Thistle Lodge Restaurant
The food was excellent but the service was flippant "that's the way we do it here" when we asked for forks! "No, we serve our desserts with spoons" really a terrible customer orientation. We have been coming here for many many years and will NEVER return. The chef delivered an amazing dinner the server did not deliver anything but surly and abrupt service. AWFUL SERVICE!
We enjoyed the venue. Its casual, the bar service in the restaurant was very slow and unimpressive. Bar service at the pool was also a bit too flippant. Our meals were delicious and the quality of the table service and food quality was outstanding.
Beautiful spot. Food had been good in the past. But Thanksgiving buffet was a real miss
Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed with the quality of the food. Seafood, pasta dish, veggies were way overcooked. Layout was awkward and the people serving the food were not happy to be there. Had high hopes, but for $70 a head ,which didn't even include non-alcoholic drinks and gratuity included was way too much for this buffet meal.
We eat here frequently because the food is always good and the view is spectacular
Morgan was our waitress and was excellent. She explained options and menu selections well. Food was absolutely wonderful. It was a romantic experience in a beautiful restaurant.
This restaurant is attached to a beachfront motel of the type that will always bill itself as a “resort.” We had high hopes that it would offer something other than the standard fare of such places—there were “taste of” awards displayed in the lobby—but it did not. The food was undistinguished; the soup du jour was brought to the table only warm , not searingly hot as a cream soup should be, and tasted canned. The fettuccine was bland, and nowhere as good as a little Italian restaurant nearby, but was almost twice the price. My spouse’s allergies were treated thoughtfully, but our stated preference for no red meat was not—her dish featured a strip of bacon laid out on top (not even an attractive presentation, at that.) The side vegetables were adequate, but standard old stuff. The wine list was acceptable for such a place, but vastly overpriced. The service was pleasant, if a little over-eager.
Overall, not worth the staggering price or the hype.
The patrons seemed typical for that area, jocular retired folks loaded with perfumes who talked only of their ailments and bank accounts. Where, oh where is the restaurant worthy of the nearby Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge? Maybe an unpretentious, Moosewood-type place, with organic offerings? We didn’t bother to stay for desert.
Sunday brunch was tasty and classy!
Our dinner was exceptionally good; this is a fantastic restaurant. The filet was perfect, as was the sea bass. The service was excellent as well, from the time we were greeted upon entering, to our departure. We highly recommend Thistle Lodge Restaurant.
This place is exceedingly overpriced with food that is totally forgettable.
Thistle Lodge has long been one of my family’s favorite special occasion places to dine and our top choice as a place to take out-of-town guests. It’s always a positively memorable experience! The beachfront setting, Gulf views and overall ambience are incomparable, and the service is consistently superior. Rosie is our favorite server — so friendly, but always professional. If you’ve never been to Thistle Lodge, do yourself a favor and indulge!
The service was great—very friendly. Both the entres we ordered were delicious! The atmosphere is very nice. I recommend this restaurant!
Thank you. Everything was great!!
Thanks for the service Morgan!
This is our 3rd yr celebrating our Anniversary @ the Thistle lodge! Everything was top notch! The staff made us a card, the food was outstanding as well as Tonya our server & Rosie another waitress who always stops to say hello! For dessert we had a delicious complimentary brownie on a serving tray decorated with Happy Anniversary in chocolate! Another top notch dining experience!
I would recommend this restaurant but please recognize that it is expensive. The bread and butter was very mediocre. For this type of restaurant I would think the service would have been a bit more polished. The ambience can't be beat and the piano player had a great selection of dinner tunes. The black grouper and the stuffed chicken were both very tasty and cooked correctly.
Lovely restaurant and very courteous attention. Food was excellent, would have liked a little bigger selection!
Enjoyed creamy lobster bisque ,Florida lobster tails, and seafood special . Beautiful views of the gulf.
Great ambiance and nice hotel. Food was just average and overpriced for what it is. For those priced, I expected a gourmet meal. It was good, but just average.
Morgan was a great, personable server.😊
Beautiful surroundings and decor. Much more high class than many beachy restaurants in the area.
Off season so very quiet. Patio under construction. (We were warmed in advance)
Highlight was service which was excellent. Morgan was one of the better servers we’ve had in a long while.
The Thistle Lodge dining experience was as usual, excellent! Our server, Rosa, was most professional and checked on us frequently to see that our needs were met. We are vegan and Rosa and the Chef created a wonderful pasta meal that was better than we have ever had before at the Thistle Lodge. Ambiance was excellent with soft music playing in the background and a wonderful view of the beach from our vantage point. Top Notch!
Good lunch and ample portions! My wife's tuna tacos were so stuffed they required a second plate for deconstruction. I wouldn't rate the Casa Ybel Resort so highly--stay somewhere else and visit the Thistle Lodge for the dining experience.
Rosie was wonderful. So knowledgeable about the menu and so nice to me and my family.
Great food and atmosphere. We had special dietary needs which the chef catered to. I would highly recommend this restaurant
Absolutely wonderful, we celebrated our 24th Wedding Anniversary. They seated us by the window with a view of the Gulf & a personal note wishing us a Happy Anniversary.
One of my favorite restaurants in SWFL.. Decor location and food are amazing. A restaurant that everyone should visit at least once.
The service, ambiance and food were all top notch. A little pricey.
Went for our anniversary. Beautiful room,picture perfect view & a wonderful meal. Service was impeccible!
There were 5 of us and 4/5 dishes we returned as they were so salty and over cooked. The waitress and manager were excellent in how they handled the entire situation. Sadly the second dish was less a salty but 3 wee still way over cooked. The steak was poor quality and the fish not fresh.
Hopefully they can get this right as ambiance was delightful as were the staff.
Recently we had lunch at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is a beautiful location for a quiet lunch or dinner. On this occasion we had the restaurant all to ourselves for an early lunch. Our server was very attentive and helped us select the perfect items for our meal. A starter of Lobster Bisque to share and then Shrimp and Crab Quesadilla and New England Lobster Roll. Everything was delicious and the meal was served with perfect timing. We have decided to make this restaurant our regular lunch spot any time we are leaving the area.
Grilled octopus app was wonderful. The Pompano, Sea bass trio, and roasted pork entrees were also delicious. Loved the Cool Cucumber drink too
Excellent and professional service. Most of the food was excellent. Beautiful view and lovely ambiance. Would definitely go back on our next trip.
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.
Was not crazy for the Brunch menu for Fathers Day
Service was very slow
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.
Great place!!! Will be back next year. Best food on the island.
Love this place! Never disappoints!