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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank louis55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

2  Thank timothy c
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Went for our Anniversary, so we were looking for something with a little ambiance. The food was very good although not plentiful. The service was good but they pressure you to make a decision quickly. We were looking at a rather complicated and sophisticated line...More

4  Thank jomQ3994RW
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This might be my number 1 Italian restaurant ANYWHERE in the United States! All of us are scratching our head trying to figure out how this hidden jewel has only 4 stars on Trip Advisor, actually! Hopefully we didn't eat here on an unusually good...More

1  Thank shellakers
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We are so appreciative and grateful for your kind and detailed review of our restaurant, as well as glowing recommendation! Reading our guests' positive feedback always puts a smile on our faces, but yours really stood out. We are happy you and your family had...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Attentive staff happy to accommodate quirks. Polenta and pasta taste like they do in italy which is a treat in this area

2  Thank yvettelumley
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

We also think our polenta and pasta are great choices - thank you for the review.

Reviewed 29 July 2017

Very nice and attentive service, but in the end very poor price/quality ratio. We found that the high prices, where in no way justified by the cooking, which at best mediocre, specially knowing how good Italien cuisine really can be. A flavorless vegetable risotto for...More

3  Thank Christoph H
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Christoph - while we are glad you were a fan of our service, we apologize for your meal not meeting your expectations. While we wish you would have informed a manager of your concerns so we could have taken care of the issue while you...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We had a Groupon for this place and decided to give it a try. First impression was not impressive as the place looks a little scary from the outside. It's quaint inside and the staff was very nice and attentive. They served warm bread before...More

1  Thank Tammie H
Reviewed 17 July 2017

A Nice cozy atmosphere in a small area with wonderful soft music playing. The lighting on the ceiling had an interesting steampunk feel to it. We had for entrees and all were very good to excellent. Limited beer selection and no crafts or taps. The...More

1  Thank Greg P
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Very good food with a small out of the way location. Small staff but lots of variety in food choices. Didn't need reservation and didn't like that they included 18% gratuity.

Thank moonshinerkey
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback!

Reviewed 12 July 2017

The cozy ambiance could not have been more inviting. The service was perfect, warm and friendly, but not demanding of our attention. We had great food recommendations from the waitstaff and a perfect bottle of rose (also a recommendation). The delicious food was central to...More

2  Thank Deirdre C
iltesoro, Manager at Il Tesoro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Deirdre - 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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 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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