Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota

4.8
4065 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went perfect. Just proposed to my fiancé and we even asked to come in 2 hrs early and we’re easily accommodated. Food was amazing as always and we can’t wait to come back many more times to come

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TomT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This is our go-to place to eat. We are a frequent customer. This past dining experience was disappointing. The server, Travis was outstanding. The short ribs were mush, like they were from the bottom of the cooking tray and tasted like it was from the previous day and burnt overcooked taste and tart from too much cooking. The steak we order was requested charred and medium. Iw was rare and had to be sent back and we could not eat together since the steak was returned to cook properly.

I know it is off-season but quality to loyal customers should be taken into consideration that travels one hour and is willing to pay the price for quality food.

The locals get sub-par service and sub-par food, unfortunately.

Tom

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MarioR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, drinks are great and the food is delicious.

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vipHobartS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always great food, noisy Saturday night crowd

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Selva last week. We had a great experience. The cocktails and food were all amazing. Highly recommend the Spanish Caesar salad. Our server was great. He honestly answered our questions when we asked about portion sizes as we don't like to waste food. The presentation for the birthday dessert was also very nice. My husband was raving about how much he enjoyed his meal and the experience. We will definitely be back during our next trip to Sarasota.

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KelleyH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Glenda, was so knowledgeable about the wines and food. I highly recommend asking for her as your server.

JP
vipJP44
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd time here and tried some new things. The tuna ceviche was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really fun restaurant with shareable plates. Vibrant restaurant, with beautiful, delicious food!

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vipJerry
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to its five star reputation....great atmosphere and delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter and the food was awesome

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vipalhoogwerf
Naples
79 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

we love the food at Selva. The presentation is amazing. I got the salmon and my husband had the duck. Our friends also had the short rib which was so tender and delicious. Sitting outside was very nice but our table was very close to the curb.

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DontSitOutside
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food, drinks and service were fantastic. It was my first time, so I was unsure what to expect when I selected “outdoor seating”. Do yourself a favor, and avoid it. The table was in the middle of the sidewalk, which was busy with people who carelessly walked and stood right next to our table. There was zero privacy, which I suppose is my fault for not choosing indoors. Also, it was 90 something degrees outside, so in addition to the terrible ambience, I was dripping sweat all over my formal outfit. Again, zero fault of the restaurant. My experience was just subpar due to my poor choice. I suppose a back patio or some sort of umbrella or fan would have drastically improved my conditions.

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vipKirk
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice. If you serve Ceviche include more than 1 plantain. It obvious you want to charge for the side order of these or the yuca. It’s like a bait and switch.

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CaitlinB
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great for a date night! The spinach empanadas are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Everything was phenomenal!

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vipjghinv
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s all about the food! Amazing entrees with multiple complementary flavors!

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PatrickS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food-but pricey. Lovely atmosphere.

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Gregg
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. We had a great evening. Pretty quiet, but it was a Wednesday night.

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vipgail
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoyed our dinner at the Selva Grill. The food and the service was a pleasure. Our server was very knowledgeable which helped us make the right choices.

We have been to the restaurant many times before...and will return many times in the future,

DD
DiningDiva
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! Great experience!

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viptori
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to dine and people watch! Food was very good.

MC
vipMichaelC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. Unfortunately, the seating arrangements were awkward. We were so close to the people on either side of us that it was easier to hear their conversation than to talk to each other.

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tkirby
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as a service. Might be top restaurant in Sarasota these days.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selva Grill never disappoints. Great food and service.

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Autumn
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and delicious food with a variety of choices!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly I think it’s one of the top five best meals I’ve ever had. I’ll wait or Nick was professional and very knowledgeable about the menu. We got an appetizer jumbo sea scallops in a pesto sauce that was phenomenal. We also got the salmon chileno that was perfectly cooked and had this great sauce and then the rice and vegetables came in a a wrapped leaf. Being in the restaurant business for many years the flavors in every dish were amazing. If you are in Sarasota do not miss this restaurant!

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Pkp82
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

JD
JoelD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding as always. Noise was a bit high for comfortable conversation.

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vipAnicka
Naples
72 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Selva Grill since we moved to FL. It truly is the Best South American restaurant in Sarasota. Everything from the ceviche, empanadas to the perfectly prepared mains is top notch.

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FoodloverWarren
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been our favorite for many years.
Everything is outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Selva . Great place for a special occasion.

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PBenedict
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun bar feels like a grotto and has lamb chops. Wow.

Restaurant a little noisy but food and service were excellent. Great upscale feel.

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vipLynS
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful birthday dinner for my husband. Every detail was beautifully done!

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vipPops
Louisville
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit and would go back everyday if I could.

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vipLisaL
Atlantic City
87 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always happy with this restaurant always interesting food dishes. Great Service as well. Looking forward to going again.

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vipLowellF
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For service, creativity and truly remarkable food presented beautifully, this is very likely the best restaurant in Sarasota.

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JeffC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a. Great time, the waitress was excellant, the food was absolutely amazing. I had the Chilean sea bass and she had the rack of lamb . Both were outstanding. I will be back by here on future trips .

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Emsmom813
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wasn't blown away but it was good. After being told by friends that it was the best meal ever, I guess I expected more. The Mixto was delicious and the Peaches and Cream dessert was one of the best bread puddings I've ever tasted. However, dinner was just OK. The salmon was overcooked and the tuna tataki special was so over-sauced and seasoned, I couldn't differentiate between the noodles and tuna. Definitely not the best meal I've ever eaten. I may try it again but it won't be anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Michael, was excellent. Explaining the menu, assisting with a perfect wine choice, recommendations on signature dishes and filled drinks exactly when needed. The food was excellent and the presentation superb. A lovely dessert was provided for our special occasion. Worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding. The short ribs and crab Napoleon are phenomenal. Our server was super nice and still in training so getting our bill, drinks, dessert etc took too long but other than that, loved it! Will be back!

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Selva Grill Downtown Sarasota is rated 4.8 stars by 4065 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.