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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (20)
Good for a Date (17)
Romantic (17)
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Special Occasion (15)
Scenic View (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Business Meals (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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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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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dinner was delicious! We were celebrating our honeymoon. It is right on the water, unfortunately I made reservation when we turned the clock back and we didn’t get to see the sunset, but I can only imagine what it’s like at sunset!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had a fabulous meal and Rosie was a wonderful server. We always enjoy our dining experiences at Thistle Lodge. The ambiance is lovely and the service is great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Another great date night at Thistle Lodge. Go to see the sunset and then have a great meal and great service to finish off the evening. Very nice rounded selection of entrees to choose from and also usually have three specials per night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delish!! The food looks fantastic and tastes even better. Friendly and efficient service. This is a great dining experience and can be pricey, so don't go and then skimp, as the Kobe Beef Tartar was excellent, as was the Rack of Lamb and Mahi Mahi.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Mario was our waiter and was quite professional. The ambience was nice though a little bright - could have used a little more lighting/flowers something...but OK.
Appetizers was the tuna trio - nondescript in terms of taste, uniqueness it was fresh though.

The Pompano was basically dried out - just a little too long under a heat lamp maybe...not great.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food...well prepared and beautifully presented! Service was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Thistle Lodge is a great restaurant with excellent service and lovely ambiance! The cannelloni with grilled vegetables was very good. As a vegetarian, I wish they had more than one vegetarian option... I would be back sooner if I had more options!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Food is a bit pricey, but everything we ate was wonderful. I had a vegetarian dish, as my dining guests both ate the special. Everything was cooked and seasoned wonderfully, the server was attentive, but not overly so, and very knowledgeable of each dish (I overheard him breaking down several different entrees when a Gluten Free guest was questioning what he could eat - he could tell him exactly what in the dish had gluten in it and how it could be adjusted). We had a beautiful view of the Gulf and beach as the sun was going down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Diner was ok in a lovely old style restaurant.
I was disappointed that a menu item that was listed on their website was not available. The item has been off the menu since February. The restaurant didn’t bother updating the web site.!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Formal (for Sanibel) dining atmosphere. Enjoyed our meal. Authentic seafood for both of us, well prepared.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Can only say great things about our experience - great service, wonderful food and atmosphere. My husband had the Lobster Bisque and mussels, I had the cannelloni with bolgonese and Caesar salad, friends had the scallops topped with crab/lobster & cannelloni with Alfredo and topped with seafood.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A fairly inventive menu. It was executed in a "midwestern" manner--ie not much spice, but leaned on sweetness to overcome an ok dish. We had the pomano, which came with a slightly sweet glaze--completely unnecessary for a great fish. We also had steak, which had a syrupy sweet glaze that overpowered a middling thin cut of ribeye. quantities are generous.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service. Great meal. Quiet atmosphere. Always a pleasure to eat at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. Rosie is the best.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great atmosphere! Very relaxing! Delicious food!

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten
The food, the service, the experience is first class fine dining

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

The Thistle was a lovely way for us to spend our last night on Sanibel, and the end of "birthday month". The staff could not have been friendlier or more attentive. Our food was excellent and the piano music was very enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Charming, elegant restaurant with helpful staff and great food.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Outstanding restaurant, best in Lee county. I recommend it to all my friends, my 9th visit. Absolutely exquisite food and beverage, wonderful location. The service is impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Expensive restaurant in a seaside city. But there were details with the food that were let downs. For instance package mashed potatoes and undercooked wild rice. Seafood was good steak disappointing

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a delicious, wonderful dinner with ocean view! We can't wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always great! Excellent food, service and views. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Came back twice within a week!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Had a lovely evening with my son. Delicious creatively prepared local seafood, and impeccable friendly service from Mario.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Live Music
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