Selva Grill

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ,always innovative with a local influence.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely return again. Excellent food and presentation!

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant, in ALL categories, on the West Coast of Florida!
To say you will not be disappointed is an understatement.
Locals "go to" for fine dining, or upscale martini at the bar and visitors delight!

BP
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The ceviche appetizer and rack of lamb were both superb. Very creative cooking with an amazing focus on presentation. We’ll definitely be back.

PS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Selva has always been my "go to" place when I'm in Sarasota and have been there many times. We have always really enjoyed the quality of food and the portion sizes making it worth the money. HOWEVER, this time it was obvious that something has changed! The quality and portion size was NOT up to par for this establishment. I hope it goes back to the way it used to be or we will not be returning. Ambiance and decor are still amazing.

L
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner with family to celebrate. The appetizers, especially the spring rolls were so delicious and the NY strip could not have been better. The purple potatoes were not my favorite would choose the garlic potatoes next time. Had the Golden margarita and would also gladly chose that one again!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food super where everything is wonderful just way too noisy

AW
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service, and spectacular food. Lavender basil martini is my new fave!

b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I was directed to a table for 2 in the bar area. It was awful and far from the dining room level. This should be made clear when the reservation is booked.

F
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, wonderful food!
Menu about 20% higher than it should be.
$17 for 1 egg roll?? Come on. Entrees priced a bit high also. Beyond that, fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

s
Richmond
66 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Best lomo saltado I’ve had outside of Peru. The meat was tender and flavorful. Highly recommend.

FL
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service fabulous. Only negative was very noisy and hard to hear others at our table. If you can, sit outside. Much quieter. Our group (10 people) was too big for outside.

CK
Naples
40 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selva has no equal in SWFl. Simply the best by a country mile

L
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I go to Selva every time I visit Sarasota, and it never disappoints.

BS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The restaurant is WAY TOO NOISY and we were seated next to an extremely noisy table of people, even though there were mostly empty tables at the time we were seated.
Food was good and promptly served - quite expensive.

P
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We haven’t been to Selva Grill since last year and I wouldn’t give it a perfect because I felt that the Caesar salad was a little mushy. I loved my crab cake ; it was amazing! My husband’s steak was great as well as the fries. Dessert was yummy.
I have decaf coffee and wasn’t asked if I wanted any more. I also was not offered fresh ground pepper with the salad.
I just didn’t feel as though our server wasn’t on her A game. We”ll be back though...

SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food and flavors terrific. 3rd time there over couple years. Only gets bettet

OT
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Only complaint was the noise level, couldn’t hear each other talk

LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful surroundings. Attentive wait staff. Good selection of items. The whole red snapper was moist and delicious.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service!

AB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner there Saturday night and it was the highlight of our trip to Sarasota. We ordered several different types of ceviche and they were all delicious! A meal we’ll be talking about for awhile. Can’t wait to go back!

G
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How did I not discover this restaurant sooner? The food was delicious and beautifully presented!

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was beautifully prepared and tasted good and the decor was nice. It was pretty expensive for what we got compared to other places in the region.

J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Made an OPEN TABLE reservation at least a week before. When we arrived, only seating was in bar area full of happy hour patrons.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Dinner was outstanding. Noise level could be improved.

B
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very popular restaurant. Nice decor. But noisy to the degree that you can't have a conversation. Seafood preparation and presentation is very nice. Accompaniments are not what you'd expect from the description on the menu. Waitperson was defensive when questioned about it and even went to the trouble to show a picture on his phone. As if you can tell what's in a dish from a picture. Save this place for the younger crowd.

CM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good food! The empanadas were a hit! If your familiar with empanadas you definitely won’t be disappointed! The cosmo was delicious as well! The yucca with our meal was crunchy and perfectly cooked without it being too dry or crispy.

EC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selva never disappoints. We make a point of dining there every time we’re in Sarasota. The food and service are amazing. You will not be disappointed if you choose this restaurant. Thank you to everyone at Selva for another great dining experience!

MD
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a real treasure... we had delicious food and an overall wonderful experience!!

EN
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good service, and everything our group ordered was tasty and well-prepared.

DP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed in my meal and the service. I have been before and loved it. Hope this was just an off night.

p
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal.

TN
Naples
30 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the 70th birthday of my husband and his twin so this was quite special.
We asked for Alan who has been waiting on us for years, and he was perfect!
We had the sea bass which was delicious and the Spanish Caesar one of my favorites. The other couple split a special with filet and seafood, and they loved that.
Alan brought us 4 different desserts, all of which were delicious!
Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota and our favorite waiter!
Thank you, Alan!!!

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat. Food never disappoints.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service. The drinks were outstanding. It was very crowded and noisy, but the wait staff was great and the beautiful meals were served quickly. We love the personal item of the compliment dessert to celebrate it anniversary.

A
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, best meal of the week. Server was great, friendly and knew the menu well. If I ever return to Sarasota, I would definitely go back. Don't miss dessert!

B
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Very very disappointed in the skirt steak which is supposedly one of your specialities. It was tough and very chewy..I eat at selva often.usually get a serviche and soup or salad. Decided to go with an entree. Won’t do that again..the noise level is deafening..should only dine on the porch.selva used to be my favorite go to restaurant..especially when friends or family came to town..

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

spectacular service, excellent food, as usual does not disappoint, fantastic as always

B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good BUT.....the noise level was very high, the service was mediocre and worst of all the price was extremely high for what you received. I did not think the prices were in order for the food served. I will not return to Selva in the future.