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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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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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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  • 269
    Excellent
  • 66
    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
Most recent review
Very lovely

We had a very nice evening. Crab cake, meatballs, Caprese salad, scallops, lobster ravioli and key lime pie all excellent! Service was impeccable. Decor was lovely and piano player made evening truly memorable. Best meal so far in sanibel.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Lorraine P
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Winnipeg, Canada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We had a very nice evening. Crab cake, meatballs, Caprese salad, scallops, lobster ravioli and key lime pie all excellent! Service was impeccable. Decor was lovely and piano player made evening truly memorable. Best meal so far in sanibel.

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Washington, DC
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92 reviews 92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed a wonderful evening at Il Cielo on Sanibel. You'd think you were at your favorite local restaurant back home, a very nice one at that, and not one on a barrier island. Great service, attractive menu and comfortable ambiance. Look forward to coming back again and would recommend.

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Brunswick, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Nice, peaceful, sedate atmosphere for a great meal. Reservations are a must. We were seated timely. Nothing was rushed. The service was good and the food was wonderful.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Chef Neil & team have to be one of the best in SW Florida. Never have we had a bad or questionable meal & the service from the bar has always been over the top. This is by far our favorite place to go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ate there for special occasion birthday dinner on March 25 with 5 adults and an 18 month old. Came early. Gracious welcome for us all with no issues having the child along. Everyone very accommodating. We all loved our food. Fresh fish preparations were wonderful as was the lobster ravioli and mixed grill. Several of us had the caprese salad... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

A lovely exterior patio is the first sign that you are entering a very nice restaurant. The interior decor is equally sophisticated, and the food and beverage offerings hint at what's to come. Each member of our party of four ordered something different and we were all pleased. Service was almost too good. There were times when we needed to... More 

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Campton Hills, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

IL Cielo succeeds on many levels. The interior is beautiful; the bar is maybe the most sumptuous in Sanibel. Service is eager to please. The (now) $40 prix fixe, from 4:30 - 6:30, is a great value. Some of the dishes are superb: the fish tacos were a nice surprise -one can taste the grill on the tortilla shells; the... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you haven't been to IL Cielo recently (or never) you should definitely have dinner. Chief Neil has vastly improved the menu with regular and daily specials. Even if you are not a vegetarian (I am not), the daily vegetarian offering is excellent and a good, filling meal even for us carnivores. The several seafood selections are well prepared with... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We were unfamiliar with Il Cielo but opted to give it a try during our trip to Sanibel this past March. It proved to be our best dining experience of the trip. Our waitress was fabulous - honest with a can-do attitude. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing. All three of us (my husband, son, and I) thoroughly enjoyed our... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Based on reviews we thought we would try a change to more Upscale restaurant on Sanibel after many years. Reservations On line were misleading. Could only book a 5:30 but there were many Open tables at 7 when we left. Menue eclectic but minimal. No info From server.Slow service. Bring $$$. Once was enough.

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?