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“Great food - a bit pricy for the environment”
Review of Il Cielo

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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $46
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Periwinkle
Description: Warm and Inviting dining areas with a separate bar/lounge. Piano music Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00pm evenings. Daily Happy Hour from 4:30-6:00pm in the Lounge.
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We chose to dine here as we love Italian food and I'm a vegetarian (it seemed to have great vegetarian/vegan options based on other reviews) - but as the menu changes regularly there weren't any vegan options on the evening we chose. However, the food served to my husband & I was absolutley delicious!

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Ont only the best restaurant on Sanibel/Captiva, but it would be difficult to find a better on within 150 miles (if then). Being from Sarasota, Fl, we thought that we were spoiled with good restaurants, Il Cielo raised the bar!
We were there with 2 other couples and every one of us agreed that the entire venue was superior....this is a group of gourmands and world travelers mind you!. We plan to drive back for just a meal. The chef is not only inspired, he is reminiscent of fine restaurants where the chef comes to the table and visits, what a lovely and talented young man.
We had a variety of items and each guest was well pleased. I had a started of the soup of the day and it a sensory delight. We each had starters, main courses and desserts, all of which were .outstanding.
The entire experience was at least a 10+ From the moment we entered the doors, the service was impeccable, the decor top drawer, the food divine and the entire ambiance could not have been more perfect. WE were there at the end of August, a quiet month and most restaurants have summer specials with lucrative prices, this meal, and beverages would have been 3 to 4 times the price in Miami or Tampa...or Sarasota!
Itold my cousin, visiting from the Dallas area, and they too thought it was the best food on the island.
In the opinion of we 8 people, fine dining at it`s best!!!! I posted photos on Facebook, but no longer have them on file, however, Il Cielo has a facebook page.
For truly wonderful experience visit!!!!

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Thank Rowansmimi
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We stayed on Sanibel for 4 nights and dined at Il Cielo the second night, it was so superb we cancelled or reservation at another restaurant for the 4th night to return. We have stayed in Sanibel many times. The staff was friendly, polite and very efficent. The meals we ate were some of the best meals we have ever eaten! The chef came out to talk with us and was friendly and informative, The desserts were excellent. ( The Chefs wife is the pastry chef) DONT MISSS THIS PLACE!

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Thank jim d
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have always wanted to try this place and we finally had the opportunity. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who also turned out to be our server. The wine list was very good, and included one of our favorite wines from a winery we visited in Sonoma Valley. We ordered the local green salad, the meatballs and the lobster ravioli. Every course was terrific. The ravioli was just wonderful! We were quite full and didn't order dessert but I saw the desserts being delivered to the other tables and they looked very good. This place not only has great food, it has a beautiful decor, and really great service. I highly recommend it!!

Thank Susan F
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Best restaurant on the island...by far!! Don't let the fancy exterior intimidate you- the chef and staff are so kind and courteous. The food is fantastic! Fresh and so tasty. Our favorites are the ahi tuna, fish tacos, salmon and lobster ravioli. Great cocktail and wine menu too! Been there twice in one week and can't wait to return. A must have when on the island! Definitely worth the money and kids are totally welcome.

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1  Thank Michelle M
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