Great food and service, along
Great food and service, along with a beautiful setting.
2/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We haad a wonderful meal,
We haad a wonderful meal, service was great!Going back again!
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been traveling to
We have been traveling to Sanibel for more years than I can remember. We go to Thistle to celebrate our anniversary each time. We love it, and recommend it to people who want to "dine" rather than "eat". It's a lovely place - the food is always good, and the wait staff is adorable.
3/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I had a wonderful
My husband and I had a wonderful time. It was his birthday - each server wished him a happy birthday - the service, food and views were great. It was our first time and wont be our last. We will come back. A+
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have enjoyed The Thistle
We have enjoyed The Thistle Lodge Restaurant several times when staying in Sanibel.
The ingredients are fresh and always flavorful and the presentation of food is always
breath taking. If you can get a sunset seating it is just wonderful to see the changes in the color on the ocean and in the turret dining room.
It is a place I can recommend for a very special occasion to beautiful Sanibel
and Casa Ybel.
It was so beautiful I took pictures of our meals as they arrived and sent them to family.
Not very nice, wish I could have sent them smell and taste vision as well.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a really beautiful
This is a really beautiful spot with the dining room facing directly out to the Gulf of Mexico. The cocktails were quite good and the food was very good. The portions were rather small, especially for the price. I think that it's a great place for a splurge or for a special occasion.
We were treated to a small wedding being performed right outside our window table.
The choices on Sanibel for fine dining in a very elegant setting are few and far between and this spot does fill that bill.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have eaten here before and
I have eaten here before and so decided to treat myself for a special occasion. I wasn't disappointed. The food was great-grilled yellowtail snapper with risotto and Caesar salad. I had a lovely view looking out over the Gulf. All in all I couldn't have asked for more. Have to mention my server Chris-very attentive and helpful.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great location with good views
Great location with good views of the Gulf from most tables. Nice variety in the menu and the food was very good. The server was helpful in selecting dishes. Excellent overall experience.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent place. Took my parents
Excellent place. Took my parents there to celebrate their 50th. They thoroughly enjoyed every course, the view, and the old Florida feel.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good overall and across
Very good overall and across the board everyone was very friendly and professional.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The restaurant was beautiful, but the New England lobster roll was awful. Lobster was frozen and there was a very bitter taste to it. I mentioned this to our waitstaff person, after being unable to eat half of it, but no apology was offered. The rest of the food and desserts were wonderful. Service was incredibly slow, but we were only there for lunch, so perhaps they were understaffed.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a lovely dinner and
We had a lovely dinner and enjoyed the beautiful view of the ocean. In many Sanibel restaurants it's difficult to have a conversation because of the noise level--this was a pleaasant change. Rosie our server was great!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Thistle Lodge is the best
Thistle Lodge is the best restaurant on Sanibel Island and among the best in all of Southwest Florida. Exquisite food and service.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Wedding Anniversary Dinner
The Thistle Lodge Restaurant definitely scored me a lot of points with my wife as we celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. Great to be able to book online without her knowing. Right on time with our table. Seat overlooked the grounds and out to the ocean. Live piano music in the background blended in and was so relaxing that you loved having it there, but it didn't interfere with the conversation. Steve, our waiter, was awesome. He was there enough, but not too much. You could tell that he was empowered and knowledgeable to make slight adjustments to the menu for us. Food was amazing! Even gave us a signed card and coupon for our anniversary. Very Special. Overall a great pick.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and good service.
Good food and good service. Lovely views of the ocean. A bit pricey, especially the kids' menu.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Must for Brunch or anytime
A must for Sanibel visitors. We go every year. Great setting right on the water whether indoors, on the deck or beside the pool. Different menu by the pool. We prefer the gourmet brunch inside on Sunday with the same staff members each year including the multi-talented instrumentalist. Every entre is delectable. I had the eggs benedict resting on artichoke heart over an english muffin. Eggs cooked to perfection. The sauce must be made to order because is just the rigth consitency to grace the eggs,but not so firm as to overwhelm their gentle texture. My wife had the egg white fritatta with chicken saugage, which she loved. The wine list and bar service here always add a special sense of perfection too our visits. Don't miss the truffles!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first time dining
This was our first time dining at The Thistle and it was beautiful. The atmosphere is gorgeous, the food and service was outstanding. It would be a great place to celebrate a special occasion. A great experience, will definitely return.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food. Very pricy. We
Great food. Very pricy. We had their specials which are even more expensive than their menu entrees. We should have asked the prices of the specials before ordering. Our table was close to some other diners., however, we had a nice conversation with them.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around a great experience! Had the special fish (pompano) blackened and it was best fish I have had this season. Service was friendly and prompt. A little pricey but well worth it!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. The
The food was excellent. The service was good. The views were of the gulf were beautiful.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The GOOD & the BAD!
Great food, lovely view, nice atmosphere, old Floridian ambiance, but the service was EXTREMELY slow.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wir waren nach unserem Strandtag
Wir waren nach unserem Strandtag von Sanibel Island direkt in dieses schöne Restaurant gefahren. Schon die Begrüßung war sehr herzlich. Wir hatten per Internet einen Tisch auf der Terrasse oder direkt am Fenster gebucht. Wegen einer Hochzeit wurden wir direkt zum Garten/Strand im Restaurant platziert. Zu unserem Hochzeitstag wollten wir uns einen schönen Ausklang gönnen und kaum hörten die Mitarbeiter von diesem schönen Anlass bekamen wir eine persönliche Glückwuschkarte vom Haus. Das Essen war gut und die Empfehlung des Hauses ausgezeichnet. Wir haben dieses Abend in der wunderbaren Kulisse sehr genossen.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for our special dinner
Thistle Lodge was exactly what we were looking for. Great ambience - and the food was delicious. We were even given a card for our anniversary! Next time we are in Sanibel we will definitely be going back - even if there is no special occasion.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old Florida style gem.
