What others are saying about Mel's Barbershop!
15:45 27 Jan 23
Love this place great staff everyone was great! Go in and see josh he’s will get you right with a good clean cut and good conversation!
13:03 27 Jan 23
Moved to Sarasota 18 months ago. Been to no less than 6 “butchers”… let me save you the aggravation: Go to Mel's Old City Barbershop on Gulf Gate Drive! ! I’ve seen Jose 4 times now. GREAT cut. He listens to what you want and does amazing work. Fair price. Great environment: music, vibe, conversation! Mel’s is the modern update to my old barber shop in NJ that had 70-year-old paneling on the walls! Try it! Worth it!
22:36 21 Jan 23
amazing haircut, clean, nice, amazing detail work, and most importantly Jose is super funny.
20:35 18 Jan 23
Absolutely the best haircut I’ve ever had and I’m 60 yo. Rodolfo was meticulous and very detail oriented. For the eyebrow trim, he did not just use a comb and sissies, but also a straight razor. He was also focused on cleaning his equipment before each use. The place is also clean and bright.However, don’t expect to be in and out in 15 minutes…perfection takes time…call it 30 minutes. New to the area and I’ve found my barber!
23:27 08 Jan 23
Great bunch of guys, experts in their field.They even served up some authentic cuisine which was a real treat!!
17:28 26 Nov 22
Mel and Jose were awesome! Shame I'm only here for the weekend or these guys would become my instant goto barbershop! 10 stars!
20:17 18 Nov 22
Great job 👍Thank you
Laurie Lombardi, CDN
01:42 05 Aug 22
Eric has been getting his hair cut and the best shave (with a straight edge razor) he has ever gotten in his adult life.Mel’s Barbershop is clean, friendly and we are blessed to have met José and his wife Melissa.
12:31 30 Jul 22
Last month I visited beautiful Sarasota and searched google for the best place for a haircut. Mel’s had the best rating, so I took a chance and booked an appointment for that morning with José.The shop is bright, clean and conveniently located a few minutes from where I was staying in Siesta Key.I was blessed with not only a great haircut, but great conversation. When I returned home my teenage kids said “that looks much better than your usual haircut,” and I agree. I look forward to stopping in next time I’m vacationing in Sarasota.
14:28 21 Jul 22
Very nice Shop. Jose was very detail oriented and talented!
14:28 24 Jun 22
Great and professional see you again thanks
16:38 17 Jun 22
Visiting from out of town and needed a hair cut for our family beach photos. Jose is by far the best barber I have ever visited. His attention to detail is top notch. Thanks again Jose!
19:56 15 Jun 22
Cool people and great haircuts. Good environment but still professional. 10/10 would recommend to anyone!
14:11 02 Jun 22
Place is great such nice and knowledgeable people
14:03 02 Jun 22
Best barber shop ever bruh place is awesome
Katheryn Hair Designer
11:40 31 May 22
I finally found my stylist!!! I wear my hair long on top and short sides and back. ( I have a small face ) and this style works well for me. Since I moved here from San Fransisco, I have been looking for some one to give me a gradual fade from nape to fuller part of my style. ( no hard hair line ). I absolutely love how Jose’ did my fade. Thank you Jose’. I’ll be back. I’ll send people your way Katherynhairdesigner
17:04 21 May 22
This is my primary barbershop 💈.
19:38 23 Apr 22
highly recommend to anyone
16:21 23 Apr 22
Nice place great atmosphere and skilled!!!
00:20 08 Apr 22
Be going since they open. I love it. Jose is the man.
18:35 29 Mar 22
Great Barber shop
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18:38 30 Jan 22
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19:45 23 Jan 22
Fantastic service! Great cut with attention bro detail.
21:18 24 Dec 21
This place is the best local barber in town! Mom and Pop small business... I'll come here again!
17:52 02 Oct 21
Mel is a real pro!
12:57 24 Sep 21
great ppl perfectly cut.
22:22 12 Sep 21
Best barbershop in town
15:16 09 Sep 21
Great haircuts and friendly owners. Super clean shop.
17:24 01 Sep 21
On vacation stopped to get cleaned up. They were awesome. Friendly, professional, experts at what they do. Great place.
