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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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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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 Monday-Thursday, excluding Holidays, until 6:30pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm
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  • 225
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  • 53
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 10
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  • 3
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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
Most recent review
A Sanibel Gem!

Fantastic, expertly prepared food and warm, friendly service made this restaurant a real treat. We sat at the bar during the 1/2 price small plate special happy hour, and received great menu selections advice and good service from the bartender Walter. Everything we tried was truly special. I loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
SandyKNA
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Fantastic, expertly prepared food and warm, friendly service made this restaurant a real treat. We sat at the bar during the 1/2 price small plate special happy hour, and received great menu selections advice and good service from the bartender Walter. Everything we tried was truly special. I loved the very tasty crab cake that seemed to be close to... More 

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Miramar
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went to this amazing restaurant last week. Food was excellent, great service. Looking forward to come back next time Im in town.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was our first time at Il Cielo. We had read the reviews and we were looking for some where nice to eat. We have been on Sanibel for two weeks and thought could splurge a little. The ambiance is very nice and the service was outstanding. Our server took the time to explain the specials and did offer rec... More 

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Watchung
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful food using fresh ingredients and Prime meats! The beef carpaccio was divine, very tasty and tender with melt in your mouth porcini mushrooms. The escargot had a refreshing twist with sundried tomatoes and a mashed potato base, which absorbed the wonderful juices. The lamb and beef filet as I said were Prime cuts which melted in our mouths. Both... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We arrived in the elegant bar area and were greeted by our server, Mark, an attentive and very helpful young man who welcomed us to the best restaurant on the island, and he was right. Early arrival guaranteed us the option of the price fixe menu or the happy hour of half priced drinks and appetizers/salads. Price fixed meal was... More 

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Bancroft, Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is a magnify sent restaurant, with an upscale feel and great menue. Perfect for a romantic valentines day dinner or a great night out with friends....LOVE IT

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Flanders, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Interest was piqued by their price fixe menu ad. Turned out to be a great deal. Aside from the 3 courses also got 2 glasses of house wine. Our group of 4 pretty much covered the entire price fixe menu and all were very pleased with the food. Service was also top notch. Too many of restaurants seem to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Great service, every bite was delicious and fantastic ambiance. The piano player was very tasteful - not loud just beautiful in the background. Highly recommend the grouper special.

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Scotland/Sanibel
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

If you are bored enough to check my previous reviews you will see that I have waged a 20 year war with the over-priced, mass catering food on Sanibel. US citizens often believe that the more you pay the better the food is. Yes, I know ! The oposite is often true. Sanibel has a short season, massive rents and... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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77 reviews 77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Outstanding meal. Beautiful atmosphere and quiet enough for romantic conversation. Staff were perfect-attentive but not intrusive, knew the menu, and were there when needed and missing otherwise. The Colorado rack of lamb was the star, cooked to perfection and it's nice that it is available as either 2 or 4 chops. Best meal we've had on Sanibel this trip and... 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

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 Monday-Thursday, excluding Holidays, until 6:30pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?