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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
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!
We ate at Sweet Melissa's for the first time last night. The craft cocktails and martinis were unique and well designed and prepared. We had the coconut mint mojito and the "smoked gets in your rye" Manhattan. We had the chargrilled romaine salad and it was exceptional. The surf and turf - short rib and ahi tuna - was an interesting and delicious combination. The rack of lamb was cooked correctly and the vegetables were awesome.
We recommend Sweet Melissa's.
Melissa has been cooking in the Sanibel and Captiva area for several years, and our experience of her food just keeps getting better and better. It's really the finest restaurant in this area, and is on a level equal to the best in any top food city you can name. Great cocktail selection, and very nice list of wines by the glass. Tonight we started by sharing a smoked mullet fritter, which had a nice crunchy crust, with flavorful smoked local fish inside. Then grilled octopus, with an amazing romesco sauce. The entree was redfish with a pecan crust in a brown butter sauce, as good or better than anything I've had in New Orleans!
We are off-season regular locals. This is our usual local choice as they rarely disapoint, offer a changing menu, and unique flavor combinations. This was our 48th anniversary with some of our adult children. We each have our favorites until they change the menu. then we find a new one. The entree choices were fairly straight forward and excellent if uniquely flavored.Fish Stew always changes a little The fish of the day was cobra not over cooked, and extremely well seasoned. The hits ofthe evening were appetizers. The octopus was exquisite and the shrimp and grits delicious despite my wife prefering the shrimp with okra that it supplanted. We ask and recieved the cheese tray mainly as we love the combination of the truffle lace honey and the bread that the for the cheese.
The good: 1) Matt the server was very professional and quick, 2) Menu offers half portions good enough and right pricing.
The bad: Food was greasy, tasteless and unedible in some plates.
We shared mussels to start, nothing to remember.
We had half portions of Scallops and Redfish like main entrees... like said portions were OK, but scallops plate looked and tasted greasy... Red fish was the worst... fish was OK but the fried nuts over all the plate were unedible... the plate was very greasy and we didn't feel well after going back at home... unbelievable other reviews talks better about this place... Not reccomendable at all!
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!!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An elegant dining experience. The menu was creative and the food was delicious. Very nice to have the dedicated chef and owner, Melissa preparing dinners. Also loved the option of ordering smaller portion dinners. Great experience! This was easily the best restaurant we visited during our week in Sanibel Island.
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.
This is our favorite restaurant on the island. Melissa is innovative and creative putting together wonderful food experiences and flavors that can't be beat. Her tenderloin is absolutely the best in SW Florida. Menu items that are fun, flavorful and so creative I can't say enough what a great place this is. It's first class all the way. The service is impeccable. It has incredibly fresh ingredients paired with the most wonderful cocktails thanks to Kevin O'Malley who is not just a bartender he is a mixologist. We eat there often and I love to take my clients there because I know we will have a first class experience with outstanding professional service and wonderful food . You will not be disappointed if you go to this restaurant. Melissa rocks.
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