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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
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Second time we have dined here. The restaurant is broken up so there are several different dining rooms. We arrived at 5:45 and were the only two in our area for half of the meal, so very intimate. My husband ordered the grilled romaine with Caesar and Parmesan and the crispy fish with Swiss chard. Both were delicious. I ordered... More 

Thank Yvonne S
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily the best restaurant we ate in on Sanibel. Delicious food, beautifully cooked, great flavours.

Thank moyes61
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We almost left after entering the door because of the white table clothes. It seemed a little stuffy for Sanibel. So very glad we stayed. It was awesomely delicious. Mussels were best we'd ever had. Crab sandwich outstanding. Every order of 6 was just perfect Wonderful presentation. We only wish we'd have come earlier in the visit so we could... More 

Thank KaronR
Salem, OR
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed an amazing meal at Sweet Melissa's. Scallops were delicious, as was the grouper, and the beef tenderloin. Desserts of dark chocolate flourless tort, key lime bread pudding & banana pecan strudel stole the show for our group. Highly recommend this cafe!!

Thank kspearSalem_OR
Vero Beach, Florida
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having gone to most of the restaurants on Sanibel we gave Sweet Melissa's a try and were not disappointed. Very nice atmosphere, creative & tasty dishes. Loretta was extremely helpful with our wine selections. I would have given this 5 stars but held back because our waiter was new to his job and wasn't very attentive. Also, we ordered the... More 

Thank BuckosMom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was less than average. Quiche was burned, ceasar salad was a head of romaine split and grilled, nothing special. Disappointed given all the great reviews.

2 Thank Lisa S
Florida, USA
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126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 5 went here for dinner. Wine, suggested by Loretta, was superb. We started our meal with " Little Jars" . Each was filled with a yummy treat including liver pâté , goat cheese & fruit, chow chow and 2 others. Small homemade crackers were served with these. The downfall of the entire dining experience was that fact... More 

Thank CBYankee
Miami, Florida
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxed atmosphere , attentive and friendly service. The most creative food we have found on the island. Casual fine dining. $$$ but so worth it for a nice meal . We will be returning .

Thank FLSuze
Indianapolis, Indiana
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the food and the service at this place. Definitely a place we will return to. The pear mojito was wonderful.

Thank Ali G
Saratoga Springs, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we have had lunch and dinner here when ever we come to Sanibel or Captiva . My husband loves the fish stew and had it twice in the last week we were there. We also love the grilled Romaine Salad. Although the menu is small there is always great things to choose from.

Thank ymssw112

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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
Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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?