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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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Princeton, New Jersey
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's is nothing I enjoy more than the "grilled Caesar salad" at Thistle Lodge! I wait for it every year when we vacation on Sanibel Island. This year we also tried the kobe tartare and octopus, which were out of this world! The food is consistently good and very creative. And the view is lovely...overlooking the grassy yard and Gulf... More 

Thank Lisa S
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four friends went for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Was there 7 years ago and loved it. Never again! Service great, but food was half and half at best. 4 appetizers and 4 glasses of wine was $225 without tip. Ridiculous. ..I ordered an appetizer of grilled octopus...it was raw! Need I say more?

Thank Sybil T
Rome, Italy
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153 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been here before, just for a drink, some years ago. This restaurant was chosen by my father, a Florida resident, to celebrate his 80th. We had a pleasant table by the window, with a nice view of the coast. At first the service was a little rushed, but then they realised that we were not the usual early... More 

Thank LNT66
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Casa Ybel and were a bit worried after reading the Thistle Lodge's reviews on here. But our waiter was very nice and quick and our food was definitely better than expected. We enjoyed the ambiance, there was a piano played that we very much enjoyed and the view of the gulf was beautiful. Prices are a bit... More 

Thank Kvhb
Sanibel Island, Florida
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit Sanibel often, this place is off the beaten path, but a wonderful romantic dinner place for a special occasion. Great food.

Thank 877krisg
Rye, New York
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Ordered the special at the waiter's urging -- two lobster tails which though tasty were very small. What was not small was the $52 for the entree. (You always feel taken advantage of when the waiter fails to tell you the price of the special.) The accompanying rice was tastelessly bland as well as the broccoli/cauliflower mix. The salad with... More 

Thank Dora F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Had great drinks at the bar first, Grey goose peacetime was great! Seated we had the prawns and lobster bisque, excellent! Hubby had the snapper with crabmeat and mango salsa, he oohed and aged! Finished with a terrific key lime cheesecake, fresh homemade on site! Yum! Great service, great venue! Had lunch one day and burger was outstanding too!

Thank baybaby
Whitewater, Wisconsin
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We celebrated the end of our reunion here as we were staying at the resort and my mother (grandma to ten!!) has some mobility issues. We had heard good things about the place from other guests, so we were eager to try the food. Our party was seated in one of the turrets, so it was slightly close quarters. A... More 

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Thank Bill H
Aurora, Illinois
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Air conditioning was not working properly. Wait staff was inattentive and not friendly. At one point we went to the bar to get our own drinks. To the restaurant's credit the food we got was delicious but no effort was made to suggest sides to complement our meal or dessert options. Based on other reviews seem I also thought it... More 

Thank Beth M
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Thistle Lodge is located inside CasaYbel Resort. It is a wonderful old style inn restaurant. The menu is varied and never disappoints. Get a window seat and watch sunset over the Gulf. The servers are knowledgable and happy to recommend. The cocktails are generous and the wine list varied. Be sure to try the grouper or filet. A great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?