Il Cielo - Sanibel

4.6
1119 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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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.

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Phone number
(239) 472-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Melissa Akin Pastry Chef Lev Dalke
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Donax
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Entertainment
Jazz Pianist Tuesday through Sunday from 6:00pm
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Special events & promotions
IL Cielo is open New Years Eve. (Online reservations are not available for NYE).

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
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This was our first tine to visit Captiva/Sanibel and my husband thought this was a great spot for a date night. He was right! The food, service and ambiance were all amazing. We will return on our next trip to the Island.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I were in Sanibel for the weekend. We are definitely amateur of fine food and we did not know where to go for an upscale dinner. After reading reviews we opted for Il Cielo. We were very pleased with our decision. The halibut special was perfectly cooked and my carpaccio was truly excellent. Without any renovations we would highly recommend Il Cielo. Great find!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This was our first time to Il Cielo and we would definitely dine there again. We were there later on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was quiet, we chose to sit on the patio. It was perfect, we were the only diners and it was wonderfully warm. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food & service. Will be sure to visit again during next vacation in Sanibel.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Went here to celebrate my wedding anniversary. The ambiance is nice with a live piano player. I think they were understaffed since our server was actually the bartender but he was very friendly and as attentive as he could be. The calamari app was recommended to us and it was definitely one of the best fried calamari dishes we've ever had!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were on Sanibel for vacation & found this gem of a restaurant. Ambiance, service & food was excellent! Highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious. Presentation was very nice. Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We dined here on the second to last night of our vacation in Sanibel. We have tried many of the island’s restaurants over the years. This was our first time at Il Cielo. This place has a very nice atmosphere and the service was wonderful, very attentive. We had two appetizers- risotto and crab cakes that we split amongst the four of us. My son and I split a Caesar- nothing special, but my daughter had minestrone and loved it. For our main meals, my husband had a filet and said it was pretty good. My son and daughter had grouper and a mahi dish and they both thought it was decent but not really impressive. I had the lobster ravioli, which I did not like at all. It tasted weirdly sour to me, and was very heavy. I couldn’t finish even though it was only five ravioli. We shared one key lime dessert, which was good but again not exceptional. Our meal totalled almost $300 with tip for
four; one person didn’t drink
alcohol and another had only one drink. My daughter and I split a reasonable bottle of white wine. I would not return here for a full meal at these prices and for this quality. I may return for
Some appetizers and a happy hour. The pianist was a nice touch and we enjoyed listening to him.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

they made veal milleniese instead of marsala, made my day, very good

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

By far, the best restaurant in Sanibel. Food was great, entertainment was great. Just a wonderful night.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Not our first visit....excellent service and food once again.... see you soon

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Beautiful restaurant. Service was very attentive. We ordered 4 different dishes. Each was presented like a work of art, and everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great live music, stellar food with great flavors. Quality service. Special place to dine!

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We have dined here many times in the past and was really looking forward to it as it was our wedding anniversary. However, the service was poor as the waiter was not really interested. My meal, which is a favourite of mine, Lobster Ravioli, was the worst I have ever tasted. The pasta was not properly cooked and it lacked flavour. It was such a disappointment and we will think twice before going here again.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

The ambiance was very nice. We had a large corner booth/table. There was a piano player which was nice. Food was disappointing. I had grouper with mashed potatoes and root vegetables. There were too many potatoes, and they were runny. My husband had the lobster ravioli. The ravioli was tough and chewy. Kids' meals were pastas, and they were fine but small portions.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Il Cielo and it was very good evening. The food and service were excellent. My wife had a steak and I had lobster ravioli. Both were excellent. Ambience was great with a piano singer providing entertainment while dining.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Celebrating my husband’s birthday, perfect atmosphere & superb culinary experience.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food is good, service is great. Suggest you dress for it being cold in the restaurant. Been there several times in the last 3 years and it has always been cold. My wife and I both wore slacks this time. Should have had on a long sleeve top/shirt.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day. Our waiter Andre was great. Attentive, smart, great advice. Great pianist throughout. We loved it. Grouper with green tomato was a hit. Super mousse dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Andre was terrific, and helped to make our evening wonderful. Great nightly piano music, excellent food and wine. Quiet, with a pleasant ambiance. Is now one of our very favorites.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Perfect event except for having to chase down maître de as no Waiter in sight for condiments such as salt/pepper, butter, jam.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food is outstanding. Every flavor is perfect. Very comfortable setting.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent food, professional staff. An excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Very nice dining experience. One of the higher end restaurants on the island, but still casual. The gentleman playing piano in the dining room was a nice touch, soft dinner music. Food was solid and service very good.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The best thing about the ambiance is the piano player, Tues - Sundays! He takes requests & it was nice for my elderly mother as well as adults. The food was delicious - everything! The Caesar salad was slightly overdressed, but I take the blame for not specifying lightly dressed. The waiter was at first hurried, but slowed down to answer questions. The General Manager was having dinner with his family from England, so he probably was nervous.
The GM stopped by to say "Hello" and couldn't have been nicer!
It was a great experience.
PS - if you are traveling alone, you can listen to piano music, and probably eat in the bar. It's a classy place!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

There was a piano player who was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

First rate food, prepared perfectly. Knowledgeable servers, and an amazing by the glass Barolo.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was one of my favorite dining experience in a long time. The food was incredible and the service impeccable! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Our week in Captiva was capped off with dinner at iL Cielo. The four of us could not have wished for a better evening out.

Comfortable setting, nice atmosphere, great pianist, dinner and drinks were amazing.

This will be one of the few restaurants on our list to see every time we go back.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My boyfriend and I ended our vacation eating here and we are so glad we did. The service was great, Andre, our server, was attentive and gave wonderful suggestions, and the food was absolutely delicious. I am not a fish eater, but I tried my boyfriend’s fresh catch meal and it was something i would order myself. I got the veggie ravioli and my only complaint was that there weren’t as many raviolis as I had hoped. But, that being said, they were so flavorful, and packed full, that I didn’t mind there only being five or six of them. We got the special butter pecan and donut dessert and it was phenomenal! We had a wonderful experience and will be eating there again, the next time we are in Sanibel.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Underwhelmed after all the hype. Service and ambiance are very nice but the food was very bland and not very well executed. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Never disappointed! Our favorite dining place on Sanibel!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great happy hour. Regular menu selections and quality excellent. Fabulous atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have dined at Il Cielo several times in the past and have enjoyed it. It did not live up to our expectations this time. One entree the osso bucco (supposed to be a specialty of the house) was dry and virtually tasteless.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We so enjoyed Scott McDonald on the piano. Our food wasn't as good as the last time we were in.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

First time visiting Il cielo and can't wait for a return visit. Great atmosphere,professional and friendly wait staff, good wine list and our entree's were the best part.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It’s been a while since we were here. Comfortable formal dining environment. Entrees were excellent. Non rushed meal. A little pricey but so are many of the meals on the island.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Enjoyed a quality dinner . Good menu choices. Will return and will recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Perfect Dinner with my family and world class service.

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