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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

4.6
4.6
2799 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (239) 472-1956

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Talmage

  • Catering

    Your Holiday meal prepared by Sweet Melissa ~MENU~ Turkey with Gravy ~ Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing or Herb Stuffing ~ Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans and Marshmallow ~ Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds or Roasted Brussels Sprouts ~ Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ Buttermilk Biscuits ~ Apple Pie or Pecan Pie Call us at 239.472.1956 to place your order Available for touchless pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 25 between 11am and 3 pm. $50 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Payment will be processed by credit/debit card when ordering Cut off time for orders is 5pm on Thursday, November 19.

  • Private party facilities

    Your Holiday meal prepared by Sweet Melissa ~MENU~ Turkey with Gravy ~ Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing or Herb Stuffing ~ Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans and Marshmallow ~ Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds or Roasted Brussels Sprouts ~ Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ Buttermilk Biscuits ~ Apple Pie or Pecan Pie Call us at 239.472.1956 to place your order Available for touchless pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 25 between 11am and 3 pm. $50 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Payment will be processed by credit/debit card when ordering Cut off time for orders is 5pm on Thursday, November 19.

  • Neighborhood

    Sanibel

  • Cross street

    Casa Ybel

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Acoustic Guitarist Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 2,799 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southwest Florida

    Contemporary American

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Overall

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Food

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Service

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Ambiance

  • Ft. Myers

    Best Value

  • Ft. Myers

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ft. Myers

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Ft. Myers

    Notable Wine List

  • Ft. Myers

    Special Occasion

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  1. SR

    SteveR

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal! We are foodies, and this is the best we’ve had on the island - and from most any other place, honestly. Loved it. We went early, hung out at the bar with Kevin who was pleasant and a joy to talk with, then to our table. We ordered the blackened redfish entrée, petite portion, and the roasted romain salads. Apparently it was the first or second night of a new menu. Food came out quickly, was warm, and quite superb. Can’t say enough. We couldn’t be more happy, and will go back every time we are here in Sanibel. Probably again on this trip!
  2. MB

    MelissaB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely phenomenal. It was the best meal my family and I have had in a very long time. We will definitely be making reservations at Sweet Melissa’s every time we come to Sanibel Island!
  3. SN

    SNec

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Birthday celebration, chef prepared special vegetarian meal, very good.
  4. D

    Dport

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a special place! We had dinner and cannot say enough good things about it. From the excellent wine list to the amazing octopus appetizer to our main meals, every bite was excellent. Our server Brent was exceptional with suggestions and conversation. I wouldn’t hesitate to return.
  5. DW

    DavidW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So enjoyable thanks for a great dinner
  6. SG

    SanibelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food, service and experience. Probably the best food I have ever eaten!
  7. GV

    GVM924

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, pricey though.
  8. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every course of the meal was spectacular! The creativity, ambiance, service, value and quality of the food and beverages; all were superb!
  9. KF

    KinF

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    House specialty fish stew (fish not cooked and scallops raw). octopus does not taste at all anything like octopus. Try it if you do not belive. Service rush. Not worth a penny for the experience.
  10. DS

    DawnS

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars and there’s always something new to try! Amazing food last night!!!
  11. CF

    ChicagoFoodie

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL- We cannot rave enough about this gem on Sanibel. The most incredible octopus we have ever had. Chef cares for and loves her ingredients and it comes thru in every bite. Tres magnifique!!
  12. DI

    DIANEBUSH

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE HAD AN EARLY RESERVATION, SO IT WAS NICE A QUIET. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS EXCELLENT - ESPECIALLY THE FISH STEW! OUR GRANDDAUGHTER WAS CELEBRATING HER 17TH BIRTHDAY, AND THEY DID AN AMAZING JOB PRESENTING HER BIRTHDAY DESSERT PLATE! WE LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!
  13. LS

    LauraS

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative menu, delicious food, excellent service. Our first time dining at Sweet Melissa’s and will not be the last!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we got- EVERYTHING was out of this world good! Our waiter was so pleasant! Thank y’all for a truly wonderful supper this evening!
  15. JF

    JudyF

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We were early for our reservation and they accommodated us by re setting a large six top for three of us, my fault, we should have waited. Menu is interesting and offers petite portions. Food is fresh and tends to be spicy. We had an excellent waitress. Two of us who ordered wine got minimal pours. We drove a LONG way, don’t know we’ll return.
  16. B

    Button

    Cincinnati

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was mediocre -place practically empty. What’s going on here? Normally my favorite restaurant on Sanibel? I had my usual fish stew -tasteless and watery.
  17. RG

    RuthG

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! Exceptional! This will be a "go to" on every Sanibel visit.
  18. P

    Pittsburgherinparadise

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! The food was absolutely the best, fish stew and red fish dinners 5 stars!! A must go to when in Sanibel!
  19. MS

