Cielo's is a tapas and oyster bar offering a menu of global tapas, freshly shucked oysters along with a variety of beer, wines and cocktails.
I don't usually go into restaurants when I'm in White Rock during the summer because they're just too packed, but my husband reserved a table here for my birthday (it was highly recommended by friends), and we drove out in the autumn evening for a wonderful celebratory meal. The food was outstanding (note that it is Tapas, so just get a bunch of things and share; you will not be disappointed in anything). The Famous Bruschetta is entirely deserving of it's title, and the service was friendly and attentive. The place was packed, but they seated us at the bar first in order to prepare a better table at the window (otherwise we'd have been sitting amongst a big birthday party group). Ambience was cozy and warm, and we enjoyed the wine and martinis. Very cool place for anytime or a celebration.
Service is always a little on the slow side, but the food makes up for it. I always get the Bruschetta, it'll be different than anything you have ever tried. Also a favourite of my is the Madrasi Chicken flatbread - doesn't taste very madrasi, but it is def. good! It's a great date night place, as well as a great place to go to catch up with friends. It is not to be missed if you are on the white rock strip.
We have dined in this restaurant on many occasions with friends. We called the other night and requested a table by the window and were told they do not take reservations. We got there, on our anniversary, to find a window table available, but were told it was reserved? Enough to upset our evening and to stop us going back. The food is not as good as it used to be anyway... I heard new owners. Their signature brucetta bread was very oily and not as good as usual.... Overall the food is good, but I won't return.. If you do chose to go, go with 4 people not 2 as then you get more variety.
We live in the area and go out for dinner quite a bit. We love to try different restaurants and support as many as we can.
However, we always end up going back to Cielo's. The food is the most consistent on the beach. Everyone we have taken there has had a great meal. The atmosphere is loud, the room is a little small for the amount of seats, but it all adds to the ambience that we prefer.
I highly recommend Cielo's for a night out on the town. Whether it is dinner for 2 or for a larger group, you are guaranteed to have an entertaining evening.
The Bruschetta and the Lobster Tortellini would be my favorites, as well as the Chocolate Mousse for desert.
I live 1 block from the beach and see the restaurants on the strip come and go, they could take a lesson from these guys.
Cielos has delivered time and time again the quality and consistency and more importantly good fun that is needed to make a successful business down here.
My last visit the "strip" was empty and they were busy..the ambiance is the best part of Ceilo's..White Rock restaurants tend to feel nice,safe and cozy..I prefer the European feeling of people laughing, eating and enjoying..especially on a rainy Tuesday nite in December. Thanks
This restaurant used to be a favorite because of the great food, however I will not ever go back due to the atrocious service we have received on the last several occasions.
The staff never seem to be able to keep up when it is busy, and so you end up waiting 10 minutes to place a drink order , another 10 waiting for it and another 15 waiting to place your food order if you make the mistake of asking for a couple more minutes.
The last 2 times I have been there I was served by the very unpleasant female manager , not only was she not very friendly, she was also rude and condescending to the customers she is supposed to be serving. We were so upset by her treatment of us that we asked to speak to the owner. The owner came out and basically told us "too bad"... no apology or offer of compensation whatsoever, in fact he seemed to have an even worse attitude than the server...so much for wanting to make your customers happy!
After the last experience there, I won't ever be back. It's too bad because their food is great and I'm going to miss the bruschetta a lot, but I will not support a restaurant who treats their customers that way.
My husband and I took two friends to Cielo's last night for dinner. Everything is really good. The atmosphere is fantastic, food delicious. The sangria is totally yummy..so much so, we had two pitchers! My fav appy was the goat cheese terrine..makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
The only thing...it's not cheap so don't go without knowing that. Sangria pitcher was about $32 for a litre. Martinis are about $9 a glass. If I remember correctly, the caesar salad was about $12.
Also, the music choice sometimes just didn't feel appropriate for the restaurant. Should be more latin or something similar. One time I heard country, last night was Sting (which was ok). They have a website so checkout the menu before you go.
I've been to Cielo's many times and it's become a favourite. The atmosphere is great and I have only had good experiences with the service there, although they do get quite busy, which could cause delays. Goat cheese is a hit, definitely recommed! It is a tapas restaurant so be aware that if you go with a group of people, your food will not come out at the same time if you order different plates.
Went there recently, and I personally love the tapas style. There food was wonderful(Try there brushcetta) My wife and I went when they were extremly quiet so we got very good service, I've heard some things when they are busy so we went right when they opened. Overall good food and a nice spot on the beach.
Tapas is a fun way to eat with 2 couples or a group of friends. I would recommend other restaurants if you are going for dinner with the intentions of a quiet meal. I've been only 3 times, but each time was very impressed with the food and the drinks. Had to wait a while for service though, as it is so busy at times, they seem understaffed. Definitely one of the top 5 down on the strip.
Good place for raw oysters too!
I have been here a few times in the past. For this neighbourhood, the restaurant definitely offers something a little fresh and it's open year-round - and popular too. The food is decent - I've had great spring rolls, decent lamb, generous salad, watery warm creme brulee, and tasteless steak. But I go because it's a cool place when you're in the mood for that atmosphere. But there is ALWAYS something about the service that bothers me, even though I am not especially picky about service, like some. My latest experience left a sour taste. After a bunch of appetizers, my friend and I had ordered two other main dishes. Hers came first, and she'd eaten it all and I was sat there still waiting. A polite query about when my food might be expected resulted in a visit to the table from the lady manager (at least, I presume she was the manager). I don't like being addressed from the outset in a very dramatic and insincere "MY DEAR..." Nor did I appreciate the patronizing explanation of "this is the way we do things here". I happen to know the concept of tapas - and it's naive of her to assume I would not. I've eaten at many tapas places in Vancouver, and, no less, in Spain, in Andalucia,where tapas were invented. It made me wonder if this person had ever set foot outside of White Rock.
We did not have a reservation and the person who seated us was a bit put off saying we should have a reservation! The restaurant was in no way full or even remotely busy.
We ordered Sangria, their "famous" bruschetta, chicken skewers and mussels in wine sauce and garlic.
I agree with others that the service is "off" and I didn't care for it, not welcoming/friendly might be the word to describe it.
I would go back for Sangria and the bruschetta, that's a fact!
I might order the mussels again and I would not order the chicken as it was a wee bit lacking in flavour.
That bruschetta was definitely good!!!!
Went for dinner last year with a group of 6 girls - we were interested in spending the entire evening there (and lots of money) buying multiple rounds of tapas and lots of [alcoholic] drinks (their sangria is fabulous!) - The evening started off good, but as more people entered the restaurant, the staff couldn't keep up. We moved to the "order your next drink when you get the first one" approach, to keep the drinks flowing, but even that didn't keep our glasses full. It’s a real shame, because the food was TO DIE FOR!! We tried everything, and loved it all! The problem was the service, though... We ended up leaving after we were basically sitting around in a small, crowded, noisy space waiting for someone to bring us ANYTHING - any of the food and drinks we'd ordered would have been nice! So we cancelled our pending orders, and asked for the bill and left.
the worst part, was that on our way out the manager gave us his card and extended an offer to comp a meal on our next visit, and told me to email him, and when I did, I got NO response. Nothing.
The whole experience pleased my palette but left a truly sour taste in my mouth. I just shake my head. The restaurant has so much potential, but very poor customer service. (I hope they have improved since I was there.)