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.
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: 2394720693x1351
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
This was our seventh visit to the restau ...
This was our seventh visit to the restaurant and as always it was a great experience. Service was excellent as well as the food. The food is a little pricey but combined with the atmosphere and scenic gulf view it's worth it.
The service was terrible. After 20 min ...
The service was terrible. After 20 mins having finished appetizers I had to remove the dishes from table. My date also sat for 30 mins with no refill on her tea. Ordered a yellowfin tuna dish that medium rare that arrived an hour later and the tuna was brown in color no pink or red. It was cooked medium rare the fish looked and smelled very old. I sent it back and no one came to talk to me. Not a kitchen supervisor nor a manager. Will never return to this restaurant
Thistle Lodge is the perfect Florida fin ...
Thistle Lodge is the perfect Florida fine dining experience. The food is excellent and the service is as well. The property is worth visiting just to see the views of the gulf and to feel the old Florida charm. The wine list compliments the menu. All around love dining here.
Our server was very nice and very attent ...
Our server was very nice and very attentive but very hard to understand. She told us the specials for the night but missed half of them. The only reason we found out was because we needed the chef to come out and explain something because of a food allergy. Food was bland and none in our party of 3 thought it lived up to the high ratings we saw on line. Maybe it was just a bad night.
This is my favorite restaurant. The gul ...
This is my favorite restaurant. The gulf views are amazing, the menu is interesting and the food is outstanding. Sunday Brunch, Dinner and Lunch are all recommended. It is worth the drive over to Sanibel. This is "old" Florida charm at its best. Love the bar!!
The Scallops tasted like rubber. The lob ...
The Scallops tasted like rubber. The lobster bisque was over salted! The jasmine rice that was served with the scallops was hard and barely cooked! The only thing that was good was the service although the complaint of the horrible food was dismissed! Would never go back to the Thistle Lodge! Disgusting food, definitely needs a new chef! Yuck
My wife and I just returned from dinner ...
My wife and I just returned from dinner at the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. What a wonderful experience. Our waitress, Natalie, was spot on with the service. She was courteous, prompt and very engaging. The food was wonderful and I would highly recommend this restaurant to others staying in the Captiva/Sanibel area.
I loved the historical feel of The Thist ...
I loved the historical feel of The Thistle Lodge. Great decor and ambiance. The food was outstanding too. I was there celebrating a special occasion and I have a severe food allergy. Not only did they take my allergy very seriously, but they also went out of there way to recognize me on my birthday.
The only downside was that they seemed to wind down early and we felt like we were keeping the staff when they wanted to go (we were the last table), so we didn't order dessert and I wish we had.
Very disappointed in the greeting at rec ...
Very disappointed in the greeting at reception and the overall service in this "fine dining" establishment. We return every year for the last 6 yrs (maybe more) for our anniversary. This year was a BIG one so we really wanted a romantic evening but instead it lacked everything it should have been. The receptionist greeted us with a ho-hum attitude as if we bothered her because we showed up early, one other couple was in the place and she sat us next to the stairs instead of a window seat as we had requested in our Open table reservation. Next, the server Dan wasn't engaged in an enthusiastic way when showing us the menu, nor did he point out anything specific that could be tempting to our palette. There was no attempt to highlight our evening in any way. The lobster bisque is truly delicious but both my husbands surf n turf (at $60.!) and my trio (seabass/2shrimp/1scallop) were less than delicious and had more veggies on the plate than the main part of the meal. We shared the salted caramel cheesecake which was rich and thick but its doubtful we'll be returning for just the soup and dessert.
While this restaurant is beachfront, the ...
While this restaurant is beachfront, there are only a handful of tables that are along the window.. and the never smiling hostess will never go out of her way to put you there...even when you book ahead. The food is good, not great. During the season I'm sure it's worse but we have yet to go during that time period. Very disappointing.
We were looking forward to a nice meal b ...
We were looking forward to a nice meal by the water. The dining room was not busy at all when we arrived. When seated, we were seated in the corner while there were plenty of open tables by the window. After an extremely long wait, the waitress arrived to take our drink order. She was not welcoming at all and almost rude. The drinks took forever to arrive. Eventually, our order was taken for our meal. My wife enjoyed her scallops and my steak did not have much flavor.
We were hoping for a better experience and it did not happen. Also, I tripped on the uneven flooring while leaving our table. Immediately afterwards, the piano player says over the microphone, "Have a nice trip. See you in the fall." Nice guy. That was the perfect ending to a really bad evening at the Thistle Lodge.
