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IL Cielo

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1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (Periwinkle)
+1 239-472-5555
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music...
Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music Thursday,Friday and Saturday evenings. Daily specials, 3 course Prix fixe available Tuesday-Thursday, excluding Holidays, until 6:30pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Outdoor seating

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  • 282
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Elegant dinner with pleasant service.

Elegant dinner with pleasant service. The mojitos were excellent as were the fish courses. I had the pompano and it was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The salad course was elegant too. My only advice is not to expect easy travel on Periwinkle at dinner time...very slow moving... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Midwest
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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Midwest
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Elegant dinner with pleasant service. The mojitos were excellent as were the fish courses. I had the pompano and it was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. The salad course was elegant too. My only advice is not to expect easy travel on Periwinkle at dinner time...very slow moving traffic if moving at all!

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Found this gem while on vacation in Sanibel. Service was terrific, from the hostess to the waitress and the food was so good we are going back tonight for another great meal. Our party had the fish tacos, which were delicious, New England clam chowder and a special soup, made with sweet potatoes and the soups were creamy and flavorful.... More 

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Iowa
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25 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at Il Cielo. I appreciated the fact that it was fine dining, but you don't have to dress up to enjoy it. Our service was good and our dinner delicious. We had the local fish (grouper) with blue crab, asparagus, and sweet chile garlic butter and the scallops with braised leeks and golden romesco sauce. Highly... More 

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Milwaukee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I ate there twice while spending six weeks in Sanibel and enjoyed it both times. The food is excellent--can recommend the fish tacos, lamb rib appetizers, and lobster ravioli. The first time we ordered off their Prix Fixe price menu (4:30 - 6:30, Monday-Thursday, for $40 which includes two glasses of wine). The second time we were there in time... More 

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Kent, Ohio
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29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A lovely establishment. We took advantage of the happy hour small plates; a very upscale atmosphere for the island. Food was tasty as were the drinks. The happy hour menu itself could be expanded along the lines of other off-island venues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was our first visit to Il Cielo. It was awesome!! Only wish that they hadn't run out of the fresh seafood special. My husband got the last one. He loved it. I had 2 small plates (salad for my appetizer and escargot for entree). Both were exceptional. My daughter had the grouper. She loved it. Service (Chris) was fantastic,... More 

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Owatonna, MN
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51 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We were looking for a new place with excellent food on Sanibel and boy did we find it. The food and service was excellent. The atmosphere was quiet, comfortable, and relaxing. This will be on our "must do" restaurants.

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Fort Wayne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Although you can wear shorts here, it is more upscale than many Sanibel restaurants. Our meals here have always been excellent, as has service. Prices are somewhat upscale, but appropriately so. Unlike many restaurants on Sanibel, they will take reservations, even for smaller parties.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We had a wonderful meal from the Prix Fixe menu. The staff was friendly and the courses were delicious and attractively presented. There was excellent variety on the menu and courses were just right in size. We will visit again!

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Illinois
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45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

First time here and so glad we dined. They have made the venue more casual but it is still the most elegant spot on the island. Classy but not stuffy. The menu is awesome. Local organic ingredients are highlighted but they do not promote that as much as they should. The chef is tops on the island. My wife had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
    (Periwinkle)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music Thursday,Friday and Saturday evenings. Daily specials, 3 course Prix fixe available Tuesday-Thursday, excluding Holidays, until 6:30pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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