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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
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best meal so far after five days of sampling various places. A must place for special food. A wide variety with new choices/ new menu often. Great service. We will go back before we leave the island.

Thank Carol N
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant has more fanfare and publicity than the reality of their food. To me, this is faux fine dining and a bit of a hype. They specialize in food with organ parts and the staff appears pretentious. Maybe try it for lunch if you must. There are better bets on the iland for what this place offers.

2 Thank Cosmo L
Osterville, Massachusetts
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105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant would do well in any city or sophisticated area. Food is imaginative and well prepared, service is capable. We enjoyed the tuna and short rib surf & turf as well as the Redfish. Wine list had some great wines. The only downside I found was the atmosphere. Sanibel is a pretty laid back place and I found the... More 

Thank Oville
Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We liked the name of this place (Our daughter in law's name is Melissa) but more importantly they took reservations for two. We were seated promptly and listened to live music while we perused the menu. I had a tomato, watermelon and Feta salad. The green, yellow and red tomatoes were at the peak of ripeness. My wife had an... More 

Thank Bos2traveler
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here several times and never disappoints. Melissa Talmadge is a great chef and in the house most nights. Food always amazes with dishes like pompono which is out of site. Best cocktails on island. Fine dining at its best on Sanibel.

Thank Scott J
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was rated high and we were glad we visited. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was terrific. We enjoyed to live dinner music and the service was very attentive. For sure would return when in the area.

Thank Eric B
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, United States
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mullet fritter was a terrific surprise! The begniets for dessert were yummy. The restaurant met every expectation as we had been there before. Genuinely warm and engaging serving staff...and, a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. We planned with the chef in advance, and they made the evening terrific.

Thank Karen F
Sanibel Island, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding food and excellent service. Always a pleasure to dine there. Creative menu- Melissa is an artist!

Thank HVK3541
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here as a recommendation of some family members and it was great. The staff was friendly but it was the food that was amazing. The bread was very soft and freshly made. I had the chicken breast sandwich and they don't disappoint with the amount of meat that is on the sandwiches. Lunches ranged from $12-17 for the... More 

Thank Simplythetruth21
Fort Myers, Florida
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125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had our second wonderful dinner at Sweet Melissa's with visiting friends. We were delighted that it was as good as our first visit. From being greeted on arrival to Melissa stopping by our table and our server Molly running after us when we left to return the cell phone I had left on the table, everyone here is so friendly.... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, 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, Business meetings, Romantic, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?