Thistle Lodge Restaurant

4.5
1363 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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GaryC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our waitress, Tania, was excellent.

Would like to have seen the restaurant more lively however...most tables were empty

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Elisabeth712
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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!

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic, amazing views and outstanding food!!

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vipJoanneR
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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rich
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Worried about covid but we sat more then 10 feet apart snd all the servers wore masks.

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vipAmyD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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,

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vipBLAKE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MAYA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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vipEliseK
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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.

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Erin
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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.

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vipjanap
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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vipLeLe
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food, and service staff! Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Sanibel!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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vipcromartie
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Christmas lunch. Never felt rushed. Portions were generous and delicious. Great views from every table.

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Marty
Orlando
42 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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KarenR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipAlexius
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

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MicheleO
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MarkS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Relaxed, beach. Great service. Would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

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.

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DrEdFlorida
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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dkingma1986
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!!

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BillyD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. I would highly recommend the Thistle Lodge!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLoewentheilS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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vipMichaelL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Highly recommend. Great for special occasions.
Waiter service was top notch.

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vipKellyB
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful!! I got smoked octopus for an appetizer And it was fantastic!!! Also had dessert since it was my birthday 😋

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AlexW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish dishes all year. Excellent menu, albeit a little pricey.

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NatalieD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was spectacular. Service and food was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipTEACH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was fair. The chicken dish was tasty, But steak was smothered in sauce, and was not to my taste.

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vipJohnS
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance.... and service! The ahi appetizer was scrumptious but thought the dinner was nothing special.

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Gary
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipAmyR
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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.

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vipJamesL
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Not as good as in the past but acceptable.

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KellyF
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly, the atmosphere was ideal and the food was exceptional!

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vipWorld2TravelSI
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a nice spot for a casual pm lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great

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GabrielaM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and ambiance. The seating was outdoors and well seperated. Overall a very good experience.

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vipPeter
Memphis/West TN
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

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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.

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