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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
We were on vacation on Sanibel Island and wanted good local seafood. This restaurant was recommended and we were pleased it was on Open Table. Good nouvelle cuisine, nice ambiance. The food was much better than the restaurant at our hotel yet was the same price. (Sanibel Island is expensive, though!) The grilled romaine with truffle oil was delicious and unusual. Portions were not large but good sauces on the seafood dishes.
Finally a restaurant that serves your food in a timely way so you can enjoy it. Our next course was not served until we were finished with the previous one. It did not seem that we were being rushed to finish to open up the table for the next diners. The ambience was quiet and relaxing with a soothing guitar background. The food was fresh and delicious. The menu was not so complex that it took forever to order. A good time was had by all. We will return.
Melissa's is a great little restaurant. We dined there last year during our week in Sanibel and were so impressed that we went back this year. They have great seafood options, which we were looking for, and the food is meticulously prepared and very tasty. Try it, and I'm sure you'll agree.
Always like this restaurant but we had a waiter who had a terrible attitude and lousy manners and training, Reaching across the table and handing me my food, insisting on what was the best dessert, dismissive when asked to taste a wine, etc. No restaurant is perfect ( we know that having owned one for 7 years) We will continue to go back!
We always come to sweet Melissa's each year when we visit Sanibel. The food is always creative and delicious however this time the service and timing of the meal was completely off. Drinks came late after salad and appetizers which were brought out together, and then main course wasn't served for a half hour. Everything was completely off tempo. Each year that we go for the food at sweet Melissa's I am always hoping that the "most awful" dirty dusty ceiling is changed... it really is a mess and spoils the restaurant experience for me waiting for dust balls to float down. Really needs an upgrade.. not sure if we'll go back next year. Food is great, but service needs to be improved and the nasty ceiling needs to go.
Very good food (especially salads and entrees), very pricey, pretty interior, but service was just okay - our waitress seemed to lose interest in us after we ordered desserts - didn't speak to us again for another 20-25 min, not even to ask how we were doing and apologize for the wait. The sorbets were good but key lime white chocolate bread pudding was average. Definitely took a great dining experience down a few notches, which was a bummer.
Redfish dinner was great. Cheese charcuterie app was a little too much for us. A fois gras pâté and a rabbit pâté was a little to gourmet for us. A great place though just a little bit of a limited menu. Great service and atmosphere, would definitely go back. Fantastic restaurant.
After visiting this restaurant for several years on our annual get away to Sanibel Island, this visit will more than likely be our last. The service was so bad, the waiter was incompetent at best and his attitude and smell of smoke was terrible. The food was not as sharply prepared and tasty as previous visits. Overall, the spot was a big disappointment!
The only thing I was disappointed with is that the hostess seemed perturbed when I reminded her that I had requested outside seating.Apparently a couple had arrived prior to us without a reservation and she was going to seat THEM outside until I brought it to her attention.I felt she was rather rude.
We sought out this restaurant after remembering it was good three years earlier. It had only gotten better. The prices were very reasonable, given the quality of the food. We were a little late for our reservation, called to let the proprietors know that, and were greeted warmly when we arrived ten minutes late. I liked the restaurant after 8:00 pm, on a Saturday, as it was getting quiet. We felt unrushed, and welcomed. All in all, I think it is the best place to eat on Sanibel/Captiva.
Rachel Dunlap, Houston.
A nice place run by people who are obviously dedicated to what they do and understand food .Home made ginger syrup for Moscow Mule ;extra tender octopus with romesco sauce ,excellent beef tartrate and outstanding smoked beef tenderloin.The restaurant offers the option of having almost every main dish in a 1/2 portion which makes it ideal for sharing and trying a number of dishes.
My wife and I have been vacationing on Sanibel for 36 years. This is by far the best restaurant ever. When on Sanibel we usually are here weekly. The flavors are excellent. I especially love all of the dishes made with broth----fish stew, duck confit, escargot, and mussels. Not only are the flavors wonderful, but the values are exceptional. The small plates and half entrees go for about $12-16. Many Bar and Grills sell much less tasty and greasy food for the same price or more. And the portions are so generous that many of the small plates or half entrees could be a meal in themselves. The wine list is very good for glasses and bottles.
Wonderful meal. We started with the veal cheek and grilled oysters, then the whole fish and scallops with pork belly entrees, and finished with the key lime bread pudding and foie gras beignets. Everything was excellent, well prepared and wonderful flavor. Great wine list too. Will definitely return next time we visit Sanibel.
Sweet Melissa's did a fantastic job with my request for a remote control late lunch for two great friends. They handled receiving flowers and providing a great table, all while billing my card and relieving my guests of any cost of stress. They, and I had a wonderful time. Sweet Melissa's has been a family tradition for many years. So nice to introduce two more.
We think Sweet Melissa's is the best restaurant in Sanibel! Most other restaurants have the same items on their menus. Sweet Melissa's has more unique menu choices. I can't resist the Mussels in the Saffron creme sauce. You get a huge serving. I love dipping the fries and the warm fresh bread in that delectable sauce. Everything we have tried on the menu is superb! You've got to try Melissa's. You'll be glad you did.
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