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About Il Cielo - Sanibel



1244 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33957
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday through Sunday 4:30pm until 9pm.

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.

Cross Street:
Donax

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 472-5555

Website:
http://ilcielosanibel.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz Pianist Wednesday through Saturday 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Executive Chef:
Scott Swamba, Pastry Chef Melissa Akin

Additional:
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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (24)
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Special Occasion (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Live Music (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fun (3)
Casual (3)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Meal and atmosphere was fantastic. Will definitely go back again.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely amazing experience. We had best seat in the house. They had pianist playing and where we were seated the noise level was just right. Food was really good our server was very knowledgeable and provided great recommendations on what tonorder

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wagyu Steak was outstanding. Vegetable Risotto was also excellent. Piano player was great. Enjoyed caramel cheesecake and chocolate desserts as well. Outstanding

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

My boyfriend and I celebrated our last night on Sanibel at Il Cielo and enjoyed a fabulous evening of fine healthy fresh dining, tasteful live piano, wonderful service, and beautiful ambience in a lovely setting. Best restaurant on the island - hands down!

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Totally outstanding! Am looking forward to a return trip next year. They treat a birthday as a special event and make it impresssive! The food excels also

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Aesthetically, it's a very nice looking restaurant. The food and service were superb. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The last time we dined here, it was THE BEST ever. This time is was Ok, but the bar had been set so high. Service was OK, but not great. In a fine dining atmosphere, one would expect the service person to at least pour the beer! In fact, she brought a cold glass, but just dropped it off at the table with the bottle! OF COURSE I can pour my own beer, but, geeze... with a meal that is going to be $150, you'd think... the food was good, but not like the last time. A couple of young girls were running through the dining room, to the bathroom. At leat 3 x that I saw... Someone should have strapped their young behinds to their chairs. Maybe they are under different management. Maybe it was a bad night. Either way, if this had been our first visit, there would not have been a second.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Went on weekday night and dining room quiet. Location convenient on Sanibel with variety of course selections. Kind of pricey but OK for special dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at IlCielo. It was our first visit to Sanibel and went without any recommendations and we were pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is very tasteful. There was a piano player who played and sang very mellow tunes and also took requests. Christine was our server and she did an amazing job with serving and making recommendations from the menu. I had the veal marsala and my husband had the lamb and we both enjoyed our meals tremendously. In fact I think we would both agree it was the best restaurant dinner we had in quite some time. If your are in Sanibel you should definitely give Il Cielo a try.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first time here and will definitely be back. Nice atmosphere and good service.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our dinner was exceptional. My rare ahi tuna was tender and delicious. My wife's grouper with crabmeat was also delightful. We started off with a beet salad, complemented with goat cheese and a delicious sauce. The wine list was extensive, with pleasant wine at reasonable price. In the background was romantic music played well on the piano.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Main entree was flavorful and a nice portion. The mashed potatoes and vegetable were flavorful as well, but the portion was small. We would have gotten an appetizer and shared it, but they charge a plate charge for sharing. We would return for a special occasion as the food was good.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent menu. Food was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and skilled. I had the lobster ravioli and my wife had the seared scallops...both were absolutely delicious and beautifully plated. One of our favorite dining spots on Sanibel Island.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great ambiance, waiter, and pianist. Terrific food.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food is always overall very good
Great presentation of a whole red snapper
Really enjoyed the variety of music on the piano player has in his repertoire

Tags: Live Music
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We haven't been to Il Cielo in a couple of years but we had such a good experience that we will now come back often. Very good food, beautiful presentation, good service and lovely piano music. We are very happy we returned!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Outstanding! Service, food

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Loved the food and atmosphere. The live music (piano) was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

It was truly a wonderful evening with friends. Scott played one of our favorite songs. Tiffany was awesome, Chuck was such an awesome Manager. He took care of all our needs he seated us at a cozy Booth were we could listen to the music. The Chef creations were so delicious whole new menu wow!!! Can't wait to go back soon.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

One of the best dinners to celebrate my birthday ever!!! Service was impecable, great waitress, food to die for, piano man and music; the best..

