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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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Fri, 2/22
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Business meetings

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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 breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Seafood, Fusion
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We are staying at the Casa Ybel Resort where the Thistle Lodge restaurant is located.We have stayed here 5 years and evertime we eat once/twice at the Thistle Lodge during our stay.Last night was the second time we ate there.The food AGAIN was great as...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Finerdining
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a very special time at Thistle Lodge for lunch today. The food was fresh, tasty, reasonably priced and beautifully presented. Lovely view of the Gulf from our table. A highlight was a remarkably helpful and so pleasant waitress named Brenda,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Don K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thistle Lodge Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant located within the Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, FL. Ambience is very important to me when choosing a restaurant and TLR is top notch in this category. Well appointed, and separated into many small rooms, overlooking the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After reading the reviews we selected this restaurant for a nice dinner out during our girls weekend. Perhaps we hit on a bad night but we all found the food to be sub par and very bland. The service was good and the surroundings were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank vacationplannerMa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A restaurant that is quintessential SW Florida!! Fine dining with a plantation flare. I got the encrusted Mahi with jasmine rice and cleaned my plate. Sister had the Mahi as well but on a bed of greens! Very accomodating for off menu requests. Mom had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank awickedz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived for an early anniversary dinner and was greeted at the door by a very congenital young man. Staff was friendly and chatted with us suggesting a table which was quite accessible for my husband who has a very halting gait. Our waitress, Tonia, cared...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lookingforauser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful dining room. Our waiter, Woody, added to a wonderful experience by being friendly and thoroughly explaining the menu and making suggestions. Our party of 5 were very pleased with our dinner selections and our blackened black grouper was perfectly prepared to our specifications. Hats...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jessie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made reservations the day of our visit. The dining room has windows looking out at the Gulf, it is very relaxing view. We all ordered different fish entrees, Everyone in our party of five thought their meal was excellent. Our waiter was helpful and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank laura c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a fan since many years for this restaurant. The Food was always delicious especially the Easter Buffet or the dinner at New Years Eve. This year the dinner on December 31st 2018 was terrible. When we asked for a manager his substitute Mike...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Boatparade
Reviewed January 14, 2019

We visited for our anniversary on a Monday night. Even on a Monday night, there was a good crowd (but not too packed). It was the Monday before Christmas and we wanted to see the sunset (it didn't disappoint) so we booked the earliest reservation...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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March 18, 2018|
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Response from LindaGBowersDallas | Reviewed this property |
I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question before now. I hope you gave the Thistle Lodge a try, and that you enjoyed your trip to Sanibel: it is a wonderful place! The dress code everywhere on Sanibel is very casual: no one... More
December 22, 2017|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for joining us for the Christmas Day Buffet! We just checked the weather and it couldn't get any nicer out for Christmas Day on Sanibel Island. Feel free to dress resort casual. See you on the beach!
November 12, 2016|
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Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. We will be serving the buffet only on Thanksgiving day and open for regular lunch and dinner service on the following day. We hope you'll join us.
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