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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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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!

1 Thank BiskitOhio
Ardsley, New York
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235 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is located in the Casa Ybel resort complex. Food was nicely prepared and service was good. Yet we were disappointed that it is really not beach front. One can barely see the water and definitely no beach when seated inside. Prices are quite steep.

Thank jrich1027
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Eight of us on a family weekend for dinner. We were well taken care of by Richard, who was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. The scallops were the highlight as well as the pompano and yellowtail snapper. The octopus appetizer was also very good. It seems that after Labor Day a lot of the restaurants close down for... More 

1 Thank jmcv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was great ! Food was awesome wine and great service. Prices were not too bad. And the inside of the restaurant looks great. They have an automatic type piano that played a nice section. Great to go with friends or family or an a romantic dinner.

Thank David A
Sanibel Island, Florida
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The lodge is great for an event, a beach front for vacation, and top notch restaurant. Since our wedding we eat there frequently.

Thank Eric G
Princeton, New Jersey
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

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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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 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?

1 Thank Sybil T
Rome, Italy
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153 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

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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
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
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children
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?