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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104 (Casa Ybel Road)
(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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 168
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
pricey breading

Restaurant is charming, beautiful setting. had escargot, one of my favorites, this was way too breads. escargot should be in butter and garlic and you dip your bread in the butter. I had to scrape bread crumbs off the escargot to eat it and there was no butter or garlic. Mahi Mahi for my... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
FISHINGGAL
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MISSOURI
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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MISSOURI
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Restaurant is charming, beautiful setting. had escargot, one of my favorites, this was way too breads. escargot should be in butter and garlic and you dip your bread in the butter. I had to scrape bread crumbs off the escargot to eat it and there was no butter or garlic. Mahi Mahi for my entree, again, had to scrape the... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited Sanibel for two weeks,while staying at Casa Ybel and dined out at many restaurants,The Thistle Lodge Restaurant was outstanding and the best meal we had on the island (Grouper)!!!The service was outstanding from the lovely hostess that seated us in thel turet room with beautiful views of the Gulf. The waiter Chris ( on 3/13) was an outstanding... More 

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Darien
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92 reviews 92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This classic, high-brow restaurant transports you back to the 1880's and 1890's (the early years of healthy, luxurious tourism of the Robber Barons). The rooms, levels, windows, and finishes create a very unusual dining experience. Staff: good, but not exceptional. Service: both our drinks and food came promptly. Wine list: Moderate size; good diversity; moderate prices Food: pleasingly varied with... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

First dinner in Sanibel Island And it shined over all the others(Ate out 7 nights). The atmosphere was quiet and subdued overlooking the grounds and gulf. The scenery was beautiful. The chef's special; Chilean Sea Bass-Phenomenal!! It melted in my mouth. The service was most attentive. When trying to decide on wines, Sandy, our server, brought over a couple for... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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796 reviews 796 reviews
649 restaurant reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We decided to have lunch at this place based on several recommendations. We were glad we did. We had a truly wonderful lunch outdoors at this place in the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. Service and food were delicious. My only negative was that it took them 15 minutes after we ordered to realize that they were out of... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Beautiful facility, great beach and patio and superb food and service. A wonderful place to take your out of town guests or just to treat yourself to a wonderful meal in a delightful setting.

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HIghland Park, Il
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We stayed at Casa Ybel where the Thistle Lodge is located. The food is outstanding, the service is impeccable and the interior is beautiful. We ate there 5 times in 2 weeks! Order the octopus appetizer, and or salmon - it is fantastic!

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

Thank you Teri5450! We're glad you could join us. I have the pleasure of enjoying the Thistle Lodge cuisine on a regular basis but you are our new "Super Fan". Thanks again, we hope to see you again soon. More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I liked the fact it was on site where we were staying. The food was good. The price was high for the quality of the food.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

Last Tuesday we were married in an intimate ceremony on a secluded Sanibel beach at sunset. Before the wedding, our photographer took some photos of us on the beautiful grounds of the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. After the wedding, my new husband and I had dinner at the restaurant. Our server, Natalie, suggested that we begin with a champagne toast, with... More 

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

Congratulations! Thank you or Merci as Nathalie would say for choosing the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant for your special occasion. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Paoli, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed our first meal at Thistle Lodge and already have a reservation for the next one. This is a lovely place to see the sunset while you dine on very good food with excellent service. I have some food allergies, which the kitchen and our waiter were happy to accommodate. The wine was a bargain for a bottle, though... More 

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

Thank you so much D M for your visit(s) and review. We try our best to accommodate dietary needs and requests. After all, we want you to enjoy your experience, that's why we're here. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
    (Casa Ybel Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: (239) 472-9200

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?