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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 192
    Excellent
  • 102
    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
1st visit with plans to return

After coming to Sanibel for a few years, we finally tried Thistle Lodge - and now I'm upset we waited so long!!! The menu is exciting, and the food is delicious. Portions are good. Started off with the escargot, which is served semi-traditionally - out of the shell, but in the individuals wells... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Shellyduchsk8s
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Newark, Delaware
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Newark, Delaware
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

After coming to Sanibel for a few years, we finally tried Thistle Lodge - and now I'm upset we waited so long!!! The menu is exciting, and the food is delicious. Portions are good. Started off with the escargot, which is served semi-traditionally - out of the shell, but in the individuals wells w/ tons of butter and divine garlic... More 

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Ventura, California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Nice!!! Pretty and good food. convenient and very nice atmosphere. Good service and nice experience all around

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Cape Coral, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went for my birthday dinner and started with the seafood tower. For $50 you get snow crab, lobster tail, shrimp, oysters, and scallops. It was quite a feast. For dinner we had snapper topped with arugula. Fantastic!! Scott in the kitchen made sure we were well fed! Thank you so much!!

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Went there last night and had a spectacular meal. I'm a fat guy so I would know! Surf and turf. The filet was tender flavorful and perfectly done. Ditto the generous lobster tail. My wife has a seafood allergy and these people were extremely accommodating. They prepared her a wonderful ribeye- again done perfectly.. Service was superb. The view is... More 

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Extraordinarily fine dining at a beachfront hotel. Yes, it is pricey. For a special occasion, the view of the Gulf of Mexico doesn't get any nicer than this!

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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great bar selections. Creative dishes, and fabulous service. Yea bit pricey, but if you want top shelf you have to expect to pay more. Worth the dough! No pun. Had a great experience.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

For a special breakfast, we visited this lodge with brunch reservations. The view is among the best on the Island of Sanibel. The grounds are perfect and parking is easy. The menu featured interesting specialties, but the delivery was a bit slow. Our Two year old grew impatient and the dishes, when served, were not prepared as requested. The ambience... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

What a great lunch menu! Larry, our server, recommended the club sandwich which was awesome. Large enough to share if desired, which came with fries, sweet potato fries or mango slaw - my husband chose the slaw and was very pleased. I had the 2 tuna tacos which were outstanding, tuna perfectly prepared (seared and red) generously portioned and well... More 

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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were a big group of eight and with a baby when we came here for brunch; it was a wonderful dining experience. Food and drinks were good- everyone enjoyed everything they ordered. Service was very friendly and efficient and food items came out on time. The restaurant's décor and atmosphere was very attractive and bright- upscale.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Our last night of our vacation we ate at The Thistle Lodge Located in Sanibel. We had reservations and where seated at the best table with a incredible view of the beautiful sunset. Our Waiter was Kevin and he took such great care of us. This restaurant has the best Lobster and Lobster Bisque in Florida. Everything we ordered was... More 

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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: Doing business, Romantic, 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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