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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We're back in Sanibel again, and the very first restaurant we visit is one of our favorites- Il Tesoro. If you are interested in great Italian food, this is the place. We started by splitting an appetizer of grilled octopus on a bed of greens...More

1  Thank Scott A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Sanibel and Captiva Il Tesoro is a must stop for the best dinner in town. The food is magnificent and the service is exquisite. A thoroughly grand experience.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love veal piccata and I order it a lot . . . probably have enjoyed it at 50 or more restaurants. Il Tesoro served me the tastiest I have ever had! It's a fairly simple sauce, but this one was so flavorful . ....More

1  Thank WarrenKitz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This restaurant originated as an outpost of Il Tesoro in Manhattan. The food is extraordinary. The restaurant is charming. The service is excellent and experienced. Pricey and worth it!

1  Thank LucyJojo
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Menu completely different than what is on their website also the pricing was 30% higher when I asked why I was told the website hasn't been updated in 10 years when I called for reservations the number had been changed to a personal cellphone that...More

2  Thank louis55
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Went to have the bolognese which on their website was $19, it was $26. The owner or manager said" that is a 10 year old menu, we have not changed it". This is not a good restaurant for handicapped people as chairs BLOCK a path...More

3  Thank timothy c
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Timothy - I am sorry that your experience at Il Tesoro was not up to your expectations. Customer satisfaction is always our goal and we are disappointed when it is not met. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We truly appreciate our...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Went for our Anniversary, so we were looking for something with a little ambiance. The food was very good although not plentiful. The service was good but they pressure you to make a decision quickly. We were looking at a rather complicated and sophisticated line...More

5  Thank jomQ3994RW
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This might be my number 1 Italian restaurant ANYWHERE in the United States! All of us are scratching our head trying to figure out how this hidden jewel has only 4 stars on Trip Advisor, actually! Hopefully we didn't eat here on an unusually good...More

1  Thank shellakers
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We are so appreciative and grateful for your kind and detailed review of our restaurant, as well as glowing recommendation! Reading our guests' positive feedback always puts a smile on our faces, but yours really stood out. We are happy you and your family had...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Attentive staff happy to accommodate quirks. Polenta and pasta taste like they do in italy which is a treat in this area

2  Thank yvettelumley
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We also think our polenta and pasta are great choices - thank you for the review.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch, 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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