Sel Restaurant

4.6
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508 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
"Sel is an intimate fine dining restaurant located among the art galleries and shops of Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale, in the heart of the Arts District at 7044 E Main St. We serve a 4 course prix fixe Contemporary American cuisine (each dish also available à la carte) complimented by our carefully selected wine and liquor menu, craft beers and season-inspired artisan cocktails. Our menu changes regularly to offer you innovative dishes based on the freshest seasonal ingredients available in the market. Each plate is carefully crafted by Chef Branden to deliver a dish that is boasting with broad, sophisticated flavors that is sure to make your dinner experience an unforgettable night.
For special dietary restrictions, please notify us 48 hours in advance.
Please note that indoor or outdoor seating is not guaranteed.
There will be a $35.00 per person late cancellation or no-show fee.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us as we close 2019 and start the New Year with another special dinner. This special 4-course dinner will start with an amuse-bouche and end with a complimentary glass of bubbles. Details to follow $140++ per person

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What 508 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
188 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Lovely setting, great creative food and perfect service.
4 courses is the way to go.each one better than the other. We will return.

DW
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, wonderful help, fantastic food! Definitely a must visit!!

CM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sel is one of the latest high cuisine restaurants in Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area that prepares Napa Valley Michelin-level cuisine. The head chef and owner was previously executive chef at the acclaimed Cafe Monarch and that tradition is clearly felt but with a ultra modern decor that is reminiscent of restaurants in the chic LA scene. There is both indoor and outdoor patio seating available. I preferred indoor as the outside seating has not yet caught up to the level of the indoor ambiance. The club style music played on the overhead was a bit too loud initially and felt a bit out of place. That is something you wouldn't experience in Napa Valley or at top restaurants in France (and I would have preferred more elegant or euro-progressive instrumental music to go with the ambiance but each their own). The volume was immediately addressed and it did not detract from our dining experience overall.

With a four course menu that offers two choices per course (three smaller, one larger), there is accommodation for vegetarian and gluten-free diets. The menu is changed every 6 weeks leaving customers wanting to come back soon to see what else the chef has managed to create. Each course is presented with a lot of care and detail. The flavors can be both robust and delicate. The ingredients are market fresh. Wine selection was excellent. The very cold water was cucumber and mint infused. Delicious. Sel is not for those on a budget, those that want a deal, or those who want large American restaurant portions. Sel makes no apology for its high price tag. If you want a lot of food at corporate prices, Cheesecake Factory is five minutes away. If you want your palate to experience the highest quality culinary experience, Sel should be on your short list. Sel receives my highest recommendation.

C
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience, we will be back....

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The service was great but the value of the food ($300+) was not up to par. Honestly we were very disappointed with the food. Service was great.

PD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend to Sel for his birthday. We had the four course prix fixe dinner. All four courses were excellent! The quality of each was exceptional. This gives me confidence that future menu entrees (the menu changes a couple times per year) will be something to look forward to. I’ll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We chose the 4 course meal with wine paring. The wines were of good quality and exceptionally paired. Our food however was not as exceptional. The foie gras was very good but every other course was served cold. We expected warm squid bisque, again cold, ravioli.. cold and not very memorable. With so many good restaurants in Old Town, we will frequent somewhere else.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the patio. The flowers all around made it very private and romantic. The food was unique and delicious

A
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is beyond amazing, the service was excellent and it is one of our favorites!1

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a fantastic experience from start to finish!

JL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my Mother's 80th birthday. The food was amazing. The service was excellent. The waiter seemed to have great pride in the food. We ate inside and the dining was lovely and noise level allowed for easy conversation among a party of six. All in all, a terrific experience.

F
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a very nice dining experience. If we had more of an appetite we might have tried the full tasting menu (around $80). We tried the cauliflower raviolis and duck. Both were amazing dishes but be prepared to spend some money!

