Thistle Lodge Restaurant

4.5
1407 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.

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
What 1407 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAlexK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very nice, but a little more expensive for $$

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Long wait for service, server waited on tables seated after us first. Filet was raw, ordered medium, they did not offer to fire it up longer. Also a strange taste and bad, fatty, misshapen cut of beef. Not a good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and food

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar for almost 10 minutes without getting a drink as the bartender was filling orders for the Tables so that was a little disappointing but everything else was excellent!!

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Rolson6291
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

2/27/21. - A 1:30 pm lunch with a very close friend. Time to enjoy the excellent service, delicious salad and lobster bisque. Ambiance outside was delightful. 83F and light breeze with sunny conditions. Tables space about 8-9 feet part and servers masked. All very enchanting for a memorable luncheon. We have been here for dinner, but late lunch was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very slow and less than ‘polished’ service. Lobster rolls were not very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, excellent service, and a great view of the ocean and resort. A lovely spot for a date night or any special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!

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Outandabout
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful selection of seafood and great wine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food , great service , beautiful view!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were vacationing and found this restaurant on Open Table. I was disappointed that they had a limited seafood menu but the Fish Tacos were very tasty.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful. We had a table against the window, so the view was beautiful. Our waitress, Jennifer, was charming and personable. The food was great. Can't ask for more than that. We were there for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Vacation, tradition to have Sunday brunch here

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CiCi
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer took great care of us ... highly recommend her !!!

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vipKatyB
Houston
109 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

This restaurant gets good reviews but is overrated. The food was subpar. We started with the grilled octopus which had very little flavor. Next we had salads which were the best part of the meal. We had the Beachfront salad and the Spinach and Feta salad. Our entrees were the Black Grouper which was dry and very thin and the Sea Bass which was also very thin for Sea Bass and had to many flavors going on in it. Neither of these were worth the price we paid for them. Our server was very nice but service was spotty. She brought out our bread after we had our appetizers and only checked on us a couple of times. For a restaurant that charges the prices they do, they should be better trained for how meals should be served. The last part about our meal which was the most disturbing part was the couple with two young children who let their daughter scream through most of our meal. I know it is difficult for the restaurant staff to do something about this but the rest of your patrons should not have to listen to this. If you are looking for a delicious meal on Sanibel, head north to The Mad Hatter. Great food and service!

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SKROW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to dine. Food was good and atmosphere outstanding!!

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vipMonty
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hidden gem of a restaurant. My wife and I have tried several of their dishes: salmon the coffee coded lamb is delicious; tenderloin and BBQ shrimps perfectly cooked. Among our favorites.

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vipKS2017
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rack of lamb was out of control good keep that on the menus

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vipSeanM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food snd service. Nice view of the gulf!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible! My entree arrived cold, my husband’s prime rib was all fat, and the service was horrible. Terrible to pay almost $200 for a meal that wasn’t even edible.

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vipWalterL
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Made reservation in advance for Valentines Day. Got stuck in a back room with no Gulf view. Slow service. Entrees were great.

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vipKennethL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Valentines Day. When booked 6 weeks ago, no indication this was a fixed price menu. Limited choices verses regular menu. Roses handed to the ladies were badly wilted. Table seating was shoulder to shoulder in this continuing COVID environment. Difficult to find parking as they had a wedding going on at the same time and no valet parking option. Overall a very disappointing experience.

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KimW
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was prepared and served elegantly. Steak temperature was off but otherwise a flawless experience.

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johnj
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was very good and service was uneven and spotty. Sometimes too fast and other times way too slow.

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vipgeoffrey
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always

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vipFridayNiteFoodie
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Experience was sub-optimal. Started out fine with mussels (a little over cooked but still good) and Spinach beets salad. Unfortunately, my Seabass arrived under cooked. By the time the redo was complete, my wife’s dinner was cold. I understand mistakes can happen, but not the experience we expected for a $200 plus meal with wine.

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JorgeD
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked from 250 miles away based on reviews. Went the day before Valentine's Day and was pleasantly surprised with more service than expected. They sat us 30 minutes early even with a full lobby. And the food...WOW. Considering driving 250 miles again just for the food!

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BMW26
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great view. The food wasn’t worth the price we paid. Also, beware of the $15 plate splitting charge they don’t tell you about.

JB
JonathanB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

crazy prices, but good food. $15 fee to split an entree?!!

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viplwood
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space. Food and service was excellent!

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vipJenniferE
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience tonight! We celebrated our anniversary with our two daughters. The table Bread and pesto butter they supply is mouth watering! The menu offered numerous meal options and a wonderful beverage selection. We enjoyed delicious appetizers & incredible entrees. Our daughters split an entree and our server, Tanya, assisted with tweaking the dish to add additional shrimp. We were attended to warmly and felt so pampered. Desserts offered additional mouth watering selections. We couldn’t decide so ordered several which we all shared. Tanya continued to check on us and we never needed to ask for anything, as she was on top of all touches that made this special night even more lovely. We continue to return here ever chance we have to visit Sanibel. Highly recommend a meal here.

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vipras7
Louisville
49 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Caesar salad and lobster tail. The beautiful view of the Gulf was spectacular!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, delicious lobster bisque! Austin was a great server!

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and ambiance are very good. Lovely setting with views of the ocean. Quality of the food is excellent. Menu, although small, offers something for everyone. Portions are very generous and prices reasonable. A winner in my book.

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AshaR
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed their entrees and appetizers. The key lime pie was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a great view of the gulf. Food was ok, lobster bisque was wonderful. Lobster roll/salad was very salty,had to send it back we couldn’t eat
It. Service was very friendly but extremely slow, waited at least 15 minutes for a drink and 15-20 for the second drink. Restaurant was not very busy, waiter could have been more attentive.

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vipras7
Louisville
49 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster Bisque and Yellowtail snapper special were excellent!

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BrentW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and amazing food!!! Love this place!!

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vipCate
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was as fantastic as always - the lobster bisque is the best! Eating outdoors was lovely and the heaters provided the perfect warmth.

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 1407 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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