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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
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Midlothian, Virginia, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The grilled romaine (split with your dining companion) is delicious. The restaurant is known for its fish stew with good reason. You need reservations unless you are willing to eat at the bar or at the kitchen bar...which we love to do anyway. Really enjoyed watching the chefs cooking and plating the food.

Thank Mary W
Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful experience! The atmosphere was perfect and the food divine! My husband and I shared a special dinner here this evening and could not have asked for a better experience. All of the staff we came in contact with was friendly, welcoming, and willing to accommodate. They answered questions and explained options as we had never been there before.... More 

Thank Katherine B
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here for our wedding anniversary and the food service and ambience is really fast st class. I would recommend the scallops or the fish stew both of which are excellent. This is a first class restaurant that provides really good food at a reasonable price.

Thank Chris d
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103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The small plates are fantastic. We had duck confit that was to die for! Kale, pomegranate, fettuccini, wonderfully cooked duck no heaviness whatsoever. Great broth. The five jars were a hit with us. Mullet fish spread, chicken liver spread, chow chow, duck fat with strawberry jam, goat cheese and pimento. Good wine list. Excellent servers. Wonderful attention to detail. Homemade... More 

Thank ValleyFor
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We don't get out to Sanibel that often but we always manage to visit Sweet Melissa's at least once a year. This is by far one of our favorite restaurants. Their menu is interesting and different and if you're a foodie you'll love it as much as we do. There were four of us in our party and every one... More 

Thank Donald D
Centerport, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat on the porch and enjoyed a well-crafted meal served by a friendly staff. Felt they were genuinely interested in doing whatever would help us enjoy the experience.

Thank srib56
Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was really looking forward to dinner. Upon arrival we were notified that the whole place was in the weeds. Not a comfort greeting. We were stuck at a 2 top in a corner of the bar with the patio door right behind us. In out,in,out......very chilly. The man next to us had enough cologne on for the whole place!... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very lovely valentine dinner enjoyed at Sweet Melissa's. Our waitress, Helen, was very sweet and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the special and my husband enjoyed the scallops. The atmosphere on the patio is lovely. Definitely look forward to another special occasion dinner at Sweet Melissa's.

Thank kculp100
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the mussels and frites and my husband had the crabcake sandwich. We chose to each in the patio and found it delightful. The service was good and the waitress was attentive. Well done!

Thank Louise D
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to upgrade and treat myself at Sweet Melissa's! Customer service was outstanding. Food presentation was very picturesque. I ordered the hamburger and it was embraced in a bib lettuce leaf with onion strings atop on what appeared to be a brioche bun.

Thank sgiannone

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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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Germantown, Maryland
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?