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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (Casa Ybel Road)
+1 239-472-9200
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The award-winning menu at the Thistle Lodge includes a blend of Floridian...
The award-winning menu at the Thistle Lodge includes a blend of Floridian, European, and Asian flavors designed to please even the most discriminating palates. The seafood is fresh and hand-cut right in our own kitchen. Steaks are flown in from the Midwest and dry aged to enhance their flavor and tenderness. Even the herbs, fruits, and vegetables we use in our cuisine are custom-grown. Whether you are planning a romantic evening for two, celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for the best beachfront dining in Sanibel Island, the Thistle Lodge offers an unrivaled culinary experience. Thistle Lodge is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The upper level of the restaurant is available for private events.
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  • 175
    Excellent
  • 93
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Atmosphere/Food

Great atmosphere with a quality prepared dinner. A pleasant "fine dining" restaurant I find a "must do" when I come to Sanibel Island.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Ken F
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Chicopee, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Our food was excellent. An eggs benedict dish with crab, and whole grain pancakes were terrific. Service very good, and prompt. Would recommend!

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great atmosphere with a quality prepared dinner. A pleasant "fine dining" restaurant I find a "must do" when I come to Sanibel Island.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Although a bit pricey (the wine menu is out of most commoner's price range), the food continues to be excellent. A "Must Have" is the Grilled Octopus appetizer- do not leave home without it. One of our party had the red snapper filet, it was superb. I had the cannelloni with sausage, very tasty. Food is ample and served with... More 

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The food here is high-end, fancy, etc...I would recommend it for a special occasion. We got the scallops and the Asian Short Ribs. They were absolutely phenomenal. The watermelon martini was just okay, but the food was great.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The Brunch was delicious...Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Legs, Mussels, Oysters, Lobster and Crab Bisque.....The desserts were unbelievable...Best Red Velvet Cake I have ever had, as well as carrot cake.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Really beautiful inside and nice ocean view. Food was all good especially liked the beachside salad. Very relaxing atmosphere and great service.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had rservations for a birthday celebration and we were promptly greeted by the hostess. She showed us to a wonderful table overlooking the grounds and ocean. Our server, Rosie, was prompt and very attentive. She made great suggestions and made a nice night great. In addition to her sense of humor, she was very polished in her delivery. Great... More 

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Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A stunning looking restaurant in a great location. Pricey but worth a visit for a special evening with friends or family

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Orlando, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We made a reservation at the restaurant for dinner for a special occasion. The food and ambiance were terrific but our server, Chris, was not. Condescending, self-centered and also made some mistakes with our order. We will return again but will request we not be seated in Chris' section. With all the resort has going for it not sure why... More 

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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Broad menu, nice service. Prices on par with rest. Food was delicious. Only pompano dish we had during the week that was not fishy( how do you make bland pompano fishy). Broad wine list. Diners mostly dressed like slobs, this was true of all the restaurants on Sanibel.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
    (Casa Ybel Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

The award-winning menu at the Thistle Lodge includes a blend of Floridian, European, and Asian flavors designed to please even the most discriminating palates. The seafood is fresh and hand-cut right in our own kitchen. Steaks are flown in from the Midwest and dry aged to enhance their flavor and tenderness. Even the herbs, fruits, and vegetables we use in our cuisine are custom-grown. Whether you are planning a romantic evening for two, celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for the best beachfront dining in Sanibel Island, the Thistle Lodge offers an unrivaled culinary experience. Thistle Lodge is open daily for lunch and dinner, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The upper level of the restaurant is available for private events.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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