About Thistle Lodge Restaurant
Sanibel, FL 33597
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
Hostess was a snob sarcasstic and rolled ...
Hostess was a snob sarcasstic and rolled her eyes when a question was asked. The waiter never came back and asked how our meal was which was horrible not exactly what I wanted considering I specifically asked about that menu item. The picture is misleading (thinking you can see the beach while your eating) but when you look out the window at night your looking at yourself . I will not be back. Sanibel offers a lot of restaurants and this will not be my choice.
Beautiful resort but not the place to go ...
Beautiful resort but not the place to go for Christmas dinner. $%0 per person for a buffet which ran out of some of their food, and our reservations for for 7:15!
Goof place for a NON-Special occasion meal. The person taking our reservation should have told us it was a buffet ONLY night.
Overall my wife and I were very disappointed.
Everything was perfect. Lentil soup had ...
Everything was perfect. Lentil soup had so much flavor. App scallops were outstanding. We shared a burger and quesadilla. So much, so good we had it for dinner.
Absolutely beautiful setting.
Hostess Megan and serverTara were friendly yet professional.
Can't wait to return
My husband and I eat here regularly duri ...
My husband and I eat here regularly during our vacations and tried the Thanksgiving buffet for the first time. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of offerings. The raw bar included oysters, crab legs, mussels, and clams in addition to the standard cocktail shrimp, and the traditional Thanksgiving turkey and sides were great, particularly the stuffed dark meat. The value was amazing at under $50 per person!
We arrived, had a first drink and ordere ...
We arrived, had a first drink and ordered our dinner within 15 minutes. In another 15 minutes the appetizer arrived, and we ordered a second drink. We then waited over an hour for the main course, and eventually the house comped us another drink. The waitress was obviously distressed for us as we waited, and it certainly wasn't her fault. My husband chose a $39 Scallop/Prawn and something platter. The scallops were as if the chef had taken Costco's jumbo scallop and sliced it in half. The overcooked. A terrible value along with a terrible wait. We live on Sanibel and were looking for something special for a special anniversary. It didn't happen at The Thistle, and we won't be giving it another opportunity.
Last minute decision to go out for lunch ...
Last minute decision to go out for lunch and it was great. I had the battered grouper and it was light and flaky and nicely crispy. His club sandwich was huge and we ended up with some leftovers. Beer was a little pricey but again the restaurant is in a condo setting so kind of expected. Would definitely go again if in the area.
We went to dinner with another couple. ...
We went to dinner with another couple. We both had 2 for 1 dinner ($20 max value) coupons from the local Sanibel Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant gladly and graciously accepted both of them. (sometimes restaurants only accept one coupon per table, and we spent over $100 after deducting the coupon per couple anyway). Although this sounds like an oxymoron the atmosphere is casual, comfortable, romantic, old school, historical building, elegance - right on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgable, and just pleasant to talk to. The menu had a large variety of items, including steaks and seafood. I could not make my decision between Asian Braised Short Ribs of Beef or Pork Osso Bucco. Luckily, they were out of Short Ribs so Osso Bucco it was. Delicious meat falling off the bone. Great Lamb Lollipop appetizers, Lobster Bisque soup and wonderful Creme Brulee and Apple Crisp with ice cream deserts. A very enjoyable evening.
It was our first time to visit Thistle L ...
It was our first time to visit Thistle Lodge and we had such a lovely experience. We were celebrating a birthday and went for lunch. What a beautiful view from the dining room. Our service was terrific, but, because of a medical reason, what my husband really wanted, he couldn't order, our server came back to our table and said the chef would be happy to prepare the dish so that my husband could have what he really wanted. Full marks on all accounts and the Bloody Mary's were great!!!
I have been eating at this restaurant fo ...
I have been eating at this restaurant for over 35 years stopped in this year to have a nice meal food was way below par the service was at a snails pace. There was no manager on site the food had mold on it my wife became very ill and ended up with food poisoning from this restaurant.Beautiful location kitchen staff and wait staff are way below par for the prices they charge on the menu
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at th ...
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Thistle Lodge in 1991 and went back in 2016 to celebrate our 50th. The staff treated us as though we were regulars and celebrated with us. Our son had contacted them in advance to request some special services and they complied with enthusiasm. They ended our meal with a complimentary dessert.
After mentioning to Rosie our waitress t ...
After mentioning to Rosie our waitress that it was our anniversary she brought us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne & then a candlelit brownie sundae! Your extra touches added to the ambiance & delicious food!
This was our second visit to the Thistle ...
This was our second visit to the Thistle Lodge this year and we enjoyed our meals immensely! Blaise had the octopus appetizer and Karen had the lobster bisque and both were outstanding. We both had the blackened snapper for our entrees and it was superb! The wine list is excellent but we ordered the peartinis for our cocktails and they were perfect. We were seated with a fantastic view of the Gulf with the sun setting. The waitress and other staff attending our table were very accommodating and pleasant. We live in Ft. Myers and do not eat out on Sanibel often (Blaise loves to cook and is quite the gourmet chef so we don't eat out frequently) but when we do want to drive out to the Island, we will be making reservations for the Thistle Lodge as it has become our favorite restaurant in the area. We highly recommend it!
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.
We absolutely loved our dining experienc ...
We absolutely loved our dining experience. Fantastic service, food was amazing and the view is perfection. Please don't miss this opportunity next time you are in Sanibel, FL. We will be back with our next trip, without a doubt.
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