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Selva Grill
Selva Grill

Selva Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.selvagrill.com
  • Phone: (941) 362-4427
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Peruvian
  • 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
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • 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
  • Private Party Contact: Pablo Castro (941) 362-4427
  • 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.”Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was perfect, from the greet to the good bye. Everything was 1st class. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Selva Grill since it opened, but the noise level is really too much for us, even at what is presumably a table in a relatively quiet location. It's great that this is a busy place, but the music is too loud and there is no really quiet location....but we love the food."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Selva Grill never disappoints. The skirt steak and pot of mousse are standards not to miss! Great for any type of dining, whether it be romantic or family. Excellent every time!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We enjoy eating tapas-style these days for the greater variety and portion control. Selva offers a wide variety of exceptionally good small plates; 5 of these fed 3 of us very well. This is one of our go-to places in Sarasota."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Although the food was good, midway through our dinner, they sat a very large party next to us. We were seated in a small room, and this made it uncomfortable. People were standing directly behind me, invading our space. They should have sat us in another location, knowing this party was arriving."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food that selva is always great! Pretty restaurant with good to very good service. I think, however, they need to train their staff more I term of food allergies. Be careful if you have one as the info they give you about what is IN the food may not be right."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I come to Sarasota once a year to visit a family member and Selva Grill has become an important part of our visit! We never miss having dinner here."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had a group of 8 of us, all had incredible meals. From the Sea Bass special to the rack of lamb to the skirt steak. All were a 10 out of 10!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was the second time my wife and I have dined here. Both experiences were wonderful. We dined on a series of small plates,, the most appealing being the Spanish Caesar Salad. The mussels were served cold on a tomato cerviche. Although only eight were served, they were the largest we have ever seen and were quite satisfying for an introductory platter. Five plates served both of us quite adequately for a dinner. The noise level was moderate and a conversation could be held without repeating your statement. We were early diners but the restaurant was quite crowded by the time we left. If you have not tried Peruvian cuisine, you will be surprised by its approachability and tastiness. We have decided to dine here more frequently."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "One of the area's best dining experiences!! Extensive menu, portions are generous, food phenomenal... And wait staff brings it all together!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was phenomenal...from the ambiance, to the service, to the drinks, to the appetizers, to the main course. The lobster spring roles, whole fried snapper, and cauliflower and truffle bisque were especially notable. Definitely will be back the next time we are in Sarasota."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Whenever I come to Sarasota I dine at Selva. The menu has something for everyone. I particularly enjoy the selection of ceviches."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Our visit to Selva Grill will definitely not be our last. Everything about our dinner was extraordinary. Our server provided great details about the wide variety of dishes offered; she was knowledgeable about the menu and gave us suggestions that we tried. They were wonderful. The food was beautifully presented and the dishes were flavorful; it was one of the best dinners that we have had. We highly recommend the Selva Grill and will return when we get back down to Sarasota."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We had a good dinner at Selva grill, but it wasnt GREAT!1 the food could use more seasoning, and be a bit more flavorful .. the prices are high for Sarasopta, so we expected as bit more .also it has gotten very good reviews in the past. its still a "happening' p[l;ace and very festive for aq sat night out with 2 older folks and 2 middle agers from nyc!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Although Selva has been a highly regarded restaurant in Sarasota for quite some time, this was our first visit.....and it did not disappoint. Choosing items from the extensive menu was not easy, because we wanted to try everything! We were encouraged to split starters and, then choose entrees. We split the tomato salad and the ceviche triplelogia(?). Excellent!. My companion chose the pork tenderloin and I chose the seafood paella. Both were outstanding! No room for dessert, so we will just have to return:) Service helpful and attentive, but not intrusive. My only mild complaint is that the lighting seemed a little dim."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food was great as usual. Service was sufficient but the young lady was a little pushy and a little annoying."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Selva Grill is a great restaurant in downtown Sarasota. A parking garage is down the street which makes it easier. Food and service was great."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Aldo and all the staff are the best. Selva is our favorite restaurant....great food, great service. Food presentation is exquisite. Specials are always so creative and delicious."