Welcome to Sweet Melissa's Cafe
Experience the award-winning Sweet Melissa's Cafe, Sanibel Island. Serving lunch and dinner, this is a culinary journey of epic proportions! Executive Chef Melissa Talmage challenges your taste buds to explore a creative menu with a wide array of different tastes, textures and eclectic ingredients. Named "Best Dining in Lee County" by Gulf Shore Life, the dinner menu offers entrees in full portions or "small plates" giving diners the ability to enjoy multiple dishes in one visit. Sweet Melissa's menu consists of trend-setting fare including fettuccine and clams with fennel and Pernod (pear'-no, a flavorful liqueur similar to ouzo), crispy soft-shelled crab, bourbon-glazed pork belly and pan-seared duck breast. Don't miss the Fish Stew! Described as "exploding with goodness" by one reviewer, the dish features mahi-mahi or redfish combined with scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, chorizo and fennel, accented with a lemony saffron cream. This former specialty dish is now a regular item on the menu, in response to diner demand.
"Executive Chef Melissa Talmage conjures culinary magic in the kitchen,
her imagination appears to have no bounds."
4 Stars - Jean LeBoeuf, News-Press
Sweet Melissa's Cafe exudes warmth, compliments of its sedate atmosphere and impeccable service. Indoors, the open floor plan allows a peek into the exhibition kitchen as the chefs create their magic and are directed to fulfill Chef Melissa's visions.
Fine linens and a cozy bar add to the experience, while soothing live acoustic jazz sets the mood on select evenings. Guests who prefer to dine al fresco will find the screen-in patio a delightful option.
Come join us for another side - the best side - of island dining.
New Year's Eve at Sweet Melissa's Cafe
New Year’s Eve 2014
Five Course Tasting Menu
With Wine Pairings $130 or Without Wine Pairings $95
Chilled Cucumber Soup
Stone Crab, Champagne Caviar
Monmousseau Vouvray Brut – Loire Valley, France NV
Cognac Cream Foam
Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé – France NV
Scallop and Fluke Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Avocado, Radish
Cristina Ascheri Gavi – Piedmont, Italy 2012
Foie Gras Torchon ($10 Additional)
Standing Stone Vineyards Reisling – Finger Lakes, New York 2012
Roasted Beet Salad
Orange, Heart of Palm, Baby Arugula, Spiced Pecans, Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette
Dauvergne Ranvier Côtes du Rhône Blanc – Rhone Valley, France 2012
Chanterelles, Baby Carrots, Truffle Jus
Lange Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012
Sea Urchin Emulsion, Braised Baby Fennel, Candied Kumquat, Jalapeño
Steele Canyon Cellars Chardonnay – Napa Valley, California 2012
Grilled Lamb Loin
Salsa Verde, Duck Fat Braised White Beans
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir – Marlborough, New Zealand 2010
Braised Short Rib
Celery Root and Potato Puree, Pomegranate
Ty Caton “EnTYecement” Blend – Sonoma, California 2012
Nutella, Rice Krispies, Orange Sherbet
Meeker FroZin Zinfandel
Black Berry Compote, Poppy Seed Shortbread
Standing Stone Vineyards Reisling Ice
Please join us to celebrate the New Year!
By Reservation Only