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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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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • 46
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  • 43
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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
Very nice surprise!

My husband and I were staying in Fort Myers Beach and i was shopping for deals. I came upon a groupon for this restaurant. Boy are we glad I did!... we went on a week night. It is a small place but beautiful & comfortable. I love Italian food and so does my husband but he likes the basics... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Tammy J
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Westland, Michigan
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  • Romantic
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Bantam, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I got a Groupon and was very pleasantly surprised 😍. Awesome food and excellent service. Thank you Geoffrey for a wonderful experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

I received a gift certificate and was very excited to try this local Italian restaurant. It is dirty and worn down inside. The food was fair. I was very hungry and didn't finish my soup or entree. They were both inferior. I found the item I wanted to order on the online menu. When I ordered, I was told that... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The food is fantastic; the service efficient and professional. While the decor may be a bit odd, the food is five star. The eggplant tower is amazing and the salmon a very generous serving of fresh, delicious fish done in a wonderful sauce. The lasagna is also delicious, as are the meatballs.

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Westland, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My husband and I were staying in Fort Myers Beach and i was shopping for deals. I came upon a groupon for this restaurant. Boy are we glad I did!... we went on a week night. It is a small place but beautiful & comfortable. I love Italian food and so does my husband but he likes the basics so... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Purchased a groupon and was surprised that the restaurant did not look like the pic I saw when buying. Turns out they use the pic from another restaurant location that's nicer. Called 4 times to make a reservation - no reply. Finally got someone live and booked. Showed up to find I had no reservation! We were seated anyway -... More 

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Ft Myers, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Seems the staff just does not want to be there. Sour looking faces, rude behavior. Waiter Steve favorite comment "You ready to order, or what?" No manager/owner presence until at closing when owner comes in and empties cash register into his pocket. Good restaurant gone bad.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My wife and I went to this restaurant only because we had a groupon for $100. It is definitely a small restaurant. I counted 13 tables. The kitchen is open and you can watch the food being cooked and prepared. The cool thing was we went out of season or towards the end. We made a reservation and got sat... More 

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65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Had a Groupon coupon which made it better. Very standard old Italian. Had a choice of two things for dessert, tiramisu or coconut tiramisu. The cannelloni were okay, but the swordfish was fishy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We returned to Il Tesoro on our vacation. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess who promptly showed us to our table. Our waiter, a tall thin man, greated us with specials but from there it went downhill. Our food was good as expected but his attention to detail was poor. We ordered a bottle of wine which he... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

like eating in rome on a quiet street,amazing to find such a restaurant on sanibel,much shorter flight then Rome,superb specials, pasta with fresh mushrooms memorable,after being in italian last fall,loved the open kitchen,the restaurant has perfect vibes

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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: Romantic

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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