It’s pronounced “eel CHEEN-yo,” and it translates as “The Italian Swan.”  It’s a nod to our identity as a fine Italian restaurant in downtown Swansboro, N.C. However, our name means so much more to us than that. 

It also signifies great food made with the best possible ingredients. Southern hospitality tinged with Italian flavor. And it conjures up an atmosphere with all the warmth of home. Because we believe that, to be great, a restaurant should do more than satisfy your
taste buds. It must also soothe your soul. 

In order to best serve our guests and provide the fastest possible seating, we ask that parties of six or more call ahead at (910)325-7845 to make reservations.


At il Cigno Italiano, we offer the finest in Italian cuisine prepared with only the freshest possible ingredients. Our house specialties include fresh mozzarella and pastas, made in-house daily. We also offer an extensive selection of wines, spirits, and beers at our bar.

See our complete dinner menu here… and our complete cocktail menu here…

The seafood fra diavolo at il Cigno Italiano
Customers at the bar at il Cigno Italiano
A dish being sauteed in the kitchen at Swansboro restaurant il Cigno Italiano
The front dining room at Swansboro restaurant il Cigno Italiano

Catering & Events

Il Cigno Italiano is the perfect restaurant to host nearly any type of gathering. Or, if you prefer, you can bring a piece of the il Cigno experience home with our catering.

Learn more about catering and event services here…

Housemade mozzarella being prepared at il Cigno Italiano
A cocktail from the extensive menu at Swansboro restaurant il Cigno Italiano