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Selba
Selba

Selba Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.selbarichmond.com
  • Email: fresh@selbarichmond.com
  • Phone: (804) 358-2229
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: William Harik
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Friday Night Live features live jazz and contemporary music every Friday from 10:00pm - 2:00am
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have two rooms that may be used for private or group events. Our Private Dining Room accommodates 15 - 30 guests, and our Garden dining area accommodates 40 - 100 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stafford
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have on-premise parking on both sides of the restaurant. We also offer free valet parking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A word from Selba
Food is important. It not only fuels our bodies, but also offers us pleasure and entertainment. The ability to taste is one of our basic senses, and enjoying a meal with family and friends is at the heart of every culture on earth. So food is important. It is a part of every day, keeping us going, bringing us joy and bringing us together. Selba's mission is to honor the food that we serve and the oldest of traditions…the meal. We promise to make it healthy and flavorful, and to serve you in an atmosphere that makes you comfortable and happy. Our menu features fresh, natural ingredients from local and regional farmers. We will tell you what is in the food you eat, and where it came from. In short, we believe that you should get to know your food.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I took our college-age son there, on the night before Easter. Great food all around. Friendly service, as usual. A new menu was introduced that evening, and we enjoyed the variety. The only bump in the whole evening was that service (actually not the server, but the kitchen) was slow. We suspect the new menu slowed down production… but we just enjoyed our bottle of wine while waiting. It's our favorite 'go to' restaurant where the food is always good, and the atmosphere is blissfully quiet."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great wine and beer list, fantastic menu and staff, and a great local jazzy blues band playing the night we visited. Cannot go wrong with Selba's!!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Love this place - great food, great staff, great ambiance. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Second time at Selba and we were not disappointed with the food. The service was a little lacking as the young lady seemed to be having a hard night. Will return but hope for the same service we had on the first visit. We recommend the apple berry cobbler for dessert!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and service and they had a decently priced wine list. They had a three piece band playing great music but as we were seated somewhat close to them, it was a bit loud and we could not hear our conversation."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The best gluten free offerings I've found in Richmond. We had diners with us that didn't have to eat gluten free and had the same thing we had and they loved it. The GF Bread Pudding was the bomb! Wonderful food! It did get a bit loud around 8:00PM when the band started playing however we were warned about it. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went here for our wedding aniversay. Very nice but a little pricey to go every week but great for special occasion. Tables were a little close, conversations of other folks were heard by all."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. However, I had a reservation and waited 20 minutes to be seated."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We enjoy dining at Selba's. Their food is always great and we have recommended them to many friends. This is our restaurant of choice when taking guests out to dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I loved this restaurant. The staff was attentive. The food was excellent. The warm salmon spread appetizer was fantastic and came with more than enough pieces of pita - a pet peeve of mine is having lots of spread left and no more bread - for some reason a very common occurrence. The entrees were artfully presented and large portions, also very good. Many desserts were made in house. We shared a citrus baklava with house made ice cream which was great. The garden room is really lovely and there was a piano player playing very nice background music. It is rare to find live music in Richmond restaurants especially early evening ( our reservation was for 6:30. I was thrilled to find this restaurant and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Selba was a great choice for our diverse party of 5. We started with the flatbreads and knew we were in for a good meal! All dishes, from shrimp and grits, to seared scallops, to short rib, to the surprisingly delicious quinoa cakes (seriously, my favorite dish) were very well done, well portioned, and tasty. The restaurant was busy but not crowded, and didn't get oppressively loud until the jazz trio showed up. Best experience we had while in Richmond (party of 5 was from San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, and Portland - so, eaters!). Well done!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Inside was larger than I expected, with a breezy open feel, contemporary and upscale, while still comfortable. The service was impeccable throughout the meal, and the meal itself was exactly what I'd hoped for; fresh, well prepared, flavorful. Mushroom Tart and Pear Salad were enjoyed by all. I had the Pork Tenderloin which I am very much looking forward to finishing tonight (though heating it up will ruin their perfect cook). The Apple-Berry Cobbler w/Salted Caramel Ice Cream was a guilt-laden, but enjoyable finish. I appreciate the farm to table philosophy and local sourcing, and the clearly marked vegetarian and gluten free options were nice. I'll definitely look Selba up again when I'm in Richmond."