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About Thistle Lodge Restaurant

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.

2255 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel, FL 33597
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Casa Ybel Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 472-9200

Website:
http://www.thistlelodge.com/

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

Executive Chef:
John Wolff

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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Details
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 7:45PM - 9:00PM

Thistle Lodge Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (23)
Good for a Date (18)
Romantic (18)
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Special Occasion (17)
Scenic View (16)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Music (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Casual (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

If you’re going to tout yourself as an upscale fine dining experience, make sure your menus are clean! First impressions are important, people. Both of our dinner menus, as well as the drinks menu handed to us, were severely stained. Hard to get by this.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Total disappointment! I’ve been wanting to eat here for 30+ years because of the beautiful setting on Sanibel! This restaurant does not live up to the hype or even commemorancy with the resort! The waiter was rude and rushed us thru the ordering process. The food was an even bigger dissappoitment and mediocre at best! I’ve had a better fish sandwich the previous day for 1/3 of the price and it was delivered with a smile!

To quote our server when I ask if the Mahi Mahi was fresh “nothing here is fresh!”
That about says it ALL! I’m sad to say I won’t be back!

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had enjoyed the Sunday Brunch for years and looked forward to this year. This year they had only a Brunch Buffet although their website still listed the Sunday Brunch menu. Most of the buffet brunch food tasted like it came from a Costco freezer. The person making omelets did not know how to make omelets(they were fried hard), The grits were like soup, the biscuits were stale and hard as hardtack, the salad was unappetizing looking(did not try), and the food selection was limited. The only saving grace were the half price Mimosas.

A couple seated across from us left without ordering when they were told there was no Brunch. They were smarter than we.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best place to have lunch when visiting Sanibel. Food & Service were first class

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice place. Almost always able to get a table by the window. Quiet, great food, service is spot on.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Dined here on two occasions on a recent trip to the area. First trip was fantastic, excellent food and service so we decided to dine there again. Second trip was very disappointing. The Ahi tuna was far from Ahi grade, overcooked, poorly presented, but tolerable. I ordered a specific after dinner drink and received without warning a substitute that was simply awful. The server said they were out of what I ordered. R U kidding me? Don't bring me some look-a-like and try to pass it off. Will never go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had the chance to eat at Thistle Lodge for both Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations this year. On both occasions, the food was wonderful and the staff was attentive. It was a family friendly, festive place to dine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Live Music, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New year. Prefix overpriced
Been there for many enjoyable evening s felt this time was just about the Thisle

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a reservation for an early New Year's Eve dinner. We didn't know that they had a limited menu that evening, but that worked out well. The entree price included either soup or salad as well as a dessert. I had the sea bass which was cooked to perfection. My husband had the steak and lobster which was also wonderful. It was a toss up as to whether the key lime pie or the apple pie was better. Although there is a fee to get over to Sanibel, it is worth the drive to experience this restaurant at least once.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for New Years Eve. There was a fixed price menu, which fact wasn’t made known to us until we got there (their website didn’t say). The menu was vastly reduced from the everyday offerings. “Outside” where wer chose to sit, is right by the chlorine smelling, very loud, outdoor pool w no clear view of anything but the pool bar. Food was so-so at best. The island drink I had two sips of was uninspired. Service was attentive, but not practiced. Would not go back and would not recommend. Much better places on island.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding
“Osso Bucco” is out of this world

Just need to monitor A/C
Some tables were freezing

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Server treated us like we were an inconvenience. Food was overpriced. Portions small. Everything cost extra.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Buffet was totally overpriced at $50 per person plus imposed 20% gratuity. Food and service mediocre. Shellfish not properly clean, correct utensils not available. Food items not identified soup, casseroles etc. Pasta bar bland outcome available seafood added not cooked. Prime rib poor cut lacking flavor. Food items not replaced in timely manner, serving tables soiled. Totally disappointed with our experience - have previously given this restaurant excellent reviews when ordering off the menu so expected same for the Christmas meal. I'm sorry but maybe the management will read this and have a positive reaction and fix this !

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good selection of foods for Christmas buffet.
Seafood was all fresh and tasty Service fine. Serving lines a bit messy and chaotic. Nice to have a place open on Christmas!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was delicious. Server was friendly. Beautiful view.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were in Sanibel Island for Christmas and was glad The Thistle Lodge Restaurant was open for dinner with an outstanding buffet. The food was great and all you could eat and a great price on Christmas Day. Thanks for opening on Christmas.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was all good except having never been there for a buffet the staff could have pointed out the
Different rooms and what was available. Nothing was labeled as to what was in each covered
dish. Food was excellent but we never did know what was all available.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our meal was good, but we felt rushed. Also, the tip was added to our bill, and we were a party of two. I understand that it is expected that tips be added for parties of 6 or more, but I was taken aback by it being added to our bill without mention.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Simply amazing. 1st time guests

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

A wonderful experience with the exception of the table selection. We were seated in a turret side room with a large table including a young child. It was obvious that there was better seating for the guest staying at the resort.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

My husband and I took advantage of Restaurant Week while visiting Sanibel and had a date night at Thistle Lodge....also the same resort where we got married. The food and service were excellent, and with the holiday decorations, the ambiance was perfect. We prefer a quieter dining experience, and this fit the bill. Would recommend to friends.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Dining room undergoing renovation, so seating a bit cramped, but offset by friendly, competent team service that made everyone comfortable. Obvious that considerable attention is paid to food quality, preparation and presentation. Prices still feel a couple bucks too high per dish

