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.
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 look forward to dining here on our an ...
We look forward to dining here on our annual visit to Sanibel. The food never disappoints. It is imaginative and beautifully cooked.
We particularly like the fact that smaller portions are available for all the main courses.
We have been to Sweet Melissa's for our ...
We have been to Sweet Melissa's for our anniversary the last ten years. We find the place welcoming and intimate, and the food outstanding. We plan to keep coming for as long as we can. Great, great place in wonderful Sanibel island!!
We wanted a unique menu and casual dinin ...
We wanted a unique menu and casual dining experience after an afternoon at the beach. Sweet Melissa's gave us both, complete with white linens. We chose to eat outside, so when we later saw a large group dining inside that was rather loud, we appreciated the remote quiet of the outdoors. We appreciated the size options of both the starters and entrees, since we aren't big eaters. It gave us the incentive to try a couple of different offerings yet still have room for dessert.
Excellent small to medium sized restaura ...
Excellent small to medium sized restaurant. Best Cobia I have ever had. All of the items we ate were inventive and tasted excellent. The shrimp and grits were the best I've ever had. Would definitely eat here again. The price was not that bad either. Enjoy.
Another excellent meal. We live on the ...
Another excellent meal. We live on the island and eat here once a week. Reconfigured bar area and a fresh menu for Fall 2016. If you appreciate food and service don't miss Sweet Melissa's when visiting Sanibel. You will need a reservation for dinner, so plan ahead.
A must eat when you are in Sanibel! We a ...
A must eat when you are in Sanibel! We ate at 'new' reataraunts that we haven't tried last time to sanibel and was blown away by the taste and quality. I met Melissa on the way out, and told her it was so good, I wanted to cry! Lol we hadn't had a bad meal all week on Sanibel but this gets my award for best meal. The outdoor space was charming and the pork chop was the best, most tender I have EVER eaten! Must get the key lime bread pudding for dessert! I was full from dinner but ate the whole dessert with hubby! When it's that good, that's just what you do! We will definitely be going back to Sweet Melissa's next visit! It's nice to see th owner/chef so involved. Great place, friendly service, simply amazing!
Excellent in every way! Love the small p ...
Excellent in every way! Love the small plate/large plate option. A great menu and the dessert menu is wonderful also! The soft music in the background makes this a lovely place to spend the evening. One of our favorite restaurants!
The palms of lettuce was outstanding... ...
The palms of lettuce was outstanding... who would have thought grilled lettuce could be that good. The Fish stew was on the salty side since they had diced sausage as part of the sauce. Still one of the best fish stews I've had.
The booze free Mojito's and those with booze where both spectacular and freshly made with large chunks of fresh coconut and mint leaves. The ravioli dishes where perfect and light.
The option for sharing and ordering small or large portions worked great.
The waitress staff was always there and never an intrusion throughout the whole meal.
Each and everyone of them were friendly and smiling while doing their jobs. It was obvious that they enjoyed working there.
The bill was a big surprise. Having eaten in several other well rated eateries on the Island, our bill for dinner and drinks was very reasonable and a come back again enticement. Overall, A Big ATTA GIRL to Meliissa's Cafe
My favourite restaurant on Sanibel Islan ...
My favourite restaurant on Sanibel Island. Consistently excellent, creative French/Continental cuisine. I chose the beef tartare with quail egg appetizer and it was lightly seasoned and perfectly delicious. For the entree I chose scallops with coconut rice and fresh peas with mint, bathed in a lobster curry sauce, a complex of flavours that worked so well.
Service was friendly and efficient despite a holiday weekend crowd.
Wonderful idea to have a choice of so many small plates for sharing and the choice of petite or full portions for the mains.
Always an interesting menu, prepared and ...
Always an interesting menu, prepared and served professionally. Melissa is one of southwest Florida's most creative chefs. The kitchen staff is top-notch, and the floor team is competent -- available but not intrusive. Pleasant live background guitar music. A thoroughly reliable fine dining experience
This restaurant by far is the best in se ...
This restaurant by far is the best in service and cuisine that we had during our whole vacation in Sanibel/Captiva. Jeannie was an excellent server in terms of attention to details and her knowledge of every dish we inquired about. Each dish was prepared with a special twist that made the dining experience unique. I would recommend this restaurant as a must; its well worth it!
Amazing food. Great taste and complex fl ...
Amazing food. Great taste and complex flavors. I ordered the Fish Stew and would come back all the way from Miami to have it again. The shrimp appetizers and the mushroom truffle soup appetizers was fantastic. Really good service. Highly recommended.
We think Sweet Melissa's is one of the b ...
We think Sweet Melissa's is one of the best restaurants on Sanibel. We have eaten there several times, and everything we have had has been delicious. We really like the ability to order a half-sized entrée. The service is excellent, and the decor is attractive.
Love to dine at Sweet Melissa's while va ...
Love to dine at Sweet Melissa's while vacationing on Sanibel Island. Ambiance is soothing, impeccable service and excellent food. Entrees can be a half or a full order, love the choice as a full is often too much if I want to have an appetizer . As it were, the half in addition to fried okra and a bowl of the mushroom soup was a very full dinner.
The food was amazing. I brought my own b ...
The food was amazing. I brought my own bottle of wine. The server seemed very rehearsed and disingenuous. I tried to talk to her and she didn't hear me several times. Then at the end of the night she charged my credit card with the wrong bill and had to explain that she voided the transaction. After I had to wait several minutes for the bill. Not a great way to end the night but the food is amazing and the music is wonderful.
Lovely restaurant. Wonderful quiet ambia ...
Lovely restaurant. Wonderful quiet ambiance with a lovely classic guitar in the background. Excellent food -/ we had the grouper snd the filet. Like that you can get a small or large portion. Our waitress was charming and attentive. Highly recommend this lovely place.
Our server Helen was excellent and the f ...
Our server Helen was excellent and the food wonderful. The entire dining experience was very good. Highly recommend for dining out with friends or special events. One of Sanibel Islands best restaurants with locals.
Food was excellent and fit for a foodie! ...
Food was excellent and fit for a foodie! Our waiter, Brett, was extremely helpful. His recommendations were great! We started with Steamed Mussels which were amazingly fresh and plump with a fantastic cream sauce. My wife had the seafood stew which was also terrific. I had the Pompano which was pan seared and full of flavor. Will definitely return!
It was our anniversary, so of course we ...
It was our anniversary, so of course we reserved a table at Sweet Melissa's, one of the very best restaurants on Sanibel Island. Amazingly, few tables were occupied when we arrived. Where is everyone? They're missing out! My dinner began with a joyful starter course of clams with pork belly and pineapple bits in a delicious broth. I mopped up every bit of that broth with bread on my fork. Yum! My husband's starter was delicious, too, and then we both ordered the pompano -- a fantastic Florida fish, beautifully prepared. Our server was polite and professional. The ambiance was nice, if a little dark (but that's good for a romantic anniversary dinner!). I had an excellent glass of Riesling, and Tom had some bubbly water. We love the fact that Sweet Melissa's offers small plates, and that it is possible to order half-portions of the larger plates. We left feeling comfortable, and not overfed. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions -- but we just might make it one of our regular restos.
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