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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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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 164
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 34
    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
Great Food, wonderful service

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Teri5450
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HIghland Park, Il
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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330 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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HIghland Park, Il
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW 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 NEW 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 

River Forest, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We joined some friends here for a very nice lunch. We had a table overlooking the water and the staff was very friendly and the service was good. The food came out quickly, and the lobster roll and shrimp & crab quesadillas were both excellent, as was the mango slaw. Very pleasant place.

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Start with a pretty hostess flashing a welcoming smile, a table with a lovely view and then Chris your serving person really knows his menu, the specials, and the wine list. The grouper encrusted with crab cake was very creative. When so many restaurants seem to be backing away from Fine Dining, Thistle Lodge is holding tight and doing it... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had our wedding supper at the restaurant for our group of 7. We ordered off the menu and everyone really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. It was a great night!

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connecticut
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I used to dine here years ago when it was affordable. This evening I thought I would sit at the bar/lounge (it was early) and just ask if they had a Happy Hour Wine and soup to try as I love the building and surroundings. A glass of wine was over priced so I skipped that. Thought I would just... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

As co-chairpersons of our Dinner Group, we have the opportunity to plan several parties each season. This February's dinner was held in the Waterfront Room upstairs at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. The room has panoramic views overlooking the Gulf. It was the perfect setting for a memorable evening of excellent service, delicious food, and lively conversation.

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Midwest
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Nice restaurant that strives to be more than it is and charges more than it should. Service is diner level. Food is not bad, but not up to pricing. Play nice piano music. Tonic from bar (as in vodka tonic) is flat and tastes like the pipes need to be cleaned out.

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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?