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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (25)
Special Occasion (20)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Romantic (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Live Music (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Best food we’ve had in this region, dishes were all spot on

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was amazing. Great service. Cut above most other restaurants on Sanibel

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Loretta our server is the best BD celebration for my Queen and all was perfect

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best food and service by far on Sanibel in our experience. Been for both lunch and dinner - both excellent. Tried other so-called good restaurants but not a patch on Melissa's!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fabulous as always. This is our third visit for dinner; never disappointing. Mahi and Redfish creatively prepared and presented by a courteous staff. Can’t go wrong at Sweet Melissa’s.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The most wonderful food and especially the fish stew. We love ❤️ Sweet Melissa’

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Overall , the food was very good. I have to say that i don't think that the new rendition of your beet salad was great. Too many greens, & too much dressing. Liked the older version better.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Melissa is a talented and innovative chef. I will remember this meal for a long time! Her staff is delightful and very helpful. And I LOVE the half glass of wine option. My happy suggestion for her is to add more vegetables to the menu. My amazing, delicious seafood stew (half portion, bless her) would have been even better with a side of brussels sprouts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful dinner... great food and ambience. The service was great, friendly and engaging. We may have a new favorite spot on Sanibel

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Unique and imaginative entrees. I liked having the choice of small plates. The mussels were excellent.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was excellent, the blackened grouper was cooked to perfection accompanied by deliciously flavored root vegetables, the scallops were also cooked perfectly-very tender and translucent.The service was very professional and friendly. Excellent cocktails as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Disappointed with the food. Starters were acceptable but entrees were not. My fish (days special) was an overcooked mackerel
which tasted like cardboard.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I'm usually very pleased but this time I was disappointed with my dinner and there was no effort to switch my main course which is usually the case

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was delish!! Our server Matt was friendly and efficient. Food presentation was excellent. The scallops were fabulous and almost melted in your mouth, the dock confit crepes were fresh and tasty, the cold fig salad was sweet and delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Have been here many times -- nice job, excellent wait staff -- smaller plates allows you to try different items -- Octopus was good (not great) -- a little over done -- Fish Stew was outstanding -- even the smaller plate version was excellent -- A little pricy but not outrageous for island fair -- many steps above the fish and frays type of place

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent food! Do not be put off by decor!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We eat here every time we come to Sanibel, which is twice a year, ususally on our last night. Love the Smokey Manhattan. The food is always unique and delicious. I had the fish soup which was the best ever. My husband had bbq shrimp and grits - definitely a gourmet version. Desserts are to die for. Every bite of food at this place is perfect. The guitar player plays beautiful background music. Love it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A wonderful dining experience! Sweet Melissa’s has one of the most creatively designed menus anywhere featuring exciting choices that are consistently perfectly prepared and beautifully presented!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Unique food with great presentation. They do not scrimp on portions. Great wine list. Matt , our server pretty much had menu and specials memorized. Good place to spend an evening for dinner.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another wonderful meal! Live music that you can still have a conversation over. Attentive service and gourmet menu. Inviting ambience. I am never disappointed when dining here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I always want to like Sweet Melissa’s because the people there are so nice. That’s why I go back each year. Unfortunately the food is always disappointing. Someday.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

It was a fabulous evening! Thanks for everything. I'll be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

On Sanibel for only one week. Sweet Melissa's for two or our dinners. This one the second. Wonderful meals. So hard to choose from such a creative menu. Very nice soft live guitar music in the background. Perfect service. What more to ask for?

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Returned to Sanibel. First dinner was Sweet Melissa's. Better than ever. Creative menu. Preparations were wonderful. Lots of seafood options. Great service. Nothing really compares.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The evening was perfect. Great wine, wonderful food and very fine service. Lamb was done to perfection; shrimp and grits appetizer was straight from New Orleans, as was the foie gras beignets. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Organic
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Cobia special was delicious. Loved the acoustic guitar dinner music. Our server, Helen, gave excellent suggestions for food and wine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was our first visit to Sweet Melissa's. It was highly rated so we decided to give it a go. The place is amazing. Our server, Mark, knew the menu inside out and was really helpful. We split an octopus appetizer and the grilled romaine ceasar. Both were really good but they relied heavily on the wonderful sauces. I had the fish stew and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is perfectly balanced and has enough meat to please everyone. My husband ordered the Cobia special and loved it. We both order half portions and left happy and satisfied. They encourage the half portion and sharing so you can sample the flavors. Here again, Mark was really helpful. He could have sold us more food but instead focused on giving us a spectacular dining experience. We hope to be back soon to try the rest of the menu. They probably have one of the better wine lists on the island as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Sweet Melissa's never disappoints.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Never disappoints. Easy to enjoy thanks to well trained staff and interesting choices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Second year dining at Sweet Melissa's. This restaurant goes above and beyond preparing your food and taking care of their customers.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We've been going to Sweet Melissa's for years, every time we come to Sanibel. Our entire family loves it. This time was no exception. Highly recommended! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Lovely on all counts. Always interesting, tasty and fun. Highly recommended.

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 (Mainz)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Simply delicious. Interesting combinations, different sizes available. Unobtrusive service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

We really enjoyed the fish stew, watermelon and feta cheese salad, and scallops. We loved the option of the small plate choice. The atmosphere and service were excellent. We were impressed that Melissa came out and talked to us. It was a very special dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Matt, our waiter, was excellent. Great service. Food was ok. My expectations were much higher. Our meals may have been better, but quite frankly, the food was way too salty. I like well seasoned food, but the salt overtook the flavor of the food. I had the beef tartar and did enjoy it. The flavor to this was nice. My husband started off with the escargot. The escargot was in a mushroom sauce. I tried it and agreed with him that it would have been better if not for all the salt. He did not finish. For our entries, my husband had the tenderloin and I had the fish stew. The tenderloin was prepared as ordered, but, again, too salty. My fish stew was flavorful, shrimp, scallops, fish, mussels all properly cooked. The broth was good, but too salty. In the beginning, the stew was good, about midway through, salt overtook my mouth and the meal was no longer enjoyable. We went elsewhere for dessert to get the salt taste out of our mouths. I truly wanted this meal to be exceptional. It was not .

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I had the fish stew which was amazing and full of flavor. Wife had the beef tenderloin which was beyond tender. Our water was great and food came out quickly.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Lovely restaurant! Food was very creative. Octopus appetizer only had 2 small tentacles which was disappointing. Tuna entree special was very tasty, but slightly overdone. Next time I'll try the fish stew.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, embiance and service. Elegant food in a down to earth atmosphere.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 2, 2017

As always, our experience at Sweet Melissa's was first rate. Nice changes to the menu, redfish special was outstanding. Unobtrusive, good service. Quiet night, so easy conversation. Still the best place on Sanibel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Every year we wish for an excellent meal in Sanibel and then we come to your restaurant
What a delight
Mark ur server was great
The octopus was memorable and the tuna special was out of this world
My wife always orders the soup and she did again
So we went last Friday and we are ready to go again before we leave the island on aug 5 after a month here

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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