Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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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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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

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!

H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Beautiful spot. Food had been good in the past. But Thanksgiving buffet was a real miss

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

JG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

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.

MF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here frequently because the food is always good and the view is spectacular

RM
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was tasty and classy!

OT
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Q
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

This place is exceedingly overpriced with food that is totally forgettable.

BB
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

OT
St. Louis
50 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great—very friendly. Both the entres we ordered were delicious! The atmosphere is very nice. I recommend this restaurant!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you. Everything was great!!

OT
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the service Morgan!

GD
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

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.

NY
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant and very courteous attention. Food was excellent, would have liked a little bigger selection!

r
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed creamy lobster bisque ,Florida lobster tails, and seafood special . Beautiful views of the gulf.

d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

L
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Morgan was a great, personable server.😊

SP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings and decor. Much more high class than many beachy restaurants in the area.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

JT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

r
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

TG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosie was wonderful. So knowledgeable about the menu and so nice to me and my family.

OT
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We had special dietary needs which the chef catered to. I would highly recommend this restaurant

MS
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

DM
Naples
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SWFL.. Decor location and food are amazing. A restaurant that everyone should visit at least once.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and food were all top notch. A little pricey.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Beautiful room,picture perfect view & a wonderful meal. Service was impeccible!

OT
Miami
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience4

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.

C
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled octopus app was wonderful. The Pompano, Sea bass trio, and roasted pork entrees were also delicious. Loved the Cool Cucumber drink too

LH
Charleston
39 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent and professional service. Most of the food was excellent. Beautiful view and lovely ambiance. Would definitely go back on our next trip.

DS
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

LB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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

JB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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.

JR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Never disappoints!

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