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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 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Perrysburg, Ohio
2 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is really a fine dining experience. The view is spectacular and so is the service. There are very few restaurants left that make you feel like you are in a very exclusive, private dining area. The mixed drinks are great and my husband loves the local craft beers offered. Our food was excellent and the presentation was very attractive,

Thank 263bettyb
Sanibel Island, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The setting is perfect, ambiance lovely, staff efficient but friendly , cocktails great and most importantly food was excellent. Macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi was delicious and key lime pie to die for. Definitely worth a visit. Pricey but worth every penny.

Thank pauline b
Fort Myers, Florida
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113 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate at this restaurant over 12 years ago and thought it was such a great place! Unfortunately, the decor could use some updating! The menu had plenty of options but very pricey. I had the seafood trio and the one scallop and two small shrimp were tasty but not enough. The fish was tender but a little watery and... More 

Thank PETUNIA1985
Chicopee, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Listed as fine dining. Presentation good, but disappointed otherwise. Loud, felt like I was at a chain restaurant like the "99 or Applebee's". Not a "Fine Dining experience.

Thank Ken F
Frankenmuth, United States
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thistle Lodge is a beautiful setting right on the beach. The ambiance is special, the staff friendly, courteous and yet professional. My wife and I both had Mahi Mahi for dinner and it was excellent and well presented. We sat by a window and had a lovely view of the Gulf.

Thank F. Peter H
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the restaurant was not crowded, its Sunday brunch was totally unacceptable. The service was far too slow. The drinking water was not filtered and tasted of sulphur. The sourdough bread service basically was plain, bland toast. While the chicken sausage and an eggs Benedict-type entree were reasonably good, the Parmesan grits dish was tasteless. The potato dish was exactly... More 

1 Thank allen l
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So disappointing. Apps were sub par, and waited an hour for entree before cancelling order. To top it off a tent was blocking the view of the gulf.

1 Thank Sally C
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our last dinner in Sanibel this trip. The food, service and views were wonderful. After seeing the grounds we would consider staying there on our next trip.

1 Thank bobhugus
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rosie was our server. Friendly, courteous and efficient. We very much enjoyed her and her great service. Would definitely come back again!! The food was also amazing.

Thank Erika K
Raynham, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Thistle Lodge offers a strong and varied menu with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Romantic sunsets and impeccable service. Add a fabulous Sunday jazz brunch, and you can't go wrong here.

Thank ccard81003

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Business meetings, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?