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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (42)
Special Occasion (35)
Fit for Foodies (28)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for a Date (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Romantic (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Live Music (13)
Authentic (12)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Cozy (9)
Casual (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
Fun (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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!!

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 (Richmond)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines galore

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 (New England)·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!

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 (Chicago)·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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 9, 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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 5, 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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·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.

Tags: Vegan
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Dissapointed! After some great meals in Sanibel we were expecting the same here but from beginning to end they fell short. This place was uncomfortably noisy, so only go here if you enjoy screaming at each other. Our waiter was below par but found out later he was new. The real problem was the food. The chef is obviously trying too hard to be “creative”. The sausage special appetizer was horrible, probably should have sent back. The pretzel roll was so salty it was inedible. The “pork belly” was a block of compressed pork roast. The scallop entree was sent back, too salty. The bread was good, but even the dipping oil had too much salt. Over salting is a sign of a chef not tasting food and poor quality control or trying to hide poor quality food, either way it’s bad. The hostess did come over and offered a free dessert, but at this point we just wanted to leave. This seemed to be a busy popular place but I can’t imagine that they can continue to put out poor quality service and food to unsuspecting tourists expecting a special meal when you are paying premium prices. Don’t go, much better choices on Sanibel.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Yummy food! Love the small plates, half portions, and great salads!

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our party of four had an exceptional meal. We each had a small plate and a half entree and it was an appropriate amount of food. All were delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We have not experienced such rudeness and arrogance by server in 14 years visiting the USA.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fabulous creative dishes available as small plates--so you can try more than one.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice restaurant. The fish stew is wonderful

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed every morsel we ate at Sweet Melissa’s! Everything was unusual and extremely tasty! U will surely love this restaurant unless u r a picky eater. I had the tomato and watermelon salad and scallops w Brussels sprouts. My husband had Caesar salad and fish stew. Make sure to get reservations! For dessert, we split the flourless chocolate torte w sorbet. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our 3rd time here. Always a wonderful meal. Food prep is very unique and delicious. Had the grilled romaine: excellent. Mussels: fabulous sauce and tender mussels. And the redfish which was superb. Nice restaurant for a fancy night out on the island. Very friendly service too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

6 different dinners, all were excellent. Server was extremely helpful regarding choices and whether to order small or large plates. Be aware it’s not inexpensive by any means. Great dining experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We have always eaten most of our dinners at SM's when on vacation in Sanibel and were disappointed this visit. The octopus was dry and tough, and the general quality of our dinners were far below what it has been in the past. Maybe we caught them on an off night. But it was enough that we cancelled our reservations for the remainder of the week, deciding to explore other options.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Sweet Melissa's offers a variety of small plate and dinner options. Food was carefully prepared and presented. Entrees come in full and half sizes, which is somewhat unique. Our server, Brandon, was pleasant and efficient. Reservations are a must to guarantee a table at this popular spot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Melissa’s touch is on everything and every dish Is a treat for the eyes and the mouth. Half portions allow you to try different dishes and the tab is very reasonable. Romaine salad and scallops are not to be missed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Our waiter, Jason was lovely. Always a great dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A foody’s paradise. Melissa is an incredible chef. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and incredibly unique. This place is a treasure!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Casual, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Waiter was forgetful and slow. Food was just ok

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 17, 2018

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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 (Naples)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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 (Naples)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 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 12, 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 11, 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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vip
 (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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