17:32 28 Aug 21
Great service, takes the time to get it right
18:45 11 Aug 21
Well besides he and his wife are a good friend of mine they are very professional and really really good with what they do unfortunately is only five star but for me I'll give them 10 ✨
Robert A. Olsen
16:55 27 Jul 21
Love it here!! Mel and Jose are both awesome, very amazing experience and I will be going back again. Can't go wrong really! 🔥👍🏼
00:46 25 Jul 21
Jose and Mel are the dream team Barbershop! If your looking to get the perfect fade, haircut or even a shave this is your place!!! By far the BEST Bsrbershop in town!
14:07 10 Jul 21
I stayed on Siesta Key and needed to get my hair cut for a family event. I was able to ride my rental bike there for my appointment that I scheduled online. Their website is super easy to use and my haircut came out great. Highly recommend.
13:32 08 May 21
This place is superb. I was down from NYC and needed a cut and beard trim. Selected it without too much information and now I'm writing this review....the folks are talented and listen closely to what you need; it's a friendly place with a good vibe and on a cool strip of stores; and, they give the kind of attention to detail that's just fantastic. The hot towel on the face at the end left you feeling blissed. I'll be back soon.
16:47 01 May 21
Great Service great staff. Dustin Monk is my go to barber 5+ years loyal customer
17:30 23 Feb 21
Great atmosphere, great people, great hair cut, great experience! Was in town needed a last minute hair cut and was probably the best experience you could ask for! When I visit the area again will definitely make sure I need a hair cut so I can stop by.
17:16 23 Feb 21
Mel was great! The haircut and hot shave is amazing I can not give a higher review! 5 stars is not enough!
21:41 16 Feb 21
Where to start. I called asking if they could take a walk in but they were closing in about 10 min, I was 25 minutes out. Mel said they’ll happily wait and give me my first beard trim. As we are from out of town and have never been here before, I come to find out they are a husband and wife team and just opened this shop in November. Jose ended up giving me my trim and went above and beyond . Simply fantastic. I would highly recommend this place to others. THANK YOU JOSE AND MEL!!!Anthony, Katy and Isaac
17:43 13 Feb 21
We had the best experience with Mel & Jose! Jose has absolutely incredible attention to detail. The atmosphere is very fun & inclusive. The cut was 10/10
15:51 13 Feb 21
My first time at the shop and it was great. Jose and Mel made me feel very welcome. By the time Jose was done snipp’n my dome I felt like I knew him and Mel for years. The cut was awesome!
14:45 28 Jan 21
I was a first time customer that happened to stop into the shop late yesterday 1/27/21...Mel took exception to the "apt only" policy since I was unaware of it....I have to say not only "thanks" but I never get excited about a hair cut.... but... by far it was the best one I ever remember getting... Thank you.... and I'll be back and will inform my friends as well. Great job.. Dennis R....from Albany NY
23:58 15 Jan 21
Melissa and Jose are top in their field. They have left a true legacy in St. Augustine. Friendly, professional and do exactly what they promise. You will love the atmosphere of this barber shop. Worth checking it out, you won’t want to miss this experience!
Jeff and Lisa Johnson
15:23 06 Jan 21
Mel and Jose have a new and clean and up to date barbershop in Gulf Gate,Mel listened to how I wanted my haircut and did an excellent job! I am very pleased with there professionalism and recommend them highly.!Thanks Mel and Jose!Jeff Johnson
00:57 04 Jan 21
I have been seeing Jose the barber for 16 years when he was a barber in St. Augustine. Jose and Mel have now opened this location in Sarasota which I have visited while in Tampa this past week, and Sarasota now has the best barbers in town. 5 Star service with a beautiful barber shop. If you are looking for the absolute best haircuts, fades, beard trims and cuts, you must visit this place. It was very sad that they moved from my hometown to Sarasota however now Sarasota has the best barber shop in town!
01:09 03 Jan 21
I have been a customer of Mel's in St. Augustine but I happen to be traveling through Sarasota and man it was so worth it! The place looks amazing, Mel and Jose are off the charts when it comes to professionalism and service to their customer's! They are like family and they treat you the same. The shop sells itself and their attention to detail shows. If you need a cut, they are hands down the best in the area!
21:08 02 Jan 21
I have been a customer of Mel's for a few years now. She does a great job and runs a barbershop that has a great family friendly environment. Jose always greets with a smile and cares greatly for their customers. I consider all involved in Mel's Old City Barbershop friend! The quality of care is top notch!
