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About 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.

2255 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel, FL 33597
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Casa Ybel Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 472-9200

Website:
http://www.thistlelodge.com/

Entertainment:
Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.

Executive Chef:
John Wolff

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM

Thistle Lodge Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Romantic (16)
Special Occasion (16)
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Waterfront (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Scenic View (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (4)
Live Music (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and good service. Loved reading about the history of this place. It’s a lovely place to watch the Gulf and sit inside or out and w joy a good meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We chose to sit outside to enjoy the weather, but it felt kind of odd by the pool. The interior of the restaurant is really beautiful though. The server at the table next to us explained the specials for at least 5 minutes. But we never heard anything about them, which was a bummer since they sounded amazing. The Mahi was delicious as well as the other entrees at our table.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A server asked us rudely to get our 1 1/2 year old out of his way while we were getting situated at our table. He continued to be extremely rude to my husband trying to explain how busy he was (there was only one other table of diners besides us).

We've never been treated so horribly. We didn't even get our water before we decided to leave.

We highly recommend NOT going to this restaurant.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We are returning tomorrow evening! Wait staff wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very nice, old world decor. On the water, would have a beautiful sunset view, but we were there after dark. Excellent food and service. We were able t sit and catch up with old friends. Highly recommended.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dinner was delicious! We were celebrating our honeymoon. It is right on the water, unfortunately I made reservation when we turned the clock back and we didn’t get to see the sunset, but I can only imagine what it’s like at sunset!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a fabulous meal and Rosie was a wonderful server. We always enjoy our dining experiences at Thistle Lodge. The ambiance is lovely and the service is great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Another great date night at Thistle Lodge. Go to see the sunset and then have a great meal and great service to finish off the evening. Very nice rounded selection of entrees to choose from and also usually have three specials per night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delish!! The food looks fantastic and tastes even better. Friendly and efficient service. This is a great dining experience and can be pricey, so don't go and then skimp, as the Kobe Beef Tartar was excellent, as was the Rack of Lamb and Mahi Mahi.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Mario was our waiter and was quite professional. The ambience was nice though a little bright - could have used a little more lighting/flowers something...but OK.
Appetizers was the tuna trio - nondescript in terms of taste, uniqueness it was fresh though.

The Pompano was basically dried out - just a little too long under a heat lamp maybe...not great.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food...well prepared and beautifully presented! Service was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Thistle Lodge is a great restaurant with excellent service and lovely ambiance! The cannelloni with grilled vegetables was very good. As a vegetarian, I wish they had more than one vegetarian option... I would be back sooner if I had more options!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food is a bit pricey, but everything we ate was wonderful. I had a vegetarian dish, as my dining guests both ate the special. Everything was cooked and seasoned wonderfully, the server was attentive, but not overly so, and very knowledgeable of each dish (I overheard him breaking down several different entrees when a Gluten Free guest was questioning what he could eat - he could tell him exactly what in the dish had gluten in it and how it could be adjusted). We had a beautiful view of the Gulf and beach as the sun was going down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Diner was ok in a lovely old style restaurant.
I was disappointed that a menu item that was listed on their website was not available. The item has been off the menu since February. The restaurant didn’t bother updating the web site.!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Formal (for Sanibel) dining atmosphere. Enjoyed our meal. Authentic seafood for both of us, well prepared.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Can only say great things about our experience - great service, wonderful food and atmosphere. My husband had the Lobster Bisque and mussels, I had the cannelloni with bolgonese and Caesar salad, friends had the scallops topped with crab/lobster & cannelloni with Alfredo and topped with seafood.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A fairly inventive menu. It was executed in a "midwestern" manner--ie not much spice, but leaned on sweetness to overcome an ok dish. We had the pomano, which came with a slightly sweet glaze--completely unnecessary for a great fish. We also had steak, which had a syrupy sweet glaze that overpowered a middling thin cut of ribeye. quantities are generous.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service. Great meal. Quiet atmosphere. Always a pleasure to eat at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. Rosie is the best.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great atmosphere! Very relaxing! Delicious food!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten
The food, the service, the experience is first class fine dining

