Always a great meal. Order an appetizer and a small plate entree. Plenty of good the fish is always delicious, as are the mussels. We go several timed while on Sanibel.
We had a wonderful lunch with a friend. The staff was kind and considerate and let us visit without making us feel pushed. We didn't meet until 1 and enjoys being there until after 3. Please thank our waiter, Cole for his hospitality.
A $50 pork chop? I've eaten a number of excellent meals at Sweet Melissa's, which has the best food on Sanibel, but I was floored tonight when I got the bill and the pork chop (one of two specials) turned out to be so expensive. The menu is pricey for a relatively unassuming venue in SW Florida, with entrees in the low $30s, topping off with the big steak at $39. But who could imagine the pork chop would be $50? Was it my fault for not asking, or the server's fault for not volunteering the price? I think the latter.
Excellent restaurant. Fit for foodies. Great ambiance, superb service.
We loved our dining experience. This is a real restaurant...meaning that it’s not casual beach fare. It is definitely fit for foodies. We ordered three items. Everything was delicious. The presentation and the flavors were put together with great care. It was one of the best dining experiences that we have had in a long time.
As usual, Sweet Mellisa's menu was full of different, sometimes eclectic, offerings which makes it more interesting. Everything is done to perfection and the waiter we had the pleasure of meeting knew the menu and was able to discuss the pros and cons of all offerings in which we had an interest.
We have eaten at most of the restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva...best so far by a wide margin. We had 5 at our table and everyone raved about their dinner and desserts!!
Food was excellent although somewhat limited menu. Service was OK but server seemed too busy and forgot things. Was pleasant but quick to move away
Mellissa is a very talented chef. Her dishes with a broth are wonderful----such as the fish stew, mussels (outstanding broth), and escargot. This is by far the best restaurant for fine dining on the island. We have been visiting Sanibel for over 37 years so we have tried most of them. Very good wine list.
As a "last hurrah" while on Sanibel we (again) decided to go to Sweet Melissa's. We had to have the beet salad (almost always), then the tuna carpaccio (I believe that's what the waiter called it) and then our entree's. Everything was BEST EVER, and certainly the best restaurant meal we've had this season. Even the cocktails, espresso and flourless chocolate torte were spectacular. We highly recommend Sweet Melissa's.
Best food we have had on Sanibel Island. Creative and yummy
My friends and I love Sweet Melissa's. It is our favorite restaurant of many wonderful places to eat in Sanibel. Our server on the patio was beyond excellent as was the food. Never change!
Sweet Melissa’s is one a must every time we are in the area. The food is always interesting and expertly executed. The staff are attentive. The guitar player is an icon.
Creative menu. Excellent waiter. Loved the small plates and the small portion size choice for the entrees.
Every visit to Sanibel, we make a point to dine at Sweet Melissa's for lunch or dinner. We have always relied on a great meal with excellent service. So, when we arrived last week anticipating the same, we were disappointed. Our meal and dessert were so-so. It may have just been and "off" night. We will certainly return. But, we'll be a little more discriminating where being seat and when ordering.
We sat on the screened porch which was very intimate nd quiet. The food is the best on the island!
We always have a good experience at Melissa’s. Environment is very comfortable; noise level is not a problem; attractive decore; live background music is pleasant. Menu selection is not large but always have several appealing items including local seafood. They offer small entree plates in addition to full plates which my wife especially appreciates. Service is very good, knowledgeable and helpful. Desserts are delicious. This is a really nice place to have an enjoyable dinner for a reasonable price.
Disappointing. The host was not particularly hospitable and the server was robotic.
The menu selections and food preparation is the best on the island--modern, creative twists on seafood and salads.
This year I have found the service to be a bit less attentive and welcoming than in the past, but still acceptable.
The restaurant has a refined yet relaxed ambiance. Brian was our waitstaff and was both knowledgeable and welcoming. We had a nice meal and plan to return during our stay. The food is beautifully and artfully prepared and flavorful. We enjoyed the roasted romaine salad, mixed greens, pork belly with kimchee and a menu special of pan roasted cobia. Mixed berry sorbet topped it all off.
We both enjoyed the fish stew. A “small” serving is plenty! Also loved our salads. Beet salad was exceptional.
The restaurant lived up to the ratings and reviews. We sampled a few things, all were excellent. The staff were friendly, efficient and helpful. The food was served hot and fresh. The background music provided by the musician set a nice ambience.
My brothers 5th time, but our first time eatting at Sweet Melissa's in Sanibel. The food and service were exceptional, and I know we will visit everytime we come to the Island. Our favorites were the Duck Pate and Mussel appetizers!
The food was amazing and creative. We sat on the screened in porch, it was a great atmosphere. Best meal we’ve had out in some time, will definitely be back!
Both our selections were excellent. I had a watermelon, heirloom tomato salad with pesto and cornbread croutons, and my wife had frisee with lardons and a deep fried panko crusted poached egg. Mains were scallops with apple and Brussels sprouts and a fish special. Homemade ice cream for dessert. Very pleasant meal.
Amazing food and service
An excellent meal. Everything was perfectly cooked and presented. Originality of food combinations as well.
Goat cheese Cheesecake was wonderful and a generous enough portion to share.
Service was excellent and attentive.
A ‘Go To’ for sure if you are a ‘Foodie’.
Best food on Sanibel! Melissa does a wonderful creative job in the open kitchen. When we dine alone (just the two of us) we love sitting at the food bar to watch the action. Our favorite spot!
Great food,great service. A restaurant my husband and I go to every time we visit Sanibel
My ratings relate to the lunch service only. My steak sandwich was very tasty. My wife felt that the Duck crepes could have been better seasoned. More importantly, she was disappointed that the advertised quiche was not available, which is why she wanted To go there in the first place.
Fabulous food. Heirloom tomato and watermelon salad was remakably flavorful balanced by salt of black olives and feta. Field green salad also delish. Blackened Redfish with sweet potato and pecans was sublime. Scallops were huge and buttery tender. Noise level on a busy night makes conversation difficult wirh no noise baffles in main dining room. Larger groups of six tended to be very noisy. Was much nicer when they left.
I had requested outdoor seating and upon arrival found out that the restaurant had no knowledge of our request. I was very disappointed because the restaurant is always over air conditioned. We were looking forward to sitting outside, especially since we’re from the northeast and came to Sanibel to escape the cold.
The best food in Sanibel and Captiva. Nothing else comes close. Our waiter, Jason, was great. Excellent guitarist the night we went. Can’t go wrong!
Excellent food. Waiter a bit distracted. Will go back
This was our second visit, and the food was delicious. My sister always comes here when she is also visiting from out of town, and it was worth the drive from Captiva. (we had to time it so we came at lunchtime, to avoid the afternoon traffic rush leaving the island, from Captiva to Sanibel). All entrees were delicious, and our party of 5 all had different entrees. Highlights were the crab sandwich and definitely the fish stew (lots of seafood). Gave only 3 stars for service because we waited a while for our food, while the other tables got their food more quickly (not sure why). Also would have liked to have had someone offer more bread, as our 3 boys were extremely hungry by the time the food arrived. The key lime pie bread pudding was delicious. A little too much sauce, but it was visually pleasing, and very tasty. Homemade ice creams were a hit, also. We ate a little bit of everything, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Always a fantastic meal.
Late lunch that was done as scrumptiously as any dinner we have had here. The fish sandwich was delicious as was the quiche of the day and the soup special.
Fantastic food. Fish soupentree is great as well as tuna. The smaller portions were more than enough together with a salad. Well priced wine list. Service friendly and efficient. A real bargain in fine dining