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“Nightmare” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Tesoro

Il Tesoro
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Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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."
Coral Gables, Florida
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nightmare”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Very poor quality food. Very noisy. Wrong order arrived and owner argued that it was the correct order. Overpriced. Seating much too close, and was continually bumped by servers and customers. A waiter came too close behind me with a plate of food and got food on me. Tremendous disappointment as we had read good reviews and found the opposite. This was the worst dining experience, and a waste of time and money.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Naturalist8888
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New Yorker
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83 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very good food & service but...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Our entrees were very tasty: Pork chop val dostana stuffed with gorganzola & spinach was very good as was the Grouper Livornese. Capuccino was okay. Service was excellent. Ambiance was quirky & nice, but the major drawback was the lack of comfort: chairs were uncomfortable and air conditioning too high. Consequently, we left as soon as we could. Given the other excellent restaurants we dined at in the area, we would not return. Too bad, really, bec. the food was quite good.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JoanAdria
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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Yes we are cozy-quaint- like you are in our little house and kitchen in Italy! Thank you for your recommendations, we appreciate the opportunity to create intimate and fun experiences for you and all our guests to enjoy and create memories of great times with great food. Please come back and try some of our newest creations!
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Don't be fooled by "ART"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Owner lovingly manages this intimate restaurant, and what a delicious dinner we had. Good wine selection. Everything was perfect.
The sign out front on Tarpon Rd is shared by an art gallery, and the restaurant is around the back but it is a truly great find!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Gay C
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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Fantastic mention and review, thank you! We truly appreciate you so much, we love our restaurant and love to share with all of our guests to enjoy in the great cuisine. Please come back soon to see us again here or in our restaurant in NYC
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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3 reviews
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“MARVELOUS in all ways possible!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was our first experience at Il Tesoro in Sanibel. From the making of the reservation to the dessert and presentation of the bill, the experience was outstanding! The service was very friendly and efficient; the ambiance was warm and intimate. The meals we had were two of the best we have had in a very, very long time. We could not rate the spot any better than we have.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Ned O
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iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Awe! Thank you for your recommendations for our menu to the Tripadvisor readers, we appreciate the opportunity to create intimate and fun experiences for you and all our guests to enjoy and create memories of great times with great food.
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“intimate romantic bistro”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Food is good and so is ambiance... Don't miss the appetizers with the meats and cheeses! YUM! Reservations reccomended. Art gallery was a nice side trip to see the work of local artists.

Visited January 2013
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Thank wkdudiva
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