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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 today

Well, it's pretty. And the staff is pretty nice (although our waitress didn't seem to understand English all that well and kept forgetting things) but the food is very expensive and we all got queasy or downright sick later.

Thank EBPandDSP
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thistle Lodge was wonderful! Good food, beautiful location and friendly staff. We enjoyed our dinner.

Thank Joyce T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Building was gorgeous, was able to get a nice table, with a view. Server was a masochist. (Made me feel young again). Food was great.

Thank freemee01
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for Sunday Brunch ....called three times to make reservations...they didn’t know what was on the menu...it’s overpriced for the selection. No signs on the dishes so they all have to be opened to figure it out....highlight was half priced Bloody Mary with brunch...More

Thank Vivalavie11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We checked out Thistle Lodge for a special birthday dinner. We made reservations, but clearly did not need them. My guess is this place is so closely associated with Casa Ybel and is expensive, so many families / tourists outside of the resort avoid this...More

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For Easter-Tanya was an amazing waitperson! She took our food allergy seriously and made sure we felt comfortable. That is worth more than anything. Plus, she made sure we had plenty of Alaskan King Crab legs during the buffet when we were the last people...More

Thank Celeste M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thistle Lodge was a beautiful dining experience. The dining room overlooks a well manicured lawn with a wonderful ocean view. The waitstaff is very professional and well groomed. My party was impressed that our waiter had memorized the 5 specials of the evening and recited...More

Thank Olayla1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We’ve recently eaten several times at the Thistle Lodge. Upon arriving we received warm greetings from host and hostesses Windom, Anna, Bianca and Rachel, as well as managers Michael, Sean and Mike. We were seated each time at a beautiful window table with a wonderful...More

Thank bjh04
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we haven't dined at many other restaurants in Sanibel to make a fair comparison, Thistle Lodge would probably rank near the top. Since we always reflect on the total dining experience, we give it high marks---lovely rooms, soft lighting, music wafting from the bar...More

Thank Julianne G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant delivers on everything you want in an upscale dining experience. It has a wonderful historic Florida ambiance with vast views of the ocean. The food was absolutely incredible. Service was friendly and prompt. This should be on everyone's list of restaurants to try!

Thank julese2
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Celeste M
19 March 2018|
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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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Romantic, View
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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