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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
+1 239-472-9200
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (35 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (42 reviews)
“salad” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and we chose the Thistle because of it's great reviews and we were not disappointed. We were taken care of by Russ and he was the man!

Thank Gonzini127
Reviewed August 10, 2017

The Thistle Lodge Restaurant was recommended to us by a local shopkeeper and what a wonderful recommendation it turned out to be. The beautiful Victorian house with Gulf view was a positively lovely setting. Our server, Deborah, was friendly and offered great suggestions for dinner....More

Thank Ann E
Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

Our last night on Captiva for a girls week and our special dinner at The Thistle Inn was perfect. The service was excellent. Only difficult part of evening was deciding what to order. Chose the Snapper and asked for it to be pan fried instead...More

Thank Debora C
Reviewed August 1, 2017

The kobe tartare was ok...a little strange wrapped in spring roll paper though. I had the veal Milanese which was good until I tried a bite of my wife's osso bucco pork which was divine! The dessert was decent, but not overly memorable. The staff...More

Thank Nick K
Reviewed July 31, 2017 via mobile

A birthday celebration was less than stellar. Although the Thistle Lodge is a lovely setting, our dinner wasn't good. We ordered fish (one of us had grouper and the other sea bass), both of which were dry, rubbery and flavorless. The presentation was well done...More

4  Thank ninagray
Reviewed July 26, 2017

0n July 26 my wife and I walked into the restaurant about 11:45am to have lunch. Nobody was at the hostess desk. Waited 5 minutes and then went into the bar and found the bartender. He sat us and brought us water and said the...More

3  Thank c0nefl0wer
Reviewed July 16, 2017

We frequently dine at the Thistle Lodge, and it is always wonderful. Our latest dinner there was better than ever. We are always warmly greeted by hostesses Jocelyn and Shannon. Jocelyn seated us immediately at a window table with a lovely view of the hotel...More

1  Thank bjh04
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Great meal and service. Great ambience. Staff was very helpful and pleasant with our party of 8. Menu excellent.

Thank Graham J
Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

We wanted somewhere very nice with a great view for our last night on the island dinner! Both needs were met. From the lobster bisque, escargot to sea bass our meal was fabulous! Everything met our expectations! They have an amazing wine list you can...More

Thank Mary Jean H
Reviewed June 15, 2017

We had lunch and dinner and both were quite good. At lunch i ordered a drink the bartender had never made, but he made it exactly to my taste. My husband and I shared the lobster and steak special at dinner and it was delish....More

Thank fancyn
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Questions & Answers
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.
May 26, 2016|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello, we serve a plated Sunday brunch and have a special buffet for Mother's Day. You can find our brunch menu online. Thank you for your inquiry, we hope you can join us on Sanibel Island.
May 26, 2016|
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Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hi, we celebrate the holidays with a special buffet. Our buffets are prepared for Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and we prepare special menus for New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. We serve a plated Sunday... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 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 breakfast, 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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