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“Beware The Bar!”

Sweet Melissa's Cafe
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Soups
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Casa Ybel
Sanibel Island, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beware The Bar!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

I have no complaints with the food, very good as usual. However, I want to share our drink experience. We ordered two golden margaritas.....the bartender was unsure how that was prepared...we said a regular margarita with Grand Marnier. A very common drink on the island. You can imagine our surprise when we received our bill, two margaritas $18.00, two Grand Marnier $24.00. Is that crazy or what? We did question the cost and they did make a $12.00 adjustment. In the future you might alert your customer to the ridiculous charge. My biggest regret is we tipped the bartender the expected 20 percent. The tip should have been study the drink manual. My advice,visit Trader's, great food and great golden margaritas without the $$$$$$$. Our last visit.....Barb R
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  • Visited October 2012
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smc1625, Manager at Sweet Melissa's Cafe, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Please accept our apologies for a bad experience. I wanted to let you know that we greatly appreciate your posting this review, as it alerted us to a problem with our point of sale system that we were unaware of. The problem has been corrected and drinks adding Gran Marnier are now ringing up at the correct prices. I hope you'll accept our invitation to return, and give us the opportunity to make this right for you. Again, our apologies.
Karen A. Schaeffer
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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Incredible Food”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

You must try the goat cheese crepes and the grilled romaine salad. Our server Paul, was very knowledgeable and recommended some great wine pairings for our table. Great portion sizes to share.

  • Visited October 2012
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“Best Food on our Trip”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We had an amazing dinner here. I highly recommend it. Squid ink seafood pasta, the salad with tempura avocado, the fish stew and the quail were out of this world. You have to leave room for dessert, too! The bananas in puff pastry with caramel were amazing!

Visited October 2012
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good for foodies”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We were really impressed with the quality of the food. The menu is limited for good reason -- everything is fresh and perfectly prepared. The tuna tartare, duck leg confit, and smoked tenderloin with bone marrow bordelaise were amazing. Get several small plates and share!

Visited September 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Superb food and service”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The menu offers a wide range of items and everything that we tried was excellent. Portions are large so it is easy to share an appetizer between two. Full size entree portions are huge, so unless you plan/want to take home a doggie bag to enjoy it again the next day, consider ordering just the half portion.

Service was perfect - no hovering and no trying to up sell. The A/C was blasting a little too much at our table, and our waiter turned the fan down without any fuss. We were in shorts and he was in long sleeves and long pants and probably needed the A/C to keep him cool - but he was very accommodating of our request.

Everything that we had was excellent quality - grilled romaine salad is a wonderful variation and large enough for two. Be sure to save room for the desserts. This is probably the best dining experience that you'll have on the island. It was for us.

Visited September 2012
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jamie r, Manager at Sweet Melissa's Cafe, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
We are very glad to have given you a wonderful visit! We always try to accomodate our guests, so its no wonder your dining experience wasnt an exception. We truly appreciate you putting out a good word!
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