Thistle Lodge Restaurant

4.5
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1319 Reviews
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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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BarbaraM
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the third time we have spent an anniversary at Thistle Lodge. It never disappoints. We will continue to do so whenever we are in Sanibel.

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vipMichaelF
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant service and atmosphere was terrific. The food was very good and a good value.

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Tina
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had everything: beef, seafood, pasta. We were a party of 10, so they gave us, without me asking for it, a private room so we could feel comfortable and safe without the masks. Afterwards, they did not rush us to leave. By the time I realized how late it was, they had not mentioned or gone into the room to remind us of the time. I would go back the next time I visit Sanibel or Captiva.

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MargaretT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worth it....Not your every day Sanibel fare, great view of the gulf

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viplouised
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waitstaff did not put my dinner order in My husband got his meal and I didn’t They had to make it from scratch. So my husband ate his dinner alone and finally when my food arrived I ate alone as well. They should have comped the meal. Very disappointed and very surprised. Won’t be dining there again

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vipmkitt
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lobster Bisque was thick and a bit lumpy. Caesar Salad dressing was watery. The Black Grouper was fabulous but the vegetables were not cooked enough.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner as always

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PhilP
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all excellent.

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JeffreyL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was outstanding, location on the beach, service and of course the food was amazing, we had a party of 7 and everyone felt the same way.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service!

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vipJohnF
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had the pleasure of eating here on the last night of our recent stay in the Sanibel Island area. Suffice it to say, that had we tried it on the first night, we would have eaten here three nights straight. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent and we had a great table overlooking the beach. Unfortunately, it was a rainy weekend and there was no sunset, which would have been the perfect complement to our evening. We thoroughly recommend the Thistle Lodge Restaurant and will certainly be back next time we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff were polite, helpful with the menu. The fouu oh d was delicious! Priced accordingly. Kept the 6 foot rule with covid! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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KristinA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted an waterfront restaurant with good food in a beautiful setting for my birthday, and Thistle Lodge did not disappoint! Best meal I've had in a while, great service, amazing view, and a beautiful restaurant! I will be back !

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AnnS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely historic site, reserved table overlooking Gulf, attentive, courteous waitstaff. Lobster salad too salty to enjoy. Will try a different entree when we return.

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vipRoseshel
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything! Food was delicious and service great. Very Romantic and lovely restaurant.

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The view was nice. We chose to eat outside our to COVID, everybody was respectful.

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Patty
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dinner and evening. We visited here 2 years ago and couldn’t wait to return.

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vipDanG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Good food, service and atmosphere. A bit over priced.

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AmyB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was extremely accommodating to our last-minute reservation. The view was spectacular as was the service. The wine selection was excellent. Both my mother and sister enjoyed their seafood dinners. I am basing this review from their experience -Myself as a vegetarian would give it three stars being that there was little to no selection. All I all we enjoyed our meal together.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, perfectly cooked and the service was excellent. Marco was so good, attentive without being intrusive. The oceanfront view is always beautiful. I had surf turf, with filet and grouper, the best I have ever had, truly! Highly recommend octopus cedar appetizer Thistle lodge never disappoints! Our 45th anniversary was great!

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JamesF
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. We sat out side and enjoyed the view of the gulf. We had our little dog with us and they brought him some water.

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LiezylK
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very relaxing ambience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Service was average at best, same with the food, overpriced for the value given, folly waste your time

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vipAnneF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Thistle Lodge is a lovely restaurant. The view from our table was great.
Wonderful presentation of our delicious meal.
Good service.

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ricardog
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant and location. Will definitely go back.

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Kana
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance & view with great service.
We loved it and definitely will recommend the place!!

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday. When we arrived the Maître D' gave me this adorable homemade birthday card that was signed by everyone at the restaurant that evening. We had the most exceptional waitress, Tanya, who made us feel very relaxed and welcomed. Compliments to the chef for the superb cedar smoked octopus, seafood provencal and the mouthwatering espresso lamb and the delcious salted caramel cheesecake. Holy moly! The atmosphere was quaint and pretty. Thank you again for making my birthday evening special!

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vipsunshine44
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was in Sanibel for three nights. I ate at the Normandie, a first time visit. It was a lovely dining experience. There is a separate review on that meal. The next night I visited Cielo, a first time visit. This was one of my top 10 meals of all time. I was blown away by the food, service and ambiance. But I was looking forward the most to my return visit to the Thistle Lodge. Every time we visited Sanibel or Captiva, we ate there—probably 20 times over the years. Now on my own, I know wait staff are not thrilled when they get a single diner. My waitress, Tanya, offered me a choice of sparkling or still water. I assumed the still was the free and while I was studying the menu, Tanya opened up a bottle of Evian and poured it in my glass. She was building her check from the get go. Her co-worker waiting on the table socially distanced next to me offered his customers sparkling, still, or tap. The word tap never came out of Tanya’s mouth. I didn’t want to ruin my special meal by arguing about it all, my tip would be adjusted accordingly.
Now to the food, my Caesar Salad was on the mediocre side—the white anchovies were the highlight. The salad was underdressed & I opted not to eat it. My seafood pasta was to have clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster and some fish. It had all of that but the shrimp were the small, previously frozen that I can buy at my grocery store. Some of them were grey and none of them were that pretty pink color of fresh shrimp. The lobster was just the knuckles and they were mushy. The open clam shell in front of me had no clam on it. My next clam had a large piece of shell attached to it that thankfully did not break a tooth. My third one was gritty. I was offered to have the dish remade, but I declined because the components were not enjoyable. I did enjoy the salted caramel cheesecake cake. The manager did discount my entree by 50%. I did leave Tanya a 20% tip, my standard Covid tip. She did not get the extra $20 that I have been giving.

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vipJAD648
Miami
65 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was super fresh and delicious. Service was outstanding and the place is cozy and beautiful with great views of the grounds and ocean.

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RayS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good overall

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vipPete
Memphis/West TN
43 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and great service. Our waiter, Marco, was working his first day on the job and handled our evening like a pro. We didn’t stay at the hotel but would definitely consider it for our next visit.

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vipBenS
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific restaurant on all fronts. Two thumbs up.

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billb
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak, great octopus, great service. Cesar salad was disappointing. Rather than grind up the anchovies they just placed them on top of the greens.

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SuziQ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with window seating, excellent service. Ahi Tuna was very good as well as crabcake. The rack of lamp was superb in every way. Ribeye was tough and have had better ones at a fraction of the cost. Presentation was the ribeye over the vegetables & potatoes. Vegetables were very unimpressive and huge chunks. The service and atmosphere made it an extremely pleasant dining experience we definitely recommend.

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vipRubia
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful 60th birthday celebration! Outstanding food and beautiful location! The staff are phenomenal!!!

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vipDawnA
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service and gorgeous atmosphere! Our server Jonathan was amazing.....excellent experience.

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JanRae
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our Sunday brunch there. Food was very good and service was pleasant and professional. The view of the Gulf is amazing. We'll definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and service were excellent! Beautiful atmosphere with very nice view. Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The table next to us had a large party with a crying baby. In a further part of the restaurant was another very loud crying baby. This restaurant is not one (in my opinion) where people should take infants and toddlers. For the price and nice ambiance it kind of ruins it when there are loud and screaming young children. That was the negative.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, excellent service,great staff

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vipCindy
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaitlyn was awesome as our server! The ambiance, view and food are unbeatable! The blackened fish sandwich, mango cole slaw and cobb salad were incredible. A must if you go to Sanibel!!!

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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 1319 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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