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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
+1 239-472-1956
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good17%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish stew” (137 reviews)
“grilled romaine” (41 reviews)
“pork belly” (39 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 2 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner. Food and décor were great. Service was fine. Main course salmon with a corn sauce was out of this world--crispy skin with tender inside. Grilled Romaine was the best I had ever had. And we are picky eaters. I also...More

Thank Edgeworth66
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of good and unusual menu choices here. A fried oyster appetizer, grilled octopus, ceviche, and shrimp and grits were excellent. Entrees included a wonderful fish stew, scallops, and a perfectly cooked local redfish. This restaurant offers half portions of most of its entrees, a...More

Thank Gammie8
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you spend more than a couple weeks on Sanibel you begin to discover that most restaurants serve variations on the same theme. A condition I call "Grouper Fatigue" sets in. Some places might encrust grouper in panko breadcrumbs, present it with a few veggies,...More

Thank Prazak
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to be seated on the picturesque patio and were happy to see so many unusual menu items. We enjoyed a delicious seafood stew along with duck confit crepes. The crepes missed the mark somewhat with a lime dressing;however, the service and atmosphere...More

Thank beachwalkerfun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant for anyone interested in a menu that is beyond the ordinary. The cocktails were creative and delicious as well. The bread served with seasoned olive oil was the perfect starter. The atmosphere was calm with live guitar music to entertain us. We had...More

Thank travelite24
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve come to Sanibel for 30 years. Wanting to try something different I read reviews. Sweet Melissa’s sounded wonderful. But we are so disappointed. The octopus salad was uninspired. Our shrimp and grits were not good at all, mealy flavorless grits. The seafood stew was...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For lunch I ordered the Beet Salad for $14.00 and was surprised a the tiny portion that arrived. I asked the waiter to bring bread because I knew that was not going to be enough. Maybe that's why they push the addition of meat on...More

Thank susanb1182017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first visit to Sweet Melissa's won't be our last. The service with Jason was excellent and the food was delicious. I enjoyed my beautiful Blackened Redfish with mashed sweet potatoes and perfectly cooked green beans plus a Beet Salad. Dessert was yummy as well.....we...More

Thank LongIslandMabel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of the restaurants we tried during a recent week in Sanibel (El Cielo, Mad Hatter, Island Cow, Doc Ford's Rum Bar, Blue Giraffe), Sweet Melissa's delivered the best service and quality of food. A special thumbs up for their fish stew. Nicely curated menu allows...More

Thank Elke M
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great lunch. The last visit was seven years ago, and the restaurant remains first class. My fish stew was some of the best I’ve even had. All our meals were very good. The service was very good and porch atmosphere nice during...More

Thank Dickcape
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12 June 2017|
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Response from ovimorecp | Reviewed this property |
I can't recall ever having seen children as we always dined late in the evening.
Heinz I
14 November 2016|
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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