Melange

4.6
309 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipThierryD
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and outstanding food, spectacular starters followed by fabulous entrees!!!

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vipSandraB
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Thank you, we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious selections. Loved the creativity of the menu. Adorable decor and great and attentive service.

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Chris
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive and personable servers, great food, delicious cocktails.

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vipBruceL
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining experience at MeLange and it was exceptional. The food, service, and overall experience 5 stars. Thank you for the wonderful experience.

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beeman
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very disappointed. We last spend time in Sarasota in 2019, and Melange was one of our favorite restaurants. We were astonished to find the restaurant menu was identical to that in 2019! We won't be back until we find they have changed the menu.

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vipMikeR
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dishes always offer wonderful flavors and textures beautifully presented. Drinks always fantastic.

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vipkmhinFL
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Duck spring rolls are always good. I enjoyed the duck crepes (perfect crepe). My friend loved the lam shank. Our third guest liked her cheese burger. Cajun fries were a little salty, but cooked crispy.

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CarolynP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a tough one. The servive was wonderful and the food was a solid "B+" but the ambience is just sadly lacking. The whole place needs an upgrade - get rid of those torn leather stool chairs and invest in some new tables. If you are charging the prices you are you just need a bit of ambience and energy!

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DanaC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is fantastic. As are the drinks. Will certainly be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time not our last. Unique, delicious food. Very personal service. Highly recommend

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Trixie11050
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for after our visit to the Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens (a must see). We really enjoyed the ambience and service. Every appetizer and main course were delicious. Our server was very attentive. We'll definitely be back.

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vipSagerfamily
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had an amazing waiter who not only was attentive but was also funny and talked with us throughout the night. We sat outdoors, so the noise was expected, but some of the other patrons were being a tad rude. The food and drinks were both great. I enjoyed the blue mule drink the most, and the rabbit tacos were awesome.

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LeslieM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I read a review and came in. The waiter was great. Very few people for a Saturday night. We had the bruschetta first. Fresh ingredients and good bread but there was nothing binding the toppings. The small tomatoes and arugula just fell off. Needed cheese or hummus or something. Shirt ribs were delicious but very fatty. Crab soup was a big disappointment as that is what I came for. They present a bowl with crab and some raw veggies and then they poured the liquid on top at the table Cool presentation but ginger was overpowering.
The atmosphere looked like it was original and kind of uninspired and tired.

Melange
Responded on January 15, 2022

Thank you for your honest review Leslie. We will be sure to relay your insights to chef so we can remedy these issues.

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vipBonnieG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Sarasota's hidden gems. Not sure why MeLange isn't front and center on the local restaurant scene. I was told the chef was possibly the best in the city and I wholeheartedly agree. The menu is inventive, the flavors were exceptionally interesting and well-blended, and the presentations are beautiful. Our group shared the rabbit tacos, rangoons and crispy duck springrolls. All were wonderful with the rabbit tacos garnering the highest delight. Our entrees of short ribs and salmon were equally satisfying. Sadly, no room for dessert, but there will definitely be a next time. As an added bonus, our server Sebastian introduced us to the adjacent (and hard to find) speakeasy, Pangea, for an after-dinner drink. Such fun! In one word, GO!

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viplove2eat
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for a creative delicious meal, Melange is your place.

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JesseB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most creative menu in Sarasota, great place to eat!

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TomD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. The quality and presentation of the food is second to none. We love sharing a few small plates before our entrees, always a very unique and creative selection. Wonderful wine list with a lot of small, family owned wineries.

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vipfoodaficianado
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Adventuresome, creative food with great depth of flavor and accompanying sauces that enhanced each appetizer dish. Highly recommend a dinner here, patio seating was fun and comfortable.

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vipperfumejunkie
Naples
33 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This darling restaurant is a hidden gem. Wonderful meal, each dish that came out was delicious. Service was wonderful and drinks were creative and beautifully presented.

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SaraC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Have eaten here before a few times and the food was very good. This time, food not good at all.

Melange
Responded on January 15, 2022

Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience with us Sara. Would you be willing to elaborate so we can take steps to improve.

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eleanorjane
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful service; great menu; I certainly felt special in my dining experience! Ate outside and the street cigarette smoke detracted a bit, but it was workable.

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and drinks. Really enjoyed the braised beef and the salmon was wonderful as well. Plan to dine again on next visit to Sarasota.

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ReneeB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a great find, fun drinks and excellent food.

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IOR3
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. Had a nice table. Waiters were attentive and polite . Menu had several very nice options, but was limited. Food was delicious. Value was very good. Would return .

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TrishaM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was delicious. We had the rangoons to start, and they were nice and crispy and had a wonderful dipping sauce. I had the Veggie Gateau, and I loved it! All of the flavors were well thought out, and anybody would love this dish, not just vegetarians. My husband had the beef short ribs, and I could tell just by looking at them that were nice and tender. He said they were the best short ribs he has ever had. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a unique menu and delicious food. We’ll absolutely be back!

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WendyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked reservations based on Yelp reviews and was not disappointed! Everything from service to the food was exceptional. This is by far the most delicious meal we have had in any restaurant since we moved to the Sarasota area eight months ago. We will definitely be back.

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JimP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Food was wonderful. Enjoyable atmosphere.

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TracyH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is pretty small but there is something for everyone. Crab Rangoon appetizer was very good. Special of the night: venison sauerbraten was outstanding. Very tender and not gamey at all. Short ribs and burger also very good. Nice size portions too.

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vipShellseeker305
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food presentation and quality outstanding. The sauces exceptional. Service was delightful.

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vipDiningOutDiva
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, creative food. Craft cocktails are tasty and fun, and great wine list. Enormous appetizers that were all big enough to share with the table: venison special was fantastic. For our vegetarian friend, there were great choices as well.
Special shout out to the service team: outstanding wait staff who attended to our every need and were so pleasant.

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MYS1
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors and had wonderful craft cocktails and excellent food

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GinaO
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I went to Melange with my family for my birthday. It was just okay. I got the butternut squash soup with was lukewarm. The salmon was very good and I was excited to try the coconut rice but I was disappointed. It was cold and the rice could have been cooked more. The service was good and our waiter was attentive but there were only 3 other tables filled. Too many other restaurants on Main Street that are far better. Unfortunately, I would not go back.

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vipLisaL
Atlantic City
101 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have been to this restaurant a few times already and they never disappoint. The food is always consistent and truly gets even better everytime. We love it. Owner is super nice. The chef prepares great dishes and the waiter was great as well. Can’t wait to return.

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CharlotteS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent but service was slow because they were short staffed. I will definitely return!

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vipLowellF
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal with my wife last night. I've been walking past this restaurant for years...Shame on me! It will now become a regular part of our rotation.

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vipCathyT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Cool wine list! Will go back!

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GabriellaM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening! Warm and knowledgeable service, fantastic cocktails, and a wonderful meal made up entirely of starters - too good to pass on! Next time we’ll leave room for a main and dessert!

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ElizabethB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time here and definitely won’t be my last. The food was absolutely delicious, exquisitely presently and unique sauces and sides.
Didn’t make it to their “speak easy” bar, but that’s for next time.
If you haven’t tried this place, put it on your “must try” list

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Barbara
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is always excellent here. But they only had one server for a Saturday night and there were tables inside and outside. So it was not the server's fault, they just need an extra staff person. She was greeting people entering the restaurant while trying to take our order and then service was slower than it should have been

FAQs

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

Melange is rated 4.6 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

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.