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 always go to Sweet Melissa's on every ...
We always go to Sweet Melissa's on every trip to Sanibel. It is far and away the best restaurant on the island. High end ingredients, cooked with expertise. Just had perfectly braised and slow cooked veal cheeks and then short ribs. Small quibbles : there were not enough mashed parsnips on the veal cheeks and the parsnip curls were a waste of time. Pretty shapes but with the flavor cookies out of it.
And, I'm a New York cheesecake lover whose feels this was the best cheesecakes I've ever had!!'
My husband are staying in Captiva. Found ...
My husband are staying in Captiva. Found Sweet Melissa's through Open Table and wasn't disappointed. Food was creative but also fresh. Matt, our server, was on top of hos game. Will definitely go back. So happy to have found this place.
We had an outstanding meal - can't say e ...
We had an outstanding meal - can't say enough about the food! Creative and beautifully presented - we savored every bite. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful and her recommendations enhanced our experience. I can't wait to go back!
My wife and I frequent restaurants on Sa ...
My wife and I frequent restaurants on Sanibel Island which is just 4 miles from our home across the Sanibel causeway. Our dinner at Sweet Melissa's a few days ago was most pleasant. The menu always has special dishes with local seafood, and many small plates as well as full entrees. The service was excellent and the guitar playing in the background made for a wonderful ambiance. We started with salads, a roasted beet salad and grilled romaine, two of her special salads, - both superb. My wife's redfish was perfectly prepared and I had the the fish stew which is always excellent. We will be back frequently as this is now our favorite place to dine on Sanibel.
This was a birthday dinner. Between the ...
This was a birthday dinner. Between the two of us we shared a number of dishes. The food was all fantastic. Unfortunately they brought everything at once which meant that the steak sat there while we ate the starters. The steak was perfectly done. For dessert we ordered the Key Lime Bread pudding and they brought it on a large plate with Happy Birthday beautifully written in dark chocolate on the plate, and a single candle in the pudding. Excellent presentation and lovely of them to do this without asking. We would definitely go there again.
loved the food. Had my birthday here and ...
loved the food. Had my birthday here and all of our courses were one of a kind and delivered fresh and served well. One upgrade would be keeping table clean in between courses, for example getting rid of silverware and cleaning crumbs from table. Presenting napkins on the lap would be a nice touch too!
Delicious small plates let you taste mor ...
Delicious small plates let you taste more or accomodate smaller appetites. We loved the beet salad, roasted romaine salad, crab fritter, and seared scallops. Recipes are creative and everything is attractively presented.
Our favorite restaurant on the island. ...
Our favorite restaurant on the island. The food is creative, well-prepared and consistently tasty. We love the option of smaller servings which are perfect for us. Wine list is good. Our server was friendly , attentive and helpful. Tables are spaced so you can have a quiet conversation. We celebrated our anniversary here for the past two years and plan to continue that tradition. Highly recommend it.
We had the fish stew and the crispy fish ...
We had the fish stew and the crispy fish; both were excellent. My wife had a new fashioned drink that she enjoyed very much, although at $12 it is expensive (IMO).
I would definitely recommend Sweet Melissa's for a "special occasion" dinner. It was our last night on Sanibel so we decided to splurge.
This is my favorite restaurant. I am fr ...
This is my favorite restaurant. I am from Minnesota. Excellent service and fairly quiet. Fish stew has numerous flavors embedded in it. Duck confit w kale and linguine is truly a sensory overload in a positive way. Super Tuscan wine was disappointing, but the server switched to a wonderful Pinot Noir w no added cost! Truly an OUTSTANDING restaurant.
This was an extraordinary dining experie ...
This was an extraordinary dining experience on Sanibel Island. We shared 2 creative and delicious fish dishes and a wonderful beet salad. The wine list was a bit pricy but we chose a red blend that was the perfect complement to our dinner. We will return!
Very friendly service, good ambience and ...
Very friendly service, good ambience and most especially wonderful food, beautifully presented. The menu contains something to satisfy every taste and any occasion. We found the Escargot and the fish stew outstanding.
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