Melange

4.8
181 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sarasota's most creative dining experience,
serving flavors of the imagination since 2007

mé·lange (mā-läNzh’) n. 1. A mixture of items

​To us, méLange is the exploration of food and flavors from different regions around the world.  Changing our menu seasonally allows Chef Lan to continually create dishes inspired by her travels, while staying up to date with national food industry trends.  Our award-winning craft cocktail team is also on hand to create for you inspired cocktails 
that will pair perfectly with each of our dishes.  Enjoy the seasonal works by local artists that adorn our walls. Join us in the heart of Sarasota’s historic downtown, our relaxed atmosphere and approachable meLange of menu selections are perfect for an evening out with the girls or special date night. 

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DDavid
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Will go again. Food was excellent.

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ArielleO
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, highly suggest the chef's counter for a little extra movie with your dinner!

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Gray
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing and very interesting food. Definitely not the typical fare. Nice wine list. Always an adventure and always happy with this spot!

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Ron0219
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal...service was very attentive and friendly!

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Every course was great. I will definitely be back!

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vipnonickname
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently fantastic from the second I step in the door - dinner, drinks, dessert; that's why this is my go-to spot in town. And it doesn't break the bank!

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vipReenie
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chef Lan continues to impress.

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JenniferL
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. We had two appetizers and four entrees which we all enjoyed. Melange us truly a unique experience. Our out of town guests were totally impressed.

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vipCharles
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve visited Melange many times and every time my expectations are far exceeded. The attention to detail in all aspects of the dining experience is exemplary! I love the inventiveness of the chef’s creations as the uniqueness in presentation and delicious tastes are always delightful. Melange has been a consistent favorite when dining downtown and I look forward to visiting for more tasting experiences in 2021. Happy New Year!

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vipMargaretB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always fantastic! And the service is wonderful! Always a treat!

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vipGary
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipnonickname
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best little gem in town!!! INCREDIBLE dishes - and each is fantastic and gorgeous! Don't let the looks or the location fool you - this is a true dining experience and you will want to return. The staff are friendly and relaxed but they clearly take the food and drinks very seriously. Try one or more of the 'exotic' dishes - you will be glad you did!!

Just tell Brad or Michele you want Duck Crepes and a Blood and Sand and be ready to enjoy!!

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vipDavidR
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Sarasota.

Wide array of dining choices. We had rabbit tacos, duck crepes and short ribs plus a great desert.

Everyone needs to go.

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Hounddawg2
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my sons birthday. He's eaten here before, it was our 1st time. The food was excellent! All 4 of us enjoyed the appetizers (duck spring roll and crab rangoon), great flavor. My son got the scallops (prepare just right). My wife and his girlfriend got the duck crepes, which they enjoyed. I got the burger and it was great. 5 thumbs up. We will dine again there in the future

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vipRohos
Key West
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for an early or late dinner. Food is always fresh and very tasty, service spot on and a very friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended

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vipReenie
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melange continues to be our go to place for consistently interesting and great tasting food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good was excellent. Small plates fir sharing which I love. Service was great. Will definitely be back.

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vipLisaL
Atlantic City
71 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love love loved it! First time was a charm! Highly recommend all around. Food was outstanding as well as service and price. Can’t wait to bring the family there!!👍

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vipVeritiero
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined here for years on annual trips to Sarasota. It never disappoints.

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vipKwdiner
Central Coast
52 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our second time dining here. We will only go to places with outdoor dining and Melange extended out onto the street as has many Sarasota restaurants. Server was new and unfamiliar with wine list and unfortunately had to be promoted to correctly wear her mask. Management should be paying attention!!

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LarryA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food.

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Skip
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, innovative food, well prepared by a skillful chef and served by an attentive staff. Will go again and recommend to all.

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TomD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very creative menu, very fresh ingredients. You can tell everything is made to order. Unbelievable value for Main Street Sarasota. Service was impeccable. The best dining experience we have had in Sarasota in a while. And thank you for taking this crazy virus seriously. Masks were worn and every other table was sat.

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vipKwdiner
Central Coast
52 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are only dining outdoors and at restaurants that have generous spacing. I called ahead and asked for a table “ at the edge” of their expanded space on the street. And they honored that request! Very generous service, even hand sanitizer at the table. Food was delicious, we had dined here a year ago when we were visiting friends in the area and it’s even better. Can’t wait to go back. The short rib dish was the best I’ve ever had.

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vipCharles
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MeLange ALWAYS exceeds expectations!!!! The food is the most inventive in Sarasota resulting in the most delicious taste sensations. Now that they are open for lunch, several varieties of crepes have been added to the menu which are absolutely divine!

Melange has been one of my favorite restaurants and I’m always excited to return!

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WardM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. Would return without a second thought.

