Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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1122 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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DS
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

So disappointed. We decided to give it another shot being we were married here and the food just isn’t that good and the prices are high. $42 for pompano and it was just ok. Sorry we won’t be back.

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LB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Was not crazy for the Brunch menu for Fathers Day
Service was very slow

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We came here 12 years ago and it was great! However things have changed. The atmosphere was still fabulous however the food was terrible. I have the fillet and lobster tails special. The fillet was topped with the Cabernet demi-glaze, which was good. However if the lobster tail was raw. The others in my party had the ribeye special. They said their ribeyes were fine, nothing special. The buttered pasta for our son was cold, as well as the vegetables in all the other dishes and the crab cake appetizer. Overall the atmosphere was wonderful and the food was subpar.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!!! Will be back next year. Best food on the island.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Never disappoints!

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s
New England
81 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fine dining on Sanibel. My wife and I dine here exclusively on our anniversary. We'll continue to do so as the years go by.

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CW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting, a hidden gem,can't wait to come back

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Just horrible food

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MH
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoy eating at this lovely old restaurant. The view is outstanding. However, this last time there was a hugh wedding tent blocking the view. We went for sunday brunch which was good but we had to ask for more holidase suse for our eggs. This was the first day for their new brunch menu. There was nothung listed to order if you are dieting.

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DJ
Naples
60 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food, good pour! What more can you ask for???

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KE
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Gulf views! Gorgeous building! Very romantic! Been here many times and alwasy love coming back!

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JA
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rosie was exceptional and our meals were delicious. She made great recommendations. My husband went with the surf and turf and I had crab alfredo. Both were delicious.

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C
Kansas City
73 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service

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CG
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was delicious! I had the seafood bisque soup, for dinner I had the lamb chops and for dessert the granny green apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream. The staff was friendly and our server was very good. I would recommend this restaurant.

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A
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a challenge to have an outdoor wedding on Mother's day and Michael went out of his way to ensure that we were happy with the overall experience.
thanks to his great customer service, we will come back on a regular night, and give it another try

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C
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Thistle Lodge Restaurant for Mother’s Day. Food and service were both very good. They had a special Mother’s Day menu. Set price for 3 coarse meal except for certain items that were an additional cost. More expensive because of the special menu than what the cost would have been if my wife and I had been able to order off the regular menu. Then they automatically add on a 20% gratuity because it is a holiday that they don’t tell you about until you receive the check. But at least the food and service were very good.

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I took 6 family members there for Mother's Day brunch 2019. First, despite having made reservations, the buffet was located on a separate floor from the table. Not particularly convenient for elderly folks to have to navigate a crowded winding staircase with a plate of food. Additionally, the service was seriously lacking. They probably could have used twice as many servers. We frequently had to ask and re-ask for basics like tableware, drinks etc. Lastly the food was at the very best mediocre and extremely limited in selection. At $55 per person, I would expect a much higher caliber of food choices. By comparison, you could go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and get a perfected filet with sides, served at your table for slightly less cost. Oh and to top it off, they add a mandatory charge 20% TIP for almost non-existent service. The view is good and the facility is very lovely.

I have been to this restaurant several times and will not be returning.

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OT
Western KY
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my wife

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Thistle Lodge Inn. That evening, we were warmly greeted as we entered and received excellent service by Tanya. The tomato mozzarella salad was delicious and the fish dishes were perfectly prepared by the chef. We were surprised with a rich slice of amazing cheesecake for dessert. The visit to Thistle Lodge Inn was memorable and we will eat there again.

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SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

My husband and I had poor service and our waitress brought us two items we did not order and failed to clarify our order to make sure she got it right. Aside from the bad service the food and view was good.

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AS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This venue served as the PERFECT location for a large group gathering to celebrate a retirement. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The server has worked for over a decade for the establishment, which says a great deal! Outstanding all around and such a great find. I wish our travel agent had known to book our group on property at the resort here. We will know for next time.