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Selva Grill continues to be consistently excellent. The food ( short ribs, salad, crab ) was all very tasty and well prepared. service was also very good. This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Ssarasota"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "we were there two weeks previous and the waitress remembered us and what had to eat. the whole snapper and salmon were extraordinary. well prepared and imaginatively presented. octopus savichi terrific"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Selva Grill.It was a Tuesday night, and the restaurant was busy, but not overly crowded. Our server was Matt, and he was very attentive, without being intrusive at all. He took very good care of us. They have a good selection of Ceviche on the menu. We tried two to share: one was incredible--an explosion of flavor. Both were very tasty. We all had many different entrees at the table, and everyone was having fun trying each other's meal. The portions were very generous, so there was plenty to share. The braised short ribs were the most intense in flavor, but all entrees were great. They were running a half-price wine night, so we tried a Super Tuscan. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Yet another happy visit to the Selva Grill. We always think of Selva when we get the yen for finely prepared fish and seafood, and a sophisticated dining experience with friends. Selva does a remarkable job with their fish and seafood dishes,, wonderful layers of flavor in artistic presentations. I had to change up from my favorite Inca Cod, wrapped in banana leaf, to try something else for a change (a very tasty Paella). My wife and friends were very well pleased with the Chilean Sea Bass special of the evening ("fabulous"). One of my top spots for Ceviche as well."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The only negative aspect of our experience was the cost. The menu was incredibly over priced and is a deferent for potential return visits."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We were first given a bad table but on insistence we were given a somewhat better one, not great , though there seemed to be some available. Food was ok, if overpriced. Wine pour small. Mentioned that chicken was salty. Was given free dessert. Waitress was pleasant. Won't hurry back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of Sarasota's best restaurants. The food is amazing and beautiful! We have been coming here since it opened and have loved every meal!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was very good and attractively presented. Wine was overpriced and minimal amount by the glass. Extremely noisy. Not really worth the high cost for a good dinner out."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. The food is amazing,. Beautifully prepared and delicious. It never disappoints"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Food was wonderful.. A little pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in Sarasota. I love the raw tuna with watermelon stack, for example. Everything is presented beautifully and all the unique dishes are as good as they look. Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Only wish they would stop trying to seat me by the kitchen. Other than that, it was great as usual."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good service and excellent food. We had a change in plans so we needed to change are reservation from 8:00 to 6:30 at the last minute. They graciously accommodated our request."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "what an interesting menu full of choices. we had the lobster, mango, avocado ceviche which was flavourful and brimming with big pieces of lobster, paella with a hint of smokey chorizo (the rice was a tad bit overcooked but maybe it's supposed to be - I was comparing it to risotto which shouldn't be), and a delicious spanish caesar salad with an innovative twist. the service was prompt and friendly. we liked it so much we're going back tonight!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • ".Very interesting menu with great variety and executed with interesting twists. I had a bouillabaisse with a South American twist that was excellent- think cilantro and lime notes. food and service both very good and wine list was good with great value. We had a bottle of bubbly that was value priced and excellent. Also got a surprise birthday deseat that was terrific. Will recommend and be back. Our waitress also suggested a great breakfast spot which we much enjoyed."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Every time we get friends from out of town we take them to Selva - it is always a hit. The presentation alone is quite the 'wow" factor. Never disapponts!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Attentive wait staff and uniquely prepared dishes in the heart of the action in downtown Sarasota. Salmon was quite remarkable!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Visiting our son at school, Selva grille was recommended. What a great recommendation. Amazing food, and fantastic service. Only thing was that the open air wall was left open and we were seated nearby .... Got quite chilly, but as the restaurant filled up, it took the edge off. Wonerful experience overall, and a definate thumbs up!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Selva is our favorite restaurant. The food is always delicious and the specials are unique and truly special. The management and staff are the best....professional and friendly. We always feel welcomed by everyone in the restaurant and bar. A true gem in downtown Sarasota"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "one of a kind. fabulous food and great service. a little on the noisy side, but manageable"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Over salted food; dried plaintains on each and every dish; served some mystery fish when I ordered salmon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great presentation and interesting combos. Super cosmopolitan drinks. We were 7 at a round table, perfect. Would not go for a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 3/5/2014