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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 - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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
Fantastic!

We spent last week on vacation in Sanibel and this restaurant was recommended to us by someone who goes to the island every year. This place is nothing short of amazing! We went twice in 6 days because it was so great. Beautiful on the inside...very elegant..but not snooty. Very professional wait... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We spent last week on vacation in Sanibel and this restaurant was recommended to us by someone who goes to the island every year. This place is nothing short of amazing! We went twice in 6 days because it was so great. Beautiful on the inside...very elegant..but not snooty. Very professional wait staff...especially Chris. If you go...do yourself a favor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

When you arrive at this restaurant in the Chef, Neil, comes out of the kitchen to greet you and meet your friends and personally tells you about the "specials" he is preparing in the kitchen ~ you know you were in for a very very special dining experience! It never fails it's always special it's always fabulous - and tonight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had dinner at Il Cielo on May 15, 2015. John, our waiter, was tremendous. He answered all of my wife's questions and made great recommendations. My wife's vegetarian plate was out of this world. I had the black grouper special which was fantastic.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

All I can say is WOW! Great food and very classy but casual place to dine on Sanibel. There is no view of the beach but you do not need it here as the food and atmosphere is perfect. A very nice romantic place to dine. I agree with one reviewer this place should be #1 on Sanibel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Elegant, romantic and gorgeous restaurant. This place is not expensive. I love this place!!!!! The waiters are very polite people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The typical Sanibel restaurant is a mixture of quirky name, cartoon menu and food appealing to a very low common denominator. But there is El Dielo aka "Heaven". Wow , from the moment your enter the massive front door you know this is something special.The decor is gorgeous with muted colors and rich wood accents. Gosh is that a linen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

It doesn't get any better. The incomparable staff here is second only to the delicious fare. Every bite was a 5 star bite... And that was the case for the whole table--all 4 of us despite, 4 different orders & very different palates. Il Cielo also earns high marks for its stunning decor and ambiance, including Scott on Piano. Presentation,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Visited IL Cielo last week while on vacation in Sanibel. We went for the $40 per person pre fixe special, which includes an appetizer, salad, entree, and two glasses of wine per person. What a fabulous meal. Nice portion sizes, everything was well prepared and perfectly seasoned. Beautiful restaurant, service was attentive while not being overbearing. Highly recommend!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Highly recommend the Prix Fixe menu, look for it on their Facebook page. 3 courses with excellent choices and 2 glasses of wine included for $40. The food was extremely good and our server, Uma, could not have been more welcoming, friendly and attentive. This was out last night on Sanibel and the best meal we had

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is simply a beautiful place for dinner. We went here for our final night on Sanibel and were not disappointed! A perfect place to celebrate a wonderful vacation. The staff was superb. The pianist, Scott, provided a relaxing background for our meal. Our dinners were the lobster ravioli and a duet of scaloppini Milanese with grilled gulf shrimp. Fantastic!... 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: Italian, 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 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?