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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
+1 239-472-1956
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish stew” (139 reviews)
“grilled romaine” (42 reviews)
“pork belly” (39 reviews)
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American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
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Reviewed yesterday

Melissa is an artist, and the dishes reflect the care that the chef has in preparing each meal. Very professional wait staff - they accommodate special requests for food preparation.

Thank HVK3541
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always come here when visiting the island. They understand food is an art form for the eyes and the palate. I had the watermelon salad - a lovely combination of watermelon chunks, heirloom tomato and goat cheese. Every bite was wonderful. Their grouper special...More

Thank DebDonB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent place to dine. From the fish stew to my steak, Sweet Melissa's lived up to its reputation. Staff make dining here a pleasure. Prices in line with other restaurants on Sanibel. Will dine here again!

Thank albert C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family ate here after reading the reviews. We had high hopes, but we were disappointed. I had the blackened red fish, and my husband had the scallops. My fish was bland and sweet potatoes barely warm. The scallops were large, but the dish lacked...More

Thank Sfarring
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

DInner very disappointing. Filet mignon no longer on the menu Something I always looked forward to. A tough unflavorful, and fatty strip steak was not good . We normally dined here several times during the 3 months we.stay on Sanibel. Probably will not come back...More

Thank ronaldgarver
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

From the owner-chef designed entrée and small plate menu of excellent fresh fare, to the friendly and knowledgeable staff, to the calm dining atmosphere, Sweet Melissa's is a five-star choice. My wife and I have found this to be a culinary oasis away from the...More

Thank Rick1007
Reviewed May 12, 2018

Went there for dinner dine on the patio was such a relaxed meal with the best food I've had in a very long time . The staff was very attentive was impressive to see the owner working hard making sure everyone's meal was amazing. It's...More

Thank dab7007
Reviewed May 5, 2018

We look forward to our stop at Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on each trip to the island. The food and service are beyond reproach. This trip I enjoyed the mussels served steamed and presented with a sauce which had me asking for more bread to savor...More

Thank Gbear2013
Reviewed April 27, 2018

CHEESE PLATE......out of this world wine list....................great FOIE GRAS.............excellent FISH STEW.............delicious..... Scallops...................wonderful SERVICE.................VERY GOOD.....JASON

Thank manseekingfood
Reviewed April 24, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. Food and décor were great. Service was fine. Main course salmon with a corn sauce was out of this world--crispy skin with tender inside. Grilled Romaine was the best I had ever had. And we are picky eaters. I also...More

Thank Edgeworth66
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June 12, 2017|
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Response from ovimorecp | Reviewed this property |
I can't recall ever having seen children as we always dined late in the evening.
Heinz I
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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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We are a chef driven restaurant emphasizing fresh, seasonal farm-to-table ingredients. A casual atmosphere featuring deluxe dining, outdoor screened garden lanai seating, live music, children's menu available and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2017 and counting...
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