The Thistle Lodge restaurant at Casa Ybel was the only disappointment of our trip to Sanibel Island. The atmosphere created by hostess and server on the evening of 9/16/2007 was unfriendly bordering on rude. The beach view is great, nearly identical to the view from our condo at Pointe Santo, which we love. The food & it's presentation was good, but frankly over rated. If the service personnel dealing with customers was friendly, more courteous, and professional, it had at least the potential to be a pleasant experience. We walked into the restaurant feeling happy and anxious to try a new place. We walked out feeling somewhat insulted and as if we'd learned a big lesson....don't go back.
A couple of nights later, we went to the Jacaranda. There we experienced the best dinner service of our trip. Presentation, food, and atmosphere were great; all for about the same price (as the Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel).
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