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IL Cielo

1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-5555
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $4 - $38
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Periwinkle
Description: Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music Friday and Saturday evenings. Daily specials, 3 course prix fixe $38 & daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm
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Birmingham, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

There is nothing wrong with Il Cielo at all, but then again it doesn't present itself as very original...or for that matter, very SW Florida-Sanibel Island-like. It's large with high ceilings and a somewhat nondescript interpretation of "office-Italian" that I assume means to be elegant, but felt like a Brio's at a mall. Our waiter was a nice young guy... More

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New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Outstanding food. Beautiful atmosphere. My best friend brought me here for my 60th birthday. It was very memorable. The only thing I didn't care for was a crying baby in the BAR!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Amazing food, ample portions, excellent service, kids menu (also generous portions). The foie gras appetizer will make you feel like you died and went to heaven. Duet Veal Scallopini and Gulf Shrimp accompanied with local greens is second to none. If you are in Sanibel this is a must for dinner.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Where can you get the most delicious $5.99 happy hour appetizers and two-for-one drinks, in a very beautiful restaurant, with superb service? Where can you enjoy an unforgettable dinner prepared by an extraordinary chef, and the best desserts ever, prepared by the remarkable pastry chef, complete with wonderful piano music to top everything off? IL CIELO on Sanibel. This was... More

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Orono, Maine
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Sanibel is known for its sundowns, and shells and beach views. Il Cielo has no views of either. However, the restaurant space is beautifully appointed with an open feeling and with linen cloths and napkins. The service is friendly and professional without being stuffy. Instead of ordering an entree we chose to share three appetizer plates, and had our own... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

For the "bare feet up and mind in neutral" mindset which makes Sanibel so wonderful, Il Cielo is the closest we've found to formal dining. That's not a negative! It was still pretty casual, but had a bit more atmosphere and "special" feeling that many places on the island. Good service, pleasant space and excellent food.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Dined March 28th, 2014 for a birthday dinner. I have eaten at a lot of very nice restaurants and this was by far one of the best tasting meals I've ever had! We ate outside, which was perfect (they have fans and heaters ready for whatever the weather). It is a beautiful building with comfortable seating and lush landscaping. Just... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

A wide and varied menu with a selection of daily specials. Fish tacos as an appetizer did not disappoint. Every dish seemed to include a little twist or culinary surprise from the expected fare. All four of us cleaned our plates and declared it one of the best meals of the week. Piano player was a nice touch, playing a... More

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Owings Mills
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We took a chance on this restaurant last year and took some friends there for dinner. Fine dining is limited on Sanibel/Captiva. We wanted someplace really special and Il Cielo was perfect in every way. The restaurant is beautiful and the service and food were excellent. I would say it is not for small children. It is a quiet, elegant... More

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Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had a nice dinner for 3 on March 25, 2014. Food was excellent and well presented. Veal chop special was outstanding. Great value on the wine list. A bit stuffy for Island fare but a nice change from the typical fried island fare we had been getting.

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