Sel Restaurant

4.8
777 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Tucked away with the Art Galleries of Main Street, this charming restaurant promises to deliver a memorable, personal and fine dining experience to its guests. Owned and operated by husband and wife, Chef Branden and May Levine, this is an intimate family-run restaurant that offers innovative, modern haute cuisine coupled with an exceptional service and delightful ambiance.

We believe that great food starts with fresh ingredients and its essence, when enhanced with the right seasoning, creates a dish that is boasting with broad and sophisticated flavors.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

For reservations 5 or more, please call 480.949.6296

To better serve you, parties of 6 or more are reserved for tasting menu only.

Cancellation policy:
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance of any cancellations. Late cancellations and no shows are subject to a $35/person fee.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Say goodbye to 2020 and kick off the New Year with friends and family at Sel. Start your evening with a complimentary Champagne toast followed by a specially curated 4-course tasting dinner prepared by Chef Branden Levine. Visit our website for details. $110 per person with optional wine pairing.

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CocoLee
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sel was a really wonderful treat. I had the best cocktail I have had in Phoenix. It was a martini meets pina colada with fresh lime zest weaved into a light foam on top of a rum drink. Details like that were found in all of the food courses as well.
The server was very knowledgeable and accommodating to a food preference despite a special Restaurant week menu.
The atmosphere on the patio was charming- similar to The House Brasserie while the food was on par with Cafe Monarch.

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AmyR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and atmosphere was amazing! We decided to book here to try out their tasting menu for Arizona Restaurant Week and I'm glad we did. The venue was very cozy/intimate and the service was excellent with recommendations and professionalism. Everything we had to eat was delicious - left a lasting impression on us both. We will definitely be back to try their regular menu.

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Andreas
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the evening very much, the service was great the food was great, we just wish they had the regular menu and not only of the Arizona kitchen month menu.

But, that gives us a reason to go back and experience all the great things that they have on their menu. Thank you Sel
For a great birthday dinner!

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NathalieM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a fantastic dinner and ambiance. One of our favorite restaurants in the valley.

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vipShagg
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with incredible service. Chef Branden is such an inventive chef with interesting tastes, textures and ingredients from around the world. We enjoyed the Art Walk visiting galleries before sitting down to Sel’s own art work. Thank you!

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vipezgoin
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef at SEL is very creative. our three favorite dishes were:
1. Peach Soup. THE best
2. Steak
3. Bass
Every detail has been honed and the service is FIVE Star

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vipburbanite
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit AZ yearly and truly wish we lived closer so we could eat at Sel routinely.what a delightful find!

Our recent dinner during Restauant week presented an intriguing menu that clearly did not disappoint. Everything was fantastic.

Here is a chef who supremely knows his craft. The cream corn beignet was innovative and delicious. So was the chilled peach soup with homemade ricotta and puffed rice. And the third courses were incredible - I especially loved the crisp tofu in a heavenly curry sauce that had so many layered flavors I lost count.

Deserts were no exception. The strawberry short cake with marzipan and salted caramel had surprising blends of intense flavor. Our wait staff were foodies and you could see how they truly know the art of fine meals and love working at a 5-star restaurant!
Also a nice treat to learn that the chef was formerly at Cafe Monarch, which was once of favorite.
Can’t wait to return!

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vipFrans
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu and value for restaurant week. Nice wine pairing and good deserts! Service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Accommodating to dietary restrictions. Great atmosphere.

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BrianT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for Restaurant Week. I got the tasting menu with wine. The first course was a chilled white peach soup. The soup was good, but nothing exciting It was paired with an excellent chenin blanc, but I didn't think the pairing with the first course was that great.

The second course was a corn custard and chevre biegnet. The biegnet was excellent with the sweet corn dancing with the chevre. The chardonnay with this course was excellent that matched perfectly with this dish.

The third course had an option of steak, fish or tofu. I selected the steak. I normally don't order steak at a restaurant because I like to buy prime cuts of beef and grill them over a bed of charcoal. The steak was a little tough, but the peppercorn sauce was excellent. I was afraid the merlot served with this course may be overpowered by the sauce, but it was an excellent pairing.

For desert I selected the strawberry-marzipan shortcake. The mixture of fresh strawberries, marzipan and salted caramel with some vanilla gelato was delicious.
Desert isn't included in the Restaurant Week menu.

I came early (5:00 pm) to avoid the crowds, but it got filled up pretty fast. Most of the people were senior citizens.

I love their tasting menu. The menu changes with the season.

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vipAngela
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sel is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff is always welcome and inviting. My favorite place to bring out of town friends to try Scottsdale. The attention to detail and tasting meal is fabulous!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. It was my first time there and everything was perfect. Good presentation, good flavor, service, noise level, attention to detail etc.

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DC030303
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

THE RESTAURANT WEEK MENU WAS FABULOUS. Really enjoyed our night.

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vipMickey
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Brandon is on fire. Every experience is incredible. Eat bite makes you want to keep it in your mouth forever. The wine pairings introduce you to a new world of flavor. The ambiance is amazing. May is a fabulous hostess always remembering small details about your prior visits. Don't miss this world-class restaurant nestled in the 5th Avenue shop area.

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FoodieTraveler
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The AZ Fall Restaurant Week menu of 4 courses (with 3 choices for entrees including NY strip, wild striped bass and a vegetarian offering) was superbly prepared and beautifully plated - layers of creative flavors and textures reminded us of Michelin star quality...Too bad AZ is not a member! In addition we shared a delicious tiramisu for dessert. The servers were delightfully friendly and knowledgeable. We will return again and again, for sure. Dining outside on a thankfully cooler than blazing hot night with excellent food and service was truly magical!!!

