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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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889 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
Perfect For:
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  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(239) 472-9200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Wolff
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Casa Ybel Road
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Entertainment
Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 889 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Disappointing experience based on other reviews. Waitress told us special was broccoli cheese soup so we ordered and upon arrival it was actually cream of mushroom. When we told her she said oops my bad we never had cream of broccoli. We did eat some t reluctantly and she did not take off our bill. Also she r commended tuna over another fish. It wasn’t great and when We requested another fish she gave it to us but up charged us for side of risotto which came with Tina. We are happy to pay for a good meal but when we feel we’ve been railroaded our facility doesn’t address concerns it’s not good to pay. $200+ for dinner and leave unsatisfied.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

We made 1:15pm reservations for Sunday brunch which was scheduled from 11:00am to 2:30pm. Other than the omelette which was well prepared, the remainder selection was poor, dried out from being heated too long and the selections were very limited given the price. Considering the cost was $29.99 per person it was hardly worth it. Will never go there for Sunday brunch again.
Other than the brunch, we have had good experience with having dinner here.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Decent meal and service with a nice view of the beach.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Good was excellent. Would definitely return. Might also be fun just to have snacks and drinks at cocktail hour.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

As always, Thistle Inn was delightful. Highly recommend the scallops with lobster. The grouper is another great option. Our waiter Lazlo was helpful, professional and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Historic gem on Sanibel. Fab wines. Approachable. Great for good conversations. Lovely setting and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful ocean views and very nice inside

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We chose this restaurant upon the suggestion of a local friend from Naples.
Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed with the experience.
While our server was excellent and very accommodating, the entrees were mediocre at best.
I ordered the Sea Bass, Scallop & Prawn Trio which consisted of a scallop, 2 small grilled shrimp, and the fish fillet. The shrimp were a huge disappointment as was the very plain scoop of white rice and vegetables (baby bok choy & carrot) the seafood was propped up on. There were 5 ‘baby carrots’ the kind you put in your child’s lunch bag ... no seasoning or slicing.
My other guests ordered the Lobster & Lump Crab “Diver” Scallops... again, mediocre at best. I hope for the sake I f future diners, that we just came on an ‘off’ night.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great place for a 50th Birthday dinner with my family!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Whenever we are on the west coast of Florida, we always go for dinner at the Thistle Lodge. The entrees are always interesting and fresh, and the lobster bisque is a must. We always feel well cared-for when we are there. Always a special visit

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My teenaged son and I loved our dinner at Thistle Lodge. The ambiance is charming and historic yet not dated and we enjoyed the gulf view. Our food was delicious and the service was friendly and prompt. Definitely a must for future trips to Sanibel!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

My husband and I both had the fresh fish which was great. His was blackened and mine had a little coconut curry broth and veggies. Both were excellent. The lobster bisque was awful...like glue. The view is beautiful but little things turned me off..the menus both the kids and adults were filthy and the window sils were dirty. With a little boost this place could be a go to place.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Tanya was an amazing waitperson! She took our food allergy seriously and made sure we felt comfortable. That is worth more than anything. Plus, she made sure we had plenty of Alaskan King Crab legs during the buffet when we were the last people to leave.
The service here is quite impressive-with waitstaff bending backwards to help. The buffet was great.
Thank you, Tanya!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First, we had no idea when we made the reservation on Open Table for Easter that it would be a buffet. We generally are not fans of buffets for all of the same reasons I will list here. The hot food was not hot. We like to eat a salad before our entree, so we went to the salad buffet first. There was hardly any lettuce, no cucumbers, very few shredded carrots and croutons and no labels on the dressings or two already assembled salads. There was no knife to cut the cheese on the cheese tray. I had the lamb for my entree and it was cold. By the we got up to get dessert there was very little left to choose from. All of this for $50 per person!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent, as usual. We came for Easter brunch. Everything was fantastic.
We have dinner here often. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Chose the Thistle Lodge for a Saturday evening dinner over Easter weekend. Arrived almost 30 minutes early but was seated immediately; the restaurant was not too crowded at 7:45. Live piano set a nice tone for a relaxing, quiet evening. The decor is more of a timeless beach feel with contemporary accents - not stuffy while still being elevated. Decent wine list. Warm bread served promptly following cocktail/beverage order. Two guests enjoyed the soup of the day (beef vegetable) and lobster bisque. Entrees ordered: Local Pompano, blackened - excellent. Veal Tenderloin Milanese - good, perhaps a little underdeveloped. Grilled Vegetable Cannelloni - excellent, albeit perhaps too much sauce. Finished by splitting the coconut chocolate nougat crust mouse cake - unbelievably good - and espresso. Superb service the entire night. For a more special evening in the Fort Myers & Islands area, it's a great choice. Will return.

