Melange

4.7
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
142 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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. 

Support Melange during COVID-19

What 142 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Quiet
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
n
vipnonickname
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from the moment I was greeted at the door!

JT
JohnT
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was outstanding as always !!!! spoil yourself..

s
srqfoodie
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

without question one of the best resturants in town. , and it's a secret ! Food creative -inovative - fresh - soo many flavors put together so very well LOVE IT !

N
vipNomnomnom
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot believe that we hadn’t tried this spectacular restaurant before! It has been open for over a decade, as long as we have been in Sarasota. We’ve walked by it a thousand times, and never thought to go in. And then we saw that it was one of the 10 best restaurants in Sarasota magazine. Boy, are they right. My husband and I treated the menu like a tapas menu, got 5 dishes, and shared each one in order. Out of this world dishes were the vegetable buns (which were actually these amazing mushroom “meatballs” in fold over steamed buns) and the beef short ribs. Rabbit tacos and mushroom strudel were incredible. And the duck crepes were really good, too. Wish we had room for the bread pudding, but there is always next time! Our server, Malina, is one of the best servers in the city.

HD
HankD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant, period. Service is friendly, welcoming and attentive. Food is unique and delicious; an eclectic menu of delightful choices. The alcoholic drinks are also creative and special. Melange receives my highest praise. I always visit when in Sarasota.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my friend's birthday. This was our second time dining at Mélange. The chef sent a couple of complimentaty 'small' bites one appetizer and then after the meal a sweet treat.
The food was wonderful , we had the foie gras and the lamb belly...the flavors were ALL PERFECT. Thank you for a fantastic experience and the kind attention for my friend's birthday. Melina was our waitress assisted by Clara...Melina's knowledge and great explanation of the menu were outstanding!!!

C
Celsus
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday
Amazing creative menus by the chef here. Dining experience in line with true culinary art of flavors. Presentation was delightful and eclectic menu made dining at Melange an unforgettable experience.
The cheese and seafood boards had a varied palette, trout, short ribs and scallops Mac and cheese were prepared with perfection. I wouldn’t recommend the lamb belly though- far too gamey. Everything else was fantastic!

FT
vipFloridaTricia
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service. Food was interesting, cooked perfect and very reasonable. Sweet breads were delicious. The chicken and waffles dishes was excellent and the lamb belly was very good.
Looking forward to our next visit!

BF
vipBelindaF
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

interesting and inventive dishes. the eggplanr tofu appetizer snd the rabbit tacos were delicious.

C
Clsg
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not great. Menu looked interesting on line, but entrees came with a handful of undressed arugula, no sides. Server was untrained. Very mediocre dining experience.

MT
MattT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with astonishing food!

JL
JenniferL
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Eclectic menu with interesting options. Our 3rd time at Melange. Food is consistently pleasing and presented beautifully. Look forward to our next visit.

R
vipRick
Cincinnati
60 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Most of the food was excellent. Short rib, bean salad, scallops all had wonderful flavors. Prices are decent. The only downside was our server was slow and seemed new, not familiar with her job. Will return for the food.

EH
ElliottH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy our time at Melange, with creative courses, skilled preparation and an inspired cocktail list. Chef Lan incorporates a number of regional styles into her dishes, making it necessary to return to try the menu item you were thinking of ordering but didn't. Lamb, duck crepes and scallops were stand-outs at our recent dinner there. After 12 years, Melange remains at the top of our restaurant list. If you appreciate an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience, try it.

R
vipReenie
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal! Short ribs were amazing. All the staff are foodies and I love it!

B
vipBonnie
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful find for our first trip to Sarasota! The brunch is an incredible value and the chef is excellent! Don’t miss this one1

PM
PamelaM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good. Unusual menu with a mix of the familiar and exotic. Service was barely ok. It took half an hour after our wine was served to have our order taken.

r
ripp
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A feast of flavors. Every bite was delightful

PH
PaulH
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent inventive food and drink.
Super friendly service by knowledgeable people.
And open late.

L
vipLjanem
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We chose this restaurant based on reviews, and were somewhat disappointed. The chef is clearly very talented, but we found things to be under seasoned, plating wad sloppy, and the hipster wait staff was so busy talking with each other that we had a hard time being served.

My husband‘s dish had a cream sauce, which tasted more like school paste than anything else. He asked our server for salt, and she said “we season to the chefs Taste. No salt for the tables. We are one of those restaurants.“ I had a hard time not coming back with a comment related to the fact that it is high season on the Florida gulf coast, and they had four tables of guests and all the rest were empty. Perhaps they should rethink their attitude.

