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“Give a Whistle for Service at the Thistle!”

Thistle Lodge Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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 April 21, 2013

The view is fantastic, but the server was stretched to the limit and was exhausted, and duties included bar service as the bartender was watching golf on TV! Didn't live up to normal expectations, but we overlook a great deal for the wonderful view!!

Thank Marty_L_11_11
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We are local southwest Florida residents who were looking for a special place to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary
We love Sanibel but never seem to visit despite living only about 35 min away
Due to work committments, we planned Sunday brunch at Thistle Lodge
It sits on the beautiful grounds of Casa Ybel Resort.
The menu was wonderfully varied for a brunch and the food presentation was beautiful. It was cooked to our request and was extremly tasty
My only thumbs down was two things:
Upon entering the restsurant, the smell of the bathroom to our right was overwhelming. It was strong enough that we almost turned and left
We could not believe the hostess standing at her station was tolerating
the smell
But we were seated immediately, as we were one of the first to arrive for brunch.
As we passed the entrance, the smell dissipated and we were seated in dining room. The hostess had such a flat affect, not smiling once throughout our brief encounter.
My second complaint was our waitess.
While pleasant, we did not feel taken care of the way we felt should have
in a upscale restaurant. I had to ask for butter for my unbuttered toast and no jellies offered. She never checked back to inquire if our meals were satisfactory and had to flag her down several times before getting drink refills. She walked past our empty plates 3 times before she took our meal away
I would go back again , but would not choose her to wait on us

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Thank pghrn56
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Beautiful setting, great food, but you pay for it. It has been our favorite restaurant for years and is a wonderful place for a special occasion

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

If you want views then this is the place for you. If you want great food then try Jacarandas. The food was just ok and the service at minimum standards.

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Thank AngVil
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

The location of the restaurant is superb, with great views on the beach. Service was good, though they did not keep the table reserved, which they had promised the evening before. Preparation of food is good, but definitely not extraordinary. You basically pay for the very nice ambience.

Thank Larry000
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