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Thistle Lodge Restaurant, Sanibel, FL

Thistle Lodge Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1802 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (239) 472-9200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Omar Clarke

  • Private party facilities

    Casa Ybel Resort, along with Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, has been hosting weddings and events for over 100 years. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and situated on 23 acres of pristine private beach, Casa Ybel Resort is the perfect place to host your event!

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Pasek: (239) 472-0693 ext. 1351

  • Neighborhood

    Sanibel

  • Cross street

    West Gulf Road

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,802 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southwest Florida

    Scenic View

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Ambiance

  • Ft. Myers

    Great for Lunch

  • Ft. Myers

    Outdoor Dining

  • Ft. Myers

    Romantic

  • Ft. Myers

    Scenic View

  • Ft. Myers

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a wonderful experience! Beautiful spot, excellent food and amazing service.
  2. C

    Chaz471

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great food, wonderful view, service was just ok.
  3. EL

    EliseL

    West Palm Beach

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Lovely setting and ambiance. Always nice for a special occassion.
  4. r

    robertr

    Key West

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was mediocre, Ambiance bright white lighting should have been subdued. Service was okay. Menu items I believe is overpriced
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    We ordered three grouper sandwiches. We were very disappointed the looked exactly alike has if they were frozen. Also, it looked has if they were kept under the heat lamp for a long time. One of us ordered the tuna taco, it was also very disappointing mostly filler and over cooked tuna. I have a timeshare in the area and have eaten there for years, after this experience it will be several years before I darken their door again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date night with a view
  7. R

    Rxlady

    Orlando

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Thistle Lodge Restaurant on our last evening in Sanibel to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant is so beautiful both inside and out. Service was awesome as well. I had their signature dish which is scallops topped with lobster and crabmeat. My my my…Sweet Baby Jesus…That was heaven on a plate! Hubby had a fettuccine dish which he said was also delicious. It pretty much was a perfect dinner from our standpoint.
  8. AT

    AlexT7801

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Went to Thistle for our anniversary. In the reservation thru Open table told them it was a special evening. I guess that part fell hru. Atmosphere was very nice and we had a nice tale overlooking the beach. We had the Lamb and Pasta. My complaints are the following. Wine was way over priced at 3 times the market value. Second, even though the menu states that 20% tip is added to large groups, we were a aprty of 2 and the 20% was added to the bill. And then they add that we can add a tip as if they had not already done so. Left with a bad taste after a nice dinner.
  9. TW

    TerriW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in a charming resort. September on Sanibel is off season, so service is excellent. Wonderful time to visit. Jazzmyn provided friendly and efficient service. Delish food; beautifully presented. Highly recommend finishing off your meal with a slice of Key Lime Pie. One of the best (if not the Best) I've enjoyed over the years.
  10. J

    Joem

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall. Very good.
  11. S

    Sanibelian

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and view to die for. Professional but slow service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner! Loved it!
  13. SF

    ScottF

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and views. Perfect for a special occasion or just a nice night out.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with friendly and professional staff, enjoyed four seafood dishes every one was delicious. Wine selection was terrific, will be returning.
  15. CS

    ClarissaS

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We are generally big fans of this restaurant but this visit was disappointing. The food was not the usual quality and the wine prices were twice what you would have expected. Beautiful view though. We will try again and hope for better
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice location. Restaurant had beach views. The food was good. I had the crispy fish sandwich, my husband has the grilled and blackened fish sandwich which he thoroughly enjoyed. The piña colada was superb and wait staff was exceptional. I’d recommend for a family or friends lunch.
  17. 2

    229king

    Naples

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great atmosphere and excellent service.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    We sat in an area for the "view," and at first, it was great. Shortly after we were seated, they seated two parties of four on either side of us. The party on my side was loud and talked constantly. The party next to my wife complained constantly about the party next to me. Why would you seat parties of four in what should be a quiet, romantic area? Between the two parties, it made for a not-so-memorable and overpriced evening. Our server was disinterested at best. I know the service industry is hurting for workers, but at least make an effort for your 20% tip - and at this place, her tip was about $35. The food was good, but it definitely was not a $200 meal (for two). I had the lamb. It was rather tasteless and components were missing, based on how the menu described it, or those ingredients weren't used properly. My wife had the special, which was Corvina. Her fish was definitely prepared better than my lamb. Between the obnoxious people, lack of attention from the server, and the average food, I'm not sure if we'll be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    This place is pretty but
  20. BO

    BrianO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, cooked to perfection and service was outstanding. Such a wonderful anniversary dinner. The restaurant is beautiful inside.
  21. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Expectations were higher after reading reviews . Overpriced.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased. Largest piece of fish that I’ve ever had at a restaurant (Pompano). Very well cooked and seasoned. Melted in your mouth. My wife had the scallops and they were also amazing and large portion.
  23. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Pretty restaurant, but food is very average. Suggest Ceilo, Traditions or Mad Hatter
  24. GN

