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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.
Sanibel, FL 33597
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Acoustic Guitarist Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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