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“Once was not enough”

Sweet Melissa's Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Casa Ybel
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We elected to try Sweet Melissa's Cafe based on the favorable reviews we saw at TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed the food and service could not have been better. We went in for an early dinner on a Friday night and booked a reservation for Saturday night on our way out. My wife started with the rabbit pate and had the fish stew on Friday, both were excellent. I had the cheese plate to start and the smoked/grilled filet. The beef was tender and perfectly cooked and the vegetable sides were perfect as well. The following night we both started with the yellow tail sushi plate and we both had the cobia for our main course. We ended Saturday's meal with the Cheese plate as a dessert. A nice ending to a great meal. The kitchen is open so you can see the chef and the staff working on the meals for the entire restaurant. The entire operation was running like clockwork both nights. No wasted words or movement just everyone from chef to waitstaff working together to ensure every dinner had an excellent experience. I saw comments regarding the cost of a meal here, but I must say when the bill arrived it was a pleasant surprise. The half portions helped but, but I was eating the full portions. We are from the Orlando area and when we go out an get a meal that is as well done as what we had at Sweet Melissa's our bill be generally half again as high. In short you will get a great meal, great service all at a fair price. Enjoy.

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Thank rsquillaro
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We really loved this restaurant.The menu was varied and different.The small plate selections enabled us to share and experience several great dishes,We ordered the baby spinach salad,pork belly and clams,fish stew and the Tuna..The desert plate came out with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate The end to a perfect dinner.We felt very comfortable and were never rushed through any course.

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1  Thank alpal1993
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Love the half portions. 4-6 oz. vs 8-10 oz. Great atmosphere!! Specials are always special and creative.

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1  Thank Christine66-11
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

My daughter and i had an excellent dinner here over Labor Day Weekend. The atmosphere is low key and lovely. Our waiter was personable and helpful, but most importantly our food was superb. The guitar player that made for the wonderful ambience was a great touch.

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1  Thank ESJ8453
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My wife and I were in Sanibel for our wedding. We chose Sweet Melissa's because we saw that she had won awards for the best restaurant in Lee County (I think).
First off, the service was great. Our server was originally from the area that we are from and she was so friendly. She also was very good at explaining what the dishes were and answering all of our questions.
Second, the food was absolutely out of this world. And we loved the fact that just about everything is available in petite portions so that you can make a 3 or 4 course meal. We started out with the cheese plate and a beet salad. The bread that came with the cheese plate was fantastic, as well as the dishes themselves. We then had an order of fettuccine carbonara and pork belly and clams. The pork belly and clams was my favorite dish of the night. The broth that it comes in was spectacular. Our main dishes were scallops and the Redfish special. So good! The desserts were impressive as well. I would order any dish without hesitation.
Last, all that food was way under what we had expected. Looking at the bill at the end of the night, we had to double and triple check it:).
Our next trip back, Sweet Melissa's will definitely be our first stop. Thanks to the staff and chefs for such a great restaurant with delicious food and people. We wish we could take it all home with us.

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1  Thank Sanibel13
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