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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
+1 239-395-4022
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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1. Another great visit
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2. Best Veal Piccata EVER!
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3. The best on Sanibel!!!
"Was my pleasure to visit IL TESORO again."
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had lobster ravioli with brown butter sauce. I am not a big food person, but I LOVED THIS MEAL! My husband had shrimp ravioli with a tomato sauce. I am a very slow eater, always the last one done eating. Always! This night was...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Was my pleasure to visit IL TESORO again.. Every time I visit...the food ..ambience and service is a top notch! Don't let this place missed..while you're visiting Sanibel!!!!

1  Thank Orlova2001
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

Thank you for the high praises! We are thrilled to know we are one of your go-to spots on the island.

Reviewed 1 week ago

You always come back and that we did. Soul food! That’s the best testimony we can give it. It’s like you come home and all is good. Seafood ♥️ Pasta ❤️ Veal 💕 and on and on and on. Sorry 😐No excuses. Just enjoy. You...More

1  Thank kgoodr8559
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been vacationing in Sanibel for many years and discovered Il Tesoro while visiting the art shops. The service was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The wine was over-priced.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Felt like Italian and asked around and this was recommended. The most expensive meal of our trip so far but far from the best. Colorful but cramped, good service but IMO a little over much, food was good but not great. Sad bread which really...More

Thank JonnWinterWilson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite coming to Sanibel for many years, we had never made it to Il Tesoro, partly because of it’s somewhat uneven reputation for food and service. So I was delighted last night to have an authentic Italian experience in this small restaurant with outstanding ambience,...More

1  Thank copewander
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Il Tesoro is one of the best Italian restaurants, not just on Sanibel, but of all the ones we’ve been to on trips to NYC and even Italy. It is small and intimate with the kitchen nearly in full view. The menu is extensive and...More

1  Thank fritzf2018
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thank you so much.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Experienced nothing but bad attitude from our waiter. We were rushed out at the end of our meal in order to make way for others. If we had ordered coffee and dessert we would have been seated for another 20 minutes. So what was the...More

Thank mwbain
iltesoro, Owner at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

we are so sorry .we will work so hard to make sure that's never happen again

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food and service was excellant. Nice atmospher and enjoyed seeing the chef preparing food when we first walked in. A bit pricey but delicious.

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iltesoro, Owner at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thank you so much.

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

What an amazing experience again, we had at Il tesoro ristorante, we thought , we really were in Italy,The service was excellent and food was authentic, AJ BLACK, the chef and owner, shows a personal touch to each dish, We definitely be back.

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thank you so much

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
    (San-Cap Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-395-4022
  • E-mail
IL Tesoro Ristorante, the restaurant name which means ,"the Treasure" in Italian, features authentic Italian cuisine with a modern sophisticated touch using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a festive experience in a Bistro-style setting, with hundreds of Italian wines and dozens of original oil paintings decorating the walls. Open kitchen flair is added enjoyment of the evening as you can watch your dinner being carefully prepared. Our menu is the total creation of Chef/Owner, AJ Black, where his motto reigns supreme, “Fresh Ingredients, simplicity, love are the recipe for a treasured dining experience."
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