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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104 (Casa Ybel Road)
+1 239-472-9200
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I fell upon this jewel of a restaurant by accident while traveling through Sanibel. This restaurant was absolutely beautiful - breathtaking views. The food is outstanding. We had the crab cake which was the best we ever tasted. The soups and salads were great. We then had the Snapper which was delicious. Topped it off with a... More 

Thank Will G
Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A good friend recommended that we stop here for lunch. Unfortunately the patio seating was closed for a private party. We had lunch inside and the food was wonderful. I had the Mahi with an arugula salad and lived it. My husband had the Grouper sandwich and said it was also delicious. The only negative was the hostess not with... More 

Thank KathySperlBell
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

it was wonderful. Incredible food, nice ambiance, everyone "working" in this fine establishment went our of there way to make our dining experience perfect.

Thank pookies2017
Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We got a last minute reservation here on our last night on the island. I wanted somewhere romantic and somewhat upscale and this was perfect! Went early for drinks at the bar. Piano player was a great feature. Dinner was great. Wonderful menu, delicious food. Would go back and recommend.

Thank tennisjed
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135 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't expect a gourmet lunch here as the food is pretty average and I am being generous. They have two menus...one for the pool and another for inside or the patio. The patio has a canopy so you can stay out of the sun. The location is great (on the beach gulf side). The need to work a little harder... More 

Thank don m
Chanhassen, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a great dinner. we enjoyed the seating on their patio. Great view of the grounds and pool. The best Key Lime pie we have ever had..and we have had many!

Thank JeffPorritt
Columbus, Ohio
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really...I've had a lot of lobster bisque in my lifetime but this was the best ever. Do not skip it! Delicious beautifully prepared food - tuna for one of us, grouper for the other. Thanks to Kevin for his excellent service.

Thank BuckeyeMJ
Ottawa, Ontario
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I made a reservation about a Month ago from Canada at the Thistle Lodge for Valentine's Day. We have been coming to Sanibel for 10 years now and it is definitely our happy place. We had never gone to this Restaurant before although we have stayed at Casa Ybel and loved it! Although I realize Valentine's Day Dinner would be... More 

Thank DebandShel
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yikes... Valentine's Day was a bust. Don't sit outside, you will be forgotten. Had no water, no dessert until we said we were leaving. Yikes.

Thank Colleen B
Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The view is lovely, food is excellent and service does not lack professionalism - friendly lovely old Florida charm.

Thank Nancy K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Fusion, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?