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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
+1 239-472-1956
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish stew” (126 reviews)
“pork belly” (37 reviews)
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American, Soups, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal and will be back. Service was excellent. Pleasant acoustic guitar music. A well trained chef with skills that truly show through in her food and the character of her restaurant.

Thank wernolabound
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined here based on other TA reviews for the wife's birthday. Enjoyed the grilled Romaine and an heirloom tomato/watermelon salad. A blackened redfish entree was also excellent but the house "specialty" fish stew was presented with some of the "fishiest" tasting fish I have ever...More

1  Thank T P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Second year in a row going to this restaurant. We actually plan our vacation around their "vacation closing" just so we can dine here. We arrived in Sanibel August 29th (my birthday) and had dinner here that night. I had smoked beef tenderloin with truffle...More

Thank Lislak87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I normally go to Sanibel in the winter and was amazed at how uncrowded everything was in the summer. I loved being able to walk into a restaurant. While our server was not slammed it gave her the opportunity to be extra amazing. She was...More

1  Thank gagrl2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have come to Melissa's twice this trip. Both times excellent . Quiet, subdued and great food. We had lamb loin with mushroom risotto. Perfectly cooked and well flavored. We can highly recommend. The surprise of the evening was the after dinner rosemary grapefruit sorbet. Wow....More

Thank MnTKeller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited here every year since the restaurant opened, and it has yet to disappoint. Always an interesting array of options. We particularly appreciate the half-plate options. Absolutely wonderful flavors served in equally attractive ways. That one eats first with one's eyes is not...More

Thank susan j
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional cuisine and service. The setting is very private and enjoyable. One of my favorite high end establishments on the island.

Thank Corey B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner here last week. Sweet Melissa's was recommended to us by some friends who live on the island. Reservations are a must. Our server JT did a fantastic job describing the dishes and timing the food and drinks. We started...More

Thank jrfamily4
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

We eat out A LOT. This is one of the best meals we have ever had. While some folks were dining in shorts, you should dress up a little more. It is well worth it. Excellent food from apps to dessert , but the fish...More

Thank kennethg217
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Meal was excellent. Love mussels and here one gets a plate full of them. Service was great. A place one can always depend on getting a good meal.

Thank Kandee G
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13 June 2017|
Response from Bos2traveler | Reviewed this property |
We saw several families with children ages 8 and up.
Heinz I
14 November 2016|
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Response from susan j | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
    (Casa Ybel)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-1956
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