About Sweet Melissa's Cafe
Sanibel, FL 33597
Executive Chef Melissa Talmage offers a divinely creative menu sure to fit any foodies dream. Serving lunch and dinner, Chef Melissa challenges your taste buds to explore an array of different textures and tastes. Our dinner menu is broken into sections and the entrees are offered in half portions to give you the ability to try a few different dishes in one visit. We also offer an extensive wine list to enhance your dining experience. Come join us for another side to island dining.
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Acoustic Guitarist Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sweet Melissa's Cafe Ratings and Reviews
This is a very good restaurant. Excelle ...
This is a very good restaurant. Excellent service. Food was great. Two of us had the smoked tenderloin which was done to perfection and very good. One had the fish stew - again, outstanding. Desserts (cheescake and flourless chocolate cake) were outstanding and rather large. Be careful of the larger portions which are substantial. Best bet, get one of the outstanding appetizers, a small version of an entree and then do get a dessert or two to share. Great experience. We'll be back -- like tonight!
Delicious food and great music and servi ...
Delicious food and great music and service.
My husband and I were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary. It was our first visit to Sanibel, and our first dining experience. We enjoyed the grilled romaine salad and a crab cake to start. Then enjoyed the scallops and red fish.
I rated this restaurant with all high ma ...
I rated this restaurant with all high marks, however, it must be told that getting there is a nightmare. The traffic on Sanibel is crazy.
The food is excellent but it doesn't come cheap. A burger is 15.00. My husband had two glasses of wine for a whopping 32.00.
So, yes I would tell my friends about it but honestly there are really good burgers for much less money.
Sweet Melissa's is the nicest restaurant ...
Sweet Melissa's is the nicest restaurant on Sanibel and one of the best in southwest Florida. We have gone to the restaurant for many years now and it never disappoints. This time was outstanding-there were five of us and every dish we had was excellent. The salads were especially good-loved the beet salad and also the kale salad. The swordfish special was perfection on a plate :). We had our two 20 something daughters with us and they loved it too-beef tenderloin and braised short ribs. The only dish we weren't crazy about was the redfish-it was just ok. However, the creole potatoes it was served with were amazing.
Cant ever go wrong with Sweet Melissa's just hope she keeps loving having her restaurant on Sanibel.
Enjoyed eating outdoors and hearing the ...
Enjoyed eating outdoors and hearing the guitar music from the musician inside. We had an early reservation and were alone in the screened outdoor space and it was quite enjoyable. Delicious starters- tartare was special and loved the beet salad. The cioppino had so many delicious seafoods in a most flavorful slightly thick red broth. The whole crispy fish was beautiful, artfully deboned with a unique and tasty pickled okra relish. For dessert we shared scoops of gelato which were delicious but the grapefruit sorbet with rosemary made a perfect finish!
Molly greeted us at the door with a war ...
Molly greeted us at the door with a warm welcome. Service and drinks were great. Food was amazing! Husband ordered the Blue Crab Sandwich and I had the Prime Angus Burger. We couldn't decide which was better - they were both amazing!
Best restaurant on Sanibel. Melissa is a ...
Best restaurant on Sanibel. Melissa is a creative chef who does great things with pork belly, scallops, local seafood, and sweetbreads. Her imaginative combinations will dazzle your tastebuds. Servers are terrific too. And Kevin makes awesome cocktails. I've eaten here dozens of times since the restaurant opened and have enjoyed all of my dining experiences.
Sweet Melissa's is my favourite Sanibel ...
Sweet Melissa's is my favourite Sanibel restaurant. Always excellent creative food with perfect service (thank you Brad) in a lovely ambiance. I had the whole crispy fish (yellowtail snapper) that had been expertly deboned, the beet salad and believe it or not, foie gras beignets for dessert - yes, it works! Soooo good. Can't wait to return.
My wife and I choose this grand place to ...
My wife and I choose this grand place to celebrate our special times. Food is always great and the small plates give us a chance to taste lots of great dishes. Wait staff is top notch and very helpful when you ask questions! Live music adds a great surrounding for a very fun meal!!! Would and have, told many people about how great it is! Give it a try, I think you will agree!!! The great cook, who is the name sake, Is friendly if you wish to say high, But she is cooking her heart for all her guests! Don't miss it!!!!!!!
This place was a great find! We apprecia ...
This place was a great find! We appreciated the long list of small plates and the fact that some of the entrees were also offered in a petite portion. Wonderful drinks and appetizers, too, and all were enhanced by the excellent service we received.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on 12/26/1 ...
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on 12/26/16. The east Bombay Negroni was a wonderfully crafted and balanced cocktail. Fish stew is a fabulous entree. Our server Molly, was a terrific, friendly professional. Great experience. Background guitar music was a perfect accompianment to the meal.
I was a little hesitant since I had not ...
I was a little hesitant since I had not heard much about this restaurant and reviews were mixed. What a great experience it turned out to be. The place was large but quiet with live music even on a Thursday night. Two of the people in our group were foodies and they were happy with the menu. The smaller portions were as large as every other restaurant. We cleaned our plates and were stuffed. Our waiter was friendly, easy going and attentive but not intrusive. He chuckled at our jokes and seemed happy to serve us. The only criticism I have is that even though they knew beforehand we were celebrating a birthday they did not offer a free dessert but did put a candle on the one dessert we ordered.
As Siri said when I asked my iphone for ...
As Siri said when I asked my iphone for directions "it's a bit pricey" but considering it's well above average fare, I think it was worth the expenditure for my husband's 65th birthday celebration. The service is attentive without being distracting and the menu is full of traditional items with interesting flavor twists. There is an excellent wine list and some unique beer and cocktail selections as well. Everything we ordered tasted fantastic! We will be back the next time we are in Sanibel.
We first found Sweet Melissa's on our fi ...
We first found Sweet Melissa's on our first trip to Sanibel, two years ago. So good, we were back for a second dinner within 72 hours. A factor in our return visit to the island was the chance to have another experience at Sweet Melissa's; it did not disappoint. Beef Tartare, superb; filched escargot from my wife's plate, wonderful. My wife had the smoked beef tenderloin (could not have been better); I had the Fish Stew which was amazing. Service could not possibly be improved; an entire crew who clearly care. Thank you, Melissa, for creating one of our favorite restaurants anywhere.
Amazing restaurant. We went there 2 nigh ...
Amazing restaurant. We went there 2 nights in a row for dinner and had a great example both times. Attentive service, food is outstanding, can strongly recommend the fish stew, beat salad, whole fish crispy and red fish seared. Goat cheesecake with honey and pastas was out
Very nice dinner. Oysters were good; swe ...
Very nice dinner. Oysters were good; sweetbreads were good; escargot were great. Grouper special (crawfish etouffe and puffed rice) was outstanding, and fish stew was extremely good. Definitely worth a return visit!
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