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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
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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English first
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW 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
8 helpful votes 8 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

Cape Coral, Florida
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My wide and I got married on the property at Casa Ybel which is where this restaurant is located. Our reception was held upstairs in the restaurant. The view is awesome and very quaint. We love this place. It brings back so many awesome memories and now that we live close by we try to visit once a year. the... More

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

Dear Charles1019, Thank you so much for your continued support. We take pride in being the go to place for a special occasion. We look forward to your next visit. Cheers and Happy Anniversary from the team at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. More

Evanston, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

I had dinner at the Thistle Lodge my first night at Casa Ybel. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was outstanding! My server, Glenn, was so helpful. I asked for help in deciding on an appetizer and entrée. Since it was my first night on the island, I really wanted seafood. Glenn guided me to the octopus appetizer... More

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

Dear Lou S, Thank you for the wonderful review. Our chef recently released a new dinner menu and it is being very well received. We appreciate your visit and hope you can join us again soon. Cheers from the team at Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. More

Orlando, Florida
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My wife and I returned to Thistle Lodge for a anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. We had our wedding at Casa Ybel and our reception at The Thistle Lodge 7 years ago. This was our first visit back since than. Our server was Andrew and he was very informative and attentive while not being overbearing. He knew the... More

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

Thank you VBernard0 for the wonderful review and congratulations to you and your bride on your anniversary. Our culinary team takes pride in the menu and it's preparation. Andrew is a pro and it shows. We're glad you were able to come back and look forward to being a part of your future local getaways. Cheers from the team at... More

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The team enjoyed the dinner tonight! They said the food was awesome, and I must add Jeremy and Jessi were also great! I wish I could have given them an extra gratuity, but I will surely bring another group back in the near future!

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

Thank you Trudi B for allowing us to serve you and your group. The Thistle Lodge and Casa Ybel Resort is perfect for small groups and executive retreats. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next event. Cheers from the team at the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. More

Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We received a surprise $150.00 Gift Certificate from friends for our wedding. They made reservations for us for October 1 2014 at 7:00 PM. When we arrived we were informed that they were remodeling the dinning rooms and the only option was to eat outside. The ocean view that we were expecting ends being of the pool area. Our waiter... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My husband and I go to the Thistle Lodge several times a year and can honestly say that we have NEVER been disappointed. The food is always amazingly creative and delicious. Last year one of their cooks even won the Taste of Sanibel for his Korean Barbq beef -outstanding !! Don't think it is a menu standard but if not... More

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Sanibel, FL
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We met friends at the Thistle-Lodge last week for dinner. It´s beachfront-location unfortunately is about the only plus. The hostess was somewhat friendly. The salads not bad, but certainly not great. What really surprised us were the outrageous prices - $ 38 to 54 for several modest entrees. My grouper without any taste - T-Bone-Steaks so-so. Wines by the glass... 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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