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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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Ellicott City, MD
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW 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 3 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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!

Thank BiskitOhio
Ardsley, New York
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235 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 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

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