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Il Tesoro-Sanibel

631 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(239) 395-4022
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
AJ Black
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Cross street
San-Cap Road
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Open kitchen, Fresh Italian Antipasto display, and colorful original oil paintings.
Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We went for Mother's Day dinner and had an excellent experience. We will definitely go back!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was delicious. The waiter was very professional. We moved our table 3x until we got the perfect location within the restaurant. They were very accommodating about our seating preference. Authentic seafood cooked perfectly in delicious sauce. Salad a bit pricey but delicious and ample serving.
It was our anniversary, which they were advised of prior to our arrival but no special accommodations were provided.
All in all we enjoyed our dinner very much and will definitely return

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

A wonderful alternative to the more touristy places on Sanibel. Real authentic Italian cuisine. I enjoyed shrimp tempura in a sauce as my appetizer. Not sure how Italian, but it was most excellent. For my entree, the veal marsala did not disappoint. Its a small place... in an old Florida cottage, so make reservations.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

Look no further. We totally loved this small mom and pop romantic type restaurant. We will go back.

bruce (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

In the past, we have had good experiences here but put latest visit this past week was disappointing!!! The service was good but the food was very disappointing. The food not only didn't taste good but the portions were too small. To pay the type of prices, get poor food and then walk away hungry is a shame.

Yummm (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2017

Every year my sister and I come to Sanibel and very year we have dinner at Il Tesoro.
Love the food! The owners are delightful. I would highly recommend this restaurant
to anyone.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017


OpenTable Diner (Naples)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent date destination. Small place with an open kitchen where you smell the aroma of the food while your stomach rumbles in anticipation.

The drive up appeal on your first visit will be deceptive. So look closely, it is right there.

This has become one of the places on our "date night" list

vipANGELO (Naples)
2.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Too small & tables too close. Our dinner was ruined by a couple next to us -he couldn't stop trying to "sell" the woman on vacations-then he started talking to everyone around him because the tables were WAY too close together. The "tempura " (odd term in an Italian Restaurant) appetizer with "sweet & sour" sauce was soggy -the only good part was the fried arugula. The sauce was nothing more than balsamic with red pepper flakes. The bread was stale & hard, my shrimp & crab ravioli were gummy & fishy and the short rib over gnocchi was way too hard to eat -plus it was very dry. The wines had no vintages on the menu (which is a pet peeve of mine). Wouldn't return. I am convinced after dining many places on Sanibel that the best food is on the mainland, (where we are at) & that most beach towns have food that is just so-so (since tourists are stuck there anyway) and not worth driving to.

vipCTdiner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2017

Food was fantastic, especially the special fish of Sea Bass atop risotto and I had the Fettucine Mare Monte ... The pear and Gorgonzola on grilled bread atop green salad was also excellent. Service was phenomenal and all dishes cooked correctly and as explained on the menu and by the server. This is my second visit to the restaurant. We went early this time, so the noise was not an issue, but if the dining room is full it is a trifle loud.

vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

We spent a week on Sanibel on vacation, eating dinner out most every night. Dinner at Il Tesoro was our favorite, hands down. It was a nice change from typical island seafood. We felt as if we were eating in a small restaurant in Italy. The food and service were terrific. I had the veal with lemon sauce, a traditional Italian meal. The veal was so tender I didn't need my knife. The lemon sauce was just right. Delicious. My husband had the short rib with gnocchi. It was flavorful and fell easily off the bone with the pull of his fork. Service was friendly, their recommendations were perfect. Next time we're on the island, we'll go back.

vipChris (Toledo)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food in a cozy setting. I am happy to recommend to others.

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

Estuvo todo bien, lindo lugar y ricas pastas

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Great overall experience. Food was wonderful and authentic Italian crusine. Service was exceptional

vipEdward (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

Our favorite restaurant on Sanibel Island. If you like true Authentic Italian Food then you have to give them a try.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

The food here is very delicious! The wine list is superb! The service is very personal and outstanding! Il Tesoro is a hidden gem well worth finding

Tuch (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

I've read reviews complaining about service. Something has changed! The service was excellent, staff warm and friendly. All of the food came out on time and was served hot and was delicious. The limoncello cake was superb! We need to remember that we are not in Chicago or Manhatten. This is one of 3 excellent restaurants on the island.

vipMinnesota (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

Very nice setting, small dining area and quaint. Sit very close to other patrons but facing other directions Food was excellent and service was exceptional.

vipMichael56 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

Was extremely pleased with alsolutly everything. Your waiter Dimetre was delightful and well informed on all dishes and understanding of my guest food allergies to allow options. Watched the chef display her skillls with each dish. Foodie dishes with great portions. We will return and thanks!

Mark (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on March 31, 2017

We had nderful evening. Great food...a "handsome pour" glass of house Cabernet and Pinot, and two wonderful pastas. The eggplant tower starter was splendid. NOt to be missed!