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751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113 (San-Cap Road)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Syracuse, New York
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank 811pamela530
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

2 Thank Alan R
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

1 Thank CanesVan
Niskayuna, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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 

1 Thank Peter A
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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!

1 Thank PAdee
Cape Coral, Florida
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

For years this has been one of our favorite Italian seafood restaurants. The seafood is fresh and cooked to perfection. The ambiance is a tight fit sometimes loud environment. Well worth the wait.

1 Thank tjimports
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

The service here is the most splendid on the island! As soon as we walked in, my mom and I felt like super stars...or old friends...or old friends and super stars! The wait staff is so friendly! We've been coming here every summer for the past three years and every time it is the same! The food is ridiculously delicious!... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

I visited Il Tesoro for the first time in almost a year. The food and service were impeccable as usual. However It was a tad bit warm, and was told they had anu issues with the ac. I was told it would be fixed soon. I came in yesterday, and the air was fixed and more than comfortable. Our usual... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

We took our family (of 5) to dinner at this quaint little restaurant. The atmosphere is nice, not many tables although I'm not sure if the air conditioning wasn't working or it there just isn't any, but it was very hot inside and they had a few stand up fans to help circulate the air. The food was very good,... More 

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Earth, Texas
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This restaurant has an absolutely beautiful man yeah! We tried three different primary entrées – and every single one of them was as tasty as the next ! I would say their portions are quite large – and the service is superb ! Feels like a very well-established well oiled machine . The atmosphere is very cozy and romantic but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?