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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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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  • 187
    Excellent
  • 97
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 24
    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 food

My family and I had dinner here twice and both times enjoyed the food. Staff was good and seating was perfect for us. Our daughter loved the star gazing after dinner as we sat by the pool.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Louie194
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Fort Myers, Florida
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was such a find! Since moving into the area 3 years ago, we have always wanted to give the Thistle Lodge a try. We are so glad we finally got there!We were greeted right away and seated looking out over the gulf. Nathalie was our server and she attended to our every need during this fun lunch. We wanted... More 

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East Peoria, Illinois
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The service was fantastic. We made reservations and were seated very quickly. Overall, the food was excellent.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We came for lunch and to listen to Danny Morgan and Andrea Prather sing their island style (ala Jimmy Buffet) happy music. We sat on the porch outside of Thistle Lodge and were able to select from their menu as well as Coconuts, the poolside bar. We started with frozen concoctions prepared by Bar Guru Chris Cook. Yummy! His Mudslides... More 

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

My family and I had dinner here twice and both times enjoyed the food. Staff was good and seating was perfect for us. Our daughter loved the star gazing after dinner as we sat by the pool.

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Parrish, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Nice lunch ,decor inside is very cozy and clean. Service was polite and fast , food (grouper sandwich tasted fresh and was blackened nicely).Club sandwich was nicely done.My wife and I always stop for lunch or dinner when in Sanibel

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Portland, Maine
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

While staying at the Casa Ybel resort we decided to try the on-site restaurant Thistle Lodge. Some of the reviews were less than stellar but we thought we would take our chances anyway. We were glad that we did. The setting and the service were excellent. Thank you to Rosa and Daniel. As a self-styled lobster bisque aficionado I was... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went here July 11th for my birthday dinner while staying on Sanibel. Ordered the crab cakes and tartar for an appetizer- decent nothing that great. Went on to dinner I had the Scallops and my boyfriend had the lamb. Both were overcooked. My scallops were like rubber and the lamb was medium well at best (ordered medium rare). I love... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Food & service were wonderful! Started with the ahi tuna trio appetizer. Had wedge salad and the lobster bisque. All delicious. But, the entrees, absolutely amazing. had the seabass which was the most delicious fish either one of us could remember having. I had the lobters/crab topped scallops. We finished off our meal with a piece of the salted caramel... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Lovely atmosphere with view of ocean. Food was wonderful and service great. We live here on the island and it is one of our favorites.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

My husband and parents visited Thistle Lodge for lunch during a week long stay on Captiva. My parents and I have been for lunch many years ago and had good memories so we decided to have lunch there again. It definitely met our expectations. We arrived around 12 and the dining room was very empty so we were seated immediately... More 

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Additional Information about Thistle Lodge Restaurant

Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Phone Number: +1 239-472-9200
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Seafood

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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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