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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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Open Now
8:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was one of the best places to enjoy a Sanibel sunset and the menu was just as wonderful. Unfortunately, the dining experience is now one of the worst on the Island. From the chewy, over cooked, and very fishy octopus appetizer, to the mushy...More

Thank Brittnee S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had seen some of the recent bad reviews but decided to go anyway and are so glad that we did!! The restaurant is beautiful, with wonderful views. The service was perfect and attentive and the food was delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Caroline B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere was great. What I think old Florida was like! Beautiful setting, the Lodge is very relaxing and the gentleman playing the piano was amazing. The food was delicious and filling.

1  Thank VickiN31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a elegant meal? Look no further than this spot off the beaten (crowded) path. While my husband and I are residents of Florida, this was our first visit to Sanibel/Ft. Myers area and wanted one quiet night with an elegant meal and the...More

1  Thank Robin K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful location and a nicely appointed dining room. Excellent service. Menu is varied and preparation and presentation spot on. Will return when we're back on the island.

1  Thank JGLVOP
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Usually dine at Thistle Lodge when on Sanibel. Food is perfectly done to your satisfaction. Wait staff great. The place for that "special occasion".

1  Thank Kal-Traveler
Reviewed 14 May 2018

We are locals, been to almost every Restaurant on the Island. First visit, date night, requested a seat with a view/reservation, my husband was served expensive steak that was frozen in the middle, the solution: to microwave it until it was inedible yet we still...More

1  Thank jamie932
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We came here for dinner. We had lamp chops and pompano. They both were great. We were fortunate to have the window seat for two. We ate the salted caramel cheesecake. Gone !! Delish. Wait staff great. Service great. Food great. Setting great. Satisfied all...More

Thank ms.go-go
Reviewed 10 May 2018

The Thistle Lodge Restaurant is an elegant place to dine with white tablecloths and black napkins. The view is breathtaking with the tall royal palms framing the ocean complete with a white sand beach. Everything is upscale so I expected a lovely luncheon experience...and I...More

Thank Jona8667
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

This used to be a fine dining establishment. But, things have changed. No joke! There were people actually playing cards in the dining room and yelling, while waiting for their food. People were wearing dirty T-shirts to dinner. The bartender was nonexistent when we arrived....More

Thank Linleedo
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Celeste M
19 March 2018|
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Response from LindaGBowersDallas | Reviewed this property |
I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question before now. I hope you gave the Thistle Lodge a try, and that you enjoyed your trip to Sanibel: it is a wonderful place! The dress code everywhere on Sanibel is very casual: no one... More
23 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!
13 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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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