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Thistle Lodge Restaurant

2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
+1 239-472-9200
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“cannelloni” (8 reviews)
“lobster bisque” (43 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Lunch could not have been more wonderful. Excellent food and service in the charm of a heritage building steeped in history. A tad difficult to find if you don't have an GPS.

Thank Kishgo
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just returned from our annual visit to Thistle Lodge with good friends. Drinks, food and atmosphere was very good but oh so slow with our evening. Four of us started with drinks. Did not give our order for drinks for at least 15 minutes. Then...More

Thank tlmay1
Reviewed 4 days ago

As Sanibel residents, we dine often at the Thistle Lodge. We really enjoyed Thistle’s holiday season, starting with the fantastic Thanksgiving buffet. The Christmas buffet was equally as spectacular. Both had an awesome variety of fresh meats, fish, shellfish, salads, fruit and cheese, vegetables, breads,...More

Thank bjh04
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I were looking for a nice place to have lunch with sea view and found Thistle on Google Maps. It was a really nice choice! Lunch menu is really simple but everything tasted great and the service was implacable. Waiter told me...More

Thank Luiz C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just want to recommend a visit to this restaurant for brunch or just a cocktail. We were served so well by our wait staff that we returned later for bday celebration for our friend . I especially want to commend Jason who happened to be...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had an excellent dinner at Thistle Lodge. The service was very attentive yet unobtrusive. The menu had several interesting choices, and ours were delicious. My wife had Pompano over mashed potatoes, and I had Grouper over risotto with a heavenly very...More

Thank feedawg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took my mother to the Thistle and has a fantastic meal. Mom went with the she crab soup, then wanted a salad and the soft shell crabs (appetizer portion). They created a soft shell crab salad just for her, and she loved it. She...More

Thank KB14850
Reviewed 1 week ago

All entrees are exquisite but pricey. Drinks are well made, but pricey. Wait staff knowledgeable and courteous. Steaks delicious . . . you'll like their steak knives. I mentioned pricey. It is, but then a truly fine dinner is worth the higher pricing. wonderful ambiance.

Thank Kal-Traveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only stopped into Sanibel for one evening, just weary travelers wanting to wake up to a view. We had dinner at the Thistle Lodge, it was EXCELLENT and the staff were wonderful, however we were obviously not the "typical" customer as the other guests...More

Thank 986mirandas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful restaurant located on the ground of Casa Yebel. After a long day traveling it was refreshing to find such a beautiful place to dine, right on the property. We had fresh fish dishes that were not overly sauced, but fresh and cleanly...More

Thank rstarzz
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Questions & Answers
23 December 2017|
Response from CasaYbelGM | Property representative |
Hello and thank you for joining us for the Christmas Day Buffet! We just checked the weather and it couldn't get any nicer out for Christmas Day on Sanibel Island. Feel free to dress resort casual. See you on the beach!
13 November 2016|
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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.
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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.
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