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Il Tesoro

751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
+1 239-395-4022
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“antipasti” (63 reviews)
“gnocchi” (26 reviews)
“cannoli” (15 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113
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1 - 10 of 637 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious home made Italian food, great wine and beer and excellent service, special occasion as well as family oriented.

2  Thank _tsdifiore1
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your sweet review! We are glad you are a fan of our food and service.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having viewed the menu online and mouth watering we booked for dinner anticipating a lovely romantic evening...how wrong could we be! From the moment I sat down on the bench seating and realised that I was sat about 4" lower than was comfortable (I'm 5ft...More

4  Thank KJT-AJT
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Although it saddens us to read about your recent visit to Il Tesoro, we always appreciate our guests taking the time to share their feedback with us. While we wish you would have your concerns about the food and experience to the attention of a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been always a treasure for us.. we're local people on Sanibel.. for some visitors seems like the restaurant is half empty because in summer time the season ends here- in subtropical climate;)... We're and been coming back here for a good reasons......More

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

We are so grateful for both your kind review and patronage! Thank you for loving Il Tesoro- even in the off season.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The site, the size and the menu looking very promising. We had one antipasti and two main dishes - one of them was the "night special". For $100 meal - they should try a little harder

Thank amitisraeli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In short: Too much!!! The food was over cooked (too much...): (It easy to know when pasta is over cook). The price was too much for this level of food.($30 for pasta and $36 for the entry ) No wonder that the place was half...More

3  Thank Nati I
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us, Nati. We're known for our flavorful pastas, and are disappointed to hear that what you received was not exactly how you had requested it to be prepared. Although we wish you would have brought...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an excellent dining experience - we loved it! Our meals were delicious. The service exceptional. The restaurant is very nice inside, unique and very quaint. The cannoli is delicious! Loved the staff - so kind and sweet -I felt like a guest in...More

1  Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seek out Il Tesoro, always an excellent meal. Authentic, warm and welcoming. Excellent food, great specials, and a strong wine list. Staff is attentive and informative, space is cozy, intimate and a nice alternative to the throngs at other island establishments. Tops the list for...More

Thank Jim G
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jim. We’re thrilled to hear that you had such great meals with us during your time in Sanibel! We agree that the antipasto and risotto are both delicious choices. Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best meal I have had out since I moved to Florida over a year ago.. I found a Groupon Deal for this place and it was worth every penny.This is not an inexpensive place to eat but if you are looking for...More

1  Thank Lisa P
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lisa thanks for the great review, as well as considering us the best Florida restaurant you've dined in so far! We take great pride in our hardworking staff and appreciate your high praises. We look forward to having you back again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this restaurant through Groupon, was very pleased to receive really good food and service. Each of the entrees was well thought out and beautifully presented. Tiramisu was extremely light and delicious with coconut added at the recommendation of our server. Would definitely go back,...More

Thank Mo H
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mo, we’re so glad to hear that your group enjoyed your recent visit with us. We agree that the tiramisu is an excellent dessert choice. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit. We look forward to...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We had enjoyable dinner experience, our salad and caprese , appetizers were very good.The salmon toscana and short ribs was excellent, our serves provided exceptional service. Il Tesoro is a gem in the island for good Italian cuisine, the staff were great and certainly be...More

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Do you have gluten-free options?
3 November 2015|
Response from iltesoro | Property representative |
yes we do
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Dinner, 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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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