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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
(239) 472-9200
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Price range: $31 - $50
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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Kissimmee, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Thistle Lodge has been a spot of mine over the past few years and the concensus remains the same, good food, bad prices. The filet is a great cut, we'll seasoned, and we'll cooked. However, it is not a $47 filet. In addition to being served in a bowl (award for cutting) it just lacks the little something extra that... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have patronized this restaurant for well over 20 years, as it is in the midst of Casa Ybel resort. The architecture is charming, a mix of Victorian and Key West, a rebuild of an early hotel (19th century) when there were relatively few visitors and limited access. On a clear day the view at sunset is spectacular. In the... More

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Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
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197 reviews 197 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

An empty restaurant when all the others are pretty full is not a good sign. A sort of colonial old style dining room lacking in character but with good views over the grounds nod beach . No GF bread ! Four of us dined and they forgot my order blaming a computer glitch so I ate my meal on my... More

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Portage, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Good food but overpriced and the lodge / restaurant had a "musty" smell that took a little getting used too....Service was fine.

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Casa Ybel and, while we loved the resort, we did not like The Thistle Lodge. The restaurant mistakes quantity for quality. I had the stringiest, hugest piece of ahi tuna that was not fresh-tasting at all. My husband had a veal dish that had 3 huge veal cutlets with mounds of lettuce in between... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We were here for a wonderful anniversary dinner with out of town guests. The reviews were mostly right on as this was a beautiful destination as we love dining on the water (Gulf of Mexico). We asked fora table next to the window and were not disappointed except that sunsets are not visible from here. My husband and I shared... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Such great quality food and very delicious! We ate here the day of our engagement and then had our wedding reception dinner with family and friends. The food is wonderful; the staff very friendly.

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Lindenhurst, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

T he service was good. The view and the food was okay. The restaurant itself was beautifully decorated and spacious.

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Croton on Hudson, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My favorite restaurant on the island. Located on the ocean in the beautiful Casa Ybel resort. The staff were attentive and the food was excellent. From beginning to end delicious. The ahi tuna tatake, and rack of lamb were among my favorites.

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allentown, pa
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154 reviews 154 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Rosie's attentiveness to my mother brought my score up from average to very good. The decor and setting are lovely, and even the busboy was better than average. But frankly, the food was just average, although nicely presented. For the extra $$, it would have been worth it if there was a real view of the Gulf instead of just... More

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