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Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

4.7
4.7
5151 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (941) 362-4427

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ysacc Sanchez

  • Private party facilities

    On premises private parties

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    Main St. & Palm Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Parking Garage on Palm Ave

  • Entertainment

    see website for special events

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Innovative

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Lively

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  1. MichaelC

    Tampa

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was outstanding. Even better than the last time we were there - will be back soon
  2. MelindaD

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been wanting to visit Selva for quite some time and so glad we finally did. The service was excellent, the flavors of our dishes were amazing and presented uniquely and beautifully. We look forward to coming back!
  3. Jack

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota was a wonderful experience. The Savor Sarasota Menu was a perfect way to taste and experience Selva Grill. My wife had for the first course Selva Wild Ceviche and I enjoyed the Maya Shrimp Ceviche. Both Ceviches were served in a Martini Glass, both were delicious. The second course my wife had the Malbec Braised Short Ribs and I had the Arroz con Pato- Grilled Duck Breast. Once again both dishes were delicious. To finish the evening I had the Selva Sunday and my wife had the Pot of Mousse. It just does not get any better. Of course we started off the dinner with Martini's and wine. Our server Michael was very nice and he had an excellent personality. Michael gave us some excellent recommendations on the whole dinner experience.
  4. SusanA

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the prifix dinner and it was excellent and an excellent value. Sat outside and it was pleasant and quiet!
  5. KennethB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food and wine was excellent. Would highly recommend.
  6. Lynda

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious skirt steak and filet mignon - distinctive flavors in the sauces and sides. We ate here on a Wednesday evening and it was relatively quiet.
  7. Leti

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Selva did not disappoint. Every item on the menu surpasses expectations. I have been lucky enough to eat here twice and everyone needs to visit!!! The service is always stellar and the cocktails are out of this world. What a gem!!!
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The lamp chops has too much seasoning on top no flavor .. the dock my wife requested was terrible.. very rubbery kinda ..the skin should be crispy has no flavor ,the pear resoto we very bad as well .. we ordered pisco sour Peruvian drink was very bad as well very warm… we spend a lots of money in this horrible restaurant .. I do not recommend to go there They need need to Learn how cook
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg, what a food and flavors so different and rich, everything was delicious, just my mojito it was little to sour to my taste but besides that , everything was perfect to me, highly recommended.
  10. CiCi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and experience at Selva. Food is very flavorful and presentation superb!
  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and presentation was amazing! Sit outside for the best experience
  12. JanetJ

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They seated us promptly even a bit early. Service was excellent! Empanadas amazing! Seafood paella was delicious. Will definitely be returning!
  13. HenryB

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Michael work with my wife to select gluten free items on the menu. The service was professional, engaging, and timely. The food was artistically presented, and very flavorful. The price was reasonable . We highly recommend Selva
  14. WendyC

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Linda was amazing in light of the fact that we were outside with our dog and it started to rain. I found a nice covered spot and was very appreciated. She was extremely attentive and knowledgeable.
  15. DovS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We especially liked the lobster tostadas.
  16. Trupp

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food presentation & paring very good. Ambience excellent inside. Will return.
  17. Jbo1

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place! One of my favorites! Try to come here as often as possible.
  18. NBDiner

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great presentation, and outstanding service. One of our favorite places.
  19. tim0808

