Sweet Melissa's Cafe
The best food on Sanibel hands down. Something for everyone but high quality and well-prepared. Also, best bartender on the Island. Service is personal and knowledgeable.
Awesome food and service... absolutely best!
3rd time on our anniversary for dinner while staying in Sanibel down from Sarasota. Quality of the food is wonderful, the decor leaves a little to be desired but hey you dont eat that.
We just celebrated our 30th anniversary at Sweet Melissa’s and everything was so delicious and attractively presented. Blackened redfish was outstanding, especially the greens. My wife’s duck was outstanding too. A memorable meal for sure
One of my favorite meals of the year. I have never had an item from their menu that I didn't enjoy. Nicely made cocktails, delicious small plate choices, amazing entrees, tasty desserts, and lovely service. I love Sweet Melissa's!
Probably the best fine-dining option on Sanibel Island. Grilled Romaine salad had a nice char, and the truffle oil was an elegant touch. Artisan Greens, however, would have benefited from more acid. Cauliflower small plate had a good kick and the charred pineapple complimented the arugula and pickled peppers. Beef tartare was a hit. Octopus was disappointing, lacking flavor and proper grilling, although the chorizo and romesco sauce were solid. Don't miss the tuna timbale, featuring watermelon and avocado. The spice-dusted grouper special excelled. The seared duck breast needed better seasoning, but the duck confit fried rice was on target. The wine list was a pleasant surprise; look for the Greywacke Wild '16 and Avancia Godello '16. The desserts also were top-notch, with a flourless chocolate torte that is a chocaholic's dream, and an outstanding goat cheese cheesecake with blossom honey.
Second time dining at Sweet Melissa's. Wife and I love the menu, the ambiance, and the friendly service. Kudos to our server, Edna, for making our special evening memorable.
Great service and great food. Definitely the nicest restaurant on Sanibel Island
Delicious, well presented food. Service was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Great wine list. Have been to Melissa’s three times recently and will definitely go back. Will certainly recommend. Plan to try their happy hour next. Noise level is a bit high but not a deal breaker.
Redfish was perfectly prepared! My husbands duck was also outstanding! My initial bite of the kale mix took my breathe away (literally) much too much vinegar-inedible unfortunately. The grit cakes were good but lacking spice-Parmesan crusted may have been a good addition. My husband and I were initially taken to a room with a large moderately loud party -upon request moved to a quieter table (probably shouldn't have had to ask). Our server was very knowledgeable and very prompt with service! This is our third visit and will DEFINITELY return! Would definitely recommend as one of the finer restaurants on the islands.
We were a table of four and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will be back!
My husband and I recently dined and sat once again at the chef’s raised table. This gives you a Birdseye view to the kitchen and the ability to watch the chefs create! We are foodies so enjoy the process as much as consuming the finished product. A few new wines have been added to the list particularly a white wine from Spain’s Rijoa district which was bright and crisp. All around another delightful dining experience at Sweet Melissa’s.
Went to Sweet Melissa's for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. They offer half portions of entrees which lets you try a couple of items so you don't have to feel like you missed out on anything. There are daily specials. The service was excellent. The wine list is long enough but not budget busting. Was happy to find a Gruner Veltliner, which paired well with our meal. We both had 2 appetizers and a half portion entree. We split a dessert and left very satisfied. We will make sure to come again next time we are on the island.
We are long-time customers and thoroughly enjoy Sweet Melissa's!
A word of caution: I would advise against making a late reservation. We arrived promptly for an 8 pm reservation on a weekday. We soon realized we were the last party to be seated. Shortly thereafter it became apparent via several cues that the staff seemed more interested in our timely departure rather than our dining experience. Otherwise I believe the experience could potentially rival anything we are accustomed to in Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach.
My favorite restaurant on the island, never disappointed.
Stimulating food. The empanadas had a delicious sauce (with a fair amount of garlic though), and the curry chicken sandwich had perfect flavor balance.
Fish stew was awesome as always. Grilled romaine and the octopus are great small plates.
This place smelled like a sewer. It was off season so not crowded. The waiter was fine but hovered over us in a very weird way. The food was good but not great with the exception of the reddish which was really good. It is expensive without justifying the cost for the quality of the experience. I am sure there is better dining in the vicinity.
We dined at Melissa’s for our anniversary and it was a fantastic dinner. Food was great, servers were extremely knowledgeable and professional but warm, and the craft cocktails and wine list were great for those of us who are veterans of the high end restaurant world. Great experience all around and we hope to go back soon!
One of my all time favorite restaurants! Melissa NEVER disappoints!!!
We have been coming to Sanibel Island for 25 years and this was our first visit to Sweet Melissa’s. It was the best meal I had in the island! Can’t wait to visit again!
Loved our dinner at Sweet Melissa's Cafe. Everything was extremely good; excellent homemade pasta, fish prepared perfectly, interesting and innovative flavors, loved that they have small plates available for those who are looking for smaller portions or to share around the table. Desserts are a highlight here,, and the Five Spice ice cream was as good as it sounded, as was their Cheesecake made with goat cheese and topped with orange blossom honey. Excellent, attentive service too. While there's no view here, the live music added to the already pleasant atmosphere created by the good food. We'll be back next time we are in Sanibel.
Last day on Sanibel dinner with the family. This has been a long standing tradition. In short our meals were great in concept but lacked flavor and seasoning. We come to sweet Melissa’s and we are willing to pay more in return for an elevated experience. We did not have a dinner worth the money and the atmosphere was so loud we barely could hear each other speak. Next year we will be breaking from our tradition and trying something else.
Even before we arrived for our 6:45 reservation , I received a call inquiring if, due to weather, we would be better inside than outside. Yes, yes and thank you.
Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted, shown to our table and our waiter engaged us. Love this attention. Service was exceptional. In fact, we had four or five staff, at different times, attend to our table. Ok, now the food. Wow! And Wow again. Melissa and her crew made an outstanding meal. Every course was crafted and delicious! Even our wine was great and perfectly chilled, enhancing the bouquet takeaway .
We are discerning about our restaurants and food. This was exceptional. So much so, I applauded Chef Melissa and her staff on my way out the door.
The wine selection was good; the service was excellent, and the ambiance was unexpected but very good. Yes, I would return.
Hostess, service and food are always 100%! This is our 3rd time here and we keep coming back because its a great place to eat. Highly recommend!
Our dinning experience at Sweet Melissa’s was wonderful! Our waiter was delightful, the menu is fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We will definitely return.
The food is amazing. The service was charming and attentive. 5 stars!
We enjoyed our first dining experience, and plan to return many times in the future.
Once again the best food on the island!! And our waiter was superb
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.
Always top shelf
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.
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!!
The service and food was fantastic. No problem recommending Sweet Melissa. We will be back
We have been coming to Sweet Melissa's for many years and enjoy not only her food, but the pleasant atmosphere and the service!
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!!!