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“Once chic, now shabby”

Thistle Lodge Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 31 - USD 50
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Casa Ybel Road
Description: 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.
Reviewed 20 June 2018 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 pasta and dry mahi -everything about this meal was a disappointment with a hefty price tag. Our server was lovely and very attentive, but this couldn’t make up for the bland and less than fresh seafood. The scallops, shrimp, and grouper were particularly fishy and over cooked. A sad experience in a restaurant that’s been wonderful for so many years.

Thank Brittnee S
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 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
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 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
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 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 Thistle Lodge Restaurant delivered on all aspects. Our server, Mario, was knowledgeable about the wines and items on the menu. My husband had the black grouper, that the host actually recommended as he sat us in a quiet corner of a beautiful room. I had the pompano that had the most delicious citrus glaze. The entire experience was a welcomed treat. Thank you to all who made our evening so elegant.

1  Thank Robin K
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 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
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