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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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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