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AmyG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Melange countless times, but this was my boyfriend's first visit. He's a bona fide foodie and pretty tough to impress. Everything about our experience at this restaurant exceeded our expectations. The menu is creative and eclectic, the staff is attentive and knowledgeable and the cocktails are as unique as the food they offer. All of this exists in an intimate venue that is beautiful and inviting and just outside the door of the restaurant is vibrant Downtown Sarasota. Menu favorites include the duck brie crepes, wild boar bao buns (which were on special the night we visited), beef short ribs, mushroom strudel (just WOW!!) and the vanilla lavender creme brûlée is a must.

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vipMargaretB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was outstanding!

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vipMike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely outstanding. Really well done, in both taste and presentation. Our server Tommy was great, and overall this was an incredible value. I’ve had meals half as good that cost me two times as much. That is not an exaggeration.

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SteveB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Melange is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. We have been going for years now. The menu is thoughtful and prepared flawlessly. Great touches like scented hand sanitizer, lemon towels, homemade honey and breads, etc. Their menu has been reduced due to the pandemic, but it's exceptional. They sprinkle in a couple specials each night to spice things up. At the moment, don't miss the cheese board, scallops, asparagus salad and beef short rib. We book through Open Table and request an outdoor seat, just to be safe. The table was ready with our name on it. Wait staff is highly skilled. They not only know the menu inside and out, but also make their own craft cocktails and can educate you on ports and sherries for after dinner drinks. Don't miss the speak easy next door. They are open during the pandemic and offer late bites...

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LindseyO
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place felt like a hidden gem! The food went beyond our expectations. We split the carb soup, duck spring rolls, and tuna tartare and everything was well seasoned, perfectly cooked, and very fresh. The waiters were attentive and helpful. Would absolutely come back here again.

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vipMuzak74
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent restaurant and food. Brad was fabulous as a server and we loved the food! Excellent food, service and ambiance. Definitely recommend!!

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Annette
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The wait staff friendly. Service was very slow. We were there for 3 hours! Service time may be shorter under usual circumstances when there is not a pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Our waiter forgot to input our main course order. We sat there for a very long wait between appetizer & entree. At first we didn’t pay much attention to the ugly dark colors & cheap decor, but as we ran out of things to talk about - we usually don’t (my husband & I were nearing the end of our bottle of Pinot noir when the waiter finally showed up and asked if we wanted to order desserts). We replied that we were still waiting on our main course. He apologized. He had forgotten to input our entrees. So, we laughed it off & waited. He was not on top of his game. Then, as he was removing the ‘huge’ plates from dinner, he spilled an 8 oz tumbler of water in my husband’s lap. My husband did not get upset at the waiter. In fact, we all down played it bcz we felt sorry for him. He clearly was not very astute. We were having a nice time otherwise & didn’t want to draw any more attention than the scene that was already created. We are well traveled and understand things like this happen occasionally. We expected management would do the right thing. But when it came time to pay our bill, not only did we NOT get a visit from the manager to apologize for the accident, we were charged in full for our dinner, and cocktails, and wine. My husband’s meal was not comped, we were not discounted in any way whatsoever for our portion of the bill (we had asked for separate checks in advance). My husband was the bigger person. He did not want to cause a scene or haggle. We just wanted to get the heck out of there. We waited patiently for the forgotten entrees, we didn’t create a scene when the water was poured all over, and we were pleasant towards the waiter and manager while we waited for the mess to get cleared. We didn’t take a bunch of photos or speak harshly. We did the right thing. Shame on this place for not doing the same. On a Friday night? Make sure your staff is proficient. If they make a mistake, do right by your customer. They are essential to your business.

Melange
Responded on June 30, 2020

Our team would like to apologize for the incident(s) that happened on your visit to our establishment. It was your server Bradley's second day ever being a waiter and it seems our team really dropped the ball in assisting him with your experience. We would like to make it up to you if possible. Please contact us at melangesarasota@gmail.co m

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a lovely dinner! Still thinking about it!

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mary228
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very elegant service, with fresh flatware provided for each course, warm terrycloth to clean hands before dining, amuse bouche. The nicest meal we've had in Sarasota to date.

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JBPof
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique food, the people are wonderful and always pleasant.

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kmhinFL
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely experience with excellent service. Duck Spring rolls, Rangoons as well as the Asparagus salad were all excellent. My husband enjoyed the Beef Short Rib immensely. My grouper was a little "fishy", which was surprising as it is typically mild. I would still return and try another entree. Our friend enjoyed the Mushroom Strudel.

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vipdmck
Indiana
85 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very creative and tasty food. Waiters were very friendly and helpful! Enjoyed the evening immensely.

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vipnonickname
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from the moment I was greeted at the door!

FAQs

Melange offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 953-7111.

Melange is rated 4.8 stars by 181 OpenTable diners.

Melange does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/melange-pangea/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.