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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
+1 239-472-9200
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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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 1 week ago

Thistile Lodge is on the Casa Ybel property where destination weddings are held and other social affairs. This is and adult restaurant to share with your best lady or a few good friends too. Ole Victorian house with a nice gulf view. A lovely way...More

Thank bigrunsaturday
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful restaurant. Food was very good. Very attentive staff. I had the ceaser salad with whole anchovies and the rack of lamb. Not disappointed. The house white wine is very good.

Thank donnapdr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an absolutely Beautiful Beachfront Restaurant. It's not only Historic but extremely warm and welcoming. And then there is the food. A foodie's delight. The Lobster Bisque was a lovely blend of creaminess with lovely large bits of Lobster. I ordered the Sea Bass,...More

Thank Debra L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had breakfast here. The views were amazing & the restaurant is charming. I have to say the bill was quite surprising, high, but I'm glad we experienced the restaurant on site (Casa Ybel). Would like to try dinner here next time, but we would...More

Thank JasmineSA
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy "date" nights every week and this week we decided to try the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. The view is awesome and food was very good!

Thank Skeeter5639
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and we chose the Thistle because of it's great reviews and we were not disappointed. We were taken care of by Russ and he was the man!

Thank Gonzini127
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Thistle Lodge Restaurant was recommended to us by a local shopkeeper and what a wonderful recommendation it turned out to be. The beautiful Victorian house with Gulf view was a positively lovely setting. Our server, Deborah, was friendly and offered great suggestions for dinner....More

Thank Ann E
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Our last night on Captiva for a girls week and our special dinner at The Thistle Inn was perfect. The service was excellent. Only difficult part of evening was deciding what to order. Chose the Snapper and asked for it to be pan fried instead...More

Thank Debora C
Reviewed 1 August 2017

The kobe tartare was ok...a little strange wrapped in spring roll paper though. I had the veal Milanese which was good until I tried a bite of my wife's osso bucco pork which was divine! The dessert was decent, but not overly memorable. The staff...More

Thank Nick K
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

A birthday celebration was less than stellar. Although the Thistle Lodge is a lovely setting, our dinner wasn't good. We ordered fish (one of us had grouper and the other sea bass), both of which were dry, rubbery and flavorless. The presentation was well done...More

4  Thank ninagray
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Questions & Answers
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.
26 May 2016|
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Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hi, we celebrate the holidays with a special buffet. Our buffets are prepared for Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and we prepare special menus for New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. We serve a plated Sunday... More
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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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