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751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113 (San-Cap Road)
+1 239-395-4022
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kennebunk, Maine
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237 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food and service is good. The owner was more interested in getting the people out to turn the table turned over. The tables are <6" apart - NO privacy at all. Georgio was our server was good, but the owner was pushing us to move on out after one hour and spending +$200 for dinner I did not appreciate... More 

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

We are from Boston. The North End of Boston has over 100 (mostly) Italian restaurants in one square mile in their neighborhood. I love Italian food and have been to Italy several times. I think Il Tosoro was a fine dining experience and would suggest you go. Even the bread and the olive oil/balsamic/ cheese that they put on the... More 

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Boston
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84 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small restaurant behind an art gallery, with somewhat hidden sign. We sat very close to the kitchen so ambiance was not great but the food was exceptional. Service was great. Prices, especially for the day's specials were much higher range than what was on the menu on-line. Very authentic Italian food. Great seafood pasta.

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for both your patronage and feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Il Tesoro and hope you come back to try our seafood pasta again. More 

virginia
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765 reviews
464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the cozy atmosphere. It reminded us of little restaurants in Italy. The food was very good and nicely presented. This is not a cheap restaurant. Bring your wallet. Our server was friendly and professional. However, I guess that they do not want patrons to enjoy wine. A glass of house wine is $11. It goes downhill or uphill... More 

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are very proud of our extensive wine list, and while the fine quality of the wines tend to fall on the pricier side, we promise you won't be disappointed! More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last time we dined here in 2011 during the off-season we were the only diners at this restaurant, and left with a rather large bill and mixed feelings (my wife said she felt "creeped out" by the experience). It took me 5 years to convince her to return to "Il Tesoro", and we did after a long walk on Captiva... More 

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hello James. Although we’re terribly disappointed to read about your recent experience, we thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your feedback with us. We strive to make sure that every dish leaves you completely satisfied, and are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the portions. We try to offer a wide variety... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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155 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were able to get a reservation at the last minute, even though this Italian restaurant is fairly small and most of the tables were full. The food and wine were delicious but it was a little more expensive than we expected. The service was excellent!

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for your patronage and feedback! So glad you enjoyed your time at Il Tesoro. More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Antipasto and Capresi salad very good to start . Fettucini pasta with lamb ragout delicious and hard to find elsewhere. Chicken Milanese did not disappoint. Wine selection very good. Highly recommended.

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Glad to hear you found our food delicious-we think so too! Thank you for your kind review. More 

Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

I came in with my wife, as we do at least once s year when we are in town. As usual the food and service were impeccable. We started with the house antipasto for two. It was a delicious mix of marinated vegetables, seafood, and Italian meat and cheese. I enjoyed the Lamb Ragout, made with braised lamb shank, a... More 

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and kind words! We at Il Tesoro strive to give our guests the very best-whether that be experience, service, or the food-and are so glad we met your expectations. Nothing makes us happier than a satisfied diner. Please come visit us again soon! More 

Harvey Cedars, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

We were very warmly greeted, and the dinners we had were light, subtly seasoned, and delightfully flavorful. The decor is eclectic, with warm, low lighting. Excellent music choices added to the enjoyment; and our waiter Joe was low key, didn't rush us and was helpful in explaining our options.

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review! We're so glad to hear you had a delicious meal accompanied by great service. We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Rigotoni Norma: Mushy bland pasta. Mushy bits of eggplant. Vague tomato taste. Pasta with Lamb rags: Mushy bland pasta. Slightly stringy lamb. Ravioli with crab/shrimp: This was ok. The light cream sauce was good and the balsamic finish was welcome - but certainly not worth the $30 price. There is plenty of good, carefully prepped food on the island without... More 

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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting our restaurant and for taking the time to write a review. I'm sorry to hear that your experience wasn't perfect. We take all reviews seriously and use the constructive feedback to grow. We buy only the finest ingredients to put together the dishes on our menu. We are committed to serving organic high quality... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
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
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: +1 239-395-4022
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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