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751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (San-Cap Road)
239-395-4022
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: IL Tesoro Ristorante, the restaurant name which means ,"the Treasure" in...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance

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  • 42
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  • 37
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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic Find!

Just off the main road of the popular Sanibel-Captiva Island area is a sweet little Italian restaurant with delicious food and a nice wine selection. While waiting for our table we were entertained with "the dance of the chefs" as they feverishly prepared and plated the dishes. The dining area is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Keysgull
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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444 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Just off the main road of the popular Sanibel-Captiva Island area is a sweet little Italian restaurant with delicious food and a nice wine selection. While waiting for our table we were entertained with "the dance of the chefs" as they feverishly prepared and plated the dishes. The dining area is small, rustic and charming. Service was efficient and pleasant... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A quite family meal on a Sunday evening turned into a fiasco. The food was not as others reviewed "exceptional" but tolerable. With this alone we would have never provided a review. What really sponsored this review was the waiter, Joe. With a personality of a toad and the smell of cigarette permeating from him we all lost our appetite.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I had a Groupon voucher that had to be redeemed by March 20th. Food was okay but nothing to write home about. Our waiter Joe needs to get a personality and be more enthusiastic in addition to washing his hands after "cigarette break ". He also needs to learn to walk without dragging his feet. Bottom line overpriced a nd... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We have lived in Sanibel for 18 years, been to Italy several times, and this was our first trip to this Restaurant, could not believe what great food we have been missing, food was awesome, service was good, and have always loved this cozy restaurant , especially when it was the Twlight Grill, but the food was outstanding, will come... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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166 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Last night hubby and I went to Il Tesoro because I got a Groupon for $100 worth of food and drinks. We don't usually treat ourselves but we ate here one time before with a Groupon a couple of years ago. This is a small restaurant so I'd suggest making reservations. No fancy attire required. They have excellent food and... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I went here to celebrate Valentine's Day. The restaurant is located on Sanibel Island which is 1hr and 15 minutes from North Naples. To get there, you can go north on US 41, turn left on Gladiolas Dr, merge onto County Rd 869, then continue on to McGregor Blvd until you approach the Sanibel Causeway.****This has a... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I lived in Rome for a few months in college so I always get excited for authentic Italian restaurants. This one definitely did not disappoint. I was there with friends and we had a great time. They have a diverse wines by the glass and yummy dishes. I started with a caprese salad followed by the house lasagna. So delicious!... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nothing special about the food. Service was good. Very small and crowded, tables crammed together Overpriced.

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Green Bay Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Visited on 2/5/15 with another couple. One individual ordered the lobster ravioli $33 for 4 pieces. My husband ordered lasagna again very small portion but that was ok because it was scorched with a very bad burnt taste. My daughter and I split a chicken pasta dish along with an order of risotto. 2 risottos were served. Total bill $155.00.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent food! Everything is prepared to perfection! I have been to Italy 18 times and the meal we had was as good as some of the best meals I have had there.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
    (San-Cap Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239-395-4022

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance

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."
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

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