Thistle Lodge Restaurant
Gulf Shrimp, Lobster, Mussels and Clams Sauted in Lemon, Garlic, Tomato, Butter, and White Wine Finished with a Touch of Cream and Served over Angel Hair Pasta Topped with Fresh Chopped Basil and Parsley
Creamy Lobster Bisque
Seared Diver Scallops
Lump Crab and Lobster Topping, Brandied Lobster Cream Sauce, Jasmine Rice, Seasonal Vegetables
Our waitress, Tania, was excellent.
Would like to have seen the restaurant more lively however...most tables were empty
Due to COVID and it being post NYE holiday rush, it was super quiet. However the staff was super friendly and accommodating. The food was great -- would have ranked it higher but for the very fishy fish special we had. It is also fairly expensive with entrees generally $35-45.
Took our drinks out to the patio by the heaters to finish off the night -- go early so you can enjoy the view!
Very romantic, amazing views and outstanding food!!
This was our first time here and we chose it on New Years Eve because the place had good reviews and outdoor seating. Service was good, Food was good, my husband loved his steak. We go out every NYE because it is also our anniversary. This is the first time I have ever been to a restaurant on that night that they did not acknowledge the new year with some party favors and a glass of champagne. I thought that was very strange.
Food was outstanding. Worried about covid but we sat more then 10 feet apart snd all the servers wore masks.
Went to Thistle Lodge for NYE . I was told when I called we would have outdoor seating as we were concerned about distancing due to COVID-19. When we got there we were seated inside but still distanced. After approximately 10 minutes another larger group was seated next to us ..< 2feet. We asked to have our table moved .. preferably outside as we were promised. The hostess was condescending and EXTREMELY rude and would only move us to the next table .. still < 6 feet away from the larger group. My husband spoke with the manager who magically found us an outdoor table. However the service was very poor after that .. food mediocre and already out of items on a very limited NYE menu. There was also no further follow up from management although he walked by several times. Very sad as we usually dine here yearly for our anniversary and have had impeccable service. Unfortunately we most likely will not be back,
New Year’s Eve dinner. Service was outstanding and the ambiance was superb. We had a lovely dinner with friends and would highly recommend this restaurant for an evening out.
Ate here twice, lunch and dinner. Both times the food was good and solid. During lunch, there is the lively scene of people at the pool, whereas at dinner time you can hear the waves since it’s so quiet. Great option for Sanibel.
We came to try outdoor dining at one of the only places with proper distancing. The staff was very accommodating, but forgetful in terms of bringing items (eg water, straws, forks, etc.)
Worse was the complete lack of ambience. We felt like we were at the kids table. One family had young children up past their bedtime. They were whining and loudly crying. Another customer tried to talk to the children by loudly yelling across the restaurant. Yet another vile woman got involved by yelling at the children and their mother. There is no ambience when there is no decorum.
First and foremost, our server Will was an absolute gentleman who did his very best. Our reservation was for an outdoor table for two (which was confirmed via email and phone call prior to our visit). The hostess tried to seat us on the glass enclosed patio indicating that this was outdoor seating. In the spirit of Covid, my husband and I are extremely diligent about eating outdoors when dining out, or not at all. We were shown to the outdoor patio to be seated after we questioned the seating arrangements. We selected this venue because of the extensive wine menu, they were out of the wine that we wanted a bottle of, we had to go with our 3rd choice. The server was not familiar with wine presentation, but did the best he could.
Did not know they were having a buffet style appetizer table desert table very crowded too many people bunched together
Entree choice very limited and not very good
Server was good but I wouldn’t go back
Great ambiance, food, and service staff! Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Sanibel!
Outstanding food and service
Pros: Nice service, lovely setting and the servers and staff are eager to please.
The menu consists of some nice ideas. Whomever manages the menu does a fine job.
Cons: Someone has to actually cook what's on the menu, and that isn't executed well at all.
The buffet consists of a lot of raw bar options but with a subpar quality of seafood and cold charred vegtables. The salad was servicable. The drinks had a bit too much alcohol. The main entrees were spiced to the point of not being recognizable and the risotto, in particular, was poorly prepared.
The pecan pie dessert (again from a buffet) was fine but the 1/3rd whipped cream 1/3rd cake frosting 1/3rd Barbasol topping more or less ruined it.
If you're staying at the resort and want a quick lunch, I'd imagine this place is fine. But for fancier dinner purposes, there are better options.