HP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Two of our three main courses were excellent, and the starters were very good. The duck was not spectacular. The inside of the restaurant is a bit tacky, but the terrace seating at night is wonderful. The servers lacked training and were a little sloppy. For sure an expensive restaurant, they need to tighten the operation a little bit.

AJ
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon is one of the top 5-6 chef's in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Food is always superb. Service excellent. Wine pairing are a nice touch. We highly recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette party dinner

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RG
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience! This is the second time we have been to Sel and it did not disappoint! The food and wine pairing was superb, as was the service! I would highly recommend this intimate, lovely restaurant!

JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion ... this is it! Yes it is a bit on the pricier side and it was well worth it!

C
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, great ambiance, and very good food! Not a local to Scottsdale but will have to stop by Sel when I visit! (Especially since the menu changes every 6 weeks)

E
Houston
117 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was perfect. A great experience.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and flavors. Never disappoints!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional culinary experience. Intense flaviours and a special occasion place. Spendy for sure but worth the visit if budget is no option.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food

PM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second meal at Sel and it was phenomenally. At this price point it's not somewhere I would eat every week, but well worth price. Also since the menu changes so frequently everyone on the menus was new to us. We had the 4 course prix fixe with the wine pairing. The wine paring was great - very good matches for our choices. The service was great and very attentive. One of the best restaurants in the valley.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. What I would expect from a tasting menu. However for the price I anticipated a better service with descriptions of the food while it is presented. It shouldn’t be just dropped off at the table. Ambiance was great. Good wine pairing.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food.

K
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend Sel! The first two courses tho evening were out of this world (Chilled cantaloupe soup & beef tenderloin). The other dishes were very good too. Waiter (Bradley) was great and table busser (missed his name) was highly attentive. Really top rate meal and service. Atmosphere very unpretentious given the superb food. Will definitely be back next time I am in Scottsdale.

OT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have an amazing menu. Amazed that they don’t have a Michelin star rating. Service is great. Staff was very knowledgeable. The food itself was so great from the cold soup to the lamb to truffles ravioli. Can’t say enough great things about this place.

JW
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. 4 course meal was absolutely delicious .

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was unique and wonderful. It was a birthday dinner. Wait staff attentive but not over bearing. Noise level low enough for us to talk. Food well done with lovely presentation. We’ve added to our list of favorites.

JD
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb prix fixe with imaginative but remarkable combinations. The space is not large so one or two noisy patrons at the bar is enough to make it pretty loud, but worth any noise level.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sel offers a uniquely exquisite dining experience that mixing fantastic food, with a relaxed atmosphere that would make anyone feel at home.
You can enjoy what will be one of the best meals you’ve had, while not once feeling out of place.
The staff are friendly, welcoming, and extremely attentive.
I have no negative things to say whatsoever, and never will.

PP
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! The atmosphere is cozy, funky yet elegant. The service was very attentive and we did not feel rushed. We did the four course tasting menu and the courses were small but it was plenty of food. There was room for dessert. Can’t wait to return when it’s cool enough to sit on the patio.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food ! The service was slow but everything else was great !

OT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Branden Levine NEVER disappoints. Neither does his wonderful team. That is why my family continues to visit this charming restaurant in the heart of Scottsdale.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! A wonderful experience.

RK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly greeted, the host accommodated our request to have him take a picture of us, and we had Jessica, an outstanding server. Several other staff members came to the table to deliver food, etc. and each one was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent from the cantaloupe soup to the sea urchin to the foie gras ice cream sandwich. This place is ideal for those who love foie gras.

BT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with beautifully done wine pairing. I recommend getting the Prix Fixe 4 course dinner menu with wine pairing. The food is unique, but not strange enough to scare away the casual diner. They even have a vegetarian option. The menu changes with the season. Service has always been great. Decor could be more elegant, but I rather have them put the money into the food then the decor. One of my favorite special occasion restaurants.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Somewhat over-priced. Food is prepared wonderfully, but there isn’t much — actually, nothing — accompanying the entree orders. And the 4-course offerings seem quite expensive.

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