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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 pm
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(239) 472-1956
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Melissa Talmage
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Cross street
Casa Ybel
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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
What 1606 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Waiter was great and the food outstanding. All of us did three small plates and everyone enjoyed everything.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was a belated Valentine‘s Dinner with my wife. We were greeted as we walked through the door and seated immediately. Jason, our waiter, was friendly and checked on us throughout the meal. He explained the menu and made recommendations. Even though the restaurant serves small plates to share, there was an option for larger portions for some entrees. We did not leave hungry. I recommend the fish stew.

vipJAAA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Melissa never disappoints. We always include at least one visit to Sweet Melissa’s when we come to Sanibel. It’s possibly our favorite restaurant on the island. As we were finishing up, we decided we’re definitely coming back one more time before we leave! Wonderful place!!

vipGinaP (Richmond)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Struggled to find something to order off the menu. Food was very expensive and small portions. Service was excellent, however. Cute place.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great Valentines Day dinner. We had a perfect table. Music was lovely. The most amazing goat cheese cheesecake in history!

JWSNMS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Valentines galore

vipSLED1009 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food.

Foodie (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Perfect from the cheese plate to the entrees! Delicious interpretation on standard fare. Try the miso-glazed scallops or the Osso Buco. Amazing!

KSDW (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent as usual. Our server, although friendly and knowledgeable was terribly slow without apologies. For instance, we waited almost 20 minutes after we sat down before we could order a cocktail. This continued throughout our dinner which ended up taking 2-1/2 hours.

IslandGirl (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food at this restaurant never lets you down. The Frisee' salad is amazing. Cobia special is delicious. Cheese plate is a nice appetizer to share with the table. We visit this restaurant regularly while spending the winter months in Sanibel.

Angelatoronto (Naples)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We are frequent guests at Sweet Melissa's. We dined there Saturday night and heard thru a friend that Melissa had lost her sous chef and that the food was not as good. Being such a fan, I was thrilled to be going there again despite what I've heard. Well. I have to agree. I will always be a fan but a few things about our experience were different then the many times we had dined there before.
1. Service... not great... the waiter didn't come to check on us for quite a while after we were brought our plates. We never got a refill on our water. Bread did not come out, we had to ask for it.
2. Food. I always get the grilled romaine and although the flavour was great, the dressing seemed a little too thick, especially compared to the several other times I ordered this. All very good though just different. The redfish I ordered this time around was a bit over cooked and the brown sugar pecan sauce was watery and clear in color not brown and a bit thicker like last time. Still ok flavour but different. the key lime bread pudding.. which is one of the reasons I go to Sweet Melissa's was really cold. I remember it being warmer before. I still the it all. lol
3. The wine. I have to say EVERY time we have ordered Sauvignon Blanc it arrived room temperature at best. They bring an ice bucket and it eventually gets cold but dinner is almost over by then. Thats always a bit disappointing. Unfortunately, it happened again this visit. Although the waiter could not find a champagne bucket this time, and instead, brought over a glass filled with ice and a splash of water and proceeded to pour it into the wine holder, splashing it on the centre of the table!! If that was our first time there, I would have been offended that such a nice place handled this so sloppily. I will still recommend it to friends and will go again. I just hope this review is read and some changes are implemented so that we can continue to rave to everyone in the island about our lovely sweet melissa's.

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We have eaten at Sweet Melissa's 3 times in the last 2 months, and every time has been outstanding in all respects. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who asks!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Good find on Sanibel. A little pricey, especially drinks. Grilled Romaine salad was large and we could have split it. Patrons were dressed nice but casual, no one wearing shorts.

5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Sweet Melissa's needs to have at least one vegetarian item on the menu. Melissa made up a vegetable plate for me upon request, but vegetarians would feel more welcome if the menu listed a non-meat meal or two.

SJ65 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food. Two different size of meal options, which is perfect for lighter eaters.Pleasant wait staff.