We recently had dinner at Sweet Melissa's while vacationing on Sanibel Island. It was early October, so the restaurant(and Sanibel) were quiet. We were seated in a small side room with about 5 tables, all close together. That was the first problem. Seated directly behind us was a loud, boorish man and his "date". Shortly after that a second couple was seated in the same small room, despite most of the restaurant being empty. The second man was obviously a wine snob and was unhappy with the shape of the glass his wine was served in and proceeded to lecture the waitress(and unhappily, us as well) on why it was not suitable.
Now on to the food. It was restaurant week so they had a select menu of a salad, fish stew and desert. The salad featured hearts of palm and hazelnuts and was delicious. The fish stew was loaded with clams, mussels, fish and a single scallop in a tomato broth. The flavor was good, but it was oversalted. The desert was banana wrapped in phyllo dough and served with cinnamon gelato - this was excellent. Overall I would rate the food as 4/5. Ambience was 2/5. And while I understand the restaurant isn't responsible for other diners behavior, to seat 3 parties in a small room when the majority of the restaurant was empty really spoiled what should have been an enjoyable meal.
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