We went to The Sandbar the night before and it was 1000% better. We should have went there again instead.
Great restaurant for a special occasion. ...
Great restaurant for a special occasion. We we're celebrating a retirement and an anniversary. We were seated in an octagonal room with a view of the beach. Rosie, our server, provided wonderful service throughout the evening. She recommended the scallops which were excellent. All of our food was quite tasty. The night was wonderful.
The lighting was bright, room was noisy, ...
The lighting was bright, room was noisy, server had to be asked if there were any chef specials, and my husband's Mahi was extremely overcooked. We left disappointed as the setting is beautiful but the overall dining experience was fair at best. I would compare ThistleLodge to Mucky Duck or Bubble Room's prices without the quality or service.
Have had a time share at Casa Ybel for 2 ...
Have had a time share at Casa Ybel for 27 yrs and this was the first time eating in the main Resturant for one reason or another. Everything was perfect! Service, food, ambiance! Thank you for a wonderful dinning experience!
A "just ok dinner" not worth the price t ...
A "just ok dinner" not worth the price tag. I ordered the special -- two lobster tails -- which were tasty but rather small. What was not small was the price tag for the entree -- $52, which the waitress failed to mention but highly recommended the dish while I was trying to make up my mind. I think it's reprehensible when they don't tell you the price. (You feel taken for a ride as the most expensive entrees on the menu are in the 30-40 range). The accompanying rice was tasteless and the broccoli overcooked and bland. The appetizer salad with gorgonzola, on the other hand, was nicely made and delicious. Creme brûlée for dessert was ok, nothing outstanding. View and ambiance is real nice and the staff friendly. However, the price paid vis-a-vis the food is not worth it.
We had a wonderful dining experience as ...
We had a wonderful dining experience as we were celebrating with friends. It is a tradition for us to celebrate three birthdays and two anniversaries with a special dinner. The Thistle Lodge was a perfect venue with excellent food and service.
We were spending Father's Day weekend in ...
We were spending Father's Day weekend in Captiva and I wanted a more upscale waterfront dining option than most of the island has to offer. This was exactly what I was looking for. My husband felt very special and the food was amazing. Everyone raved about their dishes, even the kids. The kids menu was also perfect. Not your typical Mac n cheese and hot dogs menu. My kids really enjoyed the cheese and crackers appetizer.
I had the macadamia encrusted magi mahi and my husband did the surf and turf. We didn't leave anything on our plates. Great wine selection too!
Great location overlooking the beach on ...
Great location overlooking the beach on Sanibel. Decor was upscale for a beach resort. Very attentive waitstaff. Nice list for specialty cocktails and good wine list. Appetizers were very good in size and well prepared. Entrees were served promptly and were at temperature. Steak was cooked as requested. One of three lobster tails was over cooked. Desserts were very good and there was good variety. I definitely will return.
A birthday dinner
Once again we were in Captiva for vacation to celebrate my husband's birthday. That means the Thistle Lodge for his celebration dinner. And as always, they were outstanding in service, ambiance, and, especially food. There was a card signed by all of the staff for my hubby and a brownie, ice cream, whipped cream and a candle for his complimentary birthday dessert. It was pretty wonderful. My oriental shortribs were a flavor like none other and my husband's pork "osso bucco" was just as flavorful. Both meats were "fall apart" tender. Natalie took great care of us. Thank you guys for being the highlight of our trip.
Excellent, excellent food, service and a ...
Excellent, excellent food, service and ambiance! What better place to watch the beach and sunset while dining on some excellent food on the island! We particularly enjoyed the freshly made bread, warm and service sliced with the knife in the center of the loaf -- very creative!
Quaint with an Ocean View
My wife and I are always looking for a hidden gem when it comes to dining while visiting the Fort Myers area and we came upon this one after doing some research. Cute little island resort with plenty of history, a beautiful view and very surprisingly good food. Our waitress was more than helpful and attentive. We had a very enjoyable meal only to be outdone by the great desert choices!
This is my 4th time vacationing in Sanibel. One of my favorites to dine is the Thistle Lodge. This is beach dining at its best. Our server, Dan, was very nice and remembered me from last year. The food is delicious and the drinks are wonderful. I truly love this place. Thanks to all for a memorable dinner.
It has been a few years since we ate at ...
It has been a few years since we ate at Thistle and we chose it for our 46th wedding anniversary
I was very disappointed in the deterioration of service and the food was just so so
I have removed it from my favorite list
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