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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
+1 239-472-1956
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish stew” (119 reviews)
“pork belly” (37 reviews)
“cobia” (65 reviews)
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American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Sweet Melissa's is what a restaurant hopes to be, INCREDIBLY delicious, hand crafted food by Mellisa the chef and owner, gracious service and just plain LOVELY! I like the half portions of dishes at such reasonable prices one could eat there every night!

2  Thank Sanibelfam
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Of the places that we ate at on Sanibel in our four days there, this one really stands out. There's an excellent variety of appetizers, and the cooking is very creative. Try the clam / pork belly appetiser - outstanding. And the key lime dessert...More

1  Thank john P
Reviewed 14 February 2013

My husband and I went for our first dinner last night at Sweet Melissa's. We called earlier in the day for a table, but they were already booked but mentioned the 6 chairs overlooking the kitchen that were first-come-first-serve. We arrived at 7:00 p.m. and...More

Thank sbendpassport
Reviewed 8 February 2013

the room is large and the tables spaced apart which by itself is unusual. More importantly the staff is very attentive and MOST importantly the food is GREAT. My wife and I had the fish stew, she the smaller serving. Both of us could do...More

Thank GregL736
Reviewed 8 February 2013

This was our first visit to Melissa's, but it won't be our last! The Heart of Palm salad was crisp and fresh, the scallops were large and delicious, and the fish stew was magnificent. Our server, Marla, was attentive but never pushy, and we never...More

Thank Jerry V
Reviewed 5 February 2013

I enjoy the food at Sweet Mellissa's and we like our visits there. The food is above average and everyone is very nice and friendly. You could do a lot worse on this little island.

1  Thank butzy
Reviewed 2 February 2013

What a wonderful restaurant! I ordered the Cobia fish with verde sauce. Oh my. It came with small white and purple potatoes with onion, plus the verde sauce and also a yellow tomato sauce. I thought surely I had died and gone to heaven with...More

Thank ClarityBarb
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Whatever the current TripAdvisor rating is, to us Sweet Melissa's was number one. A very ambitious menu, with carefully selected and unexpected taste combinations. Everyone says, "You don't come down to Florida for the food", but in this case "everyone" would be wrong. Value for...More

Thank BarbaraNYC_9
Reviewed 31 January 2013

Our meal was fantastic! Our server, Molly, was full of insight and suggestions. Her wine pairings were spot on and every bite of the meal was memorable. This menu is not only well put together and thoughtful but also well-executed and bursting with imagination. The...More

Thank Alegria888
Reviewed 29 January 2013

My wife and I dined with two friends recently and were very pleased with the meal and the service which was atentive without being obtrusive. The fish dishes were fresh and prepared perfectly. The meat dishes, while very good, were not as good as the...More

Thank Trevi_Sal
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lisa s
Hi, lisa. What would you like to know about this restaurant? Is Sweet Melissa's Café within walking distance from the Island Inn??
5 April 2017|
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Heinz I
Does anybody have the owner's (Gretchen Valade, Grosse Pointe, Michigan) email address?
14 November 2016|
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Response from susan j | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. Don't have it
Is there a dress code?
29 October 2015|
Response from Carolyn F | Reviewed this property |
No dress code anywhere on these islands beach casual is fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail