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
Amazing restaurant. We went there 2 nigh ...
Amazing restaurant. We went there 2 nights in a row for dinner and had a great example both times. Attentive service, food is outstanding, can strongly recommend the fish stew, beat salad, whole fish crispy and red fish seared. Goat cheesecake with honey and pastas was out
Very nice dinner. Oysters were good; swe ...
Very nice dinner. Oysters were good; sweetbreads were good; escargot were great. Grouper special (crawfish etouffe and puffed rice) was outstanding, and fish stew was extremely good. Definitely worth a return visit!
One of the absolute best dining experien ...
One of the absolute best dining experiences on the island. Creative cuisine that elevates to the level of world class. Retired from the industry that included management of the 21 Club and Russian Tea Room, I find such a dining experience as rare in any city. Make sure you have reservations. Thanks Melissa! Memorable as usual.
Food is a bit eclectic. It is consistent ...
Food is a bit eclectic. It is consistently good. We go there frequently when we want a good meal, good wine and good service. The guitar player is nice background, and not loud enough to interfere with quiet conversation.
My redfish dish was cooked to perfection ...
My redfish dish was cooked to perfection with a great seared crust. My wife had a seafood stew that she loved. The service was prompt and friendly. The half portions were plenty for 1 person with appetizers and kept the price under $50 per person, even with a glass of wine.
My husband and I had lunch at Sweet Meli ...
My husband and I had lunch at Sweet Melissa's. The wait staff were perfect - just the right mix of friendly and efficient. I had the beet salad and mahi mahi, which was cooked to perfection. So fresh and tasty. The beet salad was awesome as well. My husband opted for the pork belly sandwich which he also found very tasty. We had beer and wine, both of which were served promptly. We will definitely go there again, whenever we are in Sanibel.
This was our second visit to sweet Melis ...
This was our second visit to sweet Melissa's. The first visit was so memorable and delicious we wanted to experience this again. Although the tenderloin was good, the dessert of bread pudding was cold. It can very warm last time and was amazing. The server initially ordered us a completely different dessert and had to go back and order the 'bread pudding'. The service this time around was average at best. Our friend had an allergic reaction to scallops and asked to not have them in his dish... the dish came with scallops. If this was our first time there with this experience not sure we would be going back so quickly. We will continue to dine here and are hoping this was just an 'off' night.
Sweet Melissa's Cafe is a truly fine din ...
Sweet Melissa's Cafe is a truly fine dining experience on Sanibel Island. We went there (for the first time) to celebrate a birthday, and weren't disappointed. The food was excellent (in particular, the duck!), the service very attentive (without being annoying), and our dinner was completed with a slice of flourless chocolate torte for the birthday celebrant (just as ordered on Open Table!). A great place for a special occasion or a dinner a little more formal than what most restaurants on Sanibel seem to offer.
This restaurant was recommended in a tra ...
This restaurant was recommended in a traveler's magazine, but I must say we were heavily disappointed. the service was quick, a bit too quick and hot(microwave?) worst meal in a long time. At the plate with lobster and gnocchi you couldn't tell the one from the other because of the brown gravy poured over. The duck confit with fettuccine also came with some brown gravy in a soup bowl.
Really didn't surprise us as the entire ...
Really didn't surprise us as the entire menu is unique. That's what delivers it's originality. It's getting an array of items, full spectrum of flavors with unique ingredients and seems as though you either really love it possibly happen upon a spice or flavor you don't like. There is simply put nothing you are going to go home and duplicate. Best to go with a few people and sample several different selections and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised. Just reading the menu on line should be your first hint. I'd like to go back and order 5 or 6 more items to try, they all sound great while what I had was delightful.
Have been back to Sweet Melissa's every ...
Have been back to Sweet Melissa's every time we are on Sanibel. We came when it first opened and knew it was " a keeper".We look forward to a meal full of pleasant surprises. The service, the atmosphere, the food are all wonderful. The crab cake appetizer was so good! I only order desserts in a restaurant that make something special Sweet Melissa's makes it difficult to choose one I want them all!
As usual, everything was wonderful but t ...
As usual, everything was wonderful but the foie gras beignets were "to die for". We went to Sweet Melissa's two times in 10 days and we tried different dishes both times. We love the small plate idea because it suits different appetites and gives the diner an opportunity to try different things.
We get back to Sweet Melissa's every yea ...
We get back to Sweet Melissa's every year when we make the pilgrimage to Sanibel. It may be--consistently--the best thing about the trip. You'd be hard-pressed to find food this good in the middle of a city like San Francisco or Boston, let alone a small island off the coast of SWFla. The food is a great mix of imaginative and traditional. I would say that the Michelin folks should probably pay a visit, except then maybe I won't be able to get a table anymore.
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.
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