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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957 (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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Deb H
Plant City, Florida
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently visited Thistle Lodge for the first time in many years . The meal did not disappoint! Our family shared the three tier Seafood Tower which was delicious. Our servers, Rosa and Jason were attentive and informative. Would definitely recommend Thistle Lodge and will return again.

Thank KK22110517
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over the years when we are on Sanibel, We always have enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Thistle Lodge. We chose to eat their on our wedding anniversary this June. When i looked on TripAdviser I was perplexed by the low ranking of this restaurant. I thought it was an mistake. Well is we NO MISTAKE. The service was extremely... More 

Thank WilliamR1954
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

While vacationing on the island with my wife, son, and daughter-in-law, I was treated to a Father's Day dinner at Thistle Lodge. The setting is spectacular, the service was excellent, and the food was very good. I had the Surf & Turf special, as did my daughter-in-law. My son had the free-range chicken. My wife grazed on apps as she... 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
Lunch, Dinner, 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
Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, 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
    (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?