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Melange, Sarasota, FL

Melange

4.7
4.7
422 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 953-7111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lan Bradeen

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Orange Avenue

  • Parking details

    City parking is available in front of Melange on Main Street. There is also free parking behind the restaurant on State Street, and a parking garage on State Street that is free for the first 2 hours. Feel free to enter through our back door marked with the meLange logo.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 422 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Innovative

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Innovative

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Neighborhood gem

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Went out for a nice dinner and we got it. Terrific flavorful food from duck spring rolls to baked Brie salad with raspberries and apricots to branzino and stuffed quail entrees. We finished it off with a shared apple cheesecake with earl gray tea ice cream. -Incredible to the palate. We dined outside and felt like we waited too long for drinks, had to ask for water refills. I think the decor is very basic like a diner/breakfast spot which doesn’t present as well as the food!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for my birthday. I have been to Pangea several times and had never been to MeLange but we loved it! Our server was the best! We had the mushroom strudel, branzino special. Duck spring rolls and stuffed quail. I would highly recommend them all! Fabulous place to go for a special occasion - thank you!
  3. TM

    TrishaM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and it’s a very nice place to take a date.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was interesting tasty and definitely hit the spot
  5. JL

    JonathanL

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time at Melange and we really enjoyed the experience. Both the food, cocktails and service were very good. We will definitely be back, although likely would sit inside next time, as the only negative is that the patio is small and there is a constant parade of people walking by, loud music from a bar close by, etc. We will definitely be back.
  6. KG

    KrishenG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it every time we come here!! Will be back again soon!!
  7. E

    Eat2live

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful staff, excellent service and food presentation was great. Food was delicious and fresh. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is that there was a musty odor upon entering the restaurant. We stayed and I didn’t have an issue after leaving the entrance area. Great menu and wonderful cocktail offerings. A very enjoyable experience.
  8. k

    kenlwr

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The menu items are very creative and well prepared. There are several difficult to find and very good selections on the wine list.
  9. S

    Sadie

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We love the food prepared at Melange. The chef is creative , the presentation always a delight, and the infusion of flavors sublime.
  10. HS

    HobartS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food surprisingly good Only three tables occupied Beverages furnished from nightclub adjacent
  11. k

    kayakqueen

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Melange is a small restaurant with very good food. Their prices offer very good meals at pretty reasonable prices. I should go there more often!
  12. IK

    IanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had never eaten at Melange although we frequently visit other restaurants on Main St. It was our 31st anniversary so I thought we should try a new place, new for us. We are delighted we did and we will certainly be back. Jami who greeted us and was our server was lovely, helpful and patient as we ask a lot of questions about each dish. I had the short ribs, my wife the brie duck crepes and we started with the duck springrolls. We loved everything. Thanks Jami.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, exceptional value
  14. j

    jruss539

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Decent food, progressive & interesting menu, weird ambiance (a tad too dark), but service was not there. They forgot our appetizers, entrees took too long, and while they apologized for these issues, there’s no escaping that the service errors ruined the meal. They were not crowded at all so there was no excuse.
  15. CM

    CarolM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We shared the charcuterie platter...it was outstanding in the quality of the selection and the selection itself. Two kinds of pate, both outstanding. And the bread! We had to wait a long time for our main course...and when it arrived it was luke warm. There was not enough staff and we felt our food was not served because they were taking care of new arrivals. Still, the food was tasty. We are planning on returning.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The mushroom app and asparagus salad and the beef were good The venison osso buco was tasteless Food was better the last time not sure the chef was there
  17. BK

    BasilK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous dinner. Food, Service were great. We will be back
  18. D

    Dinerouter

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and the restaurant staff was very friendly!
  19. JM

    JorgeM

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time experiencing Melange and it was the out-of-ordinary experience we were seeking. Friendly yet professional welcome and seating was followed by drinks (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and coke) and a chef’s small offer of toast with goat cheese - a fine start. The three of us together had bruschetta, tuna tartare, cheeseburger, fries, and venison Osso Bucco. We all enjoyed the food although the fries were not a favorite. In particular the venison was well prepared and blended well with the pasta and sauce. We will be back!
  20. AN

    AnnN

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not impressed with the food quality and portions.
  21. B

    Bfoodie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Solid, inspired menu
  22. LL

    LoLo

    Tampa

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing, interesting food beautifully presented,
  23. t

    tnawolff

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time visiting and we will definitely be back! From the pre-dinner cocktails to the post-dinner drinks, we could not have asked for a better experience! I had the short rib and my husband the salmon. All who know me well, know I do not like vegetables (except corn and green beans) - I actually ate the crispy spinach and would order again! We cannot wait to go back and will have to save room for dessert!
  24. v

    vivacuzco

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and drinks! As always a wonderful experience. A few specials on the day would add a new spice.
  25. l

    lori

    Fort Lauderdale

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food delicious and varied. Service excellent. Would recommend.
  26. AS

    AnnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meals were excellent and the service was superior. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody wanting a unique culinary experience.
  27. AV

    AndyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Melange is an amazing dining experience. The food is delicious; I haven’t ordered anything from their menu that didn’t merit the “clean-plate award.” Service is exceptional as well. Friendly, kind, and above accommodating. I cannot recommend Melange more highly. You would do yourself a disservice to sleep on it.
  28. SG

    StevenG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and professional staff. Excellent food and drinks!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t understand why this restaurant wasn’t busier. The food is always outstanding with a special interesting twist. I’d like to learn to cook from the chef!
  30. C

    Connoisseur

    Tampa

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server Faith took excellent and genuine care of us during our visit last evening. The interior is a little on the funky side with three sinister looking oil paintings on one of the walls. But don’t let that distract you from the otherwise beautifully prepared and interesting menu items I.e. antelope?! We stuck with some classics like mushrooms in puff pastry followed by exquisitely prepared salmon and the stuffed quail. The banana parfait was, well, the perfect finish.
  31. AT

    AxelT

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An excellent meal with creative food and great service. The stuffed quail was perfectly cooked and nicely presented. Enjoyed dining outside.
  32. d

    dontime

    Orlando

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    meLange is on the "best of Sarasota" lists of several food related websites. Our experience would not agree. The restaurant was empty when we arrived and only had two other tables sat when we departed. We started with a couple of cocktails - an old fashioned for me and a cosmo for my partner. meLange advertises "craft cocktails" but my old fashioned was premixed (for convience according to our wait staff) - see photo - and my partner's cosmo was so limey she could not finish it. The amuse bouche was probably the highlight of the evening, a soy bean based 2 oz pour of cold soup. We also ordered the Bruschetta which was ediable but far from creative or unique. We both went with the short ribs, described as "meLange classic items offered since 2007". Average at best, my partner had trouble picking around all the fat. Desert, an apricot tart, was fine, as was the red velvet cake at was comped for our anniversary (thanks for that). All-in-all a disspointment, and after a poor experience the evening before at aother "best of" restaurant, I am unsure of the level of dining sophistication in the greater Sarasota area.
  33. CB

    ColBuckshot

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very creative menu, unusual items, some game animals but all very tasty
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The salmon & short ribs were absolutely delicious! The the flourless chocolate cake w/ smoked chocolate ice cream was heavenly! When we return to Sarasota, we will definitely return! Wonderful server too:)!!
  35. FS

    FoodieSF

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    The horrible smell of sewer killed the experience. It was a bit better at the middle of the restaurant but we will not be back. The food selection was very poor and the roast beef on the appetizer board was spoiled. The service was ok. Very sad experience in comparison to a year ago.
  36. DW

    DeniseW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Father’s Day Dinner Services was hands on My Sparkling Dry Rose was Perfect & Loved my champagne flute The duck spring rolls delicious My entree Of Short Ribs, in bed of mashed potatoes with crispy spinach was absolutely delicious!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Excellent service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Our 2nd visit here. This time - Very disappointing! Service was not good, but I mainly blame owner for under-staffing. For starters, my beer was served warm. I had to ask them to put it in the freezer. Second, the table needed to be cleaned off after our appetizers. I asked for some napkins to clean it myself. Waitress came back with one swipe of the cloth with half the mess still there. And most disappointing, both of our meals were served warm. It’s as if they sat on the counter for 10 minutes before bringing to our table. And venison with pasta was not good. Won’t be back anytime soon!
  39. R

    Ryan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food! Amazing flavors. Beautifully made.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative plates. Unique food! Fresh ingredients. Best meal I’ve had in a long time. This was my first visit. I will certainly be back for more. Highly recommend

FAQs

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

Melange is rated 4.7 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Melange

1568 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5803

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Orange Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    City parking is available in front of Melange on Main Street. There is also free parking behind the restaurant on State Street, and a parking garage on State Street that is free for the first 2 hours. Feel free to enter through our back door marked with the meLange logo.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lan Bradeen

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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