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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (Casa Ybel Road)
+1 239-472-9200
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings
Description: The award-winning menu at the Thistle Lodge includes a blend of Floridian,...
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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  • 220
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  • 116
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 34
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  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great restaurant

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We had a great dinner there. It is beautiful, but for some reason it seemed built for a bit of an older crowd, however, the food was very modern.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carley D
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44 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though I live in the area, I was not aware that this restaurant was tucked away at the Casa Ybel resort. Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful food, I was part of the group having a business meetings and we found it to be a wonderful evening.

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Thank Norman T
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting is nice, the architecture is interesting, and when we were there a musician entertained on piano, guitar and saxophone. Perhaps because we hadn't ordered drinks, the entrees landed at our table about two minutes after we finished our appetizers. The wait staff was pleasant, the restaurant wasn't so crowded that they wanted us out of there in twenty-five... More 

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Thank lhs76
Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place on the island. Accessible to all, but on the property of Casa Ybel. Lunch and dinner are both delicious with good local seasonal specials. And good Prosecco! We were basically shut in with historic rains, and took advantage of this fine restaurant being right next to our accommodations. The staff is great, food is wonderful.

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Thank Dana M
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing dinner was had here for my 40th Birthday. The staff was amazing, view was spectacular and my octopus appetizer and grouper meal rate on the top ten meals I've ever had. They even cooked my wife an "off menu" item of delicious Pompano that they just got in and she loved. A truly special place on Sanibel...I've been... More 

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Thank Hilmer0124
Fort Myers, Florida
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Happy 30th .. We are very blessed with so many choices to celebrate special occasions. The Thistle Lodge is a gulf front rock star. A special thank you to Shawn for a waterfront table, the entire staff that were so attentive, and provided my husband and I the perfect date we will always treasure. The drinks,appetizers, bread (very yum) and... More 

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Thank iliketennis
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is an island oasis compared to the normal crap you get at most places on the island! Great food and EXCELLENT service and hospitality! We enjoyed there Ahi tacos, and the blacked Grouper sandwich, both were over the top in flavor, presentation and portion size.

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Thank Noles1973
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We had a great dinner there. It is beautiful, but for some reason it seemed built for a bit of an older crowd, however, the food was very modern.

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Thank Carley D
Sanibel Island, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent menu with a nice variety of selections. Great wine list and full service bar. Restaurant situated on the Gulf in a historic hotel. Quality of food and preparation of food was superior from appetizer to dessert. Atmosphere was elegant yet casual. Restaurant staff was friendly, knowledgeable and aimed to please - and they did. Thistle Lodge represents an excellent... More 

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Ft. Myers FL
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232 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my cousin for a birthday lunch at Thistle Lodge and we had a lovely afternoon. The restaurant was quiet on a Monday afternoon. Our food was very good and the service was excellent. We had a young male waiter who did everything to make us happy. We requested a view of the Gulf and our table setting was perfect.... More 

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Thank Sammysue
Berkeley, California
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61 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a great meal here after a long drive across Alligator Alley. Basic wine list but hearty appetizers and generous, interesting entrees, great service in a lovely old rambling seaside property (part of the Casybel Resort ow some such), and a nice celebration place. Loved the ahi appetizer, prepared 3 ways, the grilled octopus, the lobster bisque, the braised short... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
    (Casa Ybel Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-9200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings

Description

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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?