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Any opinions on Il Cielo?

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On Burton Way in Beverly Hills. I'm thinking of taking my wife there for a special birthday...was told it's 'romantic.' Anybody eaten there? Is it nice? How's the food?

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  1. The food is o.k., service was very slow and formal and customers skewed older. For my money, I recommend Il Buco's food instead. Although, it may be more romantic at night - it wasn't at lunch.

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    1. re: ElissaInPlaya

      It's beautiful. I was there for lunch once and thought it was still nice and romantic, if you sit outside. At night, it is super romantic with the lights. I love the food there, it's one of my favorite restaurants. I had the best lamb chops ever there. Service is a bit on the slow side, but they are still knowledgeable and I like that they don't rush you. I'm not 100% but I think they let you bring your own cake in if you want, at no extra cake cutting charge or anything.

    2. Depends on what you consider "romantic"...there was a lit fireplace & lots of twinkle lights when we went to celebrate an anniversary (December). Tables inside are set a good distance apart from each other for "privacy" (not bumping elbows or listening into other people's conversations). But personally, I didn't think it was all that "romantic." As mentioned food was OK (limited menu, nothing to rave about), & I didn't think it was worth the price.

      1. It can be romantic if you sit outside, don't expect the food to be great or even that good, it's fair and expensive for what you get. Maybe you should go once, that way you can say "oh I went to that much talked about restaurant and...."

        You'll have a nice time, especially if your expectations are low, that way everything will be better...

        I suppose "romantic" is subjective. I personally thought Grace on Beverly Blvd. was romantic, but it's not traditional romantic by any means. The food is good+interesting, great selection of alcoholic beverages, they had this Austrian liquore that was really good, I don't remember the name. It has been a while since I've been there, so I don't know how it is now.

        1. My wife and I got married at Il Cielo (they do lots of weddings) 16 years ago and we have been back many times on our annniversary. It was great for our wedding (better food than virtually any wedding I've been to) but I'd agree with the other posts on the quality of the food for a "high end" Italian place. It's solid but, as another poster put it, it's nothing to rave about. We've always found the service to be excellent but then, because of our history with the place, we usually ask for Pasquale (the owner) and, if he's there, we get more VIP treatment. When you make your reservation, tell them it's a special birthday celebration. I think that helps. As for the customers "skewing older" as Elissa puts it, they certainly didn't skew older than my wife and me (and we don't think we're that old). I guess the best reflection of my opinion is that we only go there on our anniversary, so it's more sentimental than anything else. I'd give it a shot.

          1. Thanks hounds - we'll give it a try and report back.