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Upscale and trendy feel in the front from and "greenhouse" dining room in the back with lots of windows and greenery. The "greenhouse" is nice but not as fancy-feeling as the front room; we were left wondering why they didn't seat us in the upscale section. Most of the food was good- 7 out of 10 for the entrees. Scallops over rice and filet w/ fried oysters & potatoes. Oysters were great, steak was a v. good med-rare. Mac & cheese & bok choy sides were blah, but baked Brie appetizer was amazing. Location is not a good walking scene. Best part was the $35 Groupon covered $85 of food for us! If looking for romantic, ask for front room. If looking for impressive fine dining, go elsewhere, but I would expect an attractive bar scene after 9pm."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary with brunch at Selba. The food was delicious and the garden like setting was peaceful. The restaurant is beautifully designed/decorated, the service is superb, and we are excited to go back again."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Best health-conscious place in RVA - no better option!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "food was wonderful, my steak was great and larger than I expected (nice surprise) and the oysters were great. my wife had lamb and she loved it. the sides were very good. deserts were very good too. coffee was wonderful. our waiter was good but he could have been checking on table more often...in other words, it took awhile to get our check and to pay plus he never brought us our doggie bag. we did like selba and we did not mark off too much for the service as they were busy but the waiter could do better with the check and thank goodness we did not have a big doggie bag. we will go back ...great food, the music was good and added bonus."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We gave the restaurant only a fair rating after having a sampling of food by our party of three. No one liked the crispy brussel sprout appetizer. The sprouts were bitter with batter falling away with every bite. The mussels were sweet, fresh but with a bland broth. Both entree ordered were described as good ie: pan cooked chicken and baked pasta, The chicken was served lukewarm. We ordered a side of spinach but told it was unavailable replaced by kale."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The Beef filet was excellent! Really enjoy the Pianist!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Based on several visits to Selba, I have nothing negative to say about this wonderful place. The ambiance is very nice, with a choice of sitting in a more traditional dining room setting, or you may choose to sit in an almost atrium like setting toward the back of the restaraunt. With its own parking areas beside and behind the restaraunt along with free valet, there is never a hassle trying to find a space. There has always been someone to open the doors for the patrons upon entry and exit. The hostess is very friendly and the waitstaff is very polite and knowledgable of the menu. The quality of food is better than establishments whos menus will cost you significantly more. Without a doubt, Selba is my favorite restaraunt in Richmond."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "There are so many great restaurants to choose from in Carytown, that Selba often gets overlooked. The atmosphere is wonderful though - whether you are in the sleek jazz bar up front or the gorgeous indoor rainforest-like retreat in back. The menu has lots of great options for foodies and those less adventurous as well - plus great vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options! Give it a try - we had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "great local restaurant, excellent dinner menu, piano played in the evening and at brunch, wait staff is very personable and professional, brunch is fantastic, one of our favorite places to have dinner or brunch, be sure to get a reservation for busy weekends, and sometimes parking can be a challenge,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "From brunch to dinner, I have never had a bad meal here. Love the food and am very fond of their Selba Stack for brunch. So much so that if I am there for brunch, I always order that and nothing different. So, yes, I will be one of those people that ask you for a taste of your brunch if its something different from what I'm ordering. :-)"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My dinner club of five enjoyed an evening at Selba this week. It was quite good. Very interesting food combinations and decent sized portions. The service was very attentive. Our waitress put up with our hemming and hawing over what we wanted and she nicely figured out how to bring out our varieties of small plates without overwhelming the table. It was pretty loud once the music started up (around 7, i think), so in the future i'll request a table farther away from the stage."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Wonderful birthday dinner. . What a great supper club experience. Attentive service great live jazz music perfect for dining Large fresh pan seared sea scallops and buttery med rare local filet mignon Yummy!