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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (35 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (42 reviews)
“salad” (46 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 9:00 pmAll 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 2 days ago via mobile

My parents and I came to Thistle Lodge on December 9th to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday and our dinner was perfect! Our waitress, Tanya, was friendly, polite, and very attentive without being overbearing. The lobster bisque was delectable, as well as each of our...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I celebrated our thirtieth anniversary on Sanibel Island and sought recommendations for our anniversary dinner. I am so grateful we decided to choose another restaurant for our actual anniversary and save Thistle Lodge for another night. Although in a perfect world, we...More

Thank Wanderlust87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous dinner! Amazing food, beautiful atmosphere - Beachfront at sunset! Service was wonderful, no rush, absolutely perfect! First time dining, will return soon!! Thank you!

Thank eyoungrn
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attracted first time due to Restaurant Week. They said the meats featured on their menu didn’t arrive. Ceasar salad was worst I’ve ever had. Asian beef rib was over cooked and had insufficient flavor. Shrimp was over seasoned and inedible. Service was terrible. Won’t go...More

Thank bruce g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be fair this was there Thanksgiving buffet. They were clearly overbooked. We had to wait 15 minutes for a table I had reserved earlier in the month. We had to sit on the outside porch. The waitress was fine. We barely had flatware. The...More

1  Thank busybee1216
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our dinner here in spite of our waiter being rushed off his feet by the demands of a big party .Not his fault if management do not employ enough staff .He did his best to make up for it by offering free dessert...More

Thank Morlaism
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here for lunch a few times, and despite some poor service experiences, the food and the view were great. So, we finally decided to give it a try for dinner. Overall the food was good. I definitely don’t think it’s worth the...More

Thank luvs2travel247
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten here several times over the past when in Sanibel. Food is outstanding. I'm not a big fish eater, but LOVE the mai mai there. The atmosphere is beautiful. The wait staff is so friendly and accommodating . We were there on a Saturday...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good - grouper sandwich of course. Good prices - reasonable. If only a large table with screaming children didn’t sit next to us perhaps the service would have been better. I think the attention was shifted and our service was bad. Although...More

Thank WinoElkGrove_Ca
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We got married here a few years back and try to visit yearly. We just ate at the Thistle lodge on Nov 2 2017. And again the waiter was great and attentive . I ordered the Prince Edward Island muscles: there was a ton cooked...More

2  Thank alwaysonthemoveee
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Questions & Answers
13 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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.
27 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.
27 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
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
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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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