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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Top ten on San-Cap

Nice bottle of 2010 Barolo to start. Antipasto platter was excellent, as were the fried risotto ball apps. Wife's scallops in brown balsamic sauce were nice, as was my short rib and gnocchi. Son had pork belly and gnocchi and his was the winner. Service was pleasant. Atmosphere is mediocre, but not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
NathanCapeCoral
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Cape Coral
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Stay away from lasagne. Advertised as layers it just came out in a puddle of cheese and sauce, no pasta, no layers. Soup was only ok. Service good, atmosphere enjoyable. But pricey for the quality level. Even wine overpriced for the quality. Will not return.

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Fort Myers, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had a small family gathering at Il Tesoro restaurant. There new furniture and seating arrangements were very comfortable. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable with great wine pairings. The food was fabulous with generous portions. We have visited multiple times now and highly recommend this delightful little restaurant.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Food was amazing! However service was awful... Worst ever. For these prices, we should have had five star service. Server never even introduced himself, we poured our own water, and server could not name the quantity of mushrooms in one of the apps.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is my favorite dining spot on Sanibel. There are many good restaurants, and several that are larger, more frequented, or better known. But if you want a fine dining experience in a comfortable setting with exquisite preparation and a professional staff, this is the spot. At our most recent visit, my wife had Salmon Toscana and I had Short... More 

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Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We love the new booth seating. The food as always was spectacular. We like to share the anti-pasta, it has marinated vegetables meats and cheeses. I had the short ribs and as always they were tender and the sauce is a perfect complement.

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Clewiston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This was an awesome date night spot. The interior is intimate and the wait staff are extremely knowledgeable. This was a fine dining experience not to be missed.

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Cape Coral
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

Nice bottle of 2010 Barolo to start. Antipasto platter was excellent, as were the fried risotto ball apps. Wife's scallops in brown balsamic sauce were nice, as was my short rib and gnocchi. Son had pork belly and gnocchi and his was the winner. Service was pleasant. Atmosphere is mediocre, but not too bad. Worth a visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My husband and I dined here last night. The food and service is top notch! The restaurant is small and quaint. There are no highchairs for kids/babies or children's menu at this restaurant. That is always a good sign for a quiet evening out with your spouse and/or adult friends. I ordered the Braised Short Ribs, which were divine! My... More 

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Arrived on a Saturday night. There were only 3 couples. Taken back by the house water. Strong odor of chlorine. Undrinkable. We could of paid extra for bottled water, however. This was thinly restaurant that we ate while on Sanibel that didn't filter their water. The lobster Fra($32) was a medium tail(in the shell) sitting atop pappardelle. The waiter when... More 

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Midwest
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Booked and mentioned about the Groupon. No problem there.We had the Lobster Fra Diavola and Fettucine Mari e Monte as the main dishes. Sounded promising...but ended in disappointment. The dishes were of small quantities ( now I wonder if this were the 'Groupon' effect; but I guess we were fine with the limited quantity as we really didn't like what... More 

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Additional Information about Il Tesoro

Address: 751 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: 239-395-4022
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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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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