The space is lean and spare and modern, very attractive in a mid century way. The wine list was excellent, and if the food had tasted anything like the descriptions on the menu this place would have been packed. I think if they tried just a little harder, they could have a really good restaurant here. As it is, it’s just ordinary, and that’s being generous.

BC
BeverlyC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good except for one of the dishes being a very small portion so had to order an extras dish to compensate.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting and unusual food. Great for sharing small plates. Service is superior.

O
vipOperaphile
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Creative excellent cuisine and a great wine list make this a must for Sarasota diners. Wait staff are welcoming and informed. We liked it so much, we went 3 times and took friends. Burgers are sensational.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ginger Crab Soup, Japanese Eggplant and Tofu, Tuna Tartare, all superb along with terrific service. Wonderfully creative! Loved Melange, we'll be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to try this place since we like to eat local and it was 5 minutes from work. The wait staff were very warm and inviting. My fiancé fell in love with the atmosphere and the unique artwork on the walls. After our order was placed, we received a very small bite of fried beets as the chef’s way of thanking us for coming in. I knew from that moment on we were in for a treat.

I ordered the Rabbit Tacos and my fiancé got the Chicken and Waffles. The three were smaller than anticipated however their flavor was unbelievable. The chicken and waffles were a decent size but what made it unique was the presentation of four types of jams/syrup. It encouraged you to take your time and enjoy the variety of flavors on your palette.

I recommend this place to locals and visitors alike. Definitely get a reservation though via OpenTable, since the dining room is small and intimate.

S
Suzanne1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience was most enjoyable. Couldn't have been better. looking forward to returning.

J
Jenn
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food, drink and ambiance were very good. The interior is a bit rough, which is a nice change to super polished restaurants. Here, it felt like the food was the focus. The pear salad was delicious, my friend saved part of hers for 'dessert.' I had the lamb belly, and enjoyed every bite. We went on a Saturday night, so service was a bit slow-- I'm not complaining, just noting. We were with friends and enjoyed the pace.

m
maria
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful tasting journey of creatively cooked food and crafted cocktails. Small plates are served allowing you to order as many intriguing dishes off the menu that peak your interest and tantalize your tastebuds. This meal is not for the faint of heart, but for the adventurous eater who wants to try all the wonderful things the earth has to offer. Don’t forget your carefully concocted spirit pairings which are the perfect compliment to the meal.

S
vipireneS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing cocktails! Always excited to come here to see what new creative combinations the chef has come up with! We are from Virginia and will definitely visit Melange whenever we are in Sarasota!

NO
vipNewOrleansvisitor
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! We had a fish board (great presentation and great variety), duck crepes (the best food we ever had!!), trout (excellent). Service were absolutely great: very welcoming and friendly. Definitely, recommend this place.
L&E

F
Floridafoodie
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was outstanding in every respect. The cuisine was eclectic and creative, not to mention delicious and totally fresh. The pricing was quite reasonable considering the quality. The chef is very talented and the food servers were personably and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Melange to anyone that is a foodie and has a discriminating palate.

PB
vipPolarBearMom
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just discovered Melange, and it’s fabulous! Everything was delicious, outstanding, not enough words. Our group of 3 had various eating needs, and the staff modified to make it all work, smoothly, and graciously. The icing on the cake was the reasonable prices. We shared a Fish Board appetizer, 3 entrees, one dessert, and it was $105 including tax and tip. And we took home leftovers.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Always delicious and excellent service!!

MF
MarjorieF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had our first date at Melange 7 years ago and returned to the same spot at the counter to celebrate. Their culinary creations are inspired, delicious and beautifully presented without a hint of pretension. It is a comfortable spot for a special date or a late night bite and the staff made a special effort to recognize our special evening with amazing service and a gift of handmade chocolates in lace paper boxes tied with ribbon. Sarasota is so lucky to have this gem. Great creative vibe! Love it!

B
vipBobd
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it, Really creative dishes, nicely presented and served. High cuisine for a Very good price
Service very friendly with flexibility for special request.

R
vipReenie
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

Report
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All seven of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The food and service were excellent.

SA
SharonA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is excellent with unusual choices. Service is very, very slow as food is carefully prepared. Do not go before the theater or any timed event.

PM
PaulaM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was OUTSTANDING. The cocktails (from Pangaea Alchemy Lab) were SUPERB. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We LOVED it. We'll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent! Definitely a top 5 best Sarasota restaurant!

FAQs

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

Melange is rated 4.7 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.