Il Tesoro-Sanibel
Il Tesoro-Sanibel

Il Tesoro-Sanibel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.iltesoro.net/
  • Phone: 2393954022x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: AJ Black
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Open kitchen, Fresh Italian Antipasto display, and colorful original oil paintings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San-Cap Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Il Tesoro-Sanibel
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Il Tesoro-Sanibel reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)romantic (29)neighborhood gem (22)notable wine list (20)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • The best Italian on the island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My husband and I have been vacationing on Sanibel Island for many years but somehow hadn't eaten at Il Tesoro until this visit. We were so pleased to find this gem. The restaurant itself is intimate and quaint, and the food and service were fantastic. The octopus appetizer was tender and delicious. The pork belly with gnocchi was amazing, as were my husband's braised short ribs. The portions are generous. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sanibel Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have eaten at Il Tessoro-Sanibel three times and everytime it was excellent. The food and service is excellent. We prefer to go in "off" season because it is less crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Find
    John
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Dining during the off-season in Sanibel Island some of the restaurants close so choices become more limited. This being a Monday night it seemed that perhaps it was even more limited. We decided on Il Tesoro-Sanibel based largely on the online reviews. We were not disappointed! The food was truly excellent and the service from Steven and Joe made us feel welcome and well taken care of during the evening. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the atmosphere had both an air of intimacy but a good low-vibe as well. Really a great balance. Granted, the restaurant was not full that evening so perhaps it could become too noisy for some diner's tastes on a busy night, but we thought it was perfect. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine find
    ResidentVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This remains one of the best eating experiences on Sanibel-Captiva. It's real Italian food, prepared with skill. The wait staff are all knowledgeable; hopefully, you'll be served by the cheerful folks there, and not by the one sullen, grumpy fellow who'd rather be somewhere else. The antipasti special is a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • welltraveleddiner
    Welltraveleddiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The only restaurant I've found on Sanibel/Captiva that could be in NYC, Boston, Naples, etc... Very good overall. Can satisfy the craving for a "nice" dinner while on the island.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sanibel sam
    Deeandsal
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    good food basic Italian and well prepared. plain exterior, and homey interior.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • crowded tables, noisy bus person
    Floridagal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Clang, bang, was all I heard. Other patrons were loud. Had to climb over staff at cash register to get in, climbing around extra chairs too. Not planning to return. I live in this county.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dcamwlsh
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It is unusual to find authentic food on a resort island-good food, good atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Dining
    smurf
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We have been to this gem 3 times now and have always been extremely satisfied with the food and service. This trip was the exception as the waiter who served us seemed to be in another world. Could seem to focus on anything we said. Didn't know the beer selection and we had to repeat ourselves a number of times. He kept saying he was just back from 3 days off but appeared to still be "off". Don't let that hold you back from going especially if you have a Groupon since this is not a place for those with a cost concern!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    thecasualdiner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Coming from an Italian family, I know good Italian! Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and hilarious. We even asked for a special request sauce and the chef made it perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good. The waiters were rushed and not quite on their game as one would expect for a restaurant of this caliper.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Il Tesoro:Dining the way it used to be & the way it should be. Il Tesero is small, eclectic with emphasis on food, family, conversation & far from glitter, video monitors, TV's, loud music & it's a restaurant that makes you want to linger, enjoy some wine, dine well & have fun conversation. That's just the atmosphere! The food: it's all about the food. Our antipasto was excellent, the eggplant stack was fresh, delicious & a take on the traditional Caprese salad. The meatballs, dense, hot, and in a deliciously thick sauce (gravy, a la South Philadelphia) that brought me back to Grandma's cooking. We tried three differnt pasta dishes which were sublime. One diner had lamb chops and could not stop raving. Pricey? Maybe but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's so great to find a restaurant that does it the way it should be: no TV monitors, no loud music, a fun atmosphere with emphasis on well prepared food, and quiet enough for conversation without cell phones and video games. Il Tesoro is not a Florida tourist trap with every over breaded, fried food you can think of. Our shared appitizers of eggplant stack, antipasta and meatballs were excellent. One diner had lamb chops and the portion was enough for 2 people and well worth the price. One diner thought his lasagne was excellent and the paparadelle was delicious and enough for two people. Just a great, intimate, old-fashioned restaurant with fine dining the way it should be. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Heritage
