Selva Grill
Selva Grill

Selva Grill

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.selvagrill.com/
  • Phone: 9413624427x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Ysacc Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bring a touch of Selva's foods and culture to your next event. They provide a unique catering experience to satisfy any event from weddings to intimate social gatherings.
  • Private Party Facilities: On and off premises private parties
  • Entertainment: see website for special events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St. & Palm Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking located across the street.
A word from Selva Grill
Selva offers innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and presented as works of art. Selva has earned raves from all
over the world, including from the New York Times, which write that Selva is “serving possibly the best food in Sarasota,”
and that “everything on the menu is worth trying.”
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Selva Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (78)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (48)hot spot (45)great for outdoor dining (44)vibrant bar scene (38)good for groups (29)late-night find (23)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • consistently great
    JulieKVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Love Selva Grill - one of the best restaurants in downtown Sarasota.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONE OF SARASOTA'S BEST
    TrailerkingVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    GREAT MEAL VISITING SELVA GRILL THIS WEEK WITH FRIENDS. GOOD SELECTION, SERVICE, AND QUALITY OF FOOD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good - could be better
    Martico
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were pleased to find a this place on a very wet evening. Ease of online reservation at last minute appreciated. Service was attentive, and food perfectly OK: just there was too much (afraid we just don't get the idea of taking the rest home in a plastic box!) and it could have been presented better. Pork fillet in two huge pillars could have been sliced and laid across the plate - it would have looked so much nicer
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Bogart
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Had the aji pepper shrimp appetizer and pork tenderloin as an entree..........both were fabulous !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    JonshaVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Consistently great food and ambiance in downtown Sarasota
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    LIdinersVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was far and away the best meal we had while on vacation in Sarasota. The crab appetizer is a don't miss as is the paella. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barbara
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I always try to sit outside because it is quieter but usually can get a table there Always great food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    DMJ001VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was great, drink selection was good. However, we had to wait at the bar despite reservation; hostess said they will call us when ready. After 30 minutes we checked and they were "waiting for us". Service after that, however was very good considering how busy they were. So, a bit disorganized but great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful first time
    Mincey
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was very flavorful and our server, Alan, was incredible with his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Selva is a consistently good restaurant. It has figured out a menu that works; the food is excellently presented and prepared; the servers are well-trained. Selva's success for many years now is evidence of a well-deserved patronage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    jhitchVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary and everything was absolutely perfect! The food presentation and taste was fantastic! And the service was great as well! Love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasurable experience
    Joan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This could be my favorite Sarasota restaurant . Admired the plates going by. The're presentation made us want everything that went by.however, we were very pleased by our choices. The chef was someone that knew what He/she was doing. Not only was the food delicious, but the plates were artfully decorated. Save room for dessert because there's are wonderful and different then most resaurants offer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Town
    petepaulineVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We think that Selva Grill is the best restaurant in Sarasota. We come here several times a year and love it. In addition to the great food, the presentation is impressive. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like interesting food
    foodiequeen44
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Selva Grill has one of the most interesting menus in Sarasota--I always try to get someone to order an entree that has the Cusco grilled corn (if I don't get it myself)--it is soooo tasty. I like the unusual ceasar salad and love the Inca Cod cooked in plaintain leaves! There is always an interesting mix of people walking by on the street to add to the enjoyment, while you're tucked under the overhang enjoying the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    StPeteVisitors
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I found Selva on the internet while visiting Sarasota and were surprisingly wowed but the delicious, unique tapas and ceviche. The service was great , friendly but not overbearing and the ambiance vibrant. We have since returned and had a similar experience. Particularly like the tuna and watermelon appetizer, a fresh take on shashimi tuna! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time wasn't a charm
    Chachatini
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was our second time at Selvas. We were not impressed the first time with the food but that atmosphere is lovel. We decided to give it one more try. I ordered the special appetizer, ahi tuna, the presentation was beautiful the tuna was very stringy I couldn't even eat it as the first bite was so bad I had to spit it out needless to say it was very embarrassing. I moved the tuna around and in fairness only 2 more small pieces were stringy, but that was more than I was willing to try. The noodles were good My husbands meal, sea bass, was good and also lovely presentation. Our waiter Mario was good but. When he asked how our dinner was, obviously he saw I barely touched my plate, I said just fair he could have asked why.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • everything was great
    matt
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was excellent service was wonderful stylish dining room. If we were father away from the birthday party, it would have been perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Luvgrub
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great presentation which dictates the price, healthy food choices. Entrees big enough for a NY princess, more a starter for the average Joe. Not a big fan of the lobster ceviche.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, won't be last!!!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I were visiting on vacation and had read wonderful things about Selva Grill. It was my wife's birthday, so we decided to go and, boy, were we glad we did! First, we went to the bar and had two great cocktails, then sat at our table. Service, by Lauren, was excellent all evening. The ambience was nice and relaxed, too. We started out with a tomato-mozarella salad and seafood appetizer. Both were divine. Entrees included baked chicken and braised short ribs. Fantastic, especially the Malbec short ribs. Best I've ever had! Seriously. Dessert was great, as was the wine. This is an easy recommendation from us. One of the 5 best meals all year, hands down. Look forward to a return visit soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!
