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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

4.7
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2308 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2308 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and the atmosphere on the porch is quiet and relaxing. Melissa is a master chef, highly recommended it!

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MLSanders
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The menu looked exciting, but the flavors were underwhelming.

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Zach
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was not well prepared (example, the duck was overcooked, dry and the confit rice was dry and flavorless, The tamarind sauce was pasty and there wasn’t enough of it for the dry rice and dry duck) and the food combinations were basic at best and were odd at worst and not very flavor pleasing.
The service was good and the servers were nice. Our drinks were filled regularly.

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vipDorcas
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great inventive cuisine. The fish stew is famous but anything on the menu will be great.

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DeborahD
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and experience. Always great. We usually get one of daily specials but all items on menu equally great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined at Sweet Melissa's for my wife's birthday, and we were not disappointed! Great food and service and a quaint screened indoor/outdoor room made for a great night.

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GaryL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been wanting to go here for lunch and finally found the right companion and time. Fantastic food, superior wait staff. Will return for sure.

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DawnR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been two years since I last ate at Sweet Melissa’s. Just as good two years later...sane waiter too! Delicious!

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JanineR
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here every year when we visit, since it opened, and have not found anywhere better.

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PamJ
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was our second visit to Sweet Melissa's. The first time several years ago, I remember it being wonderful. This time was very disappointing. First of all, my husband is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy. I checked the menu on their website, and there was a Tenderloin steak, so I felt confident that he would be happy with that choice. Apparently, the website hasn't been updated, because they no longer have that menu item. Secondly, I ordered the duck breast which the server confirmed was prepared the French way, boneless and sliced. It was all that, but very overcooked and dry. So disappointing! Overall, this was a very disappointing experience, and I doubt that we will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is simply amazing. She takes simple ingredients and marry them together for wonderful flavors.

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vipNikki
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

VERY limited menu...if you don't like seafood (like my husband) there is not much to choose from. The apps we had did not have much flavor, little seasoning and salt. We skipped dinner after the apps and with the limited menu. I am glad we stayed for desert. The cheesecake and cocktails were delicious!

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vipAnnie
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was served hot, ingredients fresh and our server was informative and described the menu perfectly. We were celebrating so enjoyed a wonderful bottle of wine from the extensive list. This was our first time and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent. Eaten hear several times over the years we have vacationed in Sanibel. The kitchen never disappoints.

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LauraJ
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our favorite place to eat in the island. The food was exceptional, the service was impeccable and the patio was serene. They also offer gluten free bread and GF food options!! In addition, they have half portion and full portion sizes.
Wish there was a Melissa’s in Columbus, OH. We would eat there all the time! Can’t wait to come back. Thanks for the great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly outstanding and unique. We will definitely be back.

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DJGG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a birthday dinner, as noted on our reservation. I didn't order a dessert at the time of reserving table, but we were never offered the opportunity to order dessert after dinner. We were in fact advised by the server that the restaurant closes at 8.

Everyone liked their food and our guests said they would return to this restaurant. I am looking forward to the time when they can get back to their full menu and more relaxed service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! A must visit if in the area. The chef/owner creates beautiful plates and wonderful atmosphere!

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vipDawnF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was wonderful, but our meal was very bland. We were disappointed as we had heard so many wonderful things

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AngieP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We order signature dishes for appetizers and dinner, each one of them were just flat and failed to deliver a signature flavor that we could remember.
Seating assignment was atrocious and revealing of an uneducated staff. We were seating in a quiet wing where a second table was occupied by middle age couple and an elderly parent. As we started our main course a group of loud and intoxicated people were seated right next to us, we rushed to finish and left.

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RoadieBob
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Melissa remains the most innovative chef on the Lee County barrier islands. Every dish is a fascinating mix of unexpected ingredients that, somehow, work well together. We ate outside on one of four, well-spaced tables in a screened porch -- very safe and comfortable. Lovely evening!

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vipGator4Okie
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The black grouper was very flavorful, as was the heirloom tomato watermelon salad. Excellent food and service...as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish stew was amazing and the key lime white chocolate bread pudding unique and delicious!

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vipChristy
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was very salty. Otherwise a nice place.

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding as always, impeccable service, all COVID protocols followed to a T. And Chef Melissa's food was spectacular as ever. Squash blossoms were to-die-for. Plotting a return visit soon.

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billb
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best muscles we have ever eaten. The fish stew lived up to its positive reputation. Our server Frank was outstanding. Would definitely dine here again.

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LisaA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always stop at Sweet Melissa's while on vacation in Sanibel. Excellent food and spot on service every time. Not an extensive menu but everything is always prepared with the highest execution, creativity and presentation!

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vipRubia
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint environment with outstanding food! The dishes were unique and so very tasty!! Wonderful experience!

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TraceyP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Sat outside ...loved the screened in porch. Hubby has the seafood stew and loved it. Small plates were excellent. Definitely would go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. A foodies kind of place. We loved it so much we went back a second night. I have food sensitivities and the waiter was so incredible! We got to meet the chef as well. 5 star! Love this place.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional experience with delicious food and wine .

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HalleS
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Birthday dinner on Saturday was wonderful. Our food was typical Melissa EXCELLENT and we enjoyed our evening with no rush.
Thanks Melissa for a great evening, we will be back soon.

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TheCoastalRealtor
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A trip to Sanibel is never complete without dining at Sweet Melissa's. We ordered manhattans to start with, but our server suggested we try the Smoke Gets in Your Rye specialty cocktail. It was delightful and set the tone for what was to come. Service was impeccable and the food delicious. One of my favorite places in Florida.

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ElaineS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delish food and service. Smoked salmon dumpling app in a delish broth was outstanding. Clams and linguini and pompano main dishes were also very good. Dessert of goats milk cheese cake and Irish coffees sent us home stuffed but happy. Will definitely visit again next time in Sanibel.

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AndreaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful last dinner before heading home. So glad we found this place. We’ll definitely be back!

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KellyH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our evening at Sweet Melissa’s was superb! Service was fabulous (2020 comment.. masks, gloves, social distancing of tables was well executed!). We come down to the island every August, anniversary dinner here is a no brainer! We enjoy food, cook at home regularly excellent meals so hard for us to eat out. We had two apps, mussels and kale salad, both were phenomenal. Dinner was the roasted duck served duck confit fried rice and the seafood stew, we can’t even put into words how fantastic these entrees were, just get them you will have no regrets. Dessert was the banana strudel and espresso, perfect ending to a perfect meal. Just gets better every year! Stay well everyone at Sweet Melissa’s, see you next year!

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vipMike
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Fantastic food and service the only downside is the ambiance is very bland. Don’t be put off when you first step in, the food is well worth is and probably the best on Sanibel Island

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Anitabutterfly
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & drinks. Our service was stellar and we had such a memorable evening because of Melissa's intriqing menu and dishes!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing, very knowledgeable and perfect service. Food was outstanding!!!!

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vipKirM
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here is phenomenal. IMO, one of the only places on Sanibel fit for foodies. The smaller portion sizes also provide a terrific value. The seafood stew is a must. We have also loved the tenderloin, duck, scallops as well as a number of the starters. To top it off, the service is excellent.

FAQs

Sweet Melissa's Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 2308 OpenTable diners.

Sweet Melissa's Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://sweetmelissascafe.com/.

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.