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751 Tarpon Bay Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3113 (San-Cap Road)
+1 239-395-4022
17:00 - 22:00
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Fort Myers, Florida
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely ambiance. Very good antipasto, the Short Ribs and Gnocchi dinner was average, the seafood in the Zuppa di Pesce was not as fresh as it should have been. The dessert menu very limited. Wouldn't rush to return.

Thank escapetocape
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 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 

Thank llfsell
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Asheville, North Carolina
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74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I returned mearly by chance. We had dined here about 7 years ago and vowed to never return...funny what happens when you are hungry and the other restaurants are packed! What a nice surprise. This is the real deal in Italian food. Our last experience could not have been more opposite from this one. The service was... More 

1 Thank lindsay h
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hi Lindsay – thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit. We are so glad you decided to give us another try, and this time were not disappointed! Il Tesoro strives to constantly improve over the years, and our guests feedback plays a big role in our path to improvement. We hope you come... More 

Watertown, Connecticut
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've had some good and not-so-good Italian food in Florida, but this one is the best. Il Tesoro is a little place compared to Il Cielo. I had a Fettuccine dish and I loved it. We also got the antipasti and that was great, too. Check out this awesome place, Il Tesoro.

1 Thank drew1mcg
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, Drew! We appreciate your patronage and can’t wait to see you again soon. More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful food in a small setting tucked away behind the art shop. Excellent food - call ahead to reserve a table. Courteous staff and wine options make for a pleasant evening out.

1 Thank Jeff P
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Hello Jeff. Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Guest satisfaction is our main priority and we are so glad to have hit the mark with you. More 

Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the very moment you walk into this restaurant, you are greeted by smiling faces and intoxicating aromas. The antipasto a la casa is set out on display for you to feast your eyes upon on your way to your table, and it tastes even better than it looks! It is a pleasure to watch such exquisite chefs cooking in... More 

2 Thank Amylouwho86
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write Il Tesoro such a fantastic review! We are so grateful of not only your feedback, but patronage as well. Our staff works hard to ensure all of our guests have the truly wonderful dining experience they deserve, and it is very satisfying to hear we are succeeding. More 

Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting Sanibel few days ago and Il Tesoro was recommended by our friends... We were very impressed when we walked in. This place is very small, but cozy and welcoming... The food was fantastic and so was the service from the staff... we truly felt like back in Italy on our vacation!!! Don't miss this place! We definitely... More 

1 Thank Orlova2001
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We strive to impress with great tasting food and friendly service, so we’re glad to hear you had a pleasant visit with us. We look forward to serving you again in the near future! More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have resisted going to this restaurant because of the mixed reviews, but we finally decided to give it a try. In a small house with steps and a long walk from the ramp, the entry can be a little challenging for someone with mobility issues. The inside is best described as fun & funky, with an open kitchen you... More 

Thank Junior119
Chicago, Illinois
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122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a terrific dinner at Il Tesoro while on vacation on Sanibel. Great atmosphere in this very small, cosy restaurant. Excellent pasta dishes, salads, veal dishes. One of best restaurants on island.

1 Thank Roger H
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this review

Thank you for such high praises, Robert! We appreciate your kinds words and are happy you were able to enjoy all about your experience with us. More 

Southborough, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were enchanted when we went to this tiny, atmospheric restaurant! The intimacy of hearing the dishes being prepared, the lighting, the bread and olive oil-all were wonderful. I had linguine with shrimp, which was delicious. But unfortunately our waiter pushed one of the specials of the night, a stuffed pork chop, and my husband ordered it. It was overcooked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 50
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?