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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

4.7
4.7
2780 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


Booked 7 times today

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

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What 2,780 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southwest Florida

    Fit for Foodies

  • 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

    Hot Spot

  • Ft. Myers

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. DG

    DnG2013

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    ScottL

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    PeterB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  5. 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.
  6. LC

    LauraC

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! Very consistent and always great service.
  7. 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.
  8. KC

    KilCor53

    Naples

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance of this restaurant was very very good!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food
  17. BB

    BenB

    Mobile

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual….. food is consistently great and so was the service.
  18. LO

    LOM1

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite restaurant in SWF! I drove 2 hours to dine at this fabulous place. The bartender, Kevin, is knowledgeable in wine selection and creates tasty mixed drinks as well. Melissa is a chef extraordinaire.
  19. SP

    SandraP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal… ice cream was delicious
  20. DS

    DawnS

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! One of our favorites!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here and didn’t disappoint. I had first seen Melissa showcased on TV about 10 yrs ago & had been dying to try it. The food has been fresh and impeccably prepared both with creative flair and with just the right amount of spice and seasoning. The server was attentive but not overbearing. Will definitely come back & highly recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined before at Sweet Melissa’s and the food quality is always exceptional.
  23. MC

    MargaretC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place on Sanibel for a great and interesting meal. Kevin, the bartender, is excellent and makes wonderful recommendations for wine pairings.
  24. i

    imalocal

    Naples

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    As usual, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Sweet Melissa's. We certainly didn't need a reservation as traffic has slowed considerably since the season has ended. My husband had the grilled romaine and the mussels, and I had the kale salad and prime rib sandwich. Everything was very good. The only thing I would say, and this comes from someone who almost NEVER salts her food, is the frites could have benefitted from a more liberal sprinkling of salt as could the prime rib sandwich. Without the nice crust that comes from a seared piece of beef, the shaved prime rib really needed some salt. I didn't ask for any at the table (didn't want to insult chef!), but I certainly salted my leftover sandwich half that I ate today for lunch. All in all, Sweet Melissa's remains one of our favorite places.
  25. A

    Andrew

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We dine here once a year, so we can only go by that experience. Every year for the last 5 or so, there seems to be something that's good, okay and not good. We wish the dishes were consistently good, like when we first started dining here. What's worse is that the wait staff didn't seem to care when we nicely mentioned what was wrong, although this was the first server we had any issues with. In this particular case, the scallops with squash risotto was mixed. The scallops were great, but the risotto was terrible. It was too salty and salt is all we tasted and some of the squash was cooked and some were not. What's funny is we had a similar dish in 2019 and made the comment that the risotto was good but needed salt. We wanted to try it again hoping it was better. On the other side, the beef tenderloin with dauphine potatoes and asparagus was great!
  26. G

    Gerald

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food and the choices were good, but the server was so bad that it tainted the meal. All I wanted was to not be bothered. Sorry, bottom line good food poor service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pretty. Food was excellent. Pricy but very good.
  28. R

    Rachel

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for special occasion and made us feel truly special!
  29. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was absolutely lovely. the scallops were to die for and the chefs special was also delicious. our server was so kind and made it a great experience. the restaurant itself is not large, but if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and have a nice quiet dinner with a guitarist playing in the back, this place is amazing.
  30. T

    terryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always come here when in Sanibel. Food is very very good. Never disappoints!
  31. MT

    MedarT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Some menu items were tasty but others lacked seasoning or were poor quality and the dessert was just awful. The waitress was inept but friendly.
  32. k

    kathryn

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sweet Melissa’s has been my favorite dining spot for a few years. Chef Melissa’s creations are always delicious and unique. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic about specials and offering their knowledge. Always my birthday dinner, so that’s got to be special!
  33. MD

    MelD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was a lovely experience! The fish stew and duck are definitely a must! Service was impeccable!
  34. G

    Greg

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the porch. Our favorite on sanibel island !
  35. CA

    CAVisitorsFREQUENT

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is always pleasant, and the service superb, but one goes for the outstanding food! The selections range from unusual to special renditions of favorite items. The wine list is varied and excellent as well. Overall, a very pleasant place to dine.
  36. DS

    DawnS

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Thanks for another great evening on the porch!
  37. B

    Buddy

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal on the island!
  39. ML

    MarkL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Sweet Melissa’s! It was superior service with an incredible meal! We will be back for sure! Could not have been more pleased! Thank you!
  40. ML

    MatthewL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Chef Melissa has got it going on. You're not going to be disappointed...in fact you'll likely be very pleased. Had the Hamachi, Red Snapper & a couple of their signature cocktails....all fabulous & VERY clean. Love it!

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 4.7 stars by 2780 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


Booked 7 times today
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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