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751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-395-4022
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Price range: $25 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: San-Cap Road
Description: 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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English first
Fort Myers, Florida, USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went to this restaurant because we had a groupon. Very, Very good! It's a small and quaint restaurant and the service was very good. I had the lamb chops and my wife had the short ribs. Also had the antipasta for one. Each had a glass of cabernet wine. All was good. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and we... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Walk into the restaurant and you are looking directly at the kitchen. Seating is very limited and you have to leave the restaurant to go to the bathrooms. Food was great!!

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

All I really want in a restaurant is good food and efficient, professional service in a pleasant dining atmosphere. We reviewed a number of options on Sanibel before deciding on this restaurant and in the end, it met expectations. Yes, the restaurant is cozy to the point of small but that just added to the authenticity of an Italian dining... More 

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New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

we were looking for an Italian restaurant on Sanibel Island and we were lucky enough to end up here. food was delicious , service was great and at atmosphere was perfect.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Il Tesoro has the best food on Sanibel. Their menu ranges from seafood, pastas, veal, chicken, pork or lamb. Whatever you choose, it is superb. If there is something you crave and do not see, ask and they will accommodate you. I especially love the atmosphere. We visit several times during each stay. You will not be disappointed! Make sure... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We're on Sanibel for 3 weeks every year, and manage to enjoy Il Tesoro 2 or 3 times during each stay. The ambience is delightful, service outstanding, and food perfect. Their lamb ossa Buco and beef short ribs are fantastic. So are their salads (I think we've tried them all!), their butternut squash soup, their coconut cake, and delicious (and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Fresh ingredients , wonderful service good ambience the best dining experience , I believe offered on Sanibel Island fl. Braised Short Ribs -the best I have ever had - this dining experience not to be missed when visiting Sanibel Island fl.

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Georgia, US
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We had beef carpaccio, cannelloni, mushroom ravioli, and tiramisu It was excellent. Highly recommend. Only criticism was the presentation of the carpaccio not as great as everything else .

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Panama
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We had a good meal. Very delicious. I didn't like the flatware. My fork had a crocked tooth and was much thinner than my partners. I should have asked for another one. The tap water doesn't taste good (I guess the situation on the entire island).

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madison, wi
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

This little northern Italian restaurant is tucked away behind an art gallery. It is the southern branch of an upper eastside restaurant in Manhattan. We split an appetizer and salad, and each had an entree. Everything was outstanding, and the service was relaxed and charming. A bit pricey, but very reasonable for the quality that you get. We had a... More 

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Additional Information about Il Tesoro

Address: 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-395-4022
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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