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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
(239) 472-9200
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Casa Ybel Road
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English first
Akron, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

While expensive, The Thistle Lodge is a delight. We ate there twice in a week, once as a couple and once with friends. The surroundings are elegant and the restaurant is one of the few in Sanibel with a beach view. We had the pompano special and the black grouper--both were superb. We splurged on desert and all were delicious.... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

On property restaurant at Casa Ybel. We sat at the bar to eat and had great, individualized service and the food is to die for!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

First, having an ocean view while dining is definitely the best part of the Thistle Lodge! Second, my husband said it was probably the best steak he has EVER had. Our server was Andrew and he was very attentive and super good at what he does. I am not the biggest fan of meat or seafood so I didn't have... More

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White Plains
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is located in a lovely house with several rooms with cozy tables. The service was good but a little slow. We weren't in a hurry so that was fine. The rack of lamb was delicious and the twin lobster tails were also great, but a little pricey $53. Lobster bisque soup also great. No room for dessert, but... More

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DES MOINES
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had 2 excellent dinners here during our stay on Sanibel. We enjoyed having some happy hour wine at the bar, especially with the outstanding service of Natalie. The hostess was warm and welcoming, and did a great job of seating us at the table we had requested in the dining room. The atmosphere was lovely. We had a nice... More

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new york
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Even as one drives up to the Thistle Lodge, there is already a hint of what is to come. The restaurant is located in a luxurious setting on the beach. The building itself, and the decor, are truly comfortable and genteel. We knew we were going to have a wonderful dining experience....which we did! My dinner began with a special,... More

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marine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a nice shady table for five on the patio near the pool and 500 yards from the beach. New menu, great service, good food. We have gone here in the past (we are residents on Sanibel) but the improvements are substantial!

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Mississauga
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had high hopes for this restaurant, it was located at our resort Casa Ybel and inside the restaurant looks beautiful. Lots of windows with almost every tablle having a wonderful view of the gulf. The problem was the food. It was average at best and the serving sizes were huge. My veal entree could have easily served three people,... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

for a white table cloth restaurant with high prices, this was not a great restaurant experience. The shrimp cocktail was stale, tasteless. Sushi grade tuna wasn't. Crab devoid of flavor. Salad dressing way tooooooo tart. Server overbearing, unduly concerned that beer was drank out of bottle vs. glass. All this for $150?!?! Never will go back. We cooked our own... More

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Charming spot. Intimate and warm, the space invites you in. We sat in one of the octagonal rooms. Get there before sunset to enjoy the views. We had Sandy, who was fantastic. Made great recommendations, was there when you needed her, and had a pleasant personality. Food was amazing. We had the specials that evening. One of us had pompano... More

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