We enjoyed a delicious meal.Althoug
We enjoyed a delicious meal.Although the name is Italian it really isn't serving Italian food but great menu anyway.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
If the evening is warm enough
If the evening is warm enough you can sit out on the porch which is nice.Delicious meal and leslie. our server was awesome!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pleasant Find - IL Cielo
Didn't know what to expect on Sanibel as many of the places offer Grouper 5 ways. Was verh pleasanty surprised by the all it had to offer. The space is a beautiful room with a very nice bar. Table was nicely set. Service was very attentive without hovering. Ordered an app, the daily special and an entree off of the menu for two of us. All three were excellently executed but all needed a touch of salt and I rarely if ever salt my food. We ordered a bottle of wine which had sold out. The server came to the table to tell us that while it was sold out he would happily substitute an upgrade for the same price. BRAVO!!! Running out of a wine or not updating the list comes the customers expense. All in all very positive experience
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been here several times and the experiences have all been the same outstanding. The service, food and wine were exceptional and it pleases us to have a restaurant like this open on Sanibel. We highly recommend this restaurant to all vistors and residents to Sanibel.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and beverage
Wonderful food and beverage menus. Outstanding service. Has some patio seating and Wifi.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Real Find on Sanibel Island
Wow! What a terrific find on Sanibel. We come down to South Seas Resort on Captiva every year. Often we cross the bridge to the larger island to gain access to fine dining options. El Celio is a welcome addition. Not far from the bridge to Ft. Myers so accessible to those folks as well. My wife found Il Celio on Open Table. She chose it for my birthday dinner and the staff jumped in enthusiastically; even signing to me at one point. We saw the young executive chef several times and raved about the seafood (grouper with crusted crab topping),steak (excellent cut of filet cooked to perfection)and ________. The carrot soup was excellent as were the oysters. Desserts (mine with candle)were freshly made and yummy. Service was the true highlight
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our last night in sanibel
Our last night in sanibel and the best restaurant of the trip. Service was excellant, food was fresh and well prepared. The manager took the time to stop at the table.
Recommended it to two other couples that same evening
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent in all ways
Everything was excellent with the exception of a table that had several small children in attendance. These children were running through the restaurant and screaming. I love kids but for the price and ambience of this place the manager should have dealt with it for the sale of the other diners. Dined there on 4/14/13
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the ambiance and setting.
Loved the ambiance and setting. It takes no time across the Sanibel bridge and it's right around the corner. We split an appetizer, a spinach salad, a special & the lemon pie. All very nice. Definitely recommended.
4/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had exceptional service and great food. We'd eat there again.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience
Courses were great, sizes perfect. Was able to combine two great appetizers into one great entree
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was great
We went on a Tuesday and it was a pretty slow night. None the less, the food was great and service was solid as well.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite Sanibel Restaurant
We loved everything about Il Cielo. The service was attentive without being overbearing. My husband loved his veal special, which included a Milanese sauce, mushrooms & wine. My lamb chops were cooked perfectly, and so good that I ignored the mashed potatoes and ate few of the vegetables so that I had room for every last bite of the chops. My husband's chocolate espresso bombe was excellent. I didn't think the key lime pie needed meringue, which I scraped off. The raspberry coulis added the perfect sweetness to balance the tartness of the lime. If you're on Sanibel and want an exceptional culinary experience, this is the place to go.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food! The beef was tender
Great food! The beef was tender and flavorful. The Yellow Eye Snapper was outstanding. Very Fresh
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sanibel Fine Food
Amazing dinner, delicious salads, wonderful service from a great and friendly staff. Wonderful resturant set on a beautiful island, everything on the menu looked amazing. Look forward to going here again and again, a must if you visit Sanibel Island.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I stumbled upon Il Cielo and we were so thankful we did. Everything was exceptional and we will certainly return in the future. You will not regret this dining choice!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my fiancee out for our anniversary, and it was an amazing experience! The staff was great from the host to the waiter chris. Even the chef was out talking to the guests. Amazing food and extensive wine list. Our waiter was always there at just the right time to tend to our needs. All food was fresh and homemade. Their creations are truly mouthwatering from the coctails to the appetizers and main courses. All with freshest vegetables and sides. you can tell the chef truly cares about his work and creations. From the mint picked on site for my Mojito. Homemade breads and desserts too. A place for a romantic night out and anytime when you want the best food on Sanibel!! Must try this restaurant
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Anniversary Evening
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Il Cielo. To say it was a "PERFECT" evening does not even BEGIN to describe how special it was. This was our first time at Il Cielo but it has now become my new FAVORITE dining spot. We came because of Scott McDonald's music. We were able to listen to him play for a solid 2 hours. It felt like we were having a private concert just for us. In addition to the music, the ambiance, the service and the FOOD were special in every way. As a vegetarian, it is often really hard to find good food, but the Il Cielo CHEF has an exceptional CREATION.
And then ... there was the Anniversary DESSERT ... chocolates and key lime pie. Both were the best I have ever eaten.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flounder special & Lobster ravioli
Just finished dining at Il Cielo - and it was great! I highly recommend this restaurant. The special was flounder with a crab cake - it was delicious. Being from Maryland, I'm always skeptical about crabcakes, but this one stood up to the test and was quite tasty. The other half ordered the lobster ravioli, and they were delicious as well. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate espresso bombe - melt in your mouth! The second dessert was the banana cake, which was more like banana bread than banana "cake", served with caramel ice cream/gelato. All in all, it was a great dinner, and we will definitely return on our next trip to Sanibel Island.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely the best!