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We dine here almost every Saturday night. The food is always incredible and consistent !!! Highly recommend, go try for yourselves.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Amazing! What a wonderful way to conclude our 2 week trip on Sanibel Island 🌴😎👍

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

This was hands-down the best meal of our entire vacation! After finding one of our favorite Napa Valley wines on the wine list, Clos Pegas, it set the tone for the whole evening. The Caprese Salad and the Strawberry and Arugula salads were both delicious. My husband ordered the Veal Scaloppini Marsala for his entree, and I ordered the filet of beef. Both entrees were excellent! The filet was cut wth your knife tender and perfectly seasoned, and my husband said his Veal Scaloppini was the best he had ever had. For dessert we had Creme Brûlée and the Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Cake. OMG! The mousse cake was to die for! We highly recommend Il Cielo!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Everything was fantastic. Service was great, atmosphere was beautiful, did was magnificent. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A wonderful evening of relaxed dining, excellent table placement and great service coupled with very nicely presented entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Can you find me a more dated looking restaurant...doubtful..meh..worst decor. Food just average...sorry to say this place needs a major overhaul in food quality and restaurant appearances.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. The ambiance, music, food preparation and service is among the best in SW Florida. One of my very favorites by far.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Found Il Cielo through Yelp and it lived up to the ratings there. Very nice place indeed with world class cuisine, very friendly waitstaff, excellent live music (signing pianist), nice wine list, wonderful desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We had an outstanding meal and experience and recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits Sanibel Island. Our waiter Chris was superb and we will definitely go again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent evening - great food - romantic atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very good food – (listed as American however the name deceived me as possibly Italian – definitely not as there may have been one pasta dish on the menu.) Not a lot of vegetarian options HOWEVER the vegetarian special the night we went was SUBERB! Skip the $11 Caesar (extra $3 to split) – not the best on the islands-lettuce was wilted. Our server was pleasant however not very familiar with the menu and unable to make personalized recommendations other "than that's good". Possibly seemingly overwhelmed as she appeared to be the only server on the floor (even though it was summer it was a bit busy for one person.)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Excellent evening- Jim the bartender was great! Enjoyed the company of many locals.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

A wonderful date night fine dining experience while vacationing. Il Cielo had a welcoming atmosphere, prompt and personable service, fresh delicious seafood, and classy live piano music. Definitely our favorite dining experience while visiting Sanibel Island, FL!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

The best in town.

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 (Naples)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Wonderful food! Wonderful server, Kellie, was a joyous lady and very knowledgeable and very friendly. We had a wonderful date and the piano player was top notch! He came around to every table and introduced himself, very polite! We loved it and we will return! Thank you!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very nice. Scallops were incredible! Service was lovely!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Beautiful meal in a lovely environment with a relaxed pace.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 19, 2017

As a vegetarian (no meat, fish or poultry), I have always found it pretty boring to eat on Sanibel Island. It's either average salads with no protein, a veggie burger, or pasta. What a delightful surprise to eat at Il Cielo. I orderd the Chef's Vegetarian Inspiration for $25 and had essentially a seasonal dish of fried eggplant with tomato sauce; it was fresh, nicely prepared, and well presented. We also shared a desert that our waiter recommended: Chocolate Salted Caramel Mousse Cake. It was very good as well. Our waiter was attentive without being annoying, the pianist mingled with diners to get requests, and we were in and out with just the right amount of lag time. Recommended.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great food, great service, great music, great time. My son gave us gift certificates to enjoy a nice dinner. The maitre d' was efficient and kind. Welcomed us with good information and a great smile. Our waiter/bartender Jim was very personable and fun. He gave us great recommendations that led to a wonderful meal. Triple tail and shrimp, tilefish and lamb, artisan salad with pear, desserts and after dinner drinks - all cooked, prepared, and served to perfection.
Scott McDonald is a very talented musician. His piano playing and singing was great. He had a wide selection of music to sing or play. Although he did not advertise them, I bought 2 of his cds. Music and singing was at the perfect level so that we could carry on a nice, quiet conversation.
Room decor was nice. Temperature was very comfortable. Tableware was lovely. Tables were spaced very nicely. Ladies room had real towels to use for each visit.
This was a 5 star evening. Thanks Il Cielo!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Romantic
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