Beautiful Christmas lunch. Never felt rushed. Portions were generous and delicious. Great views from every table.
Service was slow due to number of people eating. Appetizer Station and Desert Station meant mingling with those arriving and created some confusion. Vegetables with entree were not good. Overall quality for meal on Christmas Day combined with beautiful meal by the Gulf of Mexico makes it a very worthwhile experience.
We were at the Thistle Lodge for Christmas lunch. The appetizer buffet and dessert buffet had many options. My entree was pan seared grouper which was a little overcooked and dry. The side dishes were fine. The service was excellent. I will return.
We’ve been coming all the way to Thistle Lodge since 1988. Always loved it. Great service and amazing food. The y must have changed owners/Chefs. Last night we received subpar service and bland food. Our last time here. We are cancelling tomorrow’s reservation
The Sea Bass was delicious, as was the Rib Eye. The atmosphere was pretty, and the service excellent. Pandemic-wise, we felt safe with all employees in masks and diners seated 6' apart, etc.
Nice ambiance. Relaxed, beach. Great service. Would go again.
Featured lobster bisque should be avoided. Seemed to have imitation crab instead of actual lobster. Crunchy grouper sandwich seemed to be from a frozen bag. Tourist trap. What a shame as the view is one of the best on Sanibel.
The dinner experience was very nice for my wife and myself . It was an anniversary for us, so we wanted something special. This is not an inexpensive restaurant . We thought a place like this should have a better bread for the meal, the rice with my wife's scallops was bland, but the item, that disturbed us the most was the price for the scallop meal, basically $10/ scallop. We eat scallops on a regular basis living in Florida, so we know the price of fresh scallops. My steak was excellent. The piece of grouper with it was cooked properly. Overall, a very good meal, with a very cozy atmosphere, with an excellent waitress, for our special occasion. We will return.
We had a 7 PM reservation so pitch black out and didn’t get the full experience that the Thistle can offer during times when one can see the Gulf.
Sadly almost had the entire restaurant to ourselves on 12/22, and questioned that and the waiter said Xmas Day was overbooked so that was good to hear.
GREAT FOOD and service. I had blackened Grouper and my wife had a filet. Both were awesome.
Highly recommended and while a bit pricey, you won’t be disappointed. Give it a go!!!
Excellent service, food and ambiance. I would highly recommend the Thistle Lodge!
Beautiful, beautiful restaurant! My husband and I were very happy with both the food and the service. Our server Nicole was helpful and professional, recommending a wine we both loved. My husband had the Seafood Provençal, and it was delicious. My pan seared Black Grouper was expertly prepared and was such a generous portion I ended up taking some home. I highly recommend Thistle Lodge!
Given the state of the National Covid issues our out door dinning experience was exceptional. The food was the best we have experienced on the Sanibel -Captiva islands . The patio was lovely and very had well spaced tables. Service was unobtrusive appropriately distanced and a lovely evening was the result .
My food ratings were perhaps a bit low as I used the best Resturaunt in old nyc as my comparison . It was a great experience and we plan to return this trip for another dinner
Excellent! Highly recommend. Great for special occasions.
Waiter service was top notch.
Food was wonderful!! I got smoked octopus for an appetizer And it was fantastic!!! Also had dessert since it was my birthday 😋
The best fish dishes all year. Excellent menu, albeit a little pricey.
The atmosphere was spectacular. Service and food was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Food was fair. The chicken dish was tasty, But steak was smothered in sauce, and was not to my taste.
Great ambiance.... and service! The ahi appetizer was scrumptious but thought the dinner was nothing special.
We went for our anniversary. We loved our special dinner. The Seafood Provençal was excellent with lots of seafood. My wife has the scallops with crab and lobster meat. Delicious!
In would suggest dining inside. The outside faces the pool and had some biting flies. The inside is very nice and a better experience it would appear. The food was great, but daily slow service.
Not as good as in the past but acceptable.
Staff was friendly, the atmosphere was ideal and the food was exceptional!
Always a nice spot for a casual pm lunch
Very good food and ambiance. The seating was outdoors and well seperated. Overall a very good experience.
Had a very nice lunch on the patio. Server was very attentive and we had some wonderful sandwiches. A fantastic blackened grouper with mango slaw and a great angus burger with fries. Will return next time we visit the area.
Thistle Lodge Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (239) 472-9200.
Thistle Lodge Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1363 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.