Sweet Melissa's Cafe

4.6
2052 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Executive Chef Melissa Talmage offers a divinely creative menu sure to fit any foodies dream. Serving lunch and dinner, Chef Melissa challenges your taste buds to explore an array of different textures and tastes. Our dinner menu is broken into sections and the entrees are offered in half portions to give you the ability to try a few different dishes in one visit. We also offer an extensive wine list to enhance your dining experience. Come join us for another side to island dining.
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Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fantastic!!!

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JM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the best food on the island!! And our waiter was superb

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NO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening meal, as always (lunches are great too!) Lovely place, attentive, professional staff. My scallops on citrus risotto was wonderful, the fish stew was delicious and copious, and the redfish too. We had shared the heirloom tomato salad with parmesan dressing to start out with, and the tomatoes were actually flavorful!
I had made a reservation for my guests and myself the previous afternoon through OpenTable (the only practical way to do it evidently), very straightforward, I reserved and was subsequently confirmed for outdoors on the screened-in veranda; the June evening was pleasant. When we arrived we were informed that there would be no seating outdoors, which was disappointing; more disappointing was the total lack of any explanation or apology, just a "them's the facts" response to our mildly expressed complaint. That's the only reason for an Overall 4 stars instead of 5.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top shelf

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Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was fantastic! I had the signature fish stew and it was terrific. My husband had the steak and it was perfectly prepared.

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I travel to Sanibel every other month for dinner at sweet Melissa’s. It is our favorite restaurant and if it was closer we would be there once a week. Our servers were fantastic especially Frank with his wonderful and most helpful personality, he was the best ever!!! The food is some of the beat in Southwest Florida and they have so many fantastic choices it’s hard to choose. We love it that they have so many small plates as we love to share everything. Some of our favorites are the cheese plate, mussels are divine, scallops and all of their salads are to die for. It is a must try and definitely be open minded with their cocktails they always have something fun to try and great wine list as well. We will be back again soon!!

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JW
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was fantastic. No problem recommending Sweet Melissa. We will be back

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Sweet Melissa's for many years and enjoy not only her food, but the pleasant atmosphere and the service!

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant !! Food is always delicious and service excellent. However we did meet friends for dinner and they reported that when arriving, they were not given a very nice welcome! Unusual for this restaurant - must have been a new host - but the wonderful meal convinced our friends to return!!!

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SU
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for lunch. Was difficult making a decision as the menu had so many wonderful choices. Finally....decision made....The mussels & frites were delicious...as was the BLT with green tomatoes. Save room for dessert...esp the goat cheesecake!

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s
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great. Food awesome. Good value. Great atmosphere

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S
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was thoughtfully prepared and the service was smooth.

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RS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food had no taste. The ambience was ok, but we were very disappointed with all four dishes we ordered

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D
Naples
35 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding. Highly recommend. We enjoyed as a location to have a nice dinner with friends.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation date with my love...had the octopus and MAHI MAHI which were not overdone. Simple, delicious. Been here a few times while on vacation in Sanibel and that tradition is going to continue. Melissa is a culinary artist and her food is amazing...

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DJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason was great! We will definitely go back again!

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DI
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. Everything was very good. I thought the octopus was outstanding. I’ve never had it so tender.

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N
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and presentation is consistently great. Helen, our server, has a pleasing smile and willingness to please.

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MA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fresh, innovative, delicious food. Half portion option is nice

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j
Naples
90 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent dinner celebration at Sweet Melissa’s! Salmon special with onion cream and bacon jam was delicious, and hubby’s scallops with cheese risotto and asparagus were tasty as well. Tomato salad special was also quite nice! Service was very good, as were the wine selections. We appreciated the choices of small or larger size amounts. A lovely evening!

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Kansas City
11 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Outstanding food, most unique menu on the island. Chef was amenable to flexing shrimp for scallops in a dish. Great cocktails, full bar- not something all restaurants have on sanibel. Service was absolutely delightful, live music was on speakers on screened in lanai surrounded by lush foliage. Chef Melissa is doing great things with food on sanibel island!

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O
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food were very good.

