il Cigno Italiano

Swansboro, NC

One of il Cigno's extensive selection of wines
Spaghetti and meatballs at il Cigno Italiano in Swansboro, NC
A glass of sangria from il Cigno Italiano
Arugula salad from il Cigno Italiano in Swansboro, NC

Benvenuto al Cigno

Welcome to il Cigno Italiano, Swansboro, NC’s premier Italian restaurant. Our name, which means “The Italian Swan,” is a nod to our location on the scenic White Oak River in Swansboro’s historic downtown. So you can enjoy some of the loveliest views the Crystal Coast has to offer, while also enjoying its best Italian cuisine.

From our fresh ingredients and our extensive wine list to our friendly service, we strive to create a dining experience that is both inviting and unforgettable. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a night out with friends, we’re confident that you’ll find something to love at Il Cigno Italiano.

il Cigno Italiano, Swansboro's finest Italian restaurant, lit up at dusk

We are happy to take reservations for parties of any size. However, in order to most efficiently serve our guests, we highly recommend that parties of six or more call us at (910)325-7845 to make reservations.

Wine Dinners

Our latest wine dinner was our biggest success yet! Enjoy a glimspe of what the evening was like by checking out our photo galleries from December and January.

Chicken parmesan


Il Cigno Italiano offers the finest in Italian cuisine prepared with only the freshest possible ingredients. Our specialties include mozzarella prepared in-house daily and three types of fresh pasta. 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…


Fine Italian food demands the perfect accompaniment. That’s why il Cigno Italiano offers a selection of refreshing signature and classic cocktails made with quality ingredients. You might also want to see our wine list, made up of dozens of beloved vintages from around the world.

The fireplace in il Cigno's main dining room

Catering & Events

With its rough-hewn wood interior, fireplaces, and views of the White Oak River, il Cigno Italiano is the perfect setting to host nearly any type of event. Or, if you prefer, you can bring a piece of the il Cigno experience home with our catering.

The view from il Cigno's back deck


Sunday … 4-9:30 p.m.
Monday … 4-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday … CLOSED
Wednesday … 4-9:30 p.m.
Thursday … 4-9:30 p.m.
Friday … 4-10 p.m.
Saturday … 4-10 p.m.

Parking available on site. Additional free, public parking is available at Riverview Park, just a one-minute walk northwest on Corbett Avenue.

Aerial view of il Cigno Italiano at sunset