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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
Today
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Wayzata, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We always make a point to have a couple meals and cocktails at the lodge during our stay and we are always pleased with the service and quality. Time your visit to arrive just before sunset and walk the beach before dinner. Spinach salad, ahi trio and lobster bisque were delicious.

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Leawood, Kansas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful restaurant and beach view. The food and service matched the surroundings. It was a delightful experience; one of many we have had at the Thistle.

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Lexington, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was ok to good, service too quick ... we had to hold on to our plates. Waitstaff mediocre at best.

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Smithfield, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This visit to the restaurant was as pleasurable as the first. Great food, attentive service all executed in a delightful environment.

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Greenville, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great food and service. Best coffee I've ever had. Wonderful surroundings. Lucky to have had perfect weather.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our waiter Richard knows how to read his customers and tailors his approach to their wants and needs. We were a lively foiursome and we had a good time with Richard. A couple at a nearby table were a bit more reticent and he handled them appropriately. He also knew well the menu and we all raved about the dishes... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WE had a wonderful meal and great service. Excellent!! The food was flavorful and fresh. Our sever and his assistant we very cordial and attentive but not overly interruptive.

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Big Canoe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a rainy miserable day. We arrived and I thought maybe it was closed because the place was empty. But, the lights were on so I looked around and found someone and asked if they were open - and sure enough they were. They gave us a great table overlooking the Gulf. They had a great beer and wine... More 

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Fleming Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for couple to share excellent romantic and quite meal. The setting is great as windows look out across narrow courtyard to gulf. Quite and well appointed dining room with full bar. Staff were excellent and most accommodating. The Piano player/musician, Danny Morgan, was outstanding. Excellent variety of good food on the menu

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Crown Point, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wait staff are responsible for mixing the cocktails for their guest. This really puts a kick in the service equation of this restaurant. These is especially true when many tables are seated at the same time. Otherwise the rest of the experience was very good. Food was great and the service very good as well. The decor is very nice... More 

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Austin A, Food & Beverage Manager at Thistle Lodge Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the restaurant and taking the time to write the review! We are actually in the process of hiring a bartender! I hope you come by and give the new hire a shot! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Fusion, Caribbean, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?