    Ricosdaughter
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I rarely eat out at Italian restaurants because I am critical of the overall presentation and taste of what often is passed off as Italian food. When my husband and I found Il Tesoro the summer after it opened, I was absolutely blown away by the everything about it! We visit Sanibel Island every summer and always make sure we eat there. The food is authentic, the service is outstanding, and the atmosphere just makes me happy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT OCTOPUS
    HUNT60
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The octopus is a must, you will not find such tender octopus anywhere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive, but excellent
    Bkings23
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Small restaurant off the main drag-great Italian food. Lobster ravioli best Ive ever had. Expect to drop 50-75 per person, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top Level cuisine
    Topcatt
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent service, great food choices. I would have given 5 stars but withheld due to no liquor license. Wine and beer only. Wine was a little on the expensive side but....Food was excellent. The lamb was great and my wife's fish special was so good - she told folks about it at the next table when they arrived. Dessert of NY cheesecake was very good but pricey at 9 dollars for a slice. However, if you enjoy really excellent food then you don't look at the cost. Enjoy... make reservations - it's small but if u get there early on weekday 5 pm..your in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet Italian at its finest
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I am not one to eat out at many italian places given my family's italian heritage as nothing really compares to home cooked italian food. Il Tesoro-Sanibel is an exception - authentic gourmet italian food with great atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not disappointed...
    jeffbethdVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended, and we were NOT disappointed! Very quaint, neighborhood atmosphere, very welcoming and comfortable. The wine was very good, but the service and food quality are the stars here. Everything...and I mean everything from soup to dessert are handmade, fresh to order. Nothing pre-made, nothing frozen...all fresh and deliciously prepared. Don't hesitate to give this gem a try, you won't be sorry!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Treasure
    FloridaFlash
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Translate Il Tesoro from Italian to English -> "The Treasure." I have dined here multiple times over the years and have never been disappointed. From the antipasto, to the Caprese salad, to the Lobster ravioli to start, to the Lamb Osso Buco, and specialties of the evening, to the wine, the dessert and the Cappuccino, everything was exquisite. This is not the place to bring your four sub-teenage children. You need people who enjoy outstanding cuisine and quiet. The newlyweds behind us and the two retired couples sitting next to us seemed to share our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than the last time!
    ShirleyP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I have been going to Il Tesoro since they first opened and always go on my wedding anniversary. Up until October of 2013 I had nothing but great food and a great dining experience. However, in October 2013 I was disappointed in the food, the service and even the wine list. While deciding where to dine on our anniversary this year, I hesitated and almost did NOT go to Il Tesoro, especially after hearing from others about less than spectacular food. However, we did dine there on our anniversay and I was happy to see that things were back on track and up to my expectations. When I booked via Open Table, I explicitly noted in the comments that I hoped that they would prove all of the recent bad reviews on Trip Advisor wrong. They did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    chuck
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything went great. Food was great, our waiter was excellent. The only thing I didn't like is that because we used a groupon they added 18% gratuity. It is not that it wasn't deserved, i actually wanted to leave 20% but i don't like when restaurants don't give the choice to leave tip according to service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    GregoryVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Small restaurant but great food and service! Would definitely go back there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden deliciousness
    Hidden
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food. Everything was delicious. Small quaint atmosphere ... Large portions ... Most staff knowledgeable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special w/e
    ENDORN51
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very nice staff, answers questions, ALL dishes are made fresh, and all ingredients are fresh. Fantastic wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Cheri
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Quiet place with very good menu. We loved the Cesear Salad especially! Prices are a bit high but overall meal was well worth the expense. would recommend it for the not-so-budget-conscious. "Very Sanibel!"
