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Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

4.8
4.8
4712 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 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin / Spanish, Peruvian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 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 4,712 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Best Food

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Hot Spot

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  1. KB

    KathleenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared 3 appetizers... Mayan Shrimp Ceviche - really good; Chicken Spring Rolls - just okay; and Scallops w/butternut squash - Excellent!! Also had the Chopped Salad and a very interesting twist on the Caesar Salad which was delicious. We will go back again and try some entrees. Waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about wines.
  2. H

    Homer

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Have dinner here every time we are in Sarasota.
  3. LH

    LarryH

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    Did not like paying $175 for dinner and sitting next to a dog eating on the floor inside the dinning room. The dog was not a service dog.
  4. KC

    KarraC

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary and we were both very impressed. The food was great and delicious and the drinks were on point. In addition to the great food, our server was so nice and attentive. We will definitely be back for the ceviche and paella risotto (*inserts chef’s kiss).
  5. i

    idil

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are excellent
  6. PA

    PedroA

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant experience. The service was fantastic and the food was exceptional.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always consistent and delicious!!
  8. J

    Johnsonw

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, dinner at Selva (on the patio) was incredible. Our food was spectacular and the white wine paired perfectly. Our server, Frank, did a great job. He was very professional and attentive. The people watching is a very special added attraction at Selva. Thanks again for all you due to make our dinner very special every time.
  9. J

    Jackie

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Dinner and service was excellent, as usual. The only complaint among my guests was the noise level. It was difficult to hear each other at the table.
  10. SM

    ScottM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was very good (try the Red Snapper). The noise level was a little too high...it was difficult to carry on a conversation with my dinner date.
  11. JC

    JaceyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and service was exceptional. Highly recommended!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner.
  13. AC

    AdrianoC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had not been in Selva in about 5 years, but the food is as delicious as I remember it. I had the whole fried Red Snapper, it was amazing. We had the grilled octopus causa to start, the potatoes were a bit dry, but the octopus was very tasty. We will definitely return.
  14. c

    cindi

    Tampa

    220 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    220 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were beautiful to look at and delicious.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night and services
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Waitresses more attentive to tables around us. Had to remind her we ordered cocktails. Food was good overall. The special was very good!
  17. m

    mike

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I made my reservation for a Saturday evening less than a week beforehand. Thus a table right next to one end of a busy bar with lots of traffic, chatter, and the occasional sound of fresh ice cubes being dumped into a large holding tank. Food was very good, and Glenda's service was professional, courteous, and friendly.
  18. D

    Dolly3

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Mussels Ceviche isn’t on the menu but we are always able to get it. Fabulous! And never miss the Spanish Caesar salad.
  19. S

    Seafoodlova

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thought everything was excellent. Service was a 10, food was very interesting, fresh and flavorful. Inside the restaurant was mixed crowd (families, dates, business, etc , cool lighting and fun music. Would definitely go again.
  20. CS

    CarolS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always visit Selva when in Sarasota. Everything from atmosphere, food quality and presentation to service is at or above expectations. ❤️❤️ Do yourself a favor and don’t miss it!
  21. CP

    CraigP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Selva and it will not be our last. My wife is vegetarian and a she was so pleased that they actually had a vegetarian plate available for her. It was great and so was my dinner. The desserts were fantastic. This is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota that we have found.
  22. C

    Chmbah

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    Poor service, no attention and little follow up with attitude. never made to be asked for desert. Disappointed Great food!
  23. AK

    AlexanderK

    St. Louis

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best food, atmosphere, service, and crowd.
  24. FG

    FoodieGal

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was impressive as always, however, kitchen overcooked both filet mignon steaks. We brought it to the servers attention and he looked at both but only brought back one replacement steak. At this point , not why offer to remove from bill. The steaks were brown, no pink in the middle. It was very obvious. Why not bring two steak replacements? Also we never received a dessert after mentioning it was a 1yr anniversary celebration. He first asked if we wanted dessert instead of just bringing it to the table as a surprise. Why bother mentioning we are celebrating when booking.
  25. r

    rhoda

    Orlando

    317 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    317 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and the best service!!
  26. MJ

    MJoyS

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding inventive food. Very well prepared and presented. Terrific flavors. Gracious attentive service. Definitely worth every penny. Look forward to returning again‼️
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy restaurant with excellent service….thoroughly enjoyable
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little loud
  29. F

    Fitchett

    Denver

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great spot!!!!!
  30. LV

    LawrenceV

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall very good restaurant. Excellently prepared food & good service. I would come close to giving a 5 star rating, but I reserve that for restaurants that are truly "over the top". Selva comes close! My only quibble: Wine a bit pricy, (food cost is commensurate with quality...braised short rib my partner ordered is one of the best I have tasted in many restaurants in many cities. My mirin roasted sea bass with sides of corn flan, bok choy, & black bean puree was also excellent. Might have liked a little more density of the puree, but that's a minor issue). They have a great Happy Hour with excellent "bar foods" & drinks as well. I'm happy to give Selva a strong recommendation.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food had amazing flavors. The Fire + Ice cocktail was a gingery taste sensation. The atmosphere had a very cool vibe. My only complaint is that the food is so tasty that the smallish portions leave you wanting more!!
  32. C

    Comida

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eric our waiter was awesome!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing evening at Selva. Wonderful appetizers for two — Spanish Caesar, Short Rib Spring Roll, and Empanadas.
  34. AC

    ACS1

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best seafood pallela I have ever eaten. My compliments to the chef
  35. c

    cookinglight

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and a special Birthday experience thanks to Selva's staff and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend!
  36. AR

    AdamR

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Good but not great. Everyone was raving about this place and my wife and I thought it was good but didn’t live up to all the hype. We shared 3 different small plates, they were ok. The service was great, fast and friendly.
  37. B

    Brittany

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was definitely a restaurant you want to come and try the entire menu! What a delicious meal!! The ceviches are a must try and all the starters, as you won’t be able to pick just one. The service, quality of food, drinks and presentation was top notch. Shout out to the hostess who even offered me a GF menu when I first walked in the door, that really wowed me. Thank you to the entire staff for a great night!
  38. T

    Treat2eat

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg… this is easily one of.the best restaurants on not only the west coast of Florida but on the east coast of the US. Appetizers, entrees and service were excellent! Rare find in that the menu is creative yet the taste is unbelievable. Excellent food- grouper & fried snapper. Appetizers- excellent short rib spring tolls, beef empanadas & duck. All in all 6 stars out of 5 stars. If I had one suggestion, I’d say the Happy Hour pricing should be reflected in the dining room as long as it is between the happy hour timeframe. Regardless, the food, service and value were still Excellent! Don’t miss this spot!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    I only give it 3 as a whole because employees are forced to put on a mask.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So Good. Everything we had was amazing. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota is rated 4.8 stars by 4712 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 34 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 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 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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