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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
(239) 472-9200
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Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We received a surprise $150.00 Gift Certificate from friends for our wedding. They made reservations for us for October 1 2014 at 7:00 PM. When we arrived we were informed that they were remodeling the dinning rooms and the only option was to eat outside. The ocean view that we were expecting ends being of the pool area. Our waiter... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I go to the Thistle Lodge several times a year and can honestly say that we have NEVER been disappointed. The food is always amazingly creative and delicious. Last year one of their cooks even won the Taste of Sanibel for his Korean Barbq beef -outstanding !! Don't think it is a menu standard but if not... More

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Sanibel, FL
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We met friends at the Thistle-Lodge last week for dinner. It´s beachfront-location unfortunately is about the only plus. The hostess was somewhat friendly. The salads not bad, but certainly not great. What really surprised us were the outrageous prices - $ 38 to 54 for several modest entrees. My grouper without any taste - T-Bone-Steaks so-so. Wines by the glass... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I love this quiet island treasure. We don't live on the island and hadn't dined here in over a year so we chose the Thistle Lodge for our anniversary dinner. It's obvious they've upgraded their interior and remodeled, it is gorgeous inside! The server we had was very pleasant and attentive (his name was Steve), but not... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We ate here last year and enjoyed it very much. The food was good and the views of the beach were beautiful. However, when we went last leek, the prices seemed to be about 15 -20% higher than last year. There were only 2 tables occupied in the restaurant and it seemed like they would do a better business if... More

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CasaYbel-Mgr, General Manager at Thistle Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Mary B, Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We are in the process of preparing our next seasonal menu and have taken your comments into consideration. We hope you'll join us again soon. Warm regards from the team at the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant More

Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Mozzarella tomato salad had great pesto and balsamic vinegar but the tomatoes were ice cold and were what you'd find at any grocer store. For such a fancy place, I Was expecting some ripe heirloom tomatoes. Disappointing. The bread served was dry and boring, very unappealing. I had the 8oz filet of beef $47, more expensive than a Las Vegas... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We met friends at the Thistle for dinner last Saturday. None of us had been there for several years--& we won't be back. Its lovely setting on the beach is about the only plus. The hostess was harried and didn't offer a welcome. We waited quite a while for our server. What surprised us was the outrageous prices--$48 for several... More

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CasaYbel-Mgr, Manager at Thistle Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear UsaKat, Thank you for your review. We apologize for your experience. We hope you will reconsider and visit us again in the future. Warm regards, the team at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant More

Sarasota, Florida
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice view of the Gulf of Mexico, and the social center of Casa Ybel Resort - the Olympic size Swimming Pool area. Food and service was extraordinary.

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CasaYbel-Mgr, Manager at Thistle Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear JohnBA7411, Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to your next visit with us. Warm regards from the team at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant More

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our friend's held their wedding reception here after marrying on the beach. It was a great meal and we had a small, quaint room for the reception. The service was great.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you're looking for a romantic evening, or just a fine meal, you should visit the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. Unlike other dining options on the island, it's a white tablecloth, ocean view dining experience and the food quality is as great as the ambiance. Treat yourself and enjoy.

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