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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

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1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402 (Casa Ybel)
+1 239-472-1956
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

Why smother good ingredients with so many things, simplicity is the key to good food anyone purporting to offer gourmet cooking should know that. The desserts however were very good and followed that ethos.service was excellent shame about the food.

1 Thank E S
Sanibel Island, Florida
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Sweet Melissa's is one of the best on Sanibel. WE have been eating there ever she arrived on the Island. If we want to be assured of a well prepared meal with quality ingredients and a bit of imagination, Melissa's is the go to place. Melissa is one of the best, most consistent chefs around. I once asked why a... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

We had spent a week in Orlando when we went to Sanibel and went to Sweet Melissa because of Trip Advisor reviews. It is worthy of all the comments on TA. Felt like we were in New York, or London, with the quality of the food and the wine list. I had looked at the menu before we went and... More 

1 Thank 210Joanna
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Very nice place. Chef appears to have focused on having the food represent her approach which results in unique flavor combinations.

2 Thank David C
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Wonderful food. I am not an adventurous eater, but tried different foods and all were fabulous. The dessert, banana strudel, was one of the best I have had. I was extremely impressed. Expensive but a treat for this small island. Go there. You will not be disappointed.

2 Thank Npwalter
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Sweet Melissa's is perfect! It is casually elegant and offers an innovative menu and warm, friendly service. It's our "go to" restaurant on Sanibel Island for celebrating special occasions.

1 Thank Kurt074
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

I've been going to Sanibel for 5 years and have always been disaspointed with the reasturants. This was my first time at Sweet Melissa's and it was great! The drink list is big and fun, salads and apps were very good, and entrees were perfect. The resturant and bar is beautifully decorated and atmosphere is upscale. Alittle fancy and smaller... More 

1 Thank There4Itravel
Sanibel Island, Florida
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

Lunch is, perhaps best here. Nice selection of food choices at a reasonable price. Dinner jumps up a bit too high for the same food. Bar is tiny and drinks are expensive.

1 Thank Merrill M
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

We have been to Sweet Melissa's numerous times and it just seems to get better and better every time. First let me say our server was wonderful. He was knowledgeable of the menu and knew how to pace each course so we were not rushed. We started with the cheese platter which was a wonderful mix of five cheeses, and... More 

1 Thank Susan F
Fort Myers, Florida
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

My husband and I eat at Sweet Melissa's quite regularly and never had a bad meal. The food is eclectic. What we especially like is the fact that you can order smaller portions of many of their dinner choices. Being elderly, we really don't like big meals anymore. Their salads are great as well. They also have a larger room... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?