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was very good. Jason the waiter was excellent. What ruined it was the music it was traditional American Indian. It was extremely mournful yet the restaurant was decorated for. Christmas. My daughter and her husband said they felt like they were at a. Yoga. Session. I would still highly recommend it for the food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our dinner was pleasing to the eye as well as the taste buds. We shared an appetizer of lamb lollipops which were as tender as they were tasty. I had the lobster and lump crab “diver” scallops which were simply delicious and prepared to perfection.
It's all about the food for us and throw in some atmosphere for good measure but in this case the service deserves a special mention. Our server, Richard, provided us with one of our more memorable experiences. The service, the timing, the accommodations to my wife's food allergies was excellent but what stood out to us was the conversation we had with him. Don't want to get into the details but let's just say it was inspirational.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fabulous! Food, Service, Ambience..all exceptional!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Way overrated. Went for Restaurant Week. They said none of their meats for $35 menus came in but they had a $55 price fix menu. Waiter was lousy. Worst Ceasar salad ever. Will not return. Also, Open Table said no 6:30 reservation was available. Arrived at 7 for 7:15 reservation and place was sparse.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

To be fair this was there Thanksgiving buffet. They were clearly overbooked. We had to wait 15 minutes for a table I had reserved earlier in the month. We had to sit on the outside porch. The waitress was fine. We barely had flatware. The food was ok but looked completely picked over by the time we got to eat. There was no salad left. Serving spoons left in the dishes or just laying on the tables in front of the food. Made it very unappetizing. The bill was $279 with a 20% gratuity added on automatically. 20% for pouring four glasses of water and bringing 2 drinks to our table????Completely not worth it. I was super disappointed!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This was a great meal. Thanksgiving with all the staples and other delicious options like crab legs, shrimp, etc. Great time with family in a great setting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We booked Thistle Lodge looking for a special Thanksgiving meal during our Sanibel vacation. Comments from others we met on Sanibel told us we made a good decision, so we were even more excited to try it! On arrival, valet parking is convenient, and the building is beautiful. Inside it seemed to be equally as charming as the exterior. But we were disappointed to learn today's service was a buffet and ordering from the menu was not an option. It would have been nice to know this in advance.

Our table was not available since people were lingering over their meals. The hostess showed us a lousy option on a porch, and ended up sitting us outside on the covered patio. Ambiance - lousy. And all evening people on their way to their room or to the swimming pool would walk through the dining area.

Time to eat! The shrimp was perfectly prepared, but the crab legs were watery and fishy - obviously refrozen. And no drawn butter to accompamy it.

The white turkey meat was moist and excellent, but the dark meat was cooked separately with a cornbread stuffing, and was overcooked and dry. So sad. I usually count on the dark meat being very moist and flavorful.

On the dessert table, the peach pie was burned. The pumpkin pie needed more whipped cream, but none was available.

Service was poor, very slow, considering they only had to bring us drinks. We served our own food. And once we asked for the check, it took 15 minutes and asking a 2nd server before we received the tab. They already added an 18% gratuity to the tab! We were a party of 2 and they didn't have to take a food order! This was insulting. I normally tip 20%, but today I wanted to tip much less.

Sadly, what we looked forward to enjoying was an overall disappointment. I hope this is unique and limited to a Thanksgiving day one-time let down.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious Thanksgiving dinner in an authentic island style restaurant. Thistle Lodge is one of our favorites.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Loved everything about Thistle Lodge👌🏼.
My only complaint is adding on an 18% tip for very little work considering this was a buffet.

Tags: Vegan, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Seasonal
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 (Key West)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My husband, college-aged daughter and I had our Thanksgiving dinner at Thistle Lodge this year during our trip to Captiva Island. They only offered a buffet on this day. It was good with all the traditional holiday offerings (turkey, stuffing, etc). There was a complete area just for desserts! Our waiter, Woody, was very attentive refilling our drinks and clearing plates away. The restaurant is in a beautiful old seaside cottage right on the Gulf. We had a beautiful day and I am glad I booked this special meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Lovely restaurant located on Sanibel Island. I had been wanting to go there for a long time and thought that the Thanksgiving buffet would be a good occasion. I requested a table with a view of the water, and they did accommodate that request. The food was good but there were not really too many creative dishes nor was it anything out of the ordinary. The setting is lovely and is worth going just to see the restaurant. Because they already added the gratuity, service was very minimal. We even had a bottle of wine and had to serve it to ourselves, even when I hinted that our glasses needed to re-filled. Overall, my experience could have been vastly improved by improved service. I would return on a non-holiday to see if the food and/or service was any better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Lots of good stuff on the Thanksgiving buffet. Mussels, clams, shrimp were great. Nicely done turkey. Something for everyone (salmon, ham, chacuterie,...). Lots of great choices for dessert!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great Thanksgiving Buffet:) Will return. Charming Place.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Waterfront
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food and good service. Loved reading about the history of this place. It’s a lovely place to watch the Gulf and sit inside or out and w joy a good meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We chose to sit outside to enjoy the weather, but it felt kind of odd by the pool. The interior of the restaurant is really beautiful though. The server at the table next to us explained the specials for at least 5 minutes. But we never heard anything about them, which was a bummer since they sounded amazing. The Mahi was delicious as well as the other entrees at our table.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A server asked us rudely to get our 1 1/2 year old out of his way while we were getting situated at our table. He continued to be extremely rude to my husband trying to explain how busy he was (there was only one other table of diners besides us).

We've never been treated so horribly. We didn't even get our water before we decided to leave.

We highly recommend NOT going to this restaurant.

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We are returning tomorrow evening! Wait staff wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very nice, old world decor. On the water, would have a beautiful sunset view, but we were there after dark. Excellent food and service. We were able t sit and catch up with old friends. Highly recommended.

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