Melange

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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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
49 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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Charles
Tampa
21 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
4 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
11 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
80 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
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from the moment I was greeted at the door!

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JohnT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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 !

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vipNomnomnom
Tampa
48 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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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vipFloridaTricia
New Orleans
74 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!

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

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

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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.

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Matt
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with astonishing food!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipReenie
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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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.

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ripp
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A feast of flavors. Every bite was delightful

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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.

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vipLjanem
16 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.

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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.

FAQs

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

Melange is rated 4.7 stars by 161 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.