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751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113 (San-Cap Road)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there recently for a special occasion. My daughter and I SHARED a small Caesar salad and a simple pasta a la vodka, and my husband and son both had the same pasta Amatriciana. (So 3 pasta dishes in total. While the vodka pasta was very good, the other pasta dish was practically inedible. My husband started with the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was so delicious that I can still taste it and smell it. Joe our waiter was so sweet and attentive. We order the pappardelle in bolognese sauce and the short rib. The short rib was really outstanding. Yes it was pricey but it was worth it in my opinion. I would go back in a heartbeat.

1 Thank RayMaxNYC
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Il Tesoro is off the beaten path, but on Sanibel Island that means nothing as everything is within minutes. This restaurant is worth finding. Of all the Italian I have eaten in my 61 years, their red sauce was the best. Amazing flavor. Both of our meals were delicious and plentiful. The wine list is small but adequate. One of... More 

2 Thank Gordon S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Seriously, il TESORO is good quality food on the island. We first ate here around 2007 when it first opened. It's off season, there were 3 tables of couples yet food and service was great. My wife had the Chilean Sea Bass and I had the veal Osso buco. Both excellent. We had a caprese and faggotini, which was an... More 

2 Thank Ian F
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Extremely disappointing! Pescatore Rissoto (two meals) were both ruined by the inclusion of rancid lobster tails. They were mushy and smelled like ammonia. Totally inedible. Manager never understood that both dishes were compromised and only brought one replacement after blaming the new cook for his technique. Just as well since the replacement was equally unfit for human consumption. They reduced... More 

4 Thank Kim M
Syracuse, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

I sincerely hope the owner reads this honest review. Last night there were only a few tables occupied as it is the off season on Sanibel. This place is overpriced and the food is overall decent but not outstanding. I ordered the polenta with mushrooms and it arrived not as I expected, and rather unappetizing on the plate. Our waiter... More 

3 Thank 811pamela530
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We found the atmosphere to be pleasant, the service very good and the food delicious with sizable portions. Will return on future visits.

3 Thank Alan R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here a few times and it is on our "can't miss" list of restaurants on Sanibel. Love the atmosphere, food and service. The faggottini is an amazing appetizer and the seafood pasta dishes were fresh and wonderful! This is a true gem of a restaurant in Sanibel and we look forward to our next visit.

2 Thank CanesVan
Niskayuna, New York
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Our extended family ate here last week. Sanibel is sorely lacking in quality restaurants but this place was absolutely the worst restaurant that I've ever eaten in. None of the food was good and two of the dishes were inedible. Despite mentioning this to our waiter (who was very nice), we were charged for all dishes. Prices were ridiculous for... More 

2 Thank Peter A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Had dinner here last month with a large party. There wasn't one person in the group who liked their meal. The food is horrible. I very rarely write a negative review for anything but this place really deserved one. The one star we gave it was for the very pleasant waiter!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
    (San-Cap Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239-395-4022
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?