Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

4.8
4026 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjghinv
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best meal that either my wife or I can remember eating. The menu is super interesting and we can't wait to get back and try more things! I saw reviews complaining about the price and while it's not cheap it is WORTH IT! The wine is reasonably priced.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managers and staff did everything possible to help us celebrate a birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food presentation and taste was outstanding. So many wonderful options on the menu. Will definitely be back

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Joel
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall, the food and cocktails were great. We ordered several items for the table. We had the ceviche trio (I liked the shrimp my husband liked the tuna best); the lobster tostadas and the short rib spring rolls (everyone loved them). We also got the paella and braised short rib with curry couscous. Our only complaint was that we were sat in a quiet corner (we had our Two kids but they are very well behaved and adjusted to eating out) and it took 15 minutes of waiting and me going to the host stand to get any service (including water). Two servers were working in our area and maybe each thought the other would take care of us, but no one even seemed
To notice we were sitting there without waters or anything. Once I said something (politely) to the manager, we had someone check on us.

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ChadA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good Vibe in the Restaurant, Crab Cake was delicious, Surf and Turf was yummy. I will say I was disappointed by the turf. One piece of shrimp ? But over all impressed .

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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vipDeSantis
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the most amazing! She was lovely, attentive and made our night special! Thank you for your above and beyond customer experience! Selva is very lucky to have her as a part of the staff. I wish I wrote her name down for a a proper acknowledgment but with one bottle of wine this happens. Please give her the proper praise she deserves!!!

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LeeS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious fresh food with excellent presentation. Great service! One of my absolute FAVORITES in Sarasota. Mixto ceviche, Tuna/Watermelon, Lobster tosiditas and Whole snapper are my top choices. Consistently excellent!

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Cjoyfull1
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic.
Every dish is an artful display of flavorful food.
Be sure to make a reservation in advance!

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Loveroffood
Springfield
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Service was excellent and the food was good. We came for our Anniversary dinner and were greeted with an “Happy Anniversary”. There was also a table top that said Happy Anniversary and unexpected desert, very thoughtful. We had our 1 y/o with us and our server was very accommodating. I really enjoyed my Caesar and snapper, the Cosmo was everything! I would return when in Sarasota again.

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Jackie
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal and our server, Ben, was excellent and attentive.

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vipAlexanderK
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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Gboyz3
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took a business acquaintance here and wanted to make an impression. As usual, the food quality was spot on. Ceviche, Empanadas, Surf & Turf and Skirt Steak were all excellent. Complemented by a nice wine list.

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vipBarry09
Tampa
108 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I have been here many times We took our adult kids this time and no one was disappointed. Food and service and presentation were superb as always. Usually eat on patio outside but opted for indoor which we found rather noisy

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DavidM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome spot for any occasion. Food was delicious and service was spot on. Thank you Diane.

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vipSnickers
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Definitely going back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD IS INCREDIBLE!!! Everything we have ever tried at Selva is delicious and very flavorful! Always fresh and no trip to Sarasota is complete without a dinner at this spot. Highly recommend!

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Sophea
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I believe because of the noise level, the server miss heard some things and the delivery of some items were behind. But overall Liz was great and fixed any issue quickly and with a friendly manner. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great as well. We were a large group so some missteps are expected but were minimized by the server again she was great!

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BellaP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the atmosphere was fun. Our server was very personable. 10/10 experience

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vipBrendaD
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Too noisy to talk! Otherwise nice.

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brianb
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selva is always excellent. The menu is outstanding and the only issue is what to choose. We've been dining there for years and it never disappoints.

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vipappreciateanicesurprise
Naples
48 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They have the best Spanish Caesar salad in all of Sarasota. The Tuna Tiradito was excellent. The Selva Wild Ceviche as too acidic—won’t not buy that again. The Andean Rack of Lamb was outstanding—very tender and seasoned perfectly. The service was terrific. We’ll definitely be back.

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roxanner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Our service went the extra mile to make my husbands birthday special

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was really good. The noise level got a little loud and I had to speak up so my friends could hear me.

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Selva is one of the most reliable fine dining restaurants in Sarasota.
Go early
Go often

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MarionS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat outside which was very pleasant but a bit noisy. Very energized atmosphere. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food is phenomenal .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food is beautifully presented however bland. Too much emphasis on look. Disappointing flavor, texture, etc. Drinks are weakly poured.
Not up to the expectations we had based on photos

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vipeatout
Tampa
421 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was the first time in 10 years of patronage that the food was disappointing. Obviously there is no way of knowing for sure, but all of the food was heavily spiced - maybe the original chef is at the new Selva restaurant and a different person is now cooking at Main Street.

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SilvioC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the truffle butter with the bread to start dinner to the ceviche to the main course to the dessert, every serving was a pleasant surprise of flavors. Everyone in our group vowed to return to try more items on the menu

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vipweekendfoodies
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael our waiter was outstanding!!!
rack of lamb and NY strip cooked to perfection......octopus and scallops for appetizers were excellent....even the bread and butter was great....... and chocolate mousse for dessert! All beautifully plated.....
our only disappointment was the Tres Leche cake .... which it was not.....it was angel food cake with strawberries and a small amount of cream ....not worth getting in our opinion, especially if u are expecting a traditional Tres Leche cake
Can't wait to go back! Love this place

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SamariaB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attention.. very good! Thanks for all

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LoriB
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder time celebrating my 60th birthday. Great service and fun atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Sarasota. residents and had guests visiting from Atlanta .
Selva never disappoints. Great food . Great Service . Nice Ambiance.
Our go to for happy hour and guests.

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TinaJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were fabulous. Presentation of food was great and taste was even better.

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SoDisappointed
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Mentioned food allergies when made the reservation Talked to server about allergies when we were seated, gave him our chef card. He assured us that they would have no trouble feeding us. My son's plate came out with allergen on it. Sent back. Came out a second time with same allergen on it. We could not eat. If you have any dietary concerns or (like us) life threatening food allergies, do not go there.

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larjan
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was slow. Had to wait to order drinks and then waited too long for dinner to be served.

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NancyL
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Michael was terrific. Food was outstanding.

FAQs

Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota is rated 4.8 stars by 4026 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.