    GeorgianneN

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Super ambience. Attentive staff. Nice and quiet for good conversation.
  25. G

    Gina

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was fabulous! The service was excellent, the food was outstanding, and the views of the beach are amazing! We love eating here every time we are on vacation!
  26. c

    candacey

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    the place was very nice and good location. we were there on a wednesday night and was very quiet.. the service was very good and the food was good. the ribeye steak was just okay... overall we would go back again and try other things
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very disappointing experience. We ordered lobster bisque which was a very small portion and extremely think like a gravy with average flavor. The tuna appetizer was good. One of us got the Ribeye and it was so fatty and tough we didn’t eat any of it. In addition both of the sides were inaccurate. The waitress said she would tell her manager and then we never heard anything about it but got the full bill for it. We also bad the filet and one was done correctly and decent but the other meal was overdone and dry. For dessert we ordered the “warm” apple crisp that wasn’t warm at all. Then we heard the waitress comment to the other waiter about how lucky he was that he has “drinkers”. Would never go back. Not worth the money.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amy, our server was wonderful! The food, drinks and atmosphere were all very nice!
  29. S

    Sunny

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The ambiance is lovely with Gulf views. The property is very nice. There were two screaming babies in the bar and dining room during our 7:00 pm reservation which was not pleasant. Food was very good for two of us, the other two weren’t as pleased. The filet had connective tissue and the pompano seasonings just weren’t tasty. Our service was very slow although we understand that establishments are having a hard time getting help. For the price I thought it was so-so.
  30. RM

    ReneM

    Orlando

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived and immediately seated. Our table had an unobstructed view of the grounds and gulf. Three of our party had the delicious lobster bisque. Not a drop left. For entrees a range of grouper pompano etc. beautifully prepared and very good portions. Expensive but worth it.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Have been here multiple times over the years. Quality had declined, but has vastly improved the last 2 years. Everything was delicious. Drinks a bit weak, but that was it
  32. MB

    MichaelBigNuttz

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has the most amazing food I have ever had. Decor ambience staff and everything that has to do with this restaurant you should be rated more than five stars.
  33. BB

    BetsyB

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thistle Lodge makes any dinner a special occasion. The dining room is lovely, the food is consistently excellent, and Rosie, our favorite server, is superior in every way (professional, friendly and knowledgable).
  34. JH

    JeffH

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    While this long time favorite restaurant has a lot to recommend…friendly staff, location & views, I felt disappointed in my dish. It was billed as a sauted medley of seafood in a light cream sauce. What I got was more like a angel hair alfredo seafood pasta, which violates two conventions. First, seafood and melted cheese are NOT commonly paired. Second, alfredo’s typically use a sturdier noodle like fettuccine or penne and a “blank slate” protein like chicken. This dish was a gloppy mess as the angel hair melted with the melted cheese and the delicate seafood was lost. My companions dish was outstanding, as were ALL other elements of our experience.
  35. D

    Dineoften

    Tampa

    211 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    211 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When on Sanibel island, or anywhere you dine, you can’t best the food, service or ambiance of this place. Exceptional first night on the island.
  36. DR

    DeanaR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food!
  37. FR

    FayeR

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place to dine. We make it a point to come here any time we are in Sanibel. Salmon cooked perfectly. Best fries and burger. White table cloths. Clean. Great view. Super service. A must do while in Sanibel.
  38. JS

    JerryS

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, the service was perfect and the view of the gulf was oustanding. Was a little procey, but what isn't these days. Nice spot for a special occasion.
  39. SR

    SRSfromFL

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary with a wonderful dinner at Thistle Lodge Restaurant. We enjoyed wonderful service and delectable food, with a view of the beach. Hard to improve on this experience! Highly recommend the seafood cake with guava jam for an appetizer and the cinnamon ice cream for dessert. For dinner we had the salmon and grouper, both very generous servings, and quite delicious.
  40. JP

    JennefferP

    Orlando

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Horrible server. I'm not a friend, I'm a guest in the dining room. How dare he complain that we started with fries as a pre-snack and I was vegetarian. I requested a server change. The bill was $300 without tip--- enough. Your crappiness did NOT ruin our anniversary.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 1802 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33597

Additional information

  • Cross street

    West Gulf Road

  • Neighborhood

    Sanibel

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Omar Clarke

  • Entertainment

    Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (239) 472-9200

  • Private party facilities

    Casa Ybel Resort, along with Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant, has been hosting weddings and events for over 100 years. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, and situated on 23 acres of pristine private beach, Casa Ybel Resort is the perfect place to host your event!

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Pasek: (239) 472-0693 ext. 1351

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