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LH
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went back a second time and was equally satisfied. One member of the party felt the shrimp and grits and her scallop risotto needed more flavor. Everyone else was delighted. The fish stew is to die for! The small portion is plenty and the broth is sublime. Equally fantastic were the goat cheese cheesecake and the coffee martini. Will definately make it a must for my yearly Sanibel visit.

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Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diverse menu and wide variety of small plate and dinner choices. Appropriate for foodies. Well stocked bar for wine and cocktails. The heirloom tomato salad was delicious, the seafood empanada was perfect and the seafood stew will bring you back. Tip: the smaller portions of the dinner entrees are plenty.

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C
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Service was very good. Food was fair and expensive for what we got. Appetizers were okay (oven roasted cauliflower and heirloom tomato salad). These were the best part of the dinner. My wife had tasteless seared scallops and risotto. I had the special which was cobia fish. The fish was under cooked (if I wanted raw fish I would have gone somewhere and gotten sushi) and had to be cut with a knife. It had the texture of a thick pork chop. Definitely won’t be back. No Michelin Star for this chef!

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Sweet Melissa's on our anniversary getaway last year and loved it. We decided since we were returning to Sanibel again we were going back twice during our stay and we were just as pleased.

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

There was some rotted sections in the interior of our grilled romaine. We told the waiter but he just said “thank you for letting me know”. He never offered us pepper for our salads. Two of the specials we wanted were sold out. The one special order which was some type of fish was dry. The restaurant was very loud and we were all disappointed for what we spent. We had been there twice before and absolutely loved it! Probably will not return with our next visit to Sanibel.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service (Brian) & food. Will definitely return.

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MV
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Three had scallops - delicious! One had steak: it was tough cutting with a knife. .

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a super BLT at Melissa’s and a delicious jalapeño watermelon margarita to go with it. Could not be better. Our waiter, Ronnie, was great and super helpful. He convinced me to have the sandwich as is, which included green tomato slices. Now I only want my sandwich with green tomatoes. So good. The bacon was the best I have ever had. What a delicious and fun place to go.

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PM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We try to get to Sanibel every year and plan dinner for our last night there as we always find it to be a special evening well spent.

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Naples
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent this restaurant for special occasions and for when we want to treat ourselves. Although it was a little noisier than usual, Brian provided excellent service and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the new menu options, particularly the duck.

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JS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Unique and delicious drinks. I would definitely come back.

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CB
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read an article about the restaurant and decided to try it. It exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing. The service was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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GS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Great food, great service, nice atmosphere

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BC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being spontaneous, we have had difficulty getting a reservation during season. But, now that the snowbirds have headed north, we had no problem. We love this place; it's our favorite on the island. Melissa is so creative. The house wines are good and inexpensive. For our starter, my husband and I shared a cauliflower salad which was unusual and very, very good. It was served with hot bread and olive oil for dipping. We love that you can order small orders since we don't eat as much as we used to. My husband's fish stew was as enjoyable as ever (it's his go to entrée) and even though he ordered the small portion, there was enough to take some home. Melissa's creativity was evident with my small portion of cobia, served over lentils. It was really delicious. We topped it all off with an order of beignets which I enjoyed with a decaf cappuccino and my husband a cup of coffee. The beignets were delicious served on a raspberry sauce with chocolate dipping sauce. Who needs to go to New Orleans!

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BR
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sweet Melissa’s was a wonderful dining experience! Our waiter was accommodating , friendly and very personable! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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L
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was empty and we were given a table right next to the only other patrons, a party of four who were carrying on a fairly loud conversation. I never understand why restaurants do this! The server was alone and although it wasn’t busy he seemed incredibly rushed and cranky. Maybe result of personal events or just lack of sleep. Food...... was disappointing considering the reputation of the chef, with lack of seasoning and potato salad that tasted like left over mashed potatoes. Too bad. I guess I was expecting more. And unfortunately that evening I became sick with digestion issues. (Could have been the potato salad)

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fav place on Sanibel

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was all very delicious, loved the small plates that allowed us to sample a variety of dishes. Loved the cauliflower and the empanadas. Nice wine list, and excellent friendly service.

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