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CK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful food and atmosphere! The only suggestion I would make is to have waiters that are a little less awkward and more well versed with specials/menu

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Chose the 11am time slot for a lunch reservation but when we arrived we discovered lunch didn't start until 11:30am. They were very accommodating......seated us and served us drinks until that time. Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view of the ocean.

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PM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On vacation looked for new restaurants glad we found it! Only surprise was when we found they would charge $15 to split a dinner vs. expected $5? We opted to pay $5 and split it ourselves. All in all a nice evening and very nice service!

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MK
Cleveland
114 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m reminded of the Victorian era with both dark wood and the brighter Florida styles. We shared the tomato mozzarella salad, and both ordered the trio with grouper, scallops and shrimp. The salad was very tasty, and the seafood was perfectly prepared and delicious. Apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Be willing to take your time, and enjoy the view of lawn and beach from the patio.

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, expensive for everyday but good for a special occasion.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent

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JF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent for all 4 dishes in our party. Sea bass, snapper, and two salads. Lobster bisque was very tasty as well

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GG
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I thought we selected a restaurant by the beach with a beach view. But regardless of the description? The restaurant was in fact on the beach. However, They seated us outside but with a view of the pool, which was a typical pool without any decor. And there was foot traffic coming through the dining area from a large event that was set up on the beach side of the restaurant. The service was slow and the food took a long time to be delivered. The food and drinks were excellent and the manager was very courteous and tried his best to make up for what seemed to be an overwhelming evening for them.

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GV
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly the best dinner and service we had with our 4 night stay!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views! Shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque was delicious! Sea Bass was excellent! Definitely recommend this restaurant!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to the Thistle Lodge twice recently. Great experience and food both times. Highly recommend.

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Not for the Easter Buffet at dinner!! Very expensive and they ran out of food - Prime Rib - and had to ask if any lamb left. They brought one out but it was over cooked. They ought to have stuck with their regular menu. The rest of the buffet was scarce, over cooked or not good quality.

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PL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was the Easter Buffet. I believe the food would have been more fresh had we gone to an earlier sitting. That can be the bad aspect of a buffet. The fare was balanced ... including a great deal of fresh shellfish.

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DQ
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The Thistle Lodge itself is a beautiful area on Sanibel Island. We were not expecting a buffet style dinner. It was advertised as such on there website. The food was good and well prepared The service was less than adequate. I did not like the tip being automatically added to the bill, which did not allow me to have to option to reflect how I felt about the service. I do not mind paying for good food and service, but In my opinion, it was overpriced!!

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GO
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 12 for the Easter Brunch, our reservation was for 2:30, So we were able to enjoy both
The egg and than pasta stations, the overall buffet was
Superb!
We were seated Upstairs with the beautiful view and didn’t mind going downstairs to the Buffet stations.
Big Kudos to The wait staff, there was never a used plate or silverware In front of any guest, they immediately refreshed each Guest. Also when one on of our party mentioned that Ice cream would be a great add to the apple crisp desert, They arranged a bowl be sent upstairs..
The only recommendation, if the piano music playing
Downstairs could be heard upstairs, would be an outstanding Addition!
Totally Enjoyed our Visit, Thank You!

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SL
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Thought the Easter buffet was overpriced for the selections presented. The food was not that good, honestly. Was disappointed.

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic Easter brunch. There were 10 of us and all agreed that the food was superb. That’s not always true at brunch. The service was impeccable. I can’t wait to go back for dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, well prepared in a beautiful facility. The prices aren’t cheap but they are not out of line for the island and the quality of the service and food.

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G
Wilmington
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our table location. Was wonderful,right next to Windows looking at the gulf. Service was a bit slow and our order was mixed up. However the waiter quickly fixed the error. However the food was average. Fish was very dry, small salad for the price and the mushroom appetizer was soggy.

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