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Sweet Melissa's Cafe
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
Shrimp, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, Fish and Chorizo Sausage in a Tomato Saffron Broth with Pernod Aioli
Ricotta Gnocchi, Cipollini Onions, English Peas, Benton's Country Ham, Red Eye Gravy
Shrimp and Grits
Sauted Shrimp, Red Curry Coconut Sauce, Anson Mills Grits
Food is amazing and the atmosphere on the porch is quiet and relaxing. Melissa is a master chef, highly recommended it!
The menu looked exciting, but the flavors were underwhelming.
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.
Great inventive cuisine. The fish stew is famous but anything on the menu will be great.
Fantastic food and experience. Always great. We usually get one of daily specials but all items on menu equally great.
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.
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.
It has been two years since I last ate at Sweet Melissa’s. Just as good two years later...sane waiter too! Delicious!
We eat here every year when we visit, since it opened, and have not found anywhere better.
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.
The food is simply amazing. She takes simple ingredients and marry them together for wonderful flavors.
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!
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.
Food is excellent. Eaten hear several times over the years we have vacationed in Sanibel. The kitchen never disappoints.
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.
The food was truly outstanding and unique. We will definitely be back.
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.
Amazing food! A must visit if in the area. The chef/owner creates beautiful plates and wonderful atmosphere!
The service was wonderful, but our meal was very bland. We were disappointed as we had heard so many wonderful things
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.
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!
The black grouper was very flavorful, as was the heirloom tomato watermelon salad. Excellent food and service...as always.
The fish stew was amazing and the key lime white chocolate bread pudding unique and delicious!
The food was very salty. Otherwise a nice place.
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.
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.
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!
Very quaint environment with outstanding food! The dishes were unique and so very tasty!! Wonderful experience!
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
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.
Always an exceptional experience with delicious food and wine .
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful last dinner before heading home. So glad we found this place. We’ll definitely be back!
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!
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
Fabulous food & drinks. Our service was stellar and we had such a memorable evening because of Melissa's intriqing menu and dishes!
Staff was amazing, very knowledgeable and perfect service. Food was outstanding!!!!
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.
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.