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“A Sanibel MUST try”
Review of Il Cielo

Il Cielo
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$46
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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 1 August 2014

Vacationers listen up...If you want an excellent meal, you need to try Il Cielo

We visited on July 30 and had a fantatic dinner experience. Its a slow time of year at Sanibel and while we did have a reservation, it wasn't really required. We arrived for our 7:30pm meal (family of 4 with 12/10 yr olds) and were offered a booth. The dinning room is very nicely appointed and the ambience is excellent.

We were greeted warmly by all the staff. Once seated, our waitress was excellent. The menu was explained very well and the specials sounded excellent. We ordered some app specials for the kids and had a caprese salad and their summer salad. The caprese was made with EXCELLENT heirloom tomatoes and the balsamic was fantastic.

For mains we had their tuna steaks done on a mushroom linguini. FANTASTIC! The fish was cooked perfectly and the mushrooms were incredible. As a bonus, the wine was 25% off. We all loved dinner and the desserts that followed. (Key lime pie and creme brule both home made)

The experience overall was fantastic and if you are into more upscale dining, you need to visit!

Thanks again for a wonderful evening!

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1  Thank Jay F
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I was taken here for a date night. Our server Walter was great!
From the appetizers, to my perfectly cooked GRILLED BREAST OF FREE-RANGE CHICKEN w/ Vidalia Onion Rosemary Jus, to the decadent dessert of Raspberry Key Lime Pie, everything was amazing! This restaurant is definitely worth checking out if you are on Sanibel Island!

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1  Thank FlaKracker75
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Nice atmosphere and very good dining on Sanibel island. Excellent salads, ahi starter & meatballs with cheese. Pasta was nice, meat & fish were good and a decent wine list. Definitely worth checking out!!

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Thank Anthony H
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

During our annual visit to Sanibel Island, we dined at Il Cielo twice. Once our selections were from the regular menu and the second evening we selected from the prix fix menu (an early time to dine). Both meals were outstanding. The flavors were classic yet unique, and the portions were more than we expected for a fine dining experience. We can't say enough about the food, flavors, delicious cocktails (and summer sangria!!), as well as the service. We look forward to next year when we can visit again - Il Cielo is at the top of our list on Sanibel and Captiva, along with Sweet Melissa's Cafe, The Mad Hatter and Thistle Lodge.

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Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We went here for a friends 40th birthday. We came as a group of girls to the beach for the weekend, to relax, hang out and eat well! Il Cielo was a wonderful surprise. The food was extremely fresh and definitely gourmet. I was originally concerned because we did not have anything dressy for the weekend, but though it was fine dining, it still permitted a relaxed "beachie" dress (not flipflops and towels) It reminded me of a restaurant in Sardinia, relaxed and resort like. We had several foodies in our group, and Il Cielo surpassed their expectations.

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2  Thank eekaboig
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