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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

5
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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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Romantic (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
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Live Music (32)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Worth the Drive (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Cozy (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Business Meals (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely environment, good food, great service. Only Sundays are brunch days.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice place on Sanibel Island and definitely a welcome break from the other 'casual seafood' places on the island. We had a nice table on a small patio that only sat 3 tables so we were not on top of the next table. Our waiter was very nice, prompt, courteous and was able to provide helpful suggestions or answer questions.

I had the vegetarian special of the day which was a nice variety of vegetable-filled ravioli and a delicious cream sauce. the ravioli were a little more Al Dente around the edges than I prefer - I think due to thicker edges than the rest of the ravioli; still tasty though.

My husband had another special of angel hair pasta with Andouille sausage and clams and it was delicious with tender clams.

We did have one miss which was the New York Strip another member of our party ordered - medium rare - it came out as a filet medium well. Normally not a big miss but something I do think a restaurant of this caliber should have worked out.

I wouldn't let that stop my recommendation though.

We ended our meal with two lovely desserts including the key lime trio and they were all really well done, delicious and beautiful in their presentation.

Sanibel is a small island with not a lot of gourmet or specialty restaurants - I would definitely recommend this one as a fancier alternative.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Good place for a special occasion. Good place for a special occasion.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I listed Birthday as the special occasion. When our party arrived, no mention of Birthday was made. Then while reviewing the dessert menu, a woman at an adjacent table received a special birthday dessert. At that point I didn't want to ask, "where's mine?". So we didn't order dessert. Obviously they do celebrate birthdays. They just failed to acknowledge mine.

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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and phenomenal staff. Andre was our server, he exceeded our expectations and made the evening truly special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

We had friends from up north and really enjoyed our evening. The specials and wine were wonderful. My only compliant was that the service was a little slow and our guest order extra garlic bread but did not receive it. The table did not receive bread at all which I found odd but not really something to complain about.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Food and service were outstanding .

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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

Our table ordered several dishes that were all presented well and were all delicious. Nice atmosphere and good entertainment. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Looking forward to my next visit.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

IL Cielo is our favorite fine dining restaurant on Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. The food is outstanding and the wait staff are perfectly attentive but give you time to enjoy the food and ambiance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Classy atmosphere. Live entertainment, piano player is a nice touch. Service attentive. Selections offered are balanced for all tastes and preferences. Food absolutely delicious. Presentation great. Can’t go wrong dining here.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely restaurant with piano music. It was very busy so the noise level was high. We had four different entrees and all of us were very pleased with what we had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Marco was our server and he was deluxe. We chose salads/small plates for our meals. The beet salad was generous and the seafood gumbo was spiced just right for me. My husband's caesar salad was average and his soft-shell crab was spectacular. We got lucky with a last-minute reservation but a longer lead time would be recommended!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food!
Nice decor.
Scott McDonald plays piano and sings classics. Perfect for setting. Not loud. Just right!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Live Music
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall, we had a good experiences. The server was mostly good, although 2 of us needed additional silverware. I didn’t think my dish was good. The tilefish was bland, and it definitely wasn’t up to being a special. The others enjoyed their meals.

Overall our experience good and we will return

Thank you

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Best veal scallopini I’ve ever had and my husband raves about his rack of lamb special! Will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Consistently good meal, service and ambiance -- great piano player

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Beautiful setting. Great service--Andre did a super job. Started with the local greens salad. Delicious. Sea scallops were cooked perfectly and were lovely on top of whipped potatoes and braised leeks. Ahi tuna was also cooked perfectly. One of the best pieces of fish. Delicious dessert --chocolate cake. Nice wine list. Nice piano in the bar--not overpowering. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was a great dinner to celebrate my wife's birthday. The piano music added a special touch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The setting is lovely - beautiful wood molding and elegant fixtures. A piano player/singer provided soft music. I had the scallop dish over mashed potatoes with vegetables. It was delicious and satisfying but probably would not be a large enough portion for some (4 scallops). Hubby had the Cioppino, which was delicious as well. We each had the mini ice cream sundae for dessert which was tiny but all the dessert we wanted and at 95 cents, was a great bargain. The service was excellent. We will definitely return when we are next at Sanibel Island.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants on Sanibel. It's one that we return to for special meals but also at the spur of the moment. The ambiance is not island-focused and instead has a relaxing, fine dining feel. All the food is excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Quite a surprise! Food, service, ambiance all top shelf. Expected to pay more for our upscale dining experience. Highly recommend I’ll Cielo. Can’t wait to go there again!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a delicious meal. Our waitress was very helpful and the live music was an added touch.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Second time, very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was awesome first time here. Loved it im so glad i chose this place

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This eas our second visit to El Cielo and we were again very happy aswell with the food as with the service. It ia surely one of the nicest dinner places on Sanibel. We will definitely return when vacationing on Sanibel again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Ordered the most expensive entree on the menu and it was served cold. So disappointing.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We dine at Il Cielo when we are at Sanibel
and always have a good experience. Jason was a great server.

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Outstanding food and service

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Il Cielo restaurant was wonderful... Quiet...beautiful and well appointed. Great service and wonderful food. Just what we needed! We had a great meal and were very happy for the whole dining experience. We would go again in a second!

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 15, 2018

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 7, 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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