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Thistle Lodge Restaurant
Thistle Lodge Restaurant

Thistle Lodge Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thistlelodge.com
  • Phone: (239) 472-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Wolff
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Casa Ybel Resort, along with Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, has been hosting weddings and events for over 100 years. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and situated on 23 acres of pristine private beach, Casa Ybel Resort is the perfect place to host your event!
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Pasek (239) 472-0693 x1351
  • Entertainment: Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Casa Ybel Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Thistle Lodge Restaurant
Grand Views... Rave Reviews. At the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, delicious cuisine is served in a historical heirloom setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Swaying palms and gently breaking waves further set the scene for romance.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We were there on our wedding night. Complimentary glass of champagne was nice surprise. Soft she'll crab appetizer was a bit too salty but the rest of the meal was very delicious. I had grilled yellow tail and my bride had the scallops. Our waitress was friendly. The view was pleasant. Great overall experience."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Great ambience, very good food, a little pricey but well worth it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I had wanted to go to this restaurant for a while, and maybe that set my expectations a little to high. I would rate this as average at best."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "2nd time on my two week visit to the island for Brunch here. First time on July 20th they were overwhelmed with a wedding and a family reunion and did not check me in and I was on time. The next time I had a larger party and all went well. Everyone enjoyed the brunch. I will go back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Found ambience to romantic and inviting there was great attention to details for our occasion, the food was excellent and the price was in line with this type of experience"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great food, nice atmosphere, great service. Very expensive!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you're looking for cozy, this is the spot. Service is excellent. However, the price point is a little over the top...not much, but the food is priced moderately more than it's worth. The wine list? Questionable at best. But, it's a cozy spot to spend with your favorite date."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A restaurant with old world charm. Outstanding service and standards. Our favorite on the Island by far."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I really love the old world feel of the lodge. We visit Sanibel every year, the Thistle Lodge will be an annual event. Thanks"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "the thistle is still lovely and service is very good. Unfortunately the food lags far behind. We had lobster bisque which was classic and quite good. Crab cakes were ok. Mussels were classic and quite good. A snapper shri mp and scallop entree was simple but good. Nothing was inovative or creative. We had a cheese plate and truffle plate for dessert. I could have chosen more interesting cheeses from Winn Dixie. Gouda, munster, crumbled blue, give me a break. Truffles were just chocolate candies from a commercial source. Disappointing. Quite expensive so value was poor. I wouldn't go back. I think I have matured in my expectations while Thistle probably hasn't changed much."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great spot for a quiet dinner for two, well maintained facility. food pricy for the quality taste of food is muddled with favors, mixed reaction to food. Stick with simple items."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here as a date night away from the kids while on vacation in Cape Coral. We were seated immediately upon arrival and our waiter stopped by after a few minutes. We had a tuna appetizer which arrived in a reasonable timeframe. Our waiter, Steve, went over the specials in great detail but we had already made our decisions on a meal. My wife had a bowl of lobster bisque, which was good, but not the best I've had. For main courses, my wife had a chicken dish and I had a porkchop. Both of them were delicious and arrived in perfect time. I ordered an extra side item of leek hashbrowns, as the main course seemed to be small by description. Steve was attentive throughout the meal. A bit over priced but we were happy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was excellent. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and experienced. Every menu item that we ordered, appetizers, entrees and desert were all excellent. A nice selection of wine to accompany our meal. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my husbands birthday with a romantic evening here."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Steaks and fish tasted old Got violently ill 2 appetizers featured were unavailable, one was presented as a special. Spent over $300 for 3 people and we were one of the first parties seated that evening. This is the 2nd time our experience there was less than satisfactory. Gave them another chance. We won't go back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was looking to take my wife out for a romantic evening in the Fort Myers area. After reading reviews to several waterfront restaurants, I ran across Thistle Lodge. We had been to the Fort Myers area several times and never heard of this place on Sanibel Island. We arrived about an hour before sunset and our dinner was placed on our table just as the sun was setting... perfect timing. The service was wonderful (thanks Andrew), the food was outstanding (perfectly cooked and tender Filet & T-Bone w/ Shrimp), and the desert was absolutely to die for (Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake). At the end of the night, we had a wonderful time and the $200 check was well worth it in our books!!!! Definitely recommend going to the Thistle Lodge."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Restaurant over feeds and food not that great. Pretty restaurant, though, and nice view."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Always a very good dining experience. Good food. Great service. Very nice ambiance. If you are coming to the Island and want to take a step up, then this is your choice."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Looking for a quaint, scenic locale with a great menu while on Sanibel Island, go to the Thistle Lodge. We loved reading about the local history of this place and the family - it bleeds of Victorian charm, but with a modern seafood menu and great service. We both ordered seafood - and both dishes were spectacular. Wonderful evening; strongly recommend this place if you are looking for a classy night out, great scenes, and taste all in one setting while on Sanibel."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Ambiance was just what I'd hoped! Service far exceeded expectations - friendly and perfect timing. Menu was varied and specials were interesting and - the pompano I had was excellent. Grilled octopus presentation was unique with fingerling potatoes and onions. Steak and whipped potatoes were high quality. Faux cocktail for daughter was special and served with a flair. Walked around grounds after dinner ... Including out to to beach via boardwalk. Great spot for photos! All around charming and lovely evening!