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“Beautiful Sanibel Lunch”

Thistle Lodge Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Casa Ybel Road
Description: 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.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We had lunch at the Thistle Lodge with friends on a Wednesday in January. We had eaten at the restaurant a few times but always at dinner and in the restaurant. We opted to sit outside on this fantastic day. The porch is adjacent to the pool and the kids splashing around having a good time did not distract us. The porch is covered and is very comfortable on a warm day. The food was excellent and I loved the shrimp and crab wrap. Everyone agreed the mango slaw is out of this world. My husband got the 8 oz. burger and he said it was okay, and he took half home. It's a little pricey but not bad when compared with other restaurants on the island. The grouper sandwich was $15 and we compared it with several noisy places with no atmosphere at $14.99. If you want a beautiful setting and relaxing dining you will love the Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel.

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1  Thank AnnC576
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

I just love this place! Went for Christmas dinner Buffet! Food was great (wish the rolls were served warm) the staff is friendly and efficient. The view, ambiance and history is second to NONE. BEAUTIFUL!

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Thank Tammy C
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Dining selections are excellently prepared and more sophisticated than most local restaraunts and the staff are professional and friendly.

The restaraunt sports an old Florida feel and the views while dining are among the best on the island.

Thistle Lodge is a perfect option for a special occassion while vacationing on the island, whether enjoying a couple's night out or taking the whole family out for an evening.

Thank Sean P
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

This restaurant sits on beautiful grounds and invites you in. The decor and view is wonderful, but the food sure leaves a lot to be desired. The price is crazy, especially for the food.

Service was average to good. The server highly recommended not ordering the soup, as it came from a can. That should have been a tip off. Generally speaking we ordered a few items on the menu and specials. some food was returned, still cold in the middle and some was just ok. Nothing awful, just not what we hoped when we saw the menu and price.

On the bright side, they had a fun kids menu and made it a nice visit for them.

1  Thank Ali M
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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Fried calamari was excellent. Lightly breaded and fresh. Grilled grouper sandwich was very moist with some delicious sweet potato fries. We've been coming to lunch here for ages. Always good.

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Thank gee-men
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