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

The Thistle was a lovely way for us to spend our last night on Sanibel, and the end of "birthday month". The staff could not have been friendlier or more attentive. Our food was excellent and the piano music was very enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Charming, elegant restaurant with helpful staff and great food.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Outstanding restaurant, best in Lee county. I recommend it to all my friends, my 9th visit. Absolutely exquisite food and beverage, wonderful location. The service is impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Expensive restaurant in a seaside city. But there were details with the food that were let downs. For instance package mashed potatoes and undercooked wild rice. Seafood was good steak disappointing

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a delicious, wonderful dinner with ocean view! We can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always great! Excellent food, service and views. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Came back twice within a week!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had a lovely evening with my son. Delicious creatively prepared local seafood, and impeccable friendly service from Mario.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent meal - great views of the gulf!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Mario was a great waiter. The value was excellent with a view of the beach. Linen tablecloths and napkins. We really enjoyed it.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

The restaurant was ok. Lobster bisque was delicious as was the pear martini. Main entree of stuffed chicken was bland. Short ribs were good but the side of whipped potatoes did not taste homemade. Disappointed by broken espresso machine and no chocolate truffles for dessert even though they were on the menu.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 18, 2017

We were on vacation and came to Thistle Lodge to celebrate my wife's birthday on July 18th. Got there a little early but Joselee the hostess sat us immediately. The restaurant is warm and inviting with beautiful views of the Gulf. The attention we received was perfect without being intrusive. Deborah, our waitperson was knowledgeable and suggestive with the right choices. Deborah along with Mario and Anna made us feel as though we were the only guests for the evening. The dishes prepared by Omar and Martin were fantastic, the visual presentation and the flavors were exactly as the menu said. Being in the wine business I am always looking for a selection with wines I don't sell. The Thistle Lodge has a great international selection in every price range. We will make plans to dine here again on our next visit to Sanibel and recommend Thistle to people seeking good food in a beautiful location.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Lovely home built in the early 1900s. Very relaxed atmosphere

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Waterfront, Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We dined there on7/11/17 for lunch. The view and the food were wonderful. One of the best parts of our experience was the service provided by Jason. Jason was attentive and served as the host, waiter, and bartender. He worked very hard and is an asset to the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The restaurant surpassed expectations which were high. Service could not be more accommodating or professional. The food was expertly and creatively prepared and excellent. The alfredo sauce and blackened chicken was a culinary masterpiece. The ambience is charming, romantic and the view spectacular. This restaurant is a classic with contemporary appeal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Live Music, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Was our fourth time at the Thistle Lodge, as we always come on our trips to Sanibel. Food was very good. Our waitress, Rosie, was overly chatty with us as especially other tables, leading to delays in getting drinks, food, bill, etc. we missed the sunset on our last night of the trip due to this.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The dining room at Thistle Lodge is lovely, with beautiful views of the ocean. The menu has an interesting selection of starters and entrees and there are daily special offerings as well. The lobster bisque was excellent as was the beachfront salad. We had the pompano special for our entree. It was good but not great. It was a little fishy tasting and the vegetables were cold. Our biggest disappointment was how quickly everything was served. The soup and salad were brought out at the same time and our entrees were served immediately after our soup and salad. It all felt very rushed and not at all the leisurely dining experience we were expecting.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 2, 2017

My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant once before , it was very good. Last night we took family to share the Sanibel experience. The mussels were very good , the fish and scallops were very over cooked, to the point of being dry and tasteless. The yellowtail , had the appearance of a mutton snapper, and also extremely over cooked . We passed on dessert after hearing the table beside us not enjoying the dessert they had ordered . The service was OK, but not worth coming back . Very Disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

First time in island

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The hospitality was great and so was the food. I recommend the ribeye and crab legs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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