About Il Cielo - Sanibel
Sanibel, FL 33957
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Jazz Pianist Wednesday through Saturday 7:00pm until 9:00pm
Scott Swamba, Pastry Chef Melissa Akin
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
We have been to this restaurant many times in the recent past, usually with family. We ask for Christopher, who is delightful and attentive and it's always been a wonderful experience. Not so much this time. Christopher was given the night off, we were told, because it was a "slow" night - except it wasn't. Saturday night at 7:15pm on the w/e before Thanksgiving is hardly slow. By the time we were seated, there was not an empty table to be seen. As a result, the waiter we had was extremely busy (or at least we didn't see much of him) and the standard of service we were used to was missing. The piano player seemed to be trying to make up for the lack of attention by the waitstaff by circulating in between sets and chatting up the diners. Very charming man. My husband's scallops were superb and my filet was excellent (even though it much more rare than medium) but the heirloom caparese salad was very sad. Clearly not heirloom tomatoes, tiny bits of mozzarella and a few snips of basil - not at all as I remember from only a few months ago. I sincerely hope this place isn't slipping because it is, or at least was, one of the few consistently good dining places on Sanibel.
IlCielo, again, showed why it is one of the better dining spots in SW Florida. Ambiance is quiet enough to enjoy a conversation across the table (just pleasant & unobtrusive piano background), service is impeccable, and the food is fresh, creatively prepared, and uniformly delicious. I had a roasted whole Branzino, which was melt-in-the-mouth tender and flaky, had a simple, lovely taste. My wife had veal scaloppini, which was served over a bed of polenta. The veal was tender, savory, and complimented well by the polenta. The wine list isn’t huge, but offers a good choice of varietals at reasonable prices. Our Bennett Family Reserve Chardonnay (2014) made for a delicious accompaniment to the meal. Dessert, a very nice tiramisu, was rich, creamy, and topped things off perfectly.
First time in and we really enjoyed our visit. Christina was our server, very knowledgeable and friendly and provided good service.
Lamb was perfectly cooked and the veal dish was excellent. Solid wine list andcnice ambience made for a nice night out.
Will be back!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
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