This restaurant was superb! The ambience with the live pianist was wonderful. It had a quiet, elegant atmosphere. The waiter was knowledgeable, courteous and knew the menu.
The food was outstanding! We enjoy fine dining and this restaurant is at the top for it's food. The chef visited our table to chat about the meal, which we greatly appreciated. The whole experience was fabulous and we will recommend them to everyone we know who will be traveling to Sanibel!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We waited until our last night on Sanibel to go, it was the perfect end to a great vacation. The server was great very helpful with choosing wine. The food was perfect !
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
You have to dine here!
Great food, Day boat scallop appetizer on a crispy risotto cake, cooked to perfection. My wife's artisan salad was dressed beautifully, too many places just cover their salads in dressing. My entree was a Steak au Poirve, served with a vegetable medley that included golden beets. The rack of Colorado lamb my wife ordered was top notch. Bread, what can i say, a wonderful Foccacia and some seeded flat bread, all warm and toasty. Great flavors that combined well together on every plate we had. Dessert was a treat, the mousse in the Chocolate Bomb was so smooth. Obviously house made along with all the desserts. Service was relaxed but professional. This was our first time, but we will now be regulars. Thanks for an excellent meal.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant Dining In Sanibel
Il Cielo is located in an attractive building on the main thoroughfare, Periwinkle Way, and it has plentiful parking. The decor is elegant and a grand piano played by a talented pianist adds to the ambiance. The menu includes "small plates" and traditional entrees, and the wine list includes a cross-section of wines and prices. We thought that the Fish Tacos were outstanding, and the Pink Shrimp Fettuccine and the Lobster Ravioli were truly memorable dishes. For dessert, we shared the Banana Bread with (locally crafted) Gelato. The service was personal and attentive, and Chef Neil Griffin personally chatted with the diners. We highly recommend Il Cieli, and look forward to dining there again on our next visit to Sanibel.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent, Creative, Excelelent
Just want to share that I had another (3rd) exceptional dining experience at Il Cielo. Not only was the food and service wonderful, the chef, Neil Griffin, is attentive and creative and whips up superb appetizers with the best fresh ingredients as if it's no big deal. We enjoyed a special fresh pasta dish with spinach, shrimp, smokey tomatoes and goat cheese and then clams cooked in an amazing broth with a special ham that had a hint of smoke to it as well. Our entree was the filet off the regular menu that was cooked perfectly and topped with the chefs special porcini butter that had a hint of truffle. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Sanibel.
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Walter was fantastic server and made a great evening greater! Chef Neil was a gem and the food was fantastic Thanks for memorable experience.
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Sanibel Dining
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner (2nd visit to Il Cielo) recently. The waitress was knowledgeable and attentive as well as friendly and efficient. The appetizers were delicious, especially the lobster ravioli and traditional meatballs. The wine list is creative and affords diners opportunities to taste before they purchase a bottle. Our entrees were beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Dessert was thoroughly enjoyed and was a feast for the eye to see! The pianist provides a wonderful ambience for the restaurant and bar and is quite accomplished. We look forward to our next visit to Il Cielo. Great addition to the restaurant scene in Sanibel.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refined elegance with live piano
We wanted it all: great food, atmosphere, and music-- but also not TOO loud since we wanted to be able to hear and several of us are not so young any more.
It was personal and wonderful. The server has mastered the art of just enough interaction but not too much We offered us the possibility of a round booth in a corner-- and it was great. From reading on line I knew I wanted the lobster ravioli and we shared it as an appetizer. I immediately considered choosing it for my entree as well. It was that good.. We each had a fish special and the expertise and hours spent on the sauces were evident with every bite.. Decor:original art; best part was pianist- a jazz pop classical fusion. Will try to go again this trip!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Romantic atmosphere with great food
Simply one of the few fine dining at its best. Chef comes out to your table, food is outrageous and fresh. A must try while on the island.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for four was excellent. Food was excellent and our waitress was personable and engaging. An enjoyable experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated my parents 30th
We celebrated my parents 30th wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time! They made the celebration very special for us!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Food and Wine
Spectacular Chalk Hill chardonnay by the glass. Best key lime pie EVER and we have had a lot!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Sanibel Restaurant
My wife and I saw an advertisement for Il Cielo in the local Sanibel tourist newspaper. This was our first time to Sanibel Island and we knew nothing about the local eateries. We gave it a try and were very impressed with everything about this restaurant. The décor was modern and classy. We ordered from the prix fix menu. The selections were amazing, making it difficult to choose our three course dinner. EVERYthing was delicious. Well prepared, flavorful, hot and creatively presented. We are visiting for a week but plan to return for a second dinner this week. The chef came to our table to see how we were enjoying our meal. He was friendly and seemed to enjoy his profession. This restaurant is one not to miss!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I invited relatives from "up north" to dinner here, and all of us were very pleased with the food and service. Each had a different salad, entree, and even dessert, so we got to taste a variety of foods. EVERY item was rated "outstanding", as was the service. Our server was very astute to family being "reconnected", so interruption was kept to a miniscule moment. We'll be back soon!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Sanibel find
We use Il Cielo for our special occasions - the third time in the past year - and it always delivers. This time my wife and a friend had the grilled black grouper and raved about it. I had the lamb starter (so good I should have had it as a main course) and had the Yellow Tail Snapper which was outstanding. The chef came around with a plate of seafood pasta for us to share - I will order it next time.........
Overall Il Cielo is our go to restaurant for great food and special occasions.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, great service!
Delicious food, great service! Will definitely go there again. Highly recommend this restaurant!!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM