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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, Seafood

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

Serving Brunch Sundays from 11:00am until 2:00pm

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 Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00pm

Executive Chef:
Allen Casey, 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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Romantic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
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Quiet Conversation (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Live Music (27)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Worth the Drive (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 2 days ago

Our table had the veal scalopini marsala and black grouper. Both were excellent, but the black grouper was the best I've ever had!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The Chef was exceptional. She did an amazing job accommodating myself and our friends. And the flavors were excellent. Our server Christine was wonderful!

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. This was our second time enjoying this restaurant and we will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We arrived an hour before our reservation so that we could sit at bar and enjoy a cocktail. The bartender was excellent (Marco) and we enjoyed visiting with him. He made an excellent old fashioned! After our cocktail, we enjoyed a lovely dinner of parrotfish and veal Marsala. Both dishes were very good. Our salads were fresh and tasty as well! The service was excellent. I would return!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Beautiful restaurant where we celebrated a big birthday for my husband, who enjoys a very nice steak. Even with our young children in tow, service was patient and forgiving let alone very professional. Presentation of food was lovely and it was delicious meat and seafood according to others in my party. However they were not terribly accommodating of my allergies (which require a vegan diet). I had to order a very bland kids pasta after learning that chef’s vegetarian tasting wasn’t dairy free, with no offer to make adjustments. And then didn’t even get part of my order. Overall lovely experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

It was not anything special. I expected a romantic dinner with lovely piano music. Although the pianist was playing beautiful music the acoustics are not very good and it was difficult to hear him when he announced the numbers.
I had the Lobster Ravioli which came with one cherry tomato. I found no seasonal vegetables as described in the menu.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Steaks were great. Do not order the Ceasar. It was lettuce with an anchovie and a small amt of dressing drizzled over. House did take it off our bill

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A wonderful place and we look forward to returning. Highly recommended! Lovely atmosphere-great food!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Not what we hoped for based on the reviews we read. Beautiful restaurant but disappointing food. My mother’s favorite dish is veal osso bucco- she usually licks the plate clean, she didn’t even want to eat this after a few bites. The beet salad however was excellent and the veal Marsala was ok- nothing to write home about and a few tough spots on the veal. My mother wanted to give this review negative stars but I reminded her that the wine, warmed focaccia bread was good, and the live piano.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Adequate food. Nothing really special. Service was good, but the entree took an eternity to arrive. Menu needs a little more pizazz.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Came here for my husband’s birthday. The overall atmosphere and food was pretty good. The bread basket was cold bread (we prefer warm) and the dipping oil was bland. We always order Ahi tuna tartar when it’s in the menu and this one left more to be desired. It didn’t have any soy sauce or flavor and they gave you 3 chips to eat the entire portion, however, upon request they did give us more chips....3 to be exact :). The entrees is where we felt we got our moneys worth... my husband got the filet and I ordered the grouper and both were outstanding. We’ll b back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Restaurant was quiet and spacious. Service was excellent. A little more light to see the menu and food. Food was very good!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always excellent! Il Cielo is a family favorite, consistent with great food and service. Waitress Tiffany is excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Well prepared food in an elegant atmosphere with live piano music nightly. Probably one of Sanibel’s best dining options for food quality, atmosphere and service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service - Jeff knew the menu well

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Il Cielo was beautiful! The restaurant was great and the staff were super friendly :) The live piano music was great as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. Nice ambiance.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a wonderful experience amazing food, great ambience and attentive service ( thank you, Andres!). The pianist is a very nice touch, and he stopped by our table to take requests. A great place for a special celebration. They have an above par children’s menu that our 8yo and 9 yo enjoyed with gusto, and the staff was very attentive and welcoming to our well behaved children. I’d save this restaurant for that special occasion or date night. Our kids commented that this is a place for special dinners and intuitively knew to behave accordingly, they loved every moment!