What a beautiful restaurant. We have been to Sanibel and Captiva islands four times in the last five years. The Thistle Lodge is now our favorite upscale restaurant. The food was excellent and so were the cocktails. The next time we travel to Sanibel for a vacation we are hoping to stay at the Casa Ybel resort so we can eat here several times for dinner. My wife and I would get married here if we had to do it all over again.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were celebrating our 25th
We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and were given a nice card signed by the staff and a 10% discount!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming Dinner Site
Nice spot for a romantic evening. Being summer the traffic was way down. More fun for us. Great view and a fine wine list made for great service and better than average dining.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great, very good
The food was great, very good menu. Only think I didnt like was it felt as if the A/C was broken or turned off, it was very hot inside.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Natalie was our server and she did a wonderful job! So glad that we chose Thistle Lodge..
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about this Restaurant was outstanding. quality and presentation of food was so inviting and well prepared. We had the Blackened Yellowtail which was expertly done and the Lobster and Lump Crab Scallops which were so flavorful and moist. I would definitely highly recommend this restaurant. It is a 1890s restored Victorian type home which overlooks the Gulf. THe service was excellent and not rushed. All of the staff was professional and friendly. Wonderful place to have a Birthday and Anniversary dinner. Only negative to just going to the restaurant if you are not staying at Casa Ybel Resort is that it's off the main road a few miles and could be difficult to find.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This Is A Beautiful Restaurant On The Gulf Coast, Sanibel Island, FL. We Were There During Off Season So It Was Quiet. Lovely Dining Areas Both In And Outside. Nice Bar. For Casual AndEvening Dress Attire.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
worth every penny
We went here to celebrate our 19th anniversary. We had a wonderful time from the very beginning. A beautiful view of the ocean.
Quiet area for talking. Amazing food from appetizers to dessert. We will be coming again....
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place for a romantic dinner
My husband and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary with a quiet and romantic dinner at the Thistle Lodge. The food was excellent and our server was attentive, welcoming, and warm. The hostess, though polite, came across a bit cold. The piano player added to the relaxed and comfortable ambience. Overall, a terrific dining experience.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant, Excellent food
This restaurant on Sanibel Island, Florida was exceptional. Andrew, our waiter, was great. The food was out of this world and the ambiance was cozy and quaint. A bit on the pricey side, but well worth it! If we're back in the Sanibel area, we will definitely revisit the Thistle Lodge.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had delicious food, beautiful
We had delicious food, beautiful scenary and fabulous service. The tuna was awesome. And our waitress recognized the special occasion with a wonderful brownie. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire meal.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most romantic restaurant
The Thistle Lodge Restaurant was excellent. The food was fantastic, the drinks were wonderful and the piano music playing in the background made for a very romantic evening. Everything was perfect. Thank you.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were seated next to a table of extremely noisey individuals, which made it very difficult for us and other patrons in the room to be able to carry on a conversation. Waiter was very nice, but also very inattentive. We had to ask for bread twice before it was brought to the table, as did the couple sitting at the table next to us. He seemed to be more intent on chatting with friends who were dining there than taking care of the rest of his tables.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful place, great food
Snapper was excellent, I subbed asparagus risotto for the rice, it was great. My husband always has their black grouper and loves it. We always enjoy our meals here.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
piano in Sanibel paradise
We love this beautiful old building and it location on Sanibel island. Cozy bar with a great piano to request your favorites..the food is very good…we will go back every year…..
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My mother was planning where she wanted to celebrate her 97th birthday and Thistle Lodge was the only restaurant that would do. Our waitress "Rosie" was wonderful and made it a very special day for my mother.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the Drive!
The Thistle Lodge is an off-the-beaten-path hidden gem worth the drive. Old Florida style with white-tablecloth dining. Cozy and fairly intimate, perfect for celebrating our Anniversary week. Most tables have a preferred Gulf of Mexico view. Our luncheon menu consisted of classic American cuisine, while the dinner choices seemed to be more innovative and modern. The food was excellent although the service was a bit slow. Must have the chocolate coconut dream supreme, their signature dessert. Decadent, and large enough for sharing. We truly enjoyed our leisurely stroll around the Gulf-breezed impeccably-maintained property after lunch. Couldn't leave without a few photos for memories sake! Would definitely return!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for the Thanksgiving dinner which was served as a buffet. The buffet so it was split up into small sections scattered throughout the bar area and this worked pretty well.. The amount and variety of food available I would rate as average with the only exception being oysters, crab and shrimp on a cold food bar. Since Sanibel is an island in the gulf this was not totally unexpected, but a nice touch. The main problem was the price, we spent $180 for two with two glasses of wine each, the quantity and quality of food did not match the price. Secondly a 20% gratuity was added for a buffet. This amount is for exceptional service which in this case was primarily clearing plates and bring two glasses of wine.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another reason to be thankful at Thanksgiving; the wonderful food and service at Thistle Lodge. They always remember repeat cystomers and are gracious if you are there for the first time. Thank you!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM