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All 67 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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Wales
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

A great place to spend Christmas Day. Excellent quality buffet and surprising value for money. Great location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Andrew was very friendly. Would definitely recommend

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Attentive service.Nice selections.Would skip the Ceasar appetizer next time.Too much dressing on top of romaine hearts. Everything else was very good. I had cannoloni with grilled chicken. Entertainment was an excellent 3 or 4 instrument one man band.Very nice!

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East Amherst, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

returned here after our first visit last year and again thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My wife and I enjoyed veal sweetbread, and grilled octopus apps. My evening special, grilled grouper stuffed with spinach, crab and boison was superb, and wife's black grouper was also excellent. Our server Natalie was very nice and attentive. Will keep this on our list when... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My wife and I had the opportunity to come down from the Chicagoland area for a wedding this past weekend and this place rocked it out of the park!! They set up a huge tent set up by the pool area that was lined with beautiful lighting, great appetizers and a cocktail bar. When it was time for the wedding,... More 

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Went for a night out with my husband without the kids a few nights before Thanksgiving. When we arrived around 6:30pm the restaurant was empty, and we were a little concerned. We decided to have a glass of wine at the bar and stay for dinner. We had a nice table overlooking the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We ate here on our last night in Sanibel and had a great time. We had two pork dishes. One was a special that was being added to the menu- pork osso bucco. The food was delicious, and our server Sandra was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the music. John McClane was playing there that night. It was a... More 

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PITTSBURGH,PA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Overall a very decent Thanksgiving meal away from home. When i made the reservation i was told a couple of very large groups were coming in at 5 pm so it was suggested we come at 4:45 pm...Very thoughtful and considerate! We had a table with a window view of the Gulf of Mexico in the distance, BUT tables were... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 via mobile

The dinner was buffet and the trays of food were unorganized and not watched. Empty trays were not refilled and food was allowed to get cold. The turkey carver had white meat only no dark to be found. Plenty of cold mashed potatoes however. The desserts were from the supermarket day old pile. The pies were a mess because there... More 

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Jamison, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, delicious food, lovely piano player, fantastic view. You won't be disappointed or go wrong here.

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

Dear Kristen2121, Thank you for joining us and for your wonderful review. We strive to compliment our beautiful surroundings with the best quality product and service. Cheers from the team at the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. More 

Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We visited the Thistle Lodge for our 25th wedding anniversary and was highly impressed with the service and the food! We were the first ones for dinner and had a spectacular table overlooking the grassy yard to the ocean. Our service was spot on and the waitress was more than accommodating! The food was very reasonable for Sanibel Island and... More 

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

Dear Troy S, Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor, we hope to see you again soon. Cheers from the team at the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. More 

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Additional Information about Thistle Lodge Restaurant

Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
Phone Number: (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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