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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
+1 239-472-1956
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish stew” (121 reviews)
“pork belly” (37 reviews)
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American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Great food and service. Melissa's scores big in all categories and would be successful in NYC or any other large urban market. Try the veal cheeks as an appetizer and the fish is superb. The menu is eclectic and innovative. Wine selection is better than...More

2  Thank bankruptcy
Reviewed 6 February 2014

We eat at Sweet Melissa's Cafe whenever we are visiting Sanibel Island. We like the small plate selection. I chose Skate, which I enjoyed. The beet salad is a "must have" for me, and the icecream/gelato is always an excellent choice for dessert.

Thank oz1972
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Equally as good as Mad Hatter where we recently dined. The small plates offered provides an opportunity to try something new, like skate. Fabulous! Heirloom tomato starter shared, and two small plates, was more than enough for dinner for one. Ate on the patio as...More

Thank SVFirstEdition
Reviewed 1 February 2014

The kitchen staff here takes an innovative approach to producing some can't miss dishes. The fish/seafood specials shouldn't be missed.

3  Thank rogerthat
Reviewed 27 January 2014

I highly recommend this cozy, yet sophisticated establishment. Dinner for 2 was romantic & delicious! Place fills up fast, get there early!

1  Thank kitkatSouthJersey
Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

We Chose to come here because of trip advisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. Great service, nice atmosphere. Very creative dishes with good flavors. Little tweaks that made a run of the mill dish something special. I especially liked the tuna. One of the best...More

Thank markjchambers
Reviewed 26 January 2014

We usually visit Sanibel once or twice per year and always eat at Sweet Melissa's. We have tried many of the restaurants on Sanibel & nearby and always come back. The food and the staff are always top notch. The menu keeps the clear winners...More

1  Thank joel r
Reviewed 22 January 2014

Sweet Melissa's is an inviting dining experience with soft classical guitar music in the background. We always get small plates. The cured yellowtail is very delicious and the fois gras too. The duck breast my husband got is an unusual treatment but not to our...More

Thank AnnC576
Reviewed 20 January 2014

We were out on our bikes and stopped for lunch. We were able to sit outside in the screened in porch. We had a delicious apple, Brie and Apple sandwich- very tasty; and an Asian steak salad with fresh orange and wonderfully marinated steak. Excellent...More

Thank Pineleaf
Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

The food was good but the service was terrible. It took 45 minutes to get our food and our waitress didn't come back to check on us once. This place could be terrific if they hired more staff!

Thank Katepisman
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Are you a family friendly restaurant aka: kids?
13 June 2017|
Response from Bos2traveler | Reviewed this property |
We saw several families with children ages 8 and up.
Heinz I
Does anybody have the owner's (Gretchen Valade, Grosse Pointe, Michigan) email address?
14 November 2016|
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Response from susan j | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Don't have it
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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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