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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
+1 239-472-9200
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“cannelloni” (8 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (45 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We just had a wonderful Valentine’s evening and dinner at the Thistle Lodge. Upon arrival Anna and Windom greeted us warmly. We enjoyed visiting with managers Michael, Sean and Mike. Before dinner we went to the attractive, newly renovated bar. The beverage menu had a...More

Thank bjh04
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was the most disappointing dinner we've had in the area. A stunning location with a great piano player. After that it was all downhill. Our waiter was obviously over matched by the number of tables he had and when he did focus on us...More

Thank William Y
Reviewed 6 days ago

Perfectly cooked HUGE filet mignon with vegetables I actually ate. (Cauliflower gently seasoned with fresh ginger.) Dinner included soup/salad, entree and dessert. I believe it also included a drink, but we had enjoyed one of the top Maker's Mark manhattans I have ever had (made...More

Thank OrientChris
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pretty place however that was the best thing about it! Oysters Rockefeller app was cold and not freshly made. Salad was not as described on the menu. The steak was chewy. I ordered black grouper but I’m sure it was sea bass that I...More

Thank marchhare2
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were 10 people including 2 children. Staff was very friendly and very accommodating to where we wanted to be and to our food choices. We ate outside on one of the verandas over looking the pool and the ocean. The downside was that it...More

Thank irv g
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We try and eat here every trip . The Thistle Lodge is Beautiful and the ambiance is great . Once again I got the mussels and they were great. Next my wife and I got the lobster bisque and that was amazing !!! I had...More

Thank alwaysonthemoveee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thistle Lodge has been known in the past as the " fancy place" on Sanibel. They have totally renovated the bar, added easy, inexpensive appetizers, so you can now hang out there with a more casual feel. It still gets more upscale on weekends, with...More

Thank Dana M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pork Osso Buco served over Tuscan style beans and Swiss Chard was a standout - Other diners enjoyed their seafood appetizers and entrees. The restaurant is a bit pricey by Sanibel standards - even with a 10% discount card if you are staying at the...More

Thank Fred C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a nice meal here. Location and décor very nice, upscale Florida beach lodge. Service was attentive yet not pushy. Food was excellent. Pricey.

Thank Montauk123
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience we had last night! If you haven't been back to the Thistle Lodge in a while, you will want to return. The food was so tasty, done to perfection...and our waiter, Colin, was fantastic. He was professional, attentive and just so...More

1  Thank lpilot2004
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Questions & Answers
22 December 2017|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for joining us for the Christmas Day Buffet! We just checked the weather and it couldn't get any nicer out for Christmas Day on Sanibel Island. Feel free to dress resort casual. See you on the beach!
12 November 2016|
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Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. We will be serving the buffet only on Thanksgiving day and open for regular lunch and dinner service on the following day. We hope you'll join us.
26 May 2016|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello, we serve a plated Sunday brunch and have a special buffet for Mother's Day. You can find our brunch menu online. Thank you for your inquiry, we hope you can join us on Sanibel Island.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
View, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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