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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104 (Casa Ybel Road)
+1 239-472-9200
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

At first we were greeted by a sour faced lady who looked at us as if we were mental for dining here!! Fortunately it just got better and better. We had a beautiful meal and great service. Our waiter could not have been more helpful. The surf and turf was a bit pricey @ $60 though . I had Asian... More 

Thank Stuart L
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had an outstanding evening in The Thistle Lodge following our intimate private wedding ceremony on the beach outside. Although only yesterday the preview of the photo's of this heavenly location look amazing. We arranged our reservation by phone a few weeks prior from the U.K. prior to our visit. We then called in on our arrival to the area... More 

Thank fordwater
Kalamazoo, MI
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115 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You'll enjoy fine dining at Thistle Lodge. Excellent food and service. Quiet. Spent evening with another couple and truly was a most enjoyable experience. Had their veal special and wife had short ribs. Both were excellent, nicely served, hot, very tasty. Lovely view of the Gulf. Drinks nice. Pricey, but worth it for a special evening.

Thank Kal-Traveler
Woodbridge, New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate our 21st. Wedding Anniversary. We visited a few days prior and decided to make a reservation. On the evening of our Anniversary we arrived for our reservation and from the moment we walked in the staff was rude. So rude and unaccommodating we walked out. Is this how... More 

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CasaYbelGM, F&B Director at Thistle Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Tech691 I apologize for the unpleasant experience, please allow me to address the matter, at your convenience please contact me directly at 239-472-3145 so that we may discuss the specifics of your visit in further detail. Thank you, Dennis Riley F&B Director More 

Ellicott City, MD
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for dinner and the food was very good! Atmosphere was relaxing and quaint. I would definitely good back.

Thank imnjgirl
Denver, Colorado
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't very hungry and decided to call down for food. The wait was fast and the food was very good. The staff was very helpful and made this a great experience.

Thank colinbW6984OI
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As we walked in 3 different people tried to seat us, each not knowing what the others were doing. Stunning prices for very average food - $17 for an omlette!! The worst bit... 'a' chef managed to put BACON in a vegetarian omlette! Completely unacceptable. To be fair, head chef came out to apologise & they paid for the whole... More 

Toms River, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tonight my wife and I went to the Thistle Lodge on Sanibel Island for the first time. I saw on trip advisor the restaurant was rated 4.1. Being our 40th anniversary I wanted someplace special. This was a special night and the food was terrific. I had a snapper special and my wife had the Tri fish meal. Both meals... More 

Thank garyfinn2016
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a birthday celebration for 9:00 PM weeks in advance, they called us the day of to confirm. We was running about 10 minute behind schedule because we got lost. When I called them, they told me the kitchen is about to close, normally the last reservation is set for 8:30, trying to get me to not come. Remind... More 

Thank Yandy G
Cincinnati, Ohio
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat by a window and had an amazing view of the water. We enjoyed our food selections and attentive service. After dinner we had a stroll around the beautiful grounds. So glad we went!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 239-472-9200
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?