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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.
Sanibel, FL 33597
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
Casa Ybel Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thistle Lodge provides live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights and Piano on Saturday nights. We also have Sunday Jazz during brunch.
Private Party Facilities:
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!
Private Party Contact:
Jessica Pasek: (239) 472-0693 ext. 1351
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Thistle Lodge Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Nice location and decor. Food was sub-par (especially for the price). Service languished, with the awkward excuse that the day before had been very busy so everybody on the staff was tired.
At least we got the food we asked for, while the table next to us wasn't so lucky - they only got some of the dishes they ordered (Ordered three salads, got one right, one wrong, one not at all, issue was never corrected; Ordered steak medium got it well done; Ordered one seafood dish got a different one).
By the end of the meal we were trading hints about where else to go for dinner the next day.
This place was clearly not prepared for the Easter crowd. Horrible parking, no valet, rude/uninterested hosts. Finally after waiting in a line for our 1 pm reservation, we were given a terrible table right next to the door to outside, which people kept slamming as they walked in. We didn't even eat - we left right away. Ruined our Easter Sunday plans. Not a good place.
We were very disappointed with the service, the small portion size, the wine selection and quality of food versus cost. Extremely overpriced for what you get. The waiter recommended a Chardonnay (Butter) that was $15/glass and it was horrible!! We had to ask if bread came with our dinner. The blackened soft shell crab appetizers were drenched in spices that we couldn't enjoy the crab. The entree we shared had only 1 scallop, 2 shrimp and small portion of fish for $36!! We wanted to LOVE this restaurant because of its location and history. There were only 4 or 5 full tables of patrons and it is spring break. Unfortunately we won't return. Too many other fabulous Sanibel restaurants to enjoy.
The ambiance is a beautiful setting near the beach with a water view. The service was excellent. Ask for Rosie We had a soft shell crab special appetizer done in a sauté style. The lobster bisque was great. The seafood trio includes Chilean sea bass done broiled The special pompano was grilled over delicious risotto All the food was the best we had during our stay on Sanibel.
Very short staffed. Food not prepared as described on menu-ex: macadamia crusted Mahi mahi lacked the nuts and very dry. Mussels appetizer lacked the toast and were ultra salty. (Neighboring table ordered mussels also and his dish DID include the customary bread) Dinner menu folder contained brunch menu. We were given one desert menu for the table because "that's all the desert menus we have"
Neighboring table to my left missing an entree. Neighboring table to right missing appetizer.
We were told manager too busy to come speak with us "that's the way it is in busy season" he relayed.
We were so pleased with Thistle LOdge we ate there a second time. the staff was propfessional and very curteous. Special thanks to hostess Meghan for all of her help with a personal situation. We are very much looking forward to dining there again when we return next year. Rtuhann Manas
Thistle was a nice spot. The food was very good as was the service. It's still pricey for what it is, but considering the location on Sanibel it is about on point for being an up scale restaurant. We enjoyed the meal and recommend it if you never have been.
We had selected the Thistle Lodge for our final dinner before leaving for home, based on reviews on TripAdvisor. We were disappointed in the service because our server greeted us, took the drink order, and then didn't reappear. We stopped another server and he took over and everything then went smoothly. The food was good but the overall experience was diminished because of the delay in service.
The food was great, at least mine was. I had the pompano fish which was very rich and tasty. My moms wasn't as good she had the mahi mahi and felt it was a little dry. It's a pricy place so if your food is good you won't mind but if it's dry then you may not be as happy.
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