Selva Grill
Selva Grill

Selva Grill

  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Selva Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
152 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)special occasion (86)neighborhood gem (64)great for outdoor dining (59)hot spot (56)romantic (51)vibrant bar scene (46)good for groups (39)notable wine list (25)late-night find (23)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good food - impossible to hear other diners..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    ...so go with people that you just want to smile at across the table. Sit next to the person you really want to speak to. We had the ahi tuna and then the paella which was very good. Innovative menu. Going back for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, terrific!
    NinaB
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We come to Selva Grill often and they actually read our Open Table note to seat us at a specific table which has significance for us. The food is PERFECT every time. We try to choose something else, but always select the Skirt Steak, which is a must if you are only coming for one visit - best cut of steak! The Pisco Sours are the best in the area. The atmosphere is casual elegance, and the bar area is always hopping with a terrific cocktail list. You will not be disappointed here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Everything is made to order, which is great if you have any food allergies. The staff is terrific. We have always had a wonderful dining experience here and never been disappointed. It's great for a romantic dinner for two or larger celebrations as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    ReiderVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My dear friends and neighbors love great, fun, excellent, and delicious food. They have been here for almost 2 years and had never been here. They absolutely loved it and both are excellent cooks in their own regard. Selva could be their number one choice out of every other restaurant they have visited to date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Tapas in the area
    BandO
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Since moving to the Sarasota area from Massachusetts in August, my wife and I have been searching for a Tapas restaurant that serves great Tapas. Well, this is the real deal. In addition to fantastic food, they have a wine special every Tuesday night where bottles are basically 50% off the normal restaurant price. Our waiter was knowledgeable with just the right amount of attentiveness. You can see us there every Tuesday when we go out to eat from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sarasota Restaurant
    PeggyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We love Selva Grill and go there each time we're in town. The food is inventive, the service great and the ambiance perfect. It's perfect for a special occasion or just a great meal...It's a perfect place to share appetizers & sides and the presentation is exciting...A DO NOT MISS when in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors!
    Paris1610
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was fantastic! Unique menu with a variety of dishes. The flavors of the dishes tasted fresh and amazing! There were 4 of us dining that evening and everyones dish was great! I cannot wait to return to try another unique dish. The server was good although I was hoping she was warmer and more engaged to make this evening the ulimate experience with amazing food and amazing service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The perfect meal.
    Joanne
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We took our friend who travels extensively and she raved about the ceviche selection. She had the trio and said it was the best she's had. We both had the paella and my husband had the mahi mahi special. We all loved our dinners! The food was cooked perfectly and was presented beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian experience
    Davidking7
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    the lobster Delmar ceviche and the Chilean salmon with lobster and vegetable spaghetti squash was outstanding
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sarasota has to offer
    CapsPlates
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our best dining experience in Sarasota. Food was exceptional. Presentation was excellent. Texture and seasoning of food was rich without being overwhelming. Food was prepared to perfection. From oriental chicken noodle soup to pineapple bread pudding, we were left impressed. Service was smooth and attentive. We have been visiting Sarasota for years and never tried Selva, most likely due to our lack of knowledge of Peruvian food. The menu was diverse for all palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • husband birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    the place is excellent,food is great , wonderful night with my hubby…..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selva Grill Review
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Selva Grill was a favorite of mine, but our dining experience this time was far from good. I ordered the Skirt Steak, which I usually love there. It was very good, as usual. My husband ordered the pork tenderloin, which was presented beautifully, but was so dry it was inedible. He sent it back and ordered the Skirt Steak too. His was not as good as mine. Our other friend ordered the Salmon special, and said it was OK, nothing special. The noise level was so high that evening that we were unable to speak to each other without screaming. Pricing was very high for the quality of food we received. Not sure I will ever return there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food as always was creative but more
    srqfoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    importantly it was very very good, you could really get into how the food was prepared, what ingredients were used. The menu made for difficult decisions. Presentation excellent......service was great. Disregard my noise level comment..........the noise was awful - took away from what otherwise was a great dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    JohnFredC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    As usual, Selva delivered. Intimate atmosphere, excellent food, good service. The Spanish Caesar salad is to-die-for, as are the ceviches (try the Mixto first). Generous portions, creatively presented. Love the mural on the East wall. Sidewalk seating available, especially fun during Season for people watching. Best Mojito in town (not too sweet!). A bit pricey, but highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Selva Grill Is Always a Winner
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Service, menu selections, outdoor table setting on patio...all were perfect! Only thing that was disturbing was as we sat at street-side railing on patio we were pan-handled twice! Uncomfortable feeling from that makes us reconsider dining here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a New York City Restaurant
    Valasha
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Wife and I loved it. Made us feel like we were in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still going strong
    floridanarivVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Selva Frill has been on Main Street for at least 10 year now and I have been going there since it opened. The food is still great and the service on my most recent visit was top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always GREAT!
    VeniceGirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We love Selva Grill. The food and the service are always outstanding! It's not inexpensive but well worth the money. The fresh black grouper special was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Selva Grill is a gem in Sarasota
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food and beautiful presentation. Always have a wonderful meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Selva doesn't disappoint. And the neighborhood gets more and more lively. Louie's Modern is another great choice, right around the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This is my second visit to Selva Grill and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a wonderful restaurant is Sarasota. The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful. The wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Victor
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant located in the downtown area was a great discovery. We were a party of 7 on a business trip in Sarasota looking for a place with good quality food in an enjoyable atmosphere. The service was simply #1 - excellent. This is a place to definitely go back to which I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian delight
    Capposchoice
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    ate at Selva's for second time and it was great excellent food great service and wonderful atmosphere highly recommend!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dining experience
    Tastebuds2
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was not our first time there, and we will go back. This evening just wasn't as great as it has been. We've had better salads. My husband's dish (forgot what it was called) was too hot, the pepper tasting too "raw". I didn't expect my paella to be the Castilian, but while good, not great. Even the peaches and cream bread pudding was a 4 star, not 5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently great
    JulieKVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Love Selva Grill - one of the best restaurants in downtown Sarasota.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like interesting food
    foodiequeen44VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wowza!
    Shakaka3
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    There are no words to express how awesome the food here is. Amazeballs! I literally could have licked my plate. Impressive drink menu and wine list as well. We will definitely be eating here again....and again..........and again. You get the point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.