussels in wine garlic sauce with fennel, a veggie soup, 2 glasses if incredible California Pinot and grouper with blue crab sauce with sweet potatoes and vegetable medley and asparagus. Toffee cake with whipped creme and some kind of wonderful sauce for dessert!! Whoo hoo! I think we hit the jackpot at the IL Cielo restaurant for our night out on the town!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 222 reviews are from the Il Cielo - Sanibel reviews archive.
  • gr8foodie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Classy atmosphere with live piano player, extremely nice table setting, attentive waiter, good food are the positives. Only negatives were waiter failing to offer fresh ground pepper (no salt or pepper on table) and the skimpy portion of wine by the glass. I would eat here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find
    beachandboats
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Don't pass by this great dining experience - food, service and ambiance all outstanding. Our waitress Tiffany was attentive and made great recommendations that added to the quality of the our evening. Definitely a gem of a culinary experience and worth the trek to Sanibel when in the local area of Southwest Florida.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.