    MarcusS

    Louisville

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our 27th Wedding Anniversary.. we spend our anniversary on Sanibel Island. We’ve never been to Sweet Melissa’s. The food was good, fresh and cooked perfectly. Definitely would dine here again. Recommend the Scallops.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food was great but it was incredibly hot. It is hard to enjoy a nice meal while sweating.
  21. B

    Businessdiner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The food was not bad but also not outstanding. The air conditioning was poorly set and it was too hot and muggy in the space. The decor is very very dated and a bit depressing, it really does not do the food justice. Service was adequate but not outstanding. Price value relationship is not the best.
  22. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our Wednesday lunches at Sweet Melissa's. Kevin takes great care of us, and the food is really special.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Watermelon salad with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese was excellent .
  24. JT

    JudyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance was very nice and you could have a conversation at a table for six easily with out shouting. I had the scallops on mole sauce and to my taste the mole overpowered the scallops. The fish stew and the short ribs were praised by the others at the table. The service was superb
  25. DG

    DnG2013

    Philadelphia

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! And the dessert was even better a must stop on Sanibel
  26. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our daughter was visiting and we had a late lunch at Sweet Melissa's. As always, wonderful service and fantastic food.
  27. SL

    ScottL

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Kitchen forgot fish in fish stew but corrected mistake. Other than that the meal was excellent
  28. PB

    PeterB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining here. It is one of the best overall meals that I can remember. From the small plates through to dessert, every item was fabulous. If you are in SW Florida, this is a destination restaurant.
  29. LD

    LaurieD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seasoning on the salmon was truly outstanding and along with a seasonal salad paring watermelon, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella food was delicious! Friendly service. Would definitely go back on a return visit to the island.
  30. LC

    LauraC

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! Very consistent and always great service.
  31. P

    Paxton

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant on the island! Excellent food, and great service.
  32. KC

    KilCor53

    Naples

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Nice night and the service was good and friendly. However the food wasn’t up our expectations. We’ve dined there many times in the past. I’d have to say the menu hasn’t changed much over the years and seems staid and set. Nothing was exceptional and I’ve had exceptional food there in the past. I felt that everything was over salted and the presentation lacked pizazz. Maybe it was an off night but the whole affect of the restaurant seemed dull.
  33. SE

    SherylE

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always enjoy the smoked steak there. Summer watermelon salad was very tasty. We will order that again. Waitperson was informative and attentive.
  34. v

    valeriev

    West Palm Beach

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was excellent. Hannah our server never missed a beat. We were never rushed. Our drinks were very good. We started with the 3 cheese board which included 3 very nice cheeses and a delicious cranberry walnut bread. They also served us warm crusty bread and olive oil which was also very good. For all entrees, there is a choice of petite or regular serving. We decided to go with the regular so we could have lunch today. What a great deck because there was plenty. We had the excellent fish stew and the grilled scallops. Both outstanding. We couldn’t even consider dessert although I’m sure that it was just as good. They had an extension wine list as well. Five stars for sure!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! It’s my favorite restaurant on Sanibel island😃
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance of this restaurant was very very good!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Polite service, slightly delayed. Quiet dining area unlike most places on the island.
  38. R

    Ronniek

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We didn't enjoy the menu choices as much as we did last year. It felt like the chef was trying to choose odd combinations of foods just to out do himself. For instance the watermelon salad had Kalamata olives as one of the ingredients and a pesto dressing. It felt like the watermelon was just thrown into a Mediterranean salad and not the star ingredient. My duck breast was just ok, but the Duck Confit was wonderful. Scallops would have been better if they were seared.
  39. AH

    AnnH

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Innovative menu. Appreciate having small plate options. Lovely acoustic guitar. Best place to eat on Sanibel!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Sweet Melissa's Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 2799 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33597

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Casa Ybel

  • Neighborhood

    Sanibel

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Talmage

  • Entertainment

    Acoustic Guitarist Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (239) 472-1956

  • Catering

    Your Holiday meal prepared by Sweet Melissa ~MENU~ Turkey with Gravy ~ Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing or Herb Stuffing ~ Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans and Marshmallow ~ Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds or Roasted Brussels Sprouts ~ Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ Buttermilk Biscuits ~ Apple Pie or Pecan Pie Call us at 239.472.1956 to place your order Available for touchless pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 25 between 11am and 3 pm. $50 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Payment will be processed by credit/debit card when ordering Cut off time for orders is 5pm on Thursday, November 19.

  • Private party facilities

    Your Holiday meal prepared by Sweet Melissa ~MENU~ Turkey with Gravy ~ Cornbread and Andouille Sausage Stuffing or Herb Stuffing ~ Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans and Marshmallow ~ Green Beans with Mushrooms and Almonds or Roasted Brussels Sprouts ~ Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ Buttermilk Biscuits ~ Apple Pie or Pecan Pie Call us at 239.472.1956 to place your order Available for touchless pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 25 between 11am and 3 pm. $50 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Payment will be processed by credit/debit card when ordering Cut off time for orders is 5pm on Thursday, November 19.

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