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All 63 Sanibel Island Restaurants

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
Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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Cincinnati, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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

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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Sarasota, Florida
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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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Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My Wife and I were married on the beach and held our wedding reception at the Thistle Lodge 10 years ago and it is still as perfect now as it was then! We returned last night with friends to celebrate. The food is delicious and the wait staff is very professional. The quality of the meal is amazing. We started... More

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Seminole, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It started with the hostess seating us with a breakfast and a brunch menu each (at 6pm) and with the waitress hardly speaking english. After acknowledging there error on the menus she proceeded to tell me all of the dinner entrees and appetizers that they were out of that night. We made reservations with this joint to celebrate our 1... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Thistle Lodge has been a spot of mine over the past few years and the concensus remains the same, good food, bad prices. The filet is a great cut, we'll seasoned, and we'll cooked. However, it is not a $47 filet. In addition to being served in a bowl (award for cutting) it just lacks the little something extra that... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have patronized this restaurant for well over 20 years, as it is in the midst of Casa Ybel resort. The architecture is charming, a mix of Victorian and Key West, a rebuild of an early hotel (19th century) when there were relatively few visitors and limited access. On a clear day the view at sunset is spectacular. In the... More

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