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated promptly for 6pm reserve at requested outdoor table. Our server Eric (Erik?) came by, greeted us and introduced himself. Upon some information exchanges, we ordered cocktails (El Santo and Blackberry Pisco Sour) and perused the menu, which continues to be excellent! Mrs. ordered the Seafood Paella Risotto, and I took on the lamb and lobster Mar y Tierra special. We began with starter Empanadas 2x, 1 beef and 1 spinach; both flavorful and nicely filled. After some time to chat, the mains arrived and were both delicious, the Risotto freshly prepared, cheesy, generous seafood and plentiful enough for a take home portion. The lamb & lobster surf/turf was excellent- lamb cooked to my medium order and the lobster tail tender sweet and buttery!! Eric was a great host, helping with a wine selection for the Risotto, and unobtrusively attentive. All this and a well run house continues to sustain Selva’s sterling reputation.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    A wonderful experience. Our third time. As expected all was exceptional. The food was delicious and ambiance was most pleasing. Highly recommend this experience.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We have been loyal customers visiting the Selva Grill(downtown) for 16 years. We celebrate most of our birthday and anniversary dates here as well as bringing others to enjoy. Superb food and a special quaintness for our dining has always been wonderful. When the weather allows, we make reservations for the patio area , back corner table. Having requested and been seated at this special table (for us) many times in the past, we again made a special request for that table for 6 PM to celebrate a birthday and Mothers Day. Unfortunately the table was occupied by a couple and their two children when we arrived and weren’t nearly finished eating so we chose to be re-seated and were put at a very small 2-top by the main door. The family remained seated until 6:45pm. Our disappointment was that Open-Table filled our reservation with our special request, as they have in the past, but now that the request was already filled by a family during our request time, we were not going to wait for our table to open. . On at least 2 occasions in the past, Selva personnel has phoned us if there are any issues with our ‘special requests’ This is why we love the restaurant.. I’m telling you this because it was so disappointing and we were so upset with the location we sat due to the cramped and busy spot. Thanks for listening.
  22. bengalgene

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. We have dined in Chicago, New York, and L.A. Selva can compare with the best restaurants in those cities.
  23. LisaR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was seated in the smaller area by the bar. bar wasn't crowded so noise level was low. My 83 year old mother said it was the best meal of her life... We both had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was excellent. lobster bisque, lobster tostados...excellent. The short ribs were a bit too fatty and grissly... but still tasty Perfect Mother's Day meal!
  24. johnf

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Ceviche outstanding , great server , prefer outside rather than inside too dark and load inside but food very good
  25. michaelM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Truly excellent, outstandingly delicious assortment of fresh & healthy foods, interesting flavors, and a work of art presentation. Great service, nice environment, for romantic dinner or with friends or whole family, a really enjoyable dining experience- Best in Sarasota (imho) 5 stars
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the gues in our party was having a birthday and they gave a beautiful dessert on the house.
  27. ElbertH

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Selection, service and food/drinks were all fantastic. The downtown location could use a bit of a remodel even though the large wall of art was very nice. Of course parking is an issue but it’s only because it’s a downtown location and for us it was only remarkable because it was pouring rain outside.
  28. Ndnfan

    New Orleans

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think Selva is one of the best restuarants in Sarasota. The service, food, drinks and dessert were all very good. We'll definitely return.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! This is literally the best restaurant we have ever been to!
  30. NYCFriedman

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    One of the most consistently good restaurants in Sarasota. The "starter" portions are big enough to make a meal out of, which is what we usually do. Love the Crab Napoleon and the spicy tuna ceviche (which isn't all that spicy.) Excellent cocktails. Beautiful presentation. We dine here often when we are in town.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. A bit on the expensive side.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service last night. Eric was our server and he was great. Gave really good recommendations on the food - the tuna tiradado and the lamb. Yum!
  33. MilaC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    My skirt steak was burnt and the lomo saltado extremely salty. The sangria was sour, not as good as i vé experienced in the past. The staff was great as usual.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This was far and away the best meal we have had during our trip to Sarasota! Good service and food was simply amazing. The short rib spring rolls are an absolute must order! Amazing all the way around…presentation and flavor! Drinks were fantastic! The only downside was the chairs outside were uncomfortable! Special thanks to our waiter. He made our night very special!
  35. Peanuts

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding. Great looking dishes
  36. ZonaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter did a great job describing the entrees, He also was personable .He paced the drinks , appetizers main course, and dessert perfectly,
  37. Billy

    Naples

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance and our wait person were all excellent!! Loved it!!
  38. JohnA

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never had a bad experience at Selva. It's hard for me not to order the lamb - because it's perfection on a plate, but I occasionally force myself to make another selection. I've never had a bad meal and the service is always exceptional. It can get loud inside, but it's a minor inconvenience. The parking garage around the corner solved the only other issue I've had in the past.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Very noisy from the street party! Paella was average; great seviche; never told about the special fish dish.
  40. WilliamK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Noise was a function of "First Friday" being in front of your restaurant

FAQs

Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota is rated 4.7 stars by 5151 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

1345 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main St. & Palm Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Peruvian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking Garage on Palm Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ysacc Sanchez

  • Entertainment

    see website for special events

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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