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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Price range: $25 - $50
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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72% Recommend
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English first
Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It's a nice experience to visit a restaurant for great food. Being a dedicated foodie, there is not much I can not create at home. Makes dining out difficult, and finding a non-chain operation is even harder. I want our $$ to stay here, rather than filter up to a franchise fee. With that in the open, we had a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Joe was a great server and made our experience wonderful. The good was amazing. We were expecting the typical slow fine dining. However, our food came out quickly. This was great news, since we had our six year old with us. I had the lobster and seafood fra diablo. It was amazing. My husband has the duck with gnocchi. He... More

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Springfield, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The food was average at best, but that may have been what I ordered. Service was fine, but I didn't like how small it was. I felt really claustrophobic and our waiter kept bumping into our table, making us spill our drinks. In my opinion, there's much better restaurants on the island.

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Cartagena District, Colombia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The best!!! We loved the Food, the place and the attention! The octupus is the best I Ever had and the limoncello Was great!

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Excellent Italian food at a tiny gem of a restaurant on Sanibel. The entire restaurant has only 10-15 total tables so make a reservation or you may wait. They offer a good wine list and very solid menu. I'll recommend any of the pasta dishes and the antipasto appetizer. Don't miss out on their desserts, they are delicious.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The name of this restaurant is apt, as Il Tesoro translates to "The Treasure." We have eaten here every time we have visited Sanibel since we first discovered it. The food is remarkable. From the salads (Caprese, this time, with a lovely house made balsamic vinaigrette, just the right amount of mozzarella, fabulous tomatoes and a background of fresh basil),... More

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding upscale Italian cuisine . We go every year when on Sanibel and are never disappointed. Varied dishes each visit .

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North Redington Beach, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We eat here everytime we come to Sanibel and have never been disappointed. The food is authentic homemade italian that has always been amazing. The service is upscale and husband and I enjoyed talking with the owner who makes each trip feel like a special occasion.

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North Port, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I had reservations tonight for my family of 5. I waited at the entrance for 15 minutes, 3 different servers went to the register by the entrance and didn't even acknowledge me. I could see where our table was set and another server said lets just sit the next party. At that point of being completely ignored my family and... More

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Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had reservations for a party of four and were seated right away. It's a small place, maybe 20-24 seats which is why reservations are essential. Everything is made from scratch. And although they do not have a children's menu, our waiter recommended homemade chicken fingers ($12) which we were crispy and tender - we all clamoring for a bite!... More

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