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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
+1 239-395-4022
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“antipasti” (63 reviews)
“gnocchi” (26 reviews)
“cannoli” (15 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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1 - 10 of 637 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a Groupon for this place and decided to give it a try. First impression was not impressive as the place looks a little scary from the outside. It's quaint inside and the staff was very nice and attentive. They served warm bread before...More

Thank Tammie H
Reviewed 4 days ago

A Nice cozy atmosphere in a small area with wonderful soft music playing. The lighting on the ceiling had an interesting steampunk feel to it. We had for entrees and all were very good to excellent. Limited beer selection and no crafts or taps. The...More

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very good food with a small out of the way location. Small staff but lots of variety in food choices. Didn't need reservation and didn't like that they included 18% gratuity.

Thank moonshinerkey
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cozy ambiance could not have been more inviting. The service was perfect, warm and friendly, but not demanding of our attention. We had great food recommendations from the waitstaff and a perfect bottle of rose (also a recommendation). The delicious food was central to...More

2  Thank Deirdre C
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Deirdre - thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write Il Tesoro such a fantastic review! We are so grateful of not only your feedback, but patronage as well. Our staff works hard to ensure all of our guests have...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Hand crafted thoughful food served by professionals. Our one must go to place that we have enjoyed tremendously. If you consider yourself a foodie the cost is secondary.

2  Thank Pam S
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pam - thank you for your kind words! We strive to impress with great tasting food and friendly service, so we’re glad to hear you’ve had frequent pleasant visits with us. We look forward to serving you again very soon!

Reviewed 14 June 2017

Delicious home made Italian food, great wine and beer and excellent service, special occasion as well as family oriented.

2  Thank _tsdifiore1
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your sweet review! We are glad you are a fan of our food and service.

Reviewed 7 June 2017

Having viewed the menu online and mouth watering we booked for dinner anticipating a lovely romantic evening...how wrong could we be! From the moment I sat down on the bench seating and realised that I was sat about 4" lower than was comfortable (I'm 5ft...More

5  Thank KJT-AJT
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Although it saddens us to read about your recent visit to Il Tesoro, we always appreciate our guests taking the time to share their feedback with us. While we wish you would have your concerns about the food and experience to the attention of a...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has been always a treasure for us.. we're local people on Sanibel.. for some visitors seems like the restaurant is half empty because in summer time the season ends here- in subtropical climate;)... We're and been coming back here for a good reasons......More

1  Thank Orlova2001
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

We are so grateful for both your kind review and patronage! Thank you for loving Il Tesoro- even in the off season.

Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

The site, the size and the menu looking very promising. We had one antipasti and two main dishes - one of them was the "night special". For $100 meal - they should try a little harder

Thank amitisraeli
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

In short: Too much!!! The food was over cooked (too much...): (It easy to know when pasta is over cook). The price was too much for this level of food.($30 for pasta and $36 for the entry ) No wonder that the place was half...More

4  Thank Nati I
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us, Nati. We're known for our flavorful pastas, and are disappointed to hear that what you received was not exactly how you had requested it to be prepared. Although we wish you would have brought...More

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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