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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
Love this place! Very unusual food choices, not the run of the mill everyday offerings. I am not a dessert person but was recommended by a manager of another restaurant on the island to try the foie gras beignets and they were absolutely a great and delicious surprise!
Words cannot express my pleasure dining here. There should be a sixth star reserved only for here. Being a chef, I can be quite critical, but EVERY single detail was perfect. Jeanne, my server, was knowledgeable and gave impeccable, gracious service. The food- octopus app and redfish entree- perfectly cooked and the flavors perfectly complementary. Bravo!!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A little hit and miss but overall worth it. If you want to be a little adventurous this is a great place to try. It's down to earth atmosphere in a converted house to restaurant has a casual elegance and the music (on Friday night) was a really nice touch. The option to try a variety of dishes tapas style is right up our alley. That said, the dishes we tried didn't quite match our vision based on the description. Things sound more decadent than they really are. Service was terrific, still would suggest to anyone who enjoys a good meal.
Another memorable meal .Melissa was cooking and with the open kitchen patrons can watch her perform her magic . Menu items change and it is always hard for me to choose just one . I usually get something fish, last night was redfish! The bananas in puff paste is my favorite dessert but there are plenty of other choices. We look forward to meal at Sweet Melissa's every time we are on Sanibel.
We have visited Sanibel several times over the past 20 years but this was our first time at Sweet Melissa's. It did not disappoint. Our waitress was engaging, prompt, funny and knowledgeable.
I did two small plates of seared scallops and Rock fish. both were prepared perfectly. Although full, her description of the desserts and the in house made ice cream made us order.
Try the strawberry basil ice cream.
We have a vacation home in Fort Myers, FL and try to get there as much as possible. You can bet each time we do, Sweet Melissa's's Cafe is on our "great places to eat" list.
The menu changes often, they have small and large plates, and believe me the small plates are more than adequate. The food is always great, the desserts are to die for.
Just a very nice experience all around each time we have dinner there.
Fantastic meal. Excellent and very creative craft cocktails to start. Had 6 small plates, all excellent. Especially the lamb chop and the beef tartare. Hamachi and special watermelon and tomato salad or far behind. Lots of wines by the glass and many excellent choices. Service was virtually flawless. Pacing excellent. On an island not known for culinary greatness this restaurant is head and shoulders above almost all of the competition. One of the best meals we have ever had in the state of Florida.
We are frequent patrons and once again we had an excellent experience. There was a difference this time, however. Evidently, they were short staffed which was noted not by less attentive service, but by the activity of all of the staff, not just the wait staff. They all pitched in including the owner/chef doing whatever was necessary. A very well run restaurant!
Friends from England joined us and the four of us raved about our entres and desert. Our server was outstanding and knowledgeable about all items. Almost left out the cocktails which are superior to most restaurants. Expect a wonderful meal with great staff and a nice environment! Unhesitatingly recommend!!!
once every couple of years I go to Sanibel, mostly for the food. I tried three of the best the island has to offer, Bleu Rendezvous, Il Cielo, and Sweet Mellissa. I saved Sweet Melissa for the grand finale and I was not dissapointed. Extremely good waiter . . . the table, off behind a corner was a little dissappointing, but I never ask to change tables (I made the reservation four months ago, you could have done better by us). The food was fantastic though. Kobia,pickled blueberrie gastriche, over banana lentils . . . with crispy kale, and I, of course had the redfish, equally, unbelievably well prepared. Of the three the food here is the best. (Il Cielo has better ambience).
See you again in a couple of years!
We had a pleasant experience but an uneven meal at Sweet Melissa's. Some of our food was truly delicious but other dishes missed the mark. Ironically for a restaurant on an island in Florida, the fish was not very good. Our waiter was wonderful. I would try the restaurant again though I won't rush back.
Excellent restaurant! Very good food, ambiance is elegant without being stuffy. Service is professional and friendly. We had a slight problem that was handled quickly and positively. We have been on Sanibel for 4 months know and after owning our own restaurant for seven years we are convinced this is the best fine dining on the island.
Sweet Melissa's Cafe was a wonderful way for my wife and I to spend our last night together on our vacation. It was our first time at the restaurant so we went on to Open Table to setup the reservation and only found an 8:45 pm one available. When we got to the restaurant there were a number of tables available so I don't know if they limit the number for Open Table but it might have been nice to start our meal a little earlier. The waiter was very friendly and offered a number of suggestions. We really liked the idea of getting the starter and then only a 1/2 portion of the entree. Everything was delicious and we even had room for dessert. We would definitely consider returning here for a romantic evening the next time we visit the island.
The Fish Stew is a perfectly flavored and perennial favorite of ours. Melissa is truly a master of subtle flavor combinations, with exquisite results. Our friend loved the scallops. The staff is friendly and great, the occasional excellent guitarist provides a gentle background, and it's fun to catch glimpses of the goings-on in the open kitchen. We have come often and are always glad we did!
Found Sweet Melissa's through an Open Table review. We were meeting two other couples for a reunion and this sounded like a good spot. It was much better than anticipated. We had a quiet table on their screened porch. The food was off the wall good. I am going back just to have the mussels. Highly recommend.
Well, Im not one to be negative but our waiter.....geez. You could hear him say the same thing every time about the goat cheese cheese cake. "I know it sounds weird but it's delicious, If
you don't like it I'll buy it for you".
Okay, well I've always loved cheese cake and I've had goat cheese cheese cake before. Such a rookie waiter. Sad.
FANTASTIC! Start to finish. The service was right on the money. Not too fast but no long waits between courses. We ate everything. Grilled octopus, watermelon and tomato salad, charcuterie, asparagus for starters, grilled sea bass for entries, cheesecake for dessert. The best! Highly recommended. The music was a nice bonus.
As usual, the service was excellent, food just as anticipated, and the standard offer of the petite entree is the reason I most appreciate this restaurant. It stands out from the crowd; no over- zealous wait staff, no boring nor overly sauced food items, are ever the norm for this venue.
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