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    SmoothVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Did not know what to expect, I found it on Open Table as a 1,000 point reservation for Friday night. Wow, it was a little hard to find but it was a small 50 seat gem on Sanibel. You can't beat the food, service and enjoyment. I had the sword fish served over risotto with artichokes, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes, not only was it super fresh it was great. My wife also enjoyed her Fred fish. The restaurant is rustic pleasantly decorated I talked to Taylor the chef afterwards and he told us that their other restaurant is in Manhattan. We definitely tell our friends about this great spot!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant on Sanibel.
    VinnyC
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Whenever we vacation in Captiva/Sanibel we make it a point to visit Il Tesoro twice. Great selection, served piping hot. This is the way Italian food is meant to be done. They offer a wide variety of appetizers, soups and salads and main courses. Their on-line menu for the Sanibel location doesn't show the entire menu. It is not a large place, so reservations are definitely recommended during peak season.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    savurbucks
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been to higher priced restaurants before that were actually worth it, but there was nothing outstanding here in my opinion. A mere glass of wine which they have listed as 187ml starts at $14. My pasta dish was so-so not great by any means, therefore not worth it. My husband's chicken dish was just average as well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Place!!
    DeDe
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I was there a couple of months ago for my Grandson's wedding rehearsal dinner & the food was great. So, I asked my husband to take me for my birthday to try it again, and we were not disappointed. The food & service was great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience, Again
    MITIMANVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was our second visit to Il Tesoro, which is situated in a lovely tropical setting in the middle of Sanibel Island. Small, reasonably quiet, and comfortable, this place is becoming a favorite for us. We started with the terrific antipasto platter, easily large enough for the four members of our party and loaded with marinated veggies of every sort, Italian meats, and shrimp. Delicious! Dinner choices were tasty, with perfectly al dente pasta, rich tomato and cream sauces, fresh fish and good wine. Service was friendly and efficient. Overall, a very satisfying night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • discriminatingdiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A unique restaurant for the area with a small New York restaurant atmosphere. A relief from the beachy, fast food, cargo pants motif so common on the island. Excellent REAL Italian food, a good wine list and knowlegable waiters. Casual fine dining at its best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    FashionistaVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food is consistently great. A lot of menu options. And an extensive wine list. One of the two best restaurants on Sanibel/ Captiva.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • like sitting at the table at home
    LpstkbizdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Quaint spot tucked away in a strip center off the main drag into Sanibel. Food was good as was the service. Nice wine list by the glass.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the Il Tesoro-Sanibel reviews archive.
  • A Hiiden Gem
    Uncinmi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Sanibel has many Restuarant choices and some are always crowed but il Tesoro remains to be the best in town. Right there on Tarpon Road is the best Italian food any one could imagine. This quirky trattoria has it all food atmosphere service and consistent quality
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Not sure the food was worth the price we paid. Everything was good but not outstanding. Dining room very crowded with tables pretty much on top of each other.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A definite gem!
    JhhohmanVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have driven past the restaurant for years and just didn't think to go to an Italian restaurant while on the island, we like to eat seafood when we are here. Last night we decided to give it a try. We weren't disappointed, we split the ceasar salad, it had an amazing dressing. I got the small lobster ravioli, it was delicious. My husband got the shrimp and sweet sausage pasta, his was amazing too. Don't forget the bread, it was fresh and they serve two olive oils, one red pepper that was amazing mixed with the balsamic vinegar. The ambiance was very European, I felt like I was in a quaint little restaurant in Italy. Our server was splendid, attentive, but not hovering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Rate and Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We always make a point of Visiting Il Tesoro when in Sanibel. The food is outstanding and the service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • authentic
    grosel
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    so nice to have a great authentic Italian restaurant - makes you almost feel like you are in Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    Kmc22
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food here is absolutely wonderful and the service cannot be beat! From the moment you walk in you receive great service from a kind and helpful waitstaff. Truly a great find on Sanibel and we will definitely be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.