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About Sweet Melissa's Cafe

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.

1625 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL 33597
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 pm
Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
Casa Ybel

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(239) 472-1956

Website:
http://www.sweetmelissascafe.net/

Entertainment:
Acoustic Guitarist Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings

Executive Chef:
Melissa Talmage

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sweet Melissa's Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Romantic (16)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Live Music (11)
Authentic (11)
Healthy (10)
Cozy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Casual (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Tapas (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was forgetful and slow. Food was just ok

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 (Naples)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was delicious. The beet salad was huge , had a variety of beets and hearts of palm. The small plate scallops only had two large scallops with some Brussel sprouts and bacon which was plenty after the salad. The flourless chocolate torte was amazing. My husband ordered the escargot which he liked and the half plate of red fish which was delicious and a good portion. The atmosphere is classy. There was a musician playing guitar as you walked in. Our only complaint is that the waiter wasn’t at all friendly and didn’t share the evening menu specials.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed the guitar music & could still carry on a conversation. Thank-you for softening the volume.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

my small shrimp plate was excellent but my main fish dish was over salted. Always worth a visit but with drinks $155 for two.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

A go-to favorite, especially for locals who prefer going somewhere that accepts reservations, especially during tourist season. Food and service always excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

An outstanding meal, including both small plates and entrees. Blackened redfish cooked to perfection as was the small plate of oven roasted vegetables.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful food. Service was hit and miss from our server. Noise level made our planned quiet dinner impossible. All in all a good dinner, but it could have been better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is the best dining experience in Sanibel! I recommend the fish stew and grilled scallops for entrees nd the key lime and chocolate bread pudding for dessert!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Love the small plates. Everything I have tried is excellent. My favorite restaurant on Sanibel.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We love the guitar music but we were seated in front of the speaker on the counter by kitchen & had to request for volume to be turned down. The 6 of us had to shout to hear each other.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our salads arrived just minutes after our cocktails, allowing us no time to enjoy them. The scallop entree was smothered in too many strong flavors (bacon and Brussels sprouts) obscuring their natural sweetness. The grilled octopus was okay, but was served on a tough purple tortilla. An uninspired, disappointing meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant does not disappoint. We return each year and find it to the the best on Sanibel. We love the live music and the creative food. Choice in serving size is also very appealing. Melissa and staff have much to be proud of in this fine independent restaurant. Up with creativity and down with chains!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was amazing, especially for the price.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dinner for New Year’s Eve. 5 course dinner— served very fast No time to enjoy drinks, or course’s. When we repeatedly ask to please slow down so we could enjoy food and evening. We were told we must eat according to chefs schedule. Evening was terrible —it was a special evening — not only a holiday -/ but also first December 31 for my friend whose husband passed in September. Very disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service combined with excellent food!!!
We’ll be back and have already recommended it to others!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This restaurant was much more than we expected. A lovely setting with indoor and outdoor tables, the menu was eclectic and inventive. We loved teh half portion options so we could try a large number of things. The fish stew lived up to its reputation and the coba special was outstanding. Very nice wine list and interesting cocktails. Prices were high but the meal was well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was as well!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent across the board

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The fish stew was fantastic! My husband saud the cobia was great too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious meal first time dining at Sweet Melissa's. Service was good but not outstanding, our party detected a bit of disappointment when we decided to split some dishes and needed to ask for wine refills. The food was excellent. We started with the cheese plate and crispy pork belly followed by grilled romaine salad, simple but delicious. Our table's favorite was the scallops. Perfectly seared with a hint of sweetness. We did not try the fish stew but was told that was a staple on the menu. We shared the beignets and banana pecan strudel for dessert, both worthwhile. The wine selection was good . There was a guitarist playing during dinner but unfortunately the restaurant was too noisy to hear him play. Nice island themed artwork throughout the restaurant and tasteful décor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious home made pie crust on the quiche baked to perfection. Seafood stew fabulous. Desserts homemade: goat cheesecake out of this world; homemade beignets tender and warm just out of the oven and sublime. Allen our waiter was attentive and warm.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Granted, Christmas Eve was busy at this restaurant. However, we took the recommendation of our renter and went here for dinner.
The service was RUDE. Our waiter never told us there even were specials for the night and was annoyed when I asked him if there were any. (Jason...
And he was visibly sweating all over the place). I had the lamb neck and it had zero taste...top it off served with beans and endive...also zero flavor. My middle son had the fish stew and was also not impressed. Youngest son hated the marinara sauce on the kids pasta. Now, GOOD NEWS - oldest son and husband LOVED the waygu filet special - we all did!! Wish we would have all just ordered that and left. Also the wine list was nice and reasonable.
I would never go back to this restaurant as out bill was $270 before tip and we left hungry.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Sweet Melissa does it again! We had family down from New York City and Houston and wanted to impress them with a great meal. Several had the always fantastic Fish Stew while others had the Blackened Redfish. We shared several small plates for appetizers and, as usual, all was perfect. We've eaten here quite a few times now as residents of Sanibel and each time everything was great. Though we enjoy quite a few of the places here, this is the best restaurant on Sanibel in our opinion. Do not miss the experience if you're here on vacation. It's just not a great place to take young children.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The service was outstanding - attentive but not intrusive. The appetizer we shared and the entrees were lovely - very will prepared. The dessert was terrible - flourless chocolate torte was gummy, coconut sorbet was water with coconut essence, chocolate sorbet was average at best. My advice - stick to the main event and skip dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything about this place was fantastic! From food to service-we will definitely be back!