19:08 02 Jan 21
As soon as you walk i was greeted with a smile from Mel and Jose with the shop being very clean and a sleek modern feel. You take a seat in the plush blood red barber chairs, close your eyes and you’re transcended back into time when barber shops had a prestige about them, where you receive a hot towel with aroma therapy, a massage and leave with a fresh look from hair to beard. Mel’s Barbershop is literally a cut above the rest! I have finally found a barbershop where they define the meaning of “professionalism”, taking pride in their craft. Where Mel’s team puts their clients first, ensuring you leave with the old school experience with a new school feel. You just made a client for life! Thank you so much!
18:48 02 Jan 21
I have been coming to Mel for years and have followed through three different barbershops. The cut is just that good. If you're looking for your next long term barber relationship, the barbers here are the best quality that you will find anywhere in the area. They simply cannot be rivaled in their quality and care for their customers. Top notch all the way!Comfortable locations, low wait times for walk-ins, best to make an appointment with them they use a super easy to navigate app for scheduling.
20:57 30 Dec 20
Awesome, Great hot shave, the guys were very friendly and professional. Definitely make a point to stop here!
Lynn English McKinnon
14:53 04 Dec 20
My husband had a cut with Jason and he did an awesome job! Thank you Jason for your Professionalism and attention to detail! Best cut he has had in years.
18:02 28 Nov 20
I’ve searched for a place to get my hair cut since moving back and have not been satisfied at any of the places I’ve been. I called Mels up last minute and spoke with Edwin who said he could get me in no problem. I showed up at the time he asked and he was finishing another client. He did not rush and did a fantastic job. He really takes pride in his work as it shows. Top notch
Antoine Redd Perkins
21:02 05 Nov 20
I was extremely pleased with my experience and haircut!! I highly recommend this barbershop!!
22:59 29 Oct 20
Did a phenomenal job my .....son loves it. Very clean and friendly. Spent time on him did not rush.
01:20 11 Oct 20
Love that crew everyone must at least go get and try the old city cut. Couches drinks (soda) can’t be beat most professional people ever
20:30 09 Jul 20
Wonderful Barber Shop that is kid friendly and amazing, professional staff!! We’re so thankful to Dustin Monk for being so patient and going above and beyond for our son during his first haircut!!! We’ll be back! ❤️❤️
Benjamin Gifted Blackman
21:58 23 May 20
Very professional, clean, and organized.
19:33 13 May 20
All the way from Wisconsin! Very happy with my son's haircut! Thank you Monk! 😌
Kevin Flako Torres
05:18 25 Feb 20
Best in town!!! Hands down!!!
11:58 14 Feb 20
Jose is hands down the best barber around
03:04 01 Feb 20
Amazing staff!! Defiantly will be back.
04:04 01 Jan 20
STOP scrolling for a barbershop...YOU just found the ONE place that has absolutely EVERYTHING to be pampered and stay fresh. I’ve been in Florida now for over 20 years and I’ve been looking for a barber of those last 20 years to stay with. From haircuts to beards, this team has everything you need. I’ve been coming to Mel for now over a year and I can’t say enough about the old school feel of the barbershop where everyone knows your name and wearing a zoot suit would feel appropriate. When you walk inside, you’re immediately greeted and if you’re early they have a nice waiting room. Between the very comfortable barber chairs to the tool chest at each of the barber’s stations, everything is clean and modern. You start with a haircut and beard trim, using a hot shave cream with a razor neck shave. Ending your experience with a relaxing aromatic spa hot towel and a head and neck/shoulder massage. All the products they use are phenomenal. I highly recommend the Layrite and Mel’s citrus beard balm as I use them daily. Mel, Jose and Oz are true artists, so professional and they listen to their customers. Melissa and Jose...you have something amazing! Congrats to your success as you BOTH deserve it! Thank you for everything and look forward to seeing you in 2020!
16:14 10 Dec 19
Highly recommend this barber shop! Very friendly staff and did a great job on my sons hair!! Definitely will be coming back!!
17:27 23 Nov 19
Jose makes my son look like such a handsome young gentleman every time!
01:04 12 Oct 19
The new barber, Ozzy, has cut my hair since I was a small child. Broke my heart that he moved to florida but I would recommend this man to anyone on this planet! Years of experience. Cares tremendously about his craft! I’ve contemplated on flying to Florida just for a haircut!
