We stopped in early at IL Cielo, on our way off Sanibel Island after a rainy but enjoyable day of hiking in Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a wet walk on Bowman's Beach, and a brief tour of adjoining Captiva. Off-island traffic was bumper to bumper, so we pulled in to eat rather than sit in traffic, and found an oasis of good food and pleasant service. This is a higher priced place in a lovely house-type building, with a full dining room (IL Cielo) and a lounge (Grill 9). We sat in the lounge, but ordered off both menus. We loved it and stayed nearly two hours over spinach salad, a meatball appetizer made from the chef's family recipe (sounds bizarre but it was delicious and simple), fish tacos, a grilled "local catch" flaky white fish, and a wonderful chocolate bombe for dessert. The wine list was enjoyable; the side vegetables perfectly prepared, and the service outstanding. Figure $100+ for two and worth every penny - a wonderful contrast to our sandwiches at a picnic lunch. We'll be back.
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