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We visited Sweet Melissa's twice in a 7 day period -once for my husband's birthday and once with foodie friends. Both times were great! I'm a big fan of the scallops and mussels; the duck crepes were great both times. The menu was significantly different both times which we enjoyed. Our friend enjoyed the pompano special. We love the expansive list of wines by the glass which allows us to go in different "directions" without sacrificing options and quality.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

An exquisite experience fitting for my wife's birthday. As a woman hard to please, even she was impressed.
Although the menu of main dishes is small, unless the small plates are also included, the variety is unique and a great reflection of the inventiveness of the head chef and the restaurant's namesake, Melissa Talmage.
The appetizers of a three-cheese plate and roasted romaine lettuce were shared while enjoying the freshly-baked bread with olive oil and black pepper. The honey and cranberry bread accompanying the cheese enhanced and complimented the variety of cheeses.
The two main dishes of pompano fish and redfish were equally exotic, with a gorgeous presentation, unique roasted root vegetables, and extremely tasty.
Although we ordered desert of goat-cheese cake, we had to take half of it home.
We will doubtlessly return for the next evolving menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 17, 2017

On a staycation from Naples, and glad we chose Sweet Melissa's for dinner! Our server, Loretta, was awesome, the food was delicious, and outdoor dining was great setting.
We will be back!

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. The menu is small and the choices narrow if you’re not into seafood, but everything was outstanding. I had the grilled octopus and the Pompano, which was one of the specials. My wife enjoyed the grilled arugula and the smoked sirloin. Everything was bursting with flavor. It’s a great place to taste several items and if you’re part of a group, make a point to share the small plates and entrees. There was room for dessert and they are worthwhile. While not humongous like some places, they re plentiful and again, be willing to share. Helen, our server, was attentive and personable. All in all, an outstanding dining experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent experience at Sweet Melissa’s! The mussels were the best I ever had! A must to visit when on Sanibel!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Beet salad was described as the best salad she has ever had. My fish stew was excellent--5 stars

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Sweet Melissa’s is consistently delicious, with gracious service. Best in Sanibel!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Nice restaurant, very good service. Small plates are available, so there is good value for money. Some very nice wines on their list. It's a noisy place.

Tags: Healthy, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was visiting from New York City and chose this place to take my friend for her birthday. The food and service was amazing. They were very attentive and even made the dessert plate a birthday plate for my friend.

Tags: Live Music, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Guitar very nice but a little loud sitting in front of speakers

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Overall a good experience we have been here several times in the past. Avoid the pork belly it was overcooked and tough

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was a very disappointing meal. Nothing we ate was more than mediocre at best. The scallops were horribly over cooked and the miso was way too salty. Save your money, there are much better places to eat on the island

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Upscale creative food though still casual. A great place!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent meal. Frisée salad with fried/poached egg - could have had 2 more servings it was so good! Cobia (fish special) was delicious. Others had beet salad & steak which they loved. Fabulous food, perfect portions, great service. Will be back again!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Loved the small and large plate entree options. The Fish Stew is a must. Also, for fresh seafood, the Shrimp & Grits and the Blackened Redfish are excellent.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Spicy
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