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Sarasota's most creative dining experience, serving flavors of the imagination since 2007 mé·lange (mā-läNzh’) n. 1. A mixture of items ​To us, méLange is the exploration of food and flavors from different regions around the world. Changing our menu seasonally allows Chef Lan to continually create dishes inspired by her travels, while staying up to date with national food industry trends. Our award-winning craft cocktail team is also on hand to create for you inspired cocktails that will pair perfectly with each of our dishes. Enjoy the seasonal works by local artists that adorn our walls. Join us in the heart of Sarasota's historic downtown, our relaxed atmosphere and approachable meLange of
PRICE RANGE
$12 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
International, Fusion, Gastropub
FEATURES
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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All reviews rabbit brie tacos crepes short ribs flourless chocolate cake soup crab rangoon ice cream fries the duck spring rolls delicious appetizers presentation fork
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived (3) on a Sunday night at 7pm. It was empty inside. The outdoor seating is not particularly nice so we sat inside. The restaurant was dark, hard to read the menu. Our server Faith was very nice, prompt, professional and friendly. Small menu...but nice selection. The special was sweetbreads at $14. We had three cocktails (all good) and appetizers. They sent our an amuse bouche which was nice way to start dinner. No bread served. Entrees, my son had the burger, little dry he shared, huge pot of French fries. Nice presentation. I had the short ribs, very tender, and my wife had the duck crepes and felt there was too much sauce on the plate that drowned out the dish. No dessert, one glass of house wine. Bill came to over $200 with tip. Overcharged ($17) for the sweetbreads and pointed this out but it wasn’t taken off the bill! No biggie, but charge what you are told please. The high price tag and limited selection menu would stop us from coming to eat here several times a month, but overall apart from paying too high a ticket for the experience we enjoyed it.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022

The restaurant is modestly but tastefully decorated and service was good. We started with the duck spring rolls, then shared the crab diner soup and brie salad. My wife finished with the mushroom strudel and me with duck crepes. The food came out hot, and...the taste was outstanding on every single order. We were very impressed. The only detractor was that we felt a little rushed. I would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 3, 2022 via mobile

Service was very good. All the dishes were well prepared. A Very pleasant interior and Reasonably priced. We can recommend meLange if you want to try something a little different.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 21, 2022

Rabbit tacos wow just wow drinks seemed weak . Little warm kinda groovy. Old art deco urban edgy. Good meats goodservice

Date of visit: February 2022
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2022

Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate your support!

Reviewed December 29, 2021

We have lived in Sarasota part time for many years and have dined at some great places. On our last trip, we discovered MeLange. It is by far our new favourite in Sarasota. The food is incredible and the service so friendly. You simply can't...beat this restaurant. A big part of our vacations is always trying to find the best food around and we are so glad we found this place. I am still dreaming of the mushroom appetizer and the cocktail drink with the pineapple "cookie" on the straw. Very inventive and simply delicious food. We will be back (many times over)!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2022

Thank you for your support!

Reviewed December 3, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food. We loved our waiter Tyler. I had squash and leek soup and the salad with chèvre and Brie. My husband had the duck spring rolls and duck crepes. Definitely try the Salazar drink if you like old fashions! I think this place is...perfect for foodies. The presentation is amazing and portions are appropriate.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2022

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Reviewed June 10, 2021

Ever been to a place that just had to make you know how important their food is? These folks don't have to, the food speaks for itself and that made it a relaxing, satisfying, and pleasurable dining experience. Endorphins started kicking in right after the...delicious appetizers. We had spring rolls and crab Rangoon, they were great, but the difference is in the sauce. One sauce had habaneros, just enough to give it a pleasant kick, not overpowering. The other had Asian five spice; both sauces were sublime, true artistry at work here. For mains we had duck crepes and short rib. Lots of duck in the crepe, the sauce was subtle, the short rib was fork friendly, no knife needed and it was served with the best spinach I've had anywhere! It was fried like kale, without any bitterness. Desert was a creme brulee with seasonal berries and was creamy, just sweet enough, and delicious. We took home a flourless chocolate cake and ate the ice cream that came with it. The ice cream was smoked! Yep, that's right, for an extra hit to the pallet it was lightly smoked. The service was attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed the music playing softly in the background. Visually appealing with lots of interesting artwork and plants...the plating was also very artistic. Charming. Can't wait to go back. (I've lived in Sarasota for about nine months now and haven't felt this good about a restaurant since I moved here).More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2021

Thank you for your support all your kind words!

