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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
+1 239-395-4022
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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“antipasti” (62 reviews)
“gnocchi” (26 reviews)
“cannoli” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was an excellent dining experience - we loved it! Our meals were delicious. The service exceptional. The restaurant is very nice inside, unique and very quaint. The cannoli is delicious! Loved the staff - so kind and sweet -I felt like a guest in...More

1  Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

We are from Boston. The North End of Boston has over 100 (mostly) Italian restaurants in one square mile in their neighborhood. I love Italian food and have been to Italy several times. I think Il Tosoro was a fine dining experience and would suggest...More

Thank llfsell
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming in and taking the time to write a review. We work very hard to accommodate our guests and strive to serve them the best ingredients. Please come back soon.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Seek out Il Tesoro, always an excellent meal. Authentic, warm and welcoming. Excellent food, great specials, and a strong wine list. Staff is attentive and informative, space is cozy, intimate and a nice alternative to the throngs at other island establishments. Tops the list for...More

Thank Jim G
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hi Jim. We’re thrilled to hear that you had such great meals with us during your time in Sanibel! We agree that the antipasto and risotto are both delicious choices. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

This was the best meal I have had out since I moved to Florida over a year ago.. I found a Groupon Deal for this place and it was worth every penny.This is not an inexpensive place to eat but if you are looking for...More

1  Thank Lisa P
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hi Lisa thanks for the great review, as well as considering us the best Florida restaurant you've dined in so far! We take great pride in our hardworking staff and appreciate your high praises. We look forward to having you back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this restaurant through Groupon, was very pleased to receive really good food and service. Each of the entrees was well thought out and beautifully presented. Tiramisu was extremely light and delicious with coconut added at the recommendation of our server. Would definitely go back,...More

Thank Mo H
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hi Mo, we’re so glad to hear that your group enjoyed your recent visit with us. We agree that the tiramisu is an excellent dessert choice. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit. We look forward to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had enjoyable dinner experience, our salad and caprese , appetizers were very good.The salmon toscana and short ribs was excellent, our serves provided exceptional service. Il Tesoro is a gem in the island for good Italian cuisine, the staff were great and certainly be...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner on a recommendation and am I glad we did. I haven't had a meal this good since we went to Italy. The place is small but cozy. As you walk in to white linen table cloth dining room, Italian music is...More

1  Thank maesea33
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the high compliments! We are so pleased to hear you not only enjoyed our food, but the atmosphere as well. We are looking forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

VERY SMALL high end Italian Restaurant. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Expensive, but well worth the occasional dinner.

Thank Robert D
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Robert!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After being ready for a change from island seafood, we tried Il Tesoro for dinner. It was excellent and we can't wait to go back on our next trip to Sanibel. We felt like we were back in Italy eating at a local neighborhood restaurant....More

2  Thank ptnavin
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing review! We are so pleased to hear you that you not only had such a pleasant experience at Il Tesoro, but that we were your favorite restaurant during your visit! We would love...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All 7 had something different and all enjoyed their dishes. There were 3 veal dishes and we had 2. Both excellent. We all had 2 glasses of wine and desert which were excellent. The wine glasses were inconsistent. Server was pleasant but forgot an order...More

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DrGrace G
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27 March 2016|
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2 November 2015|
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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."