Sel Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Sel is the venture of Chef Branden Levine and his only restaurant in Scottsdale. 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.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food

PM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food.

K
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. 4 course meal was absolutely delicious .

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
34 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

OT
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! A wonderful experience.

RK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a first class experience. I’m already planning our next evening at Sel. Can’t wait to share this with many of our friends.

V
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful from the ambiance to the food and the service! May was so wonderful to share the story of Sel and the inspiration of the restaurant. Our waiter was very informative and definitely made our night more enjoyable with his knowledge the food and wine pairings! I would definitely go back and we did the prix fixed vegetarian menu. It’s wonderful to have a fine cuisine experience as a vegetarian! Thank you Sel!

Y
Phoenix
124 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sel continues to overachieve in every aspect. Creative chef, attentive service, nice ambiance.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The strawberry gazpacho soup was amazing!! And the morel mushroom noodle dish was surprisingly good too. Even my non-vegetarian husband liked it! He also really enjoyed the octopus too.

z
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La nourriture ici a dépassé nos attentes. La taille des portions nous a surpris, mais ils étaient parfaits. Chaque bouchée a fondu dans nos bouches. Le personnel s’est surpassé pour nous. Nous étions traités comme des rois. Tout était magnifique. Impeccable. Délicieux!

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L
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Scottsdale place since Posh closed. Chef Brandon made 3 thins I would never order taste delicious! (Octopus, peaches and venison) Every experience is better than the last. And Bradley is a fantastic server personable, professional, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. They definitely go a step beyond to make your dinner delightful.

JS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and delightful service. Enjoyed the four courses - each perfect. Grilled watermelon salad? Yes please.

s
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pros: fantastic service. Wonderful and unique dishes. Gifted chef. Nice ambiance. Outdoor seating has misters. Cons: quite pricey. Small portions (if you had the 4 course offering portions were enough). If you ordered a couple of courses a la carte (as my wife did) not really enough food. We will go to this restaurant again in spite of the cons because of the very talented chef and outstanding service.

AF
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sel is a unique dining experience nestled in a historical portion of Old Town Scottsdale. The ambiance and restaurant remind one of a European diner. The food was a blend of savory and sweet, with combinations I had never seen before. My fiance and I thoroughly enjoyed being surprised and delighted with everything.

C
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was presented as a work of art and was delicious!

EJ
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. On par with Cafe Monarch food if you’re looking for alternative. It has a more layback funky vibe with excellent personalized service.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is beyond outstanding. Everything from the decor, food and staff is just superb. Coming from NYC my expectation are very high and this place exceeded my expectations. Each dish was carefully prepared by the chef and they made any accommodations needed. Do not miss this restaurant when visiting Scottsdale!!

IR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very unique restaurant with excellent tasting menu that changes every 5-6 weeks. Most of the items on the tasting menu are available a la carte so next time I go there my choice would be 2-3 things from the menu and not the whole tasting option. Wine selection was terrific as was the beer choice. Definitely recommend Sel for a special dinner or celebration event.

P
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Scallops and Halibut were very well done and tasty! The asparagus soup was so good I wanted to order a second.

Unfortunately a tough night for the kitchen. Short staffed, our two course meal took 2 1/2 hours to serve. We were not offered dessert or coffee. So we just paid and left. Not even a thank you or good night.

We never judge on the first night. The food was too good to pass on this restaurant. We will dine here again. Hoping in the future the kitchen and service can catch up to the perfect meal!!

y
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Food we got was excellent. However after over 2 hours we didn’t receive our entrees. We left restaurant without dinner because we had a 9:30 show to catch.

DB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve lived in Scottsdale 20 years and try to eat at the best restaurants we can find. I’d say we’ve hit the majority in town with some select favorites. My wife stumbled onto Sel during a midday walk and Brandon the chef/owner was kind enough to have a few words with her (even though they were closed). We returned a few nights ago for dinner and all I can say is wow! We each had four courses and every single dish we had was the best we’ve experienced in the valley! It was probably the best dining experience we’ve ever had! We haven’t stopped talking or telling people about it! Thank you. We will be back soon.

M
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Branden Levine exceeds himself every time we dine at Sel. The presentation is artful, the flavors explosive and the wine pairings exquisite. We are always willing to try new things he is adding to the menu - the sturgeon and the strawberry gazpacho courses on Mothers Day were a great example of his continued perfection! His wife May adds additional charm to the experience. This is the best restaurant in the Phoenix area. Don't miss trying it - and enjoy the experience!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service! They deserve Michelin stars!

T
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding...

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we’ve ever eaten in Scottsdale!

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BV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Great food, great service.

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