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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
+1 239-395-4022
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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1. Another great visit
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2. Best Veal Piccata EVER!
"I love veal piccata and I order it a lot ."
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3. The best on Sanibel!!!
"Was my pleasure to visit IL TESORO again."
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The offerings at Il Tesoro always present me with the dilemma of which superb meal to order on this visit. It’s marvelous to be given so many options, stray from old favorites and never be let down. Every plate is well worth its price. I...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

Was my pleasure to visit IL TESORO again.. Every time I visit...the food ..ambience and service is a top notch! Don't let this place missed..while you're visiting Sanibel!!!!

1  Thank Orlova2001
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for the high praises! We are thrilled to know we are one of your go-to spots on the island.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was second to none. The food was absolutely delicious! No disappointments here! Worth every penny! Our meals consisted of the Osso Bucco, Veal Piccata, Zupa di Pesce, and the Salmon dijonaisse.

1  Thank Kelly P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ad promoted the 3-course, limited choice menu between 5 and 6pm. We arrived at 5:45, asked about it, and our waiter first stated it was too late, then stated that the special was only good the first 2 weeks of December. As one can...More

2  Thank gracefultraveller
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We're back in Sanibel again, and the very first restaurant we visit is one of our favorites- Il Tesoro. If you are interested in great Italian food, this is the place. We started by splitting an appetizer of grilled octopus on a bed of greens...More

2  Thank Scott A
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Scott - we are so grateful for your kind review! It gives us such joy to know you started off your trip on such a happy note after your meal at Il Tesoro.

Reviewed 29 November 2017

While visiting Sanibel and Captiva Il Tesoro is a must stop for the best dinner in town. The food is magnificent and the service is exquisite. A thoroughly grand experience.

1  Thank cgrasso206
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I love veal piccata and I order it a lot . . . probably have enjoyed it at 50 or more restaurants. Il Tesoro served me the tastiest I have ever had! It's a fairly simple sauce, but this one was so flavorful . ....More

2  Thank WarrenKitz
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Warren - thank you to and your family for paying us a visit while you were in Sanibel. We were pleased to serve you and are glad you had such a great experience at our establishment!

Reviewed 31 October 2017

This restaurant originated as an outpost of Il Tesoro in Manhattan. The food is extraordinary. The restaurant is charming. The service is excellent and experienced. Pricey and worth it!

1  Thank LucyJojo
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your patronage and review!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Menu completely different than what is on their website also the pricing was 30% higher when I asked why I was told the website hasn't been updated in 10 years when I called for reservations the number had been changed to a personal cellphone that...More

4  Thank louis55
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Went to have the bolognese which on their website was $19, it was $26. The owner or manager said" that is a 10 year old menu, we have not changed it". This is not a good restaurant for handicapped people as chairs BLOCK a path...More

3  Thank timothy c
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Timothy - I am sorry that your experience at Il Tesoro was not up to your expectations. Customer satisfaction is always our goal and we are disappointed when it is not met. Thank you for taking the time to review us. We truly appreciate our...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: +1 239-395-4022
  • E-mail
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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