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About Sweet Melissa's Cafe
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.
Sanibel, FL 33597
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 was our first visit to Sweet Melissa's. It was highly rated so we decided to give it a go. The place is amazing. Our server, Mark, knew the menu inside out and was really helpful. We split an octopus appetizer and the grilled romaine ceasar. Both were really good but they relied heavily on the wonderful sauces. I had the fish stew and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is perfectly balanced and has enough meat to please everyone. My husband ordered the Cobia special and loved it. We both order half portions and left happy and satisfied. They encourage the half portion and sharing so you can sample the flavors. Here again, Mark was really helpful. He could have sold us more food but instead focused on giving us a spectacular dining experience. We hope to be back soon to try the rest of the menu. They probably have one of the better wine lists on the island as well.
We really enjoyed the fish stew, watermelon and feta cheese salad, and scallops. We loved the option of the small plate choice. The atmosphere and service were excellent. We were impressed that Melissa came out and talked to us. It was a very special dining experience.
Matt, our waiter, was excellent. Great service. Food was ok. My expectations were much higher. Our meals may have been better, but quite frankly, the food was way too salty. I like well seasoned food, but the salt overtook the flavor of the food. I had the beef tartar and did enjoy it. The flavor to this was nice. My husband started off with the escargot. The escargot was in a mushroom sauce. I tried it and agreed with him that it would have been better if not for all the salt. He did not finish. For our entries, my husband had the tenderloin and I had the fish stew. The tenderloin was prepared as ordered, but, again, too salty. My fish stew was flavorful, shrimp, scallops, fish, mussels all properly cooked. The broth was good, but too salty. In the beginning, the stew was good, about midway through, salt overtook my mouth and the meal was no longer enjoyable. We went elsewhere for dessert to get the salt taste out of our mouths. I truly wanted this meal to be exceptional. It was not .
Every year we wish for an excellent meal in Sanibel and then we come to your restaurant
What a delight
Mark ur server was great
The octopus was memorable and the tuna special was out of this world
My wife always orders the soup and she did again
So we went last Friday and we are ready to go again before we leave the island on aug 5 after a month here
We have been coming here since the redfish bluefish days and always get a good meal. This was our first visit to the new location, and we seem to miss the quirky island style small old location. Melissa's food is still the hero here, but the ambience doesn't seem to match her creative plates or Sanibel in general. Hoping to see some more island charm next time.
Highly recommend! Food was delicious and very creative with attractive presentation. Waiter Mark was very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. Live music was very pretty and unobtrusive, easy to listen to and could also carry on a conversation in a normal voice. My aunt and I shared 4 small plates - watermelon salad, smoked fish fritter, pancetta/ricotta ravioli, and cobia with sweet potato purée/brown rice and deep-fried kale - Fabulous! Only disappointment was that we didn't leave room to try the bread pudding for dessert. Decor had a Spanish influence, lots of terracotta with colorful paintings and sconces. Cozy ambiance. Great dining experience!
Very creative spins on upscale american food. Enjoyed the cobie fish special and the fish soup which was chock full of shell fish. Loved the generous half-portion entre options. Enabled us to enjoy both the marvelous duck confit over arugula salad as well as the banana strudel dessert. Will definitely visit again.
We've been to Sanibel about 15x and passed Melissa's thinking it was a cafe serving sandwiches. Quite the opposite! This is fine dining and awesome signature cocktails. Our server was amazing as well. Can't wait to come back.
Between Sweet Melissa's and Mad Hatter on Captiva, it's a toss up to best fine dining on the islands.
Sweet Melissa's does not disappoint: creative yet very eatable food, terrific service, friendly & professional staff. Not to be missed--grilled romaine salad and grapefruit-rosemary sorbet. The fish dishes are perfectly cooked. Bar service is outstanding, too.
Food was excellent; both in quality and creativity. Our waitress was extremely friendly. Would definitely go back and recommend to others. Restaurant was quiet, but it was not very busy. Our only disappointment came when a couple was seated at the table behind us; we were so close we could overhear every word of their conversation. Despite that, we will definitely return the next time we are on Sanibel.
We had an awesome meal, and our server - Helen -- was friendly and helpful but did not hover. We had the cheese plate, separate appetizers which could have been shared and flavorful entrees. The homemade crème fraiche sorbet was a triumph, but the flavor of the accompany lemon curd tart was off-putting. We love the restaurant and have been following Melissa since Redfish, Bluefish days for her offerings.
My wife and I enjoyed a final dinner on Sanibel before heading north the next day. We enjoyed all aspects of the meal throughly starting with an unusual smoked mullet fritter and ending with a blueberry/lemon curd dessert with a lamb chop and seafood stew as the mains. Each was delicious and well presented. The wait staff was excellent and worked well together and the live music playing unobtrusively in the background was a nice touch.
All in all, a great meal. I can't wait to return!
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