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Bought a Groupon voucher for a shared appetizer, two entrees with two sides and a shared dessert; expected a limited selection . We were pleasantly surprised to be able to choose from their very nice complete menu. Ambience-romantic. Service- outstanding. The food was delicious and presentation was appealing. Great for a special occasion. I ordered the lamb chops and my wife ordered the filet with Chesapeake oysters; both were cooked perfectly and the amounts were generous. For us it would not be a regular dining choice due to the price point but definitely recommended for a special occasion. Tip: when making reservations ask to be seated in the atrium, it's beautiful!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Our grandsons, age 3 and 7, were so excited for us to take them to Selba's for brunch in the Garden Room. We live out of town and it was a nice way to spend a Sunday morning with them (and without their parents)!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We loved this place. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all fabulous. We especially enjoyed being seated in the garden room, surrounded by stunning tropical plants."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for a birthday dinner for two. The atmosphere is really nice, with live music and singing. Both of our entrees and desserts were terrific - I would highly recommend the Brussels sprouts with the pork tenderloin!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food, cooked perfectly, and organic on top of that!!! Love it!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Terrific live jazz - and not so loud that you can't also carry on a conversation. Great bar area and very neat "garden room". Staff were wonderful."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Thursday night's feature Roger Carroll and Chez Roue, among the best jazz bands in the region. We had the most amazing dinner accompanied by incredible music. Yet another semi-hidden gem in Richmond!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "This was my second time to Selba - I thought I would give it another chance. Ultimately, the food is way overpriced and just not good. Don't waste your money here."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "A very respectable jazz combo was an unexpected complement to some very good food. Short ribs were prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We visited Selba for the first time to celebrate my husband's birthday. The atmosphere was very friendly and upscale, our server was great, and the food was delicious. I have a gluten-free diet and was happy to find several gluten-free options on the menu. We enjoyed the jazz, but even being seated in a booth that was a distance away from the main seating area, the music was too loud for easy conversation, thus the 4 star overall rating. I would recommend getting there early enough to order and eat before the music gets started at 7:30.(It would be helpful if the review format could add a "Noise Level" of "too loud." I purchased a Groupon, and will definitely return. Hope to check out the garden room!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My fiance and I go to Selba every Sunday that we are at my house. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! the food is amazing! The best chicken and waffles ever, their mixed drinks are always on point. Ther service is stellar, and the ambiance is so beautiful! The piano player plays classics and new songs, and it's a fun and whimsical touch. I love this place and recommend it to all of my friends!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Service was great and the food outstanding. We are going to book a Birthday Brunch for February for six."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I saw a clip on Selba on Channel 6 Richmond AM program a few months ago. The garden room looked so inviting and the piano music ambiance a nice touch. Not to mention the recommended gourmet menu. My son recently treated me to dinner for my birthday. Selba exceeded our expectations. Delicious food presented perfectly, Brandy excellent server, and a surprise chocolate cupcake w/ice cream and berry garnish. We will definately return for another meal."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I had made reservations and had to cancel on a short notice, only to find myself having to make another reservation for another evening, when I called to make the change, I left a message on the voice machine explaining I had to cancel. I received a return phone call stating that my cancelation was not only done but they also made my new reservation as well. When we arrived, we were met by a host who opened the door, we were then met by a hostess and taken to our seats. They both were very nice and professional. We ordered and the food was both timely and excellent. afterwards, she brought us our jackets and assisted with holding our leftovers until we were ready to walk out. Thank you for an excellent dining experience..."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "We were disappointed. This was not a first trip to Selba; in fact, we have frequented it prior to this evening. Through past visits, I have learned to order the steak as it is always delicious. Others in the party, however, went with different dishes and these were some comments: the soup was lukewarm; the grouper was dry and the dish, when served, was cool. Two of us ordered cosmos: they were absolutely awful, just tasted like an orange flavored drink......the Cointreau overpowered everything else so the proportions of that to the vodka, cranberry and lime juice were totally wrong. I think 3 of the 5 of us would go back; the other 2 have already said they will not. I'm sorry to write this but I have to be truthful about the evening."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "First time at Selba for dinner and I LOVED that we were seated in the greenhouse room. Such a nice environment, old movies playing on the tv, good service and delicious food. It's not a cheap restaurant but not super expensive and the food is definitely worth the money."
    Dined on 1/18/2014