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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
239-395-4022
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $50
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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Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Our group had a variety of meals from lasagna to lamb osso bucco to lobster ravioli. All of it was excellent.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of our favorite restaurants on Sanibel. It's in a charming house, and the owners are always so sweet. The food has always been spot on, particularly the lamb osso bucco.

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Sterling, Virginia
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We came down to Sanibel for a short 4 night vacation. We planned on finding a nice restaurant to go to for at least one of the nights. We did some research, asked a few locals there opinions and decided on Il Tesoro's. We made a reservation (just yesterday) and when we arrived had a short wait, the aromas outside... More

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Buffalo, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Spent the last couple of months on Sanibel and leaving for home tomorrow. Happily we had our best meal last night in our favorite restaurant, Il Tesoro. We make a point to go here every couple of weeks because the owners are welcoming and accommodating. The wait staff is very kind and confirm our drink order before we even ask... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Love the owner and staff. The food has always been great. Big portions, creative menu and well priced.

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stone mountain ga.
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The waiter was a real jerk with a bad attitude . The restaurant was hot and uncomfortable. Food was fairy good but all was over shadowed by the BAD service and the heat.

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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

2nd trip to Captiva & 2nd trip to Il Tesoro. Won't miss a visit again next year. Great Italian food comes out of the open kitchen hot and steamy. All pasta was perfect - sauces and seafood delicious. Sautéed lobster tail & fried arugula was a wow. Salmon special with a red sauce very tasty & unique. The desserts -... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

You'd be hard pressed to find better Italian fare on Sanibel or anywhere in Florida for that matter than Il Tesoro. It was outstanding from start to finish. The restaurant is small so it's imperative that you make a reservation in advance. Unless you were to dine early, it didn't seem conducive to hosting small children. The tables are relatively... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My husband and I recently tried Il Tesoro while in Sanibel for the night. So glad we did. It was so fun to have dinner in such a non-touristy place. It really does feel like a cool little neighborhood restaurant. SO tired of chains. We were sincerely greeted in the small entrance and got to see a beautiful selection of... More

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Champaign, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Visited this restaurant because of a groupon. With the half off groupon, it was priced fairly, otherwise not so much. The Sea Bass was excellent, but the average size portion for $30 and no accompaniments was over priced in my opinion. Also, it is genuinely Italian and family run, but no one was friendly, especially our waiter! He wasn't rude,... More

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