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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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American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thistle Lodge at The Casa Ybel Resort is a beautiful waterfront restaurant, worth the price. We had surf and turf, snapper and twin Maine lobster tails. The food was served in a timely manner, hot and fresh. The service was professional and personalized (Rosie is...More

Thank Debbie J
Reviewed 1 week ago

First, the few positives: my braised short rib was tender and falling apart, the way it should be. The size of the meal was extremely generous, and the atmosphere was pleasant. Unfortunately, the entire meal tasted like nothing. I don't understand how it is possible...More

Thank Jenn P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From our introduction to Woody, our great waiter, our experience was delightful. Appetizers: tomato/mozzarella salad and blackened soft-shell crabs. Entrees: Pecan-crusted Salmon on a bed of slaw. Rack of Lamb, prepared exactly as I'd ordered it. Dessert: Creme Brûlée.

Thank Ariel O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a reservation here during a girls’ week vacation in Sanibel. It was our first visit on the island which was heavenly in so many ways. We chose this restaurant based on past reviews. If we had been advised that there was a wedding...More

Thank wolfie212
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant offers consistently the best fine dining on Sanibel Island. They have an extensive menu and wine list. After many visits over the years for our annual visit to Sanibel, Thistle Lodge is always the highlight of our week’s dining.

Thank fritzf2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for sunset to celebrate my husband's birthday. We made a reservation on Open Table and had a lovely table overlooking the beach. They had an excellent wine selection, and the server was very good. The dinner menu was not extensive, but had wonderful...More

Thank BradsMom
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 15 February 2018

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
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Celeste M
19 March 2018|
Response from James H | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Easter Dinner as for dress code smart casual is fine no need for coat & tie.
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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