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1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4704 (Periwinkle)
+1 239-472-5555
16:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Wuerenlos, Switzerland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an excellent restaurant with a fantastic athmosphere . Special dank to Uma our waitress. It was a love at first sight!!

Thank Marianne S
Hawley, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in time to enjoy a cocktail during Happy Hour and had a wonderful conversation with the bartender. Our service in the dining room was attentive and prompt and the food was very good.

Thank crashvb
White Lake, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Il Cielo several times during our recent stay on Sanibel. First time was an anniversary dinner, great food and service. We stayed later than expected to listen to Scott McDonald play piano and sing - he's wonderful! Also came for brunch on a Sunday morning with a party of 7. We all enjoyed a Mimosa or Bloody... More 

Thank jafennell
Southborough, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for happy hour, and we were so delighted that we returned 2 days later. The calamari was the best we've ever had. The small plates were lovely-we had crab cakes, the risotto of the day, scallops, along with the calamari. Setting is lovely.

1 Thank rossmartycoleman
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I had dinner here on a Friday night during spring break in Sanibel. We both agreed it was our favorite restaurant of the trip. Our waiter, I believe his name was Jeff but I could be wrong, was very knowledgable of the menu. He gave great suggestions and was on top of things. We both had the... More 

Thank Kristin B
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

OK so Sanibel is expensive, really expensive, but even taking that into account this was a disappointment. Our anniversary so we really investigated and went through all the reviews on this site and others. Seems great! Well not so fast. Over hyped and over priced. Let's start with having to wait because we arrived 10 min to early. Table was... More 

2 Thank Brian M
Tulum, Mexico
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were in Sanibel for 2 nights and we dined here twice. Its a beautiful restaurant. We dine outside the first night and inside the second and loved the setting for both. Service was excellent. Out waiters, Lorraine and Kevin deserve commendation. They accommodated all of our requests, such as decanting the wine and checking if our orders were either... More 

Thank Gary K
Wabasha, Minnesota
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75 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went here for brunch. I thought it a bit expensive but the food was good. It is a white tablecloth place, so not the type of restaurant I would typically go to.

Thank Lauri H
Long Island
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312 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We've passed by Il Cielo countless times but until tonight, never stopped in to see why so many other people seem to find this to be their restaurant of choice on Sanibel. To celebrate my birthday, we opted to sample the Happy Hour selections and were delighted with our choices. Jaime was a wonderfully friendly and attentive server and made... More 

Thank LongIslandMabel
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We always come to this place for the wonderful steaks and seafood. The ambience and service are just as wonderful. Make sure you save room for dessert you don't want to miss out on the homemade goodness coming from the kitchen. They also have a wonderful live entertainment that is a great accompaniment to your meal.

Thank Andy H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$46
Seafood, Fusion, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1244 Periwinkle Way, 1/10 mile east of Donax Street, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4704
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-5555
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. Serving Sunday Brunch from 11:00am til 2:00pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?