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Il Tesoro-Sanibel

4.3
631 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San-Cap Road
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Entertainment
Open kitchen, Fresh Italian Antipasto display, and colorful original oil paintings.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Anniversary

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4.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Estuvo todo bien, lindo lugar y ricas pastas

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2017

Every meal we have had has been delicious!Marco always makes us feel welcome as does all the wait staff.Our favorite entree this time was the salmon Toscano.

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Very disappointing. We ordered from the menu with specials. I ordered the pork chop which the waiter said was terrific. My wife ordered the Tuscan salmon over risotto. The waiter had recommended it. They were both terribly ovecooked. I could not even cut into mine without an effort. I tried a piece and it was really over cooked. My wife's salmon was so over cooked that it was white, not pink. The waiter took them back. I ordered something else. My wife had them make the salmon again. It was slightly better. The waiter pretty much ignored us after that. He didn't seem interested in assisting us at all. After we gave them back the entrees I checked my email on my phone. Il Tessoro had cancelled my reservation which I had made on Open Table. I guess they figured that we would give them a bad review as Open Table emails diners after the dinner to write a review. I showed the server and he said nothing. I asked for my points and he said that he would take care of it. He never did. I called Open Table and the gentleman was nice and gave us our points. Stay away from this restaurant!!! It is also overpriced. That was so annoying about it. We threw away a lot of money.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2017

The food was good. However, the service was indifferent at best. Others who were seated after us were served water drinks and meal before ours. They were asked if they wanted more wine. We were not. They were asked if there meal was good. No one came by after our meal was served. We were to get an extra bowl for clam shells that can way too late While the food was good the service made it an unpleasant experience that we would not care to repeat

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Great experience, will definitely dine here again. It is an experience.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2017

Great place. Small. Nice

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Our favorite go to restaurant in Sanibel for an extra special evening. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

A little hard to find, but worth the effort. Authentic Italian cuisine, a bit pricey, but extremely good!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2017

I'll Tesoro is an amazing place as well as their sister property Primavera in Yoarmouthport.Ma.
The food is mouth watering,great wait staff!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

We have been visiting Sanibel for over ten years. We found this incredible gem of a restaurant on our first visit and have returned each year. We dined there again on Friday March 18, 2017 for another excellent dinner. The food was superb - as always - the service was impeccable - as always - and the evening - memorable - as always. We will be back next year - as always.
Visited March 2017

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

The steak and veal were prepared to perfection. However, a couple of the side dishes not so much. The roasted potatoes were charred black on one side and the local organic snap peas (that our waiter was so proud of) were so tough, it was difficult to bite through the pod. Unfortunate, but I'd give it a second try if ever on the island again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Nice little restaurant with exceptional food. Well worth the price

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Very expensive. Cheapest bottle of wine was 40 dollars. Most entrees in the 30 40 dollar range. Food was good but would not go back.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2017

Wonderful evening spent with my dad. Given how small it was, I was pleased that the staff did not push us to leave after having paid the bill so we could continue our conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

As always A.J.Black and his staff offer superb food,good service and very nice wait staff..Marco is our favorite!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

We have been here before and were pleased that it was every bit as good as last year. I would try the antipasto (too much for one)which greets you at the entrance. The fettuccine mare e monti is very tasty with a hint of truffle flavor. My wife had the gnocchi with Quattro formaggi which were also delicious. Don't forget desert. The limoncello cake is also very good.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Bravo! A little difficult to find - small signage- but worth the perseverance! Wine is expensive; good, fresh food! Server was personable! Very enjoyable experience

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

Superb service with outstanding food

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Il Tesoro is a charming restaurant with a lovely ambiance. The aromas that greet you when you enter are rich and very Italian. The problem for us has always been the overall attitude of the hostess/host; the wait staff, (save a few who are always charming).But the overall, permeating attitude is of a snobbery and an indifference. Very unwelcoming and a coldness. This has been the issue for years. If they could improve that from the top down, this little restaurant could be a charm! The food is generally very good. The whole experience is all too often affected by the restaurants attitude toward the customers.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2017

The food was quite tasty and a large menu to appeal to Italian food lovers Tables are very crowded together and not conducive to private conversation. The prices are very high. Pasta dishes for $30+ is far too expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2017

The best restaurant on Sanibel so far, we tried few so far but real fine dining and only fine dining on the island. Excellent wine list and very good service. Prices reasonable. We will recommend to friends

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