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vipHelenK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great service and fantastic food beautiful setting.

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The NY Strip was delicious and service was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were really looking forward to trying the tasting menu based on some friends recommendations but found it a little heavier for an end of summer selection, and some of the preparations were not as requested. There were a few service items that weren’t exactly as we were hoping.

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vipYacht41
Phoenix
154 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of, if not, the finest dining experience in the Valley. Chef Levine always shows his creativity and the service offered matches his culinary talent. A must go dining experience!

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WaterDude
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! We had the chef's tasting menu and it was delicious! The food came out quick too which was nice - sometimes the dishes in a tasting menu seem to take forever to arrive. My only slight issue was desert. Not that it was bad, it was very good, but my wife is obsessed with chocolate and it would have been nice to have a chocolate option on there. Five stars for Sel!

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toogood
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I did the tasting menu. The entire meal was delicious! I had their version of a Paloma cocktail as well and enjoyed it. Overall a great experience.

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vipRichardG
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful birthday dinner experience! Fine dining at its best! The prix fixe dinner and wine pairing were superb. Looking forward to our next visit!

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MrEli
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary. Entire staff recognized that and did everything they could to make this a memorable evening. And the food was exceptional.

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Mike
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I'd say Sel was "good" not "great." I mean this relative to the space this restaurant competes in, not as an overall comparison to say a McDonald's or something similar. I got the tasting menu. Nothing particularly stood out among other restaurants at this price point, and if anything the steak and vegetables were over-salted. On the plus side, they have an absolutely beautiful and romantic bar. If you're looking for a quiet and romantic spot with pretty good food, this will work great. It's less expensive than say Cafe Monarch and doesn't have the noise of some of the other restaurants blaring dance music.... but the food also isn't as good.

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MDMmdmMDMmdmMDMmdmMDMmdm
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were friendly. Food was outstanding! Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.

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Jonsbc
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a beautiful dinner this was. We had the tasting menu. The amuse bouche was a one-spoon strawberry gazpacho -- nice, delicate, but we would have liked to taste a bit more strawberry flavor. The end was an unbelievably flavorful spring pea and ramp vichyssoise with tuna tartare -- exquisite. We could eat that all night! Then the crab and corn custard beignet was totally unexpected. Beautiful delicate crust and nicely cooked crab within. The asparagus herb salad had just the right amount of vinaigrette. We found the 14 hour pork belly nicely cooked. Would have preferred the skin to be more crispy, but it was drowned in the gochujiang glaze, which was very reminiscent of home-cooked Asian flavors. the accompanying prawn was unfortunately chewy and a bit overcooked. The filet mignon was perfectly cooked for my wife, but mine was a bit overdone -- perhaps due to the difference in thickness of the cuts. The oyster mushrooms were a perfect accompaniment, and the Bordelaise was excellent. Finally, great flavor with the strawberry shortcake -- the salted caramel was a nice touch to brighten the senses.
The service was attentive at first and very professional, but suffered as the tables filled up. We went on a weekday at 5 pm. So I'd encourage diners to do the same if you enjoy a quiet foodie delight, but come later if you like hearing other people's conversations and the crowd.

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vipBuck
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don’t generally do tasting menus but this was well worth the price of $95/person.

Agree that Sel is definitely a hidden gem! All courses were delicious and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Yellowfin tuna tartare was amazing!
Crab beignet was delicious.
Probably the best pork belly that I have ever tasted! Filet was superb and very tasty.
Dessert was to die for...strawberry shortcake and vanilla bean gelato.

A great resto especially for a special occasion. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique and fabulous food. I highly recommend the chef’s table and the wine pairing

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Scottsdalefan
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great for date night or other romantic occasion. Service was spot on and friendly. Will definitely go there again

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vipBillG
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food. Always amazing and friendly service in a very pleasant and happy setting. You can never go wrong with a trip to Sel!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious and full of flavor

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LorettaH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing !!! My husband and I have been looking for a place that has a different menu. We did the tasting menu and it did not disappoint. We look forward to another fabulous meal here soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about that place! Definitely a great experience!

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AmyL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing and one of the best meals we've ever had! Every bite of food was so full of flavor that we didn't leave a crumb! I highly recommend the roasted beet and heirloom tomato salad and the mushroom agnolotti.

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vipTheSatisfiedDiner
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

limited menu with each item given amazing attention and creativity. Best Halibut i've ever had. Enjoyed the a la carte choosing. Anar was terrific server. Try Sel!

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vipScubaj
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for a special occasion.was fantastic that they offered a vegetarian tasting menu!

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vipYacht41
Phoenix
154 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant sets the standard in the Phoenix area for elegant cuisine and attentive service. Great experience in fine dining.

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vipcannothavegarlic
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our fourth time eating here and was definitely not as good as the prior times. Food was not amazing and service led a lot to be desired. Ordered and paid for an appetizer beet salad that I never got. Had to remind the waiter after he brought the dessert that I had ordered a cappuccino. Ended up being brought a latte. Based on this most recent experience would say this restaurant is no longer worth the high prices.

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vipTimR
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 5th time my wife and I have eaten at Sel. Everything about the dining experience is top shelf. Chef is a wizard with the food. Everything is perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and utterly delicious. Consistently one of the best dining experiences in Phoenix area!

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LauraC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never lets me down. The food, service, and wine pairings are all amazing. Whenever visitors want a first rate dining experience, we always bring them here. Love, love, love this place!

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Sel Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sel Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 949-6296.

Sel Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 777 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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