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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
The Thistle is a great restaurant for a special occasion. With a great view of the water and terrific service and excellent specialty drinks, it was the perfect place to celebrate a friends' milestone birthday. We had a lovely meal and the service was great. I LOVED the seafood trio of shrimp, sea bass and scallops. It was a perfectly balanced and light meal with great sauce, perfect basmati and vegetables that were spot on.
Were denied seating at preferred table with a view in an otherwise empty dining room. Explained that it was kept open should a party of four walk in (we had made reservation). Subsequently, given to a party of two (like us) .
First of all, Thistle Lodge has a gorgeous view of the gulf! The restaurant itself has such history and it's beautiful. The food is always delicious, you can count on it. The steak was chard on the outside and juicy on the inside. Red fish cooked to perfection. We did share the key lime pie and it was homemade and fabulous!!! Service is top notch! I highly recommend!
This was the best restaurant in which we ate on vacation. The seafood was perfectly and creatively prepared as were all the vegetable accompaniments. The ambiance was perfect, with wonderful views, especially at sunset. The service was friendly and professional, consistent with high-end restaurant in a resort area. We ate in a couple of other restaurants on Sanibel that appeared to be slightly less expensive, but when we compared the quality of the food, the Thistle beat them all for value.
Great location overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Get there before dark so you can enjoy the view out the windows facing the beach across the lawn. No view of the sunset as the lodge faces too much to the south. Restored historic location with lots of ambiance. Very good wine list and craft beer too. Good selection of wine by the glass. Full bar for cocktails. Our waitress was very attentive and the service matched the location and meal. Lobster bisque was really good and we had the sea bass, scallop and prawn trio. Presentation was excellent. Key lime pie was authentic and the apple crisp was a good combo with the cinnamon gelato and bold coffee. Wonderful evening and a great place to be.
My fiancé and I feel in love with the place from the time that we stepped in the door! The atmosphere was very cozy and romantic. Fantastic food! Cannot say enough great things about our waiter, Richard! We will definitely request one of his tables next time! Loved discussing cigars and bourbon with him! We will definitely be back!
We had not been to The Thistle Inn for about 12 years so we were looking forward to our return, however, were disappointed with the final outcome. Richard, our server was congenial and knowledgeable and an excellent server. The dishes we ordered, especially given the price point was disappointing. The portions on my Seafood Trio were small, the fish watery and unflavorable, a clump of plain white rice as the 'starch' and the bok choy/carrot mix was plain, no seasoning, and the carrots were hard as a rock...had to use a knife to cut them into pieces. My husband's rack of lamb was half done perfectly and half overdone. The Caesar salad was tasty and great dressing and the lobster bisque was very good. Wine choices were excellent. It was just disappointing to have a mediocre meal for such a pricey charge and the dining room could use some updating!
We wanted to have lunch by the water. It is not very close to the beach. You can spot water in the distance and some people are walking around in swim suits but they go to Coconuts the casual outdoor dining spot outside. Neither is real beach-side dining.
We had wanated to eat outdoors, but the outdoor dining would not have been good at all: Too near the pool (casual Coconuts is also right there with a simple 8 item menu) and screaming kids, so we opted to eat inside. The room was OK. It was not at all busy (7 people total including us) when we were there so the room was pleasantly quiet: not so sure that would be the case if it had more people in it. The menu was very limited on a Sunday to a brunch menu only. I ordered breakfast (eggs) and my husband ordered a pasta lunch item with spicy shrimp. The food was good, although not what I was expecting to order that day. The service was good, but as I said practically no one was there so it should be good.
Would I go back? Probably not. We had a dinner meal elsewhere nearby later in the day and it was far better, and in a place with more atmosphere.
Special occasion birthday dinner for eight people. Ambience and view (waterfront golf of Mexico) were excellent to spectacular.
Service was very good, food was outstanding. Various members of our party ordered beef, appetizers and seafood. All were outstanding.
Awful service and food. Tent blocking view of water. Escargot were essentially just bread crumbs and tasteless. Mussels had too much garlic and sauce was so tasteless didn't even dip bread. Entree took over 45 minutes, so we canceled and left. Very disappointing
Very disappointing. Would not recommended. Food was underseasoned, bland and risotto was dry - tasted like plain white rice. Two meals were so bad tgey were taken off our bill. Save your $. Too many other great restaurants on Sanibel.
Have stayed at Casa Ybel for years but haven't eaten here in a long time. Very surprised how wonderful it was. Food, wine, service, view. Pretty pricey. We had Kevin for our waiter who also works at Coconuts, the poolside restaurant. Such a nice guy!! And a great waiter. Had the fresh ahi tuna. Wow it was good. So ample could have easily shared.
Thistle Lodge remains one of Sanibel's most attractive restaurants with killer views. However, the food is inconsistent as is the Greeter and Server. Hard to recommend for fine dining, but the view makes up for the quality of the food and service!
It was our 50th anniversary, the lodge gave us a very nice card with the staff's names on it. We had a table by the window overlooking the water. It was beautiful. We had drinks that were very good. Our waiter made them for us. We asked for some recommendations and he offered some and they were right on. Everyone loved the meal, my friend did have a slight problem with the chicken as it was a little dry. The rest of us were very happy. Our son recommended this restaurant and he was right on. Thanks for a wonderful anniversary.
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.
My wife and I were celebrating a special occasion with a great dinner. Everything at Thislte was perfect: the food, the service, the ambiance, the view, everything! We especially appreciated the good service provided by Rosie and her team. Thank you!
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.
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