Our waiter provided enthusiastic recommendations that were right on target: my husband said his NY strip was the best steak dinner he’s ever had, and I enjoyed a truly extraordinary special - fish over lentils. The pastry chef’s desserts are terrific as well, finishing off a great dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I’ll Cielo has a great atmosphere that is enhanced with a piano player. My husband had the Ossining Buco- Yum. I had the lamb - the Demi- glaze was a too salty but the great mi t jelly was divine. We stayed for drinks afterwards and listened to the piano player. Service was great. We highly recommend this Restaurant.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was our first Christmas living on Sanibel Island. We wanted a special place for our Christmas Eve dinner and there was no question where we were going to go. We've dined here many times and have always been thrilled with the food and experience. Our Christmas Eve dinner was no exception... another awesome meal with great service and wonderful ambiance (with Scott McDonald at the piano)... doesn't get any better!

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful all the way around. Great service and exceptional food. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Live Music, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have eaten here often, but Christmas Eve the service was slow the portions small. I get more grouper in many restaurants, as an appetizer, than was served to me at El Cielo. Obviously under staffed for the holiday.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

While we never miss a visit to Il Cielo when on Sanibel-Captiva, the crush of diners on Christmas Eve may have overwhelmed the kitchen and waitstaff. The entries were beautifully prepared and presented but somewhat tepid in the case of my Osso Bucco and and somewhat underdone for my wife's duck. Very unexpected for the otherwise A++ service we expect here. The waiter even apologized for be so harried by the large tables of guests that I ended-up pouring the wine from the decanter myself. Oh well, we will be back. This is not only the best Italian on San-Cap, it would compete successfully in Boston. Oh yes, and be sure to sit in the room with the piano. After 7PM, Scott plays and signs all of your favorites. He can read a room like no one else1

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Never disappoints. Great ambiance for dining. Good is always exceptional. Service top notch. Minor observation, no holiday decorations.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Second time back, this time we brought four friends to join us. We had the same waitress, Christine who for the second time made the evening even more enjoyable.
The octopus appetizer and mussel appetizers were both outstanding. Everyone dinner was perfectly prepared and enjoyed by all. Lots of thought went into the extensive wine list with some very interesting options.
It is becoming our favorite dining spot. Looking forward to going back!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We always request the same table and are never disappointed. Food is always good and service
Great. Scott on the piano is great

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Attentive and friendly service. Food prepared as ordered. Good vegetarian option. Definitely worth a visit when on sanibel.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great as usual but did not acknowledge birthday.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Il Cielo has earned its way to the top of our favourite restaurant list. We ate here on Dec 10,2017 and everything was excellent. We split a beet salad, my wife ordered grouper and I had a filet steak. We also shared a creme brûlées for dessert.

The food was excellent, the piano music was wonderful and our server was hilarious. We have eaten here over a dozen times spanning 5-7 years and have never left disappointed.

We are staying on Sanibel this trip for 4 weeks and I know we will go back at least 2 more times ... Can't wait :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food and professional, engaging staff. Will definitely return on our next trip to Sanibel. A special shout out to our lovely waitress Christine who couldn’t be more accommodating.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We (my husband and three grown daughters) went here for my husband's special birthday.
The atmosphere was lovely, with a wonderful piano player playing quiet, but beautiful, music. All five of our entrees, as well as our salads were delicious. The black grouper was a stand out.
The birthday dessert they gave us was beautifully presented and so good. Definitely a great place to go, especially for a special occasion.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Expensive but worth it!

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Sorry we have not stopped sooner but always just drove by. Great food, service and decor.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food-Fantastic
Service- Superb
A great evening...and wonderful Piano music by Scott!
We'll be back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Awesome from the pesto to the mussels to the beet salad to the perfectly cooked pistachio crusted lamb and right on through the cappuccino, dessert and Porto. I’ll be back, again

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great night. Love the piano

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 (Naples)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Grossly over-rated -- more pretense than fine dining quality. Sophisticated appearance but mediocre, under-seasoned food served inconsistently (this time, no waiter came to our table for 10 minutes after we were seated -- only showed up after we spoke to hostess)

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food with fabulously sauces. It’s a great to have an “upscale city level” restaurant on the island.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We've eaten at Il Cielo many times, and have always had a wonderful evening. It is probably the nicest upscale restaurant on Sanibel Island. Every detail is excellent. Couldn't ask for a better experience. The background piano music is fabulous. It can be heard all over the restaurant, but even if you're seated next to the piano you can still easily carry on a conversation with your table mates.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent Service très attentif Nous y retournerons certainement

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music, Romantic
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