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Quiet in the off season, lively historic setting and decor overlooking lawn and bay. Attentive staff, good food. It was just what we expected."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant on Sanibel Island. The food this time was not quite as good as it was at previous visits but still very good. The view and the ambiance is the best. We always save this for our last great dinner before we leave Sanibel. Would recommend it again and again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The pineapple martini was unforgettable. The rest of the meal was very good, but not outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Fantastic Gulf of Mexico water views, excellent variations-on-theme of menu items (especially the ahi tuna trio and escargot appetizers which were distinctive and inspired chef creations) and table-side service in the best Southern manner. Ask for Natalie (genuinely warm and friendly) or Steve (professional, timed presentations perfectly, depth of knowledge on delicious yet value wines). And don't forget a well earned tip for the pianist playing popular classics and the best of the romantic movie scores. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I always try to go there when I'm on Sanibel (my favorite place on earth!). I've been there for Mother's Day before and have never been disappointed. This was my first Mother's Day without my Mom, but my best friend and I really enjoyed it. The buffet was beyond belief!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "They were only serving a buffet for Mother's Day, which was unfortunate and was a surprise as the website and reservation never stated that. A day when you want to spend with your family, but everyone is running around trying to beat the long lines to get food. Service was terrible! Left dirty plates and glasses all over the table and had to be flagged down every time. Sadly, the check included a 20% service added to the bill, so there was obviously no incentive for good service. Food was ok, but absolutely nothing special. Crowded and super hot, a/c really not keeping up. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had only the upstairs to eat at. Worthless customer service. Sad to see it go under. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "When in Sanibel it is a must to visit Thistle lodge, they have great food in a very nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "My husband and I were very impressed with the food and the service. We had a table by the window as requested. The cocktails were very good, but the food was even better. Wonderful fresh seafood, fresh salads. We would go back here in a heart beat."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "My husband and I went to dinner at Thistle Lodge to celebrate our first anniversary. The pluses: the food was very good, service very good, and the staff had signed a card acknowledging our anniversary, a wonderful touch. Downside, it wasn't the romantic setting the online photos show. The patio is right next to the pool. There was a group of a dozen people partying by the pool. There were also two weddings going on and the catering carts were on the patio so it was very busy. People used the patio for smoke breaks. Inside was better atmosphere for an intimate dinner. We had a drink inside after dinner with soft lights and an engaging piano player. Would go back with knowledge the outside seating isn't private or intimate. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Wonderful but over the top expensive. Nothing for young adults that isn't over $40 for an entree which is tough on a family "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Server seemed like she was having a bad day. Took ten minutes to place a drink order. Food was ok but over priced for the quality. Noisy. We have been here before and this was a second chance for them, unfortunately the results were the same. Will not return, too many better alternatives in the area."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "This meal was a buffet so items described below may not be available: Wonderful meal in a beautiful setting. We have eaten at Thistle Lodge before and have never been disappointed. Once again, the staff at Thistle Lodge made our experience memorable. The seafood was fresh and plentiful, the salads crisp with many condiments, the lamb and other meats perfect (although we preferred the carving station cuts as they had no sauces) and deserts were heavenly. Our waiter was A++++ as was the hostess. We will revisit Thistle lodge for a meal and expect the same quality and value. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I use to head out to Thistle Lodge in the 80's fairly often before Sanibel was crazy with tourists. So I decided to go back after all of these years on a whim. Boy was I happy. Great all the way around. Blackened Yellowtail with crab topping, I had blackened softshell crabs for an appetizer. Wine was great, dessert. I really hate to give it such a great review because I want to go back soon."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, they have other dishes as well - but this is a upscale seafood restaurant and they have no need to make any excuses for it. When you have something so well figured out - shyness with a good thing? This is an extremely good thing. Want the worlds best iced tea? Try the Mijito Mint Tea. Awesome!!!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "If you're looking to get away from inland restaurants, this is it! White table Cloth service. Spectacular views of the gulf. Beautifully landscaped! Exquisite food and service. We dine out frequently and will surely return."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We enjoyed a walk on the beach before lunch and another right after picking up shells. The lunch was fabulous! In addition to our main meal we split a salad and it was actually split in the kitchen so that we were each served "a salad'...so gracious. Our waitress was very attentive and personable. The view, the food, the quiet atmosphere was delightful. Looking out over the lawn and watching children and parents enjoy playing was delightful also. We would defintiely come back and have recommended to many."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We were quite disappointed with the overall experience at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. We requested a table by the window to view the Gulf and shore, but were crammed into a table with NO room between us and the adjoining tables. The food was fair to mediocore and expensive. Service uneven. Not worth the value for money."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We went for lunch, with plans to walk along the beach afterwards.. However the weather turned and it poured with rain.. So no romantic stroll on the beach.!! The view from the restaurant is fantastic as was the good and service. A very peasant lunch, if they could of controlled the weather, I'm sure they would of.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "While I love this beautiful restaurant, our meal was disappointing. We were there for Sunday Brunch. The poached eggs were undercooked and accompanied by two undercooked asparagus.The dish was ok, but not outstanding. My partner's meal was, well, strange. He got the blackened shrimp dish. It had two shrimp and an oddly spiced conglomeration of mainly noodles and some peas and potatoes. The desserts were excellent. Particularly the key lime cheesecake. I just wish the main meal had been something to write home about. For the price, it should have been!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great menu with lots of choice. One of the better spots on the Island."
    Dined on 4/5/2014