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All 63 Sanibel Island Restaurants

Il Tesoro

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 - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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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
Strongsville, Ohio
Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

IL Tesoro is always the highlight of our annual visit to Sanibel. As usual, this visit did not disappoint. Every thing was spot on, most especially the food. Don't pay any attention to the negative reviews. They are written by chain food lovers. We have been dining here for many years and it is always a meal n to remember.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Fantastic overall experience. Great sauces and Northern Italian tastes. We shared the Antipasto appetizer for ONE because we wanted to save room for dessert (Coconut Tiramisu) and cleaned the plates -- the quality and textures are as good as any dining on the island. My partner chose the Short Ribs and I went with one of my favorites -- the... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We've been here once before and this time was even better than the first. The two of us shared all three courses and practically licked our plates. For a starter we ordered the goat cheese Faggotini with a brown butter & sage cream sauce, very nice! Our second course was a spinach salad and made-to-order soup of the day, both... More

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Hollywood, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a true Italian experience. The wait staff and food is excellent. The Papperdelle Bolognese is out of this world so is the Lamb Shank. The restaurant is small and cozy. An excellent place for a quiet romantic dinner.

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Manlius
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Small/cozy location; very helpful staff & Italian food that's out of this world! Another annual "must"!

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It was my boyfriends birthday and we decided to celebrate at Il Tesoro. Service was friendly and gave perfect suggestions. We ordered the Faggotini for an appetizer. The brown butter and fresh sage sauce was outstanding! Bread is served with a roasted red pepper olive oil, which was so delicious we ordered more bread. My boyfriend ordered the Contadina di... More

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Staten Island
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Il Tesoro on Sanibel is a small quiet place with great staff and food. I have been to both the Sanibel and NYC restaurants and while both are excellent, you would expect such in NYC but be hesitant in Sanibel. However, Il Tesoro in Sanibel brings that true Italian flavor to the island with flair. Great to have a table... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It is so worth your while to take the time and find this gem on such a great island. The food was just perfect and we were treated as if we were the only people in the restaurant. Excellent service and the food was even better. It may be a small building but the chef makes it all so great.

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Fort Myers, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

We went for our anniversary dinner. I had been there once before at Christmas season and liked it the first time. This trip I was no so impressed. The food was okay. Our waiter seemed disengaged. It is loud and if you dont mind being packed in cheek to jowel you may find it acceptable. We did not stay for... More

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Sanibel
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's the best Italian restaurant outside of New York, and there happens to an Il Tesoro in New York, too! I had the small plate dinner entree of polenta with bolognese sauce on top and my husband had the salmon special. Both were amazingly delicious. Definitely going to make this a regular place to eat as we live here year... More

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