Reviewed April 2, 2021 via mobile

Still sitting in the restaurant as I write this. First time we have dined here and it will not be the last. The Rabbit Tacos were incredible. They alone will bring me back again and again. The Duck Brie Crepes are smooth, rich and scandalously...delicious. If you like to eat, you must come here - before you can’t get in. What a gem. This is absolutely a “Go To” for me from now on.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Lan B, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2021

Thank you so much for your deliciously kind words, we could just eat them up! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience at MeLange, it's why we do what we do... and we'll have your rabbit tacos waiting on your next visit.

Reviewed February 25, 2021

This place is a treasure. Every dish is prepared with such talent and attention to details! This cozy restaurant is a pleasure to spend a casual evening at, yet it is perfect for a special occasion as well. Very stylish indoor and spacious outdoor seating,...outstanding service and superb food makes your evening a great experience to remember. Last, but not least their drinks are excellent! My favorite drink is “Not-Michael’s Twist”. It has a taste of elderberry, not too sweet, just perfect. We would like to come back here again and again.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2021

Thank you for all your kind words, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed November 9, 2020

I am so grateful to have found this place, everything from the friendly staff, gourmet food, and wide assortment of delicious cocktails were exceptional beyond words. We hosted our wedding rehearsal lunch here and I had the pleasure of working with Chef Lan herself. She...was kind, profession, and very accommodating. We just came back from our honeymoon, and we had the opportunities to dine at some world-renowned restaurants and I would say this place is at par with those restaurants. The food will have your taste buds screaming with joy and each dish was handcrafted by Chef Lan herself. The presentation was a work of art and the restaurant itself has a charming ambience. Best of all, everything is very reasonably priced. I have been recommending this place to everyone and this is a must try place in Sarasota.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Brad C, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2021

Thank you so much for your support, we hope to serve you again in the future!

Reviewed October 12, 2020 via mobile

Melange for an wonderful last evening in Sarasota. From the moment we walked in and were greeted with the cool/electric decor, friendly smiles and a table with our name on it (we made a reservation through open table), we knew we had picked a great...one. Emma our server was fun, nice and very knowledgeable. I started with the Chai cocktail creamy cinnamon deliciousness. The chef sent out an amuse bouche of a fresh mussels with a spicy creamy sauce on top. Normally I don’t love mussels but it was a so cool & clean tasting, it made me a believer and excited for what was next. Our appetizers included a crab soup with ginger spheres a tiny sherry flan & a hazelnut scone-awesome. My husband has the rabbit tacos (yes I said rabbit). I have to admit they rocked. Served in crispy wanton wrappers and the filling was seasoned and braised to perfection. Entrees included Perfectly Seared Scallops over a bed of risotto with french beans and earthy mushrooms. And Duck Spring Rolls. And to finish off such an amazing meal: an Earl Gray Cheesecake with berry compote and a spoon full of berry sorbet. My husband had the Vanilla Lavender brûlée and we shared a glass of port. Five star food, service and value. Thank you to our amazing Server Emma and to the Chef for a fantastic meal and evening 💕More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Getaway31797841944, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2020

We really appreciate you taking the time to share your dining experience at MeLange. Thank you for choosing us for your evening out and we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed October 6, 2020 via mobile

We were very disappointed with our order of Grouper. The dish tasted like somebody threw a brick of salt on the Grouper dish. We told the waitress about it and she just almost said, oh well. No explanation or even a visit from the chef....So disappointed.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Getaway31797841944, Owner at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2020

Debbie, We are very disappointed to learn how our team responded to your unsatisfactory dish. Please let us make it up to you. Contact us at melangesarasota@gmail so we can make it up to you.

Reviewed July 27, 2020

In this time of COVID we did take out from Melange. Everything was delicious. We had the asparagus salad, scallops, duck spring rolls, pasta dish, and two desserts. All the selections were outstanding. Over the years Melange has been our favorite Sarasota restaurant. Cocktails, particularly...the Lychee Martini, are a hit. The only negative is the decor. However, it is worth overlooking to eat the food. The take out experience was very respectful of our need to be very cautious about covid exposure.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Lan B, Marketing at meLange, responded to this reviewResponded August 3, 2021

We're so happy you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Reviewed June 19, 2020

Had the absolute best birthday dinner here- more of an experience of explosion of flavors. There is so much attention to detail- from the adorable flowers on each table, to the cutlery, to the perfectly balanced dishes and impeccable service (thanks Desiree!!). I cannot wait...to come back!!! Thank you chef & team:)More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 14, 2020 via mobile

We snagged a table outside at Melange Saturday evening to enjoy cocktails with friends. Our servers were super nice and friendly. They definitely got a couple of our drinks wrong, but no biggie. We were well taken care of and everything was tasty. I’d really...like to go back when we can sit at the bar.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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