Selba
Selba

Selba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.selbarichmond.com/
  • Phone: 8043582229
  • 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: Organic, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Selba has several room options for your event needs. Our Private Dining Room will accommodate up to 24 guests for a seated dinner and 30 for a standing reception. Our Garden Dining Room will accommodate up to 60 seated and 100 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Boyd 8773864345
  • Entertainment: Friday Night Live features live jazz and contemporary music every Friday from 10:00pm - 2:00am
  • Special Events: 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.
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Selba reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating1
  • Food1
    Service1
  • Ambiance1
    Noise LevelQuiet
  • Closing?
    Luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I hear that this past Sunday was Selba's last day so it may not make sense to post reviews.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kudos to the chef
    Critics2
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Baked brie, lamb chops, scallops, and their accompanying sides were all delicious and attractively plated. Servers were friendly and attentive. Garden room was pleasant and chairs were very comfortable, but decorating was a mix of attractive greenhouse with hanging stained glass light fixtures and stark warehouse with cement floors and large visible HVAC ducts. TV was on (why?) and piano bar music was piped in through very low fidelity speakers. But we will definitely return, for the FOOD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great For Music Lovers
    Madonna
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is a good setup for listening to music. Speakers are set up all around, and the crowd is responsive, yet also enjoying their own conversation. The food is above average. The service was somewhat spotty, but OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude Staff, But Food is Excellent
    Daniela
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    When reserving, we requested the back room - it is the main attraction for me. When we arrived, I expressed regret that we were not informed the room was not available; instead of acknowledgment (did not expect an apology), we were met a lecture and condescension; we go there often so others on the staff came to rescue us from this guy. The waitress was also unpleasant. We did not immediately decide on the food as our guests, who had just arrived from Paris, took a few minutes to understand the menu. After waiting 40 minutes, we searched the waitress to order. Normally, I have wine and three courses and order extra to take home; this time I ordered soup. Glad they are taking the summer off; with this staff they can take off indefinitely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun time for group of five
    RVALocal
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. I was impressed that the waiter knew the menu extremely well by memory. Off street parking is available and reservations were easily made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Fan Favorite
    Millie
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We have been here many times and are always pleased with the food and service. We entertained our granddaughter after completing an outstanding junior year at William and Mary. Great outing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our experience was very good overall but we wished the piano player had kept playing throughout our meal. Our reservations were at 1:30 (the earliest we could get with a month and a half notice) and the piano player stopped about 15 minutes after we sat down. We were all disappointed as my girlfriend had heard him play before and talked him up to all of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    rideanddine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happen Upon
    Luv2travelVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant is after what is restaurant row in Cary town and can be easily missed. But once you come upon it, you realize you found a great place. The menu has a lot of unique items. The vegetarian option was excellent and the wine list superb as it allowed us to try some different wines that we had not had before. Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trish
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    People and food were great, would definitely go again and recommend to friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night
    Aml3el2
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We really loved dining at Selba, as we had been there before for brunch but had yet to try dinner. We were not disappointed! I ordered a medium filet mignon, and my boyfriend ordered a medium rare filet mignon- and we were very pleased that when the steaks arrived both were cooked to perfection. Many times you can order steak just as we did, and they both come out looking exactly the same. This was not the case at Selba. The food was delicious, the cocktails were refreshing, and dessert was yummy too. Our server was very polite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    kcolleen
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We weren't the easiest customers and our server and even the others there were very kind and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience!
    karamarie101
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I bought their groupon amd went in for brunch with my mom and the atmosphere is really cool and relaxing. We were greeted by a warm welcome and they were very personal. The bar looks awesome and they have this outdoor/indoor area where u can eat which is really nice when its gorgeous outside. I got the crab cake Benedict and it was delicious! I Definitely will go back again and try lunch or dinner. I recommend it for anyone to try. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selba is great!
    KBF1
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our first time eating at Selba. Food was delicious. A great find in Richmond!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Go Back
    clinewalt
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Selba was recommended for Brunch but we bought a Groupon and went for dinner with another couple. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door. The menu was different but not intimidating and we struggled to make our choices since everything sounded so good. Our selections did not disappoint. The atmosphere is comfortable and there is neat seating in an Atrium. Additionally they have a separate room that would be wonderful for a small group party - work, wedding, birthday etc... Selba is also not too loud which is a welcome change and necessary for the dynamics of some groups of people.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleases!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This was pur third visit to Selba. Every time they've been great! Love the craft cocktail list, always interesting to start out a meal with an interesting cocktail, something adventurous you wouldn't/couldn't make at home. Who keeps habanero simple syrup on hand! Food was excellent as well, portions are generous, always end up taking food home.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Met a friend. Selba's food, fabulous. The ambience wonderful
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selba is great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Though I felt it was a little stiff in the brunch atmosphere. We loved the food and service was great, but we quickly learned this is where Sunday church crowd comes for brunch not really Sunday funday brunch people. Just something to keep in mind when having a Richmond outting for those without kids or under 30! Otherwise nice setup and informed staff who seem to appreciate where they work which are good signs of a well ran business so cheers.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night fun
    Glm804
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Stopped in for appetizers and dessert after a show. Food and service were great. It's a cool space. Funky/jazz band was awesome. Eclectic group of folks hanging out at the bar. Wasn't thrilled to see a smoking lounge, but couldn't smell it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Tropical Oasis in the Fan
    2TasteBuds
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Going to Selba can be like experiencing two different restaurants: the front room has more of a "traditional" atmosphere while the back room is like being in a tropical oasis (although the "patio type" chairs are somewhat uncomfortable). The food choices are unique, delicious and well-priced. There's usually a piano player which is a really nice touch. Great service and free valet parking. A good choice to anyone looking for somewhere to go to dinner (we've heard their brunch is great but have never gone).
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Selba always pleases
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We live near Selba and have never been disappointed. Friendly, courteous and professional service and the food is fairly priced and never lets us down.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, need more staff
    JCJC
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Everything we ordered was incredible. Our waiter could not have been more polite, helpful or knowledgeable…nor run more ragged trying to keep up with all his tables. Our party of 2 was there for more than 2 hours and not because we wanted to be. If you've got the time for a leisurely dine, I would highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    First time at Selba this past Friday evening and we were very impressed! Free valet parking is a plus! The interior of the restaurant is very attractive and arty! Extensive menu had lots of gluten-free and vegetarian options which is always appreciated. We five were all happy with our dinner choices and enjoyed the meal very much. We will definitely come back to try other things and times of day!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-10 RVA restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Delicious food and the rain forest room is amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent place for a night out
    lyman
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Love this place - great food, great staff, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits
    ellebeerva
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    You should get them. Go to brunch and just get those sweet potato biscuits. Dinner is good, too, but we really liked brunch best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    Brad
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the food and service
    lkgall
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten Free Menu is outstanding!
    Patti
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tables to close
    Oreos
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    WholePackage
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Selba is one of our main go to places in Richmond. Plenty of gluten fre options for me, outstanding service, warm ambiance and delicious food! Eating in the garden room is a special treat!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The food and service were excellent. However, I had a reservation and waited 20 minutes to be seated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Places for Dining in Richmod
    Millie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Cher
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inside was larger than I expected,
    Cali
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I think we tried everything?!
    JoJoVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Organic Fine Dining
    CRPomory
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Best health-conscious place in RVA - no better option!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upscale feel w/ reasonable prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.