    Becca
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Selva was amazing--the food was delicious, the service was very good, and the food came out quickly for such a busy time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just excellent
    PB61
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great flavors and wonderful quality. Also very creative menu. Service was top notch. Enjoyed the outside dining. IMO a bit pricey. Good for a special occasion. Excellent overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place food and service
    excellent
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is a fine restaurant specifically for a special occasion, somewhat pricey but, food was outstanding with great presentation. Had Short ribs were wonderful and the the duck breast excellent. Portions are large so watch the appetizers. Will be back and highly reccommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We learned about Selva through Groupon and decided to have my husband's birthday dinner there. The food was presented beautifully, pieces of art and delicious. Plus a nice birthday surprise dessert. ToniW
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    Brian7270
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is easily one of the top restaurants in Sarasota. If you have been to Darwin's or The Cottage you are familiar with the many since it was the same chef that started each.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again
    Chashud
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every time we visit Sarasota this restaurant is on our must list. There is a wide selection to choose from, most with a South American flair. We usually have the flank steak with chimichurri sauce which is a sure bet. The ceviche appetizers are prepared in a variety of editions and all delicious. Also many fish and fowl to choose from. The staff is knowledgable and helpful. The crowd is mostly local and often colorful. The only downside is the noise level which can test your hearing acumen.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    blanatt
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Outstanding food, as always. This is the most consistently excellent restaurant we've found in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Steak
    FrequntDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've eaten here many times and the food is usually both tasty and ample portions. However, neither of us have ever ordered meat. THis time I was in the mood for meat so I ordered their "signature" skirt steak. I'm not a novice so I know that a skirt steak will not be as tender as a filet; however, I don't expect to have to struggle to eat it! Unfortunately, in this case that's exctly what happened. I managed to get it down but there wasn't much enjoyment. I probably should have sent it back; however, my wife's entree was also there and it would have been awkward to have it sit there. Her seafood entree was quite nice so at least one of us enjoyed their entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great flavor combinations!
    FlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Palate stimulating and impressive variety. Four of us shared appetizers and one was better than the next. Favorite was the beef ceviche and the tuna with watermelon. Chef complements each item with a variety of sauces that are so flavorful you can't get enough. We ordered more bread just to dunk into the sizzling shrimp dish. The veal chop was tender and nicely crusted on the outside, the rack of lamb roasted with a Mediterranean flair was superb, and the salmon melted in your mouth. We loved every bite including the perfect risotto, and veggies served on the side. Since we are locals, this has become our new favorite spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food never disappoints and if you ever make the sweet potato/ lump crab soup again, please email me at email4ginaf@gmail.com. The service that night however was the worst I've had there. I've eaten in your restaurant dozens of times in a larger group (6-8) and service has always been outstanding. This night we had only 4 of us and it took more than 20 min for someone to even show up at our table. We had drinks from the bar... but to wait that long for someone to stop by the table. Drinks were empty and then we waited again for a very long time to get those refreshed. The entire dinner took nearly 2 hours and we weren't lingering. This caused us to be late to meet others at another venue and some upset friends.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PERFECT!
    DienverDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So often we have a dining experience that is great but something is a little off. Not this time, totally perfect! Seating, staff, food, value for the quality of the meal, totally perfect! A special thank you to our waitress Felicia. As we learned she is the latest addition to the staff yet she knew the menu well and made excellent recommendations. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • expensive but food taste great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was great. Fresh. Service was great also. A meal for 2 was 105.00 and included one cup of wine. I recommend going there for a special night with your special someone. Its expensive but a really nice restaurant. I loved it
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love this restaurant. Food is always scrumptious, service is always impeccable, ambiance is beautiful. I just wish it were not so loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    guitarman
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great meal and a wonderful time, with excellent service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our 3rd visit here. Food and service always very good. Very tasty and well prepared ( grouper, pork). Service was prompt and friendly
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good dining in sarasota
    restygiant
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Especially nice food compared to other restaurants in the area. Definately one of the best in Sarasota
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    NJFoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I stumbled upon this place while we were in the area house hunting a few months ago and we were blown away by their food! It was the best meal that we have had in a long time. We are now living in the area and dined here the other night for our first "date night" without the kids since moving. As the previous visit, we loved everything that we ordered, from our drinks to our entrees. Service is great too! Amazing place! It's a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good good cool spot
    FoodEsarasotaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Second time at the restaurant. Great vibe and good food.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Believe the Hype
    Rabbitfood
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food I'd unbelievably good. We had drinks, appetizers and meals. Everything was fantastic but standouts are plantain chips with chimichurri, the beef brochettes, the fried snapper, and the skirt steak. A pricey meal but worth it because portions are large and food is yummy. The service is great too. The only negative is that it is kind of dark. More lighting would be good so I could see all the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great ceviche, substandard salad
    schlomo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    the ceviche mixto was wonderful as was the maya shrimp. however the chopped salad was made with the outer romaine leaves which are coarse and tasteless. $9 salad could be a lot better with romaine hearts, avoid the chopped salad
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food ~ Impeccable Service
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Upon arrival, we were seated immediately & the hostess wished me a 'Happy Birthday', after noticing I made a note that we were celebrating my 30th Birthday! Our server, Lauren, was very knowledgeable with both the cocktail/wine menu & the dinner menu, offering us the specials of the evening & helping me decide between things based on her personal recommendations. The food was phenomenal and delivered in a very timely manner, with the perfect amount of time between courses. She also brought me a birthday dessert, on the house!! For the quality of food & trendy scene/ambience - it was worth every penny!! Definitely will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.