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We were able to order after 20 Minutes in the restaurant! Wine bottle was opened with a lot of "fingering" at the bottle neck. My wife's main was served when my empty starter plate was still on the table. Food quality was poor and service was unprofessional.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The lollipop lamb chop app. is great even for dinner. The views are spectacular. They had some nice wine that was not over priced. I would go again.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Beautiful property and setting. Service was excellent. We had short rib dinner which was excellent. Menu was not clear about what was included with entree so we ordered a side of veggies. Some vegetables came with dinner but extra sides were perfectly cooked so we were glad we ordered them. We never felt rushed to leave the table which, in Naples in season, was most appreciated. We would highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The outside dining area was right next to the pool. I made a trip from Pine Island with my elderly father to have brunch, and then ate while staring at tourists in bathing suits and listening to families and kids. I expected tourists but also expected outdoor ocean view dining.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Beautiful setting. Apps were delicious
Entrees came over cooked and dry. Sent them back
Expected more from the restaurant.
No real attempt made to make things right. Response give half heartedly. Offer made by both manager and waiter to try most expensive special in place of over cooked meal

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Had to change rooms because one table was so loud - great water views

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent food, an outstanding waiter. The lodge is first class. Will return.

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Open Table is a very bad service to use. They have a very bad privacy policy. The will exploit your personal information in every way they possibly can.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Excellent intimate dining experience. The service was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Thistle Lodge at The Casa Ybel Resort is a beautiful waterfront restaurant, worth the price. We had surf and turf, snapper and twin Maine lobster tails. The food was served in a timely manner, hot and fresh. The service was professional and personalized (Rosie is fantastic). The manager checked in with us briefly, which was much appreciated. Having a window seat looking out to the ocean is fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Waiter was slow or get to our table. Then he didn’t give me a wine by glass menu, until he finally got there and I had to ask for it. So it was a good 15 minutes before I got my glass of wine!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We sat for at least 20 min before we finally asked a waiter if he could wait on us! He said he didnt know who was supposed to wait on us but would help us out! After that we were fine.Dinner was great and prompt!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Disappointed in quality of food. Served cold. Poor service. Had to ask for water and bread after 15 minutes. Small Portions; adequate for females but I would imagine males leaving rather unsatisfied
Establishment of this caliber with these prices should be held to higher standard
Lovely setting but not enough to bring me back

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Good service. Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Delicious perfectly cooked seafood

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Staff was very efficient and friendly. The rack of lamb and seafood were cooked to perfection and the flavors were Devine. Arrived for dinner as the sun was setting. This place is good for casual dress or fancy attire, depending on the personal occasion. One of our favorite places to dine.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Mahi Mahi (add Jasmine Rice) was delicious, recommend it greatly. And the Pistachio gelato as a snacky dessert, if you will, put the cherry on top of the meal.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

A wonderful and evening. Look forward to coming back next year.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Very nice restaurant, quiet, southern charm. Food was good but not great, service was fine as well. Their rendition of soft shell crab was interesting. I am not used to damp soft shells. Not my favorite by any means. Their fish was very good, and well prepared. You can get better seafood on the Island for a lot less. Good restaurant,not a good value.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was fabulous and the food was excellent. The tables were too close together, making it difficult to hear the conversation at our table.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Tuna trio was tough - not a good cut. I had to bring it to the servers attention TWICE before he offered to take it off the check. Food vs value - subpar

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The best!
Entertainment was also very good!
Guitar and piano player.
Food was unbelievably good!

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Lobster /crab bisque was done well, but everything else from stale bread to sinewy short ribs was disappointing. Wife got filet that was flavorless- for the high price of this dinner we shouldn't have had to go home and order pizza.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We returned to Sanibel after 30+ years and the Thistle Lodge had been one of our favorites back in the mid-80's. This was my wife's birthday and we had a fantastic time. The food and atmosphere were as great as we remembered! The Thistle Lodge experience did not disappoint!

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