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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

4.2
918 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic
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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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Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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
West Gulf 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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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!

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4.4
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I had pompano fish as an entree-it was very good, and our waiter, Mario, made me a great cocktail-a mango marguerita. However, I missed seeing Sean Ramsey, the manager, who I have gotten to know over the past 20 years that I have been coming to Sanibel each summer. I wish him well and look forward to seeing him the next time I go to Sanibel.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Second time for dinner service at the Thistle Lodge. The recent experience cemented the restaurant as one of my go-to's for an upscale, intimate, and quiet dining experience in the Fort Myers/Sanibel/Captiva area. Excellent wine list, well-executed dishes, and an unmatched ambiance/setting. Salads are perfectly dressed, meats are expertly cooked, and seafood is given its proper due. The ambience of the antique deck-turned glass enclosed dining room is upscale yet comfortable, with candles on every white-table-clothed table, intimate lighting, and the notes of the baby grand in the bar drifting through the restaurant. The service is impeccable - both times we had the pleasure of Tanya as our server. I can not speak more highly of her - charming personality, professional, and striking the balance between conversation and service. Well done.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant had a very good ambience, the service was attentive, the food was very good, and the wait staff was knowledgeable

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Jason was extremely patient with our group, as we wrestled with an antsy 1 year old. We’ll be back- if you’ll let us!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We usually love the food & service @ Thistle Lodge but the night we were there, the service by our waiter was extremely slow & inattentive. He seemed preoccupied by another table. However, kudos to the assistant who brought our bread, tea refills, and ultimately, served our food.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We were in a private room and it was extremely hot the entire time. The service was very slow and dietary restrictions were ignored despite specific requests regarding same. Fortunately, the single malt scotch selection was very good.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We travel with friends and come to Sanibel every other year. This is one restaurant we always make sure we have a meal here. Wait staff (Jason) was spot on. He was attentive and very knowledgeable. We throughly enjoyed our dinner and the service. You know if you are dining here it is always delicious. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We loved Thistle Lodge. It was quiet, gorgeous water views and the staff was awesome. The food was excellent. We will definitely be making the day trip to Sanibel to go back more often.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent entree of yellowtail snapper. Key lime pie was just average. Very good service vice.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This is a beautiful spot! The views were gorgeous. Food was pretty good. We had surf and turf and the scallops. Desserts were delicious. Great wine!

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was good. Server seemed like she hated her job. Nice view of the ocean.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We chose to stay at Casa Ybel for our 50th anniversary and had a very lovely dinner there at historic Thistle Inn. Everything (except the rainy weather) was lovely: the view out over the Gulf and beautiful grounds, the attentive and personable service, and the meal choices (I had delicious scallops and husband had lamb chops which he reported were excellent!) We enjoyed reading of the history of the inn and of Sanibel also.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

The Thistle Lodge was PERFECT! Full, but quiet enough that each party could enjoy themselves. Service was perfect and unobtrusive. Food delicious. Grilled Octopus moist and seasoned just right, Caesar salad crunchy and just right, entrees Mahi Mahi, Pompano, Black Grouper all impeccably prepared.
An 80th birthday celebration exactly as we planned. Thank-you Thistle Lodge.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Food and service were excellent as always. Recommend you give it a try.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We enjoyed an elegant evening - food and service was exceptional.

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1.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We had the reservation at 2:30pm. When we arrived there, the restaurant was closed and nobody helped us! I’ll never go again.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great service great food great experience

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Brunch. Quality of food and service was good. Location was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My husband surprised me, and booked the Thistle Lodge for Mother’s Day. Thistle Lodge is right on beach, so the view is beautiful. We were all anticipating their amazing brunch, but what a disappointment. For starters, there was nothing special for moms. No flowers on the table or any special cocktail such as a mimosa, nothing. We were all starving and headed right for the buffet. I absolutely love salads, but at their tiny buffet the only salad they offered was a basic one consisting of lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, onions, and croutons. How Boring. I went to get a bowl of the crab bisque, but they were out of spoons, then I proceeded to wait 15 minutes for a spoon. Now my soup was cold. We all got the crab claws of course, but struggled to open them since they didn’t offer a lobster fork or crackers to open, so we finally gave up. My boys didn’t eat much, and couldn’t find anything they really loved except the waffles and bacon. My husband and I got the lox, which happens to be our favorite, with all the toppings but where were the bagels???? No bagels, Seriously! And the only vegetable they displayed was a steamed and Soggy broccoli and cauliflower combo, maybe that’s their idea of gourmet- I guess you were suppose to pair that with their dried out wild rice. Last and not at all good, was the dessert table, an array of Pre-sliced pies, I’m assuming they had just thawed. I didn’t even bother.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers day

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Family get together. Great food, great service.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance!

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2.0Dined on April 27, 2018

My wife had the braised short ribs and it mostly fat, could not believe they served it that way.
Also to Octopus was under cooked and very little for the price.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Ambiance and sophistication was outstanding. The Lobster Bisque and Pompano entree was excellent and perfectly cooked. The creme brulee was very good.
The yellow tail snapper unfortunately was over-cooked.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Our waitress Rosie was exceptional. Food and sparkling wine were superb. Presentation of food was wonderful. Both entrees were flavorful, hot and we really enjoyed ourselves. Also loved the pianist in the dining area which added exceptional ambiance! Lovely place for our anniversary dinner!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Excellent meal and service. Nice view of the gulf and very pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Mario, Waiter/acting Manager was exceptional. He also showed us options for a family dinner for our 50th wedding anniversary.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary here and had a delicious meal in a lovely setting. Special shout-out to our waiter, Mario, who was kind, attentive, personable, and well-informed!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Would probably return. Pompano very good. Short rib acceptable, not superior. Server very attentive.

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

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 on April 14, 2018

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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