Valencia N. Geralis
17:21 26 Sep 19
The best barbershop in town ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Eric Joseph Peterson
18:08 31 Jul 19
What a great place great job with my very first hair cut there by the owner Melissa very professional and all around great 👍 if you haven’t been do yourself a favor and do so ..
12:38 31 Jul 19
My son is very upset. The picture he showed the barber was a picture that showed longer styled hair on top. The barber buzzed nearly the entire top of his head. There is no hair on top of his head to style. We are not sure why he buzzed the top of his head. Will not be back.
18:00 19 Jun 19
Polite people and great prices!!! Highly recommend!!
Joel K Studivant Jr.
18:06 04 May 19
It was my first time going to a professional barber shop. The experience was mind blowing. Very relaxing and enjoyable.
01:29 21 Mar 19
first visit today, impressed with the shop. its very clean and professional. (she, Mel, uses a large tool chest to hold her tools.) Straight away she struck up a pleasant rapport and understood what I was looking for in the way of style. The outcome of the cut was just a tad long for me, so she took it down just enough to make me happy, with a very "finished" appearance. she shaved my neck with a straight razor and warm shave soap. Then she reclined the chair, and applied a hot towel to my face in a very traditional manner complete with what I think was some drops of eucalyptus oil, very pleasant and relaxing. After a few minutes she removed the towel and gave me a neck and scalp massage (electric massage). A few dollops of a pom to better comb my hair and we're done...all-in-all a very pleasant haircut experience, likely the best I've had since moving to Fl six years ago. The shop works by appointment made through their website, they respond quickly, and even send you a reminder (or two)
I'll definately be going back
I'll definately be going back
23:43 12 Dec 18
Attentive, precise, professional and personable! Love what you do! Highly recommend!!!!!
ParKisha Shantel Ashley
10:32 22 Nov 18
Jose is the best, been cutting my son hair since he was a youngin....... glad he is back in Saint Augustine, not liking that appointment set up but imma give him 5🌟s baby
Dawn Jenkins Warring
11:48 12 Nov 18
My husband had been looking for a barber. He had been to different places and they did ok for what he wanted but he likes old style. Where a man goes to a barber shop for his hair and beard. He found exactly what he was looking for at Mel’s. Also the fact she does by appointments. We both loved his haircut and the way Mel trimmed his beard. Thanks Mel for making my husband look great and feel great
21:27 02 Nov 18
Thumbs up! 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ if you need a barber 💈 look no further!
13:04 26 Oct 18
Mel is just excellent. She's professional, knowledgeable, likeable, personable and talented! She deserves success and will get it because the quality of the results you receive will keep you returning again and again!
19:46 18 Aug 18
Mel is awesome - finally someone who cuts my hair right!!
18:22 17 Jul 18
Mel's Old City is the NEW standard for cuts and fades in St. Augustine period!
22:05 14 Jun 18
Jose is the best! Best fade in town!!
14:17 11 Apr 18
Great attention to detail, fast and friendly, and never had a bad cut
15:58 27 Mar 18
couldn't be any better...Mel is AWESOME ..my daughter took my grandson there and he loves Mel too
21:00 28 Feb 18
Today was my first haircut at Mel's and what a delightful experience. Mel is totally professional and the best barber I have ever been to. Recommend her highly, you will not be disappointed
Kellie Billitz Blanco
17:17 04 Jan 18
Amazing cut with great detail and precision! Parking was easy and location was perfect! �����
18:31 21 Nov 17
Perfect experience of an old school Barber Shop with a Brand New feel!!
02:16 03 Nov 17
Today I visited for the first time Mel's Old City Barbershop. I was impressed with how attentive to detail she is. Great haircut! Very clean shop and timely service. I highly recommend her. See you in four weeks!
Nikki Woods Futch
18:06 30 Oct 17
Super sweet and great with my kids! Only barber my boys will go to! Highly recommend!!
17:52 30 Oct 17
Best haircut and shave I've had in a LONG TIME!! Definitely recommend and will be coming back.
16:22 22 Oct 17
Mel is an awesome barber and did a wonderful job on my recent hair and beard trim in preparation for a wedding.
16:42 14 Oct 17
Mel is great my boys love to come here! She is great with the kids.