We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
+1 239-472-9200
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (25 reviews)
“filet” (22 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (718)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 705 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We wanted somewhere very nice with a great view for our last night on the island dinner! Both needs were met. From the lobster bisque, escargot to sea bass our meal was fabulous! Everything met our expectations! They have an amazing wine list you can...More

Thank Mary Jean H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch and dinner and both were quite good. At lunch i ordered a drink the bartender had never made, but he made it exactly to my taste. My husband and I shared the lobster and steak special at dinner and it was delish....More

Thank fancyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriends and I had the pleasure of enjoying a ladies night at The Thistle Lodge. Which came highly recommend by quite a few locals. We started with drinks at the bar served by Richard. We then sat at a table right next to the...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good. Deborah worked really hard and did her best. There was an assistant manager that might be the worst customer service professional and leader I've ever encountered. Austin, the manager, never came out when metal wiring was found in our crab cake. When...More

4  Thank Jamie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great backdrop for some lovely food. There were 3 of us for dinner and we each ordered something different and the food was perfectly prepared. Chris took care of us and made us feel welcome. A perfect meal.

Thank BiskitOhio
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The setting is perfect, ambiance lovely, staff efficient but friendly , cocktails great and most importantly food was excellent. Macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi was delicious and key lime pie to die for. Definitely worth a visit. Pricey but worth every penny.

Thank pauline b
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We ate at this restaurant over 12 years ago and thought it was such a great place! Unfortunately, the decor could use some updating! The menu had plenty of options but very pricey. I had the seafood trio and the one scallop and two small...More

Thank PETUNIA1985
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Listed as fine dining. Presentation good, but disappointed otherwise. Loud, felt like I was at a chain restaurant like the "99 or Applebee's". Not a "Fine Dining experience.

2  Thank Ken F
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Thistle Lodge is a beautiful setting right on the beach. The ambiance is special, the staff friendly, courteous and yet professional. My wife and I both had Mahi Mahi for dinner and it was excellent and well presented. We sat by a window and had...More

Thank F. Peter H
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Although the restaurant was not crowded, its Sunday brunch was totally unacceptable. The service was far too slow. The drinking water was not filtered and tasted of sulphur. The sourdough bread service basically was plain, bland toast. While the chicken sausage and an eggs Benedict-type...More

2  Thank allen l
Nearby Restaurants
Bleu Rendez-Vous French Bistro
290 reviews
1.57 km away
The Clam Shack
306 reviews
1.51 km away
Cip's Place
1,414 reviews
1.60 km away
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island
4,355 reviews
1.35 km away
Nearby Attractions
Gulfside City Park Beach
180 reviews
.45 km away
Tarpon Bay Beach
115 reviews
.98 km away
Sanibel Community Playground
94 reviews
1.52 km away
Periwinkle Place
89 reviews
1.57 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Will you have regular dinner entrees for thanksgiving, or just the buffet? Thanks!
13 November 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in the Thistle Lodge Restaurant. We will be serving the buffet only on Thanksgiving day and open for regular lunch and dinner service on the following day. We hope you'll join us.
besides Mother's Day when do you have that great brunch?
27 May 2016|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello, we serve a plated Sunday brunch and have a special buffet for Mother's Day. You can find our brunch menu online. Thank you for your inquiry, we hope you can join us on Sanibel Island.
When do you have your buffet?
27 May 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hi, we celebrate the holidays with a special buffet. Our buffets are prepared for Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and we prepare special menus for New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. We serve a plated Sunday... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
    (Casa Ybel Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-9200
  • E-mail
The award-winning menu at the Thistle Lodge includes a blend of Floridian, European, and Asian flavors designed to please even the most discriminating palates. The seafood is fresh and hand-cut right in our own kitchen. Steaks are flown in from the Midwest and dry aged to enhance their flavor and tenderness. Even the herbs, fruits, and vegetables we use in our cuisine are custom-grown. Whether you are planning a romantic evening for two, celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for the best beachfront dining in Sanibel Island, the Thistle Lodge offers an unrivaled culinary experience. Thistle Lodge is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The upper level of the restaurant is available for private events.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing