Melange

4.6
38 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Melange is Sarasota’s most creative restaurant. We are constantly experimenting with ingredients and flavors to bring you an unrivaled culinary experience in a relaxed modern atmosphere.
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TW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! Food was incredible as were the custom drinks!

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TJ
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Terrific small plates, very creative menu. Visited on Valentine's Day, so service was very slow. Servers were good, but clearly overmatched by the crowd.

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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. We focused on the specials knowing we would be coming back soon for the items that are standards, which also looked very interesting. Everything was perfectly prepared: food and cocktails. A real foodie find hiding right in plain sight!

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m
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small portions of delicious and interesting dishes. And excellent wine choices. A little dress up with table cloths would make it all elegant.

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k
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. The course preparations are creative and very well done

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LG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. We had the fish appetizer, which was enough for four. Then we each had an entree. Then split two desserts for the table. Everything was wonderful and the service (Michele) was great.

Tip: start your dinner next door at Pangea (only accessible through the alley)

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C
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Our two servers were pleasant and tried to do their best under trying circumstances. Our appetizers took 45 minutes to arrive and the entrees another half hour. We learned later that the chef didn't show up for work. There was only one person taking food orders and delivering the food with the other taking drink orders and attending to the bar area. We asked the server to comp us a glass of wine due to the delays. She told us she could offer a shared dessert which we declined--we just didn't have another 30 minute wait in us. The appetizer, duck spring rolls, was OK, not great. The duck crepes were quite good. The paella was overcooked and dry. The atmosphere is pleasant enough but, given the restaurant's management issues, we will not return.

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J
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious. Kitchen was slow getting out our entrees . Overall a very nice dinner.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a welcoming atmosphere and a very interesting menu different things beautifully presented the food was absolutely delicious. I plan on visiting often.

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NW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, a bit elegant (foie gras-3ways), a bit unusual-(rabbit tacos) and mostly delicious!
Madeleine was a great waitress and even the chefs were friendly.

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fish dish which was the daily special wasn't very good at all. Fish did not taste fresh to me

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DB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Melange is always a fantastic option. They have a wide range of dishes, and the prices are incredibly low (given the quality of the food).

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely wonderful!! From the first drink to the last cup of coffee!! The foie gras board and seafood board are a must. We will be back as soon!!

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RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

the mushroom soup , which was one of the specials, was quite good. The other special was frozen trout?? How can a good restaurant in an abundant fresh fish area serve frozen fish? The other two dishes we tried were the duck egg rolls which were greasy, and had a very strong duck taste, and the house made pasta which was a heaping mush of tasteless gluten.

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NG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love Melange! The food is amazing and thee is absolutely something for everyone on the menu. The creativity and beautiful presentation make the dishes a feast for both the palate & eyes.
Our server Maddie was wonderful and seemed to appear at just the right moment.
We very been many times to Melange & always come away having had a great dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal from an unusual but well-composed menu. Everything we had was delicious. European rather than US-sized portions, which suited us. Lovely helpful and friendly but not intrusive waitress. Highly recommended.

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RK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was very surprised that the restaurant was not busier. Staff were terrific and food and drink pairings equally impressive.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I found the food to be delicious both the service and ambience were good however I did feel it was expensive for the portions you received. I have already recommended it for people to try and warned them that it would be on the pricey side for the portions. The chefs did a great job !

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t
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Sarasota! We have been visiting Melange for over six years, and this place has never disappointed. The atmosphere is always relaxed, and the restaurant feels cozy when you walk in. Service is attentive without being overbearing, and the staff is very knowledgeable about their seasonal menu. I love that the menu changes regularly as well, so we always have a new reason to stop in!

Despite the fact that my partner and I moved away many years ago now, we still take the time to head down to Sarasota for this truly special place. If you have and adventurous palate, and a desire to experience unique cuisine, this is the place for you. Don’t miss out!!

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Z
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening! We chose the here because of the unusual menu and were not disappointed. Every bite was outstanding and our waitstaff was awesome.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Came for a date night and enjoyed the food and experience.

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OT
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is a hidden gem. The food was absolutely delicious and extremely reasonably. Service was almost one on one. Wine list was very good and extremely reasonably. This is a restaurant we will go again. I had the Corvina and my husband had the short ribs. We had the duck spring rolls for an appertizers, and everything was delicious!

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C
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lan and her staff to excellent care of us on our anniversary. We will definitely visit GIn with friends.

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NN
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu, delicious food, fantastic service and great drinks! Will definitely be back!

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DM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Cuisine is indeed creative. I've had the rabbit tacos, ginger crab bisque, duck and brie crepes and mushroom ravioli. They were all excellent and a change of pace. The emphasis on game and unique combinations of flavors made it a great place to bring my adult sons and foodie friends for a small feast.

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CS
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun service, interesting art

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Innovative, delicious small plates. Order several and share. Low-key downtown bistro with excellent wine list and creative cocktails. Attentive service. Decor is nothing special but food is the star here.

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D
Tampa
173 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. Menu is small but adequate. Not really brunch. More like breakfast. Option on ordering is interesting. Restaurant was almost empty while surrounding restaurants were pretty full. Service was fine for a waitress that had not worked a brunch before. Food was prepared prior to opening and then heated when ordered. Not a good practice if you want your food warm throughout. Maybe just a bad day.

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GR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant with good interesting food and great cocktails. Service is always fantastic. Honestly don't know why this place isn't constantly packed. Bathrooms could be cleaner and updated. But otherwise, great restaurants

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OT
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, price reasonable. Shocked to see very few customers as they are missing a great little restaurant. Hopeful more during season.

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KM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience. Delicious, fun, eclectic menu. Relaxed atmosphere. Pleasant and attentive staff.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience! They had great service and the good was extremely unique and well priced. I would recommend and definitely plan on returning.

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D
Tampa
173 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

September is a lousy month for restaurants in Florida so the restaurant was empty when we arrived. The wine by the glass menu is light so we had toorder two bottles - one red one white. The waitress was new but well versed on the menu. She was attentive until three tables of people showed up without reservations. Food was really very good. Ginger soup was outstanding. Antelope and the duck, Brie crepe were all delicious. We will definitely come back.

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SL
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very creative menu. We met Friends there, and all enjoyed our dinners. It is nice that they have small plates to try different things. I had the rabbit tacos and crab Rangoon for an app. Duck spring rolls, tuna tartar all good. Check out the cozy bar in the back.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Strangely a hidden gem in Sarasota that has been there for over 10 years! I should have written this review ages ago after the first time we went. My apologies to our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. The food is always is creative and outstanding. The service is always spot on and yet very relaxed. When I say relaxed, I think California. They are on top of everything but they don’t bother you and there’s no sense in circumstance this service is always spot on and yet very relaxed. When I say relaxed, think California. They are on top of everything but don’t hover unnecessarily.

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c
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, but the food! It was as innovative as any I've seen in Sarasota. Charming dining room, great wine list, funky bar around back. The staff was knowledgeable and nice. I'll go back more than once.

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HV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I can't believe I haven't found this place before. It's been here in Sarasota since 2007! I will be coming back. The service is top notch. Malinda was a perfect waitress. We had the meat tray, rabbit tacos, and antelope schnitzel all of which were very different and very good.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best gtread I've ever tasted. You should market it.

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